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Convention Exhibits

Museum Exhibits

The ANA Museum Showcase features spectacular examples of rare coins and paper money, along with many other historically significant numismatic treasures. The exhibit includes rarities from the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and private collections.


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1913 Liberty Head Nickel  & 1804 Draped Bust Dollar

On display are the Money Museum’s 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of a mere five struck, and the 1804 silver dollar—the “King of Coins”—of which only fifteen are known.


  

1792 Half Disme

The first coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint were struck at the request of President George Washington. These 1,500 half dismes were made in a basement close to the minting facility that was under construction in Philadelphia and featured a portrait of Liberty, which legend says was modeled after Martha Washington. This rare and historic specimen is displayed courtesy of Brian Hendelson.


Colorado Gold

Clark, Gruber & Co. was the most famous and productive of Colorado’s private minters in the mid-19th century. Production of gold coinage began with $10 pieces, followed by $20, $5 and $2 1⁄2. This display features a complete set of these historic 1860-61 issues.


Lesher Dollars

Following a precipitous drop in silver prices, the federal government introduced the gold standard in 1873. This posed a serious problem for western silver producers, among them Joseph Lesher of Central City, Colorado. In 1900 he relocated to Victor and began to strike octagonal silver “dollars” he called “Referendum Souvenirs,” which he hoped would facilitate commerce and increase the demand for silver. On display here is a great variety of specimens, many of which reference contemporary local merchants.


1933 $10 Gold Piece

The 1933 Indian Head $10 gold piece (or “eagle”) is one of the most coveted coins in the numismatic universe. Only about three to four dozen examples are known today. These survivors were purchased directly from the mint early in the year and never had a chance to circulate widely thanks to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order shortly


Error Notes

This showcase offers a selection of spectacular printing errors in the ANA’s signature Bebee Collection of U.S. Paper Money. As currency is produced, a variety of mistakes can occur, among them double denominations, improper alignment, inverted backs, seal overprints, and misaligned or missing serial numbers.


Collector Exhibits

The Collector Exhibits at ANA Conventions is one of the best attended and most interesting parts of the show. There are educational displays on every area of numismatics from ancient coins and artifacts, tokens and medals, world coins, to modern United States coins and paper money. The individual creativity is rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display. Each display invites the viewer to Discover and Explore the World of Money.

Members are invited to share their knowledge, research, creativity and collections with other members and the general public at ANA's annual conventions by preparing and displaying a numismatic exhibit. Exhibits are divided into one of three groups:

  • Competitive: exhibits that are placed in classes according their content and theme. They are carefully evaluated by a team of dedicated judges, awarded points in areas such as "Numismatic Information," "Presentation" or "Degree of Difficulty" and compete for individual awards. Most exhibits on display fit into this category.
  • Non-competitive: exhibits that are not judged and not eligible for awards (except the People's Choice Award). ANA staff and convention officials may exhibit in this group.
  • Marquee: invitational, non-competitive, non-conforming exhibits that are used to enhance the exhibit area. This group includes exhibits from the ANA Money Museum.

Click here to view the 2016 Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-of-Show Exhibit 

Please note: 2017 application deadline has passed.

Who to contact with questions:

Chief Judge: Joseph E. Boling
(317) 894-2506
joeboling@aol.com

National Exhibits Coordinator: Mark Lighterman
(407) 688-7006
mlighter@bellsouth.net

ANA Exhibit Coordinator
(719)482-9849

Please note: 2017 application deadline has passed.

Submitting An Exhibit Application

In order to place an exhibit, members must read, understand and agree to abide by the rules of exhibiting and submit a completed application to the ANA Exhibit Coordinator by the deadline printed on the application.

Submit exhibit applications to:
American Numismatic Association
Attention: Exhibit Coordinator
818 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 482-9849
Fax: (719) 482-9882