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Wednesday, August2 | Room 501

This year marks the 100th anniversary of United States involvement in "The War to End All Wars," World War I. With that in mind, the 2017 Sundman Luncheon celebrates “Trenches to Treaties: The Numismatic Legacy of World War I.”


“WWI Generated Many New Paper Money Issues—and the Counterfeiters Followed Right Along” | 10:00am

Counterfeiting money has been a problem since the earliest times and WWI was no different.  Joseph E. Boling, paper money and counterfeit expert, will discuss how wartime monetary disruptions created opportunities for counterfeiters across the globe.  The talk will use examples of notes from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Ottoman Empire and their colonies to tell this fascinating story of numismatic expediency and deception.

Joseph E. Boling is a retired Army officer who is an expert on paper money counterfeits as well as Japanese coinage and currency and an instructor at the ANA’s Summer Seminars for over 20 years.

“The Pittman Silver Purchase Act of 1918” | 11:15am

Prior to World War I the United States had a huge surplus of silver dollars created by the Bland-Allison Act of 1878 and the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.  With the end of government subsidies supporting an artificially high price for silver, silver production lapsed in the U.S. until the economic crisis of WWI.  The need to support Great Britain’s war effort resulted in the Pittman Silver Purchase Act of 1918 – which gave our Allies access to the 490 million silver dollars stored in United States Mint Vaults over the previous 50 years.  Discover the story of American silver and how it helped to win World War I.

Roger W. Burdette is a historian, numismatist and noted author with many numismatic publications to his credit, including the landmark Renaissance of American Coinage series of books.


Luncheon | 12:15pm (Room 504/registration is closed)

“Numismatic Trench Art of WorldWar I” | 2:00pm

Trench Art is an art form created by and for military personnel that has existed for many centuries.   Most takes the form of souvenirs from the battlefronts made from the materials readily available in wartime settings such as shells, bullets or coins.  This talk focuses on the numismatic objects that were used to create trench art during WWI – the war that gave the art form its’ name – by discussing the history and traditions of trench art generally and WWI numismatic trench art in particular.

Fred Schwan is an enthusiastic collector and military numismatic expert with over 40 years of experience.  He is best known for his articles and presentations on trench art and his involvement with the collecting and promotion of Military Payment Certificates.


“War to End all Wars: America’s Participation in the Great War through Its Medals | 3:15pm

This discussion will talk about American medals produced with World War I themes in three stages; 1. those produced before America’s entry, most often to support fund raising efforts of charities working with war victims, 2. Those produced after America’s entry, often focused on the brutality of the war and 3. Medals produced after the war, celebrating the victories and accomplishments of the troops and supporting charitable efforts to rebuild the devastation caused by the war.  The work of famous sculptors will be covered along with that of less well-known artists.

David Goya is a pulmonologist and a serious collector of art medals.


Registration for this event is now closed.