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Museum Showcase

Show attendees have the opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful and valuable coins, paper money and related numismatic treasures not seen anywhere else. The Museum Showcase features rare and historic items from the ANA’s Money Museum and items generously lent to the ANA from private collections.


Pattern Fugio Cent Hub Trial

The earliest pattern for a circulating U.S. coin—the unique American Congress Pattern Fugio Hub Trial— will be on public display for the first time ever, courtesy of David McCarthy. The trial piece, which was struck in early 1787, is graded Mint State (MS)-62 by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and offers historians a glimpse of the earliest design for a U.S. cent.

20-Cent Registry Collection

When the U.S. Mint introduced the 20-cent piece in 1875, the new denomination created confusion because it was similar in size and appearance to the Seated Liberty quarter. Mintages were reduced drastically in 1876, and only proof coins were struck in 1877-78. This display from the Black Cat Collection courtesy of Legend Numismatics features the top two PCGS registry sets of proof and regular issue 20-cent coins, including the extremely rare 1875-S BM Cameo (one of two known) and the 1876- CC (graded MS-64 by PCGS).

California Gold

Highlights from a recent donation of California Territorial gold coins include examples from iconic California Gold Rush-era issuers such as Kellogg & Co., Moffat & Co., and Norris, Greg & Norris.

1913 Liberty Head Nickel

One of the five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels made under mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint and insured now for $3 million.

1913 nickel

1804 Draped Bust U.S. Silver Dollar

The "King of U.S. Coins", insured for $4 million, is among the most coveted of all U.S. rare coins, with only 15 known examples.

1804 dollar

The First U.S. Dimes

The United States Mint began operations in 1792 with experimental strikes of a limited number of coins.  It did not issue a full range of authorized denominations until 1796 – the year the first dimes were put into circulation.  This display features three 1796 and 1797 dimes showing the small eagle variety issued only in those two years – thus representing the first regular-issue dimes of the United States.

1796 dime
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Washington & Jefferson Presidential Appointments

This collection features rare and important historic documents signed by George Washington and/or Thomas Jefferson appointing David Rittenhouse, Elias Boudinot, and Robert Patterson as the first, third, and fourth U.S. Mint directors, respectively. This remarkable exhibit is courtesy of Brian Hendelson. 

1943 Bronze Cent Error

Visitors can also see for the first time in Atlanta a unique World War II era Lincoln cent made in 1943 of bronze alloy, rather than zinc-coated steel to conserve copper, that sold for more than $1 million two years ago.

1943 error lincoln cent

1944 Zinc-plated Steel Cent Error

Though not as well known, 1944 steel cents errors are also quite rare with perhaps 35 examples in existence from all mints. 

1944 lincoln cent

Error Notes

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

Baker-Manley Washingtonia Exhibition

The Baker-Manley collection of Washington-related medals is the ultimate grouping of numismatic Washingtonia not only for its quality and size (over 950 pieces) but for its provenance – the core of this collection was formed by William Spohn Baker (1824-1897), the first numismatic researcher to compile a comprehensive catalog of medals related to George Washington.  Make sure to view this exhibit featuring highlights from this important collection donated by ANA benefactor and life member, Dwight N. Manley.

1797 washington medal
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