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Chicago boasts large bourse, best displays

The largest bourse and best numismatic inventory in American Numismatic Association history await attendees of the Chicago World’s Fair of Money Aug. 16-20. The show, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., will also feature educational programs, exhibits and a collection of numismatic rarities.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free for ANA members and $6 for non-members. Children age 12 and under are admitted free.

“Our bourse is more than twice the size of our 2010 show in Boston and the largest of any in ANA history,” said Larry Shepherd, ANA executive director. “Plus, I guarantee that our Museum Showcase will feature the most extensive presentation of numismatic rarities ever displayed in one place.”

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The Showcase will include the best-known 1793 Chain “Ameri.” large cent and a  collection of Gobrecht dollars; the exhibit “Good as Gold: America’s Double Eagles”; the first U.S. commemorative coin struck – an 1892 Columbian Exposition half dollar; the Nathanael Greene “Society of the Cincinnati” medal; a collection of rare Spanish Colonial medals; and a comprehensive display of Chicago bank notes. Items from the ANA’s collection will include the Idler/Bebee specimen 1804 dollar, the McDermott/Bebee specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel and a selection of National Bank Notes from the Bebee Collection.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will bring its “Billion Dollar Display” of high-denomination money and give demonstrations of its Civil War-era, one-ton, hand-turned money printing press. The U.S. Mint will also be on hand selling a number of its current products.

The 220,000-square-foot bourse will be made up of sections for U.S., world and ancient coins as well as paper money. Several dozen competitive and non-competitive exhibits from ANA members will be on display in the Collector Exhibits.

The Mint Promenade will feature 18 mints from four continents. Visitors can purchase a World Mint Passport at the front entrance and collect coins from participating mints. Some mints will also discuss new issues during World Mint Theatre presentations on the bourse floor.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auction company for both the World’s Fair of Money and the ANA/PNG Pre-Show Aug. 13-15 in the convention center. Sales begin at the Pre-Show on Aug. 13 and continue through Aug. 20.

Many educational opportunities await visitors. The Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series, presented Aug. 18, will feature original research on “Numismatists Celebrating Human Achievement” from David Hendin, Peter Huntoon, Richard Doty and Alan M. Stahl. Numismatic Theatre, held Aug. 16, 17, 19 and 20, lets ANA members discuss their research and ideas in lecture format.

Two fee-based seminars will be offered. On Aug. 14-15, professional numismatic photographer Todd Pollock will teach “Fundamentals of Digital Photography,” and Brian Silliman will teach “Coin Grading, Problem Coins & Conservation.” “Coin Collecting 101” will be held at various times on the World Mint Stage.

The ANA will offer Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge and Girl Scout Fun With Money Patch workshops Aug. 20. The new Kids Zone along with Treasure Trivia highlights family activities that provide children with a variety of activities and chances to win prizes.

For more details, call (719) 482-9857, or visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com.

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