A third convention will be added by the American Numismatic Association to its annual schedule in October 2011. The decision was made by the ANA board of governors March 28 at a meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.
The new show will be held in Pittsburgh.
A Pittsburgh event is intended to launch a three-city rotation of autumn shows. Denver and Boston are the other two cities selected for the trio.
Boston has provisional status that will be reviewed after the results of the summer World’s Fair of Money occurs there in August.
Larry Shepherd, ANA executive director, said he liked what he found in Boston in reviewing the arrangements for this year’s summer convention and says convention facilities in that city are well suited to a somewhat smaller autumn show as compared to this year’s summer event, which will be a little tight.
The ANA board also voted to make Chicago a provisionally permanent hub for the summer convention. It voted to hold the event there in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The 2011 event is already slated for the Windy City.
The 2012 Philadelphia convention might turn out to be the last summer event outside of Chicago.
In addition to its central location, Chicago does not require hotel room guarantees to book the Rosemont convention center. These guarantees have become the source of growing financial losses.
Shepherd said the ANA could be on the hook for $100,000 to $200,000 for unsold rooms in Philadelphia that were booked at rates of $220 to $240 a night.
The National Money Show, the third show in the ANA annual rotation, will be held later in 2012. Dates in the week of May 7-13 were approved for the spring Denver event.
Future spring events will be worked out as the board considers its options. It is expected that spring events will rotate in the Southeast or Southwest.
“This is an experiment,” declared Vice President Tom Hallenbeck to the rest of the board regarding the show decisions.
Wendell Wolka said his experience of the International Paper Show in Memphis has shown that people like to go back to familiar places.
There were three motions made on the three convention issues and all passed unanimously by those present.
Suggested logo designs reimaging the lamp of knowledge were rejected in favor the familiar old ones that preceded the Peace dollar crescent logo of recent years.
Ron Sirna announced settlement of a lawsuit against ANA, eBay and the Professional Numismatists Guild filed by Universal Grading. He could not reveal details.