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Joe Boling will return to the post of chief exhibit judge of the American Numismatic Association following the planned retirement of Sam Deep from the position after the Boston World’s Fair of Money in August.
The decision was made by the ANA board of governors June 22 during a telephone board meeting.
Boling, a current member of the board of governors who spread the word that he will not seek re-election in the 2011 election, will resume the duties he gave up when he was first elected to the board of governors in 2007.
He did not expect the overlap of his final months as a governor to cause any difficulties with resuming his old post as chief judge.
The board took up other convention-related matters, but was not ready to vote on awarding future convention auction contacts. It expected to take those up a week or two later in another telephone conference.
An additional $11,500 will be paid by the ANA to extend the duration of the organization’s 2012 Philadelphia convention hall rental to Aug. 1-12, so that it can hold a pre-show prior to the opening of the World’s Fair of Money.
ANA executive director Larry Shepherd pointed out how this was a relatively small additional outlay. It brings the total hall rental bill to $76,368.
Shepherd also noted that ANA was looking at the possibility of saving $9,000 a year on convention hall rental for the new autumn shows in Pittsburgh. To rent the space in 2011 alone would cost $45,000, but to commit to three years, 2011, 2014 and 2017, would reduce the annual expenditure to $36,000.
The new autumn ANA event has found strong support, Shepherd said. The board of the Professional Numismatists Guild has agreed to hold a PNG Day. This, Shepherd told the ANA board, would provide the new show with a base of 150-200 bourse tables.
Other improvements in ANA events included the news that the Boston World’s Fair of Money was virtually sold out and the bourse fees generated were $67,000 more than budgeted and $90,000 more than what was generated by the Los Angeles convention last year.
The 2010 Summer Seminar attracted 47 more registrants than the 360 achieved last year.
President Clifford Mishler reported success in his personal fund-raising efforts to garner $16,000 to revamp the Hall of Fame. At the 2011 Summer Seminar the ANA will dedicate a wall filled with plaques for the 80 honorees. At $135 each, the plaques cost $10,800.
Shepherd said he was still working on matters relating to the Early Bird admission situation and lowering club membership dues for clubs who want no ANA services to just $15. No specific actions were taken by the board.
Shepherd said the proceeds of the Ben E. Keith stock sale of 17 or 18 months ago have earned a further $1 million to date.
He also said rumors that convention host clubs would be done away with were not true, but ANA was looking into updating and coordinating duties to achieve greater efficiencies.
For the convention general chairman’s position, Shepherd said he was looking to rename it to something like “host chairman,” but this is still a matter being explored and not ready for a final decision.