The American Numismatic Association Pittsburgh convention was big on education but slow on business.
Gathered at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Oct. 13-15, the ANA inaugurated its first Fall National Money Show.
In a venue that formerly held the summer classic, this October event saw a bourse floor, which at first glance seemed full, but upon a closer inspection was sprinkled with tables that were never occupied.
The dealer bourse was organized into three distinct groups, Professional Numismatists Guild dealers were near the entrance, medium level dealer tables were in the center and Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists member dealers formed a bloc in the back corner opposite the ANA Museum Showcase area.
The Museum Showcase is a good example of something that the ANA does right – education. Within this special area, the ANA had a 1913 Liberty Head nickel, an 1804 silver dollar, extensive highlights of the Bebee Collection of U.S. paper money and displays of Swedish plate money. There also was a special group of Pittsburgh-related Colonial-era items on loan from John Kraljevich.
Exhibits were located at the opposite end of the hall from the Museum Showcase. The educational exhibits placed by collector members here filled out with at least three displays in each of the six exhibit classes, the first time this has happened at either the spring or fall show as Exhibit Chief Judge Joseph E. Boling explained at the awards ceremony.
Sam Deep, show chairman, won the Radford Stearns Best in Show exhibit award for a display entitled, “Off the Beaten Numismatic Path,” which included a selection of over 300 numismatic items collected over a 50-year career. It was also selected by the public who viewed it as the People’s Choice winner.
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The National Money Show featured two full days’ worth of Numismatic Theatre programs. In addition, there was a Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic that saw over 180 youth members in attendance, as well as a Girl Scout Badge Clinic.