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An ANA Convention Checklist

Over the past several months we’ve highlighted for you several happenings and events that will be taking place during the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, taking place in Chicago (Rosemont), Ill., August 13-17.  Now that the event is drawing closer, we thought it fitting to bring you a round-up of those must-attend, must-see activities.


ANA Special Exhibits:

A famous 1913-dated Liberty Head nickel currently insured for $3 million!  Since this coin was owned by a Milwaukee, Wis. Resident previously, you can bet the Wisconsin-based Numismatic News team will be stopping by to look at this treasure!

For those of you interested in paper money, the United States Treasury Department Bureau of Printing and Engraving will have on display a showcase of high denomination paper money including $100,000 bills and a $500 million Treasury Note.

You’ll want to get a glance at the 1943 minted on a copper planchet that sold for more than $1 million last year.  It’s one thing to see a photo, but another to see it in person!


Education Opportunities

There are some pre-convention seminars that may be of interest to collectors.  Running from August 10-12, Brian Silliman is leading a seminar focused on Coin Conservation, Authentication and Grading.  The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has a fee of $350.

For those interested in becoming better photographers, a Numismatic Digital Photography two-day seminar runs from August 11-12.  Led by Clark Fogg David Heinrich, this seminar focuses on basic and intermediate photography techniques and editing software. The fee for this seminar is $250.

While registration closed on July 22, the Sundman Luncheon takes place August 14 and is focused on “The Future of Money and Collecting” and should be both well-attended and informative.  Featured lecturers include Gary Adkins, Michael Marotta, Mark Benvenuto (a regular contributor to our own Coins magazine) and Ron Guth.


Other Events

The ANA awards banquet honoring members and outstanding individuals for their dedication and work in advancing the hobby of numismatics takes place Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m.   A silent auction follows with special auction lots sold to benefit the Robert Lecce Advanced Scholarship Fund.

Barbara Gregory, Editor-in-Chief of The Numismatist will moderate the Legacy Series Interview on Thursday, August 15, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Special guests include numismatic author Kenneth Bressett and ANA past President Jeff Garrett.

Various collector clubs will have tables in the club midway and will also be conducting meetings throughout the convention duration.

Learn more about the events, exhibits and educational opportunities at www.money.org.


Auction Highlights

Heritage Auctions will begin auction lot viewing on Sunday, August 11, and conclude its auction activities with the final pick up ending at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. A complete schedule of viewing times, live auctions and pickup times can be found at www.money.org/worldsfairofmoney/auctioninfo.

Heritage Auctions is honored to present The Castle Collection of Indian Cents — the world’s finest examples obtainable of this widely collected 19th century set — at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in August. The Castle Collection is estimated to bring seven figures when it makes its auction debut, based on its completeness and rare issues in extraordinary condition.

From the Castle Collection, an 1877 Indian Head Cent, MS-66 Red. This example is tied for the finest known of this key issue.


In the US Signature Auction, a few standouts that have already caught collectors’ attention include lot 3949, which features an 1890 Double Eagle graded PR67 Deep Cameo PCGS with a current bid of $230,000 and lot 3775, an 1870-S $1 graded XF-40 NGC.  Already at $220,000 as of August 2, this is one of just nine confirmed examples.  Both are at least worth a look…even if you won’t be bidding!   Two gold ingots recovered from the sunken SS Central America, one 96.62 ounces and the other 159.23 ounces have bids placed already of $220,000 and $210,000.


The finest-certified Deep Cameo at PCGS, this 1890 Liberty Double Eagle has a bid, as of August 2, of $230,000. (Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

Recovered from the SS Central America wreckage, this Blake & Co. 96.62-ounce gold ingot has a current bid of $220,000. (Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)


Stack’s Bowers begins auction viewing on Saturday, August 10, at 9am and concludes activities with the final lot pickup on Saturday, August 17 at 12 p.m.

One highlight of Stack’s Bowers offering includes 17 Indian Peace medals ranging in value from $900 to $100,000+. Stack’s Bowers Galleries has a long history of selling quality Indian Peace medals.


An 1801 Thomas Jefferson small-size Indian Peace medal (Julian IP-4, Prucha-39), weighing 728.1 grains and measuring 54.4 mm. (Image courtesy of Stack’s Bowers)


For a long time, the 1876-CC twenty-cent piece has been recognized as one of the most famous and most desired of all American coins, and the offering of an example attracts great attention in the numismatic community. Not only is it a great rarity with fewer than 20 pieces believed to exist, but it also possesses the added romance that accompanies coins from the historic and short-lived Carson City Mint.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering a PCGS-graded MS-65 1876-CC twenty-cent piece in the Rarities Night session of the firm’s Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. This example, a featured highlight of the E. Horatio Morgan Collection, will have been off the market for more than three decades when it crosses the auction block on the evening of August 15.

Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement. Over a long period of years Stack’s Bowers Galleries has offered several, always to excitement and acclaim.  Now comes another—a coin that has been off the market for more than three decades and is fresh to most of the present generation of bidders. This coin is an old friend, so to speak, as Stack’s sold it in January 1953 as a highlight in the F.S. Guggenheimer Collection, after which it passed through other hands to Los Angeles sports magnate Jerry Buss. It was last sold 31 years ago. Look for the 1894-S, graded Proof-63 by PCGS in the Rarities Night Session on Thursday, August 15.


Last sold by Stack’s Bowers in 1983, this 1894-S dime in Proof-63 condition crosses the block again during Stack’s auction on Thursday, August 14. (Image courtesy Stack’s Bowers).


Whatever your plans during the event, we look forward to seeing you there! Publisher Corinne Zielke, Sales Representative April Krueger and Pricing Analyst Tom Michael will all be attending the event.

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