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ANA, ANS collaborate for exhibit


The American Numismatic Association and the American Numismatic Society are joining together to present an exhibit of the U.S. Mint’s first issues as part of the Museum Showcase during the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 7-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The ANS is lending a complete collection of the first issues of each coinage denomination minted by the Philadelphia Mint from 1792 to 1796. This one-time exhibit highlights Philadelphia’s storied numismatic history.

Mike Gasvoda, an ANS board of trustees member and longtime ANA member, was instrumental in bringing this exhibit to the Philadelphia show.

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“While the ANA and ANS may serve different parts of the numismatic community, the overlap of what we offer is much larger than the places we differ,” said Gasvoda. “This type of joint effort between the ANA and ANS should be a natural part of both our efforts to reach the collecting community.”

The pedigrees of the ANS coins have links back to some of the most famous collections ever formed. A few stand-out pieces include:
• Select 1793 large cents donated by George H. Clapp

• The Louis Eliasberg specimen of the 1794 dollar, exhibited courtesy of an ANS board of trustees member
• A $2.50 gold quarter eagle and $10 gold eagle from the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan.

The exhibit will also include a 1793 half cent, a gift to the ANS from Robert Schonwalter; a 1794 half dime, graded MS-63; a 1796 dime, 1796 quarter, 1794 half dollar and 1795 half eagle, all donations to the ANS from the Arthur J. Fecht collection.

A 1792 half disme, donated to the ANA by Steve L. Contursi, will complement this exhibit in the Museum Showcase.

“I’m really pleased that the ANS is partnering with the ANA for this wonderful exhibit of the first Philadelphia Mint issues,” said Jeff Shevlin, ANA executive director. “We look forward to more opportunities in the future.”

This exhibit will be complemented by related Money Talks presentations: “The First Philadelphia Mint” from Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger, “First Order of Business: The U.S. Mint’s Original Coinage Denominations, 1793-1796” from Robert Wilson Hoge, and “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme” from Jamie Franki.

For complete show details, visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com, or call (719) 482-9849.

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