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ANA Show Makes Successful Comeback

A total of 7,255 people attended the 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

A total of 7,255 people attended the 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

For more photos, check out the gallery at the end of this article.

Everyone loves a good comeback story, and it’s safe to say the 2021 American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago was just that. After a 2020 hiatus due to COVID, the show, held Aug. 10-14 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, was by all accounts a success.

A glance around the bourse confirmed that things were different this year. Booths were more spread-out, many dealers and attendees were wearing masks, and there was a noticeable absence of international mints and dealers, as well as the U.S. Mint.

However, those looking to buy and sell were not deterred. In fact, it was quite the opposite. All reports from dealers were positive, with a few even commenting that it was the best show they’ve ever had. The only complaint was that dealers’ inventories were running low, causing a scramble to buy more.

Show organizers echoed the positive reports.

“We were pleased with the event and the attendance, especially considering international collectors and mints were unable to attend due to COVID travel restrictions,” said Deborah Muehleisen, ANA marketing and communications director. “Numismatists were happy to be able to gather in-person again, and dealers seemed especially pleased with the brisk business.”

Total show attendance was 7,255 people. The bourse consisted of 317 companies, 25 clubs, 400 booths and 1,073 dealers and assistants.

Beyond the brisk buying and selling, show activities abounded. Featured exhibits included the mammoth Tyrant Collection, the 1933 double eagle display and the “Ship of Gold” bell display. All were popular attractions for show-goers.

U.S. Mint Emily Damstra, the artist behind the new Type II silver American Eagle reverse design, was in attendance. She signed a 30-by-42-inch canvas print of her work – an eagle in flight and an eagle perched – and donated it to the ANA. Damstra has designed more than 40 coins and medals for the U.S. Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint.

An entire space was dedicated to competitive exhibits, and attendees could be seen taking their time to read and admire the wide variety of topics and displays.

The official auctioneers of the show were Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries. While auction lot viewing took place on-site, the auctions themselves were held by the firms after the show. 

For more recap details, visit www.money.org/worldsfairofmoney.

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Bob Evans rings 268 pound SSCA bell-DP
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