The holidays may be over, but the fun is still going for numismatists everywhere, especially those gearing up for the 2020 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 9-12.
With more than 1,500 dealers, Heritage Auctions, exhibitors and more than 10,000 collectors, it is considered one of the most important numismatic events of the year.
Admission to the show is free, and show attendees must first stop by the public registration booth to pick up a badge before entering the bourse floor. Some of the features on the bourse will be educational exhibits, clubs, ancient and foreign dealers, and the U.S. Treasury Dept. The official convention opens to the public on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 10:15 a.m.
Heritage coin and currency auctions will be held throughout Jan. 9-12. Session One of the Heritage World Currency Auction begins just 45 minutes after the doors open on Thursday, Jan. 9, while Session Two of the U.S. Coins Signature Auction begins at 1:00 p.m. Later that night, Session Three (Platinum Night) is at 6:00 p.m. as well as Session Two of the U.S. Currency Auction. Session Four of the Signature U.S. Coin Auction picks back up on Friday, Jan. 10, at 1:00 p.m. as well as Session Three of the U.S. Currency Auction.
Besides auctions, there are many educational seminars being offered Jan. 9-11:
FRIDAY, JAN. 9
11:30 a.m.: “So You’ve Got Your Child Interested In Coin Collecting. What’s Next?” by Abby Zechman
12:30 p.m.: “Detecting Modern Chinese Counterfeits of U.S. Coins” by Tom Walker
1:30 p.m.: “The Legacies of James B. Longacre” by Ray Herz
2:30 p.m.: “An Overview of the U.S. Gold Coin Market,” by Robert McDonald. 3:30 p.m.: “Managing and Settling a Numismatic Estate” by Rod Gillis
SATURDAY, JAN. 10
11:15 a.m.: “A Wide-Ranging Analysis of the Barber Dime Series” by John Frost
12:15 p.m.: “Boom or Bust? My Top 10 Predictions for 2020” by David Harper 1:15 p.m.: “Gold As An Insurance Policy” by Scott Travers and Maurice Rosen.
2:45 p.m.: “My Top 12 VAMS For 2020” by John Roberts
3:45 p.m.: “Annual VAM Thing” by the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors
SUNDAY, JAN. 11
11:15 a.m.: “What’s Happening In The Error Coin Market?” by Fred Weinberg.
12:15 p.m.: “Top 20 Silver Dollars You Must Buy In 2020” by Randy Campbell
1:15 p.m.: “How Rare Is The Seated Liberty Dollar Series?” by Dick Osburn and Brian Cushing
2:30 p.m.: “2020 Edition Of An Introduction To Variety Collecting” by Dr. David Close
All seminars will be presented in room W304A of the Orange County Convention Center and are free and open to the public.
Among the clubs scheduled to hold meetings during the convention are the Love Token Society, Women in Numismatics, the Barber Coin Collectors Club and the Society of Paper Money Collectors.
Of course, you can’t forget the young attendees! The 2020 FUN show has plenty of activities for the budding numismatist ranging from the Young Numismatist program to the Girl/Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge program. Registration for both events is available a half-hour before each program begins.
For complete conventions details, visit www.funtopics.com.