This year’s Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series looks at the power and influence of images depicted on money. The lecture series will be presented Aug. 8 during the American Numismatic Association’s 2012 World’s Fair of Money at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The lectures will take place in Room 104B and are free and open to all attending the show.
Four speakers will deliver talks on this year’s topic, “The Influence & Power of Images.” They are as follows:
• 10 a.m.: “The First Issue of the Supreme Junta of Zitácuaro and Theories on Early Mexican Symbolism.” Presenter Max A. Keech discusses how the symbolism of Mexico was introduced on coinage made during the country’s War for Independence in 1811. Often misunderstood, Keech explains the origins of symbols such as the Mexican national emblem of an eagle perched on a cactus.
11:15 a.m.: “The State Seals on Series 1875-1882 National Bank Notes.” Author and noted researcher Peter Huntoon discusses how the state seals depicted on National Bank Notes were used as advertising vehicles – promoting opportunity, abundance, industry, natural wonders and more.
2 p.m.: “A Handful of Symbolism: Discover the Message behind Hands Depicted on Coins, Notes and More.” Presenter William Myers demonstrates how hands have been used to convey messages and ideas on money since ancient times.
3:15 p.m.: “Picture This – Nano-Imaging Provides Insight Into Modern Fakes.” Author Fred N. Holabird’s talk shows what can be learned by looking closer, literally. Recent work on state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes has provided new insights into the sub-microscopic world of precious metals, providing a better understanding of the differences in man-made metallic objects, particularly coins and ingots.
A catered luncheon for lecture attendees will be held from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Room 303A, near the lecture area. The luncheon is $15 per person and is underwritten by the Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Co. Lecture Series Endowment and David Sundman. To register for the luncheon, call (719) 482-9850 by Aug. 3.
The World’s Fair of Money will feature more than 1,100 numismatic dealers, the ANA Museum Showcase, a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world, the Collector Exhibits area, a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, educational presentations and seminars and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon at www.worldsfairofmoney.com. For more information, call (719) 482-9849.