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2016 World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim – Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies for the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing and United States Mint to Participate in the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, CA

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Mint (Mint) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will share booth #690 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money from August 9 to 13, 2016, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

As the Nation’s producers of currency and coins, BEP and the Mint have made history by connecting America through coins and currency. The bureaus are highlighting their distinguished histories, product excellence, and dedicated employees.

The BEP is showcasing its Billion Dollar Exhibit, which features more than $1 billion worth of rare antique currency, including sheets of $100,000 currency notes, Treasury Bonds, and Gold and Silver Certificates.

The BEP is excited to offer the following new product for sale:

“Independence Collection – Pursuit of Happiness” – This card is the third and final print in the 2016 Intaglio Print Subscription Program which features three cards: Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. This series is a salute to the Declaration of Independence and features an exquisite compilation of unique, engraved vignettes focusing on the age-old art of intaglio printing.

The BEP is also showcasing and offering other unique currency-related products, including uncut sheets of currency ranging in subject, size, and denomination. For additional information about BEP or to purchase products, please visit bep.gov. You may also order BEP products by telephone (1-800-456-3408), fax (1-888-891-7585), or mail (Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Mail Order Sales, Room 515M, 14th and C Streets SW, Washington, DC 20228). As a special treat for collectors, the Mint will showcase a 1974-D aluminum one-cent piece, recovered earlier this year. The never-before-seen experimental test piece will be on display during show hours each day. In addition to its display, the Mint will also:

  • Provide children the opportunity to explore the Mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change website to engage in educational activities, learn about Mint programs and operations, and gain an understanding of the link between coins and American history and culture;
  • Provide attendees access to its online catalog to browse available products and program information;
  • Conduct a “Treasure Trivia” game in which children visit specific locations on the bourse floor to answer trivia questions designed to instill an appreciation for numismatics;
  • Participate in the World Mints Passport Program, an exciting program in which visitors collect coins from participating mints;
  • Assist visitors to download its mobile application, MyUSMint; and
  • Provide a free promotional gift bag with each qualifying purchase.

An assortment of collectible products from the Mint will be available for purchase, including coins in the 2016 Mark Twain and National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Programs and other popular annual offerings. These products are also available for purchase via the Mint’s online catalog at https://catalog.usmint.gov/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Additional information is available at https://catalog.usmint.gov/.

World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim Quickly Approaching

The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money® in Anaheim is rapidly approaching and promises to be the biggest, most fun coin show of the summer. The convention takes place Aug. 9-13 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Ave., adjacent to Disneyland.

The five-day event features nearly 1,000 dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items; a wide range of seminars and educational presentations by notable numismatists; major auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions; as well as exhibits showcasing priceless rarities from the Money Museum and private collections.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Aug. 9-12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13. Admission is $8 for adults; ANA members and children 12 and under are always free. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.

A $2 discount coupon for non-members is available online at www.worldsfairofmoney.com. ANA members can enter the show 30 minutes before the public on Wednesday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 13.

Going once, going twice, sold!

Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries are serving as the Official Auctioneers for this year’s event. Treasures being auctioned include:

Heritage Auctions:

Stack’s Bowers Galleries:

Museum-Quality Displays

The American Numismatic Association will present a stunning Museum Showcase of numismatic rarities, featuring displays of objects seldom seen by the public. Highlights include:

  • The Idler/Bebee 1804 silver dollar and McDermott/Bebee 1913 Liberty Head nickel, as well as a comprehensive selection of California National bank notes.

  • A rare Massachusetts 20-shilling note from 1690—an example of the first government-issued paper money in the Western world; only seven examples are known.

  • The remarkable Horseneck Collection of Type 1 $20 gold pieces—introduced in 1850 during the California Gold Rush, the $20 double eagle is the largest regular-issue U.S. gold coin.

  • An incredible sampling of California gold coins and bars recovered from the SSCentral America wreck. Its cargo included thousands of 1857 $20 gold pieces produced at the San Francisco Mint, as well as privately struck gold coins and ingots.

  • A display from Banco de Mexico titled “The Odyssey of the Porfirian Notes,” exhibiting a selection of rare notes that circulated during the administrations of Mexican President Porfirio Díaz (1877-80 and 1884-1911).

Educational Programs

Show attendees are encouraged to sign-up for the pre-convention, two-day Technical Series Seminars. From the fundamentals of grading United States coins to the more advanced techniques of detecting counterfeit gold coinage, the technical seminars offer proven tips and tools to enhance any collector’s numismatic skills and their enjoyment of the hobby. Both seminars take place Aug. 7-8 at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel, located at 777 Convention Way.

  • Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins

    Instructors: Rod Gillis, ANA education director; and Sam Gelberd, ANA numismatic educator.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (each day)

Knowledge of coin grading not only helps collectors be more confident on the bourse floor, but helps take the worry out of numismatic purchases. The two-day seminar covers many topics and emphasizes the fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster and eye appeal.

  • Detecting Counterfeit U.S. Gold Coinage

    Instructor: Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, and former NGC grader/conserver.

    Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (each day)

Many collectors and dealers have unwittingly bought and sold deceptive counterfeits of U.S. gold coins. It’s a humbling and expensive mistake to make. But detecting counterfeit U.S. gold coins is relatively easy to learn. Through digital presentation and extensive hands on coin exercises, students will learn the genuine characteristics and counterfeit diagnostics needed to authenticate most U.S. gold coins.

Guests are also invited to attend the free Money Talks lectures. The informative 30- to 45-minute programs are presented by some of the hobby’s most noted authorities. Presentations are offered Thursday, Aug. 11 through Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Avila Room of the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. Topics to be covered include: Trends that are Shaping the Coin Collecting Hobby Today, Double Dimes and the Amazing Discovery at the Carson City Mint; Hidden Profits in Modern U.S. Mint Silver and Gold Medals; The ANA Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary; The Olympic Games: History & Numismatics; and more. To view a full list of Money Talks presentations and times, visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com.

Collector Exhibits

Collector exhibits are among the most popular features at every ANA show. It’s a great opportunity for hobbyists to share their collections and research with fellow numismatists through high-quality displays. The individual creativity is often rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display. Visit booth 103 to view this year’s exhibits.

Social Events

The Anaheim World’s Fair of Money is the perfect venue to socialize and network with fellow hobbyists in a fun, friendly atmosphere. The ANA welcomes hobbyists to the following Anaheim social events.

  • 125th Anniversary Reception—Join the ANA in celebrating a milestone birthday at a special 125th Anniversary Reception on Aug. 9 at the Anaheim Hilton. Enjoy the comradery of fellow numismatists, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a special 125th anniversary keepsake; the cost to attend is $25. Registration closes July 27.

  • Sundman Luncheon—The Sundman Luncheon celebrates “Grande Dames: How the Portraits and Contributions of Women Have Influenced Numismatics.” Guests are encouraged to attend the luncheon on Aug. 10, priced at $15 per person, and stay for the Legacy Series, which will honor the life and contributions of David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company. Registration for the luncheon closes July 27.

  • ANA Member and Donor Reception—The always-popular ANA Member and Donor Reception takes place Aug. 11 and recognizes 25- and 60-year members, lead donors, Dealer Booster of the Year, John and Nancy Wilson Member Booster Award, Century Club awards, and service awards. This is a great event for members to meet new friends and catch up with old acquaintances. Admission is free.

  • ANA Banquet and Silent Auction—The ANA awards banquet honors members and outstanding individuals for their dedication and work advancing the hobby of numismatics. The annual banquet takes place Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim in the California D Ballroom; the cost to attend is $110. A Silent Auction during the banquet raises funds to underwrite full and partial scholarships to the ANA’s Summer Seminar. Banquet registration closes July 27(tickets will not be available at the show).

For additional information visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com or call (719) 482-9867.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its nearly 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Plan Now for Numismatic Treasures and Disneyland Discounts at Anaheim World’s Fair of Money

An eye-opening range of historic coin and paper money treasures is guaranteed to thrill visitors at the American Numismatic Association 2016 World’s Fair of Money® in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 9-13.  Attendees also can get discounted admission tickets to Disneyland, which is located across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center, site of the event.

“Because of the once-in-a-life opportunity for many collectors and the public to see so many numismatic rarities in one place and at one time, we are strongly encouraging people to make their Southern California hotel and transportation arrangements now,” said ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick.

“Collectors and dealers also should feel free to bring the entire family to this year’s World’s Fair of Money because Disneyland is offering discounted admission tickets for show attendees,” Kiick added.  “However, the tickets must be ordered in advance online.  A link to ordering the tickets is on the World’s Fair of Money website along with information about nearby hotels.”

The ANA’s Money Museum has planned a diverse series of educational displays in the popular Museum Showcase area at the Anaheim gathering.

“Historic numismatic items exhibited will range from ancient Greek to Colonial American to California Gold Rush and U.S. Double Eagle gold coins,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.  “And Banco de Mexico will also have a special exhibit of captured bank notes.”

Museum Showcase highlights include:

  • Four Dekadrachms of Syracuse designed by two of the most famous coin engravers of the ancient world, Kimon and Euainetos. These superbly crafted showpieces are considered to be among the most beautiful coins ever produced.

  • 1690 Massachusetts 20 Shillings denomination note.  This is a rare example of the first government-issued paper money of Western civilization.

  • “The King of U.S. Coins,” an extremely rare 1804 Draped Bust U.S. silver dollar (Class III, Idler/Bebee specimen) insured for $4 million. 

  • A set of Type I (1850-1866) Double Eagle $20 gold coins displayed courtesy of Monaco Rare Coins.

  • Examples of some of the rare California National Bank Notes from the Bebee Collection, including elusive National Gold Bank Notes.

  • The world famous McDermott/Bebee specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five such coins known.

  • Numismatic trench art of World War I showcasing coins that were made into souvenirs.  This exhibit is part of the ANA’s multi-year numismatic salute to mark the centennial of “the war to end all wars” in 1914-1918.

  • A previously not seen in the United States display from Banco de Mexico of some of the 60,000 Mexican bank notes seized by the United States from Victoriano Huerta’s forces during the 1914 occupation of Veracruz, and subsequently returned to Mexico. The stash included rare and previously unknown Mexican notes.

The United States Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will have displays, including the always-popular BEP Billion Dollar Display that features high denomination notes.

More than 1,000 dealers from across the country and around the world will be buying and selling coins, paper money, tokens and medals, and many of the experts will provide free, informal appraisals of the public’s old coins and currency.

Dozens of coin club meetings and educational seminars also will be held during the convention.

Admission to the 2016 Anaheim World’s Fair of Money is free to ANA members.  Admission for non-members is $8 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free.  Admission discount coupons are available online.

For additional information about the convention and to obtain discount admission tickets to the show and to Disneyland, visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its nearly 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.