World’s Fair of Money Hits the Mile High City

Mark your calendar for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. The annual event offers access to hundreds of dealers, spectacular exhibits and fun social activities. The convention takes place Aug. 1-5 in Hall F of the Colorado Convention Center, located at 700 14th St. Collectors are encouraged to explore the freshly updated World’s Fair of Money page for discounts, learning opportunities and a full schedule of events.

The coin and money show features the nation’s finest coin dealers and best inventory; high-quality educational programs and seminars; world-class auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries; mints from around the world; as well as exhibits showcasing priceless treasures from the Money Museum and private collections.

Show hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 1; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 2-4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. ANA members can enter the show 30 minutes before the public. Admission is $8 for adults; ANA members and children 12 and under are always free. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.

Association members who register by July 21 will receive member credentials in the mail. Member badges provide show attendees access to the bourse floor 30 minutes prior to the show opening.

Big High and Bid Often!

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries:

Heritage Auctions:

The ANA’s signature Museum Showcase will present rare and historically significant numismatic treasures from the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and exclusive private collections. Several rarities will make their Showcase debut, including a complete set of Clark, Gruber & Co. Colorado territorial gold pieces dated 1860 and 1861, and a 1933 Indian Head $10 gold eagle. Additional highlights include:

  • The Idler/Bebee 1804 silver dollar and McDermott/Bebee 1913 Liberty Head nickel
  • The High Relief and Ultra High Relief 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection
  • A nearly complete set of Lesher Referendum silver dollars from the early 1900s
  • The Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme along with the George Washington-signed document appointing David Rittenhouse as first Director of the United States Mint

Expand Your Knowledge

Show attendees interested in becoming wiser collectors are encouraged to sign-up for the ANA’s pre-convention Technical Series Seminars. Both seminars will take place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, located adjacent to the convention center.

  • Coin Conservation, Authentication and Grading
    Instructor: Brian Silliman
    Date and Time: July 29-31; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    This intensive three-day seminar emphasizes the most essential numismatic skills for collectors of any level. Instruction includes digital presentation, open discussion and hands-on coin examination.

  • Pioneer Gold Coinage
    Instructor: David McCarthy
    Date and Time: July 30-31; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    In the 19th century the discovery of gold across the U.S. led to a fascinating series of coinage produced by the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Assay Office and private minters like Bechtlers and Moffat & Co. Learn the history of the three major U.S. gold rushes through coins minted from Georgia, North Carolina, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and California. Examine high-resolution images and actual examples of rare Pioneer Gold!

Convention visitors are also invited to attend the free Money Talks presentations and Sundman Luncheon lectures. The informative programs are presented by some of the hobby’s most noted authorities. Money Talks presentations are offered Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4, in Room 504 of the Colorado Convention Center. Topics to be covered include: Baltimore’s Washington Monument and Its Numismatic Secrets; Medallic Remembrances of World War I; Lesher Referendum Dollars – The Denver Connection; and more.

Guests who attend the Sundman luncheon, priced at $15 per person, enjoy the following presentations:

  • Joseph Boling: “WWI Generated Many New Paper Money Issues — and The Counterfeiters Followed Right Along”
  • Roger W. Burdette: “The Pittman Silver Purchase Act of 1918”
  • Fred Schwan: “Numismatic Trench Art of World War I”
  • David Goya: “War To End All Wars: Americans’ Participate in the Great War Through Its Medals”

Mix and Mingle

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

  • Legacy Series — Join the ANA as it celebrates the contributions of Colorado father-son coin dealers, Ken and Tom Hallenbeck of Hallenbeck Coin Gallery. Learn about their personal interests and how the two men have shaped the Colorado Springs numismatic landscape. The cost to attend is $50 and includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; registration closes July 18.
  • ANA Member and Donor Reception — The always-popular ANA Member and Donor Reception recognizes 25- and 60-year members, lead donors, Dealer Booster of the Year, John and Nancy Wilson Member Booster Award, Century Club inductees, 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 fellowship gala of the year, the annual ANA Banquet includes a cocktail hour for mixing and mingling, a three-course dinner, presentation of ANA awards, and recognition of 50-year members. Tickets are priced at $110. A Silent Auction during the banquet raises funds to underwrite full and partial adult scholarships to the ANA’s Summer Seminar. Banquet registration closes July 18 (tickets will not be available for purchase at the show).
  • A Golden Day at the ANA — In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ANA’s headquarters dedication, the Association is opening its doors and inviting members to tour its center of operations in downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday, Aug. 6, immediately after the Denver World’s Fair of Money.

Round-trip shuttles from the Sheraton (host hotel) depart at 9 a.m. (with departure from Colorado Springs at 2 p.m.) and 10 a.m. (with Colorado Springs departure at 3 p.m.). The cost for transportation is $30 per person; attendance at the celebration is free, although registration for transportation is required by July 18.

Add Souvenirs to Your Collection

Commemorate the ANA’s 126th Anniversary with a silver or bronze Convention Medal. The 2017 medals are sponsored and struck by Medallic Art Company from the original 1982 (obverse) and 1967 (reverse) headquarters dedication medals.

Medals are available as a convention medal badge (1.5” bronze medal with a ribbon drape) $20, Bronze Medal (2.75”) $65, or as a two-medal set for $100.

To order, call 800-514-2646 or visit the Shop the ANA area (booth #1103) at the show.

Admire 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 #778 to view this year’s exhibits.

Meet the Host Organizations

The host clubs for the week-long event, Colorado Springs Coin Club ( and Colorado Springs Numismatic Society (, can be found at booth #362.

For additional information visit or call 800-367-9723.

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 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

David Lange Awarded ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award

David W. Lange is the 2017 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the Association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, Aug. 4, during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money® in Denver.

As an author and researcher, David Lange is adept in a wide variety of numismatic areas. The longtime collector specializes in United States type coins, Philippine coins and notes from 1903 to 1945, and British coins from 1816 to 1970. He pioneered the study of coin-collecting boards and folders, writing three volumes and designing and maintaining a website on the subject.

A gifted writer, Lange received his first literary recognition more than 30 years ago and has gone on to collect many more awards, including 19 from the Numismatic Literary Guild. He has written nine books since 1992 (three for Whitman Publishing), and has appeared in the acknowledgments of at least a dozen other works. Lange has authored approximately 200 feature articles for nearly 20 numismatic journals and publications, and has been a columnist for The Numismatist since 1988.

As the research director for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (a position he has held since 1994), Lange has enabled the company’s website to record and publicize all NGC-recognized varieties. He also created the VarietyPlus® page, which associates coins with a standard system of descriptions.

A 19-year member of Mensa, Lange is respected for his numismatic knowledge and discoveries. In 1980 he reported a 1900-01 hub variety of Barber quarters, and in 2001 identified a 1922 medium-relief Peace dollar in currency strike. Since 2013, he has located doubled-die shield nickels for 1867, 1868 and 1872 and an 1883/2 overdate.

Lange has served as an instructor at ANA Summer Seminars since 1995. Past ANA honors include the Presidential Award (1994, 2008), Heath Literary Award (1998), Wayte and Olga Raymond Memorial Literary Award (1999, 2007 and 2009) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). He was elected to the Rittenhouse Society in 2005 and was named a Numismatic Ambassador by Numismatic News in 1994.

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 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

ICTA launches Facebook page

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) is now on Facebook. The association’s new social media site is a place where visitors can learn more about the association and members can stay up to date on association activities.

“Facebook is a great way to highlight the breadth of the work that ICTA does,” said ICTA chief operating officer David Crenshaw. “Our new Facebook page will highlight how our association works to protect coin businesses from onerous state and federal laws and regulations, to protect collectors’ access to the numismatic marketplace, and to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage.”

The association’s new Facebook page features information on new state and federal laws and regulations, association events and promotions, counterfeits, videos, photos, news releases, and more.

“As with many other industries, social media has transformed the way business gets done,” said Kathy McFadden, ICTA’s executive director. “ICTA is pleased to embark upon this social media endeavor.”

Visit the ICTA page and “Like” them at

Gary Adkins to Become ANA’s 60th President at World’s Fair of Money®

Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen three new candidates and six incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2017-19 election term.

New members Thomas J. Uram, John W. Highfill and Brian Hendelson, will join Col. Steve Ellsworth, Ralph Ross, Greg Lyon, and Paul Montgomery on the Board of Governors along with President-elect Gary Adkins and Vice President-elect Don Kagin. Kagin ran unopposed for Vice President. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated; only the first vote is counted in that race.

For President Votes
Gary Adkins — Minneapolis, Minnesota 3,274
Mike Ellis — Camilla, Georgia 2,007
For Vice President Votes
Don Kagin — Tiburon, California 1
Candidates for Governor Votes
Col. Steve Ellsworth, Ret. — Brentwood, Tennessee 4,335
Dr. Ralph Ross — Sugar Land, Texas 4,073
Greg Lyon — St. Louis, Missouri 3,953
Paul Montgomery — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 3,860
Thomas J. Uram — Eighty Four, Pennsylvania 3,679
John. W Highfill — Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 3,653
Brian Hendelson — Bridgewater, New Jersey 3,474
Unelected Candidate for Governor Votes
Adam J. Crum — Newport Beach, California 3,378

Third 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Goes on Sale on July 11

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Ozark National Scenic Riverways (product code 17AL) on July 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The reverse (tails) of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins features the same designs that appear on their America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin counterparts. Struck in .999 fine silver at the Philadelphia Mint, these coins are unique in that they measure three inches in diameter. Each legal tender coin is encapsulated and placed in an attractive presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways is priced at $149.95. As with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, this price is subject to change.

To place an order for this product, visit the Mint’s online catalog at or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit us online for information about shipping options.

The current authorized mintage limit for both numismatic and bullion 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins for Ozark National Scenic Riverways is 150,000 units. An announced maximum potential mintage limit of 25,000 coins has been set for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Ozark National Scenic Riverways. However, based on demand, the United States Mint may mint and issue more than 125,000 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Ozark National Scenic Riverways Silver Bullion Coins so long as it does not exceed the 150,000 coin limit.

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