Unparalleled Numismatic Wonders Just Weeks Away

Pittsburgh National Money Show Awaits Collectors

Coin collectors are enthusiastically anticipating the National Money Show in Pittsburgh, March 28-30. The three-day event, sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, is expected to attract thousands of coin collectors from Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. eager to buy, sell and see more than $100 million of historic numismatic treasures.

Nearly 200 coin dealers will be on hand offering the finest numismatic inventory available; the U.S. Mint also will be in attendance with numerous popular products. Many of the numismatic experts present will provide free, informal evaluations of the public’s old coins and paper money. Kagin’s, the official auctioneer of the show, will conduct a three-session live auction featuring a diverse selection of U.S. coins, world banknotes and U.S. currency. A plethora of educational presentations, family activities and fascinating exhibits round out the happenings.

For up-to-the-minute show information visit Money Talks lecturesMoney Talks lectures. These presentations cover a variety of numismatic topics and research. Presentations take place Thursday and Friday, Mar. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Steering the Course of the Hobby’s Flagship Publication – Barbara Gregory, Thursday at 10 a.m.
  • Civil War Storecards: Latest Research and New Finds Since the 3rd Edition – Mark Gatcha, Thursday at 11 a.m.
  • Lewis and Clark’s Impact on U.S. Coinage and Currency, and Pittsburgh’s Role in this Historic Expedition – Rob Throckmorton and Richard Gaetano, Thursday at 12 p.m.
  • Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth – Douglas Mudd, Thursday at 1 p.m.
  • Seige Note: The Currency of War – Lawrence C. Korchnak, PhD., Thursday at 2 p.m.
  • Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection – Rod Gillis, Thursday at 3 p.m.
  • What’s In Mickey’s Pocket: Disney Dollars – Paige Price, Friday at 10 a.m.
  • Don Everhart: A Career in Coin Design – Don Everhart, Friday at 11 a.m.
  • Rex Magnae Britanniae: The Final Coinage Reform of James VI of Scotland – E. Tomlinson Fort, Friday at 12 p.m.
  • Future Trends of Traditional Coin Collecting in Modern China – Leo Wang, Friday at 1 p.m.
  • Astrological Calendar Medals of the Vienna, Austria Mint – Simcha L. Kuritzky, Friday at 2 p.m.
  • Never Say “Banal” Objects: Tokens and Erotic Tesserae from Hellenistic and Roman Sicily – Antonino Crisà, Friday at 3 p.m.

Legacy Series acquaints collectors with the legends, heroes and icons of numismatics. Moderated by Barbara Gregory, editor-in-chief of The Numismatist, this year’s Legacy Series recognizes Don Everhart, former U.S. Mint lead sculpture and engraver. The interview takes place on Thursday, Mar. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 414 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 800-514-2646 to reserve a seat.

Family-Friendly Events and Highlights

  • Coin-Collecting Basics: Saturday, Mar. 30, 12 p.m., Room 412 – This class covers the nuances of coins and paper money, and shares tips on how to collect smart.
  • Coin Collecting 101: Thursday-Friday, Mar. 28-29, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Table 732 – Informal 30-minute discussions are intended for the numismatic newcomer, offering an introduction to the hobby and how to assemble a great collection.
  • Young Collectors Corner: A Workshop for Children: Saturday, Mar. 30, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.), Room 406 – Experienced numismatists share basic information about the hobby, including coin identification and production. Scouts are required to wear their uniforms to be eligible to earn the “Coin Collecting” merit badge or the “Fun with Money” patch.
  • Treasure Trivia: Thursday-Saturday, Mar. 28-30, Table 732 – Families and children learn about numismatics as they explore the bourse floor in search of answers to trivia questions. This free game is scheduled during public show hours.

Spectacular Exhibits

Museum Showcase features rare and historic items from the ANA’s Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo., and includes:

  • The 1804 Draped Bust U.S. Silver Dollar: The “King of U.S. Coins” is one of only 15 known examples and is insured for $4 million.
  • The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel: One of five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels made under mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint.
  • Bebee Error Notes: Rarely seen specimens from the famous Bebee collection of paper currency and uncut notes.
  • A 1933 $10 Eagle: In March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt halted the release of gold coins from the Mint to help reverse the tide of the Depression. This act created noteworthy gold coin rarities, including the spectacular 1933 eagle.
  • The 1943/44 Cent Case: In 1943, to save copper for World War II, the U.S. Mint produced Lincoln cents using steel instead of the normal bronze alloy. A few 1943 Lincoln cents were mistakenly made from left over 1942 bronze blanks instead of the zinc-coated steel creating an instant sensation. The same accident occurred in 1944 when the Mint returned to bronze cents – a few of the steel cent blanks were struck as 1944 cents. On display courtesy of the Dazzling Rarities Collection.

Food, Fun and Fellowship

Show attendees are invited to join the National Money Show’s host organization, Pennsylvania Association of Numismatics (PAN), for a banquet at LeMont Restaurant on Wednesday, Mar. 27. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m., dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to reserve a seat, visit www.pancoins.org.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thanks to the support of 11 dedicated sponsors, the National Money Show is guaranteed to be one of the most entertaining and educational numismatic events of the year. Sponsors include:

Corporate Sponsors:

  • Kagin’s Auctions – Table 500
  • Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) – Table 901
  • Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS)
  • Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) – Table 907

Other Sponsors:

  • Angel Dee’s Coins & Collectibles – Table 611
  • Carter Numismatics – Table 404
  • CDN Publishing – Table 605
  • Coleman Foster Rare Coins – Table 526
  • Kagin’s, Inc. – Table 501
  • RoundTable Trading – Table 704
  • U.S. Coins – Table 511

Host Club Organizations

The ANA is grateful to the following host clubs and their many volunteers for helping to pull together all the details of putting on a show:

  • Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists
  • North Hills Coin Club
  • South Hills Coin Club
  • Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society
  • George Washington Numismatic Society
  • West Penn Coin Club

For additional information about the show or to register to attend, visit www.nationalmoneyshow.com or call 719-482-9871.

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 www.money.org.

Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association’s annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 15. The awards were established to encourage young writers and promote future numismatic ­authors and ­researchers. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic books.

Article submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Bill Fivaz, Q. David Bowers and Kenneth Bressett. Awards will be presented in Colorado Springs at the ANA’s 2019 Summer Seminar in June. Those who are unable to attend will receive their awards by mail.


To compete in this year’s competition, participants must be ANA members. Submitted articles will focus on a numismatic topic of the competitor’s choice.

  • Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award
    Ages: 8-12
    Article should display basic knowledge of a numismatic topic. Creativity and original conclusions are encouraged.
    Suggested length: 450-900 words
  • Q. David Bowers Young Numismatist Literary Award
    Ages: 13-17
    Article should display advanced knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are encouraged. A bibliographic list of sources is recommended, but not required.
    Suggested length: 900-1,800 words
  • Kenneth E. Bressett Young Numismatist Literary Award
    Ages: 18-22
    Article should display in-depth knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are required, as is a bibliographic list of sources. ­Inclusion of charts, graphs, tables or other illustrations is encouraged.
    Suggested length: 1,800-3,600 words

Award Structure

The following prizes will be awarded in each of the three age categories:

  • First Place
    Certificate and $500 cash prize, plus a $500 voucher to help build a personal library of numismatic books produced by Whitman Publishing.
  • Second Place
    Certificate, plus a $200 book voucher from Whitman Publishing.
  • Third Place
    Certificate, plus a $100 book voucher from Whitman Publishing.

Completed entries should be emailed to magazine@money.org or sent to:

ANA Publications Department
c/o Cynthia Wood-Davies
818 N. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3279

For additional information, please contact Cynthia Wood-Davies, assistant editor of The Numismatist, at 719-482-9832, or email her at cwood-davies@money.org.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect 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 education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.

2019 United States Mint Proof Set Now Available

WASHINGTON – The 2019 United States Mint Proof Set® (product code 19RG) became available for purchase on March 1 at noon EST. The set is priced at $27.95.

This year, each United States Mint Proof Set comes with a 2019-dated premium penny bearing a “W” mint mark for the West Point Mint where it was produced. This special coin is packaged separately in clear United States Mint plastic wrap.

The 2019 United States Mint Proof Set is the first of three sets to include an additional premium penny with a “W” mint mark this year. The United States Mint Silver Proof Set® will include an additional premium penny in a reverse proof finish, and the United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® will include an additional premium penny in an uncirculated finish.

The proof set includes the following 10 coins from the San Francisco Mint:

  • Five America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coins honoring Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts), American Memorial Park (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam), San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas), and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho).
  • One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design depicting Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” The obverse design (heads) retains the central figure Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. The inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”
  • One Kennedy half dollar
  • One Roosevelt dime
  • One Jefferson nickel and
  • One Lincoln penny.

The lenses are packaged in a decorative carton that features an image of the Washington Monument at sunrise on the front. The back of the carton displays images of each America the Beautiful Quarters national site honored in 2019 (along with the year in which it was first established as a national site, its name, and the host jurisdiction), and the partial obverses of the remaining coins. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each set.

The Mint accepts orders at www.catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Shipping options are available at www.catalog.usmint.gov/customerservice/shipping.html.

The United States Mint Proof Set is also available for purchase through the Product Enrollment Program. Visit catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/ to learn more about this convenient ordering method.

PNG Strengthens Anti-Counterfeiting Bylaws

Temecula, California) March 11, 2019 – As part of the organization’s anti-counterfeiting efforts, the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) has added additional conduct restrictions to its Code of Ethics regarding involvement with fakes.

Four words, indicated here in italics, have been added and are now part of section seven of PNG’s By laws: “To refrain from knowingly participating in, abetting or dealing in counterfeit, altered, repaired or ‘doctored’ numismatic items without fully disclosing their status to my customers.”

The entire, revised PNG Code of Ethics can be found online at www.PNGdealers.org/code-of-ethics.

Combatting fakes in the marketplace is a major priority for the Professional Numismatists Guild. With its experienced leadership and financial support, PNG is providing administrative assistance to the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), an independent 501-c-3 nonprofit organization. ACEF oversees the important, ongoing work of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.

ACEF recently launched a new website, www.ACEFonline.org, to provide information to the public. Additionally, ACEF is providing education and awareness training for law enforcement agencies about counterfeit coins and fake third-party encapsulation holders.

For additional information about the Professional Numismatists Guild or the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation, contact the organizations at 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. The phone number is 951-587-8300. Or contact ACEF Director of Anti-Counterfeiting Beth Deisher at 567-202-1795.

PNG recently welcomed six new full members: James Collier of Nobel House Precious Investments in Fort Collins, Colorado; Carl Fusco of NPA Associates in Trumbull, Connecticut; Chris Dempsey of Dempsey & Baxter in Erie, Pennsylvania; Matthew McCormick of Missouri Coin Coin Des Peres, Missouri; David Melamud of ENUMISMAT in Staten Island, New York; and Barton Reames of Crossroads Coin, Inc. in Vandalia, Ohio.

PNG also recognized three new associate members: Elizabeth Coggan of Elizabeth Coggan Numismatics, LLC, in North Easton, Massachusetts; Chris Gehringer of Keystone Estate Specialists in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Russell Augustin of ACUM/RARCOA in Willowbrook, Illinois.

Hugh Wood of insurance broker Hugh Wood, Inc. in New York, New York recently joined as a PNG affiliate member.

United States Mint Rocketship™ Now Available for Purchase

WASHINGTON – The nation’s coin maker began accepting orders for the United States Mint Rocketship™ (product code 19XGC) on February 28 at noon EST. This is the first of three new products for kids the United States Mint (Mint) is releasing in 2019.

Priced at $9.95, the United States Mint Rocketship comes with one uncirculated 2019 Kennedy Half Dollar and one proof 2019 Native American $1 Coin whose reverse (tails) design honors American Indians in the space program. The coins are encapsulated and mounted on the Rocketship, which glows in the dark, and is held upright by two easels. A slot is available for the young collector to insert a favorite quarter.

The colorful packaging for the Rocketship features images of Mighty Minters™ Timothy and Lina, two of seven new coin-collecting ambassadors. The delightful characters—who also include Kendra, Sophie, Alex, Eli, and Layla—are designed to pique the interest of kids seven to 12 years of age.

The Mint accepts orders at www.catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Shipping options are available at www.catalog.usmint.gov/customerservice/shipping.html.

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