Barker Recipient of Highest ANA Award for Young Collectors

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) highest accomplishment for a young collector is being named ANA Young Numismatist of the Year. The honor is given to those who show exceptional achievement in the hobby. Due to her outstanding contributions to the hobby, this year’s recipient is Kelly Barker. She was recognized for her accomplishments during a virtual event on Wednesday, July 13, by ANA President Dr. Ralph Ross with Barker’s friends and family.

When she was a tyke, Barker’s brother and father encouraged her to join them in searching for “Wheaties” in rolls of Lincoln cents. Her interest in collecting heightened when she attended local coin shows with her family, and she became an ANA member by the time she was in 5th grade. She enrolled in the “Coins for A’s” program and earned 32 pieces over the past eight years.

Now 18 years old, Barker has attended numerous conventions, often as a page or other volunteer, including the World’s Fair of Money® (WFM) and the National Money Show®. An eager participant in the ANA’s young numismatist activities (YN), the Delaware resident has completed The Dollar Project, regularly attends the annual online YN auctions, and achieved first place twice in her age group in National Coin Week challenges.

Skilled with the written word, Barker also earned the first place Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award in 2016, and she is in the process of publishing her first novel, a mystery for young adults.

A soccer player and a runner, the athletic collector also has a talent for exhibiting, and her “Treasures of the Sea” display won second place at the 2018 WFM. The future is certainly bright for this positive and creative collector who is helping to grow the hobby by teaching her peers about her favorite numismatic topics. Barker heads to Virginia Tech in the fall to major in creative writing, sports and converting new friends to numismatics

NGC Special Label for the Just Released 2022 Purple Heart Commemorative Coins

The 2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coins have started shipping after the US Mint made them available for preorder in February. Surcharges from each coin sold by the US Mint will support the National Purple Heart Honor Mission.

NGC is honored to have an exclusive partnership with the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, the coin’s congressionally designated beneficiary organization, to offer collectors a special certification label featuring the organization’s logo for the US Mint’s commemorative coins.

Submit your coins and get the exclusive NGC National Purple Heart Honor Mission special label!

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$100 Million of Rare Coins and Gold Rush Sunken Treasure at Chicago World’s Fair of Money®

The public can view historic coins, banknotes and medals, and learn what their old money may be worth at this family-friendly event

More than $100 million of historic rare coins and currency including the first Midwest displays of recovered California Gold Rush sunken treasure, centuries-old George Washington medals, and a mis-made 1943 penny valued at $1 million will be displayed at the family-friendly Chicago World’s Fair of Money® ( in Rosemont, Illinois, August 16-20, 2022.

Visitors can also see museum-quality displays of documents signed by Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and others; a $3 million nickel; and a rare silver dollar insured for $4 million. Another highlight of the show will be an extraordinary exhibit of historic California Gold Rush artifacts recovered from the 1857 sinking of the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S. Central America, including the remnants of a Wells Fargo treasure shipment box.

“More than 500 dealers will be buying and selling rare coins, vintage paper money, medals and tokens in all price ranges, as well as gold and silver. The U.S. Mint will be in attendance along with recently-appointed Mint Director, Ventris Gibson. Many of the experts will provide free, informal evaluations of the public’s old money,” said Kim Kiick, executive director of the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (, organizer of the five-day event.

“The public can take photos with costumed Abraham Lincoln and Ben Franklin reenactors and participate in educational seminars, and children can enjoy a treasure trivia game,” she added.

“Money is history you can hold in your hands. Every coin, banknote, medal or token has a story to tell about people, places and events,” explained Dr. Ralph Ross, president of the 28,000-member organization. “The World’s Fair of Money is an educational event open to everyone. It is considered the biggest week of the year for coin collectors and anyone interested in the fascinating history of money.”

Attendees can book a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare or the Hilton Rosemont hotels at a reduced convention rate. The special ANA rate is guaranteed until July 19 or until the ANA hotel blocks have been filled. Mention the World’s Fair of Money when booking to secure the promotional rate.

Hosted by the Chicago Coin Club, the Chicago World’s Fair of Money will be held in Hall F of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, in Rosemont.

Public hours are Tuesday, August 16, from 1 to 6 pm; Wednesday through Friday, August 17 to 19, from 10am to 6 pm; and Saturday, August 20, from 10 am to 4 pm. (Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.)

Public admission Tuesday through Friday is $10 daily. Children 12 and under are admitted free daily and admission is free for everyone on Saturday.

Corporate sponsors of the World’s Fair of Money include GreatCollections®, the ANA’s official auctioneer; and Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC®), Paper Money Guaranty (PMG®) and Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS®), the ANA’s official grading and conservation service.

Additional information about the American Numismatic Association is available by visiting or calling (719) 632-2646. To learn more about the World’s Fair of Money, visit, call (800) 482-9828 or email

NGC, NCS and PMG Appointed the Official Grading and Conservation Services of the ANA

NGC, NCS and PMG are thrilled to announce that the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has once again selected the companies to serve as the organization’s exclusive Official Grading and Conservation Services.

The close relationship between the ANA and NGC, NCS and PMG began in 1995, when NGC was chosen as the ANA’s exclusive Official Coin Grading Service. NCS was added as the ANA’s Official Coin Conservation Service in 2000, and PMG became the ANA’s Official Paper Money Grading Service in 2007. The renewed agreement will continue the beneficial partnership, which is founded in a shared commitment to the advancement of the hobby.

The ANA’s partnership with NGC, NCS and PMG includes an exclusive $15 discount for ANA members who join NGC, NCS and PMG for the first time. As a paid member of NGC, NCS and PMG, collectors get direct submission privileges in addition to many other great benefits that come with the companies’ expert grading and conservation services.

“We are very excited to be extending our partnership with NGC, NCS and PMG,” said Kim Kiick, Executive Director of the ANA. “For 27 years, we have worked closely together to support the best interests of collectors, and we continue to select NGC, NCS and PMG as our Official Grading and Conservation Services based on the value, safety and trust that their services provide.”

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2022 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® Available July 12

WASHINGTON – The 2022 United States Mint (Mint) Uncirculated Coin Set will be available for purchase on July 12 at noon (EDT). The set contains two cards of ten coins each—one from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and the other from the United States Mint at Denver. The following coins are included, along with a certificate of authenticity:

Five 2022 American Women Quarters™ honoring:

  • Maya Angelou–celebrated writer, performer, and social activist
  • Dr. Sally Ride–physicist and first American woman in space
  • Wilma Mankiller–first woman elected principal chief of the Cherokee Nation
  • Nina Otero-Warren–a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement
  • Anna May Wong–first Chinese American woman to be a Hollywood film star, director, and producer

One Native American $1 Coin featuring Ely S. Parker, who served as military secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during the U.S. Civil War. During the surrender at Appomattox, Parker rendered formal surrender documents in his own hand. Parker is shown with a quill pen and book, and a likeness of his graceful signature, as symbols of his experience as an expert communicator. The inscriptions “TONAWANDA SENECA” and “HA-SA-NO-AN-DA” recognize his tribe and the name given to him at birth. Additional inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” The obverse retains the central figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

One Kennedy half dollar
One Roosevelt dime
One Jefferson nickel
One Lincoln penny

The 2022 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set is priced at $25.25. Production is limited to 250,000 units. To initiate a REMIND ME alert, visit (product code 22RJ). This recurring set is also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Structured like a magazine subscription, this program affords customers the convenience of signing up to receive automatic shipments of products in a series. The shipments continue until the enrollment is cancelled. For details, visit

This set is sold through the Numismatic Bulk Purchase Program and the Authorized Bulk Purchase Program.

Additional United States Mint annual coin sets are available at

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of June 28, 2022, at noon EDT.

Please use the United States Mint catalog site at as your primary source of the most current information on products and services, or call 800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

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