Upwards to 9,000 collectors are expected to attend this year’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago.
The popular five-day convention is sponsored by the non-profit American Numismatic Association (ANA), featuring displays from government and private mints from around the world, and more than 1,000 coin and currency dealers who are buying and selling items ranging in price from only a dollar to more than a million dollars.
The theme of this year’s convention is Hands Across The Boarder, as a partnership between the ANA and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA).
“The hobby has no borders,” ANA President Walter Ostromecki told the Canadian Coin News. “The hobby extends beyond that and we need to recognize clubs and groups from around the world.”
“Not only do we want to promote the hobby, but we want to promote the future of the hobby,” Ostromecki added.
Highlights of the convention, being held in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago, include:
- Eye-opening exhibits of numismatic treasures from the ANA’s Money Museum in Colorado, including a $2.5 million rare nickel formerly owned by a Milwaukee man who frequently carried it in his pocket to show strangers, and a display of ancient gold coins of the legendary 12 Caesars of the Roman Empire;
- Visitors also can see a U.S. $10,000 denomination bill printed in the 1930s and educational items of important early American money including the first coin authorized by President George Washington, a rare 1792 silver half “disme” (an early spelling of dime);
- United States Mint is selling the new dual-dated 1964-2014 President John F. Kennedy half dollars struck in gold. Only 500 are being sold per show day, limited to one per person.
- Public auction of rare coins and currency conducted by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
For more details, go to the convention’s website: www.worldsfairofmoney.com.