Updated on March 22 to add PNG statement.
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has announced its first “Dealer Day,” which will come to the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., on Aug. 9, a day before the World’s Fair of Money.
Both Dealer Day and the five-day World’s Fair, scheduled for Aug. 10-14, will be held in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, about 300 kilometres west of the Canada-U.S. border in Windsor, Ont.
“Dealer Day provides numismatic dealers an opportunity to preview and purchase the best inventory available from the association’s top purveyors of collectible coins, medals, paper money, tokens and related items,” according to a statement issued by the ANA this month.
The ANA is offering its dealer members a spot to sell on the Dealer Day bourse for $250 a table. Dealer Day will be open to the dealer community on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, the event is not open to the general public.
Admission for non-table holders is $125 at the door.
A “VIP package” with early admission to the World’s Fair of Money the following day is also available for $225.
Representatives from both Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – the later of which is the ANA’s official rare coin authentication and grading service – will be on-site to accept submissions during the show. No on-site grading will be available.
Dealer Day attendees also will have access to lot viewing on Aug. 9 for the various World’s Fair of Money auctions to be held later that week by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
PNG PRESIDENT FEELS SLIGHTED
On March 15, Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) President Richard Weaver published an open statement about the ANA’s decision to host its first Dealers Day after it “declined to renew our contract for PNG Day this year for the first time in over 40 years.”
“This was incredibly surprising, given that the Professional Numismatists Guild and its members have always supported the ANA and its endeavors, including giving up the PNG Day format to support ANA’s request for a PNG/ANA Trade Show to prevent competition to the World’s Fair of Money,” added Weaver, who claimed the ANA’s decision “was made without any prior discussion or consultation with PNG.”
“Not only were we not given the opportunity to negotiate, we were not even afforded the common courtesy of an explanation. We feel strongly that this is a slap in the face to PNG and its members.”
Weaver added, “We need to remind the ANA that dealers and collectors — including PNG dealers and their customers — are a large part of what makes ANA events successful. Remember, the public could attend the PNG Day events on the eve of the ANA summer conventions, but the public will not be permitted to attend the August 9 ANA Dealer Day.”
In response, PNG will host its own event, “PNG50,” for its members “to preview and trade the best inventory prior to the ANA Dealer Day,” Weaver said. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency DFW Hotel in Dallas, Texas, on July 28-29.
For more details about PNG50, visit pngdealers.org.
CANADA-U.S. BORDER CLOSURE
While the Canada-U.S. border has been closed since last March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, some politicians south of the border are calling on the Biden administration to re-open the land crossings by early July.
In a recent letter addressed to U.S. President Joe Biden, New York Representative Brian Higgins asked the Biden administration to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for “a partial re-opening of the Northern Border by Memorial Day of this year with a full re-opening by July 4.”
The closure “tears at the fabric of our community and is a critical problem for individuals, families, and businesses,” Higgins wrote.
“Given the economic and social costs the border closure has had on the region, we must prioritize efforts to expand essential traveler exceptions and plan for an incremental re-opening now.”
In Canada, a “top official” with the Prime Minister’s Office told CTV News “we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re not there yet.”
Trudeau and Biden first spoke in a face-to-face virtual meeting on Feb. 23, when the countries’ leaders discussed COVID-19 and economic recovery in a new “Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership,” CTV reported. This roadmap included how to “ease Canada-U.S. border restrictions in the future,” the report added; however, “neither Biden nor Trudeau have provided a timeline on the matter.”
Renewed monthly, the Canada-U.S. border restrictions are currently set to expire on March 21.