U.S. moneymakers to highlight their distinguished history, products and treasures at Aug. 1-5 coin show
The U.S. Mint and the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will be sharing booth #478 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, which opens today at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
As the United States’ producers of currency and coins, the Mint and BEP and have made history by connecting Americans through coins and currency. The bureaus are slated to highlight their “distinguished histories, product excellence, and dedicated employees” throughout this week’s convention.
The festivities begin today at 12:45 p.m., when BEP Director Len Olijar and Mint Acting Deputy Director David Motl will participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
BILLION DOLLAR EXHIBIT
BEP is showcasing its “Billion Dollar Exhibit,” which features more than $1 billion worth of rare antique currency, including sheets of $100,000 currency notes, U.S. Treasury Bonds and gold and silver Certificates. A technical expert will demonstrate currency production on a 19th-century spider press.
As a special treat for collectors, the mint will display two of the 10 “1933 Gold Double Eagles” that were the subject of 11 years of litigation, which was recently resolved in favour of the U.S. government. The “1974-D Aluminum Cent” recovered in 2016 will also be displayed.
The coins are “a part of the rich history of the mint as it celebrates its 225th anniversary,” reads a statement issued by the mint. “This rare experimental test piece as well as the last gold coins intended for circulation will be on display during show hours each day.”
PRODUCTS FOR SALE
BEP will also offer the following new products for sale at the World’s Fair of Money:
- the 2017 $2 Single Note Collection, which features four $2 notes with serial numbers beginning with 2017; and
- “Constitution Series – Judicial,” which is the third and final print in the 2017 Intaglio Print Subscription Program that features three cards—Legislative, Executive, and Judicial (branches of the U.S. federal government). This series is dedicated to the U.S. Constitution and features a compilation of unique, engraved vignettes focusing on the age-old art of intaglio printing.
U.S. MINT ACTIVITIES
In addition to its display, the Mint will also:
- unveil the designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters program;
- display the 2017 225th anniversary silver four-medal set;
- provide children the opportunity to gather information on the mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change website to engage in educational activities, learn about mint programs and operations and gain an understanding of the link between coins and U.S. history and culture;
- provide attendees access to opt-in as a mint customer to receive product updates and alerts;
- conduct a “Treasure Trivia” game in which children visit specific locations on the bourse to answer trivia questions designed to instill an appreciation for numismatics;
- participate in the World Mints Passport Program, an exciting program in which visitors collect coins from participating mints;
- provide the most recently released America the Beautiful Quarters coin for even exchange;
- conduct live tweets on the daily activities; and
- assist visitors in downloading its mobile application, MyUSMint.
For more information about the World’s Fair of Money, visit money.org/worldsfairofmoney.