ANA World’s Fair of Money Coming to Philadelphia

American Numismatic Association - World's Fair of Money

The 2018 World’s Fair of Money® in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania is fast approaching, and so are many of the registration deadlines for the August 14-18 show, which will be held in Hall D and E of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 1101 Arch St.

Show hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15-17; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. ANA members can enter the show 30 minutes before the public. Admission is $8 for adults; ANA members and children 12 and under are always free. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.

Register online by July 3 for event and seminar discounts.

ANA 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA

Deadlines at a Glance

ANA 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA

Educational Opportunities

Attendees interested in becoming wiser collectors are encouraged to sign-up for the ANA’s pre-convention Technical Series Seminars. The seminars take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, located adjacent to the convention center. ANA members who register online by June 29 receive a $25 enrollment discount; life members receive an additional $40 off.

Coin Grading, Problem Coins & Conservation

(Prior to the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money)

The biggest mistake collectors and dealers make is buying coins they shouldn’t have purchased in the first place—coins that have grade, surface or conservation issues that they didn’t see.

This seminar will help students avoid costly mistakes by developing their grading skills and teaching them to spot a wide variety of surface problems, enhancements, alterations and conservation issues that can adversely affect a coin’s grade. The material covered is comprehensive and suitable for novice and experienced collectors. The seminar uses images, discussion and hands-on examination of hundreds of coins in the ANA’s Grading Sets.

  • Instructor: Brian Silliman
  • Date & Time: August 12-13; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $259; Register by June 29 for a $25 discount. ANA life members save an additional $40.
  • Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

ANA 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA

An Introduction to Collecting Ancient Greek & Roman Coins

(Prior to the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money)

Students will learn the basics of collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins in this two-day class, designed specifically for new and beginning collectors.

Topics include a general survey of ancient coins, how to build a basic reference library, utilizing the Internet for collecting and research, and learning the basics of detecting counterfeits. Participants are encouraged to bring their own coins for discussion.

  • Instructor: Kerry K. Wetterstrom
  • Date & Time: August 12-13; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $259; Register by June 29 for a $25 discount. ANA life members save an additional $40.
  • Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

ANA 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

(During the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money)

Learn the basics of numismatic photography: from shooting images to preparing them for the web, presentations or publication using Adobe Photoshop.

Students should bring their own “macro-capable” cameras and several coins they would like to photograph, and are encouraged to bring their own high-speed laptops and software.

  • Instructor: Clark Fogg and David Heinrich
  • Date & Time: August 16-17; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
  • Cost: $359; Register by June 29 for a $25 discount. ANA life members save an additional $40.
  • Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center

ANA 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA

Collector Exhibits

Collector exhibits are among the most popular features at every ANA show. It’s a great opportunity for hobbyists to share their collections and research with fellow numismatists through high-quality displays. The application deadline is June 15.

Download the exhibit application here.

Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected] or sent to:

American Numismatic Association
Attention: Exhibit Coordinator
818 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Member Badges

ANA members are encouraged to pre-register for the World’s Fair of Money to receive advance bourse credentials and badges. Member badges provide show attendees access to the bourse floor 30 minutes prior to the show opening. Those who register by July 27 will receive member credentials in the mail.

Convention Medal

Commemorate the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money with a silver or bronze Convention Medal. The 2018 medals are designed by Jamie Franki and sculpted by noted medallic artist Heidi Wastweet.

Obverse: William Penn; English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker, and founder of the British North American colony the Province of Pennsylvania.

Reverse: Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture, located in JFK Plaza near Philadelphia’s City Hall.

Medals are available as a convention medal badge (1.5” bronze medal with a ribbon drape) $20; Bronze Medal (2.75”) $65; or as a two-medal (1.5” bronze medal and 1.5” .999 FS medal, numbered) set for $100. Shipping is $6.95 per order.

To pre-order, call 800-514-2646 or visit the Shop the ANA area (booth #99) at the show.

Member Clubs

ANA member clubs can reserve a table in the club midway at the World’s Fair of Money; the deadline to reserve a table is June 16. Member clubs also receive complimentary meeting space at ANA conventions; the deadline to reserve a meeting room is June 1.

Club Midway applications, and meeting room request forms can be found online here. For additional information, contact Christie Cooper at (719) 482-9849, or email her at [email protected].

Hotel Reservations

The deadline to book a Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel room at a special rate for the World’s Fair of Money is July 19, or until the ANA hotel block has been filled. Mention the World’s Fair of Money to secure the special promotional rate. Click here for additional details.

ANA 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA

Sundman Luncheon

To highlight the Founding Father’s role in shaping U.S. money, the 2018 theme for the Sundman Lecture Series is “Fugio to Franklins: The Influence of Poor Richard”.

Enjoy lunch with this year’s lecturers at a catered, gourmet luncheon from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Aug. 15 in Room 126A, near the lecture area. Attendees may choose from roasted chicken breast, grilled skirt steak, or a vegetarian option.

Sundman Lecture Presenters

10:00 AM—Raymond Williams: “The Influence of Ben Franklin on Early American Money”

11:15 AM—John Colley: “Benjamin Franklin—A lightning Rod for American Numismatics”

2:00 PM—David McCarthy: Franklin’s Correspondence on a Contract Coinage for the United States

3:15 PM—Rod Gillis: “Benjamin Franklin and His Influence on Modern Coinage”

The luncheon is $15 per person and is underwritten by Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Co. Lecture Series Endowment and David Sundman. Registration is required by July 27.

Legacy Series

Visitors to the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money are invited to attend the ANA’s Legacy Reception to celebrate the contributions of California coin dealers, Ira and Larry Goldberg.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Seating is limited.

The event is free to attend, although registration is required by July 27.

For additional information or to register for the event, contact Meghan Reed at (719) 482-9810.

Awards Banquet & Silent Auction

The ANA awards banquet honors members and outstanding individuals for their dedication and work advancing the hobby of numismatics. The annual banquet takes place Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in the Liberty Ballroom.

A highlight of the banquet is the silent auction. Banquet attendees can bid on fabulous auction lots (benefiting the Robert Lecce Advanced Scholarship Fund) while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow collectors. Those who register by July 3 receive a $10 ticket discount.

Kick-Off Event

Join us for a special Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money kick-off event! The Museum of the American Revolution brings to life the events, people and ideals of our nation’s founding.

Through Revolutionary-era artifacts, immersive environments, theater experiences, and recreated historical moments, you’ll experience the dynamic story of the American Revolution from its origins to ultimate victory and its continuing relevance.

The ticket price of $50 includes round-trip shuttle transportation from the convention center, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Space is limited, so register early.

For additional information, contact Donna Frater, the ANA’s fund development manager, at (719) 482-9856.

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