Chicago to Host 2019’s Biggest Numismatic Event: ANA World’s Fair of Money

Chicago World's Fair of Money - August 13-17, 2019

Every year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) hosts the World’s Fair of Money in a major metropolitan market. It is a convention that features all things related to coin collecting and draws thousands of collectors from around the world. This year, the ANA is returning to Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, August 13-17.

Attendees can find out what their old coins and paper money might be worth, build their collections from the best numismatic inventory available anywhere, and participate in live auctions with Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries. More than 500 dealers from across the nation will be on the bourse floor buying, selling and trading.

Amazing collections of historic rare coins and currency are always a popular draw at the World’s Fair of Money. Attendees can see a Lincoln cent that sold for $1 million, a famous $3 million nickel, and treasures from private collections.

The convention also offers lectures and seminars presented by some of the leading names in the hobby, kids activities and abundant opportunities for networking and fellowship.

Show hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14-16; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. 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 Now for Early Access

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. Members who register by July 22 will receive member credentials in the mail, allowing them to skip the show registration lines.

Engaging Educational Opportunities Offered

Two ANA seminars are being offered in conjunction with the World’s Fair of Money. With a reputation for high-quality, hands-on numismatic learning opportunities, attending a course is an ideal way for collectors to expand their numismatic knowledge. This year’s featured classes are:

Coin Conservation, Authentication, and Grading

Three-Day Seminar

An intensive seminar emphasizing the most essential numismatic skills for collectors of any level. Instruction includes digital presentations, open discussion, and hands-on coin examination.

  • Instructor: Brian Silliman
  • Date & Time: Aug. 10-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $350 for ANA members; $450 for non-members​
  • Location: David E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.

Numismatic Digital Photography

Two-Day Seminar

Learn how to take great photographs of the items in their collections. Instructors describe camera and computer requirements, provide hands-on guidance in basic and intermediate photography techniques, and review editing software applications. Although not required, students are encouraged to bring their own macro capable digital cameras and high-speed laptop computers.

  • Instructors: Clark Fogg and David Heinrich
  • Date & Time: Aug. 11-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 for ANA members; $350 for non-members
  • Location: David E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Ill.

The registration deadline for seminars is June 28.

Lock in Hotel Discount Now

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel offers special discounts to those attending the convention. Receive the special ANA rate by mentioning the World’s Fair of Money when reserving a room. Rate is guaranteed until July 13 or until the ANA hotel block has been filled.

For more information, call (888) 448-3262 or visit

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