Coin collectors are enthusiastically anticipating the National Money Show in Pittsburgh, March 28-30. The three-day event, sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA), is expected to attract thousands of coin collectors from Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. eager to buy, sell and see more than $100 million of historic numismatic treasures.
Nearly 200 coin dealers will be on hand offering the finest numismatic inventory available; the U.S. Mint also will be in attendance with numerous popular products. Many of the numismatic experts present will provide free, informal evaluations of the public’s old coins and paper money. Kagin’s, the official auctioneer of the show, will conduct a three-session live auction featuring a diverse selection of U.S. coins, world banknotes, and U.S. currency. A plethora of educational presentations, family activities, and fascinating exhibits round out the happenings.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 28 and 29, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 30. ANA members can enter the show 30 minutes before the public. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. Admission is $8 for adults, but ANA members and children 12 and under are always free. The event will take place in Hall B of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
For up-to-the-minute show information visit money.org/NationalMoneyShow.
Learning Experiences Await Collectors
For more than a century, the ANA has offered the finest numismatic education in the hobby, which continues in Pittsburgh with free hour-long Money Talks lectures. These presentations cover a variety of numismatic topics and research. Presentations take place Thursday and Friday, Mar. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Steering the Course of the Hobby’s Flagship Publication – Barbara Gregory, Thursday at 10 a.m.
- Civil War Storecards: Latest Research and New Finds Since the 3rd Edition – Mark Gatcha, Thursday at 11 a.m.
- Lewis and Clark’s Impact on U.S. Coinage and Currency, and Pittsburgh’s Role in this Historic Expedition – Rob Throckmorton and Richard Gaetano, Thursday at 12 p.m.
- Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth – Douglas Mudd, Thursday at 1 p.m.
- Seige Note: The Currency of War – Lawrence C. Korchnak, PhD., Thursday at 2 p.m.
- Strategies to Dispose of Your Collection – Rod Gillis, Thursday at 3 p.m.
- What’s In Mickey’s Pocket: Disney Dollars – Paige Price, Friday at 10 a.m.
- Don Everhart: A Career in Coin Design – Don Everhart, Friday at 11 a.m.
- Rex Magnae Britanniae: The Final Coinage Reform of James VI of Scotland – E. Tomlinson Fort, Friday at 12 p.m.
- Future Trends of Traditional Coin Collecting in Modern China – Leo Wang, Friday at 1 p.m.
- Astrological Calendar Medals of the Vienna, Austria Mint – Simcha L. Kuritzky, Friday at 2 p.m.
- Never Say “Banal” Objects: Tokens and Erotic Tesserae from Hellenistic and Roman Sicily – Antonino Crisà, Friday at 3 p.m.
The Legacy Series acquaints collectors with the legends, heroes, and icons of numismatics. Moderated by Barbara Gregory, editor-in-chief of The Numismatist, this year’s Legacy Series recognizes Don Everhart, former U.S. Mint lead sculpture and engraver. The interview takes place on Thursday, Mar. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 414 of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Admission is free, but space is limited. Call 800-514-2646 to reserve a seat.
Family-Friendly Events and Highlights
- Coin-Collecting Basics: Saturday, Mar. 30, 12 p.m., Room 412 – This class covers the nuances of coins and paper money and shares tips on how to collect smart.
- Coin Collecting 101: Thursday-Friday, Mar. 28-29, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Table 732 – Informal 30-minute discussions are intended for the numismatic newcomer, offering an introduction to the hobby and how to assemble a great collection.
- Young Collectors Corner: A Workshop for Children: Saturday, Mar. 30, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.), Room 406 – Experienced numismatists share basic information about the hobby, including coin identification and production. Scouts are required to wear their uniforms to be eligible to earn the “Coin Collecting” merit badge or the “Fun with Money” patch.
- Treasure Trivia: Thursday-Saturday, Mar. 28-30, Table 732 – Families and children learn about numismatics as they explore the bourse floor in search of answers to trivia questions. This free game is scheduled during public show hours.
Show attendees have the opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful and valuable coins, paper money and related numismatic treasures not seen anywhere else. Collector-produced exhibits are among the most popular features at every show, with individual creativity rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display. The Museum Showcase features rare and historic items from the ANA’s Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and includes:
- The 1804 Draped Bust U.S. Silver Dollar: The “King of U.S. Coins” is one of only 15 known examples and is insured for $4 million.
- The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel: One of five known 1913 Liberty Head nickels made under mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint.
- Bebee Error Notes: Rarely seen specimens from the famous Bebee collection of paper currency and uncut notes.
- A 1933 $10 Eagle: In March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt halted the release of gold coins from the Mint to help reverse the tide of the Depression. This act created noteworthy gold coin rarities, including the spectacular 1933 eagle.
- The 1943/44 Cent Case: In 1943, to save copper for World War II, the U.S. Mint produced Lincoln cents using steel instead of the normal bronze alloy. A few 1943 Lincoln cents were mistakenly made from leftover 1942 bronze blanks instead of the zinc-coated steel creating an instant sensation. The same accident occurred in 1944 when the Mint returned to bronze cents – a few of the steel cent blanks were struck as 1944 cents. On display courtesy of the Dazzling Rarities Collection.
Food, Fun, and Fellowship
Show attendees are invited to join the National Money Show’s host organization, Pennsylvania Association of Numismatics (PAN), for a banquet at LeMont Restaurant on Wednesday, Mar. 27. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m., dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to reserve a seat, visit www.pancoins.org.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Thanks to the support of 11 dedicated sponsors, the National Money Show is guaranteed to be one of the most entertaining and educational numismatic events of the year. Sponsors include:
- Kagin’s Auctions – Table 500
- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) – Table 901
- Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS)
- Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) – Table 907
- Angel Dee’s Coins & Collectibles – Table 611
- Carter Numismatics – Table 404
- CDN Publishing – Table 605
- Coleman Foster Rare Coins – Table 526
- Kagin’s, Inc. – Table 501
- RoundTable Trading – Table 704
- U.S. Coins – Table 511
- Host Club Organizations
The ANA is grateful to the following host clubs and their many volunteers for helping to pull together all the details of putting on a show:
- Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists
- North Hills Coin Club
- South Hills Coin Club
- Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society
- George Washington Numismatic Society
- West Penn Coin Club
For additional information about the show or to register to attend, visit www.nationalmoneyshow.com or call (719) 482-9871.