The 2016 World’s Fair of Money® in Anaheim, Calif. is fast approaching, and so are many of the registration deadlines for the August 9-13 show, which will be held in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center.
The five-day event will feature more than 1,000 dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items; a wide range of technical seminars and educational presentations by notable numismatists; major auctions by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions; as well as the ANA Museum Showcase, exhibiting priceless rarities from the Money Museum and private collections.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. August 9-12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13. Admission is $8 for adults; ANA members and children 12 and under are always free.
World’s Fair of Money Registration
ANA members are encouraged to pre-register for the World’s Fair of Money to receive 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 15 will receive member credentials in the mail.
Attendees interested in becoming wiser collectors are encouraged to sign-up for the ANA’s pre-convention two-day Technical Series Seminars. Both seminars will take place August 7-8 at the Hilton Anaheim, located across the street from the convention center. From the fundamentals of grading United States coins to the more advanced techniques of detecting counterfeit gold coinage, the technical seminars offer proven tips and tools to enhance any collector’s numismatic skills and enjoyment of the hobby.
ANA members who register online by June 24 will receive a $20 enrollment discount; life members receive an additional $40 off.
Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins
- Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (each day)
- Instructors: Rod Gillis, ANA education director; Sam Gelberd, ANA numismatic educator
Knowledge of coin grading not only helps collectors be more confident on the bourse floor, but helps take the worry out of numismatic purchases. The two-day seminar covers many topics and emphasizes the fundamental principles of grading circulated U.S. coins, including the history and evolution of grading standards, analysis of a coin’s focal points, technical and market grading, how to determine initial signs of wear and evaluating surface marks, strike, luster and eye appeal.
Detecting Counterfeit U.S. Gold Coinage
- Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (each day)
- Instructor: Brian Silliman, professional numismatist, and former NGC grader/conserver
Many collectors and dealers have unwittingly bought and sold deceptive counterfeits of U.S. gold coins. It’s a humbling and expensive mistake to make. But detecting counterfeit U.S. gold coins is relatively easy to learn. Through digital presentation and extensive hands on coin exercises, students will learn the genuine characteristics and counterfeit diagnostics needed to authenticate most U.S. gold coins.
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 individual creativity is rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display. The application deadline is June 17.
To download an exhibit application, visit www.worldsfairofmoney.com. 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
ANA member clubs have the opportunity to reserve a club table in the club midway at the World’s Fair of Money; the deadline to reserve a table is June 24. Member clubs also receive complimentary meeting space at ANA conventions; the deadline to reserve a meeting rooms is July 8. Club Midway applications, and meeting room request forms can be found online at www.worldsfairofmoney.com. For additional information, contact Jennifer Croak at (719) 482-9849, or email her at [email protected].
The deadline to book hotel rooms at a special rate for the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money is July 5, or until the ANA hotel block has been filled. Attendees are encouraged to book rooms now at any of the ANA recommended hotels. Mention the World’s Fair of Money to secure the special promotional rate; see individual hotels for guaranteed rates. For a complete list of ANA preferred hotels, visit [email protected].
ANA 125 Anniversary Reception
Join the ANA in celebrating this milestone birthday at a special 125th Anniversary Reception at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Anaheim Hilton. Enjoy the comradery of fellow numismatists, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a special 125th anniversary keepsake. Tickets are priced at $25 per person. Pre-registration is strongly advised.
Awards Banquet and Silent Auction
The ANA awards banquet honors members and outstanding individuals for their dedication and work advancing the hobby of numismatics. The annual banquet will take place August 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim in room California D. Banquet attendees are invited to bid on fabulous auction lots that will benefit the Robert Lecce Advanced Scholarship Fund while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow collectors. Those who register by July 22 receive a $15 ticket discount.
Disneyland Resort Tickets
World’s Fair of Money show attendees have the opportunity to purchase Disneyland Resort tickets at a discounted rate. Tickets are for pre-arrival purchase only, and will not be valid for same day arrival. The deadline to purchase tickets is August 8 at 9 p.m. PST.
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