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Influence & Power of Images Topic of Sundman Lecture Series

Meet presenters, discuss lectures during special gourmet luncheon

This year’s Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series looks at the power and influence of images depicted on money. The lecture series will be presented Aug. 8 during the American Numismatic Association’s 2012 World’s Fair of MoneySM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The lectures will take place in Room 104B and are free and open to all attending the show.

Four speakers will deliver talks on this year’s topic, “The Influence & Power of Images.”


10 a.m.: “The First Issue of the Supreme Junta of Zitácuaro and Theories on Early Mexican Symbolism.” Presenter Max A. Keech discusses how the symbolism of Mexico was introduced on coinage made during the country’s War for Independence in 1811. Often misunderstood, Keech explains the origins of symbols such as the Mexican national emblem of an eagle perched on a cactus.

11:15 a.m.: “The State Seals on Series 1875-1882 National Bank Notes.” Author and noted researcher Peter Huntoon discusses how the state seals depicted on National Bank Notes were used as advertising vehicles – promoting opportunity, abundance, industry, natural wonders and much more.

2 p.m.: “A Handful of Symbolism: Discover the Message behind Hands Depicted on Coins, Notes and More.” Presenter William Myers demonstrates how hands have been used to convey messages and ideas on money since ancient times.

3:15 p.m.: “Picture This – Nano-Imaging Provides Insight Into Modern Fakes.” Author Fred N. Holabird’s talk shows what can be learned by looking closer, literally. Recent work on state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopes has provided new insights into the sub-microscopic world of precious metals, providing a better understanding of the differences in man-made metallic objects, particularly coins and ingots.


Enjoy lunch with this year’s lecturers at a catered, gourmet luncheon from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Aug. 8 in Room 303A, near the lecture area. Attendees may choose from steak, chicken or a vegetarian option. The luncheon is $15 per person and is underwritten by the Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Co. Lecture Series Endowment and David Sundman. To register for the luncheon, call 719-482-9850 (registration required by Aug. 3).

The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features more than 1,100 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase, exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; a major auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.


Show hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. Save $2 on admission by downloading a coupon at For more information, call 719-482-9849.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to


American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society
The American Numismatic Society (ANS), organized in 1858 and incorporated in 1865 in New York State, operates as a research museum and is recognized as a publicly supported organization. "The mission of The American Numismatic Society is to be the preeminent national institution advancing the study and appreciation of coins, medals and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents, by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection and library, by supporting scholarly research and publications, and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences."

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