John Burns Traveling Reference Coin Library to Debut at ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists ….

Ed Krivoniak at the John Burns Memorial Reference Library

The John Burns Memorial Reference Library will have its traveling debut at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA’s) World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Chicago, Illinois on August 11-15, 2015.

It has been produced as a result of the remaining money in the John Burns Memorial Fund that was created upon the unexpected passing of the well-known numismatic book dealer on January 11, 2014.

Photo Caption: Ed Krivoniak takes advantage of the John Burns Memorial Traveling Reference Library.

The purpose of the library is to provide a welcome area to relax and browse through the numismatic reference books on the shelves. The books are part of John’s inventory along with additional book donations from friends and colleagues.

Coin show attendees are welcome to use the books but are not permitted to take them off the show floor. All borrowed books must be returned to the shelves before exiting the coin show. The library has been set up as a test run at the last two PAN coin shows and proved to be very popular with collectors, dealers, and exhibit judges. The Burns library will be transported to the World’s Fair of Money to be set up at booth location #1959 on ANA show floor.

A dedication ceremony will take place at the library booth location on Thursday August 13th at 3:00pm. The invitation is open to anyone with interest. PAN is also in need of continued financial support and book donations to build this innovative new coin show feature. The goal is to garner monies through the John Burns Memorial Fund so that it can continue as a regular component at future ANA shows and other major and minor coin shows. PAN board members manage the Burns Memorial Fund and the library travel arrangements. Donations of money or books are needed to keep this idea a reality in the future.

More information can be found on the PAN website on the Donate to PAN page.

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  1. The PAN board members are very excited to be able to do this at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. This is a unique and good idea that we would like to see supported. John Burns was a very interesting and knowledgeable man. He would love to spend time sitting and talking coins at his table at the shows. This is viable way to keep that idea alive. Thank you CoinWeek for posting this story!


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