When I first entered the bourse of the World's Fair of Money
taking place in Philadelphia, all I could say was, "wow." As
this was my first ANA convention, I was amazed just at the
vast size of the bourse. To compare in size, the bourse of the
largest show I had been to up to that point was about 100 tables.
In this article, I am going to tell you about some of the
highlights for me from attending the 2012 World's Fair of
I first arrived at the World's Fair of Money on the last day of
the ANA/PNG Pre-Show to set up my exhibit. Just going through the
vast rows of tables of dealers preparing for the next week of
buying and selling made me amazed. As I mentioned in an earlier
blog post, I had attended the "Creating a Winning Numismatic
Exhibit" course at the 2012 ANA Summer Seminar to prepare for this
convention. I had thought about how good the exhibits would be but
once I got there, the reality of the competition really set in. All
of the exhibitors prepared excellent exhibits and it would be
really tough to get an award. After setting up my exhibit and
helping my mom with hers, we left for the day.
The next few days were the start of the best part of the
convention. I was up at the convention center right for the opening
ceremonies. After ANA President Tom Hallenbeck, along with
some other important dignitaries conducted their official duties,
the bourse was opened for the day to a packed crowd of eager
numismatists. Once I got through into the bourse, my first
stop was to go see the Royal Canadian Mint, who had a
limited-edition set that was made just for the convention. With the
fact that the Canadian one cent coin (the penny) was being taken
out of circulation, it would be a very sought-after set. The staff
from the mint had met me at many other events and were happy to see
me. After that, I went to the ANA Area to take part in the YN
Treasure Trivia. The Treasure Trivia is a "trivia scavenger hunt"
through the bourse, talking to participating dealers to get the
answers to numismatic questions. As I went through, the dealers
gave me an opportunity to guess before they helped me get the
answer. I could say that I did pretty well, finishing with 28
correct answers out of 29 questions.
All through the convention, I got to go through the bourse
and buy a few new items for my collection. Meeting with many
dealers, I bought many different items including a few items that
were "close to home" for me. Some of the highlights included an
1890 Morgan dollar in (AU-55), an 1883 U.S. 5-cent coin (No
Cents: F-12), a few ancient coins and a whole bunch of other small
items. The dealers are really good with all of the kids that they
see on the floor, often giving them special deals or giving them a
low-priced coin for free.
This convention had excellent programs for the YNs to take part
in. Including the Treasure Trivia event, YNs could take part in the
activities run by the staff at the Kids Zone, attend educational
sessions and learn how to exhibit. The best part was the YN
Breakfast and Auction held on the Saturday of the convention.
During the auction, young numismatists get to bid on a wide variety
of coins and paper money using dollars earned from being active in
the hobby. This year, the auction had a lot of excellent items
such as Morgan Dollars, mint sets and 1800s foreign
coins. Brad Karloff (the auctioneer for the event), along with
Rod Gillis (ANA Numismatic Educator) run the program, ensuring that
everyone had fun and got a lot of items during the auction. It was
a great time and I am already preparing for a trip in the
In conclusion, the World's Fair of Money was an awesome event. I
would encourage any of you who are reading to consider
attending. There is something for everyone, including the
educational presentations, the bourse, the exhibits and the
fellowship with other numismatists. I am already preparing for a
trip to the 2014 event being held in Chicago.
The writer with ANA Governor and
Summer Seminar instructor Mike Ellis
A view of the bourse
There was buying and selling
everywhere on the floor.
A drawing for a spot in the Cash
ANA President Tom Hallenbeck and
Executive Director Jeff Shevlin accept the 2nd last Canadian One
Cent piece for the Edward Rochette Money Museum from Royal Canadian
Mint Chairman James Love.
A view of the bourse from above.
The writer being presented the Derek
Pobjoy Award for Best Exhibit of Modern World Commemorative Coins
from ANA Vice President Walter Ostromecki.
The preperation for the start of the
2009 YN of the Year Cole Schenewerk
contemplating his next move at the YN Auction.