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ANA Convention - Baltimore, Maryland
July 30 - August 3, 2008

Several PNNA members attended the Baltimore anniversary convention and had a good time, learned a few things, participated in important meetings, and maybe even made some new acquisitions or some important sales! The convention was generally successful, with good (but not overwhelming) bourse activity, a record auction with proceeds exceeding $40 million, and many other activities, such as educational programs and exhibits. According to a report in Numismatic News, dealers gave mixed assessments of the show. "Nobody seemed to have had a bad show, but nobody claimed it was the best show ever, either." Traffic on the bourse floor was moderate by ANA convention standards, and public attendance was good, but less than for the highly successful 2003 Baltimore convention. High gas prices no doubt contributed to a drop-off in public attendance.

Your editor, Eric Holcomb, participated in the collector exhibits with an exhibit of Medallic Art Company medals commemorating the Apollo space program, and also judged a different class of medals and decorations, which was highlighted by an excellent exhibit of original Ferris Wheel medals, and by an excellent exhibit of Olympic participation medals (OPM's). (The first Ferris Wheel was built for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and OPM's are awarded to athletes and certain other participants at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.) There were also a number of "marquee" exhibits, including an amazing exhibit of early U.S. proof coins from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Eric is the exhibit chairman for the upcoming ANA National Money Show™ in Portland in March 2009, and encourages collectors to prepare exhibits for that show.

Eric also participated in the ANA Club Representative Program breakfast on Saturday morning. (Eric is editor of MintMark, the quarterly club rep program newsletter.) The ANA board of governors recognizes the importance of the club rep program, and is trying to strengthen the program and improve communications with numismatic clubs and collectors.

See the official ANA website,, for additional information and press releases regarding the Baltimore convention and future ANA conventions.

See report from previous 2003 convention in Baltimore.