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ANA Convention (World's Fair of MoneySM) - Chicago, Illinois
August 11-15, 2015

See ANA coverage of the convention at http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com/.

Report by John and Nancy Wilson:

Thank you Chicago, 124th ANA World’s Fair of Money Participants

The ANA World’s Fair of Money 124th anniversary convention was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Ill., Aug. 11-15.

Congratulations to the Chicago Coin Club for hosting their 16th ANA convention, along with Host Chair Jeffrey Rosinia, Honorary Host Chair Harlan Berk and the CCC committee for doing outstanding and dedicated work for this important event. Thanks also to the ANA national volunteers for their continual assistance at all ANA conventions. Convention Director Rhonda Scurek and her team worked hard and kept this large show running smoothly. ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick also is to be commended for all the great work done by the ANA Staff. President Walter Ostromecki and the Board also contributed to the success of this convention.

A big thanks to all the dealers for taking tables, the early birds for purchasing badges, along with the show sponsors and patrons for their generous donations in support of the convention. This was the largest bourse the ANA has ever had at any convention. The show was so large that the ANA placed the exhibits in another separate hall. It had an entrance from the front and in the main bourse through an overhead door. You know a convention is large when the “Show Guide” is 120 pages long. Nine government agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Treasury and their “Million Dollar Exhibit,” were also there. Dozens of coin clubs and societies also participated with tables and educational meetings. The convention had two successful auctions by Stacks-Bowers and Heritage.

A sincere thanks and gratitude to all numismatists and institutions who shared their knowledge and/or collections in the ANA Museum Showcase (we especially liked the “Coins of the Bible” display), collector exhibits, the exhibit judges, Money Talks, Coin Television, Sundman Lecture Series, numismatic theater presenters, the numismatic press (Numismatic News, Coin World and other publications and media). Thanks to Jamie Franki who designed the official convention medal. The Scouts had an excellent clinic and many of them came to the bourse, along with other YNs and enjoyed the Kids Zone and treasure hunt. PPI once again kept the show very safe, and we didn’t hear of any problems.

Yours in Numismatics, John and Nancy Wilson, ANA National Volunteers.