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ANA Convention (World's Fair of MoneySM) - Denver, Colorado
August 1-5, 2017

Report by John and Nancy Wilson:

Thank you 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money Participants and the ANA Headquarters “Golden Day” (50th Anniversary) Celebration in Colorado Springs


The "Big Blue Bear" outside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

The ANA World’s Fair of Money (WFM) 126th Anniversary Convention was held at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, Aug. 1-5. The last ANA WFM held in Denver was in 2006, and that convention had no official auction and was held in the very back of the convention center. This year’s event was held in the front of the convention center on the second floor, and had two auctions, run by Heritage Auctions and Stacks-Bowers Galleries. Both of these auctions had thousands of lots which realized tens of millions of dollars in sales, with many excellent prices.

The convention had over 500 bourse tables and special features, which included:

  • 21 club tables,
  • Eight government agencies (which feature the annual World Mint Passport),
  • The U.S. Mint (with a special set of coins which drew large crowds trying to purchase them) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing – BEP (with their special drawing for the spider press prints),
  • The U.S. Postal Service and FEDEX,
  • A fantastic ANA Museum Showcase and ANA Kids Zone – Treasure Trivia area,
  • Dozens of competitive collector exhibits (kudos to Robert Rhue for winning the Howland Wood Memorial Best-in-Show award with his exhibit titled, “The Colored-Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia”),
  • Daily Money Talks educational programs,
  • An ANA District Representatives meeting,
  • An author’s table,
  • Coin Collecting 101 classes,
  • A Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Co. Lecture Series, ANA Legacy Series and reception featuring Barbara Gregory interviewing Tom and Ken Hallenbeck,
  • A Scout Merit Badge Clinic,
  • ANA official supplier, Whitman Publishing,
  • ANA official grading services NGC & PMG, along with many more grading services and numismatic publications including Numismatic News and Coin World,
  • Several off-site dinners and meetings by different coin clubs and organizations including PNG, NLG (the NLG Bash – congratulations to Bank Note Reporter and Coins Magazine Editor Robert Van Ryzin for being awarded the NLG CLEMY Award), CONECA, TAMS and others,
  • A well-prepared official program, ANA official medals and ANACS provided cloth bags for everyone who attended the convention,
  • The Elongated Collectors (TEC) rolling machine and club table featuring special elongated coins made for this convention,
  • Concession stands which were kept very busy,
  • A Friday night ANA Awards Banquet, which was very nice, and the silent auction at the banquet, which was very successful.
  • A special thanks to prominent numismatist Michael “Miles” Standish who had his head shaved by special guest Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars to raise money for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare, a nonprofit devoted to helping sick children.

Admission is charged for both of the ANA annual coin conventions for non-ANA members. Once again the Board and staff came up with a slabbed silver medal for new members (while supplies last). If you don’t belong, please visit www.money.org and join the Association. Join, not just for a possible slabbed medal you may get, but for the many educational opportunities the ANA will have available to you as a member.

From our perspective, the convention was well attended and most of the dealers we talked to had an excellent convention. This is also a great location for a coin show. The immediate area of the convention center has many excellent hotels, restaurants and reasonable rates for parking.

It takes many months to prepare for a convention of this magnitude. We want to thank the following for tireless and dedicated service for this WFM: Former ANA Convention Manager Rhonda Scurek, Exposition Manager Sam Joseph, along with their entire staff, Executive Director Kim Kiick and her staff, President Jeff Garrett and the Board; and especially Host Chair Steve D’Ippolito, and Honorary Host Chair Gerome Walton and their committee. Thanks to the Colorado Springs Numismatic Society for hosting the event. Thanks again to everyone, and anyone we missed, for their work to make this a very successful WFM in Denver.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Sunday, Aug. 6, Golden Day - 50th Anniversary of ANA headquarters dedication in Colorado Springs. We took the bus that was arranged by ANA for a modest fee to headquarters on Sunday morning. It has been quite a while since we were at headquarters, and we were very pleased with the way the exhibits were presented.

Several food venues were set up including a fantastic cake that resembled the ANA headquarters. A food vendor truck provided sliders and fries, along with ice cream floats. We had Hall of Fame inductee Raymond W. Dillard prepare rolled coins (1967 and 2017 half dollars) commemorating the event.

Considering how tired the ANA staff had to be, everyone was smiling and thanking all who attended for supporting the ANA. Many of them returned to the convention center on Monday to help break down the just-completed WFM convention. It was a grand celebration that we think everyone who attended (probably 150 or more) enjoyed immensely. Thanks to ANA for setting up this event for the membership.

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