Numismatic rarities will be on display in Boston.
The American Numismatic Association’s 2010 World’s Fair of Money in Boston offers some of the world’s most beautiful and famous coins, the nation’s top numismatists and a venue in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities. Held August 10-14 at the Hynes Convention Center, the show features a spectacular Museum Showcase, the famous Ship of Gold display, more than 1,100 dealers and vendors, 18 mints from around the world, and educational programs for experts, casual collectors and numismatic newcomers.
The ANA Museum Showcase is a dazzling display of numismatic rarities in museum-quality exhibits. The following is a list of exhibits featured this year:
The ANA Bebee Collection of United States Paper Money
A spectacular and comprehensive view of US paper money. The 904 notes in the complete collection include a remarkable series of high-grade large-size national bank notes from virtually every state and territory. A wide range of the premier specimens will be on display in Boston.
|$5 1902 Third Charter
Period Nat'l Bank Notes
from Fairbanks, Alaska
Some of the spectacular notes on display include a sheet of exceedingly rare Series 1902 $5 Third Charter Period National Bank notes from Fairbanks, Alaska (Friedberg number 588); and a multiple-denomination sheet of three 1865 $1 First Charter Period National Bank notes (Friedberg 380) and one 1865 $2 First Charter Period National Bank note (Friedberg 387) from Jersey City, N.J.
The ANA contracted with its official paper money grader, Paper Money Guaranty, to encapsulate, grade and appraise the Bebee Collection in spring 2010. The collection was donated to the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum by Aubrey and Adeline Bebee in 1987.
1874 Bickford $10 Patterns: From the Collection of Bob R. Simpson
This exhibit features a complete set of 1874 Bickford patterns struck at the Philadelphia Mint as part of a proposed plan for an international coinage.
|1874 $10 Bickford
The exhibit includes seven Bickford patterns comprising Simpson’s signature set, as well as two duplicates to allow for side-by-side viewing of obverse and reverse.
In 1874, after returning from a trip to Europe, New York businessman Dana Bickford recommended that the mint produce coins that could be easily used by international travelers. Bickford patterns were struck in gold, copper, nickel and aluminum in a denomination of $10. A proposal for the international coinage was never approved by Congress. The ANA thanks Bob R. Simpson and Laura Sperber of Legend Numismatics for making this exhibit possible.
The Smithsonian Institution’s “Good as Gold: America’s Double Eagles”
The exhibit tells the story of the $20 gold coin, the largest gold coin to circulate in the United States.
|1849 Gold Double
Rarities on display include 20 coins from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection, including the first (1849 pattern) and last (1933) double eagles ever produced, as well as a 1907 Saint-Gaudens ultra-high relief pattern that President Theodore Roosevelt gave his daughter Ethel as a Christmas gift in 1907.
The Good as Gold exhibit provides a visual and chronological account of America’s changing commerce and culture. The exhibition includes coins issued from mints across the United States, spanning the course of 50 years. It also examines the redesign of the double eagle, an initiative taken on by President Roosevelt in efforts to make American currency more visually evocative.
Mexico, 1810 and 1910: Coins of the War of Independence and the Revolution
An exhibit that celebrates the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican War for Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. This marks the first time since the early 1970s that any part of Banco de México’s extensive historical collection has been displayed in the United States.
The Mexican War of Independence (1810–1821) was a vicious war that resulted in the defeat of Spanish forces and the recognition of Mexican independence by Spain. This long war produced a series of interesting and historically important numismatic items that illustrate the course of the struggle for independence.
The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) was a result of political factionalism, and the resulting battle for power changed Mexico forever. The coinage of the Revolution is vast, with various factions issuing coins as necessitated by local demands. Many materials were used to meet this demand including gold, silver, clay, copper and even cardboard.
Coin Rarities, Paul Revere Silver & Rare Broadside of the Declaration of Independence
From the collection of Brian Hendelson, the first-ever display of an 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet reverse gold double eagle and 1921 Proof Roman Finish Saint-Gaudens double eagle.
|1861 Mint Reverse Paquet
Gold Double Eagle
Each coin is one of two known specimens, and each is the finer-known specimen. The Paquet $20 was once owned by Egypt’s King Farouk and Ambassador and Mrs. R. Henry Norweb, while the 1921 proof was not known to exist until 2006.
Other historic items include one of the few known surviving broadsides of the Declaration of Independence printed in Boston circa July 17, 1776 by printers Gill, Powars and Willis; seven silver spoons crafted by Paul Revere; and a silver teapot and knee buckles made by fellow Colonial-era Boston silversmith, Jacob Hurd.
The Colonial Coin Collectors Club: A Selection of Rarities
An exhibit showcasing an impressive collection of pre-federal issues, including coins, tokens and medals. Many of the items displayed focus on the numismatic history of Boston. Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) was founded in 1993 to provide a forum for collectors of numismatic material related to the early American era.
Preview of the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum Exhibit, “History of Money”
A preview of an exhibit that will be installed at the Money Museum in Colorado Springs. The exhibit will chronicle 3,000 years in the evolution of money, from when animals were the preferred means of exchange to present day. Money was created as a system of value so that people could compare items they wanted to exchange. This system of value was used for more than just buying or selling things – it became a marker of status, a characteristic that money still has today. Cowry shells and kissi money will be featured, as well as polymer notes and other modern innovations.
The Boston World’s Fair of Money offers many other exhibits in its Collector Exhibits area, featuring competitive and non-competitive exhibits created by ANA members on a wide range of subjects. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will feature its “Billion-Dollar Display” of high-denomination U.S. paper money at Booth 1626.
Many educational opportunities await visitors. The Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series, held Aug. 12, features original academic research; the topic this year is “New England Numismatics and Numismatists: Then and Now.” Presentations include “Colonial Edward H.R. Green, Collector Extraordinaire” by Peter Huntoon, “It May Prove a Drugg in Time: The Rise and Fall of Wampum in 17th Century Massachusetts” by Max B. Spiegel, “Making Money in Massachusetts” by Dr. Richard Doty and “Military Medals of the Colonial Wars” by Erik Goldstein.
Numismatic Theatre, held throughout the show, lets ANA members discuss their research and ideas in lecture format. Many talks focus on the convention’s host region. This year’s presentations include “Engraver and Patriot: Paul Revere, the Man and the Medallion” by convention medal artist Jamie Franki; and an early US minting technology panel discussion with Dr. Richard Doty, Brad Karoleff, R. W. Julian and Douglas Mudd.
A variety of pre-convention seminars are offered, including “Detecting Counterfeit and Altered United States Coins,” Aug. 8-9 with NGC grader Brian Silliman; “Grading Modern Coins,” Aug. 8-9 with NGC coin grader John L. Schuch II; and “Numismatics of Colonial America,” Aug. 13-14 with numismatic curator Erik Goldstein. Tours and events exploring Boston, featuring a convention kickoff cruise Aug. 10, also are available. Registration is required for seminars and tours; visit
ANA World's Fair of Money for more information.
“Coin Collecting 101,” an informal 30-minute presentation for numismatic newcomers, will be held at various times on the World Money Stage. The ANA will offer Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge and Girl Scout “Fun With Money” Patch workshops on Aug. 14 (registration required). “Treasure Trivia” is available throughout the convention, and is a fun way for children to explore the show, learn interesting facts and win great prizes.
The Mint Promenade will feature mints from around the globe. Visitors can purchase a World Mints Passport at the front entrance to explore the area and collect world coins. Attendees can learn more by attending "World Mint Theatre" presentations Aug. 11-14 on the World Money stage near the entrance to the show. During these 30-minute presentations, mint representatives will discuss upcoming products, new ideas and current trends.
The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premiere money show. Show hours are 1:00-5:30 p.m. August 10, and 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. August 11-14. Dealer set-up is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10. Admission is $6 for adults, and free for ANA members and children 12 and under. For more information on all of the show highlights, call 719-482-9857 or visit ANA World's Fair of Money.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 31,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.
Bebee Exhibit Fairbanks: Sheet, Series 1902 $5 Third Charter Period National Bank notes from Fairbanks, Alaska (Friedberg-588)
Bickford Pattern: 1874 $10 Bickford pattern, nickel (Judd-1377)
Good As Gold: 1849 gold double eagle pattern
Reverse 1861 Paquet $20: 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet reverse gold double eagle. Image courtesy of NGC.