The Collector Exhibits at ANA Conventions is one of the best attended and most interesting parts of the show. There are educational displays on every area of numismatics from ancient coins and artifacts, tokens and medals, world coins, to modern United States coins and paper money. The individual creativity is rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display. Each display invites the viewer to Discover and Explore the World of Money.
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Chief judge: Joseph E. Boling
National exhibits coordinator: Mark
This year's Collector Exhibits
CLASS 1: UNITED STATES COINS
Abigail was the wife of John Adams, second president of the United States, and mother of John Q. Adams, sixth president. Her belief in the power of women was extraordinary and far beyond her time, leaving a legacy and becoming a role model for female activists throughout the centuries.
Collecting Fugio Coppers of 1787
The first coin issued by emerging United States of America was the Fugio copper coin in April 1787. These coins were to be made from 300 tons of copper and contracted to James Jarvis of New Haven, Connecticut. The final designe for the Fugio Coppers was approved on July 6, 1787. Follow this story by examining the forty-nine coins shown here.
Family Tradition: Birthday Coins Saved During the 1930s in Mid-America
The exhibit recalls days when saving a dollar for a first birthday was both significant and traditional. This exhibit reminisces over coins saved in the 1930s, featuring those of my aunt Mary Katherine.
Historically Significant Two Cent Piece, 1864-1872
The Two Cent piece was the first coin to bear our nation's motto, "In God We Trust." This exhibit defines how and why the motto came about in such desperate times. This exhibit has several rare patterns, including the rarely seen 1836 pattern - only seven are known. The collection consists of many rare varieties. Come and view this highly rated registry set.
Origins of "In God We Trust"
The exhibit illustrates the origins and development of the motto "In God We Trust" during the Civil War era by using coins minted during the early 1860s, along with historical and biographical informaton to tell the story of how "In God We Trust" came to be on U.S. coins.
CLASS 2: UNITED STATES FISCAL PAPER
Shared Currency Design Elements, 1837-1850
In the years before the Civil War, paper money was issued by thousands of banks and other businesses, as well as individuals. One of the note designers and printers was Danforth Wright & Co. Some of the design elements at its disposal were used on multiple notes. This exhibit looks at a collection of 1837-1850 proof notes that, besides being interesting and attractive, sometimes shared design elements.
Wisconsin Black Charter
Black charter national bank notes are very scarce and only two are known from Wisconsin.
CLASS 3: MEDALS, ORDERS, DECORATIONS & BADGES
A Biography of J-B Daniel Dupuis Through the Eyes of His Major Numismatic Creations
This exhibit traces the biography of the French Art Noveau artist Jean-Baptiste Daniel Dupuis by examining most of his life's work. Excluded from this exhibit are rare, gold-only medals, and the large cast pieces struck in singular quantities and private prototypes. Included are his coinage designs as well as the majority of his catalog of medals. His catalog of work does as much as, if not more than, his standard biography to reveal who the man was and what was dear to his heart.
ANA "For Merit of Exhibit"
On display is a 32-year history of "For Merit of Exhibit" medals issued by the ANA and presented to all exhibitors for their participation - not to be confused with later medals awarded to exhibitors and judges.
Pennsylvania Railroad Heroic Service Medals
The story of the development of the Heroic Service Medals Program of the Pennsylvania Railroad is told, in addition to an unapproved Long Island Railroad variety. Three heroic action reprints are highlighted.
Selected Medals & Coins Commemorating Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchton & Three Key Years of the Reformation 1517-1521-1530
Shown are coins and medals issued over the course of six centuries, to highlight key participants and events of the Protestant Reformation - an event that changed the history of mankind.
The Victories of Jose de San Martin - San Lorenzo, Chacabuco, Matpu & the Crossing of the Andes
View the medals and monuments associated with San Martin's victories.
Yankees in the Land of the Rising Sun: Matthew Perry & the Opening of Japan
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo Harbor, forcing a trade agreement with the Japanese and ending over 200 years of Japanese isolation. A number of medals were issued to commemorate this event, many of which are displayed in this exhibit.
CLASS 4: MODERN COINS & MEDALS
Filling Holes - Coin Collecting the Fun & Easy Way
Explore one of the oldest and most popular ways to build, organize, store and display coin collections simply by filling holes. In coin boards, albums and holders, filling holes is a fun and easy way to begin a lifelong hobby. Even seasoned numismatists remember the fun of filling holes and recall that thrill today, filling holes in coin collections.
Illinois Sesquicentennial Medals, 1968
Shown are a series of medals issued for the Illinois 150th anniversary, 1818-1968.
Remembering Neil Armstrong
This exhibit commemorates the life of Neil A. Armstrong (1930-2012), first man on the moon, via a selection of medals issued for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission in July 1969.
CLASS 5: TOKENS
Boy For Sale? Tokens for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son
Jews have redeemed their firstborn sons from the priestly families for more than 3, 000 years, in accordance with Biblical law. Normally this was done with coinage of the realm or trade ingots. Special tokens and coins were produced for this purpose only in the last centiry. This exhibit contains an example of each known redemption token, starting with amulets that may have been made to protect the child from evil forces prior to the redemption ceremony and moving on to purely utilitarian pieces recently made.
Chicago Man Stakes Claim to Outer Space: James Thomas Mangan & the Coins of the Nation of Celestial Space
In 1949, James Mangan recorded Celestia's charter, "Announcing and declaring a new sovereign power and nation known as the Nation of Celestial Space." Mangan proceeded to issue small gold, silver, copper and goldine coins - captivating the interests of collectors for decades. Many collectors are intrigued by the coins, but know very little about them. We offer, in the spirit of magnanimity, this exhibit which includes a complete set of coins of the nation, as well as original documents and items guaranteed to expand your knowledge of the Nation of Celestial Space and its intensely innovative, analytical and visionary founder, James Thomas Mangan.
Disney Dollars: A Selection of Scrip From the Magic Kingdom
Disney Dollars are spendable scrip, fun gifts and colorful souvenirs of fantastic family vactions. This exhibit presents an overview of the features that make Disney Dollars appealing to resort visitors and Disneyana fans, as well as the designs and elements that indicate a sophisticated currency system.
A display of items made out of, or using, pennies.
CLASS 7: ENGRAVED COINS
Engraved Coins of the Ba'al Shem Tov Amulet
This exhibit displays and translates a well-known amulet to protect newborns and their mothers attributed to the Ba'al Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism. It includes many coins engraved with designs and inscriptions found on the amulet, some based on this amulet and some based on other amulets that used the same iscriptions, or just based on the inscription itself. These coins contain many Hebrew names of God and angels, and demonstrate all the major ways traditional Jewish amulet preparers manipulated texts into names of power.
Introduction to Love Tokens
The exhibit outlines the wide diversity of (mostly) 19th century love tokens.
CLASS 8: ELONGATED COINS
Dottie Dow - The Queen of Elongated Coins
The exhibit will show the elongated coins that were designed and rolled by Dottie Dow, the queen of elongated coins.
CLASS 9: COINS ISSUED PRIOR TO 1500 A.D.
Arab Byzantine Coinage
The display will help numismatists understand the stages of transition from Imperial Byzantine coinage to a distinctly Islamic coinage in those areas of the Byzantine Empire conquered by the Islamic Arabs in the late Seventh Century A.D.
The Denarius System: Origins-Structure-Heritage
About 211 B.C., under stress during the Second Punic War with Carthage, the Romans reformed their coinage system and introduced a new monetary unit, the denarius, which would dominate western currency for hundreds of years. This exhibit includes a complete set of the silver and bronze coins that made up the new denarius system and explores the origins of the denarius-based coinage by examining specimens in both the Roman and Greek tradtions from which the denarius evolved. The significance of the denarius is illustrated by following its subsequent evolutions. We see that the denarius remained the principle silver coin of the Romans for over 400 years. Later still, its heritage is reflected in a monetary unit that flourished throughout Europe from the early medieval period into the modern era.
Symbols of Supremacy on Selected Ancient Greek & Roman Coins
Explore how supremacy and authority was communicated in ancient civilizations through symbols on coins. Examine the history of items portrayed on coins and associated myths and cultural cues.
CLASS 10: REGIONAL U.S. NUMISMATICS
A Century of Oregon: Frontier of the Future
See the development of Oregon from its admittance as a state in 1859 until 1959, through coins, medals and tokens.
Indiana's State Seal: Variations on a Theme
Indiana provided for a seal in its Constitution when it became a state in 1816. The state seal has had the same elements ever since: a woodsman chopping down a tree, a buffalo and the sun. Yet, the central elements of the seal have varied on medals throughout the history of the state. This exhibit explores those differences in Indiana's seal.
Medals Issued in Gold by the Chicago Coin Club
The Chicago Coin Club has issued only five medals in gold during its 90-year history. For the first time at an ANA convention, all five medals are shown and described, including purpose issued and mintage of each.
CLASS 11: NUMISMATICS OF THE AMERICAS
A Beginning in the New World
This exhibit addresses the very first series of coins struck in the New World. Beginning in Mexico City in 1536, this Charles and Johanna coinage is conveniently categorized in two series: an early issue which does not show waves between the pillars, and then a late series with such waves.
Birds of the Americas
On display is one example of each bird appearing on a coin of the countries south of the United States.
Guatemala 5 Pesos Issue, 1895-1915
The face and back of proof and regular issue notes are exhibited, along with the die proof vignette of the center vignette. Information on Guatemala is also shown.
The Medals and Monuments of Jose de San Martin - From Lima to Buenos Aires with Stops Along the Way
View medals associated with the inauguration of monuments honoring San Martin and photos of those monuments.
Selected Canadian War Savings Certificate & Victory Loan Bonds
The purpose of this exhibit is to describe and show Canadian war savings certificates, to describe the purpose of Canadian victory loan bonds and to show the four known vignette. Finally, it showcases some of the awards given to companies where employees participated in the various bond drives.
Silver Cobs of the Major Spanish American Mints
This exhibit is an overview of the silver cob reales that were first minted in 1536 at Mexico City and last minted in 1773 at Potosi. Included are cobs ranging from 1/2 to 8 reales of the mints at Guatemala, Lima, Mexico City and Potosi. Specimens are included from the reigns of all the monarchs that issued cob reales from Charles I (1516-1556) through Charles III (1759-1788), except Louis I (1724).
CLASS 12: NUMISMATICS OF EUROPE
A.D. Dated Copper Coins of the Fifteenth Century
Five of the seven A.D. dated copper coins of the Fifteenth Century are shown.
The Coinage of Finland
This year is the 150th year of Finnish coinage. This display cointains a type collection of this coinage beginning in the 1860s and continues in historical sequence up to the early 21st century. The coins are accompanied by text which is intended to show the viewer how they reflect Finland's history, culture and wildlife; and hopefully leave the viewer with a greater degree of appreciation for them.
Complete German States 3 Mark Commemorative Type Set, 1908-1918
Three Mark coins were issued by German States from 1908-1918 with commemorative themes. This exhibit contains a complete type collection containing some exceptionally rare pieces, including exceedingly scarce examples struck in cardboard.
The Evolution of the English Penny
On display are the changes in this denomination over fourteen centuries.
CLASS 13: NUMISMATICS OF AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Bank Notes of Eritrea
Explore the formation of a new country's bank notes, as designed by Clarence Holbert.
Henrietta Szold & Her Legacy: Hadassah & Youth Aliyah
Henrietta Szold devoted herself to public service in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. At a time before women could vote, she organized and managed charities in Baltimore, and translated and edited major theological works for the Jewish Publication Society and Jewish Theological Seminary. She brought modern medicine to the Middle East, saving the lives of thousands of Jews, Arabs and others living in and around Israel.
CLASS 14: NUMISMATICS OF ASIA & THE PACIFIC
For the First Time Ever…
Displayed will be a complete 3-piece set of Philippine currency series of 1941 processed by the Bureau of Standards in 1943 to resemble used notes. These were dropped to guerrillas fighting the Japanese. Also displayed is the only known complete Naval Aviators' Emergency Money Packet, also series of 1941 (packets made in 1944). Additionally, copies of not-issued 50, 100 and 500 pesos series of 1941 will be shown. These come from unique proofs in the Smithsonian. They have never been seen by collectors before.
Silver Neck Ring Money of S.E. Asia's Hmong People
S.E. Asia's Hmong people trust only silver and use it to measure every financial transaction. They convert all paper currency and spare funds into silver jewelry ingots, etc., which become the family's savings account. Of the many forms, the largest and heaviest are neck rings, like the 27.3 ounce speciman in this exhibit. When worn, it displays a family's wealth.
WWII New Guinea Trench Art
This exhibit outlines the wide range of souvenirs created during World War II that included numismatic material (coins & notes).
CLASS 15: GOLD COINS
Hwenne Gold Was Smite in Coign
Learn how late medieval gold coins mirror the society that struck them. Displayed will be portraits, heraldic devices, knights, ships, gothic architecture and Christian symbolism.
The Panamanian Gold Proofs of 1975
See the first coin struck in the U.S. after its ban on owning modern gold coins, along with the largest "circulating" gold coin in the world at that time.
CLASS 17: NUMISMATIC LITERATURE
Dr. Daniel W. Valentine: Profile of a Numismatic Pioneer
The exhibit provides a general biography of Dr. Valentine, including pictures and objects never previously seen. His books on fractional currency and half-dismes are presented in different editions as well as Dr. Valentine's personal copy. His contributions to the New York Numismatic Club and his NYNC medal for service are included.
Roman Coins & Their Values
Learn the evolution from an inventory list to the most widely used single reference book on Roman coins and now a four volume set, 1936-2011.
CLASS 18: GENERAL, SPECIALIZED & TOPICAL
Composition & Design Changes in North American World War II Circulating Coinage
Explained are the reasons for the composition changes of circulating coinage during World War II covering the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel and Canadian Nickels issued in alternate metals for some time during the war. Additionally, described are the design changes reflected on the Canadian nickels directly related to the war.
I Collect Weird Stuff
The exhibit shows a selection of "association items" related to coin collectors, dealers and writers. Many of these are famous names that should be familiar to an experienced numismatist. Some of these items are unique and irreplaceable. However, there may be a large amount of similar material that could also be collected.
Morse Code on Money
Morse Code was one of our earliest forms of modern communications. Find out who Samuel Morse was and what encouraged him to develop a quicker rate of communication. Discover what coins actually have Morse Code on them. Do you know what other communication device came from Morse Code that you use every day? Morse Code - the high speed internet of an era gone by, but still part of our modern day living.
Numismatic Clock - A Challenge to Collect
A working numismatic clock: a collection of numismatic items numbered 1 through 12 for the positions on a clock dial. Simple in appearance, collecting these pieces was very challenging to assemble, as it took several years to find examples for every position on the dial. Each item was made for public use; no "made for collectors," such as proof or non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) were used.
CLASS 19: CONVENTION THEME
Meet Me at Osaka, Japan for the Expo '70 Fair
This exhibit describes the historical significance of Asia's first world's fair, Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, and describes a variety of artifacts from the fair or commemorating the fair.
CLASS 20: U.S. COMMEMORATIVE COINAGE
Matched 50 Piece U.S. Commemorative
On display is educational material regarding U.S. Commemoratives.
CLASS 22: BEST-OF-SHOW ONLY (PREVIOUS HOWLAND WOOD WINNER) CLASS 22
Laban Heath's Counterfeit Detector Microscopes
Many people have examples of the Heath Counterfeit Detector book, primarily for the plates that are included. Many versions also advertised a microscope Heath patented, to aid in detecting counterfeits, but few have ever seen these devices. The purpose of this exhibit is to show examples of these rare microscopes, along with their advertisements.
Eclectic Numismatic Treasure
See a visual display of collectible numismatic items, 5,000 years ago to the present.
MARQUEE EXHIBITS: (Not eligible for People's Choice)
Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy in Numismatics
The stories really are true: Abraham Lincoln grew up on the American frontier, educated himself by reading borrowed books, and worked as a general-store clerk long before he became the 16th President of the United States. He was an accomplished speaker who was skilled at combining practical politics and moral principles. He established his place among America's greatest Presidents by leading the nation through one of the most trying times in its history - the American Civil War. On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who thought he was helping the cause of the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln's death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died. This was the first presidential assassination in U.S. history and made Lincoln a martyr for the ideal of national unity and the equality of man. Abraham Lincoln has become one of the most recognizable American figures in the world. His portrait has replaced George Washington's as the most commonly seen Presidential image used across the country as a symbol of freedom, strength and justice. His name has been used for cities, businesses, schools and cars. Numismatically, he has appeared on medals, paper currency and commemorative coins of all types worldwide, making him one of the most popular American Presidents ever in terms of name and portrait recognition.
Ben Franklin: A Man for All Time
Celebrate one of the greatest Americans, Benjamin Franklin, with the story of his life and its impact on money from the past to the present. Almost 300 years ago, Franklin, a printer by trade, printed paper money for the American colonies that incorporated some of the first anti-counterfeiting devices. He also designed coinage for the newly established United States. Franklin today remains a symbol of wisdom and ingenuity with his portrait on the U.S. $100 note, but did you know that his portrait has appeared on many other items from around the world since his days as one of America's Founding Fathers?
Money in Early America
Did you know that the first money used in the early colonies was beads, furs and tobacco? When North America was first colonized, Britain did not allow the export of its silver coinage forcing the settlers to use whatever was available including money substitutes - anything of value that could be exchanged for goods and supplies. Many types of European and Mexican coins also circulated - envision going to the store with a Dutch daalder, a French sol, a British shilling and a Mexican real and imagine the confusion it would create - and the change you'd receive! This was an everyday happening in early America.
Money Makes the World Go Round
Money is one of the few things common to all modern countries - it forms a bond which allows modern societies to function. Money is also much more than this: it reflects the history, aspirations, and culture of the society that issues it. Modern currency shares two common aspects; its form and the types of messages and images used on them. It comes in three tangible forms; as coinage, as banknotes, or in electronic form accessible through credit, debit or "smart" cards. Developed for National CoinWeek 2008, this exhibit features coins and currency from the world's major economies, and includes money made from new materials, such as polymer plastic notes as well as bimetallic and aluminum coins, plus a discussion of the history of credit cards.
Money of the Olympiads
The ancient Olympic Games started in 776 B.C. as part of religious festivals to honor the gods. The history of the Games was preserved in part by coins that were struck both to enhance the prestige of the Olympics and to serve as legal tender at the Games. Like modern Olympiads, the ancient Games encouraged fierce competition, personal excellence and endurance while promoting understanding and friendship among nations. Unlike today's Games, however, an international truce was announced, wars were suspended, legal disputes were forbidden and armies were barred from the area. Some Olympic traditions have survived nearly three millennia. For example, Graeco-Roman wrestling is depicted on coinage dating back to the 7th century B.C.
Money of the U.S. Civil War
Before the war, a wide variety of coins were in circulation, but as the war progressed, copper, gold and silver coins were hoarded and money changed to meet the new demands of the divided nation. This portable exhibit explores different types of emergency money such as demand notes and "greenbacks," encased postage stamps, fractional currency and Civil War tokens, plus the first U.S. coin to feature the motto "In God We Trust." War bonds, the basis for modern war financing, were first used by the Union, and later by the Confederacy, to help finance Civil War debt. And it's no accident that the Union's superior financing influenced the war's outcome.
Spades, Knives and Cash: The History of Chinese Coinage
The George A. Fisher, Jr. Memorial Exhibitwas produced in memory of one of the most prominent American scholars of Chinese numismatics. As a volunteer at the American Numismatic Association Money Museum, George was instrumental in organizing and expanding the Far Eastern collections, especially the Chinese section. This exhibit draws on that collection and his work to create an overview of Chinese numismatic history. Learn about the history of money in China, and how early money consisted of pearls, jade, gold, spades and knives. Explore how Chinese money eventually settled on a single form - the classic round Pan Liang coin with a square hole in the middle. For nearly two thousand years traditional cash coins retained a similar appearance with only minor variations in script and design until the 20th century and the end of the Qing dynasty. Also included in this exhibit are many examples of money in unusual shapes and forms.
Victory at All Costs: Money of World War II
World War II was the largest conflict in world history and its influence is reflected in money. From the German ghettos to the Hawaiian Islands and at home in the United States, money was adapted to fit the needs of wartime economies. As world powers struggled to conquer and reconquer territory, they put in place different monetary systems for their soldiers as well as the civilian populations. Commerce continued throughout the war whether in concentration camps, purchasing fuel and other rationed supplies, or financing the war effort itself. This exhibit tells the stories of World War II through the coins, paper money, war bonds and other means of payment used during the conflict. It also includes several military decorations awarded to soldiers and civilians for bravery and service.
Joseph E. Boling
James T. Beasley
W. Thomas Corey
Raymond W. Dillard
Steven J. D'Ippolito
Bryce F. Doxzon
Arthur M. Fitts III
Prue Morgan Fitts
Kathryn S. Freeland
Robert F. Fritsch
Jay M. Galst
Eric J. Holcomb
Jack D. Huggins Jr.
Karen A. Jach
Thomas E. Klunzinger
John Kraljevich Jr.
Simcha L. Kuritzky
Gary E. Lewis
Ralph W. Ross
Greg D. Ruby
David E. Schenkman
C. Frederick Schwan
Peter C. Smith
Thomas J. Uram
Kerry K. Wetterstrom