Exhibits at the 2013 ANA World’s Fair of Money®

last updated August 14, 2013

Here is an explanation of the column headers:

G The Group is either A (competitive) or B (non-competitive).
C The Class is a number from 1 to 22, or HW.
E# The Exhibit number. Each exhibit has its own number, assigned by ANA upon receipt of each application. The entries are arranged by Exhibit number, which starts from 1.
c# The number of Cases in this exhibit.

G C E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
A 3 2 2 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 Rail Road variety. Three Heroic Action reprints are highlighted.
A 2 3 4 Shared Currency Design Elements 1837-1850
In the years before the Civil War, paper money was issued by thousands of banks and other businesses and 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.
A 7 4 5 Penny Potpourri
Items made out of or using pennies. Approximately 100 pieces of various penny exonumia, including teapots, encasements, elongates, pushouts, spoons, charms, fobs, trench art, prison art, etc. Mostly U.S., but some British, Canadian, and Australian.
A 13 5 5 Henrietta Szold and Her Legacy: Hadassah and 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, 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.
A 7 6 4 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 inscriptions, 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.
A 19 7 4 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 shows and describes a variety of artifacts from the fair or commemorating the fair.
A 5 8 5 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 century. 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 made today.
A 3 9 7 Selected Medals and Coins Commemorating Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchton, and 3 Key Years of the Reformation 1517-1521-1530
The exhibit uses coins and medals, over the course of six centuries, to highlight key participants and events of the Protestant Reformation — an event that changed the history of mankind.
A 18 10 6 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.
B 11 2 Bank Notes of Eritrea
Educational — the formation of a new country’s bank notes. As designed by Clarence Holbert.
A 12 12 4 The Evolution of the English Penny
To show the changes in this denomination over fourteen centuries.
A 11 13 5 Birds of the Americas
To display one example of each bird appearance on a coin of the countries south of the United States.
A 17 15 8 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-dimes will be 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 will be included.
A 22 16 5 Laban Heath’s Counterfeit Detector Microscopes
Many people have examples of the Heath Counterfeit Detector book primarily for the plates in the books. Many versions also advertised a microscope Heath also 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.
A 10 17 3 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.
A 4 18 1 Illinois Sesquicentennial Medals, 1968
Series of medals issued for the Illinois 150th anniversary, 1818-1968.
A 15 19 8 Hwenne Gold Was Smite in Coign
To show how late medieval gold coins mirror the society that struck them. Displayed will be portraits, heraldic devices, knights, ships, Gothic architecture, and Christian symbolism.
A 4 20 2 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.
A 5 21 9 “Chicago Man Stakes Claim to Outer Space”
James Thomas Mangan and the Coins of The Nation of Celestial Space

In 1949 Thomas 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 interest 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 it intensely innovative, analytical, and visionary founder, James Thomas Mangan.
A 4 22 10 Filling Holes — Coin Collecting the Fun and Easy Way
This exhibit explores 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.
A 1 23 6 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.
A 18 24 4 Morse Code on Money
Morse Code was one of our earliest forms of modern communication. 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 devise came from Morse Code, and you use it every day? Morse Code — the high speed internet of an era gone by, but still part of our modern day living.
A 11 25 4 Silver Cobs of the Major Spanish American Mints
This exhibit is an overview of the silver cob reales that were first minted in 1536 AD at Mexico City and last minted in 1773 AD at Potosi. Included are cobs ranging from ½ 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 Loius I (1724).
A 17 26 5 Roman Coins and Their Values
To show 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.
A 2 27 4 Disney Dollars: A Selection of Scrip From the Magic Kingdom
Disney Dollars are spendable scrip, fun gifts, and colorful souvenirs of fantastic family vacations. 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 15 28 1 The Panamanian Gold Proofs of 1975
First coin struck in U.S. after the U.S. ban on owning modern gold coins was lifted. Along with being the largest “circulating” gold coin in the world at that time.
A 12 29 3 AD Dated Copper Coins of the Fifteenth Century
Five of the seven AD dated copper coins of the 15th century.
A 11 30 10 The Medals and Monuments of Jose de San Martin
The Medals and Monuments of Jose de San Martin from Lima to Buenos Aires with stops along the way.
A 3 31 7 The Victories of Jose de San Martin — San Lorenzo, Chacabuco, Maipú, and The Crossing of the Andes
The medals and monuments associated with San Martin’s victories.
A 9 32 3 The Denarius System: Origins — Structure — Heritage
About 211 BC, 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 hundresd 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 Roman and Greek traditions from which the denarius evolved. The significance of the denarius is illustrated by following its subsequent evolution. We see that the denarius remained the priciple 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.
A 3 33 5 A Biography of J-B Daniel Dupuis Thought the Eyes of His Major Numismatic Creations
This exhibit traces the biography of the French Art Noveau artists Jean-Baptiste Daniel Dupuis by examinig most of his life’s work. Excluded from this exhibit are the rare, gold-only medals, and the large cast pieces produced in singular quantities and private prototyptes. 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.
A 14 34 1 Silver Neck Ring Money of S.E. Asia’s Hmong People
Southeast 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 becomes the family’s savings account. Of the many forms, the largest and heaviest are neck rings like the 27.3 ounce specimen in this exhibit. When worn, it displays a family’s wealth.
A 10 35 5 Indiana 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.
A 3 38 4 Yankees in the Land of the Rising Sun
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo harbor, forcing a treaty 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.
A 20 39 7 Matched 50 Piece U.S. Commemorative
Education regarding U.S. Commemoratives.
A 11 40 5 Selected Canadian War Savings Certificate and Victory Loan Bonds
The prupose of this exhibit is 1) to describe and show Canadian war savings certificates, 2) to describe the purpose of Canadian victory loan bonds and to show the four known vignettes, and 3) to showcase some of the awards given to companies whose employees participated in the various bond drives.
A 8 41 3 Dottie Dow — The Queen of Elongated Coins
This exhibit will show the elongated coins that were designed and rolled by Dottie Dow, the queen of elongated coins.
A 1 42 1 Collecting Fugio Coppers of 1787
A 18 43 2 Composition and Design Changes in North American World War II Circulating Coinage
To display and explain the reasons for the composition changes of circulating coinage during World War II covering the Lincon Cent, Jefferson Nickel, and Canadian Nickels issued in alternate metals for some time during the war. Additionally to describe the design changes reflected on the Canadian Nickels directly related to the war.
A 18 44 1 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.
A 12 45 4 Complete German States 3 Mark Commemorative Type Set (1908-1918)
Three Mark coins were issues 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.
A 1 46 1 Family Tradition: Birthday Coins Saved During the 1930s in Mid-America
Recalling 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.
B 47 21 Eclectic Numismatic Treasure
To provide a visual display of collectible numismatic items from 5,000 years ago to the present.
A 9 48 3 Arab/Byzantine Coinage
Our understanding of the evolution of Arab Byzantine coinage to a distinct Arab-Muslim coinage in Arab conquered territories.
A 11 49 1 A Mystery Royal
Charles III ruled Spain and its New World Colonies from 1759 until his death on 14 December 1788. He was immediately succeeded by his second oldest son, Charles IIII. Thereupon, coins of Mexico underwent an interesting transition from 1789 to 1791. During those three transition years, mint authorities in Mexico City were likely aware of the succession of rulers, but nevertheless had to wait to ascertain what the new king might look like. Thus, the Mexico City mint continued Charles III’s bourbon-nosed image on coins, but used the new name of Charles IV (or IIII) denoted on the obverse legend. Finally, beginning in 1792, the bust of Charles IIII was adopted for his own Mexico coinage. Effecting that design change had taken several years. It had required relevant portrait modifications and final royal approval. Indeed, the adopted images likely came over from Spain on a slow boat to Mexico!
A 12 50 10 The Coinage of Finland
This year is the 150th year of Finnish coinage. This display contains 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 person with agreater degree of appreciation for them.
A 1 51 4 Origins of In God We Trust
This exhibit illustrates the origins and development of the mooto “In God We Trust” during the Civil War era. It uses pattern coins minted during the early 1860s along with historical and biographical information to tell the story of how “In God We Trust” came to be on U.S. coins.
A 7 52 1 Introduction to Love Tokens
The exhibit outlines the wide diversity of (mostly) 19th century love tokens.
A 14 53 1 World War II New Guinea Trench Art
The exhibit outlines the wide range of souvenirs created during World War II that included numismatic material (coins & notes).
A 10 54 3 A Century of Oregon: Frontier of the Future
Shows the development of Oregon from its admittance as a state in 1859 until 1959, through coins, medals, and tokens.
A 1 55 2 Abigail Adams
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.
A 14 56 2 For the First Time Ever…
Displayed will be a compplete three-piece set of Philippine currency series of 1941 processed by the Bureau of Standards in 1943 to resemble used notes. These were dropped to guerillas 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 came from unique proofs in the Smithsonian; they have never been seen by collectors before.
M 57 4 Money of the U.S. Civil War
M 58 4 Spades, Knives & Cash: The History of Chinese Coinage
M 59 2 Benjamin Franklin: A Man for All Times
M 60 2 Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy in Numismatics
M 61 3 Money in Early America
M 62 2 Money Makes the World Go Round
M 63 3 Money of the Olympiads
M 64 5 Victory at All Costs: Money of World War II