Exhibits at the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money® — Sorted by Exhibit Class —

last updated June 20, 2015


Explanation of the column headers:
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 within each Class.
#c The number of Cases in this exhibit.
Judged Exhibits
Class 1 United States coins
Class 2 United States fiscal paper
Class 3 Medals, orders, decorations and badges
Class 4 Modern coins and medals
Class 5 Tokens
Class 6 Casino chips and gaming tokens
Class 7 Engraved coins
Class 8 Elongated coins
Class 9 Coins issued prior to 1500 A.D.
Class 10 Regional U.S. numismatics
Class 11 Numismatics of the Americas
Class 12 Numismatics of Europe
Class 13 Numismatics of Africa and the Middle East
Class 14 Numismatics of Asia and the Pacific
Class 15 Gold Coins
Class 16 Numismatic errors and error varieties
Class 17 Numismatic literature
Class 18 General, specialized and topical
Class 19 Convention theme
Class 20 U.S. Commemorative Coinage
Class 21 Emeritus
Class 22  
Non-Judged Exhibits
Marquee Exhibits

Judged Exhibits

Within each class, a First Place, a Second Place, and a Third Place award may be given. The exhibits entered by Young Numismatists (YNs) are not marked in any special way, and YN exhibits compete equally for the above three awards.

In addition, there are seven Classes for which only YNs are eligible. Any First Place, Second Place, and Third Place awards presented for those YN classes are included below.

Finally, a number of awards (Best of Show, People's Choice and others) cover exhibits from multiple Classes in their criteria. For a full listing of all awards, see the Rules for Exhibiting.

Class 1 — United States coins
All United States coins and patterns and all coinage or trade tokens used in pre-federal America, except gold.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
3 9 A Study of Matte Proof Lincoln Cents 1909 to 1916
This is a complete exhibit of Matte Proof Lincoln Cents from 1909 to 1916, showing an example for every die, known to date, that was used to strike them. Detailed diagnostics are shown for every example on display. This exhibit also gives some thoughts on how the Matte Proof Lincoln cents were minted and a brief history of the Lincoln Cent.
34 4 The Roosevelt Dime - The Big Story of a Little Coin
After President Roosevelt's death in 1945, the U.S. Mint recognized his contributions by placing his name of the 10 due to his efforts funding polio research with the creation of the "March of Dimes." The exhibit explores the Roosevelt dime's history and design that has remained unchanged since it was introduced in 1946.
35 4 Sacagawea - Legendary Native American Pioneer
Sacagawea has become an important part of the Lewis and Clark Legend. The exhibit explores the life of the Shoshone Indian woman recognized as a symbol of woman's worth and independence. Her image on the "Golden" Dollar commemorates the contributions of Native Americans in a series of modern U.S. coins.
41 4 A Doomed Denomination: The Twenty Cent Piece
This exhibit chronicles the conception, use, and eventual demise of the twenty cent piece in the U.S. It also explores the ongoing use of twenty cent coins in other countries and why these are successful, while the U.S. twenty cent coin faded into history.
45 6 The Two Cent Piece 1864-1873 with Major Varieties
This exhibit is a highly rated PCGS Registry Set. The Exhibit traces the history of the two cent coin. View this set with major varieties. Learn about the coin's demise in 1873. The two cent of 1864 is the first coin to bear our national motto, "In God We Trust."

Class 2 — United States fiscal paper
All paper money and bonds issued by the United States government, including military currency; pre-U.S. colonial, Continental, and Confederate paper money and bonds; state and private banknotes and bonds; scrip; college currency; stock certificates. Essays, proofs, and souvenir cards of such items may also be shown.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
2 1 George Washington, “Double Take”
To show the viewer of the exhibit that the portrait of George is “identical” on an uncut sheet of one dollar bills and also on an uncut (intact) group of 1974 gas ration coupons.
11 5 Santa Claus Obsolete Notes & Vignettes
The exhibit contains a complete type set of Santa Claus obsolete notes and their matching vignettes.
16 1 1769 Tybee Island Lighthouse Note, Issued to Rebuild the Lighthouse on Tybee Island, Georgia
By an Act dated December 24, 1768, a quantity of 2200 one-pound sterling certificates were authorized by the Colony of Georgia to finance the rebuilding of the Tybee Island Lighthouse, which is stylistically depicted on the face of this rare certificate. This note contains a secretly encoded death threat to would-be counterfeiters, de-coded in this exhibit.
25 2 Selected Michigan Nationals from Charter 8723
The purpose of this exhibit is two fold: to briefly describe what nationals are and to describe the history of The Vassar National Bank of Vassar, Michigan and the history of the Millington National Bank of Millington, MI. Both banks had charter 8723.

Class 3 — Medals, orders, decorations and badges
Medallic items not used as a medium of exchange, or not having trade value. Orders and decorations, convention badges, and badges issued by fraternal orders or other organizations. Excluded are Masonic pennies and tokens included in classes 5-8.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
23 7 The Sower an Enduring Symbol of Hope
The theme is displaying how the image of the sower has been used by many countries and cultures to symbolize the rewards of hard work.
26 7 A Complete Collection of Wooden Medals of the 1876 U.S. Centennial
In 1876 Philadelphia celebrated the U.S. Centennial by hosting the first World's Fair held in the United States. At the Centennial wooden medals were produced by the Philadelphia Ornamental Wood Company. These wooden medals are very sought after and difficult to obtain. Viewers of this exhibit will be seeing the culmination of a life's work, a complete collection of all known wooden medals and one of every known type of boxed set.
50 10 The Medals and Monuments of Jose De San Martin- From Lima to Buenos Aries with Stops Along the Way
Medals associated with the integration of monuments honoring San Martin along with photos taken by the exhibitor of those monuments.
57 6 Leprosy Medals
Leprosy is an unusual disease in that many organizations, particularly religious, have been involved in it. This involvement included locating and casting lepers out of the community, or building facilities to isolate the lepers, or sending missionaries to care for the victims of the disease. I know of no other disease where missionaries or health care workers spend years, even decades, living among the patients.

Class 4 — Modern coins and medals
Coins issued 1960 and later. Medallic (non-denominated) material issued by a private mint of any country after 1960, including philatelic numismatic covers.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
36 10 50 Years of Kennedy Half Dollars
The kennedy half dollar was introduced in 1964 and 50 years later, it is still being minted. Intended as a memorial to the assassinated President John F. Kennedy. It was authorized one month after his death. This exhibit displays a full set of Kennedy halfs including, ten different 2014 coins issued in 2014.
43 4 Under the Dome
Coins come in all shapes and sizes. This exhibit focuses on the fascination of modern "Curved Coins," view foreign coins and the U.S. Mint's first curved coin. View and see what history is "under the Dome."

Class 5 — Tokens
Items, including encased postage, issued unofficially as a medium of exchange for goods and services or for advertising purposes, but excluding American colonial items included in class 1. Includes Masonic pennies and substances used in lieu of metal.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
5 6 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 recently made.
18 2 The Russian Beard Tax Tokens of 1705
In our current world of government taxation, it's interesting to see that 300 years ago things weren't any better. The exhibit shows the tokens and explains the implimentation and level of taxes that took place in 1705
27 5 The Origins of the First Wooden Money of the United States
On December 5, 1931 the Citizens Bank of Tenino, Washington failed and the Chamber of Commerce issued paper scrip to meet the emergency. On a whim, they also printed 40 pieces of wooden scrip, the existence of which was read into the Congressional Record, and set off more issuances that made thousands of dollars for the city.

Class 7 — Engraved coins
Numismatic items that have been converted to jewelry, amulets, or decorative objects. Examples are love tokens, hobo nickels, and “pop-out” coins.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
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.
10 1 In Loving Remembrance of John
Using modern day research techniques to discover the long lost history of a young man memorialized on a Columbian Exposition Half Dollar love token.

Class 8 — Elongated coins
Souvenirs created using an elongating machine, whether the underlying piece is a coin, token, medal or blank planchet.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
13 1 A Trip to the Top of New England, an Elongating Journey
An excursion on the Mount Washington Cog Railway netted three sets of elongated cents.
56 3 State Flags on Elongated Cents
2015-2016 is the 50th anniversary of the Elongated State Flag Series created by Dottie Dow. Displayed are each of the coins and information about each flag.

Class 9 — Coins issued prior to 1500 A.D.
Coins, including gold, issued by any government before 1500 A.D.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
14 5 Sacred Images: Numismatic Representations of Belief in the Divine
Pre-modern societies did not separate church and state: not only were religion and state closely united, but in many societies and cultures the head of government also served an important role in the state religion. This exhibit provides examples of how societies and cultures have used coins to express their religious beliefs and the unity of the sacred and the secular. The exhibit also provides examples of how a meeting of cultures can cause a group to mint and use coins that not only express religious beliefs that its people do not hold, but that express beliefs they may absolutely reject.
32 1 The King as Hero : The Heroic Bust Tetradrachm of Eukratides I of Baktria
The powerful Greek king of Baktria, Eukratides I, expanded this realm by crossing the Hindu Kush and conquering other Greek territorial possessions in India. Following these victories, he introduced new portrait types on his coins. The most dramatic of these depictions shows the king's bust from behind, heroically nude, thrusting a spear and wearing a horned helmet. This exhibit examines this very rare coin, the first to depict a king in such pose, within its historical context.

Class 11 — Numismatics of the Americas
Numismatic material of any type issued or used in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
20 7 Silver Cobs of the Major Spanish American Mints
This is an historical overview of the silver cobs that were first minted in 1536 A.D. at Mexico City and last minted in 1773 A.D. at Poto 51. Included are cobs ranging from 1/4 to 8 reales from the mints at Guatemala, Lima, Mexico City and silver cobs of the major Spanish American Mints.
21 7 “Faces of Gold”
This exhibit presents a small gallery of gold coin portraits that epitomize the major epochs of western art.
39 3 Selected Leper Colony Coins of the Americas
A separate coinage was issued for use in the leper colonies of several countries. Examples of these on a one-per-location basis, will be exhibited.
40 1 The ½ Reales of San Antonio 1817-1818
To present the story of 1/2 reales issued for San Antonio, TX, under Spanish control, during a coin shortage.
44 3 Morse Code on Coins
The exhibit shows coins that have actual morse code on them. Learn how morse code was developed and how significant during WWII and how its legacy affects us in our daily lives.
52 7 A Selection of San Martin Medals that are Big, Bold and Beautiful
The medals shown here were chosen for their size and beauty.

Class 12 — Numismatics of Europe
Numismatic material of any type issued or used in Europe, including Russia east to the Urals.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
42 6 The Kings and Queens of England Through Maundy Monday
This exhibit demonstrates the Rich History and Traditions of the Maundy Ceremony. The event has taken place since the 1600's to modern time. The ceremony is held each year on Holy Thursday.
47 7 Coinage of Napoleonic Europe
This year marks the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo. Which was the final battle of the Napoleonic Wars. The exhibitor presents here a type collection of coins that were issued either by Napoleon or his deputies, including seige coins. The exhibitor wishes to show how Napoleon had a major impact on European Coinage.
53 3 A Selection of Contemporary Counterfeits - They Should be Silver but are Copper
Counterfeiting probably started as soon as coins were first minted and is not limited to time or location as these examples show.
55 3 A Look at Operation Bernhard
Indroducing the most successful conterfeiting scheme in the history that took place during WWII. Nazi Germany perfected "propaganda" campaigns by developing an operation to manufacture and distribute counterfeit Bank of England "White Note" currency. German Nazi Bernard Krueger was put in charge and he selected 142 Jewish men from the concentration camp "system" and placed them in secure barracks in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp just north of Berlin. The barracks had the best available printing equipment and even bed sheets for the bunk beds...a luxury to keep the Jewish inmates "comfortable" and focused on producing high quality counterfeits.

Class 14 — Numismatics of Asia and the Pacific
All numismatic material issued or used in Asia east of the Urals and Iran, and in the southeast Asian, Australasian, and Pacific islands. Excluded is Hawaii under the United States.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
8 1 Numismatic Confusion About the Three Philippine Commemorative Coins Minted While Under U.S. Administration
The purpose of this exhibit is to clarify this confusion.
46 1 Silver Neck Ring Money of South East Asia's Hmong People
South East 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 saving account. Of the many forms, the largest and heaviest are neck rings like the 27.3 ounce specimen in this exhibit. When worn it publically displays a family's worth.
54 7 The United States Mint in Manila
This exhibit tells the story of the United States Mint in Manila. The only United States Mint ever established outside the continental limits of the United States, the Manila Mint played an important role in America's Nation Building in the Philipines. The coins and medals of this often forgotten mint are integral to understanding the numismatic heritage of both the United States and Philipines. Included in this display are the Bronze and Silver Manila Mint Opening Medals, a complete set of the regular issue coins struck by the Manila Mint for use in the Philippines Islands while they wer under U.S. sovereignty, the 1936 Commonwealth of the Philippines Commemorative coinage, and a complete set of the special Leper Colony Coins struck at the Manila Mint for the Philippine Bureau of Health. Circa 1920 photos of the Mint, a rare homemade Photo-Postcard of the Mint after the Japanese bombing of December 1941, the original color photos of the WWII Liberation of the Philippines and the fierce month long Battle of Manila illustrate the historical context of this collection.

Class 17 — Numismatic literature
Printed and manuscript (published or unpublished) literature dealing with any numismatic subject.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
4 6 Publications by Charles T. Steigerwalt
Charles T. Steigerwalt was a coin dealer from 1878 until 1911. He was the first coin dealer to publish a fixed price list of coins for sale. He also published coin journals between 1878 until 1908. A few examples are on display in this exhibit.
17 6 “Roman Coins and Their Values” The Evolution
The exhibit will follow what started out as a listing of stock Roman coins for sale to the most used reference on Roman coins, spanning from 1936-2014. This is the 1st time a complete collection of material will be exhibited.
30 5 Buy the Book Before the Coin
An introduction of popular numismatic books used to identify, grade and evaluate coinage. This exhibit will explore various publications, their history and evolution of the popular Red book, among others. The purpose will be more to educate beginners about the various books for coin collecting then to showcase a collection.
38 5 Loubat's Vanities
Joseph Florimond Loubat published books and issued medals that were not sold but were distributed to friends, associates and libraries. These were issued to flatter his vanity and promote his title as "Le Duc De Loubat."

Class 18 — General, specialized and topical
Numismatic material not covered in other classes or covered by more than one class (but see rule 20.B). Includes wooden money, political buttons and insignia, and other exonumia, as well as media of exchange used in carrying out purchases and business transactions by primitive people and later by others as they progressed from barter to coins, or other items generally accepted as primitive or odd and curious currencies. Also includes exhibits showing material linked by design, such as elephants or bridges, or by theme, such as a world’s fair.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
1 6 “Sample Slabs”
The misunderstood part of numismatics where the collector, collects the “slab” and not the “Coin.” Slabs issued by third party grading services starting in the 1980’s up to current.
7 6 Creating Modern Israel
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the modern State of Israel. Her physical and financial infrastructure, governmental and social institutions, and national identity were created over decades, turning a backwater province of the dying Ottoman Empire into the most progressive state in the Middle East. This exhibit documents the main historical events and trends that led to the resurrection of the Jewish state after nearly two millennia of exile and subjugation, starting with the emancipation of Jews in the 1700s.
12 1 Guatemalan 5 Pesos Issue, 1895-1915
Guatemalan 5 Pesos specimen & regular issues of the faces & back along with matching vignettes.
15 2 Beethoven - A Man for All (Numismatic) Seasons
Beethoven's eminence as one of the greatest musicians who ever lived has led coin-issuing authorities all over the world to use his name and image on their coinage. In some instances the coin issuers-- and the coins they issue--have no connection at all to Beethoven, other than the use of his name and image. This exhibit shows the different ways that different coin issuers have used Beethoven to serve their different purposes.
19 5 Look What They’ve Done to these Coins!
Educate about changed coins, box dollars, coin knives, cigar clippers, money clips, coin watches, various and assorted unusual items made from coins and medals.
22 5 “They Flap, Flutter and Float.” Various Winged Immortals Appearing on Coins from Ancient to Modern Times
This exhibit presents a brief survey of coins that used images of flying immortal as symbolic, religious and decorative objects.
28 7 The Wonderful World of Wooden Money
Collecting wooden money can be an inexpensive way to collect money. Thousands of people, called lignadenarists, enjoy this hobby. Some wooden money is rare, while other varieties are readily available. Viewers of this exhibit will become familiarized with the different forms and varieties available, including extremely rare and unique wooden money.
48 4 Collecting Twentieth Century World Coins in 1940
The exhibit shows a collection of 20th century coins from the Tatham Stamp and Coin Company formed around 1940, with original envelopes. Additional material describes some differences from collecting today.
51 7 Nineteenth Century Latin American Scripophily- Stocks and Bonds Issued in Latin American Cities
Stocks and bonds of the nineteenth century that were issued in various Latin American cities.
58 6 Astronomers on World Currency
This exhibit displays all of the astronomers who have appeared on any regularly issued currency from the entire world. The biographical data briefly describes what incredibly active lives were led by many of these men.

Class 19 — Convention theme
Numismatic items of any type that, together with the exhibit text, illustrate the announced theme for the convention at which the exhibit is shown. 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money theme: “Countries & Currency”
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
29 5 Medals of Chicago - Four Years of ANA Medallic Art
Showcase the four years of medals from the ANA shows in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015 that celebrate the four stars on the flag of the city of Chicago, the stars meaning, and artist Jamie Franki.
37 4 Lincoln Cents - Colorful Coins, Colorful History - Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy in Numismatics
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous and recognizable presidents in numismatic history. Lincoln cents are widely collected in coin folders by millions of Americans who save old coins. This exhibit explores the many colors of the one cent coin. From newly minted pink to full red, red brown, and chocolate brown.
49 3 The Many Facets of the Lincoln Cent
A look at the history, importance and alternate utilizations of the Lincoln Cent.

Non-Judged Exhibits

Although there are a number of reasons which might preclude a given exhibit from being placed in one of the Judged Classes, none implies anything negative about the given exhibit. You might find some of them to be quite special. The following exhibits are as worthy of your viewing time as any of the Judged Exhibits. These exhibits are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.

E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
9 4 It Served Its Country Well
Forty thousand quarters were taken from circulation and sorted by date and mintmark. The results are shown graphically and fitted to a model which calculated the half-life for disappearance and movement. The results show how well the clad quarter has served its country as a medium of exchange.
24 3 America's Growth After 1783 to Recognized World Power 1906
To raise awareness of United States history. As America grew, the minting of coins for legal tender and commemoraives expanded.
31 5 Great Beards in Numismatic History
To highlight various coins (ancient, medieval, and/or modern) featuring relatively large or interesting facial hair. This may also include various figures in the hobby who hae great facial hair and have made a positive difference to some degree.
33 1 Man (or Woman) Eaten Money
To show some odd, curious, primitive money and the story of it.
59 ?? International Primitive Money
Primitive money is the currency used in primitive economies. In most cases, primitive economies are the result of illiterate populations. An illiterate population cannot grasp monetary systems made up of coins and paper money, much less, banking, stocks, credit, etc. Yet, illiterate populations still need money to...make up for inequalities during marketplace transactions, reward special services performed by citizens, compensate an offended or injured citizens, build up a store of wealth. This exhibit shows examples of primitive money accompanied by stories of when and where they served as currency. Standard references and literature is also shared for those who wish to learn more about this fascinating numismatic specialty.




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