Exhibits at the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money®

last updated August 03, 2017

Here is an explanation of the column headers:

G The Group is either A (competitive), B (non-competitive), or M (Marquee).
C The Class is a number from 1 to 22. (Used only in class A.)
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 4 1 1 A Type Set of Gold Dutch-Israeli Fantasy Coins
In 1962-3, the Dutch Mint in Utrecht issued a set of gold fantasy coins honoring the State of Israel. The 1962 coins portray the two most famous of Israel’s ancient kings, David and Solomon. The previously-undocumented 1963 coins portray the two men most responsible for modern Israel’s birth: Theodore Herzl and David Ben Gurion. The common reverse shows symbols associated with the ancient Temple and twelve tribes of Israel. This exhibit describes the fantasy coins and the history behind their designs.
A 13 2 3 Boy For Sale? Middle Eastern Ingots 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. This exhibit contains six hand-engraved ingots produced in the Middle East from 1850 to 1950 with inscriptions that indicate they are for the redemption of the firstborn, along with other items (including amulets) that use similar designs or inscriptions.
A 15 3 6 Israel’s Two-Decade Long Road to Standardized Gold Coinage
From 1960 to 1980, Israel sporadically issued 17 different gold coins in 7 denominations and 12 sizes. This exhibit contains one example by type and finish of each Israel gold coin minted before the denominations and weights were standardized in 1981, accompanied by an original English-language brochure. It concludes with a denomination, purity, weight, and diameter type set of the standardized coins first issued in 1981 for comparison and contrast.
A 7 4 1 Engraved Coins of the “Three Abrahamic Faiths”
This exhibit has three engraved coins, each one representing a particular major western monotheistic religion: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These three religions have ancient roots in common, but differ greatly in ritual, liturgy, and even language, and some of these differences can be seen in the coins’ engravings.
A 2 5 10 The Women Who Signed Confederate Treasury Notes
This is an exhibition of Confederate Treasury notes representing 95% of the known serial number runs of the signer Sarah Pelot “for Register” in the Seventh Issue. A 17 year effort, the collection demonstrates how missing data and errors in the extant record may be recognized and corrected. There were 368 unique signers of Confederate Treasury notes. Any of their roughly 400,000 descendants could start collections of the notes signed by their ancestors, using this collection as a guide, along with online auctions and numismatic shows to find examples. Women signed all of the Treasury notes issued from Columbia, South Carolina in 1864 and 1865, and this exhibit contains some interesting anecdotes from these women.
A 3 6 3 The Four Dimensions of a Commemorative Medal: The Unveiling of the Washington Memorial in Philadelphia
A discussion of the four dimensions associated with a 1897 commemorative medal. These are: the event being commemorated, the sponsor of the event, the subject of the event, and the medal itself.
A 1 7 5 Matte Proof Lincoln Cents 1909 to 1916
The viewer of the exhibit will learn the designer of these coins, the process behind the minting of the coins, and each year’s total mintage.
A 8 9 4 TV Shows Memories: An Elongated Coin Series by Don Adams
This exhibit will take visitors on a walk down memory lane by displaying coins depicting a selection of iconic television programs and their stars, all from the era that has come to be considered the “Golden Age” of television.
A 17 10 10 Debut of the President of the United States special Government medal Series
This exhibit makes an unprecedented case that an entire series of US Government medals was discovered. This feat becomes more compelling as the US Mint has never officially acknowledged the existence nor released public information related to these medals. This remarkable discovery is proven by exhibiting original and intriguing research findings that include extant specimens and evidentiary documents which establishes the first-ever basic and special numismatic information for this new series. Collectors, numismatists, and historians will be absolutely astonished with the presented historical evidence, and will result in these medals being classified as true-to-life presidential artifacts.
A 10 11 1 The Badge Presented by General William Jackson Palmer to Veterans of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Their 35th Annual Reunion
This exhibit displays 3 items from the 35th Annual Reunion of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry held in Colorado Springs in 1907. It tells of General Palmer and the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry’s exploits during the Civil War, and of General Palmer hosting the reunion at his Glen Eyrie estate in 1907, paying all expenses, including travel, for all 270+ surviving members of the unit.
A 19 12 2 A Collection of National Commemorative Medals Issued for The Pony Express Centennial
This exhibit tells the story of the Pony Express, the 1960 Centennial Celebration, and the National Commemorative Medals issued for the Pony Express Centennial.
A 2 13 3 Here’s 2 You – $2 Bills from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts
Collecting can be fun and inexpensive.
A 4 14 3 Coins and Conflict
The United States of America was born in the American Revolution, asserted its nationhood and gained a national anthem in the War of 1812, and found its national identity in the Civil War. The modern circulating coins in this exhibit commemorate those conflicts and honor the men and women whose struggles created and preserved the nation.
A 12 15 5 Boris Godunov: One Opera, Many Stories
Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov is set during the reign of Tsar Boris Godunov (1598-1605), who usurped the Russian throne by murdering the rightful heir. The opera is straightforward in examining the power of a guilty conscience, but there is nothing straightforward about the historical background of the opera, which is matched in its complexity by the story of the play on which the opera is based, the story of the opera’s composition, and the story of how the opera has been performed. This exhibit presents a numismatic memorial of the real people connected with the opera and their stories, from the Tsars who appear in the opera, to the poet whose verse drama inspired it, then the composers who wrote the music, and finally the singers who have brought the opera to life.
A 18 16 3 On the Wings of Myth: Pegasus and His Story
The story of the winged horse Pegasus has fascinated the world for over 3,000 years. Pegasus stands out in Greek myth as virtually the only mythological creature of importance who did not spend his time killing people or wreaking havoc. Zeus eventually rewarded the noble steed of the Muses by placing him in his own constellation, which still bears his name. Pegasus was featured on the very earliest coins of ancient Greece, over 2,500 years ago, and he continues to appear on coins in our own day. This exhibit tells the story of Pegasus, and includes a portrait of Pegasus as he has appeared through the ages.
A 9 17 5 Remember the Ladies
The five Emperors of the Roman Empire’s Severan Dynasty are generally well-known, but most of the Dynasty’s nine Empresses seem to be hidden in the shadows of history. The Emperors were indeed a colorful lot: they included one military genius, one murderous psychopath, one man murdered by his own brother (the murderous psychopath), one male prostitute, and a general murdered by his own troops. But the Severan Dynasty would never have lasted as long as it did, if not for the Empresses who struggled so (wo)manfully to keep the Roman ship of state on course, in spite of the Emperors who often seemed hell-bent on crashing onto the rocks.
B 18 6 Great Beards on Coins
This exhibit showcases about 4 dozen coins from the last 2000+ years that depict gentlemen who have interesting (and often excessive) facial hair.
B 19 6 Russian Coins of Conquest
Reading history books gives one a picture of kings and emperors expanding their realms through conquest, a pattern in place since before the dawn of history. What the books do not portray is the titanic effort it then took to absorb the new conquest and integrate it into the conquering state – a small part of which was changing the coinage. One of those expanding empires, the Russian Empire, was invariably strapped for cash and therefore sometimes allowed the new territory to run itself the way it was accustomed to and only gradually transitioned it to the Russian way of doing things. This could lead to years or even decades of Russian Imperial coinage in the local denominations and language, and for use only in that region. In other cases – particularly in primitive areas like Siberia, where coinage didn’t exist previously – a new mint would have to be constructed in the area but local circumstances would force a special series of coinage. Another way in which conquest could lead to local varieties of coinage was occupation coinage – coinage made for use in territories that Russia had no intention of keeping but were occupied as part of a larger war. All of these situations led to a vast variety of local and special issues of Russian coinage. This exhibit will show a representative example of many of these coinages.
A 1 20 1 Old Silver – The United States’ First Silver Dollar Designs
Show and describe the evolution of silver dollar design from 1794 to 1803.
A 18 22 8 Around the World of WWII Short Snorters
An exhibit of short snorter notes from 21 countries. Purpose is to show what a short snorter is, different types of short snorters, the change of notes around the world, and travels of service men.
A 18 23 6 Local Currency: What Is It? How Does It Work?
Local currency is a community based currency and considered by many to be the most innovative, creative, and hardest working currency anywhere. Local currencies not only benefit small business owners but also the consumer using the currency at participating merchants. The money circulates in a defined region and encourages consumers to stay and shop local while receiving a discount in exchange when purchasing local currency. Many local currencies portray local heroes and important regional landmarks, and are often created by local artists. The designs and creativity on these notes make them some of the most beautiful circulating currency today.
A 6 24 5 Las Vegas Rodeo Chips
To show the Rodeo as seen by the casino. Different rodeo and casino will be shown. Different amounts and chips.
A 11 25 7 Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.
Present to the numismatic community a selection of special items from the most complete collection in existence of Guatemalan Colonial Issues.
B 26 2 A Complete Collection of Regular Issue North American “Horsecar” Tokens
A double set (obverse and reverse) of each of the 32 known transportation tokens which depict horses drawing a horsecar on rails. These tokens were used on various horsecar railways in North America from approximately 1870 until the early 1900s, and are commonly known as “Horsecar Tokens.” Tokens were issued for numerous other Horsecar rail lines around the U.S. but only these 32 different tokens depicted both the horses and the rail car being pulled by them.
A 3 27 2 The Official 1959 Hawaii Statehood Medals in Gold, Silver, and Copper, with Five Piece sProgression/Process Set.
This exhibit shows the official version of the Hawaii statehood medals of 1959, in all three metals issued: gold, silver, and bronze. Also displayed is a “Process Set” representing the multiple stages of the striking and finishing of the medals, from blank planchet to the final product.
A 10 28 7 The Colored Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia
Colonial Georgia issued the most colorful, eye appealing paper money of any of the thirteen original colonies. Thirty years of searching has resulted in this collection which exhibits all fifty different colored seal notes issued by Georgia, most in exceptional condition and many rare to extremely rare. The signers of some of these notes were also signers of the Declaration of Independence.
A 14 29 5 The Coinage of Hong Kong
July 1st this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese control after being a British crown colony for many, many years. This display contains a type collection of this country’s coinage that covers nearly all of its issues from the 1860s to the 1890s. This display contains information about these coins.
A 12 30 2 Irish “Gun” Money 1689-1690 (A Complete Type Set)
This exhibit contains a six coin type set of the brass (many made from melted cannons, thus the name “Gun” money) coins issued by James II of England. Those coins not only had the year date, but also the month. The promise was to redeem them in silver once he regained his crown. His attempt, aided by French and Irish soldiers, failed.
A 5 31 2 The Russian “Beard” Tax Tokens of 1705
Viewers of this exhibit will read about Peter I, The Great, of Russia and his attempt to tax men who wanted facial hair. This tax was met with great resistance. In the exhibit will be both an original copper tax token, a gold plated copper token, and two novodel (restrike) tokens, including an extremely rare silver piece.
A 14 32 4 “Octopus-Men” Coins – The Incredible Durability of These Designs on Coins for Over 5 Centuries
From arounnd the time of Raja Raja Chola’s victory of Ceylon in AD 990, until around the time of the rule of the Nayakas of Madurai in the seventeenth century, it is impressive and remarkable to note that the design of the ‘octopus-man’ had been used over and over again by many Kings both in Ceylon and South India. This exhibit puts these in chronological order with examples of the design and its variations used by various dynasties across centuries, thus bringing out the close ties and links between the island nation of Sri Lanka and South India.
A 5 33 1 Bingle Tokens
This exhibit showcases a complete set of tokens, called bingles, that were used only in a commissary or Alaska Rural Rehabilitation stores set up by the government during the Great Depression. Only used for two years, they are very scarce and widely sought after.
A 10 34 2 The Baraboo National Bank
The exhibit tells the history of the bank and its predeccessor through the years from when it was initially formed, using a number of currency notes plus interesting and unusual items related to the bank over the years.
A 18 35 2 The Fair In Seattle
The 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle was an extraordinary event with a space age theme. It attracted millions of people who left with great memories and a few souvenirs, too. This display showcases just a few of the many items still being sought by collectors today.
A 19 36 1 Denver Mint Early Years
A brief historical perspective using several historical documents to illustrate what this facility was doing after transitioning from a private business venture.
A 8 37 3 Square and Compass
To display elongated coins depicting the compass and square which is one of the most recognized symbols of freemasons.
A 7 38 1 The Baghdad Shilling
World War I was the zenith of trench art production. This exhibit introduces numismatic trench art and the most intriguing such item from the war. Of the huge array of trench art items produced during the war, a small portion is of interest to numismatists. Of course those items use or include a coin (or, rarely, a medal or bank note). We call these items numismatic trench art. Nearly every trench art coin is unique, having been made by hand. An interesting exception is the Baghdad Shilling (a nickname that we created). These coins were created during the Mesopotamia Campaign of World War I. While each piece is indeed unique, all have the same style and other similar elements. Each coin includes the name, service number, and unit identification of the person who made it or, more likely, for whom it was made. To hold a Baghdad Shilling in your hand is to reach out to another time and honor a soldier, sailor, or airman who would otherwise be forgotten.
A 12 39 5 Sing a Song of Six Pence
A light review of the English Coin and its song, utilizing a coin of each issuing monarch.
A 12 40 3 Mincovňa Kremnica, the Kremnica Mint, Slovakia 1328-2017
Europe’s oldest continuously operating mint was established in 1328 A.D. by Hungarian King Charles Robert of Anjou. Since then the Kremnica mint has created coins and medals for Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, and numerous other countries. This exhibit explores the history and products of the mint at Kremnica.
A 10 41 4 A Collection of Items from the Cripple Creek District, Colorado, c.1890-1915
The purpose of this exhibit is to educate and entertain the viewer with information and display items specially from the Cripple Creek, Colorado mining district which includes Cripple Creek and its surrounding towns. All the items within the exhibit are specific to the exact region of Colorado and during the time period circa 1890-1915. This exhibit will talk about how the district came to be and some of the famous pioneers that occupied the district during this time.
A 19 42 6 A Trio of Colorful Colorado Centennial Celebrations
Colorado has Celebrated three significant centennial celebrations in the last 111 years: 1906 PIKE’S PEAK “SOUTHWEST EXPEDITION” CENTENNIAL; 1959 “RUSH TO THE ROCKIES” CENTENNIAL; 1976 COLORADO CENTENNIAL. This exhibit displays the official National Commemorative Medals, and many third party medals and tokens, that commemorated these important Colorado historical events – the discovery of Pikes Peak, the discovery of gold, and the Centennial of Colorado’s Statehood. Collecting most of these medals is easy, and some are rare and hard to find. Enjoy a quick numismatic history of this trio of Colorful Colorado Centennial Celebrations.
A 3 44 2 Worthy Coin Anniversary Medal
The exhibit shows the five types of medals issued for the fiftieth anniversary of the Worthy Coin Company in 1988. The medals pay tribute to Corrado Romano and his silver center cent.
A 3 45 1 The Carnegie Hero Medal
To describe the history of the Carnegie Hero Fund, created by Andrew Carnegie in 1904 to recognize civilian acts of heroism. The organization has awarded nearly 10,000 medals since 1904, including silver, gold, and bronze. This exhibit features a rare silver medal and a bronze in its original box, as well as a 100th anniversary medal.
A 18 46 2 Above and Beyond – Aviation History Through Numismatics
To explore aviation and flight history, particularly American milestones and figures, through numismatics, postcards, and stamps from the Wright brothers through to the Space Age.
A 4 47 1 Great American Eclipse
On August 21, 2017, the fist total solar eclipse visible from the continental U.S. since the 1970s will sweep across America, including portions of Wyoming north of the site of this convention in Denver. In this exhibit, the two “actors” in the eclipse – the Sun and the Moon – will be represented by medallic art. In addition, since the ancient Greek and Roman god of light (Sun god), Apollo, was also chosen as the name of the U.S. moon landing project, we will be reminded that the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing is only two years away.
A 2 48 3 Numismatics, Meet Scripophily
Coins link up with old stocks and bonds in many ways. This exhibit illustrates some of those connections – use of coin images on stocks, references to coins on bonds, stocks in companies manufacturing coin-operated machines, allegorical depictions including coins and companies named after coins or paper money. The exhibit delves into the histories of these issuers and their connections to coins and paper money.
A 5 49 1 Colorado Beer Tokens
The colorful history of Colorado Breweries and the rare tokens they had produced.
A 8 50 2 True Elongated Half Dollars
To show true elongated half dollar elongates, with elongated half dollar die versus cent sized dies. The difference between rolling a cent-sized die on a half dollar and a true half dollar sized die. Also the issues with producing large elongates.
A 20 52 3 The California Pacific International Exposition of 1935 & 1936
The CPIE of 1935-36 arguably began the era of “abusive” overuse of commemorative coin programs during the classic commemorative era of American numismatics. This exhibit will cover the exposition, its commemorative halves and their associated scandals, other exonumia associated with the expo, as well as assorted other collectibles associated therewith.
A 18 53 3 Saint-Michelin Peril of the Sea
A variety of issues convey captivating images of the Abbey that perches atop a Tidal Island off the Normandy coast.
A 12 54 2 Short Snorters Recall A Liberty Ship, D-Day, and The Port of Cherbourg
An Allied merchant crew commemorated their place at an historic time and location.
A 2 55 1 Battleship Note
The battleship New York is depicted on the back of this $2 series of 1918 Federal Reserve Bank Note, along with a die proof vignette of the Battleship. The face of the note is also shown.
A 4 56 1 ANA 125th Anniversary Medal
The exhibit contains one silver and two limited edition plaquettes produced for the Association’s 125th Anniversary.
A 5 57 1 Tim, Redbacks, and the Third Degree Knicker Pie Eater’s Club
What are Redbacks, Third Degree Knicker Pie Eaters, and what do they have to do with Tim and Superman? These questions are posed by some unusual advertising tokens associated with boys clothing stores in the 1920s to 1950s United States. This exhibit answers some of the puzzles and describes what has been discovered so far in this world of official magazine comic books, knee pants or long trousers, birthday pies, and movie parties. Don’t be a “woo-shoo” – have a look!
A 3 58 8 The Society of Medallists Medals
The expression of Designers and Engravers through the series known as the Society of Medallists. View some of the most unique designs of medals by some of the World’s greatest engravers. A very rare opportunity to view the complete series.
A 19 59 3 Rush to the Rockies: The Golden Growth of the Denver Mint
In 1858 gold was found in the Colorado territory. By 1861 over one hundred thousand people came to the area to stake gold claims and seek their fortunes in the “Rush to the Rockies.” There was a need to change raw gold into usable coins. Businessmen Austin and Milton Clark, and Emanuel Henry Gruber opened an assay office and private mint. The U.S. government bought the facility and began official operations in 1863. The new Denver Mint began production of gold coins in 1906 and has become one of the largest mint facilities in the world. This exhibit traces the golden growth of the Denver Mint.
A 15 60 1 Gold Coins of the Mint’s Golden Girl
To exhibit the half eagle commemoratives designed by Elizabeth Jones.