Exhibits at the 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money® — Sorted by Exhibit Class —

last updated August 09, 2021

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 History & Politics
Class 2 Economics
Class 3 Geography
Class 4 Common Element
Class 5 The Arts
Class 6 Science
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 — History & Politics
Exhibits dealing with historical or political events.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
6 6 Prince of Youth: Coinage Traces the Rise and Fall of Publius Septimius Geta
This exhibit presents a selection of Severan-era Roman coinage that illustrates the story of the rise and fall of the Emperor Publius Septimius Geta. This youngest son of Septimius Severus was propagandized on coins as destined to rule alongside his brother Caracalla. Coin types legitimizing Geta’s status as imperial heir include those featuring him as Princeps Iuventutis, meaning “prince of youth” or “first among the young.” Other types shown are those that celebrate Geta’s harmonious relations with his family, his brother, and the military. Geta’s portrayal on coinage as co-Augustus with his brother Caracalla is examined, as well as portraiture that forms a visual chronicle of his physical development from boyhood to maturity. Coins showing evidence of erasure and defacement are included as well. On some coins, Geta’s image was physically mutilated, and these coins form numismatic evidence of the damnatio memoriae instituted by his brother Caracalla, who murdered him.
7 4 The Coinage of Lebanon
About a century ago, Lebanon became a French protectorate with the consent of the League of Nations. Although Lebanon’s recorded history dates back to biblical times, its national coinage did not began until 1924, when it was still under French control. Within this display is a collection of Lebanese coinage which is mostly complete from 1924 to present day. There is also information which is intended to help show the viewer how these pieces reflect the country’s long and dramatic history, as well as its cultural diversity.
10 3 Morgan Dollars: History, Heritage, and Hoards
Tracing the history of the Morgan dollar to its legislative beginnings, featuring pictures and stories of the politicians who shaped silver legislation of that era; paying tribute to George Morgan, the designer; and displaying Morgan dollar slabbed coins from all the mints, plus examples from major hoards.
27 6 The Kings and Queens of England Through Maundy Money
This exhibit pays tribute to the long historic event of the Maundy Ceremonies. Learn the tradition that is Maundy and view the Maundy Money of each Monarch.
32 7 Shining Lights in an Age of Darkness
The five centuries following the Fall of Rome in 476 are often known as the Dark Ages. It was a time when the light of learning grew dim, and Western Civilization only held on with the thinnest of threads. The brightest and most enduring of the threads keeping the Western wold together was its coinage: even in the darkest times those shiny bits of metal could remind people of the world they had lost, and perhaps inspire them to work toward recovering it.

Class 2 — Economics
Exhibits dealing with monetary and financial systems, or economic events such as panics and inflations.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
8 8 1793-1976 – A Complete Major Design Type Set of Regular Issue U.S. Copper, Nickel, and Silver Coinage – Plus Two Unique U.S. Patent Office Coin Models
Regular issue U.S. copper, nickel, and silver coins are always of interest to collectors. Where could all designs, both obverse and reverse, of regular issue actual coins be studied? Right here, in this lifetime collection of designs of all U.S. minor coins. This exhibit is only one coin short of every denomination, missing only the rarest minor metal type coin, the very expensive 1796-1797 half dollar. In addition, two unique, pre-1880 models of inventions submitted to the U.S. Patent Office are displayed in case 8. These two intriguing survivors show how the displayed early coins could have been handled and tested. These are recent additions to the world of numismatics.
9 8 How Money Dies
Prior to World War II, Hungary’s gold-based Pengő was one of the strongest currencies in the world. Less than fifteen months after the War ended, the Pengő ceased to exist, its value destroyed by hyperinflation which reached a level of 207 per cent per day, with prices doubling every 15 hours. How can such a thing happen? This exhibit tells the story of how money can die. It is illustrated with examples of every currency note the Hungarian National Bank printed during the period of hyperinflation, together with examples of a special inflation indexed tax note that the Hungarian Ministry of Finance issued in a (futile) attempt to deal with the hyperinflation and save the Pengő.
11 7 The U.S. Philippines Half Centavo: A Failed Denomination
When the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish American War of 1898, Spain ceded sovereignty over the Philippines to the United States. In March 1903, an act established the Peso as the basic economic unit and subsidiary coins were authorized in six denominations, the smallest of which was the Half Centavo. Unlike the other U.S. Philippine denominations, the Half Centavo was poorly accepted by both the business community and the general public. Production of business strikes was discontinued in March 1904. This exhibit presents a complete Gem to Superb Gem set of U.S. Philippines Half Centavos and the economic and historical context of this short lived denomination. In addition to outstanding eye appeal, all of the specimens in this display are condition rarities that rank among the finest surviving certified examples of their date.
26 2 Postage Stamp Scrip Notes
The Civil War 1861-1865 caused a severe shortage of specie. The exhibited merchant scrip notes, in denominations of five and ten cents, had attached to them U.S. postage stamps which validated them as money.

Class 3 — Geography
Exhibits that describe natural or cultural assets, the distribution of populations, or exploration.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
12 5 Chicago Coin Club “Official” 100th Anniversary Medals (1919-2019)
The Chicago Coin Club has long had a history of issuing medals in conjunction with milestone celebrations. In honor of the club’s 100th Anniversary, a series of medals was struck in copper, copper with higlights, .999 fine silver, and .999 fine gold. This exhibit features at least one each of these medals, the backstory leading to the design of these medals (including original artwork), and a brief history of the club.
17 3 The Michigan Central Railroad: A Selected History
To educated the public about stock certificates.
20 1 Numismatist in India Deciphers Mysterious Script
This exhibit introduces James Prinsep (1799-1840) and his work in India – especially as a numismatist and editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society. He used the Indo-Greek coins of Bactria collectively as a “Rosetta Stone” to decipher the ancient Kharoṣṭhī script, whose meaning had been lost for over a thousand years.
22 6 Get Your Kicks – A Numismatic Cruise on the Mother Road
For nearly a century, US Route 66 has captured the imagination of Americans heading west. This exhibit features coins, medals, and other issues associated with the highway. From Chicago to Los Angeles, America’s highway offers the natural beauty and attractions known around the world.
33 4 The Roaring Lion of Megiddo
Few animals have so captured the human imagination as the lion, and the Jews were no exception to this rule. Lions have symbolized the tribe of Judah and the Jewish people since ancient times, but they only appeared on money and medals under the modern State of Israel. This exhibit focuses on the only lion design to appear on a circulating coin, the roaring lion of Megiddo, based on an ancient seal uncovered in 1904. It also includes private issues portraying either the seal or the lion figure.
37 2 Creating the Madison County Coin Club 10th Anniversary / 100th Meeting Three-Medal Set
The Madison County Coin Club (Alabama) was founded on March 26, 2001. The club celebrated its 100th Meeting in 2011 with a three-medal set (antique copper, nickel, gold color) produced by Coins for Anything, Inc. Fifty medals of each metal (150 in total) were produced.

Class 4 — Common Element
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
3 1 Living People on U.S. Coins
From 1921 to 1995, five individuals were depicted on commemorative coins during their lifetime. This exhibit displays each coin along with a brief biography and descpriton of each coin.
13 5 Swiss Shooting Medals – A Complete Double Type Set
The purpose of this exhibit is to explain what a Swiss Shooting Medal is and provide a history of shooting festivals (schützenfests). The complete double type set is comprised of two medals from each canton or entity that issued shooting medals. Considerable information is provided including the name of the canton that issued the shooting medal, date, type of shooting festival, engraver, size, weight, mintage, rarity, and catalogue number. The role shooting festivals played in helping to unify the Swiss cantons is explained. The exhibit shares the beauty of these rare medals and encourages viewers to collect and enjoy them.
14 5 Capillus Malus Super Nummis, or Bad Hair on Money
Bad hair has annoyed men and women, mortal and immortal, for thousands of years. This exhibit clearly shows the bad hair problem; also, several “quick fixes” to alleviate bad hair are displayed.
21 4 The Auction Catalogs of the Albert A. Grinnell Collection of U.S. Paper Money
Albert A. Grinnell (1865-1951), of Orleans County, New York and Detroit, Michigan, was arguably the greatest collector of United States Paper Money during the first half of the 20th Century. As he approached his 80th birthday, Mr. Grinnell, who was life member 20 of the ANA, elected to sell his massive collection via auction. The first auction was conducted by well-known Fort Worth, Texas dealer B. Max Mehl in 1943. Not satisfied with the results, Mr. Grinnell then selected Barney Bluestone of Syracuse, New York to sell the vast majority of his collection. which occured in a series of auctions held between 1944 nd 1947. This exhibit tells the story of those auctions and features several varieties of the auction catalogs issued by B. Max Mehl, Barney Bluestone, and, later, reprints of the catalogs by William Anton, Jr., including rare, and seldom seen, special editions of the catalogs.
30 3 Rule, Britannia!
She has ruled longer than any king or queen, and in 2022 Brittania will celebrate 350 years on British coins. This exhibit explores what Brittania represents and her uninterrupted presence on coins from Charles II to date.
31 6 A Numismatic Taste of Coca-Cola Collecting
From its invention in 1886 Coca-Cola has become an iconic American brand known around the world. The exhibit samples the world of collecting Coke from a numismatic perspective. Coca Cola was a pioneer in advertising, issuing an almost endless variety of promotional and historical materials. Medals celebrating anniversaries of the soft drink, good-for tokens, and epehmera are actively collected. History, Politics, Economics, Geography, the Arts, and Science all come together in the story of Coca-Cola.
34 3 The Big and Bold of the Soho Mint – The Newest Big and Bold of the United States Mint
This exhibit acknowledges this year’s National Coin Week. It also has a copy of the most significant modern day numismatic legislation, a copy of the 2020 Legislation authorizing the production of the 2021 Morgan and Peace Dollars. Certainly “Big and Bold.”
35 1 Antique Coin Changers and Patent Office Models
To exhibit to collectors, coin related devices that they have likely never seen before.

Class 5 — The Arts
Exhibits that explore any aspect of fine or applied arts.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
2 2 Dottie Dow and Her Elongated Handshake Coins
Dottie Dow had a tremendous impact on elongated coins and was the founder and first President of The Elongated Collectors (TEC). Dottie would shake hands with attendees at the ANA World’s Fair of Money and discretly deposit an elongated in their hand. Displayed are the handshake coins Dottie distributed from 1966-1978 along with background information.
4 3 Which Decade? An Elongating Experiment
Conventional wisdom in the elongating world holds that cents minted before 1982 are preferred, and that some years roll better than others. To determine which decades are best, a test was developed. This exhibit reports the results.
15 9 A Tribute to Ray Dillard and His Elongated Coins
Honoring Ray Dillard and his coins and his contributions to collecting.
24 4 Dottie Dow, The Elongated Gal
This exhibit was built for the 2020 National Coin Week Theme, “Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change.” Dottie Dow was a remarkable woman who had a great influence on the collecting of elongated coins. This exhibit shows various examples of items that show her name and note her contributions to the hobby.
28 3 Three “Salutes” for Mary: Christian Iconography in Silver and Gold
The advent of Christianity introduced a new symbolic language into the visual arts. This exhibit demonstrates how three beautiful coins used a complex representative imagery to tell a somewhat elaborate biblical story.
29 6 Big & Bold Milwaukee St. Patrick’s Day Parade Award & Commemorative Medals
Medals provide an opportunity for numismatic designers and engravers to go Big & Bold without the restraints imposed by either the legally mandated requirements of legal tender coinage (i.e., diameter, weight, mandated inscriptions, etc.) or the production requirements necessary to mass produce coins for circulation. The Milwaukee St. Patrick’s Day Award and Commemorative Medals are excellent examples of what numismatic designers and engravers can accomplish using a broader pallet. This exhibit presents mint state examples of the three medals as well as a unique lead trial strike of the common reverse die used for the two award medals.
38 2 Collecting for Free: The Shell Company’s Presidential Medals Set
The Shell Oil Company issued the Presidential Medals free as part of their “Presidential Coin Collection Game” in 1993. The eight medals and cardboard medal holder were available free at participating Shell stations.

Class 6 — Science
Exhibits dealing with theoretical or applied science, including the technology of manufacturing numismatic items.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
1 8 A Study of Matte Proof Lincoln Cents Bloopers and Blunders
This exhibit displays photo examples highlighting bloopers and blunders, which are types of errors.
5 3 Feline Paper Money Type Set
This exhibit shows all the species and some major types within species of felines, both great and small cats, portrayed on paper money of countries around the world.
16 6 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins
To honor space exploration and celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing. To share history of the exploration and how America landed on the moon.
18 4 Selected Errors on the Lincoln Cent
To educate others about error coins produced by the United States Mint. It showcases and gives examples what errors can happen.
23 2 Making the Grade – The 1900-O Morgan Dollar Grading Set
The purpose of this exhibit is to assemble and present a collection of 1900-O Morgan Dollars grading from poor to mint state. The grading set can be used as a numismatic reference tool to determine a coin’s condition. The exhibit visually introduces the concept of numerical grading.
36 2 1941 Frontiers of Freedom Elongateds, Regular And Split Planchet
The purpose is two-fold: to display a scarce elongated from the 1941 Frontiers of Freedom event as well as the unusual elongated on a split planchet.

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