Exhibits at the 2023 ANA World’s Fair of Money® — Sorted by Exhibit Class —

last updated August 08, 2023

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 Single-Case
Class 22 Emeritus
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
19 2 The Making of the Liberty Nickel
This exhibit displays the patterns leading up to the final accepted design of the Liberty nickel. As the metal Nickel was not used in US coinage before, the patterns struck in various Nickel Copper compositions will also be included. It was also display two coins, for the cents & no-cents reverses, as well as the common obverse.
48 4 I Like Ike: The History of the Eisenhower Dollar 1971-1978
The purpose of this exhibit is to display the full 32-coin Eisenhower dollar collection. It evaluates each varieties’ die type, composition, and mintage numbers, along information on President Eisenhower.
50 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 from Poor to Mint State. The Grading Set can be used as a numismatic reference tool to determine the condition of a Silver Dollar. The exhibit introduces the art and science of numerical coin grading. Beautiful toned coins, rare graded “Low Ball” coins, and a mint state 1900 O/CC are included in this unique collection of dollars.
60 7 The Historically Significant Two Cent Piece 1864-1872
This exhibit demonstrates both the historical and Numismatic significance of the Two Cent Piece, 1864-1872. Coins, in general, commemorate a person, event, or place – the two cent piece does not. This is the only coin that is significant in itself. View of a top rated PCGS circulating set of two cent pieces.

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; and stock certificates. Essays, proofs, and souvenir cards of such items may also be shown.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
1 3 Discovery: The last $10 1902 Plain Back printed for The Pacific National Bank of Nantucket
How my curiosity led to the discovery of this important note, and the resources and steps I used. A brief history and the importance of this bank to the population of the island and the whaling industry in the 1800s. Also included are photos and postcards of the historic bank building. The Pacific Bank was a prolific issuer of national currency, and bank note information for Charter# 714 are provided. The history of the bank will include a short biography on the bank president Albert Brock, whose signature is on my note.
3 7 Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh Native And Signer of U.S. Currency
To show the transformation from large currency to small currency – denominations and relative rarity.
5 3 American Dependence and Independence on Paper Money
This exhibit includes notes from 14 issuing authorities: each of the 13 colonies which became states, and the Continental Congress which became the federal government. They are arranged somewhat chronologically to document the movement from loyal royal colony to independent state.
44 6 Whose “John Hancock” Is That?
An exhibit of currency and coinage bearing the autograph of various different treasury employees.

Class 3 — Medals, orders, decorations and badges
Medallic items not used as a medium of exchange, or not having trade value. Includes 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
21 7 Casting History: A Selection of Medals by Karl Goetz
Karl Goetz was a German medalist active from the early to mid-20th century. His work depicted his and the German people’s reactions and feelings about world events from World War 1 through the post-Nazi era. This exhibit will examine a selection of his medals (with an emphasis on the satirical emissions) and the stories behind the designs.
28 5 Zeppelins and the Great War: A Medallic History of German Military Airships in World War I
The presented selection of commemorative medals offers valuable insights into the pivotal role of zeppelins in World War I (1914–1918). These medals, predominantly produced in Germany with a few examples of trench art, served as potent bearers of propaganda. While most aimed to glorify the zeppelins and their impact on the German war effort, this exhibit transcends such glorification, presenting a comprehensive view that encompasses the victims and the harrowing realities of war.
30 3 The Great Philadelphia Sanitary Fair of 1864
The exhibit discusses the story behind the 1864 medal issued by the US Mint to commemorate the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair of June 1864, as well as the two tokens issued during the fair to raise funds for the US Sanitary Commission.
47 5 Meet Me At the Fair: A History of US World’s Fairs
This exhibit covers the history of medals from the United States world’s fairs that are officially recognized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
63 4 Sealing the Deal of the United States – E Pluribus Unum – The Great Seal of the United States
On July 4, 1776 America’s thirteen original states united to form an independent nation. That same day the Continental Congress agreed to create a national emblem or Great Seal of the United States. The Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum or “Out of Many, One” was included on the Great Seal as a unifying motto connecting the people and cultures of the original states. This exhibit explores the artistic symbolism and design elements of the Great Seal of the United States.

Class 4 — Modern coins and medals
Coins and medallic (non-denominated) material issued 1960 and later, including philatelic numismatic covers.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
8 4 Chaim Gross’ Ten Commandments Sculpture Medals
The Ten Commandments have been a popular theme in art and numismatics for centuries. An unusual set of sculptures that interprets the commandments visually were designed by Chaim Gross. This exhibit contains two versions of these sculptures as well as two large drawings based on the same design as two of the medals.
53 7 Texas Numismatic Association Show Medals
This exhibit features official medals of the Texas Numismatic Association from 1969 to the present. Each medal features a famous Texan, a Texas icon, or a Texas Numismatic theme.

Class 5 — Tokens
Items, including encased postage, issued 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
36 1 McDonald’s 50th Anniversary of the Big Mac
McDonald’s celebrated its 50th year anniversary of the Big Mac Sandwich with a set of (5) different tokens. The artwork on these tokens celebrates each decade since serving its first Big Mac 4-22-1967 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. It is only fitting that this exhibit is shown at the World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Especially since the Big Mac was introduced in the Greater Pittsburgh area 50+ years ago.
43 3 Collecting U.S. Transportation Tokens
In-depth look at the history, and collection, of Transportation Tokens in the United States. From the early years of Stagecoaches through the years of Trolley Cars & Interurbans to the Big City Subway Systems. How the Transportation Tokens, and the machines they were used in, helped to carry America and Americans from a fledgling farming country through to the Industrial Revolution. How to find, identify, collect, and value them.
45 4 The Token Price for Alabama’s Natural Resources
Coal, Lumber, and Iron Ore scrip from various companies in Alabama.
52 3 An Introduction to Twentieth Century (1948-1976) Encased Postage Stamps
This exhibit is intended for viewers who have never seen one of these and did not know they existed. Shown are representative examples of the various types.

Class 6 — Casino chips and gaming tokens
Items of all types and materials used as gaming pieces, including traditional and non-traditional tokens and other money substitutes and including tokens used in military clubs.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
32 1 Gaming Chips of Pittsburgh’s Max Klein
Pittsburgher Max Klein’s Gambling Chips, along with other Max Klein advertising ephemera and collectibles.

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
33 1 Engraved Coins from President McKinley’s Funeral Train
Coins and tokens that were crushed/flattened by President McKinley’s Funeral Train, and then engraved as souvenirs/keepsakes.
34 3 Identifying Hobo Nickels Carved By Frank Brazzell
Only a small percentage of Frank Brazzell Hobo carvings were actually signed on the reverse. Other carvers have been known to carve in a similar style. To the untrained eye, they may appear to be by the same carver, but once you know what to look for, you can spot the “neo-Brazzells” quickly. As the value of actual Brazzell original carvings increase, it is important to be able to correctly identify his works.

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
6 6 Feline Elongated Type Set
Elongated coins sport myriads of different designs. Zoos and wildlife parks frequently sell elongated coins with wildlife themes as inexpensive souvenirs. This exhibit shows more than two dozen such elongated coins portraying felines. It shows one of each identifiable species, subspecies, and genetic variation, explaining the feline portrayed as well as exploring the history of the issuer as it relates to felines, and describing the coin itself.
18 4 An Elongated Tribute to the Pittsburgh Area
This exhibit displays elongated coins related to the early history of Pittsburgh, its steel industry, sports teams, and places to visit.
31 4 A Selection of Elongated Pennies and Postcards: Scenes of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair
The 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair closed 89 years ago, but the memories of its buildings and attractions remain. Many of the souvenirs are gone but we still have the elongated pennies that recorded views of so many fair attractions. This exhibit will take the viewer on a walk thru the fair using the images on the coins, accompanied by matching postcards.
35 3 Multiple Varieties of Elongated Coin Dies
Not all elongated machines are the same, nothing is off the shelf. The wide variety and style of carriers the elongated dies are engraved upon show this without question. Even though the carriers vary, the results are the same. The end product is an elongated coin.

Class 10 — Regional U.S. numismatics
Numismatic material of any type specific to a particular region of the United States, such as the locale where the exhibit is being presented.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
37 3 Battle of Plattsburgh Medals
The exhibit shows 19th and 20th century medals related to the United States Army and Navy commanders at the September 11, 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh, the clash which ended the British invasion of New York and led to the Treaty of Ghent three months later, ending the War of 1812. The exhibit includes 19th and 20th century U.S. Mint bronze medals for the three Naval commanders and one Army general at the battle, as well as commemorative medals from the centennial and sesquicentennial, and obsolete notes related to Master Commandant Thomas Macdonough.
42 5 Series 1929 National Banknotes from Western Pennsylvania
This exhibit shows 20 banknotes from the western Pennsylvania region.
59 3 Western Pennsylvania National Currency
To educate collectors on western Pennsylvania National Currency.

Class 12 — Numismatics of Europe
Numismatic material of any type issued, used in, or related to Europe, including Russia east to the Urals.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
9 5 The Birth of the Netherlands
During the Franco-Dutch War, Bernhard von Galen, the Bishop of Munster, laid siege to the city of Groningen. In an historic confrontation that tested the strength of the fledgling United Provinces, the Dutch claimed victory over von Galen in what many historians consider the birth of the Netherlands. This exhibit will tell the story of the 1672 siege of Groningen and celebrate the defense of the city by tracing its numismatic legacy of siege coins and remarkable series of siege medals.
25 8 Vive le Franc!
France traces its origin as a nation to the coronation of Clovis I as King of the Franks in 509. The new kingdom of Francia (France) began striking coins almost immediately, but France’s signature coin – the franc – did not appear until 1360. The franc began as a gold coin, evolved into a silver coin, and eventually appeared in aluminum, copper-aluminum, aluminum-bronze, and nickel … eventually finishing its run with a return to gold and silver. This exhibit presents examples of franc-denominated coins from each French king, emperor or republican government that issued such coins. Together, these coins tell the history of the franc – which is, in large part, the story of France itself since 1360.
61 6 The Kings and Queens of England Through Maundy Money
This exhibit traces the history and tradition that is Maundy. View Monarchs of England through this exhibit. The tradition is over 300 years old.
62 7 Holocaust Numismatics 10 AD-1953 AD?, Selected Examples
The purpose of this exhibit is to portray the progression of antisemitism from ancient times through the Holocaust using numismatic examples. With its ancient Roman beginnings, antisemitism continued into the Middle Ages and beyond into the 20th century, resulting in the rise of Nazi Germany, World War II, the Holocaust and its aftermath of millions of displaced persons. This exhibit will further present scrip and tokens produced in conjunction with these events for use in the camps during the Holocaust and immediately following.

Class 13 — Numismatics of Africa and the Middle East
Numismatic material of any type issued, used in, or related to the continent of Africa or the Middle East (from Turkey east through Iran and south to Aden).
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
11 1 Israeli 10 Agorot Coins
Discussion of the ten agorot coins of Israel, including notable errors and varieties.
22 6 I Was a Teenage Emperor: Decoding Denarii from the Eastern Mints of Elagabalus
This exhibit studies the imagery on silver denarii produced circa A.D. 218–219 in Syria and Asia Minor under the Syrian sun-priest Elagabalus, a youth of only fourteen years old when he became emperor of Rome. Some coins portray his grandmother, who engineered the coup that brought him to power. Others show imagery promoting his right to legitimate rule. Several design types depict traditional Roman gods, while others bear exotic representations of Elagabalus’ Eastern sun god. Coins related to the journey of Elagabalus and his retinue from Syria to Rome are also shown. Finally, die-linked coins are examined; these provide direct evidence of mint operations.

Class 15 — Gold Coins
Gold coins of any provenance or era.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
12 6 Early Republic of Mexico Hand-on-Book Half Escudo Gold Coins, 1825-1870
Displayed is the 96+% complete all time finest PCGS registry set of early Republic of Mexico half escudo gold coins. The exhibit contains over 100 of these coins. Acquiring the last four coins will be difficult – there are only one or two known of each. Major highlights of the exhibit are the 1840 Guadalajara and the 1864 Durango; both are the finest known of two. This collection was started sixteen years ago when a senior Mexican numismatist advised, “the only thing rarer than the [half escudo] coins are the number of people that collect them.”
14 1 Gold Coins of the Mint’s Golden Girl
The three $5 gold commemoratives designed By Elizabeth Jones.
17 2 U.S. Marshals Service Gold Coin… Celebrating a Career
The U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency. This exhibit provides history of the U.S. Marshals, information about the 225th Anniversary Commemorative coin, and the celebration of a career.

Class 16 — Numismatic errors and error varieties
Any numismatic material mis-struck or misprinted by the producer, including varieties caused by die or plate deterioration or damage. Excluded are items mutilated or altered after production.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
29 3 A Selection of Ancient Minting Errors
In this exhibit, the public will view mint striking errors dating from the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Empires (2nd century B.C. to 6th century A.D.). The error types will include brockages (obverse and reverse), off center strikes, double strikes, etc. One particularly interesting off center strike reveals that the current piece, a silver siliqua of Constantius II was overstruck on a silver denarius of Caracalla, previously struck nearly 150 years earlier. Viewers must remember that ancient coins were struck individually, by hand. It is uncertain how many employees were involved in the minting process; however, at least two and probably three or four workers were used. Hopefully, the public will walk away with a better understanding of the ancient minting process.
40 1 Mint Errors – Enormous Deep Die Capped Set
This is the deepest die cap set known.

Class 17 — Numismatic literature
Printed and manuscript (published or unpublished) literature dealing with any numismatic subject.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
2 10 A Glimpse of the Life of Charles T. Steigerwalt, 1852 to 1912
This exhibit shows Mr. Steigerwalt’s involvement in our hobby and his community.

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
10 5 The Currency of War
Siege money is rare, historic, and has a special place in numismatics. This presentation traces the history of the paper currency produced during sieges and addresses the unique circumstances surrounding their issue – from pasting prayer book pages together to meticulously writing notes by hand; from printing notes on pieces of cloth cut from old shirts to using an “engraving plate” carved from a croquet mallet.
26 6 It’s Elementary!
Metal coins were (probably) first used as money in the 7th Century BCE in two widely separated areas: in the West, coinage began in what is now Turkiye with round coins struck in electrum, an alloy of the metallic elements Gold and Silver, while in the East, coinage began in China with knife-shaped and spade-shaped coins cast in bronze, an alloy of the metallic elements Copper and Tin. Over the past 27 centuries, 20 additional metallic elements have been used to mint legal tender metal coins. Together, the coins in this exhibit demonstrate the use of all 24 of these metallic elements.
51 3 Phoenix Rising - Numismatic Impressions of a Legend
The Phoenix is an ancient mythical bird whose symbolism and legend still intrigues us today. It has been the inspirations for stories, artwork, and coinage that dates back centuries. This exhibit is an introduction to the mythology of the ancient Phoenix, using select numismatic depictions of the mythical bird as well as numismatic issues of the Arizona city that shares its name.
54 9 Honoring Music Through a World of Paper Money
This exhibit features a selection of music themed paper money from around the world, highlighting performing artists, composers, and artisans.
57 7 Columbian Exposition of 1892-1893 – A Selection
To show the public a sample of the many souvenir items available at the exposition such as coins, tokens, medals, elongated coins, certificates, badges, ribbons, spoons, and other souvenirs.

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. The 2023 ANA World’s Fair of Money® theme is “Bridges – Physical and Cultural.”
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
16 1 The Golden Gate Bridge • Dedicated May 27, 1937
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized bridges in the world. This exhibit provides information about the bridge and displays some of the early elongated coins about the Golden Gate Bridge, including its dedication in 1937.
49 3 Heinz Relishes 150 Years in Pittsburgh – A Hand-Picked Taste of Heinz History
In 1869 Henry John Heinz founded the Heinz brand in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a focus on quality. Heinz was one of the only companies to support the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. The Heinz Company main plant, located on the Allegheny River, has been an economic and cultural fixture of Pittsburgh for more than a century; bridging the gaps between labor and management, profitability and safety, and bridging the past into the future. Through the years, Heinz has issued beautiful numismatic material to celebrate company anniversaries and accomplishments, and documents that reflect the art of doing business.
58 6 George Westinghouse: Pittsburgh’s Industrialist
To show the collector and general public the tremendous influence George Westinghouse had as an individual and his business, originally created in the Pittsburgh area and spread throughout the world. A diverse selection of medals, badges, pamphlets, booklets, pins, souvenirs, and plates used on various equipment are displayed. This is only a small sample of the many items the Westinghouse Company produced in over a century in business. It is a shame Westinghouse is no longer with us and is only in our memories.

Class 20 — U.S. commemorative coinage
Material of any type or period related to United States commemorative coinage and to the events being commemorated.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
7 2 Vermont’s Catamount
This exhibit describes the unusual design of the Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar, shows other medals using a similar design, and discusses the history of the Catamount Tavern and its namesake catamount.
56 3 Civil Rights ACt of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar
Equal education from school desegregation and the civil rights movement.

Class 21 — Single-Case
Any numismatic subject that can be entered in the multi-case exhibits in Class 1 through Class 20, but is limited to the use of only one case.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
4 1 Token for an Ice Worm Cocktail in Alaska
The Portage Glacier Lodge token is a typical “Good For” token with only basic lettering on the obverse and reverse. The token was ordered by the Portage Glacier Lodge and was good for one “Ice Worm Cocktail.” Most tokens have a two or three-digit serial number (S/N) on the reverse. The exhibit shows the token types. The exhibit includes the only known silver token, with S/N 1 and the brass token with S/N 1. The Ice Worm Cocktail was the lodge’s signature alcoholic drink from the late 1950s until about 1972. The cocktail used ice from the glacier, and the ice contained ice worms. Ice worms (Mesenchytraeus Solifugus) are small worms about a few millimeters in length that are indigenous to the glaciers in the area. The State of Alaska Health Department by the early 1970s no longer allowed glacier ice with ice worms to be consumed by people.
15 1 The Lion Monument at Tel Hai
This exhibit describes the Tel Hai Lion monument, its significance to modern Israel, and the medals portraying the monument. Several varieties of the medals are shown and described.
23 1 Boar Hunt!
Exploration of meaning on a group of Roman coins depicting hunted wild boars.
27 1 What’s Past is Present
Some numismatists argue that the designs on U.S. coins and currency are old and stodgy: the general design of the $1 Federal Reserve Note has not changed since it was introduced in 1963, and the obverse design of the Lincoln cent has largely gone unchanged since 1909. Those designs (and other designs used with U.S. coins and currency) certainly seem to be long in years.
Or are they? What if a country printed currency using the design of a coin that circulated over 2,100 years ago? And what if that country were an Islamic Republic, and the coin design not only honored the sons of a Greek god, but also named a long-dead king as the country’s ruler? That would seem unlikely, but that is exactly what Afghanistan has done. Let’s take a closer look.
39 1 Two Medals of The Hoover Company
The theme is to showcase the medals commissioned and awarded and given away by the Hoover Vacuum Company in the 1920s & ’30s. The purpose is to honor the work of Josephine Kern and Ray Sinnock, and show how their medallic designs were used over and over again by The Hoover Company.
41 1 Fowler-McCann Lumber Company Scrip
This exhibit displays the birthday coins issued by The Elongated Collectors (TEC). An educational exhibit of Lumber Company Scrip, containing a complete set of 6 tokens.

Class 23 —  
A competitive exhibit not in any other class.
E# #c Title and Theme/Purpose
24 7 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Bracteates* (*but were afraid to ask)
The coin known to us as the “bracteate” was created to deal with a 12th Century monetary crisis. Its success in resolving that crisis led to the bracteate serving as a primary European coin type for over 200 years. Its distinctive beauty continues to draw great interest. This Exhibit tells the story of the bracteate, from its origin in small German monasteries to its adoption throughout Central and Eastern Europe (and to lands a bit beyond).

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