DEALER ACTIVITY STRONG AT ANA NATIONAL MONEY SHOW 2003
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The American Numismatic Association's (ANA) National Money Show™ in
Charlotte, North Carolina, was a good show.
More than 5,000 people came through the doors of the Charlotte Convention
Center from March 21 to 23 to trade with over 700 of the nation's top dealers
of rare coins and paper money on the nearly sold-out bourse. Many were drawn
by the outstanding exhibits, including rare Charlotte Mint gold pieces
valued at more than $750,000; others attended lively educational
presentations, participated in the three-session auction, played the ANA's
Treasure Trivia Game and obtained autographs from United States Mint
Director Henrietta Holsman Fore.
"I want to sincerely thank everyone - the dealers, exhibitors, convention
General Chairman Jerry Sajbel and his great committee, the Charlotte Coin
Club and North Carolina Numismatic Society, the ANA staff, volunteers and
Board of Governors - for all their hard work at this show," says ANA
President John Wilson. "A hearty congratulations goes to all those who did
such a super job."
Fourteen sponsors, including title sponsor Numismatic Guaranty
Corporation, contributed nearly $33,000 to the show's support.
To promote the event, the ANA placed two, 1914-D Lincoln cents into
circulation in the area and offered rewards of $100 for the return of each.
Jacqueline Fleming, 19, of Charlotte found one of the coins in the tip jar
at Dean & DeLuca Market Cafe, where she works and where the coin was part of
$2.53 needed to buy a latte. Fleming said she will use the "reward" money
for a much needed tune-up on her car.
The "coin drop," part of an extensive newspaper, television and radio
advertising campaign and accompanying media coverage, was orchestrated by
the ANA Public Relations Department and Minkus & Pearlman, Inc. of
Northbrook, Illinois. Four television news crews reported from the
convention floor, including an ABC network news producer, camera man and
audio recorder whose story appeared on "World News Tonight with Peter
Jennings" on Friday, March 21. Newspaper coverage was extensive in the daily
Charlotte Observer, South Charlotte Weekly and the Charlotte edition of
Creative Loafing, with radio news reports airing before and during the
Heritage Numismatic Auctions, ANA's official auctioneer, reported total
gross sales of more than $4.5 million from three auction sessions,
comprising 2,000 lots. Greg Rohan, president of Heritage, said the auction
was "great." Among the items sold were five ingots made from California gold
by private assayers in the 1850s, with a Blake & Co. piece selling for
$103,500; a 1910 "red" Lincoln cent graded Proof (PR)-67 by Professional
Coin Grading Service (PCGS) that realized $36,800; a previously unknown 1794
$1 coin graded Fine-15 by PCGS that also brought $36,800; and a peripherally
toned 1880 Trade dollar graded PR-67 by PCGS that sold for $32,200.
The ANA YN Treasure Trivia Game, in which school-age children scour the
bourse floor seeking answers to questions provided by the ANA Education
Department while collecting free coins and other numismatic items, drew a
great number of participants. In a drawing held for those completing the
trivia quiz, James Bader, 8, of Charlotte, won a Spanish 8-real coin.
ANA member John Carver of Charlotte received a 1/10th-ounce American
Eagle gold bullion coin in a random drawing of notices sent by the
Convention and Education Departments to nearly 3,000 ANA members within a
250-mile radius of Charlotte who returned them to the show.
The United States Mint held a Business Forum at the show, with Director
Fore answering questions and seeking suggestions on ways the Mint can work
more closely with the numismatic community. Candidates for the ANA Board of
Governors offered members two opportunities to meet informally, and answer
questions and discuss issues. On Saturday, March 22, a Scout coin-collecting
badge workshop was led by local volunteer Greg Cheek, national volunteer
Jeff Swindling and ANA Librarian Nancy Green. Afterward, the more than 50
youngsters, along with their parents and scout leaders, visited the bourse
floor until the close of the show.
The ANA National Money Show also featured more than 20 hours of free
educational programming that covered a wide range of topics, from North
Carolina money to Confederate and obsolete currency.
David W. Boitnott of Apex, North Carolina, received the Best-in-Show
Exhibit Award for his display entitled "Wanted: A Few Oddball North
Carolinians: North Carolina Statehood Quarter Errors." In recognition of his
efforts, Boitnott received a Saint-Gaudens $20 gold piece donated by Richard
Nachbar Rare Coins of Williamsville, New York. The first runner-up award was
presented to Tony Chibbaro of Prosperity, South Carolina, for his exhibit
"Two Tokens from a South Carolina Gold Mine." Steve D'Ippolito of Peyton,
Colorado, received the second runner-up award for his exhibit "Coinage for
Russia's Frontier: The Siberian Coppers of 1764-1781." They each received a
plaque for their accomplishments.
The People's Choice Award was presented to Neil W. Cocker of Huntsville,
Alabama, for his exhibit "Selected Hammered and Milled English Coins, by
Sovereign, from the Conquest to the Present." For his efforts, Cocker also
received a plaque.
The ANA National Coin Week Exhibit Award was presented to Hannah Bennett
of Gaffney, South Carolina, for her exhibit "13 Original U.S. Colonies." She
was presented a plaque and will receive a scholarship to a future ANA Summer
Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Second place was awarded to Faith
Wiles of Blacksburg, South Carolina, for her exhibit "South Carolina: The
Statehood Quarter and the State." Third place was awarded to Richard
Jozefiak of Huntsville, Alabama, for his exhibit "A Unique 1921 British
Penny." Wiles and Jozefiak also received a plaque.
At the opening ceremonies on Friday, March 21, show general chairman
Sajbel received the Goodfellow Award and medal. Two Louis S. Werner Host
Club Awards were presented to Gregory Field, vice president of the Charlotte
Coin Club (which was made a life member of the ANA), and Bob Schreiner,
president of the life-member North Carolina Numismatic Association.
THE AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2003
CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
Telephone 719/632-2646 x113