Summary of the World’s Fair of Money

Welcome back to Something About Coins! The ANA's World's Fair of Money, the largest coin show of the season, was last weekend. Below are a few articles that summarize the event as well as the coin auctions in Boston.

Heritage Boston ANA Coin and Currency Auctions Realize $46+ Million,
A simply stunning 1851 $50 LE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 880 Thous. MS63 PCGS, no. 50 on Reverse, K-2, R.5, the standout territorial gold piece from the renowned Eliasberg-Oakwood Collection, added to its legend on Wednesday night, Aug. 11, when it brought $546,250 to lead Heritage Auctions' Boston, MA Signature® & Platinum Night ANA U.S. Coin Auction. The total prices realized for the U.S. coin auction reached $34,065,984, including 15% Buyers Premium, for the 7,133 total lots in the auction, translating ... Click for coin article

Some Observations About the 2010 Boston ANA Show,
To be perfectly frank, I hate coin show reports. I hate to write them. I hate to read them. I don't care what restaurants a dealer went to and what they ate and I don't really care that Dealer X spent this much money on those coins at the show. That said, I also know that the ANA is the show that everyone who didn't attend wants to know about. So, with these people in mind, I thought I'd share a few random observations about the ANA. On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate this show as a solid 6; possibly a 7. Overall, I'd say a was a tiny bit ... Click for coin article

Great Coins at the ANA Convention in Boston,
When people talk about an ANA Convention, they tend to emphasize the coins that they bought or sold, rather than about the overall impact of the event. At any first or second tier coin show, collectors with modest budgets can find appealing coins. Collectors can also socialize with other collectors at a wide variety of coin related events. The Winter FUN Convention, the Summer ANA Convention, and very few other first tier events, are special for other reasons. Of course, educational programs and the meetings ... Click for coin article

Treasures piled high, thrill is in the hunt,
In Blackbeard's day, "coin collecting" meant swashbuckling, flying a Jolly Roger flag, and making rivals walk the plank at swordpoint. Today, it is a little tamer. A new breed of collectors filled Boston's Hynes Veterans Convention Center yesterday, traveling from table to table instead of sea to sea. But what they are searching for has not changed at all: treasure. "The fun is in the hunt," said Andy Lustig, 49, a vendor from Nyack, N.Y. Hundreds of people from across the country came to the World's Fair of Money to find that something special ... Click for coin article

Bowers and Merena's Boston Rarities Auction Exceeds $9.3 Million in Sales,
Bowers and Merena Auctions, one of the world's preeminent auctioneers for rare coins and currency, realized an impressive $9.3 million at its Boston Rarities Sale on August 7. The sale, conducted in two sessions with 1,750 lots, featured the rare condition census #4 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar that sold for $1.2 million. "We are extremely pleased about the results of the Boston Rarities Sale which saw spirited bidding in all areas of U.S. coinage," said Greg Roberts, CEO of Bowers and Merena Auctions ... Click for coin article

Money fair showcases $100,000 bills, rare coins,
In an economic downturn, it might be tough to get your head around this: rare sheets of $100,000 bills, fabulous gold treasures dating back to the California Gold Rush era, rare coins including those tied to the first stirrings for America's independence and federal government securities worth more than a billion dollars. That's the backdrop of the country's premier money show, the World's Fair of Money, which has brought about 1,000 coin dealers and hundreds of collectors to Boston, seeking to tap into the surprising resilience of the coin industry ... Click for coin article

Crunch time on the bourse floor,
The commercial aspect of the American Numismatic Association convention has been hit and miss so far. The divided bourse floor is confusing the public attendance. Often they are not making it into the second section and are simply moving around the portion of the room that is visible from the entrance. That hasn't kept dealers out of the other part of the bourse. They are doing wholesale business with each other. With today and tomorrow likely being the two heaviest days we will see if that will change ... Click for coin article

ANA Coin Show Recap,
Well, another ANA Show has come and gone. I think this was my 22nd consecutive ANA and they all have a similar flavor no matter what the outcome. In a word…"long". They have always been too long because there have always been "pre ANA" shows the weekend prior with important auctions, so we've always attended both shows and stayed the duration ... Click for coin article

Images from the Boston World's Fair of Money, August 14,
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