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2020 World's Fair of Money Suspended
ANA Board of Governors to Consider Alternate Options

 


The American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced today the suspension of the 2020 World’s Fair of Money®. The show, originally scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest annual coin and paper-currency event in the United States.

 

The ANA Board of Governors has been deliberating the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the show and whether aggressive mitigation requirements to ensure the safety of attendees made continuing with the Pittsburgh event feasible. Current State of Pennsylvania guidelines restrict indoor gatherings to a maximum of 250 people at any one time. The World’s Fair of Money typically attracts upward of 10,000 people during its 5-day smorgasbord of educational offerings, live auctions, affiliated club meetings, and a bourse floor with nearly a thousand dealers and government mints from around the world.

 

The Board resolved in a vote on June 16 to postpone the show and to consider alternate sites and/or dates for the 2020 World’s Fair of Money.

 

According to Jennifer Ackerman, ANA conventions director, because of Pennsylvania’s restrictions on indoor gatherings, “none of the usual World’s Fair of Money offerings would be possible at the Pittsburgh show. No exhibits, no educational programming, no Kids Zone, no club meetings, no banquet, and a significantly reduced bourse. Our team has been in nearly daily conversations with the convention center, but it's become evident that they are unable to fulfill their contractual obligations.”

 

Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money Committee Chair Tom Uram noted the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) had “anticipated a convention that would showcase the ANA and the city of Pittsburgh. But based on our analysis and review of all relevant information – the diminished show experience for attendees, health and safety issues, security, financial impact and the significant unknown outside variables – the host committee recommended that the ANA Board not hold the Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money,” he says.

 

Since 1891, the American Numismatic Association’s convention has only been cancelled twice; in 1918 during the flu pandemic and again in 1945 because of World War II.

 

“The decision to postpone the World’s Fair of Money was very emotional and extremely difficult,” says ANA President Steve Ellsworth. “The convention staff and the Pittsburgh organizing committee worked hard to make the show a reality. PAN went beyond all expectations to deliver what would have been a fantastic event, and I’m deeply disappointed that the collecting community won’t be able to experience the results of their efforts. I know we will return to Pittsburgh in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, we will pursue opportunities to host the event in another city in the weeks ahead.” Options briefly discussed include The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Mountain America Expo Center and Salt Palace Convention Center, both of which are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

“During these trying and socially-isolated times, we were looking forward to reconnecting with our fellow numismatists,” says ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick. “We’re disappointed we won’t be seeing everyone in Pittsburgh but are working hard to create other opportunities to connect.”

 

“The ANA and PAN recognize that dealers, clubs and many individuals may have already made plans and reservations in Pittsburgh for August,” says Ackerman. Hotel room reservations within the reserved block in the Omni William Penn, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Courtyard or Westin Convention Center that were made through VisitPittsburgh Housing Services automatically will be cancelled within 48 hours; do not contact the hotel directly. For those that made lodging accommodations directly with a hotel, cancellation will need to be made directly with those entities. Lodging questions should be directed to housing@visitpittsburgh.com.

 

Dealers will be contacted directly by the ANA convention team. “To mitigate the influx of calls and emails, dealers will be contacted by phone within the next week to discuss the option of a future credit towards an ANA show or a refund,” Ackerman says. “The ANA convention staff will be reaching out to every dealer who reserved a table at Pittsburgh. Your patience is much appreciated.”

 

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or visit money.org.

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MaineJoe
Beat me to it @bob16 got a phone call and sidetracked 🙂
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TomTomTomTom
That's too bad...went to the Boston show a few years back and it was a good take.
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HoneyBadger
This domino falling probably signals the end of major coin shows for the year. To be honest, Winter FUN 2021 seems likely on thin ice to me.
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larry510
If they move it to Utah I may drive there.  If it's Colorado I'll likely pass. 
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larry510
So now all eyes are on Long Beach in September and Baltimore in November.
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currencytreasures
The Dalton, GA show in August is a fairly big one that attracts nationwide... Smaller local shows in GA are already back (there was one last week).   Maybe it happens?
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GregAlex
Really, you went to a coin show last week? How did they stage it and how many collectors came?
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DepressionScripGuy (Rod)
Local shows in Michigan have been cancelled thru end of June.  So far, I haven't seen anything that says the local shows in July and beyond are cancelled yet.
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dtreter
😕 Since I live in the Pittsburgh region, I definitely was planning on going...now I'm sad.
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TookyBandit

I was there, set up. Dealers all had to wear masks. The hotel doubled the normal ballroom floor space to allow tables and dealers to be spread out considerably more than usual. The AC wasn’t running so the masks were pretty suffocating! 


GregAlex wrote:
Really, you went to a coin show last week? How did they stage it and how many collectors came?

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GregAlex
And where was this? Bad on them for no AC. Was it very well attended?
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TookyBandit
Monthly show in Atlanta. Small but still fun.

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JimFitz
My two small shows in Austin and Amarillo are now a go for the first two weekends in July...!!!!
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High Grade Rarities
Ty, I think what we discussed needs to be put in motion!
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currencytreasures
HGR, yes we should.  I have been talking to a couple dealer friends about planning a currency summit this summer, due to the lack of shows.  Especially with ANA now scrapped.  I haven't been to a show since February and could use one, and I know others feel the same.  

Now that shows are back in GA, a good excuse to do it would be July 12, the next Atlanta monthly show.  The website is atlcoin.com and it is at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta hotel and conference center.  Makes it better that there's a built in show location and hotel.  The show itself is small-ish and not that great for paper (except Tooky's table), but if us currency folks are there with material to trade in the lobby or rooms, it could be worth our while.  Plus, flights are cheap now.  If you are a currency guy who normally attends the bigger shows, come on down to Atlanta and bring your inventory and/or checkbook!  I usually do most of my business with the same core group at the big shows anyways.  I know at least three of us currency dealers are local to Atlanta.

It would be a good opportunity to use your own discretion on how you want to approach it during COVID.  I know it may not be for everyone, but I'm sure small one-on-one trading is much safer than a crowded room.  Maybe this deserves a separate post.

Ty
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