David Crenshaw forwarded a press release about the upcoming Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo. Thanks! Here are the educational programs I'm sure will be of interest to many numismatic bibliophiles and researchers.
The First United States Mint: Visual Presentation and Walking Tour of the Mint and its Neighborhood. Authors Len Augsburger and Joel Orosz uncovered a treasure trove of visual documentation of the first U.S. Mint in the form of the Stewart Archive. They will present images from their forthcoming book, "Pictures of the First United States Mint: The Numismatic Legacy of Frank H. Stewart" and then lead an informative walking tour of the Mint site and the surrounding historic neighborhood. Friday, October 1 at 1pm in Room 305.
Len Augsburger adds:
The tour will conclude at Congress Hall with an exhibition of a number of items from the Frank H. Stewart Old Mint collection, which was bequeated to the city of Philadelphia upon Stewart's death in 1948. The collection is today administered by Independence Hall National Historical Park.
Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John M. Mercanti. The thirteenth Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, Mr. Mercanti has produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in Mint history. He will lead a discussion about numismatic engraving techniques and artistry and how these have changed in the past 100 years. "Art Meets Technology: Transforming Saint Gaudens Gold from 1907 to 2009. " Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 11am in Room 305.
U.S. Mint's Greatest Errors. Nicholas Brown and David Camire, co-authors of 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins will present highlights from his book, recently published by Whitman Publishing. From broadstrikes to brockages, Brown takes you behind the scenes of the U.S. Mint and shows you where it all went wrong on the top U.S. error coins of all time. Friday, October 1 at 3pm and Saturday, October 2 at 10am in Room 305.
Tales of the Brutal Pirate Who Was Also an Honored Statesman. Tom Sebring tells the amazing tale of Henry Morgan, the pirate who, upon his death, was given a 21 gun salute by ships of the British Royal Navy. Saturday, October 2 at 1pm in Room 305.
Show Me the (Paper) Money: An Expert Q&A Panel Led by Q. David Bowers. Bring your most obscure questions about paper money to a stellar group of experts led by Q. David Bowers. Friday, October 1 at 9am in Room 305.
The Constitutional Experience, with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton as portrayed by the remarkable actors Steven Edenbo and Ian Rose. If you've been lucky enough to see them at American Historical Theatre, you know that Edenbo and Rose bring Jefferson and Hamilton (and their conflicting views on to the U.S. Constitution) to life in a way that has to be seen to be believed. Friday, October 1 at 11am at Room 305.
Royal Portraits: Medals of the German Empire, with Dennis Tucker. In the 1800s and early 1900s, thousands of different medals were struck to celebrate the German royal and imperial families. What do these regal portraits tell us about Germany and the German people? And as the Empire began to fall apart during World War I, how did those messages change? Award-winning researcher and writer Tucker will share images from his collection in this richly illustrated presentation. Friday, October 1 at 12pm and Saturday, October 2 at 12pm in Room 305.
Having Fun Collecting Colonial Paper Money on a Budget, with Ray Williams. Mr. Williams, president of the Colonial Coin Collectors shifts his focus to paper money from the period and tells you how to have fun within that subgenre without busting the budget. Saturday, October 2 at 3pm in Room 305.
All meeting room locations are in the Pennsylvania Convention Center unless otherwise noted. All times are EDT.
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The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Philadelphia Expo is open to the public free of charge from Noon until 6:00pm on Thursday, September 30 and from 10am until 6pm on Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2. "Early Birds" are allowed onto the bourse floor at 10am on Thursday and at 9am on Friday and Saturday for a fee of $75.
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