I was listening to National Public Radio's All Things Considered on my drive home from work Thursday, and in the Marketplace segment, reporter Cash Peters reported on the Los Angeles World's Fair of Money, a.k.a. the American Numismatic Association convention.
NPR is usually right on top of things, but last time I checked my calendar, the convention was held a couple months ago. Time-shifting aside, the clowning interview with ANA representative Jay Beeton was entertaining. Who knew there was a celebrity wrestler-numismatist?
The hall was teeming with numismatists. That is to say, coin collectors buzzing around a vast acreage of display cases filled with exciting things like Estonian kroons and Filipino Treasury Certificates.
There was also a huge display case filled with millions of bucks in old currency. Jay again.
BEETON: These are $100,000 notes. These were never made for general circulation, but they were made for bank transfers back in the day when you would hire a runner on a bicycle and he'd uh.
Ah, now the reason he stopped talking was because, all of a sudden, this huge guy walks up with a security guard, removes a million dollars from the display case and starts posing for photos with it. Hello.
PETERS: Who is this guy?
BEETON: That's Hillbilly Jim the wrestler.
PETERS: Hillbilly Jim the wrestler?
BEETON: He was a wrestler in the WWF for years and what have you.
Oh, that Hillbilly Jim, always kidding around. Turns out he's also a serious coin collector. He has the pony-tail and everything.
I was going to ask him a lot more, but the next thing I knew he was wrestling with some guy from the U.S. Treasury.
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It's still a coin collector's world
Wayne Homren, Editor
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