Last week I made a trek to Pittsburgh to attend part of the American Numismatic Association National Money Show. After driving up Wednesday morning and
visiting an uncle after lunch, I checked into the Hampton Inn & Suites across from the Pittsburgh History Center. About 6pm I met up with our NBS webmaster
Bruce Perdue who had driven in from Chicago. We walked over to the Westin and hopped aboard the shuttle bus that would take us to the Welcome Banquet
co-sponsored by the ANA and the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN).
Aboard the bus I found John and Nancy Wilson, Bryce Doxson and Simcha Kuritsky in the front seats. Other passengers included Mark Lighterman, former U.S.
Mint Engaver Don Everhart, Don Kagin and Ken and Tom Hallenbeck. Bruce showed me some souvenirs from the recent Chicago Coin Club 1,200th meeting. Don Kagin
handed me a nice gold-colored token promoting his candidacy for the ANA Presidency picturing an octagonal $50 gold slug on the reverse.
After a slog through rush-hour traffic we wended our way up the long hill above the Monongehela river to the LeMont restaurant and its commanding view of
As we waited to enter our dining area several of us enjoyed the artwork on the restaurant walls.
Don Everhart leaned close to inspect the work on this one.
No masterpieces, but a lot of whimsy
Guests were treated to a live performance by the Washington, PA Jazz Orchestra. The sound overwhelmed the small space making conversations difficult at
times, but it was very enjoyable. I walked around a bit and spoke with ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick, Museum Director Doug Mudd, Membership Director Cary
Hardy and the new advertising sales manager Nathan McAllister. Other attendees I spoke with included PAN Chairman of the Board Don Carlucci, PAN Publicity
Director Pat McBride and other locals including Dick Gaetano, Larry Korchnak and Tom and Gosia Fort.
It was great to visit with old friends. Gosia, Tom, Larry and Bruce Perdue shared my table. We caught up on family news, and Larry showed me part of his
manuscript on Obsidinal Coins of the World (1453-1902).
LEFT: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
RIGHT: David J. Ryder, 34th and 39th Director of the U.S. Mint
The crowd was treated to a stirring performance by Abraham Lincoln impersonator Dennis Boggs and an excellent talk by U.S. Mint Director David Ryder. PAN
knows how to throw a great event. I'll stop there - a much more detailed report with photos will be published by PAN in their journal and on the club web
As the event wound down I had a chance to speak briefly with Director Ryder. On the right is a photo of a photo - the event photographer captured the
official picture while Tom Uram snapped this pose.
LEFT: David Ryder and Wayne Homren
RIGHT: Pat McBride, David Ryder and Wayne Homren
The National Money Show
After breakfast Thursday morning I headed over to the convention center. I spoke to a number of people including Pittsburgh natives Dick Gaetano and Larry
Dziubek, and out-of-towners Greg Ruby, Jon Sullivan, Tom Caldwell and Chris Clements of Northeast Numismatics, Clifford Mishler and Barbara Gregory, editor of
The Numismatist. Here are some photos I took around the hall.
John and Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson (seated), her husband John and former ANA employee (and now ANA National Volunteer) Sandi Hill manned the Future Conventions booth.
Dealer Jessie Zhang of California and I had a nice conversation about her business and upcoming coin shows.
I met the "So-Called Guy" and former ANA Executive Director Jeff Shevlin and his wife at their table. Jeff is hard at work on an update to the
Hibler-Kappen So-Called Dollars book. At right is his priceless dog-eared, annotated copy of the reprint.
I sat down at the table of John "JD" Dannreuther and had a long discussion about his research with Craig Sholley on the Fugio Cent dies.
They're doing some great work and I'll look forward to the publication of their conclusions. I took this cameo shot of the master at work poring over
The ANA Museum had some nice exhibits. Here are the Bebee paper money errors and the copper 1943 cent.
It was a whirlwind trip. I had to leave long before I was done having fun and seeing everyone I wanted to. I took a nice walk thru downtown Pittsburgh to
view all the changes that had taken place in the years I've been away. I stopped at our family plots in Allegheny Cemetery and met with our accountant to
finish up our 2018 tax forms before hitting the road after a fast food dinner at 6pm.
Along the drive I was listening to tunes on Spotify when I heard a nicely done ad for the National Money Show at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. I made it
home to Virginia by 10pm, just in time to unpack, call it a night and get back to my office on Friday. 'Til next time!
Pat McBride reports:
Saturday was loaded with families and kids. We had nonstop traffic at our PAN table; unprecedented for the club midway area. It was a good show with a lot
of good reports from various dealers.
Here's the Day #1 show volunteer group photo. Great job, everyone! -Editor
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