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I decided to attend the World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia for 3 main reasons. The first was that it’s in Philadelphia near where my buddy from high school currently lives. He said that he’d be happy to accompany me on the trip. Usually, I go to the shows on my own since my wife isn’t really interested in coins. It helps that he’s retired from the U.S. Department of Defense which entitles him to a military discount. We got a nice room in the Courtyard Marriott close to the convention center.
The second reason was that THE 1913 Liberty Head Nickel was going to be auctioned off and viewable. It’s numismatic history in the making and I wanted to hold the coin and admire it up close. I’ll never own a coin that valuable but I can get a thrill just seeing it and attending the auction.
The third reason was to acquire a nice Indian Head Cent. I wanted it to have a pleasing appearance and to be able to view it in hand before my purchase. Most of my collection consists of gold coins from the Carson City mint or a few special dates that I purchased from D.W.N.
So here’s my first attempt at a show report. Hopefully it will give you a flavor of Philadelphia and the ANA show.
Reading Terminal Market near the ANA convention
A $2.5 million bar of gold. Tim was impressed!
Discussion by Raymond Williams on the influence of Ben Franklin on early American Money
Exhibit on counterfeit coins
Steps involved in making hobo nickels
The World in Flight Aviation
1913 Liberty Head Nickel in hand! Thrilling.
Rick Snow of Eagle Eye coins where I bought an IHC
My new coin. I love its appearance.
Tonight is the Rarities auction for the 1913 Nickel. It’s exciting to be here for the show. I hope that this gives you a feel for this years ANA convention. It’s great fun and a good place to learn.
William III Crown
- After Mary died of small pox in 1694, William ruled alone until his death.
• Although William was an effective leader, he was never popular with the British people. This was due to his brusque personality coupled with the fact that he was really foreign national with royal powers.
• Since William had no heirs, Parliament passed The Act Settlement in 1701 which made Anne and her children the next in line for the British crown. Failing that Sophia of Hanover, granddaughter of James I was designated after Anne, thus insuring that a Protestant would remain on the throne.
• In February 1702 William’s horse stumbled causing him to fall. He broke his collarbone, which resulted in an infection and his death.