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2020 ANA World's Fair of Money Has Been Suspended

by American Numismatic Association (ANA)

Published on June 17, 2020

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The COVID pandemic has made its mark on the numismatic industry's most important annual event. The ANA WFOM has been officially cancelled while the Board considers its options. Colorado Springs and Salt Lake City under consideration as alternate sites.

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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

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

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    My business partner and I were looking forward to the American Numismatic Association's (ANA's) World's Fair of Money Show in Pittsburgh, PA., only to find out it was suspended. We were first notified of this suspension by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and now via the Greysheet Daily News by CDN Publishing. I am an Elite Member at NGC and my business partner is a Platinum member with the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). The ANA had only two (2) cancellations of their show, i.e., 1918 Spanish flu and 1945 regarding World War II. We have been aggressively working with Stacks & Bowers since the 26 of May 2020, hoping that we would have the LEAD COINS in this ANA Show, which consist of the " 6th Coin " regarding the 1913 V Liberty Nickel that we have been told was personally owned by Samuel Brown and kept in his possession until being sold to a collector whom sold it to me. Yes....there are five (5) known coins, the last being certified in 2003, the George O. Walton Liberty Nickel. And yes.....there is a " 6th coin ". We also have a 1870 S Seated Liberty Half Dime, of which only one was known since 1978 and graded by NGC as MS-63. Lastly, we have several individual 1964 Special Mint Set coins, i.e., Kennedy Half Dollar, Washington Quarter, Roosevelt Dime, Jefferson Nickel and Lincoln Memorial Cent and six (6) complete 1964 Special Mint Sets (SMS) and the United States Mint corresponding paperwork, of which all six (6) sets are in there original packaging and one (1) of these 1964 SMS Sets was ordered to be made by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson for the Kennedy family in 1963, just five (5) days after the Kennedy assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. We are also offering numerous other United States coins and medals, as well, which include the Napoleon III PCGS SP-64 Medal, a 1936 Edward VIII medal was shows he was Crowned in May 1937, when he was appointed King Edward VIII after the death of his Father, King George V in 1936 and had abdicated the throne in December 1936 and his Brother King George VI, was actually crowned in May 1937 and many other World Coins, as well. It is our sincere hope that the ANA will still take place in either Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City or Las Vegas.

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