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ANA Show Always Offers Collectibles of Its Own
July 29, 2008

As final packing is being done by those traveling to Baltimore for the World's Fair of Money - the annual convention of the ANA, collectors should take a look at the show specific commemoratives.

Offered by the ANA are badges, 1.5 inch and 3 inch medal sets depicting Edgar Allen Poe. There is also the convention bar, a city name and tate item which you add on to existing bars, creating a railroad-tie type of hanger. It has generally lost favor in recent years, but as mine now number more than 25 (out of 35 years of ANA membership) I keep it up.

Exhibitors, judges and speakers get medals. Hard to get colectibles unless you participate.

The Token and Medal Society will have a Baltimore medal, as will many local clubs, and individual collectors.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a twice daily drawing for an opportunity to purchase (at $50.) a spider press proof done at the BEP exhibit. A spectacular item.

About 14 international mints will have current items for sale and the ANA make available a Mint Passport to insert coins from participating countires.

Some dealers may have items at their tables, be sure to look!


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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