The last week and a few other days as well were spent in Illinois at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It was the most dynamic ANA convention since the 2000 event in Philadelphia. Instead of narrative this week I give a photo essay — of pictures taken at the show.
On Sunday before the show, I, Christine Karstedt, and my grandchildren Matthew and Kate Bowers went to North Barrington, Illinois, to spend a day with my long-time friends, the Jasper Sanfilippo family, who conduct the Victorian Palace (see the Internet site; open to the public on special occasions). Shown here is the front of the Eden Palais, the world’s largest and most ornate carousel.
I spent quite a few hours at the show autographing copies with Dwight Manley (left) and Bob Evans (right) of the just-released book America’s Greatest Treasure Ship: The SS Central America; The Second Treasure-Finding Journey. These sold just about as fast as we could sign them!
Time out for a photograph (by Mary Burleson) taken from within the Whitman Publishing display. Two U.S. Mint representatives are shown with Whitmanites Dawn Burbank and Lori Kraft, Matthew Bowers, and the author. The U.S. Mint display is in the distance.
William Hyder, publisher and guru at the Token and Medal Society, brought a cover proof of the second edition of A Tune for a Token, to be published by TAMS this autumn. Check out the TAMS website.
Some of us at the annual meeting of the Civil War Token Society (again, check the Internet): The author, Dave Schenkman, Susan Trask (president of CWTS and editor of the Civil War Token Journal), John Ostendorf, and Cole Hendrickson (John Wilson photograph).
With Chris Karstedt in front of some signage for the auction that Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted at the show — multiple sessions that brought about $20 million with lots of action.