More than 1,000 coin and currency enthusiasts, collectors, history buffs, and curious visitors of all ages are expected to attend the free expo to view, learn about, and purchase items from more than 75 dealers participating in the event. The show brings together coin experts from around the world and will feature auctions, lectures, and two rooms of numismatic dealers. The show is free and open to the general public with a suggested donation to the History in Your Hands Foundation. All net proceeds from the event will benefit HIYHF.
In previous years, the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) was held in Rosemont, Illinois. That show has since been dissolved, in part due to feedback from dealers and collectors who have wanted a rare-coin show to be reestablished at a more prominent venue in downtown Chicago.
“As a long-established Chicago firm we feel obligated to present a sophisticated, well-organized, and enjoyable show,” says Aaron Berk, vice president of HJB and noted numismatic and classical antiquity expert. “We felt there was no more appropriate venue than the Chicago Cultural Center to showcase the rich history, artistry, and value of coins and collections and their significance to human civilization. Plus, this convenient location allows dealers and expo visitors to take advantage of the vibrant downtown scene and visit Chicago’s treasured cultural attractions.”
The show kicks off on Wednesday, April 5, with an early preview opportunity at 4:00 p.m., followed by a welcoming cocktail reception in the G.A.R. Rotunda from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The show will be open to the general public Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Auctions will be held Thursday through Saturday by Gemini Auction and Heritage Auctions, one of the world’s largest auction houses, which recently opened a new showroom in the River North area of Chicago.
“We are tremendously excited about being back in downtown Chicago for our auctions in conjunction with the inaugural CCE show. We are in the process of building an auction catalog that will live up to the venue and historical importance of an iconic American city like Chicago,” says Cristiano Bierrenbach, executive vice president.
The History In Your Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with educational institutions to provide programs that bring history into classrooms. Its goal is to provide students the opportunity for hands-on interaction with historical objects, thereby promoting interest and enjoyment in history, the arts, foreign-language studies, and other subjects via an enriched, hands-on learning experience.
Founded in 1964, Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. is a family-owned downtown-Chicago-based business that specializes in collectible coins, currency, antiquities, and maps. Its facilities include a ground-level retail store and gallery and accommodations for research and administrative offices on the 13th floor. The company is represented at most major rare-coin and antique-map shows around the world. They also offer appraisals of single items or collections. For more information on Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., visit their official website, www.hjbltd.com. ❑