It’s hard to believe that a new year is right around the corner. And with 2017 rapidly approaching it is time for our yearly preview of the new numismatic year. 2016 saw a wide array of shows, auctions, and new products released around the world; it will be particularly difficult for the U.S. Mint to live up to the standard it set with its 2016 releases, which were anchored by the popular gold Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter, and Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial Gold Coins. In this article we will take a look at what’s in store for the numismatist in 2017, where to travel for shows, what auctions to attend, and what new products to look out for.
The numismatic show circuit traditionally starts in Florida, with the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show, held this year in Fort Lauderdale from January 5 to January 8. Usually the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) is held at the same time, but this time the show organizers decided to split the shows for the first time in many years, making it possible to attend both shows in full (in the past dealers would often spend a day or two at the FUN show before making the trek to New York and setting up at NYINC). NYINC will be held this year at the Waldorf-Astoria in downtown Manhattan from January 12 to January 15.
As is usual, the American Numismatic Association will be holding two shows in 2017. The first is the National Money Show, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, from March 9 to March 11. The largest coin show of the year, the World’s Fair of Money, will be in Denver, Colorado, this year from August 1 to August 5. Other shows will be held across the country, such as the Whitman show in Baltimore, Maryland (March 30–April 2, June 22–25, and November 9–12), as well as the Long Beach Expo in Long Beach, California (February 16–18, June 8–10, and September 7–9). While these shows are generally marketed as coin shows, a wide variety of items will be on offer, from ancient coins to modern world paper money. Dedicated paper-money shows will be organized as well, with the main event of the year, the Memphis International Paper Money Show, moving for the first time to Kansas City, Missouri, where the show will be held from June 7 to June 11.
Most (if not all) major shows around the country will be accompanied by major auctions, starting with January’s FUN and NYINC shows, where a wide variety of numismatic items will be offered for sale by various auction companies. While auctions have been scheduled throughout 2017, details so far have been sparse, as is often the case (schedules and catalogs are rarely published more than three weeks before any given auction). We do know that in 2017 Stack’s Bowers will put on the auction block part 5 of the D. Brent Pogue Collection—a collection that so far has yielded an extraordinary number of high-quality coins from the early U.S. Mint. The fifth installment of this collection will be offered for sale in Baltimore, Maryland, on the evening of March 31, and will include early half cents and large cents, half dimes, early Liberty Seated coinage, and Draped Bust silver dollars, including the famous Dexter 1804 Class I dollar graded PF-65 by PCGS.
2017 marks the 225th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Mint, which was formed on April 2, 1792. To celebrate this milestone, the Mint is preparing the release of the American Liberty High Relief $100 Gold Coin. This coin, the design for which has already been released to the public (it features an African-American woman representing Liberty on the obverse), will be available for sale sometime around April to coincide with the anniversary. Around the same time, a silver medal will be issued as well, and it appears that multiple variations will be offered for sale, giving the collector plenty of opportunities to add a coin or medal commemorating the anniversary of the Mint to his or her collection.
Of course, Mint and Proof sets will again be offered for sale, as will silver, gold and platinum American Eagle bullion coins. The platinum edition will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017, and the Mint will release the first in a three-part series commemorating “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The three coins (issued in 2017, 2018, and 2019) will share the same reverse design (candidates have been announced, but final selections have not been made yet). Two “regular” commemoratives have also been scheduled for release in 2017. The first, to be issued on January 17, is the 2017 Lions Club International Centennial Silver Dollar, which will be issued in both Proof and Uncirculated formats. Later in 2017, a clad half dollar, silver dollar, and gold $5 commemoratives will be released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Boys Town, a nonprofit organization founded in Nebraska and dedicated to special care for at-risk children and their families. Designs for both commemoratives have already been released.
These are just a few of the events, auctions, and products that have already been announced for the new year in the United States. Of course, numismatic happenings are not limited to the United States, and many more coin shows, auctions, and new products will be announced and held around the world. As always, we will cover much of this activity right here on Coin Update, so be sure to check back regularly to stay up to date with all the numismatic news. ❑