Some of us just returned from the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago (Rosemont, Illinois, actually). Rosemont is adjacent to Chicago’s busy O’Hare Airport—close enough that I think every plane that took off or landed flew right over my motel!
MSNA Treasurer and Maryland Numismatist Editor Simcha Kuritzky continued to garner awards (seven if my math is correct!) for his well-researched exhibits (details elsewhere in this publication). He and MSNA Secretary Bryce Doxzon also served as exhibit judges.

The ANA conventions provide a variety of activities in addition to the bourse floor. Clubs of all types hold meetings, there are talks regarding many numismatic themes, book signings, “meet-and-greet” events with ANA officials, extensive exhibits, awards luncheons and dinners (I went to the PCGS Set Registry Luncheon), seminars and educational programs. It is too bad that this event won’t be coming to Baltimore in the foreseeable future but we can console ourselves that we have more major shows (three) than any other region.

Speaking of the ANA, MSNA’s VP Scott Barman received a good number of votes for ANA governor but regrettably, it was not enough to unseat an incumbent. Scott has some good ideas—we hope that he runs again!

Two dates to remember:

  • September 13, 10 AM — the Launch of the Fort McHenry Quarter, Maryland’s entry in the America the Beautiful series. The event will be held—where else—at Fort McHenry!
  • September 22 — the BANC show at its normal location on Cromwell Bridge Road.

Frank Murphy, MSNA President