Following the cancellation of the plans for a numismatic museum in Washington, DC, the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors voted on Monday to withdraw their support for Gold Rush Museum that will be built in the old San Francisco Mint building known as the Granite Lady. Just as with the Washington project, the ANA cited the association’s inability to financially support the project.
As part of this vote, the ANA and Steven L. Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers of Dana Point, California withdrew the pledge of $1 million Contursi made for the museum projects. Contursi, who was awarded an ANA Exemplary Service Award for his previous assistance to the Association, said that he looks forward to working with the ANA on future projects.
The Board of Governors will continue the study the feasibility of expanding the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs.