The American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money begins tomorrow, August 13 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Rosemont is a suburb of Chicago and not far from O’Hare Airport.

As with any World’s Fair of Money, there will be quite a few announcements. Some may appear here others will be tweeted as they come in.

Terry Hanlon, newly elected president of the Professional Numismatists Guild

Terry Hanlon, newly elected president of the Professional Numismatists Guild

In early news, the Professional Numismatists Guild held its annual meeting and announced that Terry Hanlon, President of Dillon Gage Metals in Addison, Texas, has been selected to serve as PNG’s President for 2013-1015. Other officers selected by the PNG Board are Vice President Fred Weinberg of Fred Weinberg & Company, Encino, California; Treasurer Dana S. Samuelson of American Gold Exchange, Austin, Texas; and Secretary Barry Stuppler of Barry Stuppler & Company, Woodland Hills, California.

PNG’s Board of Directors are Mitchell A. Battino of Hudson Rare Coins, Princeton, New Jersey; PNG Immediate Past President Jeffrey Bernberg of Rare Coin Company of America, Willowbrook, Illinois; John Maben of John Maben Rare Coins, Sarasota, Florida; James A. Simek of Numisgraphic Enterprises, Westchester, Illinois; and Richard A. Weaver of Delaware Valley Rare Coin, Broomhall, Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to all!

PCGSProfessional Coin Grading Service announced that they are teaming with eBay to expand the eBay U.S. and Canada Coins Catalog feature. When the new catalog from PCGS goes online this fall it will immediately grow from the current 8,500 products to more than 41,000.

The renewed U.S. and Canada coins catalog will allow for more detailed descriptions of specific coin attributes, as well as further differentiation for the collecting community. These detailed descriptions, item specifics and high resolution images in the catalog will allow novice and experienced sellers alike to more accurately identify the coin they are selling on eBay.

An expanded catalog should help provide education to collectors buying and selling on eBay. Anything that makes that marketplace safer os good for the hobby.

Although the ribbon cutting is on Tuesday, my schedule will not allow me to get away until Wednesday night. Stay tuned for more news.

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