This past week the World’s Fair of Money was held in Rosemont, just outside of Chicago. I wish I knew more of what happened, but the coverage of the show was its usual light to non-existent.
For years, I have been calling for the ANA to broadcast from the convention. For many years, I have been saying that when the collector cannot go to the show, the show must go to the collector. Nearly every other industry that holds a significant show finds ways of broadcasting part of the show to people who cannot attend.
One of the reasons I could not be at the World’s Fair of Money was because I was attending two seminars from another show. These were classes that are required so that I can become a licensed appraiser. Rather then travel to the show, I was able to view these seminars as they occurred. The conferencing software also allowed me to ask questions.
For next year’s show, I would like to see the ANA start to broadcast the Money Talks programs. All business-related items like the meeting of the Board of Governors session could appear on a live stream. Let’s start with that before I go into the rest of my wishlist.
And now the news…
The Royal Mint has revealed no new 1p or 2p coins were struck over the last year. Is the future of copper coins under threat again? → Read more at which.co.uk
The government’s latest wheeze to convince us that Brexit means Brexit was announced this weekend. Sajid Javid is drawing up plans for millions of 50p coins to be issued when the UK leaves the EU later this year. → Read more at independent.co.uk
Sen. Roy Blunt wants a commemorative coin to honor Negro League Baseball when it celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2020. The Missouri Republican talked about his coin push during a tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, this week. → Read more at rollcall.com
A woman from Asten found a very peculiar coin when she emptied out her purse after her vacation on Wednesday. A 2-euro coin, with the image of Princess Beatrix on it, that had also been minted with an image of an eagle with a swastika under it, De Gelderlander reports. → Read more at nltimes.nl
In past years David Lisot of Coin Television has filmed events at the show, recent health issues may have prevented more coverage.
With all due respect you could have done your seminars from Chicago and still attended the most important Numismatic event of the year in the USA.
Harry: I said ONE of the reasons I could not go was because of the seminars. Aside from being not cost-effective to attend two three-hour seminars in a hotel room, have you ever tried to do streaming on hotel Wi-Fi? Having once been in the computer industry, trying to do this on typical hotel Wi-Fi is akin to banging one’s head against the wall.
But you missed the point. Another group is able to live-stream their educational programs why can’t the ANA do the same?
Having been at the last 10 consecutive ANA World’s Fairs of Money, Scott, I can assure you, hotel WiFi beats the PANTS off of ANY exhibition hall WiFi, by a mile. Creating streaming would involve unbelievably expensive broadband infrastructure, that would interfere with expo hall contracts. It’d be far easier to do it from my apartment.
With all due respect, Kurt, there is a difference between web surfing and two-way conference streaming for a three-hour duration. Most hotels are not set up for that type of communications. They reserve the bandwidth for their conference clients who pay the extra money to ensure the best communications. I’ve dealt with this before. I know the issues and why they exist.
Ah yes, but do you realize the present Board of Governors majority is headed down the road to a 30% budget CUT, potentially?
David Lisot does business as it was done in the past. He requires buying CDs. People download these days. I asked him in Florida when he would start downloading. He said that was for some period in the future. I don’t recall his exact quote. Organizations need to live in the present and look to the future if they are to thrive, not stay in the past.
I do not know the exact impediment at Rosemont, but at Philadelphia last year, broadcast was impossible due to horrifically expensive union work rules. In either 2014 or 2015, the former, I believe, the podcast The Coin Show did do a live broadcast from Rosemont, but it was a logistical nightmare, as well as a less than stellar audio experience. As the incumbent Chair of the money.org committee, you might want to speak with Kim. But beware, our new President seems hell-bent on REDUCING things we already do, and not INCREASING anything.
Kurt and Scott
The WFM shouldn’t be in Philadelphia anymore. The Late Dave Bailey, then President of the Garden State Numismatic Association and always a knowledgeable source of information, told me years ago that Whitman Company stopped having a September show because these unions you mention are organized crime controlled. The ANA should stay out of Philadelphia. Let Philadelphia have a big white elephant.
I would love to see the WFM in Washington, DC. But the last time I made a proposal there was “something wrong” with the venue. I have not followed up on that.
I have an idea. Try to get the National Money Show in Washington, DC. The NMS is a smaller show. A smaller venue would be needed. Remind the ANA that, approximately 20 years ago, the WFM was in New York City on two floors of a Times Square Square Hotel. I can’t believe that, somewhere in a big city like Washington, DC there isn’t a venue for the National Money Show.
I was at the WFM for a day and a half and thought it was excellent. Regarding your comments, they are excellent.
I have supported broadcasting the shows since the 2013 National Money Show. Not only should the ANA broadcast, but the Florida United Numismatists should also during their January FUN show. Let’s not pick on the ANA only.
It cost me over $500 for a one night trip using airline miles to help pay. Imagine wanting to take a family to the show. Many wealthy people will decide the cost is too high. It’s why they stay wealthy.
Bob et al,
The WFoM and the NMS will NEVER AGAIN be in Philadelphia, ever. Even with record attendance in the modern era, the 2018 WFoM bled red ink. One reason – Philadelphia’s unions, period! Now, also no WFoM nor any NMS will EVER be held in a state (or locality, Scott) that levies a sales tax on coins. THIS IS A MATTER OF ANA POLICY. The ANA still has plenty of states to consider. Ohio recently fell off the list (sales tax exemption for coins was axed), and another state recently added that exemption. We have 30 or 31 states that have the exemption. The other 19 or 20 have no shot at all.
In the next month, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be considering a proposal to get rid of our coin exemption. If they do that, watch how fast the Pittsburgh WFoM gets a new home state. The contract has an escape clause for just that eventuality.
Maryland has a sales tax exemption that was specifically carved out for the ANA. This was accomplished for the 2008 WFM in Baltimore. The venues I was looking at are at National Harbor. National Harbor is in Oxon Hill, Maryland, just outside of the D.C. border and near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge off I-95/495 (Beltway) across the Potomac River from Alexandria. It is a 20-minute ride to downtown D.C. (depending on traffic). It is also about a half-hour ride to Mount Vernon, George and Martha’s house. Aside from National Harbor having two venues that could host the WFM (Gaylord Hotel and the MGM Grand Hotel), its location in Maryland makes any ANA show eligible for the sales tax exemption.
Like I said, the Late Dave Bailey said Whitman got out for the same reason, unions. If my grandmother was alive, she would say, after living through the Great Depression, “wait until hard times come.”
I have mixed feelings on the tax issue. I’ll avoid getting political so that’s all I’ll say there.
Thanks for the information.
By the way, I was at Rosemont from Monday morning until Sunday morning, six nights. I am an ANA National Volunteer. I always go to the full show, wherever it goes.
By the way, Scott, Simcha picked up you Glenn Smedley. Congratulations.
Yes, I know. He told me. THANKS!