Atlanta was selected as the host city for the 2014 National Money ShowSM and Portland, Ore., will be the location for the 2015 spring show following votes by the American Numismatic Association Board of Governors during an Oct. 20 meeting in Dallas.
The board voted to permanently move the spring show back to March, with some flexibility. This change begins with the Atlanta show, which will be held Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
The Portland show runs from March 5-7 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association and Willamette Coin Club were selected as host clubs.
The board considered the following factors: availability of the city and show dates, access to major flights, convention center rental fees, hotel costs and availability as well as the area’s collector base.
The board approved a balanced operating budget for 2013. The budget proposes $5,827,425 in expenses while projecting revenues of $5,834,075 – a surplus of $6,650.
Executive Director Jeff Shevlin noted that this year’s budget will allow the ANA to have a greater presence at more regional coin shows, increase the number of Money Museum field trips offered to Colorado Springs schools, and expand course offerings at Summer Seminar.
Shevlin also announced several improvements to the ANA’s website including a new blog, The Exchange. Members interested in blogging on The Exchange can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“While we are developing our new website, we are looking at ways to improve our current website,” Shevlin said. “There are things we are adding that will have a lot of value to members.”
The board discussed a proposal to commit $100,000 to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History’s “Gallery of Numismatic History” exhibit. The donation would be payable in annual installments of $25,000.
After much discussion and member input, the motion was tabled so that more information could be gathered about the proposal.
Barry Stuppler gave an update on efforts to pass HR-5977, the Collectible Coin Protection Act, which has bipartisan support and could very likely pass during the lame duck session of Congress. He encouraged ANA members to contact their congressional representatives, and noted they could find out more about the effort at www.goldandsilverpac.com/Coin_Protection_Act.html.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.