IOLA, Wis. (April 9, 2012) -- The world coin collecting community will gather at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare April 24-29 as the 37th annual Chicago International Coin Fair comes to the Windy City.
CICF is one of the most popular conventions in the U.S. serving the interests of collectors and dealers of world coins and paper money, as well as ancient coins, antiquities and allied collectibles. It features a major auction of world and ancient numismatic rarities cataloged and conducted by Heritage Auction Galleries, a 100-exhibitor bourse area featuring leading dealers in the field from 30 states and several foreign countries, as well as club meetings and educational programs.
"It is our pleasure to once again play host to the world coin community," said Scott Tappa, CICF chairman and publisher of Krause Publications' numismatics group. "It is invigorating to assemble the world's leading collectors, dealers, auction houses and other parties that work with world coins. We are looking forward to an active week on the bourse and in the auction room."
As in years past, the auction will feature exciting coins from around the globe, covering Russia, Greece, Great Britain, Peru, France, Canada, China, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Australia, South Africa, the Netherlands, and more. In all more than 5,300 lots will be sold over six sessions. (For a complete story, click here)
Lot viewing starts around noon Tuesday, with an ancients session scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. World sessions are set for 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. Saturday. A non-floor session is scheduled for Monday.
"This is the third year Heritage will hold the CICF auction, and we could not be happier with their involvement," Tappa said. "Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker, David Michaels and the team put on a fantastic sale that draws buyers from around the globe to CICF."
The CICF bourse once again tops 100 tableholders, with a number of first-time or returning exhibitors. We are excited to see what these dealers, auction houses and other firms have to offer attendees. See a complete dealer list and floor plan later in this program.
As usual, CICF will feature a lineup of club meetings and interesting speakers. Speakers and topics are still taking shape, but among the organizations holding meetings are the American Numismatic Society, Bermanian Guild of Numismatists, Everycountry Collectors Group, Ancient Coin Club of Chicago, Chicago Coin Club, and International Primitive Money Society.
Krause Publications' world coin editors and experts will be in attendance at CICF, including World Coin News executive editor Dave Harper, editor Maggie Pahl, Standard Catalog of World Coins market analyst Tom Michael and editor George Cuhaj. and NumisMaster editor Lisa Bellavin.
For more information visit www.cicfshow.com.
About Krause Publications
Krause Publications, based in Iola, Wis., is the world's largest publisher of leisure-time periodicals and books on collectibles, firearms and knives, automobiles, hunting and construction. Chet Krause, a long-time collector of coins, published the first issue of Numismatic News on Oct. 13, 1952, with nearly 1,000 readers. Today, Krause Publications, owned by F+W Media, offers more than 40 periodicals, 10 hobby shows including the Chicago International Coin Fair and Chicago Paper Money Expo, 750 reference and how-to books, and web properties such as NumisMaster.com, the online coin price database.