Florida United Numismatists

62nd annual FUN Convention

January 5-8, 2017

The January FUN Show is renowned for being the bellwether event on the numismatic calendar. With over 1500 dealers, Heritage Auctions, exhibitors and over 15,000 of the most avid collectors, the FUN show kicks off the year on a high note.

fun_logoThis year the 62nd annual FUN Convention will be January 5-8th, 2017 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center. 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Dealer set-up and "Early Bird" admission is January 4th from 2:00-8:00 PM. The show opens to the public on Jan. 5th, and Admission is FREE !

The show features over 600 dealer booths, a competitive exhibit area, and 15 educational programs as listed below. In addition there is a Coins & Kids booth, the Young Numismatists & Scout Merit Badge programs, FUN Coin Club Get Together, and much more.

Board Member Gary Braisted is the General Chairman for this convention and his theme is, “Where The Coins Are”.

The 2017 FUN Heritage Auctions

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2017 FUN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

Thursday, January 5, 2017

11:30 AM “Limited Editions, Special Finishes, et al, From the U.S. Mint,” by Paul Gilkes. Mr. Gilkes, the senior staff writer for Coin World, covers the U.S. Mint beat and has extensive knowledge of U.S Mint products. Today he will discuss certain mint items of particular interest to a large segment of modern coin lovers. Classic coin collectors, too, will gain some real insights from one of the very best numismatic reporters in the land, the one and only Paul Gilkes!

12:30 PM “Numismatics, A Tale of Two Futures,” by David Harper. Mr. Harper, the editor of Numismatic News, is known for making an annual forecast concerning the future course of the numismatic and bullion marketplace. Is David’s forecast for 2017 full of good news or bad news? Find out in this hard-hitting educational program that will include both a short term and a long term forecast.

1:30 PM “Collecting Barber Coinage,” by John Frost. Mr. Frost is the current president of the Barber Coin Collectors Society. He’s also the editor of the society’s journal. Mr. Frost will provide a fascinating overview of Barber coinage, along with a commentary on the “dos” and “don’ts” of collecting these coins. He’ll also discuss some of his favorite dates in all three of the Barber coin series. Don’t miss it!

2:30 PM “Overview of Florida Currency, 1817-1935 and National Currency Issued by Florida Banks 1863 to 1935,” by Ray Herz. Jacksonville researcher Ray Herz is an avid paper money enthusiast. In this program, Ray will focus on various forms of currency as they have existed in the Sunshine State. He’ll also cover both ultra-rare items and those items that are still affordable for the typical currency collector. If you love paper money, this program is a MUST for you!

3:30 PM “Connections, Black Pepper, the Mountain That Eats Men, and John Reich,” by Brad Karoleff. Mr. Karoleff, a prolific numismatic author, is the current president of the John Reich Society and the editor of their journal since 1992. Brad’s goal is to open the eyes of the attendees to the economic, political and social reasons behind the early bust coinage so many of us love to collect. If you love bust coinage, this is the program for YOU!

Friday, January 6, 2017

11:00 AM “Developing a Passion for Liberty Seated Dimes,” by Gerry Fortin. Gerry Fortin,
president of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club and well-known author of the online web-book,
The Definitive Resource for Liberty Seated Dime Variety Collectors, will provide an in-depth
presentation on this series. His fast-paced program will cover design types, grading/striking
characteristics, key dates, major varieties and potential collecting perspectives. Be ready to get
excited about Liberty Seated dimes at this session!

12:00 Noon “How to Get More Enjoyment Out of Coin Collecting and How to Avoid Getting
Ripped Off,” by Anthony Swiatek. Mr. Swiatek, the 50th president of the American Numismatic
Association, has spoken at over 25 previous FUN conventions. This time he will focus on how
collectors and investors can have more fun with their hobby while avoiding raw deals and rip
offs. It’s a bonanza for the consumer advocate!

1:15 PM “The Winning Selection of Modern Coins as Bullion, A New Horizon,” by Scott Travers,
NLG, and Maurice Rosen, NLG. Are some coins far better suited as bullion investments than
some other coins? Travers and Rosen answer with an emphatic “YES!” For over 20 years these
two numismatic giants have been thrilling audiences with their investment insights and
recommendations. Expect yet another standing-room-only crowd for Scott Travers and
Maurice Rosen as they try to make YOU money!

2:30 PM “My Top 17 Coins for 2017,” by Don Bonser. Mr. Bonser is a prominent Florida dealer
and a consultant to several major grading services. His recommended top 17 coins will contain
a few traditional numismatic winners plus several “surprise” items which he believes are
undervalued at current price levels.

3:30 PM “My Top 12 VAMS for 2017,” by John Roberts. Mr. Roberts, the director of
attributions for ANACS grading service, writes a monthly column devoted to silver dollar VAM
varieties for Coin World. Each year he publishes a list of his top 12 VAMs at the January FUN
convention. Don’t miss his selections for the coming year!

4:15 PM “Annual VAM Thing,” by the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors. Once again, the FUN
convention is the site for this annual get-together of Morgan and Peace Dollar variety
enthusiasts. Recently discovered varieties and recent pricing information are among the topics
that will be mentioned. This program is a MUST for all VAM collectors!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

11:30 AM “Doubled Dies, What’s the Big Deal?” by Dr. David Elliott. Dr. Elliott has addressed
several previous FUN conventions. This time he turns to the issue of doubled dies. Is YOUR
COIN really a doubled die? Or is it a coin that APPEARS to be a doubled die but is actually
something else? Dr. Elliott’s program will answer this and other error/variety questions that
collectors may have.

12:30 PM “Inexpensive Collecting Options: Mexican Pesos 1920 to 1945,” by Bart Bartanowicz,
Ph. D. Dr. Bartanowicz has presented several different options over the years for the collector
working on a budget. This time he’ll focus on the beautiful Mexican peso series from 1920-
1945. Find out why this expert believes this series is “a tremendous opportunity!”

1:30 PM “17 Silver Dollars You Should Buy in 2017,” by Randy Campbell, NLG. The speaker, a
former president of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable, is a recognized expert on silver
dollars as well as the senior grader for ICG grading service in Tampa. Mr. Campbell’s program
will include a few of his favorites from some of his previous FUN seminars. But he’ll also add
some new, and perhaps controversial, selections he believes are ripe for purchase at today’s
price levels.

2:30 PM “Copper Heaven,” by Chuck Heck. Mr. Heck, the current vice president of the Early
American Coppers (EAC) organization, is a recognized published expert on this subject. Today
he’ll take attendees on a visual tour of some of the most amazing U.S. copper coins in
existence. He’ll also show a few foreign copper coins as well. It’s “copper heaven!”

3:30 PM “Introduction to Variety Collecting, Part II,” by Dr. David Close. Dr. Close, a specialist
in Peace Dollar varieties, is also involved with many kinds of varieties in other series, too.
Today he’ll give part II of his program on variety collecting. Topics such as “how to get started”
and “which textbooks you should acquire” will be covered in this vital presentation.

All programs, speakers and topics are subject to change. All are free and open the public.
Room 123 in the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Florida United Numismatists, Inc. (FUN) is an organization dedicated to involving and growing the numismatic community both in Florida and throughout the world. We achieve this through several activities, including:

  • Our annual FUN and Summer FUN Conventions
  • The Young Numismatists (YN) Program
  • Our Listing of Member Dealers and Clubs
  • The quarterly FUN Topics Magazine publication

Website - http://www.funtopics.com

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