2021 Chicago World Fair of Money bronze medal. (Image courtesy of the American Numismatic Association.)

It’s back! The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money is coming to Chicago August 10-14, after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The numismatic community would like to meet again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

Image courtesy of the American Numismatic Association.

Hundreds of coin dealers will fill the exchange to buy and sell a wide variety of numismatic items. Competitive exhibits and rare coin displays can also be found on the exhibition space. More than 30 clubs and organizations meet in the convention center during the fair.

There will be no shortage of learning opportunities as ANA programs abound at the convention. The Sundman Lecture Series will be held on August 11th all day with the theme “Big, Brave and Beautiful – Coins That Have Stuck Out Over the Centuries”. Attendees can learn from fellow hobbyists and numismatists during ANA’s Money Talks. Various topics will be dealt with from August 12th to 13th. For beginners or anyone looking to brush up on the basics, there will be a free coin collecting workshop on August 14th.

An interactive treasure hunt will take place on the trading floor for the young collector. An introductory collecting class called Young Collectors Corner will be offered on August 14 for children aged 5-17.

Auctions with a wide variety of coins and paper money are run by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries, the official auction companies of the World’s Fair of Money. A preview of these sales can be found on page 80.

The public show times are Tuesday, August 10th, 1pm to 5.30pm; 10 a.m.-5.30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11.-13. August; and Saturday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $ 10 for the public and is free for ANA members and children under 12. Entry is free for everyone on August 14th. ANA members can enter 30 minutes before the public. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

You can find detailed information at www.money.org/worldsfairofmoney.