The Chicago World's Fair of Money

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From the oldest money to the newest, you'll see a billion bucks including George Washington's first coin and the first in-person look at the new $100 bill in the Chicago area at the American Numismatic Association Chicago World's Fair of Money, August 13 - 17, 2013.

The first coin authorized by President George Washington, valued at over $1 million, will be among more than $1 billion of historic rare coins and paper money on public display at the Chicago World's Fair of Money, Aug. 13 - 17, 2013.

Money is history you can hold in your hands.

The public can see more than $1 billion worth of historic rare coins and colorful paper money, including the USA's very first coin and a sneak peek of the soon-to-be released new $100 bill, at the World's Fair of Money (, in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Hall A, in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13 - 17, 2013. The public also can get free, informal appraisals of their old coins and paper money at this family-friendly, educational event sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association.

"Eye-opening exhibits include the first coin ever authorized by President George Washington in 1792 and believed to be made from silverware donated by George and Martha Washington. The coin is a half-disme, an early spelling of the word dime, that was personally owned by the first director of the U.S. Mint, and it's valued today at more than $1 million," said Tom Hallenbeck, President of the Association.

Other exhibits include the U.S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing "Billion Dollar Display" that includes $100,000 bills and the first Chicago public display of the redesigned $100 bill that goes into circulation in October. Visitors also can see one of the world-famous 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels. Valued today at $2.5 million, this particular coin is one of only five known and was once owned by a Milwaukee man who often carried it in his pocket to show to strangers.

"Money is history you can hold in your hands. At this event you can see everything from half-cents and half-dimes to a $500 million Treasury Note, and money ranging in age from 2,000-year-old ancient coins to currency that will be in circulation in the future," Hallenbeck said.

In addition to collectors from the Midwest and around the world, more than 1,000 professional coin and paper money dealers will be buying and selling interesting numismatic items ranging in price from $1 to more than $1 million during the five-day show. Representatives from more than a dozen countries will be showcasing the latest coins from their homelands.

There will be educational seminars and a children's treasure trivia game for youngsters to win free coins. Stack's Bowers Galleries will conduct a public auction of rare coins and currency.

The World's Fair of Money will be held in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, Illinois. Public hours are from 10 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday, August 13 - 16, and from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, August 17.

General admission is $6. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Discount coupons available online at

For additional information, go to the American Numismatic Association website,, or call (719) 482-9867.

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