When it was made by hand 227 years ago it was valued at $16 worth of gold. This national treasure now is insured for $10 million.
Rosemont, Illinois (PRWEB) August 01, 2014
The public can get complimentary, expert appraisals of their old coins and paper money and see hundreds of millions of dollars of historic rare coins and colorful currency at the 2014 Chicago World's Fair of MoneySM (http://www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com) in Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 - 9, 2014. One of the featured exhibits is a fabled Brasher Doubloon, the first gold coin made for the young United States in 1787 by George Washington's neighbor and now insured for $10 million for its first public display in the Midwest in nearly 30 years.
The family-friendly, educational World's Fair of Money will be in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, the five-day event will also have displays by government and private mints from around the world, and more than 1,000 coin and currency dealers will be buying and selling items ranging in price from only a dollar to over a million dollars.
Admission will be free on Free Appraisal Day, Saturday, August 9, when the public can get complimentary, educational appraisals of their old coins and paper money from top numismatic experts.
Eye-opening exhibits of numismatic treasures from the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado include a $2.5 million rare nickel formerly owned by a Milwaukee man who frequently carried it in his pocket to show to strangers, and a display of ancient gold coins of the legendary 12 Caesars of the Roman Empire.
Visitors also can see a U.S. $10,000 denomination bill printed in the 1930s and educational exhibits of important early American money including the first coin authorized by President Washington, a rare 1792 silver half "disme" (an early spelling of dime).
While supplies last, the United State Mint will be selling at the show for the first time anywhere the new dual-dated 1964 - 2014 President John F. Kennedy half dollars struck in gold, and selling other Mint products specially produced for collectors. Only 500 gold Kennedy half dollars will be sold per day at the show, limit one per person, on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Money is history you can hold in your hands. Every coin and every piece of paper money ever made has a story to tell about people, places or events," said Walter Ostromecki, President of the Congressionally-chartered, 25,000 member American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org).
"The fabled 1787 Brasher Doubloon that will be displayed at the show courtesy of Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, California is the finest of only seven known surviving examples made by New York goldsmith, Ephraim Brasher. It will be this coin's first major public appearance in the Midwest since 1987 when it was part of a nationwide traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution," explained Ostromecki.
"When it was made by hand 227 years ago it was valued at $16 worth of gold. This national treasure now is insured for $10 million," said Adam Crum, Vice President of Monaco Rare Coins.
Public auction of rare coins and currency will be conducted by Heritage Auctions and Stack's Bowers Galleries in conjunction with the show that is hosted by the Chicago Coin Club.
The World's Fair of Money will be held in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., in Rosemont. Public hours will be 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday through Friday, August 5 - 8, and from 10 am - 4 pm Saturday, August 9.
Admission is $6 for adults and free for children 12 and under the first four days of the show. There will be complimentary admission for everyone on Free Appraisal Day, Sat., Aug. 9. Discount admission coupons and additional details about the show are available online at http://www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com.