A FUN Beginning to the New Year

By Jill Westeyn
January 10, 2023

Kristie McNally sits at a table with people standing around it
A “meet and greet” with U.S. Mint Deputy Director Kristie McNally at the 2023 FUN show.

The U.S. Mint kicked off the first week of 2023 by attending the 68th Florida United Numismatist (FUN) Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. This year’s FUN show marked the return of the Mint and its booth for the first time since 2020. While no 2023 numismatic products were available for sale, we offered customers an array of gold and silver coins, silver and bronze medals, annual sets, and medals to view and purchase.

Mint Deputy Director Kristie McNally spoke during the opening ceremony on January 4, and attended through January 8. During her comments she stated:

“To all the FUN attendees and participants, please know that we at the Mint deeply appreciate all you do in terms of engagement with youth and adult numismatic enthusiasts. Together, we can sustain and grow the coin-collecting hobby.”

Additionally, she met with customers, collectors, and youth at the booth during three “meet and greet” informal events. Attendees were given the opportunity to introduce themselves to McNally, ask questions, comment on processes and programs, receive a signed note card, and take a photo. Youth who stopped by received a signed 2023 American Women Quarters™ Program coin board.

In addition to meeting kids at the Mint booth, Deputy Director McNally gave two presentations to youth, both on Saturday, January 7. The morning presentation was given to approximately 60 scouts working toward their Coin Collecting Merit Badge. McNally spoke about Mint facilities, the coin-making process and the importance of following what drives or motivates you. Said McNally, “One day, you can be standing up here as the director or deputy director of the U.S. Mint.”

During the afternoon session, McNally discussed coins with approximately 40 young numismatists. She spoke about the Mint, coin anatomy, ways to collect coins, and about coin programs. McNally encouraged the young collectors to “share your passion” with those around you. McNally exclaimed, “I find it so exciting to be here, knowing that this hobby begins with the work we do at the United States Mint.”

Furthermore, both groups were given an overview of the American Women Quarters Program and took home the newest coin in the program: the 2023 Bessie Coleman Quarter!

Throughout the convention, the Mint participated in the scavenger hunt trivia that took place on the bourse floor, handed out education materials, and made its coin machine available. Attendees could exchange dollars for an assortment of 2022 quarters. For an added surprise, the 2023 Bessie Coleman Quarter was mixed in.

There was something for everyone in Orlando – it was a FUN show for all!

Information about the American Women Quarters Program, upcoming events, and buying our products, is available on our website. Check out the U.S. Mint Coin Classroom for resources to teach kids about coins and collecting and to help scouts earn coin-related badges.

Kristie McNally standing in front of a screen with kids seated at a table
U.S. Mint Deputy Director Kristie McNally gives a presentation to youth at the 2023 FUN show.

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