By Jill Westeyn
March 16, 2023
United States Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson attended the 2023 National Money Show® at the beginning of the month along with several Mint employees. Hosted by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the National Money Show ran from March 2-4, bringing together collectors, dealers, and interested youth from across the nation to learn more about coin and currency, while providing numismatists a convenient opportunity to add items to their collections.
After being introduced by ANA President Dr. Ralph Ross at the opening ceremony, Director Gibson spoke to attendees about the important role played by ANA members in promoting the hobby of coin collecting. The Director spoke of her intention to resume numismatic forums as a way for the Mint to encourage the “free-flowing exchange of thoughts and ideas” within the numismatic community. She also offered her own insights gained during her tenure as Director:
“…leading the United States Mint provides me with a unique perspective. The sight of so much possibility leaves me wholly committed to improving our organizational performance, enhancing our product quality, reducing our manufacturing lead times, and speeding up our customer response times.”
Following the ribbon-cutting, which officially opened the bourse floor, the Mint booth was bustling with activity. Customers had the opportunity to purchase two newly released products: the American Eagle 2023 One-Ounce Silver Proof Coin – W and the 2023 Congratulations Set. The Mint’s booth also had a wide variety of previously released products available for purchase. Additionally, attendees were able to pick up free education resources and exchange notes for American Women Quarters.
Mint booth visitors of all ages were able to meet and speak with Director Gibson, receiving answers to questions on the spot in most cases. On the final day of the show, the Director gave a special presentation aimed toward young numismatists, which focused on the Mint, the American Women Quarters™ Program, and the future of numismatics.
For the first time in several years, the United States Mint Police were present at the show to provide security and protection of both Mint personnel and products. The presence of the two Mint Police officers served as a reminder that members of the Mint Police have the distinction of belonging to one of our nation’s oldest Federal law enforcement agencies. Since 1792, the United States Mint Police have faithfully protected some of the nation’s most critical assets – and they continue to do so today.
If you were unable to attend the 2023 National Money Show in Phoenix, or are curious as to which shows the Mint will next attend — look for the Mint booth at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore March 16-18, 2023.
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