By Office of Corporate Communications
August 25, 2022
Last week, the U.S. Mint attended the 2022 World’s Fair of Money numismatic convention in Chicago. Mint Director Ventris C. Gibson and other staff members represented the Mint at the five-day event. Run by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the convention brought together coin collectors, numismatic dealers, and mints from all over the world.
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Mint was thrilled to be back at the World’s Fair of Money. Attendees agreed–many in the numismatic community were excited to see the Mint.
“It’s very important. The [U.S.] Mint is the largest coin dealer in the world, if you will, so we are honored to have the director and the Mint here,” commented ANA President Dr. Ralph Ross.
Director Gibson made her presence known. At the convention opening ceremony, Director Gibson shared how excited she was to be here among the numismatic community. She also assisted Dr. Ross with the official ribbon cutting at the start of the convention.
Director Gibson was available to the public throughout the week. She signed autographs and met with customers, often posing for pictures as well. She listened as customers provided feedback, expressed concerns, and shared stories.
Throughout the week, hundreds of coin enthusiasts visited the Mint’s booth to purchase numismatic products, talk to Mint employees, and find free Mint promotional and educational materials. The Mint launched the 2022 American Liberty Silver Medal while at the convention. As early as two hours before the on-sale time, people lined up to purchase the medal. The supply at the convention was diminished by the end of the week.
The World’s Fair of Money drew dozens of kids, helping to build the next generation of coin collectors. The Mint participated in the Kids Trivia Treasure Hunt, as well as the Young Numismatists (YN) program, providing free educational materials to participants. Director Gibson attended the YN program. In her remarks, she shared information the Mint and our newest coin program, the American Women Quarters™ Program, and quizzed the group about honorees. She left the YN group inspired to keep collecting and learning.
After a successful return, the Mint is excited to continue to engage with the numismatic community. Check the Upcoming Events page to stay up to date with future Mint appearances at coin shows and other numismatic events.
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