Last Updated 18 December 2022

Bob Russell is working on acquiring the exhibits for FUN 2023 Convention. If you would to display at our convention this January contact Bob Russell.

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Class A: U.S. Coins

Featuring:

  • A UNIQUE INDIAN CENT COLLECTION
  • The purpose of this exhibit is to provide interesting educational facts about Indian Head cents with a unique PCGS Registry Set spread throughout the five cases. A few sets of Indian Head cents have coins where every coin has a CAC (Certified Acceptance Corporation) sticker. A few other sets have been assembled where every coin has an Eagle Eye Photo Seal. Eagle Eye specializes in Flying Eagle and Indian cents. This is the first set ever put together where every coin has both a CAC and an Eagle Eye Photo Seal. This redundancy is discussed and explains why having both stickers on a coin is having the best of both worlds. Putting together this unique set has provided the most fun and joy this exhibitor has had in over 50 years in the numismatic hobby. It has inspired the creation of this educational exhibit.

  • 1795, A PIVOTAL YEAR AT THE FIRST U.S. MINT
  • The year 1795 marked the beginning of a period when the first United States Mint was under intense pressure from an unfriendly Congress. A significant number of lawmakers were unhappy with the mint's performance. The output had mostly been copper coins and a small beginning of the silver coinage. The mint had not issued any gold coins, and there seemed to be no initiative to introduce them. Lawmakers were also displeased with the appearance of the coi9ns that had been issued. Overall many thought that the mint was too expensive to maintain and that a private contractor could do better. Responding to the Congressional pressure, the mint modified its production schedule. All copper coinage was suspended until the end of the year. The mint continued to produce half dollars and introduced the half dime. Silver dollar coinage was delayed until May when a new, larger press became available. The first gold coins were issued in July. In the fall, Mint Engraver Robert Scot, introduced the Draped Bust design which greatly improved the appearance of the U.S. coinage. By the end of 1795, great strides had been made, but much remained to be done. Some Congressmen continued to press their case for closing the mint, and that pressure continued until the early 1800's. This exhibit presents an "extended type set" of coins issued in 1795 and the copper coins dated 1795 that were issued in 1796. Each piece represented with the rarity estimates for the type coin design and the individual die varieties.

  • A REGISTRY SET OF TWO CENT PIECES 1864-1872
  • View one of the finest complete sets of the Two Cent series. A series rich in history, significant in many ways.

  • TRIMES, SILVER THREE CENT COINS 1861-1872
  • This exhibit showcases a complete mint state set of Silver Three-Cent pieces. Learn about the three types of our smallest official federal coin, the Trime or silver Three-Cent of 1851-1872.

    Class B: Paper Money

  • Featuring:
  • U.S. POSTAL NOTES OF 1883-1894, THE LITTLE KNOWN OFFSPRING OF FRACTIONAL CURRENCY
  • The goal of this exhibit is to teach the readers about little-known United States Postal Notes issued from 1883 - 1894. When the Postage and Fractional Currency was withdrawn from circulation in 1876, there was still a need for sending small amounts of money through the mail, so the Postal Note was introduced to fulfill that need, This exhibit will give a brief history of the Postal Note and present examples of several types known to exist and explain how to identify each type. For collectors some of the most desirable characteristics will be listed with examples of most. Lastly, examples of some of the tools and supplies used for issuing Postal Notes will be displayed, along with detailed information regarding the quantity of Postal Notes issued in each district, territory, and state in the United States. There is also data showing how many survivors of each type of Postal Note are known from those geographic regions.

  • 50 CENT POSTAGE CURRENCY FIRST SERIES 1862-1863
  • Learn about the history of the 50-cent postage currency of 1862-1863, issued during the Civil War. Find out why some are perforated like stamps and others have straight edges. Also included is information regarding the 3 different perforations, found only on the 50-cent notes. Illustrated with several notes and a rare full sheet.

  • NATIONAL BANK OF REDFIELD, SOUTH DEKOTA
  • There were four national banks in Redfield, South Dekota. Nowadays, the notes to collect are available only from two banks. This exhibit will tell the history of the four banks in Redfield, and about the history of the National Banknotes.

  • CHARLES STEVEN MILLINGTON-OFFICER OF FOUR NATIONAL BANKS
  • The Hon. Charles Stephen Millington of Herkimer County in Central New York's Mohawk Valley region was engaged in the field of banking during his entire adult life. During his unique career, which included serving as a United States Congressman, he managed to hold the position of either Cashier or President of four different National Banks in New York State. This exhibit, which details the multifaceted life of Mr. Millington, features notes from those four banks bearing his signature and, fortuitously, includes notes from three of the banks bearing Serial Number 1.

  • THE EVOLUTION OF POSTAGE AND FRACTIONAL CURRENCY 1860-1876
  • The purpose of this exhibit is to guide the viewer along the journey of events that led up to the development of U.S. Postage Currency, its transition to Fractional Currency along with the establishment of the NationalCurrency Bureau (now called the Bureau of Engraving and Printing). It will touch upon the influence its development had on the currency we use today and its eventual passage into obscurity.

  • WISCONSIN BLACK CHARTER
  • The one of two known Black Charters from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ex Chet Krause is exhibited along with information.

  • PIGEON ROOST MINING COMPANY
  • Georgia's first mining company.

  • THE 1896 SILVER CERTIFICATE EDUCATIONAL SERIES
  • Considered the best designs of U.S. currency. The educational series is also highly collectible.

  • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING TECHNIQUES UTILIZED IN CONTINENTAL CURRENCY
  • The exhibit will be an examination of the anti-counterfeiting measures our forefathers put in place to prevent counterfeiting of our nation's earliest attempt at paper currency. With limited technology at hand, the use of colored inks, signatures, paper composition, and nature (leaf implants) were utilized in an attempt to prevent counterfeiting and destabilization of our nation's earliest paper currency. Although counterfeiting by the British was ultimately a contributing factor to rapid inflation and the demise of continental currency, it was still a valuable exercise in creating a paper-based monetary system and served to fund the revolution!

    Class C: Medal, Orders, Decorations and Tokens

  • Featuring:
  • BOY FOR SALE? TOKENS FOR THE REDEMPTION OF THE FIRSTBORN SON
  • Jews have redeemed their firstborn from the priestly families for 3,000 years. This exhibit contains an example of each known redemption token or coin.

  • THE 1893 PUERTO RICO MEDAL EXHIBITION
  • The 1893 Puerto Rico Exposition was organized to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Puerto Rico by Christopoher Columbus, and featured scientific, literary, commercial, industrial, and agricultural products and good from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Antilles, The Metropolis (Madrid), and other countries in the Americas. This exhibit presents a complete set of 1893 Puerto Rico Exposition medals (gold, silver, and bronze) assembled by the author over a period of years. The medals on exhibit here have excellent eye appeal and are considered rare.

  • CREATING THE MADISON COUNTY COIN CLUB 10TH ANNIVERSARY-100TH MEETING THREE MEDAL SET
  • In 2011 the MCCC celebrated its 10th anniversary and 100th meeting in Huntsville, AL. A set of three medals was created to commemorate this milestone.

  • UNITED STATES SPACE PROGRAM MEDALLIONS AND COMMEMORATIVES
  • Since 1958 America has been actively engaged in science, engineering, and discovery of space. This newly expanded display of medallions, commemoratives and exonumia explores space from the very start of the Gemini program to the space shuttle program and to the future of space travel.

  • A BADGE OF THE ORDER OF INDIAN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
  • A presentation of the award and history of the named recipient.

  • THE MILWAUKEE TRANSIT SYSTEM
  • A selection of transportation tokens, passes and tickets and transfers used by buses and streetcars in interurbans in the Milwaukee area.

    Class D: Foreign Coins

  • Featuring:
  • ISRAEL'S COIN DESIGNS: ANCIENT MASTERPIECES AND MODERN INFLATION
  • The State of Israel was founded in 1948 as the Third Jewish Commonwealth and reflected this in her circulating coinage, which only uses designs based on ancient artifacts or motifs. This exhibit describes the designs

  • TREASURES OF EGYPT COIN SERIES
  • This exhibit displays a complete collection which comprises 56 different coins. It portrays Egypt's ancient gods and goddesses, kings and queens, temples and sacred animals, as well as statues and relics that were found in archeological digs. It also explains parts of Egyptian folklore.

  • KNIGHTS OF THE SWISS CANTONS
  • The theme "Knights of the Swiss Cantons" is an exhibit displaying approximately 95% of all Swiss silver coins, with knight devices, minted by the Swiss Cantons from 1795 through 1835. The purpose of the exhibit is to show through research of Swiss history why the coins of this era have knight devices and why they are minted by the Swiss even though the French demonization of the Swiss from 1798 to 1803.

  • THE COINAGE OF LEBANON
  • This is a display of Lebanon's coinage which was minted between 1924 and 1996. These pieces reflect the country's history and cultural diversity, which the exhibitor will examine in detail.

  • EARLY REPUBLIC OF MEXICO HALF ESCUDO GOLD COINS 1825-1870
  • On display is the 96+% complete all-time finest PCGS registry set of early Republic of Mexico half escudo gold coins. On display are over 100 of these coins. Acquiring the last four coins will be difficult. For two there is one known and for the other two there are two known. Major highlights of the exhibit are the 1840 Guadalajara and the 1864 Durango. Both are the finest known of two. These two coins are located in the first case of the exhibit below the title. This collection was started sixteen years ago. A senior Mexican numismatist advised "the only thing rarer than the half escudo coins are the number of people that collect them.

  • PRINCE OF YOUTH: COINAGE TRACES THE RISE AND FALL OF PUBLIUS SEPTIMIUS GETA
  • This exhibit presents a selection of severan-era Roman coinage that illustrates the story of the rise and fall of the Emperor Publius Septimius Geta. This youngest son of Septimius Severus was propagandized on coins as destined to rule alongside his brother Caracalla. Coin types legitimizing Geta's status as imperial heir include those featuring him as Princeps luventutis, meaning "prince of youth" or "first among the young." Other types shown are those that celebrate Geta's harmonious relations with his family, his brother, and the military. Geta's portrayal on coinage as co-Augustus with his brother Caracalla is examined, as well as portraiture that forms a visual chronicle of his physical development from boyhood to maturity. Coins showing evidence of erasure and defacement are included as well. On some coins, Geta's image was physically mutilated, and these coins form numismatic evidence of the damnatio memoriae instituted by his brother Caracalla, who murdered him.

    Class E: Errors

    Featuring:

  • ERRORS IN BANK OF CHATTANOOGA CIVIL WAR BONDS
  • The exhibit displays one of each the nine types of the Bank of Chattanooga Civil War errors.

  • THE NINE WAM AND CAM CENTS
  • On display are the nine varieties of wide AM and close AM cents. Usually called WAM and CAM cents. They can all be found in circulation and have values between $5 and $25,000.

    Class F: Miscellaneous

  • Featuring:
  • SAVED IN THE NICK OF TIME
  • An amazing selection of gold and silver items found in coin stores which usually go to be melted down.

  • LABANN HEATH'S COUNTERFEIT DETECTOR MICROSCOPES
  • Laban Heath became very successful in producing and selling books on detecting counterfeit currency both to the public and financial institutions. However, few have seen the various microscopes he also offered for sale in conjunction with his books. This exhibit will give the viewer the opportunity to see these rare microscopes along with a unique award he received from providing this service.

  • TO TEACH IN SCHOOLS
  • Items used to teach students to create and handle receipt books.

  • BUY THE SLAB, NOT THE COIN: COLLECTING SAMPLE COIN AND CURRENCY
  • What sample coins and currency are and why they are a growing niche in numismatics.

    Group G: One Case Exhibit

  • Featuring:
  • Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Complete Elongated Coin Set
  • Disney World has recently been celebrating its 50th anniversary and to commemorate they released a tot of 53 different elongated coins throughout the parks and resorts. This exhibit presents all of the coins in the set with details on where they were located.

  • THE START OF A NEW COLLECTIBLE, THE INVENTION OF THE FIRST ELONGATED
  • Souvenir coins at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago were the start of elongated coins (IE: pressed pennies) as a souvenir of an event.

  • THE VERMONT CATAMOUNT
  • This exhibit describes the unusual design of the Vermont Sesquicentennial half dollar, shows other medals using similar design, and discusses the history of the Catamount Tavern and its namesake catamount.

  • THE STORY OF THREE PATTERN COINS
  • This exhibit showcases three pattern coins. It explains what pattern coins are, and tells why the Philadelphia Mint created these three pattern coins

  • BOGGS MONEY
  • In this exhibit is a complete set of the only plastic coins J.S.G. Boggs ever produced. Mintage of these cous was 100,000 pieces a good portion of which were thrown away. Boggs exchanged these coins for many items which included a motorcycle and some gold bullion.

  • THE TREASURY RECTANGLE MYSTERY
  • The Congressional Act of March 3rd, 1863 directed that all U.S. notes, bonds and, securities be produced on "distinctive" paper to combat the large explosion in counterfeiting. This exhibit shows how the National Currency Bureau met the 'letter of the law', but perhaps not as Congress had intended.

  • THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
  • This exhibit shows some of the elongateds made about the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • GUATEMALA 5 PESOS ISSUE 1895-1915
  • Two scarce notes from Guatemala along with some history of the country.

  • U.S.C.G. BARQUE EAGLE 'AMERICA'S TALLSHIP
  • Explore how a ship commissioned by Adolf Hitler in 1926 became the premier Naval Training Vessel for Officer Cadets at the United States Coast Guard academy and became known as America's Tallship.

  • CONSTATINO AFFER ENGRAVER, SCULPTOR AND WORLD RENOWNED MEDALIST
  • Explore the work of the Italian medalist Constatino Affer, from an obscure sculptor to the Director of Art at the Milan company Lorioll Fratelli.

  • IDENTIFYING THE 3 TYPES OF THE 72 P IKE DOLLAR
  • A lesson with coins, pictures, and print. How to ID the 3 types of the 72P Ike dollars.

  • BOAR HUNT
  • Exploration of the meaning on a group of Roman coins depicting hunted wild boars.

  • THE WAGNON AND GEORGIA SALOON SCRIP
  • Good for 10 cents at the bar.

  • BROOKS COUNTY SCRIP
  • This county issued scrip during reconstruction.

  • THE CARNEGIE HERO MEDAL: THREE MAJOR VARIETIES
  • This exhibit explores the Carnegie Hero Medal awarded to ordinary people who risk their lives to save others in danger.

  • THE SANIBEL ISLAND CAUSEWAY
  • Exhibits a non-circulated transportation token for the causeway to Sanibel Island which was destroyed by hurricane Ian.

    Class H: Young Numismatists

  • Featuring:
  • GOLD PLATED COINS
  • FRACTIONAL THE SMALLEST BILLS
  • This exhibit describes fractional currency, when made, and how it can be collected.

  • WILMA MANKILLER QUARTER, RETAINED CUD PRIOR TO DIE PROGRESSION
  • The purpose of this display is to educate people about the Wilma Mankiller quarter.

  • WEST POINT QUARTERS
  • West Point quarters were minted in 2019 1nd 2020. The ten designs are highly sought after by collectors of new U.S. coins. Learn about the designs and how the collection of this series was completed.

  • MINT MADE MISTAKES
  • The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase some of the various error coins from the U.S. Mint.

  • BULLION FROM AROUND THE WORLD
  • This exhibit takes a look at sovereign one ounce silver bullion coins from around the world.

  • WHY THE LONG FACE?
  • Collecting elongated coins.

  • QUEEN ELIZABETH'S CHANGING PORTRAIT IN COINS
  • This exhibit will showcase the queens changing portrait through her life and reign with examples from some of the many countries she reigned over.

    Group I: FUN Member Clubs

  • Featuring:
  • CENTRAL FLORIDA COINS CLUB: A JOURNEY THROUGH OUR YEARS.
  • This exhibit is to showcase the Central Florida Coin Club throughout the years.

  • OCALA COIN CLUB: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE, AND ITS MEMBERS
  • The Ocala Coin Club remembers its past, working on the present, prepares for the future, and helps all our members share their collections.

    Group J Non-Competitive

  • Featuring:
  • A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE FORMATIVE YEARS OF THE FLORIDA UNITED NUMISMATISTS
  • Go back with me to 1955 and take a look at where this fantastic organization had its beginnings, its first coin show of 11 tables in 1956 and then look around you today and see how FUN has grown!

  • THE SHORT SNORTER PROJECT - STILL KEEPING MEMORIES ALIVE
  • This exhibit showcases the short snorter tradition, its growth in the 1930's and widespread popularity during World War II. Examples of rare artifacts from 20 years collecting are on display including a fragment of the short snorter of Omar Bradley's personal pilot, and a short snorter signed by Admiral Nimitz, and staff, enroute to the surrender of the Japanese in Tokyo Bay. Tom Sparks will man the exhibits and will be available for personal tours or to answer questions.

  • PURPLE HEART FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Purple Heart recipient with U.S. Mint Medals 2021/2022. Navy Purple Heart colorized copy.

  • PCGS, THE EARLY DAYS . . .
  • Early generation PCGS holders and promotional materials.