Schedule of Events

Monday, January 5
NoonSecurity room opens. Security is open 24 hours a day until closing at noon next Monday, January 12.
Tuesday, January 6
 Security room open 24 hours a day.
Noon - 6:00 PMDealer pre-registration and photo ID open. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
6:00 PMDealer pre-registration closes.
Wednesday, January 7
 Security room open 24 hours a day.
10:00 AM - 7:30 PMDealer/Exhibitor registration. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
2:00 PMSecurity begins in bourse area. Hall D, West Building.
2:00 PM - 8:00 PMDealer/Exhibitor set-up. Closed to the public. Hall D, West Building.
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM“Early Bird” badge holders admitted. Hall D, West Building.
7:30 PMDealer/Exhibitor registration closes.
8:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed. Area secured.
Thursday, January 8
 Security room open 24 hours a day.
8:00 AM - 6:00 PMDealer registration. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
8:30 AM - 7:00 PMBourse &exhibit areas open to authorized persons and EARLY BIRD badge holders. Hall D, West Building.
9:00 AM - 6:30 PMPublic registration begins. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
10:00 AMOfficial ribbon cutting. Entrance to 2015 FUN Convention at Hall D.
10:15 AM60th Annual FUN Convention opens to the public. Hall D.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMEducational Seminar. “The Loss of the 1715 Plate Fleet,” by Ben Costello. 2015 is the 300th anniversary of the historic Spanish fleet loss off the east coast of Florida. Who better to discuss this event than Ben Costello, a director of the 1715 Fleet Society? Mr. Costello will detail the “hows, whys and whens” of one of the most significant events in numismatic history! Room W224A.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMEducational Seminar. “Grading and Authenticating Mercury Dimes,” by Bill Fivaz. “Mr. Numismatic Education,” Bill Fivaz, will guide collectors through the nuances of grading and authenticating the popular Mercury dime series. Time permitting, Mr. Fivaz will answer questions from the audience. Room W224A.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMEducational Seminar. “The Wonderful World of Foreign Coins,” by Bob Hurst. Mr. Hurst, the current vice president of FUN, is one of America’s leading foreign coin dealers. He’ll detail how collectors can get the most enjoyment out of their world coin collecting experience. Room W224A.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PMEducational Seminar. “15 of My Favorite Coins for 2015,” by Don Bonser. Central Florida dealer Don Bonser is a consultant to several major professional grading services and a former full-time grader. Today he will list his 15 favorite coins for potential growth in the coming year. Expect a few surprises! Room W224A.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMEducational Seminar. “A Sunken Ship is a Time Capsule: The 1715 Plate Fleet Wreck,” by Peter Cowdry. The speaker is the current educator in residence at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. His program will focus on a range of issues including what was on these ships of the great fleet wreck, the degree to which they’ve been preserved, and the navigational problems faced by the fleets of that era. Room W224A.
6:00 PMDealer registration closes.
6:30 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed to the public. One-way traffic begins.
6:30 PMPublic registration closes.
7:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed. Area secured.
Friday, January 9
 Security room open 24 hours a day.
7:00 AM - 9:00 AMFlorida United Numismatists (FUN) Board meeting. Room W224H.
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMFellowship of Christian Coin Dealers. Non-denominational Christian worship service. Public welcome. Room W224B.
8:00 AM - 6:00 PMDealer registration resumes. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
8:30 AM - 7:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas open to authorized persons and EARLY BIRD badge holders. Hall D, West Building.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMSociety of Silver Dollar Collectors board meeting. Room W221A.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMICTA Q&A: Minnesota Bullion Dealer Law. Open to everyone. Room W224F.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMLiberty Seated Collectors Club meeting. Room W224C.
9:00 AM - 6:30 PMPublic registration resumes. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AMJohn Reich Collectors Society meeting. Room W224B.
10:00 AMShow opens to public. Hall D, West Building.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AMEducational Seminar. “12 Reasons Why Coin Grading is Difficult,” by Skip Fazzari. Almost every beginner struggles to master the art of grading. ICG grader Skip Fazzari has tips and vital information that will help those looking to improve their grading skills. Learn from a professional – Skip Fazzari! Room 224A.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMBust Half Nut Club meeting. Room W224B.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PMEducational Seminar. “Looking Back at How the Top 10 Events of 2014 Will Shape Coin Collecting in 2015,” by Steve Roach. Mr. Roach is the editor in chief of Coin World. He believes the recent numismatic events will have a huge impact on the 2015 coin market. Exactly how will this play out? Steve Roach has the answers in this highly entertaining program. Room W224A.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PMEducational Seminar. “10 Forecasts for 2015 and 5 for the Next Generation,” by Numismatic News editor Dave Harper. Mr. Harper is one of America’s most respected market observers. He has some extremely interesting views on what the next generation will be collecting and how they will collect those items. Don’t miss it! Room W224A.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PMSunken Treasure Book Club meeting. Room W224F.
1:30 PM - 2:45 PMEducational Seminar. “The Impact of Gold and Silver Values on Rare Coin Prices,” by Scott Travers and Maurice Rosen. The speakers are respected numismatic consumer advocates and prolific numismatic authors. Can certain rare coins do well in a falling bullion market? Which coins could be among the best performers? Travers and Rosen have the answers as they address yet another standing room only crowd! Room W224A.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PMFlying Eagle & Indian Cent (Fly-In Club) meeting. Room W224B.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PMAmerican Numismatic Association (ANA) Q&A Open Forum hosted by ANA President Walter Ostromecki. Room W224C.
2:45 PM - 3:45 PMEducational Seminar. “My Favorite VAMs for 2015,” by John Roberts. Mr. Roberts is the director of attributions for the ANACS grading service. He also writes a monthly column on VAMs in Coin World. What are his favorites for 2015? Attendees will find out in this outstanding educational program. Room W224A.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMBarber Coin Collectors Society meeting. Room W224B.
3:00 PM - 4:30 PMLove Token Society meeting. Room W221A.
3:45 PM - 5:15 PMEducational Seminar. “Annual VAM Thing,” by the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors. Once again, the FUN convention is the site for this meeting of silver dollar variety enthusiasts. Information on recent discoveries, and their approximate values, will be among the topics covered in this lively and informative meeting that is open to new collectors and veterans alike. Room W224A.
6:00 PMDealer registration closes.
6:30 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed to the public. Begin one-way traffic.
6:30 PMPublic registration closes.
7:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed. Area secured.
Saturday, January 10
 Security room open 24 hours a day.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMWomen In Numismatics (WIN) board meeting. Room W224B.
8:00 AM - 9:30 AMBlue Ridge Numismatic Association (BRNA) board meeting. Room W221A.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AMOriginal Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) board meeting. Room W221B.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMSociety of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC) meeting. Room W224F.
8:30 AM - 5:00 PMDealer registration resumes. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
8:30 AM - 6:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas open to authorized persons and EARLY BIRD badge holders. Hall D, West Building.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMPublic registration resumes. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AMRegistration for Young Numismatist (YN) program. YN's ages 5-18 are welcome. YN's must be FUN members. Dues are $5 annually and may be paid at the door.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMWomen In Numismatics (WIN) general meeting. Guest speaker is Dave Frank and he will have a PowerPoint presentation on “Women on Numismatics.” Everyone welcome. Room W224B.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMEarly American Coppers (EAC) meeting. Room W224C.
9:30 AM - 11:30 AMYoung Numismatist (YN) program. For YN's ages 5 to 18. YN's must be FUN members and dues are $5 annually.
9:30 AM - NoonCuban Numismatic Association (CNA) board meeting. Room W221A.
10:00 AM - 5:30 PMShow opens to the public. Hall D, West Building.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PMOriginal Hobo Nickel Society (OHNS) general meeting and auction. Room W221B.
11:00 AM - NoonCurrency Club of Long Island (CCLI) meeting. Room W224B.
11:00 AM - NoonInternational Banknote Society (IBNS) meeting. Room W224C.
11:00 AM - NoonEducational Seminar. “Assembling an Affordable Short Set of Classic Buffalo Nickels,” by Bart Bartanowicz, PhD. Can the average collector afford to collect Buffalo nickels? “Yes” says long-term hobbyist and researcher Bart Bartanowicz. Let him show you how you, too, can put together a terrific collection of Buffalo nickels at a price you can afford! Room W224A.
Noon - 1:00 PMMilitary Payment Certificates (MPC) Minifest. Room W224C.
Noon - 1:00 PMEducational Seminar. “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Error-Variety Market,” by Fred Weinberg and B.J. Neff. Mr. Weinberg is a consultant for several of the major grading services and is considered America’s leading error-variety specialist. Mr. Neff has several decades of experience as an error-variety researcher. Together they will inform those in the audience about current happenings and developments in the error-variety market. Room W224A.
Noon - 1:30 PMNumismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) Luncheon. This is a private function. Room W315AB.
Noon - 1:30 PMFUN Member Club “Get Together &Discussion” moderated by FUN President Tony Swicer. By invitation only. Room W224G.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PMRegistration for Boy Scout/Girl Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge program.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PMGirl Scout/Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge program.
1:00 PM - 4:00 PMCasino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club (CC&GTCC) Florida Chapter meeting. Room W224F.
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMEducational Seminar. “Building a Silver Dollar Investment Portfolio; Which Coins Should You Choose?,” by Al Johnbrier and Randy Campbell. The speakers are both former presidents of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable. Each one of them will discuss their favorite silver dollars, as well as those items they believe should not be in your portfolio. Room W224A.
1:30 PM - 4:30 PMCuban Numismatic Association (CNA) general meeting. Room W221A.
2:00 PM - 3:30 PMSouvenir Card Collectors Society (SCCS) meeting. Program is “The Engraved Bank Notes of Czelaw Slania” by Stephen Patrick. Room W224B.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMEducational Seminar. “Review Quality Notes: Quality You Can Purchase Sight Unseen,” by John Bremer and Vince Cavo. The speakers are officials in a company that reviews certified pieces of paper money to make sure those notes are certified and graded appropriately. Expect a most informative overview of the status of the paper money market in this eye-opening program. Room W224A.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMEducational Seminar. “My 10 Favorite Copper Coins of All Time,” by Chuck Heck. The speaker has been an officer in the Early American Copper organization for many years and an avid copper collector for several decades. Copper enthusiasts will be thrilled as Chuck Heck takes you on an unforgettable tour of his 10 favorite copper coins of all time. Enjoy the ride! Time permitting, Mr. Heck will field questions from the audience. Room W224A.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMEducational Seminar. “An Introduction to VAM Collecting,” by Dr. David Close. Dr. Close has been a well-respected silver dollar specialist for over 20 years. Come hear his presentation to kick-start your VAM collecting experience! Room W224A.
4:00 PM - 4:30 PMExhibitor and judges reception.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMExhibit awards presentation.
5:00 PMDealer registration and public registration close.
5:30 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed to the public. Begin one-way traffic.
6:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas closed. Area secured.
Sunday, January 11
 Security room open 24 hours a day.
8:30 AM - 4:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas open to authorized persons and EARLY BIRD badge holders. Hall D, West Building.
9:00 AMPublic and dealer registration resume. Lobby outside Hall D, West Building.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PMBourse/exhibit areas open to the public. Hall D, West Building.
3:00 PMAll areas closed to the public. Exhibits removed.
4:00 PMAll areas must be vacated.
Monday, January 12
NoonSecurity room closes.