$100 Million of National Treasures in Pittsburgh: The National Money Show Comes to Town

Over $100 million of historic rare coins and colorful paper money will be displayed to the public at the National Money Show(SM) in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, October 13 15, 2011. The family-friendly, three-day educational event sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association will feature dozens of museum and private collection exhibits including a famous rare nickel valued today at $2.5 million and huge 350-year old copper plate money that weighs 38 pounds.

Many of the 500 professional dealers attending the show will give free, informal appraisals of the public’s old coins and currency.

“The last time we held an event in Pittsburgh, in 2004, a family came to the show with an early American copper coin that was in their possession for generations. They were astounded to learn it was worth $400,000,” said Tom Hallenbeck, President of the American Numismatic Association, a 30,000-member Congressionally chartered organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items.

“Money is history you can hold in your hands. For many people in the Pittsburgh area, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary, valuable national treasures in person,” he said.

The multi-million dollar U.S. nickel on display is one of the five known, legendary 1913 Liberty Head nickels made under mysterious circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint. This particular, fabled coin was missing for over 40 years after its owner was killed in a 1962 car crash. His sister unsuspectingly kept it in a closet in Virginia until it was re-discovered by her children during a headline-making national search for the coin in 2003. It’s now insured for $2.5 million.

Another eye-opening exhibit from the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado features unusual and cumbersome, centuries-old copper “plate money” made in Sweden in the 1600s and 1700s.

“These incredible ‘coins’ were produced because of an abundance of copper and a lack of silver in Sweden, but they are’massive. One of the plate money coins in the exhibit weighs 38 pounds; certainly not easy to carry in your pocket or purse,” said Douglas Mudd, Money Museum Curator.

There also will be educational seminars, exhibits and children’s activities with free prizes. Heritage Auctions of Dallas, New York and Beverly Hills will conduct a public auction of rare coins in conjunction with the show.

The National Money Show will be in Halls B-C of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh. Public hours are Thursday through Saturday, October 13 -15, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. General admission is $6. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

For additional information, visit online at http://www.NationalMoneyShow.com, or call (719) 499-3591.