'New Krause' on Display at World's Fair of Money The Krause Publications numismatics group was out in full force for the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, asserting its leadership role in the antique coin collecting hobby.
News-Antique.com - Aug 15,2007 - The Krause Publications numismatics group was out in full force last week in Milwaukee for the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, asserting its leadership role in the antique coin and paper money collecting hobbies. A contingent believed to be the largest ever from Iola attending a single show made the trip to Milwaukee, and attendees took notice.
“Our staff performed like a well-oiled machine in Milwaukee,” said Numismatic News editor Dave Harper. “All of us heard positive comments from attendees about the ‘New Krause’ look. Our expanded booth, uniform staff appearance, long-standing sponsored functions and new hospitality events created their own buzz on the bourse floor. Our well-known magazines and books were there, but new products like NumisMaster, video and price guides on DVD were in the spotlight.”
Among the group’s accomplishments at the show:
-Harper received a lifetime achievement award for his numismatic journalism, and book editor George Cuhaj was honored for his work on the Standard Catalog of U.S. Paper Money. Recent retiree Fred Borgmann, a 30-year KP employee, was honored with a reception in the numismatics booth, which also hosted a 55th birthday party for Numismatic News.
-Harper presided over presentation of the Coin of the Year Awards, sponsored by World Coin News, with awards going to mints from Austria, Germany, Australia, Belarus, Israel, and the U.S. Harper was also master of ceremonies for the Numismatic Ambassador breakfast, where he honored KP founder Chet Krause for his contributions to the grassroots level of coin collecting.
-Harper was the first in the numismatic press to break the big news story of the week: the ANA’s executive director was placed on administrative leave Sunday morning. Working with Dave Kranz and Debbie Bradley, Harper had stories posted to www.numismaticnews.net and NumisMaster by early afternoon; a subsequent e-blast Monday made the story the most-read in NumisMaster history.
Numismatic editors Harper, Kranz, and Bob Van Ryzin were everywhere on the bourse floor, at seminars, in meetings, and at press conferences, often with Lisa Bellavin and Scott Tappa in tow recording the proceedings on video.
-Sales staff Sue Konkel, Robbie Cain, Debbie Tischendorf, GayLynn Holcomb, Dennis Piotrowski, and Dean Listle made the most of their time with customers on the bourse floor. A special treat came Wednesday evening, when staff hosted a select group of customers to a lively dinner at the Chop House restaurant. Highlights included an appearance from former professional wrestler Hillbilly Jim and the magic of Chad Long, who impressed customers and show-goers with his illusions and humor. David Steward, Colin Ungaro, and Suzanne Mitchell took the opportunity to better acquaint themselves with the industry.
-In the booth, Beth Grimsley, Tom Michael, Katy Gertz, Jana Tappa, and Bradley helped promote and demonstrate NumisMaster, the online coin values database which was making its first full-fledged appearance at the World’s Fair of Money. Tappa, Gertz, and Sara Wait also designed ads for customers onsite.
-On the book side, Toni Rahn, Brenda Mazemke, and Corinne Zielke were busy fielding sales requests