U.S. Treasury Brings Historic $1 Billion Display to Phoenix It won't cost a cent to see $100,000 bills and a multi-million dollar nickel, and get Arizona's first look in person at the new $5 bill at the National Money Show in Phoenix, March 7 - 9, 2008.
News-Antique.com - Feb 22,2008 - (Phoenix, Arizona) -- The U.S. Treasury Department will have a $1 billion display -- including examples of $100,000 bills -- at the American Numismatic Association's National Money Show™ in the Phoenix Convention Center's West Building, 100 North 3rd Street, March 7 - 9, 2008. The exhibit will be the first public appearance in Arizona of the redesigned $5 bill that goes into circulation on March 13.
But it won't cost a cent to see a billion bucks. The three-day collector's show and educational family event is free and open to the public.
The Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will bring its eye-opening "billion dollar display" of high denomination money to Phoenix for the first time. Other fascinating exhibits at the show include the famous, multi-million dollar 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was the object of a recent nationwide search; colorful, century-old Arizona paper money; and displays by the United States Mint.
Many of the 500 professional coin and currency dealers attending the show will provide free, informal appraisals for visitors who bring in their old coins and paper money.
"Money is history you can hold in your hands, depicting important people, places and events. At the National Money Show you can see everything from a half-cent to a $100,000 bill, and it’s free," said Barry Stuppler, President of the nonprofit, 32,000-member American Numismatic Association (ANA).
"There'll be thousands of collectors and dealers from around the country buying and selling items ranging from a few cents each to over $1 million. We'll have educational seminars, exhibits and a children's treasure hunt trivia game with free prizes, and everything is open the public."
In addition to examples of $100,000 bills, the highest denomination paper money ever printed by the U.S., the Treasury Department's educational "Billion Dollar Display" also includes demonstrations of an antique, one-ton, hand-operated printing press to show how money was made over a century ago.
"A total of 42,000 Series 1934 $100,000 Gold Certificates were printed, but only a small number survive today. They were intended only for use between banks. Our educational exhibit also includes a $500 million Treasury Note and examples of the new $5 bill that will be going into circulation later this spring," said Kevin Brown, BEP Marketing Manager.
The 1913 Liberty nickel displayed by the ANA's Money Museum is one of only five known, and one of the most famous coins in the world. This is the first time it will be in Arizona.
"The coin was unsuspectingly kept in a closet for over 40 years after the owners were erroneously told it was a fake. It's genuine, and insured now for $3 million," explained Ken Hallenbeck, ANA Acting Executive Director.
Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas (www.ha.com) will conduct a major auction of rare coins and paper money in conjunction with the show.
The Phoenix Coin Club and Mesa Coin Club are co-hosting the show with the Fountain Hills Coin Club and Arizona Territorial Coin Club as honorary hosts.