At the start of every year, collectors and dealers alike look forward to the Florida United Numismatists coin show in Orlando. This year’s show is scheduled for Jan. 9 to 12, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center’s West Building.
It is one of the largest coin shows in the country and a can’t miss destination for any collector. With more than 1,500 dealers, a huge auction by Heritage featuring a 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent piece, and numerous educational seminars and workshops, this is one show that has something for any coin collector or investor.
Among the treasures to be offered during Heritage’s various auctions set for the FUN show is one of the rarest U.S. coins: a 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent piece. It is one of just five known.
The offered example is known as the Olsen specimen as well as the Hawaii Five-O example because it was prominently featured in a 1973 episode of the show titled “The $100,000 Nickel.” Olsen refers to Fred E. Olsen, an Alton, Ill., explosives expert who briefly owned the coin during the 1940s.
It is graded Proof 64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, and carries an estimate of $3.5 million to $4.25 million. Heritage sold another example of this rarity in April 2013 graded Proof 63 for $3,172,500. The coin that’s set to be offered at the 2014 FUN auction last sold at Heritage’s 2010 FUN auction, for $3,737,500.
This 1792 half disme graded Specimen 67 — the only one graded Specimen by PCGS — brought $1,410,000 at Heritage’s 2013 FUN auction. A prior owner described it as “America's most important numismatic coin and a priceless historical treasure.”
This 1803 Draped Bust dollar graded Proof 66 by PCGS sold for $851,875 at Heritage’s 2013 FUN auction. The deeply mirrored surfaces display shades of dark gray and charcoal toning on both sides.
This 1838-O Capped Bust, Reeded Edge half dollar graded Proof 64 by PCGS is one of just nine examples traced and none have been certified finer. It brought $734,375 at Heritage’s 2013 FUN auction.
At the 2013 FUN auction, the top lot in Heritage’s paper money sale was a Series 1880 $500 United States note featuring the facsimile signatures of Register of the Treasury Blanche K. Bruce and Treasurer of the United States Ellis Roberts. Graded Choice Very Fine 35 by Paper Money Guaranty, it is one of just five known, with other examples housed in three Federal Reserve Banks and the Smithsonian Institution. It sold for $411,250.
No matter what kind of coins, paper money, tokens or medals you collect, you’re likely going to be able to find it at the FUN show. Beyond the auctions, which are anticipated to offer as many as 15,000 separate lots, or the huge bourse floor, the FUN show is noteworthy for its strong educational component.
Activities scheduled include coin club meetings, educational programs sponsored by FUN, various activities directed at Young Numismatists, special guests, activities and educational exhibits.
Admission is free, although collectors will have to register and pick up a badge to enter the show. Driving instructions are posted on FUN’s website at www.funtopics.com, and include directions into the parking lot for the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center at 9800 International Drive.
There are plenty of hotel options in the area, but FUN officials remind attendees each year that hotels fill up soon. This year a popular surfing convention is held the same weekend, which places some pressure on the inventory of rooms.
According to Florida’s Division of Historical Resources, people first reached Florida at least 12,000 years ago. In April 1513, Ponce de León waded ashore on the northeast coast of Florida, possibly near present-day St. Augustine.
Shortly after, Florida was governed by Spain until Britain gained control of Florida in 1763 in exchange for Havana, Cuba. After the American Revolution, Spain again gained control of Florida until it was made a territory of the United States. It became the 27th state in the United States on March 3, 1845.
Today, Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and its various theme parks bring millions of visitors — including many coin collectors — to the state from across the United States and around the world.
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