CONA May 2020 Newsletter

When and Where: at your leisure on your own computer
Topic: Numismatic engraving
Presenter: Gilroy Roberts (Newman Numismatic Portal)

June Virtual Presentation: Kennedy half designer Gilroy Roberts

Hear and see the great medallic sculptor Gilroy Roberts in this in-depth 1991 interview conducted by David Lisot.

Gilroy shares his childhood and what inspired him to become an artist. He discusses his days at the U.S. Mint when he had the opportunity to design the Kennedy half dollar. He tells of his prolific artistic creations at the Franklin Mint.

This interview is an inspiration into the creative spirit as told by one of the most successful sculptors of all time.
Roberts, Part I
Roberts, Part II
Roberts in his workshop
Roberts on numismatic engraving

ANA show canceled

The American Numismatic Association announced Wednesday the suspension of the 2020 World’s Fair of Money. The show, originally scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh is the largest annual coin and paper currency event in the United States.

The ANA Board of Governors has been deliberating the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the show and whether aggressive mitigation requirements to ensure the safety of attendees made continuing with the Pittsburgh event feasible. Pennsylvania guidelines restrict indoor gatherings to a maximum of 250. The World’s Fair of Money typically attracts upward of 10,000 during its 5-day run.

ANA convention presentations

Although the show is no longer being held in Pittsburgh, you can still attend convention events online, including Money Talks and the Women in Numismatics Sundman Lecture Series. These presentations and lectures will be presented throughout August via Zoom and are free to attend but registration is required.
Money Talks registration:
Sundman registration:

Free ANA classes

During what would have been the ANA’s annual Summer Seminar event, June 29-July 10, the Association will instead offer free virtual courses through its new ANA eLearning Academy. Eleven courses that would have been offered during Summer Seminar will be offered in a condensed one- to two-hour online format. Courses are open to both ANA members and non-members; there is no charge to participate but preregistration is required.

After this first round of courses, the ANA eLearning Academy will continue to offer two to three classes each month to the collecting community.
Register at:

CONA show in flux

The Board will make final decisions regarding Ohio State Coin Show 2020 by mid-July based on information provided by the state, local health departments and the hotel.

Newsletter By: Gerry Tebben

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