Annual MCA Winter Meeting (Posted December 2016)
Our annual MCA Winter meeting will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Our MCA meeting will take place at 12 noon in the Sutton Suite. Our featured guest speaker will be the eminent art historian Dr. Stephen K. Scher, who will deliver a talk on "Hunting the Wild Aftercast: Confessions of a Medal Collector".
Dr. Scher and his wife Janie Woo have recently donated their extensive and marvelous collection of portrait medals to The Frick Collection, a world renowned art museum located in the Henry Clay Frick House on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, New York City. Medals from the Scher collection will be on display for a special exhibition in May, 2017.
The Scher Collection is described by The Frick as follows: ..."considered to be the world’s greatest medals collection in private hands, rivaling and often surpassing those in American museums such as the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, it is noted for its comprehensiveness and outstanding quality". More information regarding this collection can be found on this Press Release [⇗].
All are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing you there.
A "Shout-Out" for MCA at the ANA's World's Fair of Money (Posted August 2016)
The MCA will have multiple events at this year’s ANA Worlds Fair of Money, which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall D; 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, California on August 9-13, 2016.
The annual meeting of the MCA will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Anaheim Hilton Hotel, Huntington A Meeting Room. The featured speaker will be our own esteemed Bob Fritsch, who will give a talk on The Tools of Numismatics: Presenting Your Collections. Bob summarizes his presentation as follows:
"No matter what we collect, we have to organize our holdings and present them somehow. This requires tools and materials that are not found in a traditional coin shop. Scales and calipers, nippers and scissors, card stock and poster-board are all found at other stores around town. Using a sonic sealer to best advantage, or coming up with a way to present and store hanging badges or military awards are also explored. This presentation is full of tips and techniques the presenter has developed over his years of collecting."
The MCA will also have programs for Young Numismatists. MCA will take part in a YN/Boy and Girl Scouts scavenger hunt on Saturday, August 13. Medals will be given to the Young Numismatists at the MCA table between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Come join us.
Other meetings of interest to medal collectors include the TAMS/AINA meeting on Wednesday, where there will be a lecture by medalist Eugene Daub. It should be of interest to all medal collectors. He is a past recipient of the ANA's Saltus Award, the ANA sculpture of the year, designer of AINA medals, ANA medals, ANS medals, and NYCC medals among other medals and sculptures. At this meeting they will also announce the Ben and Sylvia Odesser Memorial Award.
Still other meetings and events at this World's Fair of Money that might be of interest to medal collectors are listed below.
MCA members speaking at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, Anaheim, CA
Wednesday Aug. 10
10:15 am -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila A
R. Lee Barrett on "A History of Women Medallic Sculptors in America"
Thursday Aug. 11
2:00 - 3:00 pm -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Huntington A
Medal Collectors of America meeting; Robert F. Fritsch on "The Tools of Numismatics: Presenting Your Collections"
2:00 - 3:00 pm -- Whitman Display
Q. David Bowers and Ken Bressett on "An Hour with Ken and Dave"
3:00 – 3:45 pm -- MCA meeting. Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Huntington A
Q. David Bowers on "Discover Sutler Tokens! The Mystery and Charisma of the Coins Carried in the Pockets of Civil War Soldiers"
4:00 – 4:45 pm -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila A
Jeff Shevlin, William D. Hyder and Dennis Tucker: Money TAlks, "So-Called Dollars in the Mega Red Book"
Friday Aug. 12
11:00 a.m. -– Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Dennis Tucker on Money Talks, "Hidden Profits in Modern U.S. Mint Silver and Gold Medals"
Since the early 1970s the U.S. Mint has produced more than 50 collectible silver and gold medals—beautiful and sometimes rare works of art. Some were runaway best-sellers and made national headlines. Others are relatively unknown. Learn which ones are "sleepers" - underappreciated treasures with profit potential waiting to be discovered.
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm -- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Michael F. Wehner on "The Great State Seal of California, Deconstructed: The Early Medals of the California State Agricultural Society"
3:00 – 3:45 pm –- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Q. David Bowers on "The ANA Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary"
Saturday Aug. 13
10:00 am – 10:45 am -– Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Len Augsburger, Wayne Homren and John Feigenbaum on "The Newman Numismatic Portal and the Future of Online Numismatics"
11:00 am – 11:45 am –- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Doug Mudd on "The Olympic Games: History & Numismatics"
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm –- Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Avila
Bob Fritsch on "Collecting Medals"
Annual MCA Winter Meeting (Posted January 2016)
Our annual MCA Winter meeting will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016, in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Our MCA meeting will take place at 12 noon in the Lexington Suite. Our featured guest speaker will be the eminent numismatist Q. David Bowers who will present a talk on "The Lure and Lore of American Medals".
In addition to Bowers' talk, we will be unveiling our MCA Club Medal for 2016 created by Gerry Muhl and Alex Shagin. Silver and bronze examples will be available for purchase.
All are invited to attend, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.