The American Numismatic Association has announced public safety procedures for those who will seek to purchase the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coins at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois on August 5-9, 2014.
As covered in this previous post, the United States Mint will have 2,500 of the gold coins at the convention, with 500 coins made available for purchase each day. An initial ordering limit of two coins per person will be established for sales at the ANA convention and other retail locations. Purchases at all Mint over-the-counter points of sale will be restricted to individuals 18 years of age and older.
At the convention, the US Mint previously indicated plans to distribute tickets for purchase in order to avoid long wait times and reduce congestion on the bourse floor. The specific instructions provided by the ANA regarding ticketing are as follows:
The U.S. Mint previously announced that 500 Kennedy coins per day will be sold at the show, and in order to purchase a coin, a buyer must receive a ticket from the U.S. Mint. The line for receiving tickets will form outside of the bourse floor at 8 a.m. each day of the show. There will be signs on site to guide collectors to the correct area. Mint officials will distribute tickets to the first 250 people in line between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. each day. At 11 a.m., collectors with tickets will be led onto the bourse floor through a special side entrance that will take them directly to the U.S. Mint booth to complete their purchase.
Collectors are reminded that proper credentialing is required to enter the convention hall at the World’s Fair of Money. Collectors who are not credentialed will be asked to leave the ticket line. The public registration desk will open Tuesday through Saturday, Aug. 5-9, starting at 8 a.m. Registration is required to receive credentials. ANA members who registered for the show online before the July 15 pre-registration deadline will receive their credentials via U.S. mail before the show.
The U.S. Mint previously announced that collectors under the age of 18 will not be allowed to purchase the Kennedy coins on site at the show. Collectors will not be allowed to hold spots in line for others.
Daily public admission is $6 for non-members and free for ANA members. A $2 off coupon is available for free at WorldsFairOfMoney.com.
In addition to the limited distribution at the ANA convention, on August 5 at 12:00 Noon ET, the US Mint will also begin accepting orders by website and phone. Across all channels, the US Mint will have 40,000 of the gold coins available at the start of sales.
This morning, I had the opportunity to visit the West Point Mint where I was able to witness production of the 2014 Kennedy Half Dollar 24 Karat Gold Coins and see the final coins in person. I was told that production was close to the 40,000 pieces necessary for the on-sale date.
I am extremely excited to share some of the information and images from my visit with readers in several upcoming articles which will be posted both here and on CoinUpdate.com. Stay tuned for more!