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Money Talks: World's Fair of Money 2021

Money Talks provide members a forum in which to share their views and research with fellow hobbyists. The numismatic lectures are presented each year during the World's Fair of Money® and the National Money Show® and are free to the public.


German Notgeld: The World's First Art-Backed Currency 

While multimillion-dollar sales of art-backed NFTs have been grabbing headlines, the concept of art-backed currency is hardly new. A hundred years ago, issuers of German Notgeld had speculators running wild for their tokenized art, too! We’ll examine the similarities between the two movements.
Presenter: Jesse Goplen has been active as a dealer, researcher, and translator of German Notgeld for nearly a decade. He is also active in the non-fungible token space and regularly speaks on the topic of music NFTs.

When: August 12, 2021 | 10-11:00 AM CT

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Virtus & Victoria: Coins Relating to the Severan War Against the Tribes of Caledonia

This talk discusses coins relating to the war conducted from A.D. 208–11 by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus against the tribal inhabitants of Caledonia. We will examine coins which illustrate the concepts of Virtus and Victoria within the context of this war, and which were issued contemporaneously with it.
Presenter: Michael A. Kodysz was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He has collected ancient Roman coins for 20 years. In 2019 he won the Steven J. D’Ippolito Award for Excellence in Numismatic Exhibiting and the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-of-Show Exhibit at the ANA National Money Show® and World’s Fair of Money®, respectively. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Akron in Ohio and a Master of Arts degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. He currently teaches visual communication courses at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

When: August 12, 2021 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM CT

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The Romanticizing of the American Indian As Shown in Designs Chosen for U. S. Coinage & Currency

This presentation will examine a historic panorama of White American attitudes toward American Indians covering several centuries, concluding with a Romanticized admiration for the “then-vanished Americans” that was expressed through U.S. coinage and currency design.
Presenter: Bob Bair, Jr. has been involved in numismatics since 1956, first as a collector, then as a coin dealer starting in 1987. As a boy growing up in NW Wisconsin in the 1950s, he began collecting coins that he received from his newspaper route, and a lifelong passion was born. Bair earned master’s degrees in U.S. History (1970) and educational administration (1994). He taught in Wisconsin from 1969 to 1997, and served as a school principal in Louisiana and Colorado until his retirement in 2010.

When: August 12, 2021 | 3-4:00 PM CT

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Solving the Mysteries of the Gaku Ichibu

The Gaku Ichibu is a rectangular coin from Japan minted in 1599. The first of a 250-year series of rectangular gold ichibu, this presentation will chronicle Spurrier’s research into the piece with many new insights. Plenty of background information will be provided and prior knowledge of the series is needed.
Presenter: Lianna Spurrier began collecting at age 11 and is now the creative director of Numismatic Marketing. She’s also done work for the Newman Numismatic Portal, CoinWeek, and the ANA, in addition to independent research on Japanese bar money. The enigmatic rectangular pieces caught her attention in early 2019 and she’s now in the process of researching to eventually publish a book covering them in detail.

When: August 12, 2021 | 4-5:00 PM CT

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