Suntree/Viera Library hosts monthly Coin Talk


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Are you interested in finding out more information about a rare coin that has come into your possession? How about a medal your late grandfather gave you? Or maybe you want to learn more about some paper money, foreign currency or tokens you own?

All of these questions and more can be answered every month at the Suntree/Viera Public Library. The library hosts every fourth Tuesday of every month in the conference room a free public outreach meeting called Coin Talk!

The event is conducted in association with the American Numismatic Association.

The ANA is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items such as paper money, tokens and military, sports and achievement medals. The ANA serves the academic community, collectors and the public with an interest in numismatics.

“We do not do appraisal work at the library event,” said Bob Mellor, ANA’s Florida representative. “We do not do any buying and selling either. My outreach obligation is to provide assistance in helping people find out information about the coins, paper money, medals and tokens they have.”

Mellor said as few as five and as many as 20 people (the higher number is during the winter months when snowbirds arrive) attend the open forum.

“From newbies to experts, old and young, everyone is welcome,” Mellor said.

Founded in 1891, the ANA gained national prominence on May 9, 1912 when the association was granted a Federal Charter, signed by President William H. Taft.

An amendment to make the Charter permanent and allow for a larger Board of Governors was introduced in 1962 by Congressman Wilbur Mills and Sen. John L. McClellan, both of Arkansas. This amendment was passed by Congress and signed by President John F. Kennedy on April 10, 1962.

Today, the ANA has more than 25,000 members from around the world. There is a chapter in every U.S. state and its national headquarters is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“We have no set agenda at our meeting,” Mellor said. “It’s free flowing. We pick a topic to discuss. It could be about Colonial coins to modern or world coins. At our Sept. 25 meeting, our topic will be a book review about the early days of the U.S. Mint.”

Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m.

“Some of the people who attend bring their coins for ‘show and tell,’ ” Mellor said. “We do our best to research items for people. We try not to get into valuation. We provide a venue for folks who have inherited or come into possession of coins an opportunity to find out more information.”

If someone is interested in getting a coin, paper money, medal or token appraised or to learn its value, Mellor said people can attend the monthly meeting of the South Brevard Coin Club. The club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at the David Schechter Community Center at 1089 South Patrick Drive in Satellite Beach.

There also is a coin show held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Sunday of every month at the Azan Shriners Center at 1591 West Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne.

For more information about the ANA, go to money.org.