From the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, this bronze medal was awarded in a graphics design contest. It sold for $133 during a World’s Fair auction conducted in February 2015. (Photo: Andy Kaufman)

From the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, this bronze medal was awarded in a graphics design contest. It sold for $133 during a World’s Fair auction conducted in February 2015. (Photo: Andy Kaufman)

Although the World’s Fair is a niche area of collecting, it has received increased interest in recent years from medal buyers. Here’s a simple explanation:

“Medal collectors have discovered the fairs. And the boom in coin collecting has crossed over into that,” says Andy Kaufman, who runs a semi-annual absentee auction of World’s Fair memorabilia.

The treasure hunt for World’s Fair medals hasn’t always been a big deal. This isn’t the Olympics. But as more people look for additional sources to build their medal collections, material from international expositions comes into play.

As Kaufman notes, “In the old days, medals were not that prized. But, today medals bring good money.”

For more on Kaufman’s auctions, visit WorldsFairAuction.com.

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