In the fall of 1955, a small group of coin collectors and dealers met in Clearwater, Florida at the Fort Harrison Hotel to organize a state-wide association of numismatists. Several attempts to organize such an organization in years past had been unsuccessful because there were only a few coin clubs in the state and not really a great many active collectors.
FUN has made history in numismatics several times over the years. In 1959 it held the first major silent auction in the history of coin conventions. Officials in Jacksonville would not allow the group to conduct their regular member auction without paying a $2,500 fee. Instead blackboards were placed around the room which listed the number of the auction lots. Bids were taken on slips of paper, then posted on the boards with additional bids taken up to a closing time when the high bids were declared the winner. Not a word was spoken.
Another first in numismatics occurred in 1960 when the FUN annual convention was held in St Petersburg and Grover Criswell conducted an outdoor auction, under the stars and waving palm trees. FUN has progressed with the usual growing pains throughout the years but with the help of many friends and dedicated members, FUN has grown to the size it is today. Our annual convention has an average of over 500 bourse tables and attendance near 10,000. We look forward to many more years serving the numismatic community and hope you will share the FUN experience with us.