esposizione della moneta
Although I was the senior US Naval Officer in La Maddalena, there was an Italian Admiral there. It happened that he was a numismatist, and one day he told me that in a few weeks there was going to be a local "esposizione della moneta" (coin show) , at which the Americans were invited to participate with an exhibit. I was made an offer I couldn't refuse. But, none of us had our collections with us in Italy!
So, what to do? A few days before the show I still had nothing. I was taken into the exhibit hall and shown two large, vertical display cases with a large sign on top reading Esposizione Americana (American Exhibit).
That night among my books I found a folder which I had not realized was shipped with my library. It was my very small collection of US paper money which included a dozen or so Pennsylvania colonial notes, I also found a box with US mint products (proof sets and commemorative sets).
With this eclectic assortment, and cut outs from a stack of auction catalogs we (my staff graphics designer, my personal translator, and me) put together an exhibit - complete with bi-lingual descriptions. It had great eye appeal, but broke all the rules for American style exhibits. The ANA judges would have disqualified me!
But the exhibit was a modest success, and I did receive a prize trophy from the Bishop of Sardinia (so did all of the non-commercial exhibitors).