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Exhibitors Honored at Denver World’s Fair of Money

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) presented 49 competitive exhibit awards at the 2017 World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colo. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on Aug. 4, and at the awards banquet that evening.

Thirty-nine exhibitors of all experience levels, showing 51 exhibits, competed in this year’s program. There were also three non-competitive exhibitors showing three additional exhibits.

Robert Rhue received the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show for his exhibit “The Colored Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia.” The Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Excellence in Exhibiting, presented to the first and second runners-up, was awarded, respectively, to Carlos Paiz for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733- 1821,” and to Michael Shutterly for “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

The Thos. H. Law Award for the best exhibit by a first-time exhibitor also went to Carlos Paiz for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.”

The Rodger E. Hershey Memorial People’s Choice Award, selected by convention attendees, was won by Jeff Rosinia for “Rush to the Rockies: The Golden Growth of the Denver Mint.”

Michael Shutterly also received the Women in Numismatics award for his exhibit “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

Michael Shutterly further received the Derek Pobjoy Award for Best Exhibit of Modern Circulating Commemorative Coins for his exhibit “Coins and Conflict.”

Carlos Paiz received the Ira & Larry Goldberg Award for the best exhibit of “Coins that Made History” for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.”

Steven J. D’Ippolito received the Joseph E. Boling Award for Judging Excellence.

2017 Class Exhibit Awards:

Class 1: United States Coins, Lelan G. Rogers Memorial. All United States coins and patterns and all coinage or trade tokens used in pre-Federal America, except gold.


  • First place: Carl Waltz, Jr., for “Matte Proof Lincoln Cents 1909 to 1916.”


  • Second place: Philip Vitale, for “Old Silver—The US’ First Silver Dollar Designs.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 2: United States Fiscal Paper, Sidney W. Smith/William Donlon Memorial. All paper money and bonds issued by the United States government, including military currency; pre-U.S. colonial, Continental, and Confederate paper money and bonds; state and private banknotes and bonds; scrip; college currency; and stock certificates. Essays, proofs, and souvenir cards of such items may also be shown.


  • First place: Michael McNeil, for “The Women Who Signed Confederate Treasury Notes.”

  • Second place: Nancy Wilson, for “Battleship Note.”


  • Third place: Max Hensley, for “Numismatics, Meet Scripophily.”

Class 3: Medals, Orders, Decorations and Badges; Burton Saxton/George Bauer Memorial. Medallic items not used as a medium of exchange, or not having trade value. Orders and decorations, convention badges, and badges issued by fraternal orders or other organizations. Excluded are Masonic pennies and tokens included in classes 5-8.

  • First place: Thomas J. Uram, for “The Society of Medallists.”


  • Second place: Robert Rhue, for “The Official 1959 Hawaii Statehood Medal Set In Gold, Silver and Copper, with Five Piece Progression / Process Set.”


  • Third place: Peter Smith, for “Worthy Coin Anniversary Medal.”

Class 4: Modern U.S. Coins and Modern Medals, John R. Eshbach Memorial. Coins and medallic (non-denominated) material issued 1960 and later, including philatelic numismatic covers.


  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “A Type Set of Gold Dutch-Israeli Fantasy Coins.”

  • Second place: John Wilson, for “ANA 125th Anniversary Medal.”

  • Third place: Eric Holcomb, for “Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017.”

Class 5: Tokens, B.P. Wright Memorial. Items, including encased postage, issued as a medium of exchange for goods and services or for advertising purposes, but excluding American colonial items included in class 1. Includes Masonic pennies and substances used in lieu of metal.


  • First place: Gawain O’Connor, for “Tim, Redbacks, and the Third Degree Knicker Pie Eater’s Club.”

  • Second place: Mark Wieclaw, for “The Russian ‘Beard’ Tax Tokens of 1705.”

  • Third place: Phil Iversen, for “Bingle Tokens.”

Class 6: Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens, Archie A. Black Award. Items of all types and materials used as gaming pieces, including traditional and non-traditional tokens and other money substitutes, and including tokens used in military clubs.


  • First place: Tony Kreusch, for “Rodeo Chips.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit.

Class 7: Engraved Coins, Love Token Society Award. Numismatic items that have been converted into jewelry, amulets, or decorative objects. Examples are love tokens, hobo nickels, and “pop-out” coins.


  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Engraved Coins of the ‘Three Abrahamic Faiths.’”

  • Second place: Judy Schwan, for “The Baghdad Shilling.”


  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 8: Elongated Coins, Dottie Dow Memorial. Souvenirs created using an elongating machine, whether the underlying piece is a coin, token, medal, or blank planchet.


  • First place: Terri Ventresca, for “TV Shows Memories: An Elongated Coin Series by Don Adams.”

  • Second place: Cindy Z. Calhoun, for “Square and Compass.”

  • Third place: Tyler Tyson, for “True Elongated Half Dollars.”

Class 9: Coins Issued Prior to 1500 A.D., Dr. Charles W. Crowe Memorial. Coins, including gold, issued by any government before 1500 A.D.


  • First place: Michael Shutterly, for “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 10: Regional U.S. Numismatics, William C. Henderson/Fred Cihon Memorial. Numismatic material of any type specific to a particular region of the United States, such as the locale where the exhibit is being presented.


  • First place: Robert Rhue, for “The Colored Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia.”


  • Second place: Terry L. Carver, for “The Badge Presented by General William Jackson Palmer to Veterans of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry at their 35th Annual Reunion.”


  • Third place: Christopher Marchase, for “A Collection of Items from the Cripple Creek District, Colorado, c.1890-1915.”

Class 11: Numismatics of the Americas, Henry Christensen/John Jay Pittman Sr. Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States.


  • First place: Carlos Paiz, for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 12: Numismatics of Europe, John S. Davenport Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in Europe, including Russia east to the Urals.


  • First place: Michael Shutterly, for “Boris Godunov: One Opera, Many Stories.”


  • Second place: Mark Wieclaw, for “Irish ‘Gun’ Money 1689-1690 (A Complete Type Set).”

  • Third place: Roderick T. Frechette, for “Sing a Song of Six Pence.”

Class 13: Numismatics of Africa and the Middle East, Menachem Chaim and Simcha Tova Mizel Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used on the continent of Africa and in the Middle East (from Turkey east through Iran and south to Aden).


  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, “Boy for Sale? Middle Eastern Ingots for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son.”


  • Second place: no exhibit


  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 14: Numismatics of Asia and the Pacific, William B. Warden Jr. Memorial. All numismatic material issued or used in Asia east of the Urals and Iran, and in the southeast Asian, Australasian, and Pacific islands (excluding Hawaii under the U.S.).


  • First place: Sunil Richardson, for “‘Octopus-Men’ Coins—The incredible durability of these designs on coins for over 5 centuries.”


  • Second place: Gerald Grzenda, for “The Coinage of Hong Kong.”


  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 15: Gold Coins, Gaston DiBello/Melvin and Leona Kohl Memorial. Gold coins of any provenance and era.


  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Israel’s Two-Decade Long Road to Standardized Gold Coinage.”

  • Second place: Kevin Dailey, for “Gold Coins of the Mint’s Golden Girl.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 16: Numismatic Errors and Error Varieties, Numismatic Error Collectors Award. Any numismatic material mis-struck or misprinted by the producer, including varieties caused by die or plate deterioration or damage. Items mutilated or altered after production are excluded.


  • No exhibits entered in this class.

Class 17: Numismatic Literature, Aaron Feldman Memorial. Printed and manuscript (published or unpublished) literature dealing with any numismatic subject.


  • First place: not awarded


  • Second place: Darryl Anthony Gomez, for “Debut of the President of the United States special Government medal Series.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 18: General, Specialized, and Topical, Robert Hendershott Memorial. Numismatic material not covered in other classes or covered by more than one class. Includes wooden money, political buttons and insignia, and other exonumia, as well as media of exchange used in carrying out purchases and business transactions by primitive people and later by others as they progressed from barter to coins, or other items generally accepted as primitive or odd and curious currencies. Also includes exhibits showing material linked by design, such as elephants or bridges, or by theme, such as a world’s fair.

  • First place: David Feely, for “Around the World of WWII Short Snorters.”


  • Second place: Michael Shutterly, for “On the Wings of Myth: Pegasus and His Story.”

  • Third place: Marilyn Reback, for “Saint-Michel in Peril of the Sea.”

Class 19: Convention Theme, Clifford Mishler Award. Numismatic items of any type that, together with the exhibit text, illustrate the announced theme for the convention at which the exhibit is shown. The 2017 convention theme was “Rush to the Rockies.”


  • First place: Scott Safe, for “A Trio of Colorful Colorado Centennial Celebrations.”

  • Second place: Phil Iversen, for “Denver Mint Early Years.”


  • Third place: Terry L. Carver, for “A Collection of National Commemorative Medals Issued for The Pony Express Centennial.”

Class 20: U.S. Commemorative Coinage, Society for U.S. Commemorative Coins Award. Material of any type or period related to United States commemorative coinage and to the events being commemorated.


  • First place: V. Kurt Bellman, for “The California Pacific International Exposition of 1935 & 1936”


  • Second place: no exhibit


  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 21: Emeritus, Barry Stuppler Award. Exhibits by individuals not otherwise eligible to exhibit competitively, or exhibits that have won best-of-show or twice won in class competition at the World’s Fair of Money®. Any other exhibit may also be entered at the exhibitor’s option. The winner of this class does not advance to best-of-show judging.


  • No exhibits entered in this class.

2017 YN Exhibit Awards

No exhibits entered in this division.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Mike Fuljenz Honored At 2017 World’s Fair of Money

(Denver, Colorado) August 7, 2017 – Rare coin and precious metals expert Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com), received an important national award at the recent American Numismatic Association 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money® for his decades of anti-counterfeiting efforts. 

Mike Fuljenz with ICTA medal

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (www.ICTAonline.org) presented him with the Al Kreuzer Memorial Award medal for “outstanding contributions in the efforts to combat counterfeit coins and currency.”

Fuljenz is a long-time member of the ICTA Board of Directors and a member of their recently-formed Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.  Since the 1980’s he has taught many counterfeit detection and rare coin authentication seminars for collectors, dealers and law enforcement officers.

“I am proud and honored to receive this award, and look forward to additional work with ICTA and other organizations to combat counterfeits and educate the public about the needs to buy and sell rare coins and precious metal bullion coins only with reputable, knowledgeable dealers, such as members of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG),” said Fuljenz.

Fuljenz is a member of the PNG’s Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program that requires all members to adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of gold, silver and other bullion products. He now has won major awards from the four top organizations in the rare coin hobby and profession: the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets.

A strong consumer advocate, he received the prestigious PNG Sol Kaplan Award in 2016 in part for assisting an 84-year man recover the $84,000 he had paid to two unscrupulous dealers who sold him counterfeit American Eagle gold coins. Earlier, Fuljenz assisted a group of New Orleans physicians recover $750,000 after they unsuspectingly purchased counterfeit coins from a local attorney.

Summing up the rare coin marketplace during the ANA show in Denver, August 1 – 5, he commented:

“Really nice coins and important coins were in short supply, and highly desired by leading dealers and collectors at the show. These types of coins often brought impressive prices at auctions this week.   The United States Mint had long lines of customers wanting to buy their new products. The U.S. Treasury Department exhibits by the United States Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are always popular and educational.”

David Hall and Mike Fuljenz

In addition to receiving an award at the World’s Fair of Money, Fuljenz presented two of them. As 2016 recipient of “The Ribbit,” an important honor presented annually by the NLG for outstanding service to the hobby, he presented the 2017 award to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service.  “David is one of the top professional leaders of the hobby who certainly deserves recognition for all he has done to promote numismatic education,” explained Fuljenz.

As sponsor of the ANA’s top honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Fuljenz co-presented it with ANA President Jeff Garrett to Brian Fanton of Iowa. “Brian surprised me at the ceremony by telling me he recalled how much he enjoyed taking one of my ANA coin grading seminars back in the 1980’s,” said Fuljenz.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. His weekly Metals Market Report is available free at www.UniversalCoin.com.

Distinguished Numismatists Honored with Service Awards

The recipients of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award, Numismatist of the Year Award, Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing, and the Numismatic Hall of Fame inductee, will be formally recognized at the upcoming World’s Fair of Money awards banquet, which takes place Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in the Grand Ballroom.

The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

Brian Fanton will receive the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. Fanton’s careers in telecommunications and numismatics—along with his personal interests in collecting Civil War tokens and racing and rebuilding British sports cars—have combined to create a well-rounded professional with a fun-loving, can-do attitude.

Fanton’s passion for history began when he was in grade school. An interest in numismatics followed in 1952, when his grand­father, Clarence L. (“CL”) Stewart, gave him A Guide Book of United States Coins (R.S. Yeoman’s essential “Red Book”) and an 1857-S Seated Liberty quarter for his birthday. The coin held special significance for Fanton, as his grandfather had acquired it overseas during World War II.

For Brian, numismatics has provided a fascinating, hands-on approach to history and has allowed him to meet interesting people of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. “All collectors are related through coins,” he says, adding that “every one is the cousin I haven’t met.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

Julian Leidman will be awarded the ANA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Born in Albany, New York, Leidman’s parents introduced him to numismatics through some coins his mother owned. “She instilled in me the tangible link to the past that numismatics offers,” he says. The young collector soon began searching through pocket change and bank-wrapped rolls.

He credits his longtime associate and friend Albert L. Bonan with helping develop his career. When he retired in 1991, Leidman took over the store Bonan and his father had opened in the early 1960s.

Leidman believes aspiring hobbyists should define their focus if they wish to achieve the greatest success. As dealer Jerry Cohen once told him, “There are more coins than anyone has money for.” Leidman adds that, unless an individual is incredibly well-to-do, he or she should set an attainable goal and establish acquisition parameters. “I urge people to examine numismatics thoroughly and to investigate the economics involved in forming a given collection. It’s important to choose a topic that generates the most personal enthusiasm.”

Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award

Charmy Harker will receive the ANA’s Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award. Unlike many numismatists, Harker began collecting later in life. She was introduced to the hobby after inheriting a group of coins from her aunt. Knowing very little about numismatics, she chose to focus solely on Indian Head cents and devoured every book and article she could find on the pieces. She ultimately turned her interest into a full-time business and today is well-known in the hobby as “The Penny Lady.”

Numismatist of the Year Award

David W. Lange will be awarded the ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award. A renown author and researcher, David Lange is adept in a wide variety of numismatic areas. The longtime collector specializes in United States type coins, Philippine coins and notes from 1903 to 1945, and British coins from 1816 to 1970. He pioneered the study of coin-collecting boards and folders, writing three volumes and designing and maintaining a website on the subject.

A gifted writer, Lange received his first literary recognition more than 30 years ago and has gone on to collect many more awards, including 19 from the Numismatic Literary Guild. He has written nine books since 1992 (three for Whitman Publishing), and has appeared in the acknowledgments of at least a dozen other works. Lange has authored approximately 200 feature articles for nearly 20 numismatic journals and publications, and has been a columnist for The Numismatist since 1988.

Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

Anthony Terranova, of Brooklyn, New York, will be awarded the ANA’s Dealer of the Year Award. Having started his numismatic business in Manhattan in 1977, this consummate professional considers himself fortunate to be earning a living doing what he loves. “I made my avocation my vocation,” he says. Possessing a passion for numismatic education, Terranova enjoys sharing what he’s learned with hobby newcomers. “I tell them the same thing anybody would tell them: Find a series of coins that speaks to you and then pursue it. Read as many books as you can on the subject, and learn about it.”

While he encourages collectors to find more information through books and the Internet, Terranova stresses the importance of joining local clubs and organizations. “There’s nothing like talking with someone in person who shares your same views and interests. It helps you realize you’re not the only nut out there.”

Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing

Donn Pearlman will receive the ANA’s Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing. When it comes to numismatic news, Donn is well-known for getting the scoop. The recovery of the sunken S.S. Central America treasure, the discovery and sale of the fifth 1913 Liberty Head nickel and the unearthing of the Saddle Ridge Hoard all made headlines—both in the hobby and nationally—because of the veteran communicator’s work. As an author, his byline has appeared on numerous feature stories and columns in COINageCoinsCoin WorldNumismatic NewsThe Numismatist and World Coin News.

Donn previously served two terms on the ANA Board of Governors and has been a featured educational speaker at numismatic conventions in the United States, Australia and Singapore. Today, he owns and operates a public relations firm in Las Vegas that has been a boon to the ANA, professional numismatists and the hobby at large.

Numismatic Hall of Fame

Ray Dillard will be inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame. He began collecting coins in the late 1960s, and in the mid-1980s he started to bring his elongating machine to ANA conventions. An author, collector and trend-setting patriarch, Dillard is a life member of the ANA and belongs to a variety of numismatic organizations, such as The Elongated Collectors, the Maryland State Numismatic Association and the Flint Flying Eagle Coin Club, to name a few.

Dillard’s goal is to live to be 110. “Everyone lives to be 100, and I have work piled up to last at least ‘til then,” he says.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Shelby Plooster Receives 2017 Young Numismatist of the Year Award

Shelby Plooster of Evans, Ga., was named the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 Young Numismatist of the Year at the ANA’s Summer Seminar during the awards banquet on June 22. The award annually acknowledges an outstanding young collector for contributions to the hobby and industry.

The 17-year-old began collecting in 5th grade, when she discovered some Early American coins in an antique shop, and has been establishing herself in the hobby ever since. A member of the ANA, Augusta Coin Club (ACC), South Carolina Numismatic Association (SCNA) and Women in Numismatics, Plooster has given numerous presentations at local and regional clubs on topics ranging from the 1923 Silver Certificate star note to Centennial Coins of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Her articles have been published in the ACC’s newsletter and SCanner, the SCNA’s official publication, and her exhibits have twice won first prize at the latter’s regional show. She also was named SCNA’s YN of the Year in 2014.

“Receiving this award means that maybe one day I’ll be able to inspire a young collector and support them just as numerous clubs and other numismatists have done for me,” says Plooster.  “I’m truly honored and thankful for everything that the ANA has done to educate me and develop my love of numismatics.”

Plooster is a gifted artist and exhibited her multimedia collages at the “Art of Engraving” Show and Reception during the 2017 Summer Seminar. A regular at the two-week event since attending on a scholarship from the SCNA in 2014, she feels it is the responsibility of established numismatists to mentor YNs toward success. “The hobby needs to encourage the next generation of collectors in order to move forward. It is very important that we do everything in our power to encourage people to join the Association,” she advises, adding, “One person who has truly guided me is local coin-shop owner and ACC member Larry Lucree. He taught me—and continues to teach me—so much about numismatics. I feel blessed to learn from him.”

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational

organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

David Lange Awarded ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award

David W. Lange is the 2017 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the Association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, Aug. 4, during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money® in Denver.

As an author and researcher, David Lange is adept in a wide variety of numismatic areas. The longtime collector specializes in United States type coins, Philippine coins and notes from 1903 to 1945, and British coins from 1816 to 1970. He pioneered the study of coin-collecting boards and folders, writing three volumes and designing and maintaining a website on the subject.

A gifted writer, Lange received his first literary recognition more than 30 years ago and has gone on to collect many more awards, including 19 from the Numismatic Literary Guild. He has written nine books since 1992 (three for Whitman Publishing), and has appeared in the acknowledgments of at least a dozen other works. Lange has authored approximately 200 feature articles for nearly 20 numismatic journals and publications, and has been a columnist for The Numismatist since 1988.

As the research director for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (a position he has held since 1994), Lange has enabled the company’s website to record and publicize all NGC-recognized varieties. He also created the VarietyPlus® page, which associates coins with a standard system of descriptions.

A 19-year member of Mensa, Lange is respected for his numismatic knowledge and discoveries. In 1980 he reported a 1900-01 hub variety of Barber quarters, and in 2001 identified a 1922 medium-relief Peace dollar in currency strike. Since 2013, he has located doubled-die shield nickels for 1867, 1868 and 1872 and an 1883/2 overdate.

Lange has served as an instructor at ANA Summer Seminars since 1995. Past ANA honors include the Presidential Award (1994, 2008), Heath Literary Award (1998), Wayte and Olga Raymond Memorial Literary Award (1999, 2007 and 2009) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). He was elected to the Rittenhouse Society in 2005 and was named a Numismatic Ambassador by Numismatic News in 1994.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Literary Awards Competition Open to Young Numismatists

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition. The awards program encourages young writers and promotes future numismatic authors and researchers. All submissions must be postmarked by May 15.

The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic book vouchers. Article submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Bill Fivaz, Q. David Bowers and Kenneth Bressett. Awards will be presented in Colorado Springs at the ANA’s 2017 Summer Seminar, June 17-29. Those who are unable to attend will receive their awards by mail.

Eligibility

To compete in this year’s competition, participants must be ANA members. Submitted articles can focus on a numismatic topic of the competitor’s choice.

  • Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award (Ages: 8-12)

Article should display basic knowledge of a numismatic topic. Creativity and original conclusions are encouraged.

Suggested length: 450-900 words

  • Q. David Bowers Young Numismatist Literary Award (Ages: 13-17)

Article should display advanced knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are encouraged. A bibliographic list of sources is recommended, but not required.

Suggested length: 900-1,800 words

  • Kenneth E. Bressett Young Numismatist Literary Award (Ages: 18-22)

Article should display in-depth knowledge of a numismatic topic. Logically presented facts and original conclusions are required, as is a bibliographic list of sources. Inclusion of charts, graphs, tables or other illustrations is encouraged.

Suggested length: 1,800-3,600 words

Awards

Whitman Publishing has collaborated with the ANA to offer prizes. The following will be awarded in each of the three age categories:

  • First Place

Plaque and $500 cash prize, plus a $500 voucher to help build a personal library of numismatic books produced by Whitman Publishing.

  • Second Place

Certificate, plus a $200 book voucher from Whitman Publishing.

  • Third Place

Certificate, plus a $100 book voucher from Whitman Publishing.

Completed entries can be emailed to magazine@money.org or sent to:

ANA Publications Department

c/o Cynthia Wood-Davies

818 N. Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

For additional information, contact Cynthia Wood-Davies, copy editor of The Numismatist, at cwood-davies@money.org.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational

organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

ANA Honors Heinrich and Paonessa with Service Awards

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) formally recognized David Heinrich and Jason Paonessa for their contributions to the hobby and the Association on Aug. 11 during the Member Donor Reception at the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money.

Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Memorial Award for outstanding Adult Advisor

In appreciation of his mentorship and exceptional contributions, David Heinrich was named the 2016 Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Outstanding Adult Advisor. This award is presented annually to an individual who has recruited and coached Young Numismatists, while aiding in the development of intermediate to advanced young collectors.

The ANA recognizes that without strong adult leaders and mentors, numismatic youth cannot grow and learn to enjoy the wonderful hobby of coin collecting. 

“I am honored to have received the Lawrence J. Gentile Sr. Adult Advisor Award. Helping young people and their families discover the adventure that numismatics can provide is a reward in itself,” said David. “Many people in this hobby did that for my family and I want to be part of that continuing effort.”

David is the epitome of an adult advisor. He has made it his mission to encourage, assist, and help YN’s grow as individuals. In his home club, David inspires YN’s to attend meetings and ensures that they are included in the club activities, decisions, and future projects.

For the Central States Numismatic Society conventions, David manages both the YN booth and the Boy Scout merit badge program. David remains diligent in teaching and sharing his devotion with young collectors across the country.

Young Numismatist of the Year

Jason Paonessa of Racine, Wisconsin, was named the ANA’s Young Numismatist of the Year. The award annually acknowledges a young collector for contributions to the hobby and industry.

The son of Joe and Janis Paonessa, Jason began collecting at age six when his father brought him a Kennedy half dollar from a local club meeting. “I thought the coin was really cool and started collecting them and have been ever since,” said Jason.

In 2011 Paonessa placed first in the Central States Numismatic Society’s (CSNS) junior division exhibit competition, and he won the CSNS’ Mark Petty Memorial Award for his display “The David R. Cervin Ancient Coin Project” in 2015.

Paonessa has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America. He has participated in numerous service projects with the organization, including Scouting for Food and hosting the Disabled American Veterans picnic with his troop. Paonessa attends Walden III High School and hopes to pursue a counseling/ psychology degree, possibly at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

He offers this advice for new collectors: “Find a local coin club and start attending. You can learn a lot [at these] meetings. It’s also important to attend coin shows so you can further your collection. You can ask dealers any questions you have about the coins so you can know more about what you are collecting.”

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

ANA Honors Notable Numismatists with Service Awards

The following individuals were formally recognized for their contributions to the hobby and the American Numismatic Association on Aug. 12 during the Awards Banquet and Aug. 11 during the Member Donor Reception at the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money.

The Adna G. Wilde, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence honors an ANA member who dedicates his or her time and resources to strengthen the hobby and further the educational mission of the ANA, and sets an example for others to follow.

  • Steven R. Roach of Cincinnati, Ohio, has authored hundreds of numismatic articles and his opinions on the rare-coin market have been sought by numerous publications, including The New York Times, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and others. He served as Coin World’s editor-in-chief from 2012-2015. An expert on rare coins and medals, Roach maintains a secondary expertise in European and American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper.

The Exemplary Service Award recognizes an individual or entity (club, corporation, firm or association) that has performed services on behalf of the ANA that are “above and beyond” the call.

  • The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) is the national trade association for precious-metal, rare-coin and currency dealers. Since 1983, ICTA has served as the voice of numismatics in Washington, D.C., protecting the hobby and working to prevent the passage of laws and regulations that would interfere with the collecting, buying and selling of coins and paper money.

The Medal of Merit Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the Association and promotion of the hobby.

  • Don Bonser, ANA life member and longtime Summer Seminar instructor, began his numismatic career as an intern at the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs. He went on to spend five years as a coin grader and authenticator for the ANA Certification Service (ANACS).

  • Mitch Ernst serves as Nebraska’s ANA district representative. He has been an elected Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) governor since 2011, and in 2013 was the ANA Young Numismatists Committee Chair.

The Glenn Smedley Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have devoted their efforts to the betterment of the ANA.

  • Bryce Doxzon of Baltimore, Md., is one of the state’s key figures in numismatics. He has served the ANA at both the local and national level, including volunteering as exhibit chair at the World’s Fair of Money.

  • Kay Edgerton Lenker has given her time and talent to the ANA and other numismatic organizations. During decades of devotion, she has worn many hats, including committee chair, exhibit judge, president, treasurer, secretary, benefactor and exhibitor.

  • Steven R. Roach is a familiar face in the coin community and has won numerous honors. This year he was appointed to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), an 11-member group that advises the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on themes and design proposals for circulating and commemorative coins and medals.

  • Peter C. Smith of Minneapolis, Minn., is an expert on Early American coppers and numismatic literature. He has been active in numismatics on a grass-roots level, supporting local clubs and working to change taxation laws affecting collectibles.

  • Gerome Walton has worked behind-the-scenes at the ANA for decades, serving as treasurer and assistant treasurer. Walton was executive director of the ANA Lewis M. Reagan Memorial Foundation for 24 years. Walton is also a former Summer Seminar instructor and current volunteer.

Recognizing Membership Efforts

The John and Nancy Wilson Member Booster Award is a new award named in honor of the dedicated membership sponsors who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Association and hobby.

  • Jeff Swindling, who sponsored 64 new members, is the first recipient of the John and Nancy Wilson Member Booster Award.

The Dealer Booster Award

  • This year’s Dealer Booster Award recipient is David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company, who garnered 128 new ANA members.

The Century Club Award honors for ANA members who sponsor 100 new members for the Association.

  • The newest member of the Century Club is Sandy Hill, who sponsored a total of 124 new members for the Association.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Notable Numismatists Honored with Service Awards

The recipients of the American Numismatic Association 2016 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award, Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Numismatist of the Year Award, and the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award will be formally recognized at the upcoming World’s Fair of Money, which takes place Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim in the California D Ballroom. Banquet registration closes Wednesday, July 27. (Tickets will not be available at the show.)

Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award

Mary Counts Burleson, president of Whitman Publishing, LLC, will receive the Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics. Established in 2013, the award recognizes women who have made significant contributions in numismatic research, leadership, or mentoring. Under Burleson’s guidance, Whitman has published well over 400 new titles, and standard references such as the Guide Book of United States Coins have been continually updated. She has been a familiar face at regional and national conventions for many years and has worked tirelessly with the ANA, the U.S. Mint and various clubs, organizations, writers and researchers for the expansion and advancement of numismatics.

The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, the Association’s highest honor, is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The 2016 honorees are Mark and Myrna Lighterman. Mark is an active leader in the numismatic community and was a founding member of the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA). He is a past president and current treasurer of the Tokens and Medals Society (TAMS) and has been a supporter and mentor to young numismatists for the last decade. For many years, Myrna Lighterman was a shining light for the ANA and the hobby. She worked tirelessly as a volunteer and was an integral part of the coin collecting community for over 40 years. Myrna was a collector, exhibitor, speaker, coin club officer, author and numismatic researcher. Her work with numismatic youth has helped to ensure the hobby is passed on to future generations.

Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, NH, will be awarded the American Numismatic Association’s Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award. The award honors a professional numismatist who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer. Sundman also will be recognized during the Legacy Series, Wednesday, August 10. The event will honor and celebrate David, who has significantly impacted the numismatic community through his vision, leadership, and trend-setting within the hobby.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Anthony Swiatek will receive the ANA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to an individual, family, firm or judicial entity that has made outstanding contributions to organized numismatics. Swiatek started out his career as an educator in the New York City school system. Holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees from City College of New York—earned while working days and attending classes at night—Swiatek entered what he thought would be his first and only profession. Anthony is also an accomplished lecturer, author, and a strong supporter of young numismatists.

Numismatist of the Year Award

John Kraljevich will be awarded the Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the Association. John’s impressive record of achievements, his writing and research skills, integrity, and professionalism continue to raise the standard in numismatics. Today, John’s advice on authenticity, appraisal and historical context on a wide variety of early American and exonumic issues is in high demand from collectors and advanced professionals alike. His counsel has been sought by institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Monticello, and many others.

Burnett Anderson Memorial Award

Scott A. Travers will receive the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing. The award is presented annually to a journalist, author or researcher in recognition of his or her career contributions to numismatics. First conferred post­humously in 1999 on its namesake—a newsman’s journalist—the award is sponsored by Krause Publications, and the winner is selected in a cooperative process by the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society (ANS), and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG).

Scott is a rare-coin dealer and former ANA vice president (1997-99), he has authored seven bestselling books on coins, including The Insider’s Guide to U.S. Coin Values; The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual; One-Minute Coin Expert; How to Make Money in Coins Right Now; and The Investor’s Guide to Coin Trading. Scott also has served as a coin valuation consultant to the Federal Trade Commission and has gained a reputation as a forceful consumer advocate for the coin-buying public.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its nearly 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.