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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

Denver World’s Fair of Money Embraced by Collectors

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 World’s Fair of Money – the most important numismatic event of the year – welcomed 8,638 people at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Aug. 1-5.

The family-friendly event featured displays by government and private mints from around the world; expansive educational programs led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise; exhibits of rare treasures from private collectors and from the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum — including Colorado Gold Rush era rarities; hundreds of dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items in all price ranges; and major auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

The recent discovery by David McCarthy of the first silver piece minted by the United States government in 1783 – which was on display at the show – garnered huge publicity. (Collectors can access David McCarthy’s article in the August issue of The Numismatist at  

According to newly-elected ANA President Gary Adkins, “The Denver World’s Fair of Money finished strong. Most dealers shared with me that they enjoyed the show and had good business overall. And collectors were pleased with the many outstanding exhibits and educational opportunities.”

“This was undoubtedly one of the best shows we’ve ever attended,” says Ken Hallenbeck of Hallenbeck Coin Gallery. “Our retail sales to collectors were tremendous, partly because we offered a wide variety of material.”

Attendance was strongest on Saturday, Aug. 5, when 1,958 members of the public turned out for free “family-day” admission. Hundreds of young people converged into the Kids Zone, where they could see their faces on a $100,000 bill, design their own coin or note, make an elongated coin, spin a wheel for a chance to win numismatic prizes or grab some high-flying bucks inside the “Cash Cube.” ANA Education Director Rod Gillis reported that 346 kids participated in the Treasure Trivia game as they explored the bourse floor in search of answers to trivia questions. Coin Collecting 101, a free class for those interested in numismatics, was standing room only.

Complete attendance numbers for the 2017 World’s Fair of Money

Total attendance: 8,638

  • General public: 4,196

  • ANA members: 2,909

  • Table-holders/dealers: 1,420

  • Staff, volunteers and pages: 113

Total daily attendance

  • Tuesday: 2,840 (returning visitors such as table holders, staff and volunteers are counted in first-day attendance only)

  • Wednesday: 1,194

  • Thursday: 1,196

  • Friday: 1,090

  • Saturday: 2,318

Immediately following the World’s Fair of Money on Sunday, Aug. 6, the Association hosted a “Golden Day at the ANA” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Colorado Springs-based headquarters. Nearly 250 members converged at the ANA open house to enjoy food, fellowship, collectible souvenirs, caricatures, tours and mini-mint demonstrations.

The 2018 World’s Fair of Money will be held in Philadelphia, Aug. 14-18, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

New ANA Board of Governors installed

The World’s Fair of Money also saw the installation of the newly elected ANA Board of Governors on Aug 4. Voting members of the Association chose a new president, Gary Adkins, and vice president, Don Kagin, as well as three new board members: Thomas Uram, John Highfill and Brian Hendelson, who join Col. Steve Ellsworth, Dr. Ralph Ross, Greg Lyon and Paul Montgomery for a two-year term. Outgoing president Jeff Garrett will serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board. Governor Walt Ostromecki reached his term limit, and Tom Mulvaney did not seek re-election.

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

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 (, 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 ( 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

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Helps “Shave Miles” Event Raise $10,000 For ANA and Sick Children

(Denver, Colorado) August 3, 2017 – With the help of nationally known television celebrity Rick Harrison and two Denver Broncos cheerleaders, prominent numismatists Michael “Miles” Standish, Jim Halperin and Orlando Rodrigo Lorenzana Williams got their heads shaved at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World’s Fair of Money® in Denver to raise money for two nonprofit organizations. The event on August 3 generated $10,000 in donations that will be evenly divided between the American Numismatic Association ( and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare (

History’s Pawn Stars celebrity Rick Harrison makes the first pass of the electric cutter as NGC Vice President Miles Standish gets his head shaved at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 2017, to raise money for the Austin-based Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare and the American Numismatic Association.

Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.

Immediately after his head was shaved, Standish held up a t-shirt printed with the words: “BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.”

Standish is an award-winning numismatic author and Senior Grader and Vice-President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Halperin is Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions and also an author of numismatic books and futurist novels. Williams is Director of Sales at Coin Invest Trust in Liechtenstein.

Harrison, of the popular History’s Pawn Stars television program and the Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (, made the first pass of the electric cutter on Standish’s head and was among those who presented a donation check.  

Additional cutting was performed on Standish by coin hobby personalities including Lee Minshull, ANA President Jeff Garrett and former ANA President Ken Bressett.  

Accompanied by Denver Broncos cheerleaders Krista (left) and Brielle (right) the now-hairless Miles Standish holds a t-shirt proclaiming: BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.

Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Broncos cheerleaders Brielle and Krista led cheers, signed autographs and posed for photos during the “Shave Miles” event.

A silent auction of a half dozen plaster sculptures by John Mercanti, who served as the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, also helped raise funds for the Standish Foundation and the ANA.

Miles’ wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified child life specialist, launched the Austin, Texas-based foundation in 2010.  The foundation assists healthcare providers around the world to provide the tools and training they need to minimize healthcare-related pain and suffering in children.

“The mission of the foundation is to have happy, healthy, resilient kids who haven’t been traumatized by healthcare experiences.  This event was to help children get better care and to help an important hobby organization dear to me and to so many others, the American Numismatic Association,” he explained.

The 25,000-member American Numismatic Association, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items.  The ANA serves the academic community, collectors, and the general public.

Professional stylist “Dava” skillfully removed Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin’s hair at the 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money to help raise $10,000 for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.

Photo credit: Donn Pearlman​

A native of Michigan, Standish began collecting in 1973 at the age of nine.  In 2011, he was honored with the “Director’s Coin for Excellence” by then-Director of the United States Mint Edmund Moy.

He is co-author with former Chief Engraving of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, of the 2012 reference book, “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.”  Standish’s 2014 book, “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin,” received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Specialized Book. 

Information about the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is at and information about the American Numismatic Association is at

2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money Opening Ceremonies

2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money Opening Ceremonies

Source: American Numismatic Association

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

It Takes a Village to Support the World’s Fair of Money

Numerous organizations and individuals play a part in ensuring the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money retains a strong educational focus. Thanks to the support of 28 dedicated sponsors and over 70 individual patrons, this year’s show is guaranteed to be the biggest, most educational numismatic event of the summer.

The convention takes place in Denver, Aug. 1-5, in Hall F of the Colorado Convention Center, located at 700 14th St.

Corporate sponsors pledging support include:

Heritage Auctions—Table 900

Stack’s Bowers Galleries—Table 800

Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS)—Table 100

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)—Table 100

Paper Money Guaranty (PMG)—Table 110

Title sponsors include:

Amos Media/Coin World—Table 248

Dillon Gage Metals Division—Table 634

Hallenbeck Coin Gallery—Table 534

Legend Numismatics—Table 704

Minshull Trading—Table 814

Modern Coin Mart—Table 1000

Panda America—Table 136

Royal Canadian Mint—Table 234

Anthony & Mary Ann Terranova—Table 624

Universal Coin & Bullion—Mike Fuljenz

Whitman Publishing—Table 200

Additional sponsors include:

Alhambra Coin Center—Table 325

ANACS—Table 128

Angel Dee’s Coins & Collectibles—Table 1014

Carter Numismatics—Table 914

CDN Publishing—Table 407

Colony Coin Company—Table 916

Coleman Foster Rare Coin—Table 773

Frese Brothers Coins & Collectibles—Table 740

Kevin Lipton Rare Coins—Table 915

Medallic Art Company—Table 826

Safes & Security Systems

U.S. Coins—Table 724

“Through the generous support from our World’s Fair of Money sponsors, the ANA is able to continue offering a show that is rich in education as well as numismatic history and comradery,” says Jennifer Croak, the ANA’s conventions and sponsorship coordinator.

For additional information on future convention sponsorship opportunities with the ANA, contact Jennifer at or call 719-482-9849.

World’s Fair of Money

The coin and money show features the nation’s finest coin dealers and best inventory; high-quality educational programs and seminars; world-class auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries; mints from around the world; as well as exhibits showcasing priceless treasures from the Money Museum and private collections.

Show hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 110 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 2-4; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. ANA members can enter the show 30 minutes before the public. Admission is $8 for adults; ANA members and children 12 and under are always free. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing.

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

Bureau of Engraving and Printing and United States Mint to Participate in the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, CO

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will share booth #478 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

As the Nation’s producers of currency and coins, BEP and the Mint have made history by connecting Americans through coins and currency. The bureaus are highlighting their distinguished histories, product excellence, and dedicated employees.

BEP and the Mint are pleased to announce that BEP Director Len Olijar and Mint Acting Deputy Director David Motl will participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 1 at 12:45 p.m.

BEP is showcasing its Billion Dollar Exhibit featuring more than $1 billion worth of rare antique currency, including sheets of $100,000 currency notes, Treasury Bonds, and Gold and Silver Certificates. A technical expert will demonstrate currency production on a 19th century Spider Press.

As a special treat for collectors, the Mint will display two of the ten “1933 Gold Double Eagles” that were the subject of 11 years of litigation, which was recently resolved in favor of the Government, and the “1974-D Aluminum Cent” recovered in 2016. The coins are a part of the rich history of the Mint as it celebrates its 225th Anniversary. This rare experimental test piece as well as the last gold coins intended for circulation will be on display during show hours each day.

BEP is excited to offer the following new products for sale:

  • 2017 $2 Single Note Collection – This collection features four $2 notes with serial numbers beginning with 2017.
  • “Constitution Series – Judicial” – This card is the third and final print in the 2017 Intaglio Print Subscription Program which features three cards: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial (branches of the Federal government). This series is dedicated to the United States Constitution and features an exquisite compilation of unique, engraved vignettes focusing on the age-old art of intaglio printing.

In addition to its display, the Mint will also:

  • Unveil the designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program;
  • Display the 2017 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set™
  • Provide children the opportunity to gather information on the Mint’s H.I.P. Pocket Change website to engage in educational activities, learn about Mint programs and operations, and gain an understanding of the link between coins and American history and culture;
  • Provide attendees access to opt-in as a Mint customer to receive product updates and alerts;
  • Conduct a “Treasure Trivia” game in which children visit specific locations on the bourse floor to answer trivia questions designed to instill an appreciation for numismatics;
  • Participate in the World Mints Passport Program, an exciting program in which visitors collect coins from participating mints;
  • Provide the most recently released America the Beautiful Quarters coin for even exchange;
  • Conduct live tweets on the daily activities;
  • Assist visitors in downloading its mobile application, MyUSMint

BEP is also offering other unique currency-related products, including uncut currency sheets ranging in subject size and denomination. For additional information about BEP or to purchase products, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook . You may also order BEP products by telephone (1-800-456-3408), fax (1-888-891-7585), or mail (Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Mail Order Sales, Room 515M, 14th and C Streets SW, Washington, DC, 20228).

The United States Mint will be releasing the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set on the first day of the event. An assortment of other collectible products from the Mint will be available for purchase, including coins in the 2017 Lions Club Commemorative Program, the 2017 Boys Town Commemorative Program, and other popular annual offerings. These products are also available for purchase via the Mint’s online catalog at  or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Additional information is available at

American Numismatic Association Awards College Scholarships

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2017 college scholarships to Collin J. Dempsey, a homeschool senior in Wilder, Tenn., and William E. Cather, a senior at Courtland High School in Fredericksburg, Va.

Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at an institution of their choice.

“The American Numismatic Association is pleased to be able to offer two college scholarships to deserving numismatists,” said Rod Gillis, the ANA’s education director. “This is an opportunity for the Association to expand on its core mission of education through higher learning.”

Collin Dempsey’s collecting interest started when he found a Philippines 1944 twenty centavos coin in an old army trunk—both of which he still has today. His interest peaked and he was driven to investigate the coin’s origin. Today, numismatic history is still a main driver for his collecting passion. He’s drawn to 19th century U.S. coinage and more specifically the Seated Liberty series and Barber coinage. Dempsey will attend Tennessee Technological University, where he will study mechanical engineering and mechatronics.

“Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me. First and foremost, it’s an honor—it means people believe in me and my ability to advance in life, and they see someone who is responsible and eager to learn,” said Collin. “Coming from a poor background, this scholarship will also ease the financial strain in my pursuit of a higher education. I won’t have to worry about book costs and tuition this semester. It’s very fulfilling both financially and personally.”

Like many others, William Cather became interested in numismatics as a child. His grandmother introduced him to the hobby as they marveled at his grandfather’s coin collection. It sparked his interest and he soon began to build his own collection—the 50 State Quarters Program. His love for the hobby is broad, but the area of numismatics that interests him the most is Boy Scout related exonumia. Cather plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he will study Astronomy and Astrophysics.

“Receiving the ANA YN College Scholarship means a lot to me,” said William. “It shows me that through my coin collecting efforts, I have been recognized for both my volunteerism and dedication to the hobby itself.”

Applications for the 2017 ANA College Scholarship will be available in January. Recipients are selected based on academic scholarship, numismatic accomplishments and financial need. Applicants must be a senior in high school and a member of the ANA.

For additional information, contact Rod Gillis via email at or call him at 719-482-9845.

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