ANA Presents Literary Awards to Exceptional Writers

2019 Adult Numismatist Literary Award Winners

The American Numismatic Association’s 2019 literary awards – recognizing articles published in the 2018 volume of its official magazine, The Numismatist – will be presented on August 15 at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® in Chicago. The Numismatist was launched by ANA founder and first editor Dr. George F. Heath in 1888, and this year marks its 132nd volume.

The Heath Literary Award acknowledges outstanding articles published in the preceding 12 months.

  • First place goes to Erik Goldstein and David McCarthy for “The Myth of the Continental Dollar, Parts I and II” (January and July 2018), in which they examined the circumstantial story surrounding this popular issue.
  • John Frost earned second place ($100 and an engraved bronze medal) for his feature article, “Reimagining the Barbers” (August 2018), in which he discussed new photographs and information regarding father-and-son mint engravers William and Charles Barber.
  • David Schenkman received third place (an engraved bronze medal) for “James Murdock Jr.: Ohio Die-Sinker” (May 2018), which told of the many storecards, trade tokens and medals issued by this entrepreneurial 19th-century businessman.

The Wayte and Olga Raymond Memorial Literary Award, endowed in 1978 by the late John J. Ford Jr., is presented for articles that display original and comprehensive research in U.S. numismatics.

  • The study by Goldstein and McCarthy (January and July 2018) received first place ($400), and Frost’s August 2018 work earned second place ($200).
  • Jim Neiswinter garnered third place for “Smith of Ann Street” (April 2018), in which he described a 19th-century New York engraver who skillfully altered 1793-94 large cents that later became highly collectable.

Funded by an anonymous donor, the Catherine Sheehan Literary Award for U.S. Paper Money Studies includes $50 for first place.

  • Heinz Tschachler took the top prize for “George Washington: Gallant Revolutionary” (February 2018), in which he spotlighted antebellum bank notes that portrayed the Founding Father as a “gentleman warrior.”
  • Second place (certificate) goes to Todd Sciore for “Moore Money: A Glasshouse, a Bank and a Scandal” (December 2018), which explained how a scrip-issuing New Jersey glassmaking company became the target of blackmailers.
  • Third place (certificate) was awarded to Angel O. Navrro-Zayas for “Spanish Colonial Paper Money in Puerto Rico and New Orleans” (October 2018), which explored Puerto Rico’s 1776 emergency notes and a related discrepancy in a well-known numismatic reference.

Introduced this year, the Prue and Arthur Fitts Literary Award for Ancient and Medieval Coinage Studies recognizes literary excellence in those fields.

  • First place ($250) was presented to John Nebel for “Tetradrachm Envy” (August 2018), in which he recounted college students’ reactions to viewing beautiful Ancient Greek coinage.
  • Michael Shutterly received second place (certificate) for “Remember the Ladies” (October 2018), which considered coins of Rome’s Severan Dynasty empresses.
  • This year’s third place recipient is Mike Gasvoda for “Naxos and the Aitna Master” (June 2018), which celebrated an ancient engraver and his tetradrachm.

All feature articles published in The Numismatist automatically are considered for the Heath Literary Award; likewise, all qualifying articles are evaluated for the Raymond, Sheehan and Fitts awards. For information about submitting manuscripts for review and possible publication, email Editor-in-Chief Barbara Gregory at

2019 Young Numismatist Literary Award Winners

The ANA also presents annual awards to encourage young writers and ensure a corps of future numismatic authors and researchers. The Young Numismatist Literary Award categories are named in honor of Whitman authors dedicated to educating the next generation of numismatists. YN Literary Awards were announced at the ANA’s Summer Seminar in June.

First place in each category received a $500 cash prize, plus a $500 voucher to help build a personal library of numismatic books produced by Whitman Publishing. Second place received a $200 book voucher and third place received a $100 book voucher. The prizes were provided by Whitman Publishing.

The Bill Fivaz Young Numismatist Literary Award recognizes numismatist writers for ages 8 to 12. First place this year was Emilia Jasek for “Animals on Ancient Coins.” Second place was Matthew Daum with “The Sinking of the SS Republic” and the third-place recipient was Nikhita Rath with “Coins of Queen Elizabeth II.”

The Q. David Bowers Young Numismatist Literary Award honors numismatist writers that are aged 13 to 17. This year’s first-place recipient was Benjamin Mous for “A New Libya, A New Currency: The Effect of the Libyan Revolution on the Currency of Libya.” Alexandre Bojko placed second with “Cherrypicking Die Varieties,” and Ryan Hartley took third with his paper on “The Fabled Gold of Dahlonega: History and Collecting.”

The Kenneth E. Bressett Young Numismatist Literary Award is given to writers between the ages of 18 and 22. This year, first place was won by Aaron Kogon for “Greek Letter Forms on Judean Coins.” In second place was Chanan Oshry for his work “The United States Coinage Acts and How They Have Played a Crucial Role in the Development and Sustainability of the Country’s Economy.” Third place was received by Joshua Smith for “Pismo Clam Money Script of 1933: Theories on Origin, Adoption and Association with California’s Socio-Cultural Environment.”

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

United States Mint Holiday Ornaments on Sale Aug. 13

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Mint (Mint) is releasing two products in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season: the 2019 Mighty Minters™ Ornament and the 2019 United States Mint Ornament. Both products will go on sale on Aug. 13 at noon EDT.

2019 Mighty Minters Ornament (product code 19XC)

Mighty Minters 2019 OrnamentThis first-ever kids ornament from the Mint is a unique gift featuring the Mint’s coin collecting ambassadors, the Mighty Minters. The front of the ornament displays the reverse (tails) of a 2019 Kennedy Uncirculated Half Dollar surrounded by Mighty Minters Eli, Layla, Timothy, and Kendra, and the words “UNITED STATES MINT” and “2019.” A colorful United States Mint Seal is on the back of the ornament, along with “Made in the U.S.A.” and “©2019 U.S. Mint.”

The ornament includes a silver cord and is packaged in a festive cardboard box with information about the coin and the Mighty Minters printed in the back of the packaging. Pricing is set at $24.95.

2019 United States Mint Ornament (product code 19XD)

United States Mint 2019 OrnamentThe green leaves and red berries featured in the wreath design of this ornament come together exquisitely to capture the spirit of the season. The front of the ornament displays the reverse (tails) of a 2019 Kennedy Uncirculated Half Dollar, with the words “UNITED STATES MINT” and “2019.” An engraved version of the United States Mint Seal is on the back of the ornament, along with “MADE IN THE U.S.A.” and “©2019 U.S. Mint.” A red ribbon is attached.

The ornament includes a red ribbon and is housed in a beautiful red box with white platform. The United States Mint seal and the words “2019 United States Mint Ornament” appear in silver foil on the top of the lid. A separate Certificate of Authenticity with information about the coin and the ornament is included. Pricing is set at $24.95.

Orders for each ornament are limited to 15 units per household for the first 24 hours of sales.

The Mint accepts orders at and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Shipping options are available online at

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of Aug. 13, 2019, at noon EDT.

United States Mint & Royal Canadian Mint Heads will Sign Pride of Two Nations Sets at ANA World’s Fair of Money

Royal Canadian MintU.S. MintWASHINGTON, D.C. — United States Mint (Mint) Director David J. Ryder will join Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Marie Lemay to sign Certificates of Authenticity for the 2019 Pride of Two Nations Limited Edition Two-Coin Set™ on August 14, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the U.S. Mint booth (#1825) at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois.

The set was launched July 3rd and a limited number were reserved for ANA sales and signing. Mintage of this historic set is 110,000 units.

The ANA World’s Fair of Money runs from Tuesday, August 13th through Saturday, August 17th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The Set commemorates the nationhood of both countries with coins that capture their rich history, pride, and their close relationship as neighbors and friends. This unique product was developed through a partnership between the two Mints.

“I want to thank Ms. Lemay and her staff for their expertise and support in the first of what we anticipate will be more partnerships with Mints around the world,” said Director Ryder. “We are particularly proud to collaborate with our close neighbor and friend to the north.”

“It was a pleasure to work with the United States Mint to create a special keepsake celebrating the unique friendship between Canada and the United States,” said Marie Lemay. “After witnessing the amazing customer response to our Pride of Two Nation Coin Set at its August 3rd launch at the Philadelphia Mint, I look forward to meeting passionate collectors at the 2019 World’s Fair of Money.”

Priced at $139.95, the set contains a United States Mint American Eagle One Ounce Silver Coin with an enhanced reverse proof finish and a Royal Canadian Mint One Ounce Silver Maple Leaf Coin with a modified proof finish. The set comes with the first bilingual Certificate of Authenticity issued by the United States Mint.

The obverse (heads) of the American Eagle One Ounce Silver Coin features Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of the laurel and oak in he left. The coin’s reverse (tails) features a heraldic eagle with shield, an olive branch in the right talon and arrows in the left.

The obverse of the One Ounce Silver Maple Leaf Coin features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt on a radial lines background with a pattern of stars and maple leaves on the perimeter. The reverse features a maple leaf by Walter Ott on a radial lines background with a pattern of stars and maple leaves on the perimeter.

About the Mints

Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the Mint is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including: proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

The Royal Canadian Mint was founded in 1908 and produces Canada’s circulating coins. It also produces: precious and base metal collector coins; gold, silver, palladium, and platinum bullion coins; medals, medallions and tokens. The Royal Canadian Mint also offers gold and silver refinery and assay services.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing and United States Mint to participate in the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2019 World’s Fair of Money

2019 Worlds Fair of Money - ChicagoWASHINGTON, D.C. (August 7, 2019) — The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the United States Mint (Mint) will share booth #1825 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, August 13 – 17, 2019, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

United States Mint Director David J. Ryder and BEP Director Len Olijar will participate in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 13, at 12:45 p.m. (ET), followed by a product signing event at booth #1825 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, August 14, Mint Director Ryder and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Marie Lemay will be available to sign certificates of authenticity for their new, joint product, Pride of Two Nations, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET).

The 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 BEP Plate Printer will also demonstrate currency production on a 19th century Spider Press. Also, a drawing will held for the opportunity to receive a special, engraved Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Moon Landing commemorative print.

In keeping with BEP’s tradition of creating distinct currency, the BEP is especially excited to offer the latest new product for sale:

2019 $2 Rocketship – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the 2019 $2 Rocketship features an uncirculated, Series 2013 $2 Federal Reserve note, with a serial number beginning with “2019.” The colorful packaging features fun facts for kids and an embossed rocket ship and moon in outer space. The $2 note is protected by a clear, acid-free, polymer sleeve. Limited availability.

The BEP will also offer other unique currency-related products, including uncut currency sheets in various subject sizes and denominations.

The Mint has planned several outreach activities, such as:

  • Unveiling designs for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program;
  • Unveiling designs for the 2020 American Innovations Program;
  • Display holograms of various characters and products at the booth;
  • Visiting “Mighty Minters” Eli the Fox and Layla the Pea Hen;
  • Providing an assortment of educational resources for educators;
  • Providing 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;
  • Attendees can provide their email addresses to access to receive product updates and alerts and opt-in as a Mint customer;
  • Participation with the BEP in the “Treasure Trivia” game, where children visit specific locations on the bourse floor to answer trivia questions designed to instill an appreciation for numismatics;
  • Participating in the World Mints’ Passport Program, an exciting program in which visitors collect coins from participating mints;
  • Providing the most recently released America the Beautiful Quarters coin for even exchange;
  • Posting live tweets on daily activities – follow us on Twitter; and
  • Assisting visitors in downloading its mobile application, MyUSMint.

An assortment of Mint products will be available for purchase over the counter – the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin™, 2019 American Liberty High Relief Silver Medal™, 2019 Might Minters™ Ornaments, and 2018 American Innovation™ $1 Reverse Proof Introductory Coin. The Mint will also be selling its new Pride of Two Nations, U.S. Mint/Canadian product, in limited quantities, which will be available on August 14, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All products are available for purchase via the U.S. Mint’s online catalog at or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT or 1-800-872-6468. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Additional information about coins and collecting can be found on the Mint’s website, For more information about the BEP or currency production, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

United States Mint Begins Accepting Orders for High Relief American Liberty Silver Medals on August 15

American Liberty 2019 High Relief Silver MedalWASHINGTON — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Silver Medal™ (product code 19DB) on Aug.15 at noon EDT. The medal is priced at $99.95.

This unique medal is struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 2.5 ounces of 99.9 percent silver, measures two inches in diameter, and has a matte finish.

The medal displays the same modern rendition of the iconic figure of Liberty as the 2019 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, which also goes on sale on Aug, 15. The obverse (heads) features Liberty with 13 rays of light emanating along her headdress, symbolizing the free and creative spirit of America’s people. Obverse inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “2019.” The reverse (tails) features a bald eagle as it prepares to land. The reverse inscription is “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

Each exquisite medal is packaged in an elegant black lacquered hardwood presentation case and comes with the Mint’s customary Certificate of Authenticity.

The Mint accepts orders at and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit for information about shipping options.

The Mint has limited production of this special medal to 50,000 units. Orders will be limited to one medal per household.

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