Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists

Deadline for Award Nominations is Dec. 15

Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to numismatics. The ANA is now accepting individual nominations for 2019 awards and Numismatic Hall of Fame “Modern Era” candidates.

All nominations can be submitted in writing and online—300 words or more for the Numismatic Hall of Fame, and 50-100 words for all other awards. Nominations are accepted through Dec. 15, 2018 by 12 p.m. (MST).

  • Numismatic Hall of Fame—“Modern Era,” living or deceased within 25 years of induction
  • Farran Zerbe Memorial Award—The ANA’s highest honor, this award recognizes years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award—Presented to an individual, family, firm or judicial entity for contributions to organized numismatics.
  • Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics—This award honors women who have made a lasting impact to numismatic community and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the betterment of numismatics, whether through research, leadership or mentorship.
  • Numismatist of the Year—Recognizes individuals within the numismatic community who have demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the ANA.
  • Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award—Honors professional numismatists who exhibit uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.
  • Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture—The award honors an artist whose cumulative lifetime achievements in the field of medallic sculpture have been of the highest order.
  • Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial Award for Exemplary Service—Awarded to an ANA member who has dedicated time and resources to strengthen the hobby and further the ANA’s educational mission, setting an example for others to follow.
  • Medal of Merit—Recognizes individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the ANA and promotion of the hobby.
  • Glenn Smedley Memorial Award—This award honors individuals who have devoted their efforts to the betterment of the ANA.
  • Lawrence J. Gentile, Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor—Recognizes individuals who have devoted time to recruit beginning young numismatists and aid in their development of intermediate to advanced young numismatists.
  • Young Numismatist of the Year—Honors numismatists under the age of 18 for outstanding contributions to the hobby and who are active in volunteer service and numismatic research.
  • Outstanding District Representative—Recognizes the District Representative who most fully promotes coin collecting, coin clubs and the ANA.

Submit a nomination for a numismatist you find deserving of an award. Information about each of the awards and online submission forms can be found here.

For questions about the awards, please contact or call (719) 482-9811.

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

United States Mint to Launch Block Island National Wildlife Refuge Quarter on Nov. 15

WHAT: The United States Mint will join representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m. (ET) to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

Ceremony participants include the Chariho High School Student Choir, students from Chariho Middle School, and members of Boy Scout Troop #15. Chris Costello, designer of the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter reverse (tails), will attend. Following the ceremony, $10 rolls of Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarters will be available for exchange.


  • David Ryder, Director, United States Mint
  • Janet Coit, Director, Department of Environmental Management, on behalf of Governor Raimondo
  • James Kurth, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Charlie Vandemoer, Manager, Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Chris Costello, Designer, United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m. (ET)


Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Kettle Pond Visitor Center
Charlestown, RI 02813

The event will be livestreamed at The livestream will also be available at the Block Island School so that all students can watch the ceremony in real-time.

Note: Parking for the event is located at Ninigret Park, Rte. 1A, Park Lane, Charlestown, RI 02813. (GPS Coordinates: 41.374504 -71.665873) Shuttles will be provided from 9:00 am to 10:15 am and following the event. Dress warmly for outside tent event.

The United States Mint will host a coin forum the evening before the launch ceremony—Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 5–6:30 p.m.—at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Kettle Pond Visitor Center. The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives, and express their views about future coinage.

The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter is the 45th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses (tails sides) of the America the Beautiful Quarters. The United States Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.


  1. Interview with Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter engraver Phebe Hemphill.
  2. Learn more about the United States Mint.
  3. Information about the United States Mint, America the Beautiful Quarters Program, and the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Recently Discovered 1854-S $5 Now in PCGS Holder

(Santa Ana, California) October 30, 2018 – The fourth known 1854 San Francisco Mint Liberty Head Half Eagle, discovered earlier this year and subsequently sold at auction this past August for more than $2 million, now is in a Professional Coin Grading Service ( holder. The current owner took the coin to the Baltimore Winter Expo to submit to PCGS, which was running their popular Crossover Special, and the historic coin today is encapsulated as PCGS XF-45.

“This underscores what we’ve been saying for years: the best coins always end up in PCGS holders because collectors and dealers know that PCGS certification helps maximize the value, liquidity, and security of their coins,” stated PCGS President Don Willis.

“This is a national numismatic treasure from the height of the California Gold Rush, and I never thought I’d ever have the opportunity to acquire one! I enjoy buying major numismatic rarities, and I’m surprised, delighted and honored I’m able to own this historic coin that is among the top elite of American numismatics,” said Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Company in Bridgewater, New Jersey, who submitted the coin to PCGS.

“Of the four known surviving examples from a small mintage of only 268 1854-S Half Eagles, one is in the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection, another is in a private collection in Texas, and the third has been missing since it was stolen in Florida in 1967. There are several options now for this fourth coin, including possibly being loaned to a museum or exhibited elsewhere, or placing it in the right collection,” explained Hendelson.

This fourth example of an 1854-S $5 was first reported in early 2018 by a New England resident who wants to remain anonymous. It was acquired by Hendelson for $2,160,000 this past August when it was offered by Heritage Auctions.

“Buyers and sellers trust the PCGS brand. Each of our holders has covert and overt security features, and is virtually impossible to replicate providing collectors and dealers with anti-counterfeiting as well as environmental protection for their PCGS-certified and encapsulated coins,” Willis stated.

Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have certified over 40 million coins with a total market value of over $34 billion. For information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, visit or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

Brianna Victor Named ANA Seminar Manager

Brianna Victor was named the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Seminar Manager in September after Amber Bradish departed to pursue a post-graduate degree. Victor will lead the Association’s annual Summer Seminar—the hobby’s premier educational event—as well as Technical Series seminars and educational programs at the ANA National Money Show® and World’s Fair of Money®. Bradish will remain on staff temporarily to aid the transition.

“What attracted me to the position was the event planning, multitasking (juggling multiple seminars plus Summer Seminar) and getting to meet and work with so many instructors and students,” says Victor. She has extensive event-planning experience, having worked for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado for five years. During her tenure, Victor served as coordinator and eventually program manager for the nonprofit’s Cooking Matters® initiative, which teaches low-income families how to cook and eat healthy food on a tight budget. “The Cooking Matters positions required a lot of planning, both pre- and post event, plus working closely with educators and students,” she notes. “I believe these skills have adequately prepared me for the seminar manager position.”

“We’re thrilled to have Brianna leading our seminar program,” adds ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick. “Her background makes her a perfect fit. I know our members are going to love working with her.”

Victor most recently served as Care and Share’s USDA programs manager, where she oversaw its two commodities programs. She is a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in health promotion.
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

NGC Certifies Additional Newman Selections

NGC has certified an additional 137 coins, medals and tokens from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. These selections are included in Newman Part XI, the final iteration in a series of auctions of the legendary collection, which Heritage Auctions will hold November 7–10, 2018.

Among Newman’s many contributions to the field of numismatics was his comprehensive study of Continental Dollars, which were struck in brass, pewter and silver with a 1776 date. The obverse features a sundial at the center, with the words CONTINENTAL CURRENCY near the edge; the reverse shows circles with the 13 original colonies’ names linked together like a chain.

So important was Newman’s research on Continental Dollars that their varieties are named after him: Newman 1-A, Newman 1-B, Newman 1-C, Newman 2-C, Newman 3-D, Newman 4-D and Newman 5-D. They feature the word CURRENCY on the obverse with one of three different spellings, and other design elements differ, as well.

A pewter example of the “CURENCY” spelling, attributed as Newman 1-B and graded NGC AU 55, is one of the highlights of Newman Part XI. Only a half dozen specimens of this variety are known.

Other auction highlights include a Libertas Americana Bronze Medal, graded NGC MS 64 BN, and a 1792 Washington President Pattern Silver Half Dollar, graded NGC XF Details.

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