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NLG Announces New Award Categories for 2018

The Numismatic Literary Guild (www.NLGonline.org), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors and writers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, has substantially revised its annual awards competition categories for 2018 and beyond.

“Working with awards coordinator Scott A. Travers and NLG board members John Albanese, David T. Alexander, Michael R. Fuljenz, Charles Morgan, Maurice Rosen, and other veteran hobby editors and writers, we reorganized the categories and brought the Guild into the 21st century,” said NLG Acting Executive Director Donn Pearlman. “We were overdue in recognizing that important numismatic-related information is available online and in media other than print.”

To be eligible for consideration in any of this years categories, entries must have been published, released, or posted on the Internet between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. With the exception of the Portfolio category, three (3) copies of each entry must be submitted, and each copy must also be accompanied by a cover sheet listing the category and other information spelled out in the rules.

Only one entry per category is allowed per submitter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet or label attached to each entry copy and containing the following information:

  • CATEGORY NUMBER
  • CATEGORY TITLE
  • NAME OF PUBLICATION
  • TITLE OF SUBMISSION
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION
  • NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS OF ENTRANT
  • NAME, ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS OF AUTHOR IF DIFFERENT THAN ENTRANT

All entries must be received no later than Tuesday, June 12, 2018. They should be sent to the contest coordinator at the following address: Scott A. Travers, c/o Sal Germano, SGRC Inc., 625 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506.

“Entries in a number of categories will be judged by editors and other well-qualified individuals within and outside the numismatic field,” Travers commented. “We ask you to take special care in making sure that each copy is accompanied by a completed cover sheet listing all the information printed in boldface type in the preceding paragraph.”

Winners will be announced, and awards presented, at the 2018 NLG Bash and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, August 16® in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you submit an entry and can not be at the awards ceremony in person, you should indicate on your entry cover sheets the name of designated person who can accept the award on your behalf and deliver it to you.

For information about joining the Numismatic Literary Guild, visit www.nlgonline.org/membership.

Here are the NLG 2018 Awards Competition categories and criteria.

1. BOOK OF THE YEAR

The printed or electronic media work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics. Criteria include overall reader appeal, research quality, photographic and graphic excellence, cover and typography where applicable. Books submitted in the specialized categories are automatically considered for Book of the Year.

BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK:

Three printed copies or three digital e-books are required to be submitted for each entry category.

  1. United States Coins
  2. World Coins (pre-1500)
  3. World Coins (1500 to present)
  4. United States Paper Money
  5. World Paper Money
  6. Tokens & Medals
  7. Error or Variety
  8. Numismatic Investments
STORIES, ARTICLES OR COLUMNS

Best article or series of articles in print or online from U.S. and overseas numismatic media whose core staff are paid professionals. Three copies, photocopies or PDF files of the submission are required to accompany each entry.

  1. U.S. Coins to 1900
  2. U.S. Coins 1901 to Date
  3. World Coins to 1500 (includes Ancients)
  4. World Coins 1501 to Date
  5. U.S. Paper Money
  6. World Paper Money
  7. Tokens & Medals
  8. Numismatic Spot News, Marketplace, or Analysis
  9. Numismatic History or Personalities
19. Ed Reiter Memorial Award For Best Column or Series

Submit three hard copies or photocopies of three different columns published in a numismatic print publication or online.

20. ARTICLE OR STORY OF THE YEAR

The best feature article or news story involving coins, paper money, tokens or medals that was published in print and/or online. Submit three copies or photocopies.

21. PROFESSIONAL: BEST PERIODICAL PUBLICATION

Three copies of two successive issues of the for-profit, professional numismatic publication may be submitted by the publisher or editor of any daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual for-profit numismatic publication in the U.S. or overseas. Criteria include overall numismatic appeal, features, departments, graphics, journalistic and editorial excellence as applicable.

22. CLUB OR NONPROFIT NUMISMATIC PERIODICAL PUBLICATION

Open to any local, regional, national or international nonprofit numismatic organization in the U.S. or overseas. Submit three copies of the two different issues.

23. BEST ONLINE NEWS SITE

Submit link(s) to entry pages or three copies of printed selected entry pages.

24. BEST DEALER OR INDUSTRY WEBSITE

Submit link(s) to entry pages or three copies of print out of selected entry pages.

25. BEST NUMISMATIC SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM OR COIN COLLECTOR FORUM

The award will be presented for the best numismatic-themed page or feed posted on a collector forum site (or message board) or social media site such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus. Entries will be judged based on the quality of articles, external links, and graphics posted. Audience engagement also will be considered by the judges. Submit link(s) to entry pages or three print outs of selected entry pages.

NON-NUMISMATIC PUBLICATIONS
26. The Maurice M. Gould Memorial Award for Best Column

Submit three copies or photocopies of three different columns. Entries may be submitted by the publisher, editor or columnist of any coin column appearing regularly in any non-numismatic newspaper, magazine or website.

27. BEST NUMISMATIC DEALER WEB SITE

This category is for web sites that are used to buy or sell coins, offer supplies or sell books or other forms of information related to numismatics. Three copies of the web site home page and all posted items linked to it at the time the copies are made, submitted by the publisher or editor, are required to accompany this submission.

28. BEST NON-TRADE WEB SITE

This category is for web sites maintained by coin clubs and other non-commercial organizations and individuals devoted to the coin hobby. Three copies of the web site home page and all posted items linked to it at the time the copies are made, submitted by the publisher or editor, are required to accompany this submission.

29. BEST BLOG

This award recognizes the best interactive blog that communicates information and personal commentaries about the numismatic hobby. Please submit hard copies of three complete blog entries.

30. SOFTWARE OR APP

Best presentation of new numismatic-related software or mobile application published in CD-Rom, DVD, App Store or any other electronic format or electronic delivery system. For physical media, three copies of the work needs be submitted. For digitally distributed software or apps, three copies must also be provided, and if the entry is distributed on the Android or Apple store, written instructions must be provided about how to locate and download the app. Each entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of first use.

AUCTION CATALOGS

Three copies of each catalog are required for entry. Criteria includes cover design, overall eye appeal, format, graphics and layout, [content deleted] research and quality of description. Entries may be submitted by auction firm, auctioneer or cataloger. ONLY ONE CATALOG FROM EACH AUCTION FIRM will be considered in each category. Multiple entries in any category will be disqualified.

  1. Best U.S. Coins Auction Catalog
  2. Best World Coins Auction Catalog
  3. Best Paper Money Auction Catalog
  4. Best Books or Exonumia Auction Catalog
DEALER PUBLICATIONS
35. LEE MARTIN FOUNDER’S AWARD

For best investment newsletter: Criteria include overall reader appeal, quality of research and writing, and graphics, as applicable. Submit three copies each of three different issues – total, nine submitted items per entry.

36. BEST ALL-AROUND PORTFOLIO

Collection of writings and/or photographs and related items demonstrating numismatic writing ability and versatility published within the contest year. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity, and organization and presentation will count as heavily as volume. One copy of the portfolio entry needs to be submitted and can be submitted as PDF files on a flash or thumb drive. Items included in the portfolio may also be submitted in other relevant categories at entrant’s option.

AUDIO-VISUAL
37. RADIO

Best news story, feature report or continuing series involving numismatics. Entries must include three copies of a standard-size CD, flash/thumb drive or URL of a story or feature report or three selections from continuing series, accompanied by written statement citing date(s) of broadcast, call letters and location of radio station.

38. AUDIO

Best audio program or podcast involving numismatics, but non-broadcast. Includes audio tracks from numismatic slide shows, educational tapes, audio newsletters and other presentations such as podcasts. Entries must include three copies of a standard-size CD or flash/thumb drive of the audio, written statement citing date(s) of first use.

39. TELEVISION

Best spot news story, feature report or continuing series involving numismatics shown on television or cable. Entries must include three standard-size CD, flash/thumb drive or VHS videocassette recording of the television story or feature report broadcast or three selections from a continuing televised series. Entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of broadcast, call letters and location of station.

40. VIDEO – COMMERCIAL OR NON-COMMERCIAL

Best non-broadcast slide film, PowerPoint®,movie film or videotape presentation involving numismatics made for educational purposes. Entry must include three copies of the audio as well as visual materials – either written script or soundtrack of DVD or CD, film, audio or video cassette or flash/thumb drive used in presentation.

SPECIAL AWARDS
41. JAMES L. MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD

This award, honoring the co-founder and longtime publisher of COINage magazine, recognizes the best numismatic article to appear in any medium, including both numismatic and non-numismatic magazines, newspapers and Internet Web sites. Submit three (3) copies or print-outs of an article dealing with any subject related to numismatics. Criteria include overall reader appeal, research quality and writing excellence. Articles submitted in this category may also be submitted in other applicable categories.

42. CLEMENT F. BAILEY MEMORIAL AWARD

This award was endowed by Jim Miller of Miller Magazines in memory of an especially beloved member of the numismatic writing community and NLG founder, Clement F. Bailey. This award recognizes excellence among new writers in numismatics whose first published writings in this field appeared in hobby publications during the previous year. Nominees are supplied solely by numismatic publishers.

43. PCGS/COLLECTORS UNIVERSE EDUCATIONAL AWARD FOR NUMISMATIC ACHIEVEMENT

The winner is selected by the Numismatic Literary Guild in consultation with Professional Coin Grading Service.

44. THE RIBBIT

This award recognizes service to the hobby and to the NLG. The winner is selected by the previous year’s recipient.

45. THE CLEMY

The winner of this award, the Guild’s highest honor, is chosen by the previous year’s recipient(s) from a list of nominees provided by the NLG Board of Directors.

NLG reserves the right to limit the number of plaques for any given entry, with the number to be determined at its discretion. NLG will provide plaques only for the persons named in an entry when it is originally submitted. Winners living in countries other than the United States, Canada and Mexico will receive certificates and cash awards, rather than plaques. The cash award will be $50 for first-place winners.

UPDATE: Added the rules in the 4th paragraph. (May 3, 2018)

Kenneth Bressett Named First Editor Emeritus of the Red Book

Hobby Legend Is Honored in the New 2019 Edition

(Pelham, AL) — Kenneth Bressett, longtime editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”), has retired into Whitman Publishing’s newly created position of Editor Emeritus. The 2019 (72nd) edition of the Red Book, available now from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, features a 10-page illustrated tribute to Bressett. In addition, the hardcover format includes a commemorative gold-foil portrait and a facsimile of his famous signature on the back cover. Bressett will make appearances at several shows and events throughout the year to autograph books.

The Guide Book of United States Coins debuted in November 1946 (with a cover date of 1947) as the hobby’s only fully illustrated catalog with objective retail pricing for every U.S. coin. Prior to this, the Handbook of United States Coins (the “Blue Book,” first published in 1942) gave unbiased wholesale pricing—how much dealers were paying, on average, for U.S. coins. These two resources were both created by R.S. Yeoman and published by Whitman. Before them, collectors had to rely on lists written by individual coin dealers, which were seen as biased and did not have wide distribution. The first edition of the Red Book was so popular that it sold out 9,000 copies in a matter of weeks, requiring another print run in February 1947.

Kenneth Bressett, a young collector from Keene, New Hampshire, first met R.S. Yeoman at a coin convention in the mid-1950s. He mentioned several errors he’d found in the latest edition of the book. In 1956 Yeoman invited Bressett to be a freelance editor, and in 1959 Bressett moved with his family to Racine, Wisconsin, to officially join the Whitman Publishing staff full time. He worked closely with Yeoman—by that time one of the most famous numismatists in the world—developing the Red Book and Blue Book and many other hobby references and products. By the time Yeoman retired in 1970, Bressett had taken over many duties as “coordinating editor” of the Red Book. In the 27th edition he was credited as the book’s editor, and in the 66th edition he was elevated to Senior Editor, with Q. David Bowers and Jeff Garrett assisting as Research Editor and Valuations Editor, respectively.

Now, in 2018, after nearly 65 years of work on the Red Book, Ken Bressett is being promoted again, this time to the position of Editor Emeritus. Garrett is taking the reins as Senior Editor and Bowers is continuing as Research Editor. “Although Ken will step down from day-to-day management of the Red Book, we know his work in numismatics will continue,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “And of course his influence, like that of R.S. Yeoman, will be felt for as long as the book is enjoyed by hobbyists around the world.”

Tucker encourages collectors to buy two copies of the hardcover this year—one for day-to-day use, and one to have Bressett autograph as a numismatic keepsake. “Mr. Red Book” will be at the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, June 16–28, and the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, August 14–18. He is scheduled to appear for a week of celebrations at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles 2018 Winter Expo, October 25–28.

“The story of the Guide Book of United States Coins is not merely a story about those who produced it,” Bressett has said. “It is a tribute to the thousands of individual contributors who have honed its contents to the point that it has become a numismatic standard and a valuable collectible in its own right. It is a success story that remains unparalleled by any other numismatic book.”

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A Guide Book of United States Coins, 2019 (72nd) edition
464 pages
Full color
By R.S. Yeoman; Senior Editor Jeff Garrett, Research Editor Q. David Bowers,
   Editor Emeritus Kenneth Bressett.

United States Mint Annual Silver Proof Set Available on April 24

WASHINGTON –The 2018 United States Mint Silver Proof Set® (product code 18RH) will be available for purchase starting on April 24 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The 10-coin set is priced at $49.95 and contains the following proof finish coins produced at the United States Mint at San Francisco:

  • Five silver America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia), and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island).
  • One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse theme that commemorates the contributions of Jim Thorpe to American sports and culture. Jim Thorpe’s achievements as a football player and as an Olympian are depicted in the design. Inscriptions are “JIM THORPE,” “WA-THO-HUK” (Thorpe’s native name), “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “$1.”
  • One silver Kennedy half dollar
  • One silver Roosevelt dime
  • One Jefferson nickel
  • One Lincoln penny

The quarters, half dollar, and dime contain 90 percent silver. Each 10-coin set comes with the Mint’s Certificate of Authenticity.

The United States Mint Silver Proof Set is also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/ for information about this convenient ordering option.

The Mint accepts orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit us online at catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html for information about shipping options.

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