Message from Director David J Ryder

Dear Valued Mint Customer,

As the global impacts of COVID-19 continue to evolve, my top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of the Mint workforce – the men and women who work hard to ensure you receive the highest quality products.

As part of the Federal workforce we have and will continue to follow all guidance provided to the Federal Government, to include the information provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As we do this, the decisions I make will undoubtedly impact the on sale dates, availability, and delivery of some of our numismatic products, and you may also experience longer wait times when calling our customer service number. It is because of this that I ask for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

I encourage you to use the United States Mint catalog site https://catalog.usmint.gov/ as your primary source of the most current information on product and service status.

Thank you for your patronage and continued dedication to the United States Mint. Please do all you can to be safe, stay healthy, and to keep others safe. We are all in this together, and we will get through it together.

Sincerely,
Dave

Exhibit Award Winners Announced for 2020 National Money Show

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) presented 25 competitive exhibit awards at the 2020 Atlanta National Money Show . Winners were announced at the Exhibit Awards Presentation & Reception on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Dennis Schafluetzel received the Steven J. D’Ippolito Award for Excellence in Numismatic Exhibiting (best of show) for his exhibit, “Chattanooga Depression & Clearing House Scrip.” The second place D’Ippolito award was presented to Mack Martin for “A Unique Collection of Georgia Certificates.” Third place was awarded to Simcha Laib Kuritzky for his exhibit “Feline Paper Money Type Set.”

The Radford Stearns Memorial Award for People’s Choice, determined by votes from convention attendees, was presented to Jeffrey Rosinia for “A Taste of Collecting Coca-Cola.”

The theme for National Coin Week this year is “Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change” and the National Coin Week Award was presented to Richard Jozefiak for “The Start of a New Collectible—The Innovation of the First Elongated Souvenir Coins at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.” He will receive a full scholarship to a future ANA Summer Seminar, an award endowed by John Albanese.

National Coin Week exhibits are intended to be suitable for display in libraries and schools, so there is a $250 limit on the value of the materials in this competition. Second place in this category was awarded to Cindy Calhoun for “Dottie Dow and Her Elongated Handshake Coins.” Third place also went to Jozefiak for “Collecting For Free: The Shell Company’s Presidential Medals Set.”

Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Achievement in Exhibiting were also presented in six classes. This year, 23 competitive and three non-competitive exhibits were displayed in the Collector Exhibits are by 18 exhibitors. Class winners are as follows:

Class 1: History and Politics (historical or political events)

  • First—Mark Martin, “A Unique Collection of Georgia Certificates”
  • Second—Michael T. Shutterly, “Vive le Franc!”
  • Third—Cindy Calhoun, “Dottie Dow and Her Elongated Handshake Coins”

Class 2: Economics (monetary and financial systems or economic events, such as panics and inflations)

  • First—Simcha Laib Kuritzky, “Israel’s Two-Decade Long Road to Standardized Gold Coinage”
  • Second—Lavonda Proveaux, “Twentienth Century Major Type Coins”
  • Third—Michael T. Shutterly, “How Money Dies”

Class 3: Geography (natural or cultural assets, the distribution of populations, or exploration)

  • First—Dennis Schafluetzel, “Chattanooga Depression & Clearing House Scrip”
  • Second—Simcha Laib Kuritzky, “The Roaring Lion of Megiddo”
  • Third—Richard Jozefiak, “Official Alaska Statehood Medals 1859 & 2009”

Class 4: Common Elements (material linked by common themes and designs, such as Queen Elizabeth II, elephants, bridges or world’s fairs)

  • First—Jeffrey Rosinia, “A Taste of Collecting Coca-Cola”
  • Second—Gary J. Dobbins, “Honoring Music Through a World of Paper Money”
  • Third—Halbert Carmichael, “New Zealand’s Birds”

Class 5: The Arts (any aspect of fine or applied arts)

  • First—Don Geddes, “The Legacy of Charleston Slave Badge Makers”
  • Second—Simcha Laib Kuritzky, “The Heh Amulet”
  • Third—Michael T. Shutterly, “Ludwig van Beethoven: A Man for All Reasons…or no Reason at all”

Class 6: Science (theoretical or applied science, including the technology of manufacturing numismatic items)

  • First—Simcha Laib Kuritzky, “Feline Paper Money Type Set”
  • Second—Robert Moon, “Nobody’s Perfect!”
  • Third—Richard Jozefiak, “The Start of a New Collectible—The Innovation of the First Elongated Souvenir Coins at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago”

The application deadline for exhibiting at the 2020 ANA World’s Fair of Money®, which will be held Aug. 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is June 10. For an application form or more information, phone 719-482-9849; e-mail exhibits@money.org; or visit 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.

PNG Now Accepting 2020 Awards Nominations

(Temecula, California) March 19, 2020 – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) is now accepting nominations for its 2020 awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“Each year the PNG publicly recognizes outstanding achievements in the hobby and the profession by honoring deserving recipients with awards in a half-dozen categories. We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from all collectors and dealers,” said Brueggeman.

Award nominations must be made by May 29, 2020, and should be sent directly to the appropriate award category officials. The categories and contacts are:

Abe Kosoff Founders Award: Presented to a PNG member-dealer with steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community and who has made a significant contribution to the Guild or to the numismatic fraternity in general the past year. The award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization. Committee Chairs: Richard Weaver and Wayde Milas. Emails: RWeaver@dvrcc.com and WMilas@rarecoa.com.

Sol Kaplan Award: To recognize efforts and contributions in combatting crimes against the numismatic community, this award is presented to someone who has given their time in an attempt to rid the profession of fraud and thievery. The award is jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation. It is named after a former PNG President and Ohio dealer who was personally responsible for the apprehension of several people suspected of committing numismatic-related crimes. Committee Chair: Robert Brueggeman. Email: Bob@ppius.com.

Robert Friedberg Award: Presented to an author in recognition for an outstanding book or other literature. Named in honor of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, this award is not automatically given each year. It is only given when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients. Committee Chair: James A. Simek. Email: nge3@comcast.net. Note: A copy of each book nominated for this year’s award must be submitted for delivery no later than May 30, 2020 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL 60154-7157.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a numismatist for his/her extraordinary devotion to numismatics and who, over their lifetime, significantly contributed to the hobby or profession. Committee Co-Chairs: John Brush and James Sego. Emails: John@DavidLawrence.com and JSego@JMScoins.com.

Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts over the years on behalf of PNG and the profession, and also added to the hobby. Committee Co-Chairs: Barry Stuppler and Duston Johnston. Emails: Barry@Stuppler.com and Dustin@ha.com.

Art Kagin Ambassador Award: This award is named after a former PNG President and nationally-known Iowa dealer who provided distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill. Committee Co-Chairs: Don Ketterling and Don Rinkor. Emails: DHKconsulting@verizon.net and Don@rinkor.com.

The award winners will be announced at the annual PNG Day banquet scheduled for August 3, 2020 following the planned PNG Day show (www.PNGdealers.org/png-events). The PNG Day show, at the David L. Lawrence Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will be open to the public and conducted the day before the start of the planned American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money® (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com) at the convention center.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association composed of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics (www.PNGdealers.org/code-of-ethics) in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

For additional information about the PNG awards, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: 951-587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: www.PNGdealers.org.

United States Mint 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™ Available March 24

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set™ (product code 20AA) on March 24 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Priced at $16.00, this ten-coin set consists of five uncirculated quarters from the Philadelphia Mint and five uncirculated quarters from the Denver Mint. The coins have reverse (tails) designs representing the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Program honorees:

  • National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)
  • Weir Farm National Historic Site (Connecticut)
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (Vermont)
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (Kansas)

The obverse (heads) design of all coins in the set features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the original model.

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. Information about shipping options is available at catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

The 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set can also be ordered through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Visit catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/ for more details.

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 and time of March 24, 2020, at noon EDT.

CSNS Cancels 81st Anniversary Convention

Notice to 81st Anniversary Convention booth holders, sponsors, and attendees,

The Central States Numismatic Society has canceled its April 22-25, 2020 convention because of the coronavirus outbreak. “Our focus is the safety and health of our booth holders, exhibitors, collectors and the general public. Therefore, in accordance with recommendations from health officials to cease activities where people gather together in large and close groups, we are canceling our convention,” CSNS President Mitch Ernst said.

The official CSNS convention auctions held by Heritage Auctions will still be held on the dates scheduled. However, the location has changed from the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in suburban Chicago to Heritage’s headquarters in Dallas, TX, instead. For more information on these auctions, please visit the Heritage website – www.ha.com.

CSNS understands the logistical challenges facing those who had made plans to attend the convention and will be reaching out to booth holders and exhibitors in the coming days to discuss options. Hotel reservation questions should be directed to the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel at 847-303-4100.

“We thank our many friends in the numismatic community, including educational exhibitors, numismatic professionals and collectors for their past support of our conventions and look forward to seeing them at our 82nd Anniversary Convention next year in Schaumburg,” Convention Chairman Kevin Foley said.

Our booth holders will have their choice of a refund of bourse fees paid, or the option of carrying those paid fees forward to our 2021 convention, April 21-24 2021. Those who select the option of carrying their paid fees forward will retain their already assigned booth location for the now cancelled 2020 event for 2021. Your choice should be communicated to Convention Chairman Kevin Foley.

Will will be working closely with our headquarters hotel, the Schaumburg Renaissance, to find the most efficient method of cancelling hotel reservations and refund of any deposits that may have been paid for reservations made under our room block. Once those consulations have concluded, we will be in further touch. Questions should be sent to our Convention Chairman, Kevin Foley, at kevinsfoley.kf@gmail.com or (414) 807-0116.

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