American Numismatic Association

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Not to be confused with American Numismatic Society.
American Numismatic Association
Type Membership Driven
Industry Historical, Research
Founded 1891
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Key people Walt Ostromecki, President of the Board of Governors;
Kim Kiick, Executive Director
Products Magazine, Museum, Trade Shows
Website http://www.money.org

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) was founded in 1891 by Dr. George F. Heath in Chicago, Illinois. The ANA was formed to advance the knowledge of numismatics (the study of money) along educational, historical, and scientific lines, as well as enhance interest in the hobby.

The ANA national headquarters and museum is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It claims a membership of almost 28,000 and offers memberships for various terms, including one year, three years, five years, and a lifetime membership for $800–$1,200 US, depending on age and whether you would like to receive a magazine via mail or electronically. In 1912 the association received a Federal Charter by the United States Congress for its work in the field of numismatics.[1]

The association's official monthly journal is the Numismatist and its editor-in-chief is Barbara J. Gregory. Many articles are contributed by members of the Association.

History[edit]

Dr. George F. Heath of Monroe, Michigan, gained knowledge of world history by studying his collection of coins. The obscurity of his community was an obstacle towards obtaining certain specimens, and made meeting fellow numismatists difficult. In 1888, he printed, published and distributed a four-page leaflet, NUMISMATIST, in which he listed his coin needs, advertised duplicates for sale, and discussed numismatic topics.[2]

The nascent publication found many friends among other isolated collectors. As Heath's subscription list increased, a need for a national organization of numismatists was evident. The February 1891 edition of The Numismatist printed a question, "What is the matter with having an American Numismatic Association?"[2] A follow-up statement was included: "There is nothing like the alliance of kindred pursuits to stimulate growth and interest."[2]

On October 7 and October 8, 1891, five men—Heath, William G. Jerrems, David Harlowe, J.A. Heckelman and John Brydon—holding 26 proxies, met in Chicago and with 61 charter members. The result was the founding of the American Numismatic Association.[2] Since that meeting in October 1891, the American Numismatic Association has expanded to become the largest non-profit numismatic organization of its kind in the world. Heath then introduced the idea of a numismatic convention, where members could make personal contact with other numismatists. The first meeting was held in 1891. From then, it was hosted annually until 1895, and then in 1901 and 1904. After the 1907 convention in Columbus, Ohio, it was decided to hold annual meetings thereafter.[2]

On June 16, 1908, Dr. Heath suddenly died. Farran Zerbe, then president, assumed the task of editing and publishing THE NUMISMATIST, and soon purchased the publication from Heath's heirs.[2] In 1911, through the generosity of W.C.C. Wilson of Montreal, Canada, THE NUMISMATIST was purchased from Zerbe and presented to the ANA and since that period, the magazine has been owned and published monthly by the ANA.[2]

National prominence was attained by the Association on May 9, 1912, when the Association was granted a Federal Charter, signed by President William H. Taft.[2] An amendment to make the Charter permanent and allow for a larger Board of Governors was introduced in 1962. This was presented by Congressman Wilbur Mills and Senator John L. McClellan, both of Arkansas. This amendment was passed by Congress and signed by President John F. Kennedy on April 10, 1962.[2]

Facility[edit]

An ANA national home and headquarters building fund was established on April 29, 1961.[2] Colorado Springs, Colorado, was selected, and a ground breaking ceremony was held on September 6, 1966. On December 20, 1966, the building fund goal of $250,000 was reached and the new home and headquarters of the American Numismatic Association was dedicated and officially opened in Colorado Springs on June 10, 1967.[2] Currently, the ANA facility in Colorado Springs houses the largest circulating numismatic library in the world.[2] Books, educational slide programs and instructional videotapes are loaned to members without charge other than costs to cover postage and insurance. Additionally, the ANA has many affiliate club members throughout the United States, such as the Beverly Hills Coin Club and the Chicago Coin Club

ANA Money Museum[edit]

The Colorado facility also houses the ANA Money Museum that includes over 250,000 objects encompassing the history of numismatics from the earliest invention of money to modern day. The Harry W. Bass Collection features American gold coins, experimental pattern coins and paper money.[3] The museum also offers changing exhibits about money in history, art, archeology, banking and economics, and coin collecting. Members may study the items on display and, by prearrangement, can use other museum materials for research purposes.[2] In 2011, Steve Contursi donated the 1792 Half Disme, an early American coin valued at more than $220,000, to the ANA’s Money Museum.[4]

Board of Governors[edit]

The ANA is run by a 9 member Board of Governors, composed of the President, Vice-President, and 7 Governors, elected by the Association's membership in odd-numbered years. Candidates for the Board of Governors must have been ANA members for at least three years. Candidates for President and Vice President must have served at least one term on the Board of Governors. Total service on the Board of Governors is limited to ten years.

The current Board of Governors was elected in 2013. While the positions of President and Vice-President were uncontested, 14 candidates ran for 7 Governor seats. The election results were as follows:

Name Position Location Votes Garnered
Walter Ostromecki President Encino, CA N/A
Jeff Garrett Vice-President Lexington, KY N/A
Gary Adkins Governor Minneapolis, MN 3,220
Scott T. Rottinghaus Governor New London, CT 2,859
Dr. Ralph W. Ross Governor Sugar Land, TX 2,797
Mike Ellis Governor Camilla, GA 2,782
Greg Lyon Governor St. Louis, MO 2,723
Jeff Swindling Governor Jacksonville, FL 2,591
Laura Sperber Governor Lincroft, NJ 2,569

List of ANA presidents[edit]

Advisory Committees[edit]

The ANA is also served by various advisory committees. There are temporary advisory committees for searches, and one formed for forming a Strategic Vision for the board in 2012. There are several more permanent advisory committees:

  • Bylaws & Ethics
  • Community Education
  • Community Relations
  • Convention & Dealer Relations
  • Exhibits & Awards, to set rules and work to oversee collector exhibiting at ANA conventions
  • Finance, Budget & Audit
  • Library
  • Membership Recruitment
  • Museum
  • Resolutions
  • Technology, to advise on the ANA use of technology in achieving their mission
  • Young Numismatists & Scouting, to advise on young numismatist related matters

Young Numismatists (YNs)[edit]

The ANA has many programs for YNs. There are two programs in which YNs can earn free coins by completing coin-related activities. These programs are the Early American Copper Project and the David R. Cervin Ancient Coin Project.

The ANA also has a YN Dollars program in which YNs earn YN Dollars for different activities. They can spend these YN Dollars at the ANA Summer Convention at the annual YN auction.

The Young Numismatist of the Year award has been given by the ANA every year since 1968. Many former winners of the award are now prominent numismatic professionals, or have distinguished themselves in other areas.

The YNA[edit]

The Young Numismatists of America was a worldwide coin organization that was founded in 1990 at the ANA Summer Seminar. In its early days, the YNA was an attractive way for young numismatists (YNs) to submit articles for publication. However, by late 1996, many of the YNA founders were in college and could no longer help out. The YNA slowly faded away because of lack of interest. Then, in 2001 at the ANA Summer Seminar, the young collectors decided to reform YNA. Within several years, the YNA once again ceased to exist.

Numismatic events[edit]

The ANA has held conventions annually most years since 1891, and expanded to two annual shows in 1978. The ANA offered a third show in 2011 and 2012, but announced on May 4, 2012 that it will not continue this in 2013. The features of these conventions include the offering of a large bourse room, along with exhibits, educational programs, junior member activities, auctions, and meetings of affiliated specialty organizations.[2] The National Money Show and the ANA World's Fair of Money are the brands for shows that have been held on an Annual Basis by the ANA. The National Money Show is traditionally held in the Spring while the World's Fair is held in the Summer. The Fall shows in 2011 and 2012 also used the National Money Show brand.

The annual ANA Summer Seminar is an assortment of classes held in Colorado Springs mid-summer (generally the last week of June and first week of July). Most classes are one week long but some weeks have half-week classes available. Classes are taught by numismatic experts. Students are of all ages and divided between collectors and numismatic professionals. There are special programs for Young Numismatists. The ANA and many local coin clubs sponsor a few scholarships to defer some costs for a few students.

Locations for ANA Conventions[edit]

Locations for the ANA Conventions.[5]

Year National Money Show (Spring unless otherwise noted) World's Fair of Money (Summer)
2016 Dallas Anaheim
2015 Portland Chicago
2014 Atlanta Chicago
2013 New Orleans Chicago
2012 Spring: Denver; Fall: Dallas Philadelphia
2011 Spring: Sacramento; Fall: Pittsburgh Chicago
2010 Ft. Worth Boston
2009 Portland Los Angeles
2008 Phoenix Baltimore
2007 Charlotte Milwaukee
2006 Atlanta Denver
2005 Kansas City San Francisco
2004 Portland Pittsburgh
2003 Charlotte Baltimore
2002 Jacksonville New York
2001 Salt Lake City Atlanta
2000 Ft. Lauderdale Philadelphia
1999 Sacramento Chicago
1998 Cincinnati Portland
1997 Cleveland New York
1996 Tucson Denver
1995 Atlanta Anaheim
1994 New Orleans Detroit
1993 Colorado Springs Baltimore
1992 Dallas Orlando
1991 Dallas Chicago
1990 San Diego Seattle
1989 Colorado Springs Pittsburgh
1988 Little Rock Cincinnati
1987 Charlotte Atlanta
1986 Salt Lake City Milwaukee
1985 San Antonio Baltimore
1984 Colorado Springs Detroit
1983 Tucson San Diego
1982 Colorado Springs Boston
1981 Honolulu New Orleans
1980 Albuquerque Cincinnati
1979 St. Louis
1978 Colorado Springs Houston
1977 Atlanta
1976 New York
1975 Los Angeles
1974 Miami
1973 Boston
1972 New Orleans
1971 Washington DC
1970 St. Louis
1969 Philadelphia
1968 San Diego
1967 Miami
1966 Chicago
1965 Houston
1964 Cleveland
1963 Denver
1962 Detroit
1961 Atlanta
1960 Boston
1959 Portland
1958 Los Angeles
1957 Philadelphia
1956 Chicago
1955 Omaha
1954 Cleveland
1953 Dallas
1952 New York
1951 Phoenix
1950 Milwaukee
1949 San Francisco
1948 Boston
1947 Buffalo
1946 Davenport
1945 NO CONVENTION
1944 Chicago
1943 Chicago
1942 Cincinnati
1941 Philadelphia
1940 Detroit
1939 New York
1938 Columbus
1937 Washington DC
1936 Minneapolis, Minnesota
1935 Pittsburgh
1934 Cleveland
1933 Chicago
1932 Los Angeles
1931 Cincinnati
1930 Buffalo
1929 Chicago
1928 Rochester
1927 Hartford
1926 Washington DC
1925 Detroit
1924 Cleveland
1923 Montreal
1922 New York
1921 Boston
1920 Chicago
1919 Philadelphia
1918 NO CONVENTION
1917 Rochester
1916 Baltimore
1915 San Francisco
1914 Springfield
1913 Detroit
1912 Rochester
1911 Chicago
1910 New York
1909 Montreal
1908 Philadelphia
1907 Columbus
1906 NO CONVENTION
1905 NO CONVENTION
1904 St. Louis
1903 NO CONVENTION
1902 NO CONVENTION
1901 Buffalo
1900 NO CONVENTION
1899 NO CONVENTION
1898 NO CONVENTION
1897 NO CONVENTION
1896 NO CONVENTION
1895 Washington DC
1894 Detroit
1893 Chicago
1892 Pittsburgh
1891 Chicago

Farran Zerbe Memorial Award[edit]

The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award is the highest honor conferred by the ANA. It is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The criteria for the nominee should be that the individual is considered someone who has rendered numerous years of outstanding service to the ANA as well as the field of numismatics. An additional qualification is that the nominee should be a former Medal of Merit and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award recipient. The award is limited only to members of the ANA.[6]

Numismatic Hall of Fame[edit]

To perpetuate and enshrine the names of the most important numismatists of all time, the American Numismatic Association established the Numismatic Hall of Fame at its headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[7] The brainchild of Jack W. Ogilvie, a Hollywood film writer and editor who served as ANA historian from 1950 to 1970, the Numismatic Hall of Fame was created in August 1964. A constitution and bylaws were drafted that year, and the first inductees were named in 1969. The next group was enshrined in 1970, with subsequent honorees inducted every two years thereafter.[7] Prior to each induction year, nominations are accepted from the membership. After review by a five-member Hall of Fame council, the names and qualifications of the nominees are passed on to a 25-member elector panel. Candidates receiving 13 or more votes are inducted; those receiving less than 13 votes (but more than five) are reconsidered in the next election. Members of the council, the ANA Board of Governors, and ANA appointed officers and staff are ineligible to serve as electors.[7]

Inductees by year[7][edit]

Name Year Inducted
Edgar H. Adams (1868–1940) 1969
George J. Bauer (1870–1961) 1969
Frank G. Duffield (1867–1954) 1969
George F. Heath (1850–1908) 1969
Edward T. Newell (1886–1941) 1969
Wayte Raymond (1886–1956) 1969
David C. Wismer (1857–1949) 1969
Howland Wood (1877–1938) 1969
Farran Zerbe (1871–1949) 1969
George H. Blake (1858–1955) 1970
Henry Chapman (1860–1935) 1970
Sylvester S. Crosby (1831–1914) 1970
Lewis M. Reagan (1904–1961) 1970
Moritz Wormser (1878–1940) 1970
Ole P. Ecklund (1873–1950) 1972
Albert R. Frey (1858–1926) 1972
Barclay V. Head (1844–1914) 1972
John M. Henderson (1870–1942) 1972
Lyman H. Low (1845–1924) 1972
Waldo C. Moore (1874–1953) 1972
Stuart Mosher (1904–1956) 1972
Burton H. Saxton (1876–1958) 1972
Agnes Baldwin Brett (1876–1955) 1974
John W. Haseltine (1838–1925) 1974
Joseph H. Hooper (1835–1910) 1974
B. Max Mehl (1884–1957) 1974
Howard Newcomb (1877–1945) 1974
William Philpott Jr. (1885–1971) 1974
Benjamin P. Wright (1857–1922) 1974
Frederick C.C. Boyd (1874–1960) 1978
Victor D. Brenner (1871–1924) 1978
David M. Bullowa (1912–1953) 1978
Lee F. Hewitt (1911–1987) 1978
J. Henri Ripstra (1881–1961) 1978
Richard S. Yeoman (1904–1988) 1978
Herbert M. Bergen (1897–1988) 1982
Elston G. Bradfield (1906–1977) 1982
J. Douglas Ferguson (1901–1981) 1982
Abe Kosoff (1912–1983) 1982
Robert McLachlan (1845–1926) 1982
Glenn B. Smedley (1902–1987) 1982
Louis S. Werner (1894–1982) 1982
Sheldon S. Carroll (1914–1998) 1984
William T.R. Marvin (1832–1913) 1984
Leonel C. Panosh (1893–1967) 1984
J. Norman Shultz (1893–1988) 1984
Eva B. Adams (1908–1991) 1986
S. Wolcott Freeman (1906–1967) 1986
Robert Friedberg (1912–1963) 1986
Eric P. Newman (born 1912) 1986
Margo Russell (born 1919) 1986
John S. Davenport (born 1907) 1988
Maurice M. Gould (1909–1975) 1988
M. Vernon Sheldon (1902–1982) 1988
Chester L. Krause (born 1923) 1990
John Jay Pittman (1913–1996) 1992
Q. David Bowers (born 1938) 1994
Clyde Hubbard (born 1916) 1994
Aubrey E. Bebee (1906–1992) 1996
Kenneth E. Bressett (born 1928) 1996
Adam Eckfeldt (1769–1852) 1996
George D. Hatie (1910–1997) 1996
Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927–1998) 1998
R.W. Julian (born 1938) 1998
Oscar H. Dodson (1905–1996) 2000
Robert L. Hendershott (1898–2005) 2000
Edward C. Rochette (born 1927) 2000
Russell Rulau (born 1926) 2000
Amon G. Carter, Jr. (1919–1982) 2002
William Ewing DuBois (1810–1881) 2002
Bill Fivaz (born 1934) 2002
James Ross Snowden (1809–1878) 2002
Adna G. Wilde, Jr. (1920–2008) 2002
Clifford Mishler (born 1939) 2004
Catherine Bulla-Moore (born 1919) 2006
George J. Fuld (born 1932) 2006
Robert Lovett, Jr. (1818–1879) 2006
Mathew Rothert (1904–1989) 2006

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