During the second day of the National Money Show in New Orleans,
six members of the Board of Governors, a few select dignitaries and
myself received a police escort to the Louisiana State Capitol in
Baton Rouge for a special proclamation that had been arranged
by Louisiana State Rep. Paul Hollis.
(A look at the Louisiana
State House on May 10, 2013. Photo by Mark Lighterman)
For those who don't know, Hollis is a long-time ANA member, the
owner of Paul Hollis Rare Coins and the author of "American Numismatist," a fantastic book that
blends U.S. history and numismatics. Hollis has long been a
supporter of the ANA, which is why he invited the Board of
Governors to be present when he introduced an honorary resolution to thank the ANA for
bringing the National Money Show to New Orleans.
The resolution reads, in part:
"THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the
House of Representatives of the Legislature of Louisiana does
hereby welcome the American Numismatic Association to Louisiana and
does hereby extend to the association heartfelt appreciation for
bringing its annual convention and National Money Show to the city
of New Orleans."
In attendance to accept the resolution were Vice President
Walter Ostromecki; Govs. Greg Lyon, Cliff Mishler, Scott
Rottinghaus, Mike Ellis and Wendell Wolka; Philip Diehl, the 35th
director of the U.S. Mint; Diane Piret, the industry affairs
director for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets; and Mark
Lighterman, the ANA National Exhibit Coordinator who served as the
staff photographer that day.
After a quick tour of the Capitol, we were taken to the
Governors Mansion for lunch with Hollis. That's where Ostromecki
was due to present Gov. Bobby Jindal with a
1991 ANA 100th Anniversary commemorative gold proof from the
Pobjoy Mint, but since the governor couldn't attend, Hollis
accepted on his behalf.
In return, Hollis presented each of us in attendance with a 2012
Louisiana Bicentennial Medal.
Following lunch, the group returned to New Orleans for the open
session of the Board of Governors meeting.
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