student from Georgia who says, "Learning from numismatics has been
a truly wonderful experience," is the recipient of the Professional
Numismatists Guild (http://www.pngdealers.org)
2014 Young Numismatist Scholarship. Tara Crosby, age 20, of
Alpharetta, Georgia, now will attend one of the two week-long
American Numismatic Association 2014 Summer Seminar sessions
courtesy of PNG.
Crosby was introduced to coins by her family at an early age
with gifts of proof sets. She began working part-time earlier this
year for PNG Member-Dealer John B. Hamrick in Alpharetta while
continuing her studies in communications at Georgia Perimeter
"To be able to travel to coin shows and meet so many 'legends'
in numismatics in person has been a wonderful experience. John
(Hamrick) has been so patient teaching me and helping me learn
about this fascinating world of coins," explained Crosby.
In her PNG scholarship competition essay, she wrote about the
excitement of making her first coin sale for Hamrick's company
during the ANA National Money Show in Atlanta this past February.
It was a 1926-D Double Eagle that she sold for $20,160.
"I was so thrilled, and my co-workers were incredibly
supportive. Making a sale like that with the little knowledge I had
gained thus far about coins felt truly amazing and gave me the
confidence to pursue a career in the numismatic field."
Crosby wants to take a digital photography class during this
year's ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs.
Her parents, Greg and Carol Crosby, are delighted she won the
PNG scholarship. "We were both very proud and very excited for her
to have such a wonderful opportunity. Tara has always been very
passionate in her interests, and we have no doubt she will be
successful in wherever she applies herself," said her father who
introduced the couple's children to coins.
"Each year since the birth of our three children, one of the
gifts they always received was a United States Mint proof set for
that year. We have done so up to the age of 21. So, all the
children have a complete set of 21 proof sets. Tara will
receive her final one in July when she turns 21," he explained.
The PNG YN Scholarship Competition is open each year to
applicants between the age of 13 and 22. Entrants submit a short
essay outlining why they should be chosen as the scholarship
"The scholarship covers airfare, tuition for one of the two
week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of
dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of
the ANA headquarters," said PNG Executive Director Robert
The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is
administered from PNG's Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman,
who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer
with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.
The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top
rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven
other countries. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict
Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic
merchandise. For additional information, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call