Deisher, Herbert inducted into Numismatic Hall of Fame
Beth Deisher and Alan Herbert were inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame during the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. The induction ceremony took place at the ANA Banquet, where ANA Numismatic Hall of Famer Q. David Bowers spoke about this year's inductees and the Hall of Fame. Both Deisher and Herbert were numismatic reporters and editors.
Deisher is a dedicated hobby advocate and retired editor ofCoin World. She is the founding editor of four numismatic publications. As an advocate for the hobby, Deisher served as hobby spokesperson to the general media for decades. She also testified at a 1988 congressional hearing about changing the designs on U.S. circulating coinage, and she cited abuses in the U.S. Mint's commemorative coin program in a 1995 House subcommittee hearing. Her ANA accolades include the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (1995), two Presidential Awards (1999, 2009), and the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service (2010).
Herbert, who died in January at the age of 86, began collecting coins in 1963. He began to write a column for a bulletin published by Collectors of Numismatic Errors (CONE). In 1983 CONE merged with Numismatic Error Collectors of America (NECA) to form CONECA. Herbert was the club's secretary from 1967-1991. Herbert served as editor ofCoinsmagazine for two years. He also was on the ANA Board of Governors in 1999 and from 2003-2008; in 2010 he replaced a departing Board member. Herbert was the recipient of the ANA Medal of Merit (1994) and the Glen Smedley Memorial Award (2001).
Induction into the Numismatic Hall of Fame is the ANA's highest honor. The Hall of Fame was the brainchild of Jack W. Ogilvie, a Hollywood film writer and editor who served as ANA historian from 1950-1970. The Hall of Fame was created in 1964, and the initial inductees were named in 1969. The Numismatic Hall of Fame Gallery is located at the ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. The gallery features photographs and brief biographies of those enshrined.
For more information on the new members of the Numismatic Hall of Fame, refer to page 76 of the September issue ofThe Numismatist.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 26,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.