New design for 2013 Heath Literary Award

Newly designed Heath Literary Award medals created by Jamie Franki were presented at the ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., on August 15. The Heath Literary Award was initially introduced in 1949 and acknowledges outstanding articles published the preceding year in the ANA's official magazine,The Numismatist. 


Measuring 3 inches in diameter, the medal was struck in antique bronze and nickel-silver by the Medalcraft Mint of Green Bay, Wisconsin. It replaces the bronze and .999 fine silver medals produced in 1986 by Medallic Art Company.


The obverse of the new medal features a right-facing portrait of George Heath, a facsimile of his signature and the ANA Lamp of Knowledge as it appeared on early issues of The Numismatist. The reverse shows the small press on which the journal was first printed. The doves and rays emanating from the press represent the dissemination of knowledge and goodwill.


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Franki is the Associate Chairperson of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aside from the Heath Literary Award, he designed five other medals for the Association commemorating ANA World's Fair of Money Conventions in Baltimore (2008), Boston (2010), Chicago (2011, 2013) and Philadelphia (2012). Franki is best known in the numismatic community for creating the reverse of the 2005 "American Bison" nickel and the obverse of the 2006 "Jefferson 1800" nickel.


The new award medal was generously underwritten for the next 25 years by author and former ANA President Q. David Bowers. "We are very grateful to Dave Bowers for endowing this time-honored tradition," says Numismatist Editor Barbara J. Gregory. "Without his support, the Heath Literary Award no longer would include a beautiful medallic prize, nor would we have been able to engage Jamie Franki to design and sculpt it."


All feature articles inThe Numismatistare eligible for the Heath Literary Award. The winners are determined by a panel of judges, with first place receiving an engraved, nickel-silver medal and $250; second place earning an engraved bronze medal and $100; and third place garnering an engraved bronze medal.


The Numismatistwelcomes the opportunity to review well-written, well conceived articles displaying original, documented research. To learn more about the Heath Literary Award or submitting articles for possible publication, contact Editor Barbara J. Gregory, phone 719-482-9831, e-mail


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