The ANA library is named in honor of noted rare coin collector Dwight N. Manley of Newport Beach, Calif.
"When I was a teenager I wanted to attend the 1981 Summer Seminar, but I couldn't afford the $400 fee on my own," Manley says. "With the encouragement of the ANA and the assistance of ANA Governor Florence Schook - who was always tirelessly helping young numismatists - I won the scholarship that year and was able to attend my first Summer Seminar that launched my numismatic career."
The ANA completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of its museum and library in 2001. Shelf space in the world-class library has more than doubled, providing better access to the growing collection of books, auction catalogs, periodicals and video programs. The expanded, climate-controlled rare book room preserves and displays many of the library's most important references. A new security system protects the valuable inventory, including a copy of Illustrium Imagines, the world's first illustrated numismatic book that was printed in 1517 and donated to the ANA Library by Manley in 2007.
Manley started collecting coins at age 6 when he was given a 1909 Lincoln cent. In 1999, he made the world's largest numismatic purchase by acquiring the $100+ million California Gold Rush sunken treasure recovered from the legendary 1857 voyage of the S.S. Central America, the fabled "Ship of Gold." As Managing Partner of California Gold Marketing Group LLC of Newport Beach, Calif., Manley successfully completed nearly two years of complex negotiations to buy the ship's famous cargo, historic California Gold Rush-era coins and gold assayers' bars.
An accomplished sports agent, real estate developer and rare coin expert, Manley is president of United Sports Agency. He served without compensation for a year as national manager of the 1,100-member Jockeys' Guild to help the organization avoid bankruptcy and become financially solvent. He negotiated a record-setting $70 million contract for all-star Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz. He has served as a Federal Trade Commission and Internal Revenue Service consultant, and a U.S. Justice Department expert witness.
Manley also has the title, Television Producer, among his credentials. A member of the Governor's committee that helped to select the 2005 California state quarter-dollar design, he produced a public service announcement for the project starring basketball player Shaquille O'Neal and actress/director Penny Marshall. He also produced a one-hour History Channel documentary about California Gold Rush-era money, narrated by Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston. Manley underwrote the costs for a 1,000-page reference book, A California Gold Rush History. More than $500,000 in research and preparation costs for the book were funded through sales of treasure recovered from the Central America.
His other numismatic accomplishments include record-setting bids for such well-known rarities as the historic King of Siam proof set and the finest 1913 Liberty Head nickel - one of only five known examples of that coin.
From young numismatist to numismatic record-setter, Dwight Manley knows the art of the deal as well as the art, history and romance of rare coins. He is the proud father of two children, Victoria and Quentin, and is actively involved in their school activities in Orange County, Calif.