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2021 Election General Information

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit, educational organization and is recognized  under the Internal Revenue Service Code as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. It is governed by  a nine-member Board, which includes a president, vice president, and seven governors at large. The  ANA's federal charter, granted in perpetuity by the United States Congress, rests control of the  Association in the hands of this Board.  

In 2021 the terms of all nine officers will expire. Those elected will be installed at the ANA's 130th  Anniversary Convention in Chicago, IL August 13, 2021 and will compose the Board of Governors  for the next two years.  

ANA members with voting privileges can nominate candidates for the ANA Board of Governors.  Nominations must be in writing and received by the Executive Director no earlier than December  1, 2020, and no later than March 1, 2021.  

Individual members 13 years of age or older as of March 31 of an election year and who have been  members of the Association for at least one year as of that date shall be entitled to vote in any  Association election. ANA-member clubs are entitled to one vote. 

2021 Candidates

Nominees for President
Donald H. Kagin, Ph. D
Ralph W. Ross, Ph. D.

Nominees for Vice President
Joseph E. Boling

Nominees for Governor
Michael Ellis
Muriel Eymery
Mary Lynn Garrett
Mark Lighterman
Clifford Mishler
Charles Morgan
Rob Oberth
Shanna Schmidt
Barry Stuppler



Election Outline

Election Year: 2021

Convention: Chicago, IL — 130th Anniversary Convention

Convention Dates: August 10-14, 2021


June 1, 2021: Official election ballots will be sent by the independent  auditing firm on or before June 1, 2021, to all members entitled to vote. Included are a pre-printed return envelope and candidate biographies/platforms.


July 1, 2021: Completed ballots must be received by the independent  auditing firm on or before July 1, 2021. Ballots received after this date will not be counted.


July 15, 2021: The independent auditing firm must deliver a report of votes  cast for each candidate to the President and Executive Director no later than July 15, 2021.


July 16-31, 2021: At least 10 days prior to the opening day of the anniversary  convention, the Executive Director, by written and/or electronic communications, shall announce to all candidates and to members of the numismatic media who customarily receive announcements from the Association the number of votes obtained by each candidate for each office.


August 13, 2021: The outgoing Board of Governors is recognized for its service to the Association, and the 2021-2023 Board of Governors is installed into office.



Election Advertising

Election advertising will be accepted for the March, April, May and June 2021 issues of The Numismatist. In accordance with ANA bylaws, campaign advertising must include the full name and ANA member number of the sponsoring individual (whether that is you or another ANA member). If the sponsor is a committee or organization, the advertisement must include the name, address and member number of its chairman or principal representative. (This requirement applies to election advertising in all numismatic publications.)

Advertising copy, as well as all photographs, artwork or electronic files for The Numismatist, is due 6 weeks prior to the cover date of the desired issue. The ANA Publications Department can design and produce your ad for The Numismatist at no charge.

For ad specifications and prices, contact Advertising Sales Manager Nathan McAllister at 719-482-9867 or email nmcallister@money.org.

Club Mailing Labels

If you would like to contact the ANA’s member clubs (over 400 in number), you can purchase club mailing labels for $250 (one-time use). Labels will not be sent until payment is received. Please make checks payable to the American Numismatic Association.



Bylaws Article VIII: Elections–Ethics

Section 1. Publication

            a) No person shall submit for publication or cause to be published any printed, paid advertisement promoting any person’s candidacy in an ANA election without that person’s consent.

            b) No member may cause to be published or distributed any advertisement relating to an ANA election that does not include the name and ANA membership number of the sponsoring person or organization. If the sponsor is a committee or organization, the name and address of its chairman or other principal representative must be included in the advertisement.


Section 2. Statements Regarding Candidates

No member may make or publish any false, misleading, libelous or slanderous statements regarding any candidate.


Section 3. No Association Endorsements

No advertisement, email, webpage or electronic messaging relating to an ANA election (nor any envelope or wrapper therefor) shall include any name, abbreviation, device or address that will in any manner indicate or imply the Association’s endorsement of, or opposition to, any candidate.


Section 4. Violation of Election Ethics

Any Member violating any of the preceding provisions shall be subject to expulsion, suspension or other disciplinary action therefor by the Board of Governors.



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