Awards Purpose/Criteria

Below is a list of the purpose and criteria for each of the ANA Awards.

 

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Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

 

Purpose

The highest honor conferred by the ANA, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics.

Criteria

The nominee should be an individual who has rendered numerous years of outstanding service to the ANA as well as the field of numismatics. The nominee should be a former Medal of Merit and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award recipient. This award is limited to members of the ANA.

 

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Medal of Merit

 

Purpose

The ANA presents the Medal of Merit Award to honor individuals who have dedicated numerous years of service to the association and promotion of the hobby.

Criteria

The nominee should be an individual who has dedicated numerous years of service to the ANA as well as the promotion of numismatics.  The nominee should be a former Glenn Smedley recipient and must also be a member of the ANA.

 

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Glenn Smedley Memorial Award

 

Purpose

The Glenn Smedley Memorial Award was created in memory of Glenn B. Smedley, a collector's collector, to recognize individuals who have devoted their efforts to the betterment of the ANA.

Criteria

The nominee should be an individual involved in volunteer service to the ANA either on a local, regional or national level.  A Nominee should exhibit a positive attitude, strong communication skills, cooperation and dependability. The nominee must also be a member of the ANA.

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Purpose

This award is presented to an individual, family, firm or judicial entity that has made outstanding contributions to organized numismatics

Criteria

The nominee should be an individual, family, firm or judicial entity that has achieved extraordinary accomplishments in the field of numismatics.  The nominee should have a strong record of professional involvement in the industry. This award is not limited to members of the ANA.

 

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Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture

Purpose

The award honors an artist whose cumulative lifetime achievements in the field of medallic sculpture have been of the highest order.

 

Criteria
Nominations should include the name of the nominee, address, contact information, a list of numismatic accomplishments, a brief biography and photographs of at least five medals - or Internet addresses where they can be viewed.  Nominators should include their addresses and contact information; artists may nominate themselves.  This award is not limited to ANA members.

 

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Adna G. Wilde Award for Excellence

 

WildeThe Adna G. Wilde Jr. Award for Excellence in named in honor of Lt. Col. (Ret.) and ANA Past President Adna G. Wilde Jr. Wilde provided leadership for the Association for 40 years, serving as executive director, governor, vice president, president, treasurer and parliamentarian. He received the Farran Zerbe Award in 1985, the Medal of Merit in 1991, the Numismatist of the Year Award in 2005 and Presidential Awards in 1994, 1998 and 2008. He was elected to the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame in 2002. Wilde passed away in 2008.

A respected numismatist, Wilde has published definitive research on Lesher dollars and counterstamped Stone Mountain commemorative half dollars. Before his distinguished service with the ANA, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, and was wounded in combat in Italy during World War II.

 

Purpose

The award honors an ANA member who dedicates his or her time and resources to strengthen the hobby and further the educational mission of the ANA, and sets an example for others to follow.

Criteria

The nominee should be an ANA member who has demonstrated several years of enthusiastic service in volunteering time, expertise and/or resources that contributes to the growth and success of the ANA.

 

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Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year

The award is named in honor of Harry J. Forman, a Philadelphia coin dealer, author and ANA Life Member who died in March 2008. Together with partner Ruth Bauer, he ran the firm of Forman and Bauer, Inc., a respected mail-order coin business. Forman was active in increasing ANA membership and encouraging donations to the Money Museum, and became the Association's first "grand patron" in 1982. He received the ANA's Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 1998, the Numismatist of the Year Award in 2000 and the Association's highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, in 2001.

Purpose

Presented annually, the award honors a professional numismatist who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA, and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.

Criteria

The following are the criteria for Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award nominees:

  • An ANA member in good standing
  • A full-time dealer for a minimum of 20 years
  • A firm commitment to the betterment of the numismatic hobby and ANA, including educational presentations, support for ANA initiatives, articles, etc.
  • A commitment to assist in future selection of all Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award honorees for 5 years

 

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Exemplary Service Award

 

Purpose

The Exemplary Service Award recognizes an individual or entity (club, corporation, firm or association) who has performed services on behalf of the ANA that are "above and beyond" the call.

Criteria

The nominee should be an individual or entity (club, corporation, firm or association) who's services to the ANA are "above and beyond the call." The nominee should have attained goals of lasting significance to the association and the numismatic industry. This award is not limited to members of ANA.

 

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Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award

The Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics was established and first given in 2013 to honor women who have made significant contributions to numismatics. These contributions, whether in research, leadership or mentorship, must have made a lasting impact on the numismatic community and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the betterment of numismatics.

The annual award is presented at the Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Association's Annual World's Fair of Money.

The recipient receives a medal and engraved plaque.

 

Eligibility Criteria

The award will be presented to one individual annually; institutions or organizations are not eligible

Candidates must be living, but need not be members of the ANA or currently engaged in numismatics.

 

Nomination Process

Nominations are accepted from ANA members on or before January 15 of any given year.

All nominations must include the date of submission, and the nominee's name, background (awards, support of the hobby, etc.) and birth date (if known).

Self nomination is acceptable.

 

Sponsor

Anonymous donation to the American Numismatic Association

 

 

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Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year Award

Purpose

The ANA recognizes that the future of our hobby depends on the recruitment and education of young numismatists. The Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year award honors young collectors for outstanding contributions to the hobby and industry. Nominees should exhibit a positive attitude, strong communication skills, cooperation, dependability and avid interest in expanding their numismatic knowledge. This award is limited to members of the ANA under the age of 23.

Nominations should include a brief description of the accomplishments of the young collector during the year and the reasons why they should be considered for the award. Nominations should be received as early as possible as the nominees will be asked to submit an application for review.

Criteria

  1. Nominees for this award will be evaluated in the following areas:
  2. Numismatic exhibits. These exhibits include competitive and non-competitive entries for local, regional and national coin shows. Awards received will also be considered.
  3. Presentations and articles. These activities include making numismatic presentations to coin collecting groups or the public. Articles include publishing numismatic papers in national, regional or local club magazines, newsletters, or bulletins; electronic or print media are acceptable.
  4. Numismatic research. This area includes new or updated numismatic research and findings that have not been published.
  5. Volunteer service. These activities include volunteering time to assist with the numismatic hobby at the local, regional or national level.
  6. Personal achievements. This area is open for any achievements that the young collector believes contributes to their growth as a leader in their community or non-numismatic organization.

 

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Adult Advisor of the Year Award

Purpose

The ANA recognizes the crucial role that strong adult leaders and mentors play in developing young collectors. Active adult advisors foster the growth of young numismatists within the hobby and numismatic industry. This award is presented to an individual who has devoted their efforts to recruiting young numismatists and aiding in the development of intermediate to advanced young collectors.

Nominations should include a concise biographical sketch and a list of activities and accomplishments of the nominee. Please attach any additional pertinent information. This award is limited to adult members of the ANA.

Criteria

Nominees for this award will be evaluated on activities in the following areas:

  1. Advising young collectors. These activities include acting as an advisor for a junior coin club or to young collectors in a local or regional club.
  2. Numismatic tours for young collectors. These tours include those arranged or conducted by an adult leader to coin shows, coin museums, educational forums, historic sites, and/or other educational tours that expand upon the numismatic knowledge of young collectors.
  3. Convention programs for young collectors. These are arranging or coordinating programs, not including tours, for young collectors including educational programs, special exhibits and other related numismatic activities.
  4. Numismatic talks to youth. These talks include presentations at coin clubs, schools and other youth-oriented groups such as 4-H, Boy or Girl Scouts and YCMA.
  5. Boy Scout Merit Badge or Girl Scout Collecting Patch. These activities include service as a mentor or guide for Scouts while they earn their merit badge or collecting patch.
  6. Non-numismatic youth activities. These would include leadership and mentor roles in other youth-oriented groups such as sports, after-school educational programs and faith-based organizations.
  7. Recruitment of young collectors. This includes recruiting young collectors as members of the ANA as well as local, regional or national coin clubs.
  8. Articles written for young collectors. Please list name of publications or include a copies of the articles. Also, please list any assistance given to aiding young numismatic writers.
  9. Other activities. These include sponsoring awards for young collectors, lobbying adult numismatic groups to assist young collectors and other activities as an advocate for young collectors in the hobby.

 

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