Below is a list of the purpose and criteria for each of
the ANA Awards.
Ready to submit a nomination? Here's the Nomination form.
Farran Zerbe Memorial Award
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.
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.
Medal of Merit
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.
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.
Glenn Smedley Memorial Award
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.
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.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented to an individual, family, firm or
judicial entity that has made outstanding contributions to
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.
Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture
The award honors an artist whose cumulative lifetime
achievements in the field of medallic sculpture have been of the
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.
Adna G. Wilde Award for Excellence
The 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Exemplary Service Award
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.
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.
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
The annual award is presented at the Awards Banquet held in
conjunction with the Association's Annual World's Fair of
The recipient receives a medal and engraved plaque.
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.
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.
Anonymous donation to the American Numismatic Association
Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year Award
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.
- Nominees for this award will be
evaluated in the following areas:
- Numismatic exhibits. These exhibits include
competitive and non-competitive entries for local, regional and
national coin shows. Awards received will also be considered.
- 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.
- Numismatic research. This area includes new or updated
numismatic research and findings that have not been published.
- Volunteer service. These activities include
volunteering time to assist with the numismatic hobby at the local,
regional or national level.
- 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
Adult Advisor of the Year Award
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
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.
Nominees for this award will be evaluated on activities in the
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Recruitment of young collectors. This includes
recruiting young collectors as members of the ANA as well as local,
regional or national coin clubs.
- 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
- 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.