Award honors women who have made significant contributions to numismatics
Michele Orzano will be
recognized as the 2015 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s
Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics on Aug.
14, during the Awards Banquet at the Chicago World’s Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Ill.
This award honors
women who have made significant contributions to numismatics, whether in
research, leadership or mentorship.
Orzano started her numismatic
career 30 years ago as a journalist for Coin
World. She covered topics ranging from numismatic legislation in Congress
to the production of Federal Reserve notes by the Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, but her passion lies in U.S. and world paper money.
In 2005, Orzano was appointed
Associate Editor of Coin World’s Paper
Money Values. She was promoted to Editor the following year. The 2006
summer issue won the 2006 Numismatic Literary Guild’s Award for Best Issue in
U.S. commercial numismatic magazines.
“I am honored to be the 2015 recipient of the
Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Award,” said Orzano. “I knew both of the previous
winners and I am humbled to be listed alongside these women of influence.”
Orzano is a member of
the Society of Paper Money Collectors, the International Bank Note Society and
the American Numismatic Association.
Read more about Michele
Orzano and her contributions to the numismatic community in the September issue of The
Clain-Stefanelli, the first recipient of the award named in her honor, was the
former Executive Director and Curator of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic
Collection. She is credited, along with her husband, Vladimir, for increasing
the Smithsonian’s collection of numismatic items to more than 1 million. She
wrote numerous books including Russian
Gold Coins, America’s Copper Coinage and
Italian Coin Engravers.
Photo credit: Coin World
The American Numismatic Association is
a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to
encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps
its 25,500 members and the public discover and explore the world of money
through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its
museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call
719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.
CONTACT: Jessica Fletcher