August 22, 2013 By ekr


The American Numismatic Association presented 53 competitive exhibit awards at the 2013 World’s Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Ill. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception Aug 16 and at the awards banquet that evening.


Thirty-eight exhibitors of all ages and experience levels, showing 49 exhibits, competed in this year’s program. There were also two non-competitive exhibitors showing two additional exhibits.


Lawrence Sekulich received the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show for his exhibit, “Hwenne Gold Was Smite in Coign.”


The Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Excellence in Exhibiting, presented to the first and second runners-up, was awarded to Charmy Harker for “Penny Potpourri: A Collection of Penny Creations” and Simcha Laib Kuritzky for “Boy For Sale? Tokens for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son.” Harker also won the Thos. H. Law Award for the best display by a first-time exhibitor.


The ANA also presented competitive exhibit awards for young numismatists (YNs) age 17 and younger. The Charles H. Wolfe Sr. Memorial Award for the YN Best-of-Show exhibit was presented to Katie Reinders for “A Century of Oregon: Frontier of the Future.”


The Rodger E. Hershey Memorial People’s Choice Award, selected by convention attendees, was awarded to Harker for her “Penny Potpourri” exhibit. Gerald Grzenda received the Derek Pobjoy Award for Best Exhibit of Modern Circulating Commemorative Coins for “The Coinage of Finland.”


Kuritzky received the Women in Numismatics award for his exhibit, “Henrietta Szold and Her Legacy: Hadassah and Youth Aliyah.” The Ira and Larry Goldberg Award for the best exhibit of “Coins that Made History” was also presented to Kuritzky for that exhibit.


Halbert Carmichael received the Joseph E. Boling Award for Judging Excellence.


The following class exhibit awards were presented:


Class 1: United States Coins, Lelan G. Rogers Memorial. All United States coins and patterns and all coinage or trade tokens used in pre-Federal America, except gold.

First place: Thomas J. Uram, for “The Historically Significant Two Cent Piece 1864-1872.”

Second place: William Bierly, for “Origins of ‘In God We Trust.'”

Third place: James Reinders, for “Family Tradition: Birthday Coins Saved During the 1930s in Mid-America.”



Class 2: United States Fiscal Paper, Sidney W. Smith/William Donlon Memorial. All paper money and bonds issued by the United States government, including military currency; pre-U.S. colonial, Continental, and Confederate paper money and bonds; state and private banknotes and bonds; scrip; college currency; and stock certificates. Essays, proofs, and souvenir cards of such items may also be shown.

First place: David Simpson, for “Shared Currency Design Elements 1837 to 1850.”

Second place: Marilyn Reback, for “Disney Dollars: A Selection of Scrip From the Magic Kingdom.”

Third place: no exhibit


Class 3: Medals, Orders, Decorations and Badges, Burton Saxton/George Bauer. Memorial. Medallic items not used as a medium of exchange, or not having trade value. Orders and decorations, convention badges, and badges issued by fraternal orders or other organizations. Excluded are Masonic pennies and tokens included in classes 5-8.

First place: Linda Wolka, for “Selected Medals & Coins Commemorating Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon and 3 Key Years of the Protestant Reformation: 1517-1521-1530.”

Second place: Donald H. Dool, for “The Victories of Jose de San Martin – San Lorenzo, Chacabuco, Maipu and the Crossing of the Andes.”

Third place: George S. Cuhaj, for “The Pennsylvania Railroad’s Medal for Heroic Service.”


Class 4: Modern U.S. Coins and Modern Medals, John R. Eshbach Memorial. Coins issued 1960 and later, and medallic (non-denominated) material issued by a private mint of any country after 1960, including philatelic numismatic covers.

First place: J. Eric Holcomb, for “Remembering Neil Armstrong.”

Second place: James Davis, for “Illinois Sesquicentennial Medals: 1818-1968.”

Third place: Jeffrey Rosinia, for “Filling Holes – Coin Collecting the Fun and Easy Way.”


Class 5: Tokens, B.P. Wright Memorial. Items, including encased postage, issued unofficially as a medium of exchange for goods and services or for advertising purposes, but excluding American colonial items included in class 1. Includes Masonic pennies and substances used in lieu of metal.

First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Boy For Sale? Tokens for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son.”

Second place: Robert Rhue, for “‘Chicago Man Stakes Claim to Outer Space’: James Thomas Mangan and the Coins of The Nation of Celestial Space.”

Third place: no exhibit


Class 6: Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens, Archie A. Black Award. Items of all types and materials used as gaming pieces, including traditional and non-traditional tokens and other money substitutes, and including tokens used in military clubs.

No exhibits this year.


Class 7: Engraved Coins, Love Token Society Award. Numismatic items that have been converted into jewelry, amulets, or decorative objects. Examples are love tokens, hobo nickels, and “pop-out” coins.

First place: Charmy Harker, for “Penny Potpourri: A Collection of Penny Creations.”

Second place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Engraved Coins of the Ba’al Shem Tov Amulet.”

Third place: Judy Schwan, for “An Introduction to Love Tokens.”


Class 8: Elongated Coins, Dottie Dow Memorial. Souvenirs created using an elongating machine, whether the underlying piece is a coin, token, medal, or blank planchet.

First place: Oded Paz, for “Dottie Dow – The Queen of Elongated Coins.”

Second place: no exhibit

Third place: no exhibit


Class 9: Coins Issued Prior to 1500 A.D., Dr. Charles W. Crowe Memorial. Coins, including gold, issued by any government before 1500 A.D.

First place: Bruce Bartelt, for “The Denarius System: Origins-Structure-Heritage.”

Second place: Larry Gaye, for “Arab-Byzantine Coinage: 31-81 AH / 658-700 AD.”

Third place: no exhibit.


Class 10: Regional U.S. Numismatics, William C. Henderson/Fred Cihon Memorial. Numismatic material of any type specific to a particular region of the United States, such as the locale where the exhibit is being presented.

First place: Jeffrey Bercovitz, for “Indiana’s State Seal: Variations on a Theme.”

Second place: William A. Burd, for “Medals Issued in Gold by the Chicago Coin Club.”

Third place: Katie Reinders, for “A Century of Oregon: Frontier of the Future.”


Class 11: Numismatics of the Americas, Henry Christensen/John Jay Pittman Sr. Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States.

First place: Donald H. Dool, for “The Medals and Monuments of Jose de San Martin – from Lima to Buenos Aires with stops along the way.”

Second place: Dan Freeland, for “Selected Canadian War Savings Certificates and Victory Loan Bonds.”

Third place: W. Thomas Corey, for “Silver Cobs of the Major Spanish American Mints.”


Class 12: Numismatics of Europe, John S. Davenport Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in Europe, including Russia east to the Urals.

First place: James Reinders, for “Complete German States 3 Mark Commemorative Type Set (1908-1918).”

Second place: Donald H. Dool, for “AD Dated Copper Coins of the Fifteenth Century.”

Third place: Gerald Grzenda, for “The Coinage of Finland.”


Class 13: Numismatics of Africa and the Middle East, Menachem Chaim and Simcha Tova Mizel Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used on the continent of Africa and in the Middle East (from Turkey east through Iran and south to Aden).

First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Henrietta Szold and Her Legacy: Hadassah and Youth Aliyah.”

Second place: no exhibit

Third place: no exhibit


Class 14: Numismatics of Asia and the Pacific, William B. Warden Jr. Memorial. All numismatic material issued or used in Asia east of the Urals and Iran, and in the southeast Asian, Australasian, and Pacific islands (excluding Hawaii under the U.S.).

First place: Carl F. Wolf, for “Silver Neck Ring Money of S.E. Asia’s Hmong People.”

Second place: Neil Shafer, for “For the First Time Ever…”

Third place: Fred Schwan, for “WWII Trench Art – New Guinea.”


Class 15: Gold Coins, Gaston DiBello/Melvin and Leona Kohl Memorial. Gold coins of any provenance and era.

First place: Lawrence Sekulich, for “Hwenne Gold Was Smite in Coign.”

Second place: Donald H. Dool, for “The Panamanian Gold Proofs of 1975.”

Third place: no exhibit


Class 16: Numismatic Errors and Error Varieties, Numismatic Error Collectors Award. Any numismatic material misstruck or misprinted by the producer, including varieties caused by die or plate deterioration or damage. Items mutilated or altered after production are excluded.

No exhibits this year.


Class 17: Numismatic Literature, Aaron Feldman Memorial. Printed and manuscript (published or unpublished) literature dealing with any numismatic subject.

First place: Jerry Fochtman, for “Dr. Daniel W. Valentine: Profile of a Numismatic Pioneer.”

Second place: Mark Wieclaw, for “Roman Coins and Their Values: the evolution of them most used reference on ancient Roman coins.”

Third place: no exhibit


Class 18: General, Specialized, and Topical, Robert Hendershott Memorial. Numismatic material not covered in other classes or covered by more than one class. Includes wooden money, political buttons and insignia, and other exonumia, as well as media of exchange used in carrying out purchases and business transactions by primitive people and later by others as they progressed from barter to coins, or other items generally accepted as primitive or odd and curious currencies. Also includes exhibits showing material linked by design, such as elephants or bridges, or by theme, such as a world’s fair.

First place: James Reinders, for “Numismatic Clock – A Challenge to Collect.”

Second place: Pete Smith, for “I Collect Weird Stuff.”

Third place: Thomas J. Uram, for “Morse Code on Money.”


Class 19: Convention Theme, Clifford Mishler Award. Numismatic items of any type that, together with the exhibit text, illustrate the announced theme for the convention at which the exhibit is shown. The 2013 convention theme was: Meet me at the fair!

First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Meet Me at Osaka, Japan for the Expo ’70 Fair.”

Second place: no exhibit

Third place: no exhibit


Class 20: U.S. Commemorative Coinage, Society for U.S. Commemorative Coins Award Material of any type or period related to United States commemorative coinage and to the events being commemorated.

First place: no award

Second place: no award

Third place: David J. Rowbotham, for “50 Piece Matched Classic Commemorative Coin Set.”


Class 21: Emeritus, Barry Stuppler Award. Exhibits by individuals not otherwise eligible to exhibit competitively, or exhibits that have won best-of-show or twice won in class competition at the World’s Fair of MoneySM. Any other exhibit may also be entered at the exhibitor’s option. The winner of this class does not advance to best-of-show judging.

No exhibits this year.


The following YN exhibit awards were presented:


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