Awards Categories and Nomination Forms
The ANA educates and encourages people to study and collect money and related items. To identify those individuals and organizations that have supported and promoted the mission, the ANA presents awards each year in conjunction with the World’s Fair of Money®.
Your nominations are vital if we are to recognize those individuals and organizations that are exceptionally dedicated. Thank you for your participation in honoring the outstanding individuals and organizations within our wonderful hobby of numismatics.
Expand the items below to find award information. Nominations accepted each year; October 1 – January 15.
Chester L. Krause Memorial Distinguished Service Award
This award, the highest conferred by the ANA, recognizes individuals’ long-standing, dedicated service to the numismatic hobby and the ANA. Their contributions to the study of numismatics are significant and lasting. As role models, they serve the hobby with integrity and purpose. They share their knowledge, energy and resources freely for the benefit of the numismatic community. Nominees must be ANA members in good standing. Suggested record of service: 25+ years. (Five years ANA membership required prior to nomination.)
Lifetime Achievement Award
This special honor recognizes individuals, families, companies or judicial entities who have made outstanding and significant contributions to organized numismatics. Considered are the nominees’ overall body of work and devoted hobby support, including accomplishments in the numismatic field and professional involvement in the industry. Nominees need not be ANA members. Suggested record of service: 20+ years.
Numismatist of the Year
This award recognizes collectors and hobbyists at the regional and/or national level who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within the numismatic field and the ANA. Their personal commitment to and impact on the study of numismatics is meaningful and expansive. Nominees need not be ANA members. Suggested record of service: 15+ years.
Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics
This award honors women who have significantly influenced numismatics, particularly in the areas of scholarship, leadership and/or mentorship. They are committed to the betterment of numismatics, and their contributions are impactful. Nominees must be living but need not be ANA members or currently active in numismatics. Institutions and organizations are not eligible. Suggested record of service: 15+ years.
Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year
This award honors professional numismatists who show uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA. They exhibit high ethical standards and integrity, treating all members of the numismatic community and the general public fairly and consistently. Commendatory activities include, but are not limited to, delivering educational presentations; offering programs for young or beginning collectors; supporting ANA initiatives; writing books or articles; etc. Nominees must be ANA members in good standing. Suggested record of service: 15+ years. (Five years ANA membership required prior to nomination.)
Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture
This award honors an artist whose cumulative lifetime achievement in the field of medallic sculpture has been of the highest order. Established in 1966 to recognize a living medallic artist of the highest caliber, past winners have included Paul Vincze (1966), Gilroy Roberts — who designed the NAAEMS award (1967), Robert Weinman (1975), Eugene Daub (1991), Leonda Finke (2006) and, more recently, Paul Huybrechs (2021). The award exemplifies the fine art of design and sculpture, and is presented at the ANA World’s Fair of Money each year. Past award recipients may be viewed here.
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.
Medal of Merit
This award recognizes collectors and hobbyists at the regional and/or national level. Nominees dedicate their efforts to promoting numismatics among the general public, and directly support the ANA’s mission and programs. Service can include, but is not limited to, working as volunteers at ANA conventions; teaching at club- or ANA-sponsored seminars; authoring numismatic books or articles; donating numismatic items for educational purposes; working with authorities to stop numismatic fraud or theft; etc. Nominees must be ANA members in good standing. Suggested record of service: 8+ years. (Five years ANA membership required prior to nomination.)
Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial for Exemplary Service
This award recognizes collectors and hobbyists active at the regional and/or national level. Nominees work to advance numismatic knowledge among the general public. They promote and strengthen the hobby by participating in regional and/or national club activities, serving as officers, newsletter editors, coin show volunteers, etc. Nominees must be ANA members in good standing, though direct service to the ANA is not required. Suggested record of service: 5+ years. Five years ANA membership required prior to nomination.
Glenn Smedley Memorial Award
This award recognizes collectors and hobbyists active at the grassroots level. Nominees show their support of local numismatics by participating in coin club activities, serving as officers, newsletter editors, coin show volunteers, etc., and/or by presenting talks and/or exhibits at schools, libraries, civic groups or community centers. Nominees must be ANA members in good standing, though direct service to the ANA is not required. Suggested record of service: 3+ years.
Lawrence J. Gentile, Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor
The ANA recognizes that without strong adult leaders and mentors, young people will not be able to grow in and learn to enjoy the wonderful hobby of coin collecting. This award is presented to an individual who has devoted his/her efforts to recruiting young numismatists new to the hobby, and aiding the development of intermediate to advanced YNs.
Nominees for this award will be judged on the following:
Nominations must include a biographical sketch, a list of activities and accomplishments of the nominee during the past year. Attach any additional pertinent information.
- Advisor to a Junior Coin Club.
- Numismatic Tours for Juniors — tour arranged by and/or conducted by an adult leader to coin shows, coin museums, educational forums, historic sites, and/or other educational tours.
- Convention Programs for Juniors — programs other than guided tours conducted and/or arranged by an adult leader for juniors to include educational programs, special exhibits, meals and refreshments, etc.
- Numismatic talks to Juniors — to include presentations at coin clubs, schools and other junior groups such as the 4-H, Scouts, YMCA, etc.
- Scout Merit Badge — as a Merit Badge Counselor, the number of scouts aided and the number of merit badges earned by those aided.
- Other Junior Aid Activities — Non-numismatic. Consideration also will be given to non-numismatic junior activities by the adult leader. These would include Little League, Boy and/or Girl Scouts, Sunday School and so forth.
- Recruitment of juniors as ANA Junior members.
- Recruitment of juniors to local coin club(s).
- Articles written for the Junior Collector. Please list name of publication or include a copy of the article. Please list any assistance given to aiding junior writers.
- Other — sponsoring awards, lobbying adult groups to aid juniors, etc.
- This award is limited to members of the ANA
Young Numismatist of the Year
The ANA recognizes that the future of our hobby depends on the recruitment and education of young numismatists. The 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 18.
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.
Outstanding District Representative
The Outstanding District Representative award is designed to recognize the District Representative who most fully promotes coin collecting, coin clubs, and the American Numismatic Association.
The nominee should be involved in the following categories: contributions to the hobby, promotion of the ANA, participation in National Coin Week, recruitment of new members, involvement in club activities, local, regional, and national committees. This award is limited to members of the ANA.