Throwback Thursday: Best in show exhibit winner, 1951

January 8, 2015 By ekr


The above photo features the Best in Show trophy winner, Richard S. Yeoman (left), and two unidentified collectors at the 1951 ANA Diamond Jubilee Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. The convention took place Aug. 25-29 during what was recorded as an unusually rainy week in Arizona. Nevertheless, the convention was a great success and attendance was higher than it had been in the past.

There were three exhibit judges present: J.D. Ferguson, Sol Kaplan and C.H. Ryan. The exhibitors presented extraordinary displays and the judges said that they had “plenty of close decisions.” Yeoman was named Best in Show winner and was presented with a trophy. Other award categories included Originality of Exhibit, Order and Decorations, Educational Exhibit, United States Coins, Ancient Coins, Foreign Coins and Junior Exhibitors.

Would you like to make ANA history? The registration deadline for displaying and competing in the Collector Exhibits program at the Portland National Money Show is Jan. 30. The Collector Exhibit area contains some of the most interesting and educational aspects of the National Money Show and gives members the chance to display their numismatic knowledge, creativity and private collections. The 2015 National Coin Week theme is “Building Tomorrows: Inspiration and Innovation at World’s Fairs.” The winner of this award will win a scholarship to ANA Summer Seminar. A full list of rules and requirements is available at

*For those who are unfamiliar with Richard S. Yeoman, he is the author of “A Guide Book of United States Coins,” which is more commonly referred to as The Official Red Book. This book has been used by collectors and dealers for decades to accurately price coins.
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