AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 1999
CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
CHRIS VAN DRAANEN AND ROGER HOLMES RECEIVE
ANA GOVERNMENT SERVICE AWARD
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents its
Outstanding Government Service Award in recognition of efforts
to advance numismatics in the previous 12 months.
First conferred in 1991, the ANA Outstanding Government
Service Award is presented to an individual working in or retired
from public service who has helped advance the interests of all
who collect coins, tokens, medals and paper money. The 1999
recipients are Chris van Draanen and Roger Holmes.
Chris van Draanen has been the mintmaster of the Dutch
Mint in Utrecht, the Netherlands, since 1988. Always a collector,
he is now among the senior ranking mintmasters in the world.
Approaching retirement, van Draanen is able to look back
on his influence in the many changes that have occurred in coins
and collecting, especially his role leading to the introduction of the
euro in 2002. He concluded and then persuaded his government
that although the euro would not be released until 2002, it was both
permissible and logical for these coins to bear the date of
manufacture, not the date of release. The result of this could be a
boom in the collection of circulating coins for years to come.
Not anonymous in America, van Draanen has been
responsible for sponsoring a number of cover stories of The
Numismatist and authorized the donation of Dutch Mint coins to
the ANA Money Museum. He attended his first ANA convention
in 1989, meeting with collectors at his booth and was the first
world mint representative to give away complimentary convention
tokens at his booth. His arrangement to have the full-scale replica
of the 17th-century Dutch sailing ship Half Moon sail into
Baltimore Harbor contributed to the record-setting attendance at the
ANA's 1993 convention in that city.
Above all, van Draanen always remembered that while he
is working as part of a business, it is one that depends on collectors
for its survival and enduring prosperity. He always has put the
Roger Holmes has been deputy master and chief executive
officer of the British Royal Mint since 1993. In taking the Mint
through the last years of the 20th century and preparing it for the
next millennium, Holmes has overseen a number of programs,
including the United Kingdom's first bimetallic coin, the 2-pound
The Diana Memorial coin, issued under Holmes' authority
following the princess' tragic death in 1997, has generated a lot of
interest among the general public, exposing them to the world of
Two coins struck during Holmes' tenure - the D-Day 50-
pound commemorative coin and the Bermuda Triangle series issued
with the Bermuda Monetary Authority - were named "Coin of the
Year" by an international panel of coinage experts in annual
competition sponsored by Krause Publications' World Coin News
magazine. The British Royal Mint's 1997 2-pound Britannia, a
1-ounce silver bullion piece, was named "Best Crown" in the latest
Coin of the Year competition.
In bestowing its Outstanding Government Service Award,
the American Numismatic Association expresses the sincere
appreciation of its members.