AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2002
CONTACT: Stephen Bobbitt
LARRY GENTILE SR. AND COVINA COIN CLUB OF CALIFORNIA
RECEIVE NATIONAL COIN WEEK AWARDS
Winners of the American Numismatic Association's (ANA) 2002 National
Coin Week Award were announced during the ANA 111th Anniversary
Convention in New York City, July 31 to August 4.
The theme of the 79th observance of the ANA-sponsored event was "Faces
of Time," focusing on the people whose portraits have graced coins
through the ages. Each award recipient receives a full scholarship to
the ANA's Annual Summer Seminar.
Larry Gentile Sr. of New Rochelle, New York, promoted National Coin
Week by conducting a program at the West Milford (New Jersey) Township
Library on the closing day of the April 21-27 celebration. During the
program, he gave young collector participants a bag of coins and tokens,
and an introduction to coin-collecting booklet. A strong supporter of
the ANA and National Coin Week, Gentile serves as the Association's
Regional Coordinator for young numismatists.
The Covina Coin Club of California celebrated National Coin Week with a
six-week display and a "kids' table" at the Arcadia Public Library,
leading up to and including the seven-day celebration. The exhibit was
prepared by club member Bill Nash and featured the many faces found on
world numismatic items, showing history through the people and places
depicted on the coins. More than 600 children visiting the library and
looking at the display were asked to answer questions about the
coins and encouraged to bring their answers to the club's Coin-A-Rama on
Sunday, April 28, where they received a variety of numismatic prizes.
ANA Governor and club member Kay Edgerton Lenker accepted the award on
behalf of the club.
In bestowing the awards for National Coin Week, the American Numismatic
Association expresses the sincere appreciation of its members.