AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2001
CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
ANA's 2001 MEDAL OF MERIT AWARDS
Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA)
awards its Medal of Merit in recognition of numerous years of
dedicated, outstanding service to the Association.
At the ANA's 110th Anniversary Convention Awards
Ceremony, August 11, in Atlanta, Georgia, the prestigious
award - including a certificate and an engraved, silver medal - was
bestowed on three long-time supporters: John R. Eshbach of
Lancaster, Pennyslvania; Robert H. Lloyd of Payson, Arizona; and
Louis C. Villalpando of Biloxi, Mississippi.
John R. Eshbach joined the ANA in 1962 and became
involved with the Red Rose Coin Club of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Within three years, he served the organization as president and was
instrumental in the formation of the Central Pennsylvania
Numismatic Association. He became involved in the ANA
Representative Program in 1968, later serving as a district delegate
and then regional coordinator for Region 14.
Eshbach has served as an exhibit judge at every ANA
anniversary convention since 1970, and has himself won many
exhibit awards. With friend and fellow Pennsylvania collector
Gerald Kochel, he conducted a class on exhibiting at the 1999 and
2000 ANA Summer Seminars in Colorado Springs.
Almost unnoticed, Esbach donated much of his time
creating and assembling special souvenirs for the ANA's 109th
Anniversary Convention banquet in Philadelphia.
Robert H. Lloyd became an ANA member in 1926 when he
was only 20 years old. The first ANA member to achieve 75
continuous years of membership, he was elected to the ANA Board
of Governors in 1930 at the age of 24. At the same time, Lloyd
also maintained the position of secretary of the Buffalo Numismatic
Association and served as chairman of the 1930 Committee on
While on the ANA Board of Governors, Lloyd served on
the ANA's Finance and Auditing, Banquet and Program
Committees. He was a member of the Convention Advisory Board,
Program, Registration and Trips Committees for the ANA's 1947
convention, and has been a member of the ANA Numismatic Hall
of Fame Advisory Board for a number of years.
Lloyd is regarded by many as one of the leading authorities
on small-size paper money. From 1927 to 1947, The Numismatist
featured many articles (more than 40) penned by him, most of
which focused on bank notes.
Louis C. Villalpando volunteers as ANA assistant floor
manager at ANA conventions, a responsibility he has willingly
shouldered for the last six years. Currently a board member of the
Mississippi State Numismatic Association, he has been actively
involved with almost every coin club and show in southern
Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast.
The 70-year-old Villalpando has the energy and dedication
of someone half his age. In 2000 the ANA recognized his
exemplary service with presentation of the Glenn Smedley
In bestowing its Medal of Merit on John R. Eshbach, Robert
H. Lloyd and Louis C. Villalpando, the American Numismatic
Association presented a silver medal to each and expresses the
sincere appreciation of its members for their service.