PR: Awards - Medal of Merit, Exemplary Service, Government Service,

PR: Awards - Medal of Merit, Exemplary Service, Government Service,

Post by AN » Sat, 22 Aug 1998 04:00:00



AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 1998
          CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt

ANA'S 1998 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
Awards Banquet at the 107th Anniversary Convention in Portland,
Oregon, the prestigious award_including a certificate and an
engraved, silver medal_was bestowed on seven hardworking
supporters.
      Arthur M. Fitts III of Framingham, Massachusetts, has been
an ANA life member since 1955, volunteering his services to the
numismatic community and working on the ANA staff as museum
curator, convention coordinator, consultant to the ANA
Certification Service, district delegate, Summer Conference
instructor, speaker, regular exhibitor and exhibit judge.  He served
as convention general chairman at ANA's shows in Boston in 1973
and 1982, and is a member Collectors Club of Boston, New
England Numismatic Association, Currency Club of New England,
Framingham Coin Club, Boston Numismatic Society, American
Numismatic Society, Token and Medal Society and British
Numismatic Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic
Society.
      Larry Gentile of New Rochelle, New York, has been a
collector since he was 10 years old and YN chairman for several
ANA conventions. Over the past 20 years, he has tirelessly
encouraged young collectors, conducting programs at conventions
of the New England Numismatic Association, Great Eastern
Numismatic Association and Middle Atlantic Numismatic
Association, as well as the Long Island Expo, Westchester Coin &
Stamp Show and New York International Numismatic Convention.
Gentile has been honored as the ANA's Outstanding ***
Advisor; received the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award; and was
named a Numismatic Ambassador by Numismatic News.
      Judith Murphy of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a
long-time member and strong supporter of the ANA.  She has
served the hobby as an active member of several organizations, is
the first woman to be elected president of the Society of Paper
Money Collectors.  Murphy also has served as an officer of the
Blue Ridge Numismatic Association, Tennessee State Numismatic
Society, Georgia Numismatic Association and the American
Society of Check Collectors.
      Ed Reiter of Glen Rock, New Jersey, is senior editor of
COINage magazine and authored a numismatic column on
numismatics in The New York Times for nearly 10 years.  Past
editor of Numismatic News, he has written for a variety of hobby
periodicals, including Coin World, World Coin News, Coins
magazine and Bank Note Reporter.  Executive director of the
Numismatic Literary Guild, he is a recipient of the organization's
coveted Clemy award and is a recipient of the ANA's Glenn
Smedley Memorial Award.
      Anthony Terranova of New York, New York, is a coin
dealer who, like so many others, began his adventures in the hobby
as boy of 12 or 13 years of age when a friend paid him 15 cents
for a 1925-S Buffalo nickel that was valued at the time at $1.75.
Nonetheless, he kept at his new hobby, buying what his budget
would allow before becoming a part-time coin dealer in 1973.  He
left his job as a commodities trader in 1977 for a full-time career
in numismatics.  In addition to his 20-year membership in the
ANA, he also is a life fellow of the American Numismatic Society,
and a member of Early American Coppers, John Reich Society and
the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, among others.
      Michael S. "Stan" Turrini of Vallejo, California, epitomizes
dedicated service for the betterment of the ANA and the
numismatic hobby, working with an astounding 43 numismatic
organizations.  As an ANA district delegate, he has worked
diligently and enthusiastically to improve inter-club communication
and numismatic interaction.   In addition to the ANA, Turrini is an
active member of 20 national and regional organizations, and 14
northern California coin clubs.   He has written articles for a
number of periodicals and has produced monographs on a wide
variety of numismatic subjects.
      J.J. Van Grover of New York, New York, has traveled the
professional coin dealer circuit for more than 30 years.  A
long-time supporter of the hobby and active member of the ANA
and the American Israel Numismatic Association.  Van Grover has
recruited more than 500 new members for both organizations.  He
served as an ANA representative to Israel and encouraged young
numismatists by sponsoring a YN exhibit award.  Both as a dealer
and as a contributor to many numismatic publications, he promotes
coin collecting as a multi-faceted hobby, one that combines the
innate desire to collect with history, art and education.
      In bestowing the Medal of Merit on Arthur M. Fitts III,
Larry Gentile, Judith Murphy, Ed Reiter, Anthony Terranova,
Michael S. Turrini and J.J. Van Grover, the American Numismatic
Association presents a silver medal to each and expresses the
sincere appreciation of its members for their service.

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AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 1998
         CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
  Telephone:  719/632-COIN; Fax: 719/634-4085

KENNETH L. HALLENBECK AND CALIFORNIA STATE
NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION RECEIVE 1998 EXEMPLARY
SERVICE AWARDS

      The American Numismatic Association (ANA) Exemplary
Service Award is presented for services performed on behalf of the
ANA.
      First conferred in 1991, the ANA Exemplary Service Award
is presented to an individual, club or corporation, firm or
association whose services to the ANA are deemed "above and
beyond the call."  The 1998 recipients are Kenneth L. Hallenbeck
of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the California State
Numismatic Association.
      Kenneth L. Hallenbeck has a long and distinguished career
of service to the ANA in a variety of capacities, both on the staff
as assistant to the executive director and the museum curator, and
16 years as a member of the Board of Governors, including two as
vice president and another two years as president.  Hallenbeck is
a charter member and past president of the Old Fort Coin Club in
Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  He also is a past president of the Indiana State
Numismatic Association, the Colorado Springs Coin Club,
Colorado Springs Numismatic Society and Colorado-Wyoming
Numismatic Association.  A member of the 1974 United States
Assay Commission, Hallenbeck is an authority on counterstamped
coins, holds one of the world's largest collections of credit cards
and collects odd and curious money.
      California State Numismatic Association (CSNA) also has
a long and distinguished career in support and promotion of
numismatics. On February 22, 1947, a small group of collectors
met in Santa Barbara, to take the preliminary steps to form the
CSNA, agreeing that the organization's purpose would be "to
promote, extend and protect the interests of numismatics in all its
forms and branches." The CSNA hoped to attract 50 members in
its first year, but by the time the organization held its first
convention the following October, membership already totaled 242.
      Education always has been a primary goal of the CSNA,
conducting an annual educational symposium since 1969.  Its
newsletter, Calcoin News, was established in 1947 and repeatedly
has won ANA Outstanding Club Publication awards.  Admitted to
the ANA in 1947, the California Numismatic Association
celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, remaining a strong and
*** force in the numismatic community.
      In bestowing the Exemplary Service Awards, the American
Numismatic Association presents a certificate to each recipient and
expresses the sincere appreciation of its members.

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AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 1998
         CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
  Telephone:  719/632-COIN; Fax: 719/634-4085

JOHN H.  LOPEZ AND JOHN MICHAEL MERCANTI 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 1998
recipients are John H. Lopez and John M. Mercanti.
      John H. Lopez is senior counsel to Representative Michael
N. Castle (R-Delaware), chairman of the Subcommittee on
Domestic and International Monetary Policy of the House
Committee on Banking and Financial Services.  He has held the
position since 1995 and assisted the committee as it successfully
undertook the reform of the commemorative coin process and
provided for a new dollar coin.  He also helped design and
implement the 50-state circulating commemorative quarter program,
as well the United States Mint's entire platinum bullion coin
program.
           Through a pioneering series of hearings in the 104th
Congress on "The Future of Money," Lopez assisted the committee
in focusing congressional attention on new technology applications
in banking and commerce.  In the current Congress, the committee
is investigating the roles of electronic authentication and biometrics
in securing financial transactions.
      John M. Mercanti is a sculptor/engraver for the United
States Mint and has a large portfolio of designs to his credit.
Having attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the
Philadelphia College of Art and Fleisher Art Memorial School, he
joined the Mint in 1974 as a sculptor/engraver.
      For the American Arts commemorative medallion series,
Mercanti designed the 1982 Louis Armstrong one-ounce, the 1984
John Steinbeck half-ounce and the 1984 Helen Hayes one-ounce
pieces.  His commemorative credits include the 1983 Olympic
silver dollar, modeling the reverse design by Elizabeth Jones; the
reverse of the 1984 Olympic $10 gold piece; the reverse of the
silver bullion piece; the obverse of the 1986 Statue of Liberty
silver dollar; the obverse of the 1989 Congress Bicentennial $5
piece; the obverse of the 1990 Eisenhower silver dollar; the
obverse of the 1991 Mount Rushmore $5 piece; the obverse of the
1991 Korean War anniversary silver dollar; the reverse of the 1991
USO anniversary silver dollar; the obverse designs for the 1995
Olympic track and field, and cycling silver dollars; the obverse of
the 1997 platinum bullion piece; and the obverse of the Black
Patriots coin.
      In addition to his work for the Mint, Mercanti has designed
medals, including the one for the ANA's 98th Anniversary
Convention in Pittsburgh in 1989, and created illustrations for the
United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
      In bestowing the Outstanding Government Service Award,
the American Numismatic
Association presents a certificate and expresses the sincere
appreciation of its members.

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AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 1998
         CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
  Telephone:  719/632-COIN; Fax: 719/634-4085

GERTA RIES WIENER RECEIVES ANA MEDALLIC
SCULPTURE AWARD

      The American Numismatic Association (ANA) confers its
1998 Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture
in recognition of contributions to numismatic art.
      This year's recipient is Gerta Ries Wiener, who was born
in England a century ago this year.
      After coming to the United States in 1921, she worked as
a commercial and fine artist for a half century before she was
commissioned by the Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, to
create her first medal.  Issued in 1971, when she already was in her
70s, the medal honored United States Supreme Court Justice Louis
Brandeis.
      Wiener later created 10 additional commemorative medals
for the Magnes Museum. Her medallic portraits beautifully capture
each individual's personality.  Many of her pieces present
wonderful portrayals of groups, as well as ranging from immigrants
catching their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty on the Emma
Lazarus medal, to diverse ethnic groups living in Israel on the
Golda Meir medal. She also rendered two noteworthy architectural
designs - Carnegie Hall for the Isaac Stern medal and the United
States Supreme Court on the Justice Benjamin Cardozo medal.
      Wiener's medals have been displayed at several FIDEM
Congresses, as well as the Smithsonian Institution, the San
Francisco Mint and the Newark Museum. Her work is on
permanent display at the Magnes Museum.  Her last medal,
honoring human rights pioneer Ernestine Rose, was issued in 1994
and is still available from the Magnes Museum.
      In bestowing this award for excellence in medallic
sculpture, the American Numismatic Association presents an
engraved, 14kt-gold medal graciously donated by the Franklin Mint
and expresses the sincere appreciation of its members.

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AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 1998
         CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
  Telephone: 719/632-COIN; Fax: 719/634-4085

ROBERT SUN AND CLEMENTS COIN CLUB RECEIVE
NATIONAL COIN WEEK AWARDS

      Winners of the American Numismatic Association's (ANA)
1998 National Coin Week Award were announced during the ANA
107th Anniversary Convention in Portland, Oregon.
      Robert Sun of Philadelphia and the Clements Coin Club of
Sugar Land, Texas, were selected from those individual members
and clubs turning in reports of their activities for National Coin
Week, April 19-25.  The theme of the 1998 ANA-sponsored event
was "Numismatics: The Key to Knowledge." Each award recipient
receives a full scholarship to the ANA's Annual Summer
Conference.
      Robert Sun, president of Suntex International, Inc., and
inventor of the 24 math game, kicked off National Coin Week by
introducing a new currency version of his 24 game, on round disks
called Wheelies. Each Wheelie has four numbers (along with
pictures of coins and paper money) that players add, subtract,
multiply or divide each of the numbers once to reach the number
24, racing other players or the clock.  The game has engaged 5
million students in the study of mathematics since 1988.
      As part of his National Coin Week extravaganza, The
Philadelphia Inquirer issued a special 16-page, color "Newspaper
in Education" section that included articles about the history of
coins and paper money; the Philadelphia Mint and its first director,
David Rittenhouse; Benjamin Franklin's involvement in America's
early money; mintmarks and errors; information about the designs
of the coins pictured on the Wheelies; how to collect, care, store
and value coins; and how to search for 24,000 collectible coins put
back into circulation during National Coin Week, including a
1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln cent and a 1937-D three-legged Buffalo
nickel.  Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell helped kick off Sun's
National Coin Week promotion by spending one of the collectible
coins at face value.

      Clements Coin Club (C-Cubed), the world's largest high
school coin club, led by math teacher and ANA member Ralph
Ross, kicked off National Coin Week with a proclamation from
Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek, who joined school district
Superintendent Dr. Don Hooper and club members at a school
party.  The club organized educational exhibits in the high school
library, district administration building, City Hall, and the lobby of
Southern National Bank of Sugar Land.
      The club also staged a collectible coin treasure hunt, putting
Buffalo nickels, Susan B. Anthony dollars and $2 bills in
circulation around the school.  The club also issued a special
wooden nickel_its sixth in a series of National Coin Week
commemoratives_good toward food and beverages purchased at the
school during the week.

      In bestowing the awards for National Coin Week, the
American Numismatic Association expresses the sincere
appreciation of its members.