AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 2, 2002
CONTACT: Stephen Bobbitt
GRAHAM DYER RECEIVES 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 the hobby.
The 2002 award recipient is Graham Dyer, O.B.E. (Officer of the Order
of the British Empire), whose career with the British Royal Mint began
at the age of 18. Almost 40 years later, his enthusiasm for his job and
his employer still is very alive, as he maintains the position of
curator and librarian of the Royal Mint.
Dyer has labored lovingly in his preparation of exhibits,
authenticating coins for collectors, and responding to questions from
scholars, collectors and the general public. During his tenure, the
British Royal Mint cabinet has benefited greatly from Dyer's natural
collecting abilities, as well as from his top-notch reputation. The
Royal Mint curator says, "There is no question that the biggest
challenge in recent years has been to find enough hours in the day."
First introduced to coins as a young boy, when he found a William and
Mary farthing, Dyer today possesses an encyclopedic knowledge, which he
loves to share with visiting scholars. He joined the staff of the Royal
Mint in August 1961 at the age of 18, and it was not long before his
enthusiasm and wide knowledge of coins was impressing his colleagues.
It was not surprising that two years later, he was named
curator. Four years into his new position, Dyer was given leave to
attend university, where he earned a degree in Economics.
Currently Dyer is vice president of the British Association of
Numismatic Societies and served as president of the British Numismatic
Society for five years. He always has sought and valued the good opinion
of his fellow numismatists. Last year, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him
O.B.E. for his services to numismatics,
In presenting its Outstanding Government Service Award, the American
Numismatic Association expresses the sincere appreciation of its members
to Graham Dyer.