Hannah Powell, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, was named the 2012 YN of the Year by the American Numismatic Association on June 28 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I wasn’t expecting to win the award,” Powell said. “When I accepted it, I had all these thoughts running through my head about how lucky I am to be involved in numismatics, especially at this level.”
She is the founder and leader of the Starmont Coin Club and helps the Ames Coin Club with its youth programs.
Powell has a wide range of collecting interests and is currently collecting a note from every country in the world, building her Military Payment Certificate collection, as well as collecting elemental coins from the periodic table.
Powell’s numismatic interest was on display with her high school prom dress, which was designed with coins sewn into the material.
Powell is currently a student at Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural systems technology, with minors in sustainability and economics.