The American Numismatic Society has announced the honorees for its 2013 Dinner Gala. The recipient of the Trustees’ Award is ANS President Roger S. Siboni, and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award is Richard B. Witschonke. Both men will be honored Jan. 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Each year the Annual Dinner Gala raises thousands of dollars for the ANS. Highlights of the evening will include a live auction, entertainment by comic David Deeble, dinner and dancing to the music of the Lester Lanin Orchestra.
Siboni will be honored for his extraordinary vision, support and leadership during his tenure on the Board of Trustees as treasurer, vice president and president, according to the ANS. He joined the Society in 1995, became a Life Associate in 2004, was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2003 and is one of the founding members of the Augustus B. Sage Society.
Siboni saw the ANS through what it calls “tumultuous and exciting times,” including the selling of the William Street building in lower Manhattan and relocating the Society to its current location on Varick Street.
Witschonke is the second recipient of the ANS Distinguished Service Award given in recognition of outstanding contributions of an ANS volunteer or staff member. His ANS membership began in 1969. He was nominated a Fellow in 1993 and became a Life Member in 1996. From 1999 to 2002 he served for a term on the ANS Council.
Witschonke joined the ANS curatorial staff in 2003. He served as a member of the Library Committee and is co-director of the ANS Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar.
The first Distinguished Service Award was presented to Frederick G. Withington in 2012.