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CES contributors honored

Retirement of Medallion editor sparks idea for new award honoring those who have made important contributions to the club, to exonumia or the coin hobby in general.
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An award has been created to honor those who have made important contributions to the California Exonumist Society, exonumia or the coin hobby in general.

Michael S. Turrini, president of CES and acting editor of the club?s publication, created the award.

?Acting only on my own initiative and at no cost to the society, I designed an award to present and to be continued by my successors, titled ?President?s Citation of Commendation?,? said Turrini. The retirement of Dorothy Baber as the CES? quarterly Medallion editor last year was the spark for this special award, according to Turrini.

Baber edited the Medallion for over a decade and once earned the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award from the American Numismatic Association.
The President?s Citation of Commendation is a framed, matted and mounted certificate printed on parchment-type paper with a gold embossed seal reading, ?In Gratitude for Exemplary and Enthused Devotion to the California Exonumist Society and Exonumia.?

Honored Jan. 14 in San Jose, Calif., during the society?s semi-annual meeting held in conjunction with the California State Numismatic Association Convention and the San Jose Coin Club?s Air Show, were Donald and Terry Foster, William J. Grant, G. Lee and Joyce Kuntz, and Catherine Edgerton Lenker.

The award will continue, with the next presentations planned for the Golden State Coin Show, Aug. 26 in Arcadia, Calif.

Membership in the CES is open to anyone. Members receive the quarterly multi-page newsletter, the Medallion. Dues are $6 per calendar year. For information on CES, call (707) 246-6327, send an e-mail to or write to: P.O. Box 4104, Vallejo, CA, 94590-0410.