Robert W. Julian has been named the American Numismatic Association’s 2012 Numismatist of the Year. Julian received his award Aug. 10 during the Awards Banquet at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.
A researcher and prolific, award-winning author, Julian is perhaps best known for his quintessential work Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century, 1792-1892, published in 1977.
Julian is a member of the American Numismatic Society, Central States Numismatic Society, Royal Numismatic Society and British Numismatic Society.
A regular contributor to The Numismatist, Julian has received more ANA literary awards than any other author. In 1992 he received the Clemy award, the highest honor of the Numismatic Literary Guild. He was inducted into the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 2002 he received the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing, a joint recognition by the ANA, ANS and NLG.
He served as editor of the Russian Numismatic Society Journal from 1999 to 2011 and is a regular contributor to Numismatic News.
“I gain satisfaction from finding new and interesting information about coins and medals that has remained unpublished or little known,”said Julian. “As I study documents in the National Archives, I have the sense of being at the writers’ sides as they pen U.S. Mint history into the dusty ledgers.”
“(Julian’s) first publication was an article on the coinage of Czar Alexander II that appeared in Numismatic Scrapbook in 1960. Since then, he has published more than 1,300 articles in all the significant commercial and organizational numismatic publications in the United States and some overseas,” said Joseph E. Boling, who nominated Julian for the award. “He has spent hundreds of hours at the National Archives, extracting information that he then passes to the collecting community. His carefully researched treatises, most based on primary sources, have changed our common knowledge.”