Gary Henderson of Las Cruces, N.M., received the National Token Collectors Association 2011 James J. Curto Award Sept. 2 at the NTCA Annual Token Show in Omaha, Neb.
The Curto Award, presented annually, is named in honor of the pioneering exonumic author and cataloger. The purpose of the award is to encourage excellence in the research and cataloging of trade tokens. It is presented each year for the best book on tokens published during the previous calendar year.
Henderson won the award for his book, Iowa Trade Tokens, which was published in 2010 and printed by BNR Press of Port Clinton, Ohio. The hardcover volume catalogs more than 25,000 merchant trade tokens issued in the state of Iowa. It is more than 800 pages in length and features more than 6,000 photographs. It can be ordered from Henderson by mail at 2955 Longbow Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88011, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NTCA was founded in 1996. Today the association has a broad-based membership of 500 concentrated in the United States, but extending worldwide. It publishes a monthly magazine, Talkin’ Tokens, that contains informational and educational articles contributed by members. It also sponsors an annual show on Labor Day weekend.
For more information on NTCA, visit http://tokencollectors.org.