The 2017 Numismatic Literary Guild Bash, held Aug. 3 in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, was a big night for Robert R. Van Ryzin.
Van Ryzin, editor of Bank Note Reporter and Coins magazine, sister publications of Numismatic News, took home four NLG awards, one of them being the guild’s highest honor: The Clemy.
According to the guild, The Clemy is bestowed upon an “NLG member in recognition of writing skill, dedication to numismatics, sense of humor and dedication to the Numismatic Literary Guild.”
Candidates are nominated by submissions from the board to the year prior’s winner, who makes the final decision.
Mark Borckardt, 2016 Clemy winner, presented this year’s award to Van Ryzin.
Borckardt noted how fitting it is that Van Ryzin, who hails from Krause Publications, Iola, Wis., became a member of the NLG in 1976, the same year that Chet Krause received the Clemy Award.
“Joining the Numismatic Literary Guild many years ago was one of my best decisions,” said Van Ryzin. “I greatly appreciate the NLG awards I received at this year’s Bash, not the least of these was The Clemy. It is truly an honor to have my name added to the august group of prior winners, and I thank the NLG and last year’s Clemy winner, Mark Borckardt, for selecting me and presenting the award.”
In the Numismatic Newspapers category, Van Ryzin won Best Paper Money Article for “Notes Forever Tied to Wild Bunch: Pinkertons Used Serial Numbers to Track Rail Heist Loot,” appearing in Bank Note Reporter. Van Ryzin and BNR also took home Best Issue honors for the April 2017 issue.
Finally, Van Ryzin’s “Notes Forever Tied to Wild Bunch” article earned the James L. Miller Memorial Award that, according to the NLG, “recognizes the best numismatic article to appear in any medium, including both numismatic and non-numismatic magazines, newspapers and Internet Web sites.”
“Thanks also to the NLG and its board of directors for the organization’s continuing work honoring those in and outside the hobby who help spread the vital knowledge all collectors in our field rely and depend on,” said Van Ryzin.
Numismatic News Editor David C. Harper won the award for Best Internet Blog for “The Buzz.” It is the third time Harper’s blog has brought home the award.
Numismatic News also took honors in the Best Spot News Story in a Numismatic Newspaper for “Doubled-Die 2015 Cent Identified” by Ken Potter and in the Best Token and Medal Article in a Numismatic Newspaper for “Mint Begins Steam Coinage in 1836” by R.W. Julian.
Rounding out the Krause Publications award-winners was the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, 1961-Present, edited by Tracy Schmidt, for Best World Paper Money Book.
Following is a complete list of 2017 winners:
Book of the Year
(The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics)
1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger
Best Specialized Book
United States Coins (tie):
The $2½ and $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein
Bust Dime Variety Identification Guide by Winston Zack, Louis Scuderi and Michael Sherrill
Extraordinary Merit:Numismatic Background and Census of 1802 Half Dimes by Jon P. Amato, Ph.D.
Extraordinary Merit:United States Proof Coins, 1936-1942 by Roger Burdette
Extraordinary Merit:The Comprehensive U.S. Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, Volumes I and II by John W. Highfill
World Coins:Irritamenta: Numismatic Treasures of a Renaissance Collection by John Cunnally
U.S. Paper Money:Counterfeiting and Technology by Bob McCabe
World Paper Money:Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues, 1961-Present, Tracy Schmidt, Editor
Tokens and Medals:The Art of Devastation: Medals & Poster of the Great War, Patricia Phagan and Peter Van Alfen, Editors
U.S. Coin Magazines
Best Coin Article or Series of Articles: “Sizes Matter,” COINage, Tom DeLorey
Best Token and Medal Article: “Starting a Medal Collection” by Steve Roach, Coin World magazine
Best Paper Money Article: “Women Find a Place on Three U.S. Bank Notes,” Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, COINage
Best Column: “My Two Cents’ Worth,” Ed Reiter, COINage
Best Issue:COINage, September 2016, Ed Reiter, Senior Editor; Lynn Varon, Managing Editor
World Numismatic Magazines
Best Coin Article: “England’s Gold Sovereign” by Dr. K. A. Rodgers, Australasian Coin and Banknote magazine
Best Token and Medal Article: “Pistrucci’s Waterloo Masterwork” by Dr. K. A. Rodgers, Australasian Coin and Banknote magazine
Best Paper Money Article: “Fiji’s WWII Emergency Reserve Bank of New Zealand Overprints” by Dr. K. A. Rodgers, Coin News
Best Column: “Back to Basics” by Dr. K.A. Rodgers, Coin News
Best Issue:Coin News, April 2016, John W. Mussell, Managing Editor
Large-Circulation and Other Non-Profit or Club Numismatic Publications
Best Coin Article: “125 Years of Collecting With the American Numismatic Association” by Q. David Bowers, The Numismatist
Best Column: “Tokens & Medals” by David Schenkman, The Numismatist
Best Issue:The Numismatist, October 2016, Barbara Gregory, Editor
Small-Circulation and Other Non-Profit or Club Numismatic Publications
Best Coin Article: “Findlay, Ohio, CWT Issuers” by Mark Borckardt, Civil War Token Journal
Best Column: “Off the Shelf” by David Fanning, The Asylum
Best Issue: The Asylum, Autumn 2016, Numismatic Bibliomania Society, Maria Fanning, Editor
Best Spot News Story: “Doubled-Die 2015 Cent Identified” by Ken Potter, Numismatic News
Best Coin Article: “A Numismatic Trip to the Museum,” by Steve Roach, Coin World
Best Token and Medal Article: “Mint Begins Steam Coinage in 1836” by R.W. Julian, Numismatic News
Best Paper Money Article: “Notes Forever Tied to Wild Bunch: Pinkertons Used Serial Numbers to Track Rail Heist Loot” by Robert R. Van Ryzin, Bank Note Reporter
Best Column: “Market Analysis” by Steve Roach, Coin World
Best Issue:Bank Note Reporter, April 2017, Robert R. Van Ryzin, Editor
Non-Numismatic Newspapers and Magazines
The Maurice M. Gould Memorial Award for Best Column: “Money Talks” by Frank Colletti, Lost Treasure magazine
Best Article, Non-Numismatic Publications: “Liberty Centennial Designs” by Louis Golino, Elemetal Direct
Internet Web Sites
Best Web Site Coin Article: “The Pogue Family Coin Collection” by Greg Reynolds, CoinWeek.com
Best Web Site Token and Medal Article: “They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates” by David Alexander, CoinWeek.com
Best Web Site Paper Money Article: “Controversy Over Animal Fat Used in Manufacture of New U.K. £5 Note” by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, CoinWeek.com
Best Online Column: “Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each” by Greg Reynolds, CoinWeek.com
Best Online News Web Site: CoinWeek.com, Charles Morgan, Editor; Hubert Walker, Assistant Editor; Scott Purvis, Webmaster
Best Dealer Web Site: Coins.HA.com, Heritage Auctions, Paul Minshull, Michael Weems, Brian Shipman, Ryan Sokol and Stewart Huckaby
Best Non-Trade Website: www.NumiStorica.com, Robert Korver, Webmaster
Best Internet Blog: “The Buzz,” David C. Harper, Numismatic News
Best Non-Numismatic Press Web Site: Set Investigates, Beaumont, Texas, Jerry Jordan, Webmaster and Publisher
Best Numismatic Social Media Platform: CoinWeek on Facebook, Charles Morgan
Best Software or App: Heritage Live!, Heritage Auctions, Paul Minshull, Matt Jackson, Ryan Sokol, Michael Weems and Brian Shipley
Best Auction Catalog, Coins and Currency: “The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part V,” March 2017, Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Extraordinary Merit: “The Jon Alan Boka Collection,” September 2016, Heritage Auctions
Extraordinary Merit: “The Pre-Long Beach Auction,” Feb. 12, 2017, Bob Grellman, Cataloger, Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers
Extraordinary Merit: “2017 ANA Auction, Orlando Florida,” March 9-10, 2017, Kagin’s
Best Auction Catalog, Books and Exonumia: “The 2017 New York Book Auction,” January 2017, Kolbe & Fanning
The Lee Martin Founder’s Award for Best Investment Newsletter: Maurice H. Rosen, “The Rosen Numismatic Advisory”
Best Dealer-Published Newsletter or Magazine: “Liberty’s Outlook,” Patrick A. Heller
Best Price Guide Newsletter or Magazine: “The Coin Dealer Newsletter,” John Feigenbaum, Editor
Best All-Around Portfolio
(Tie) Greg Reynolds and Steve Roach
Audio and Video
Best Radio Report: “Things You Know That Just Aren’t So, and Important News You Need to Know” by Patrick A. Heller, WILS-AM 1320, Lansing, Mich.
Video – Non-Commercial (tie):
Michael Markowitz, “Podcast #46: Ancient Coins, What We Can Learn From Them, How Coins Changed Us,” CoinWeek.com, Charles Morgan
“Numismatic America: Behind the Scenes at the National Numismatic Collection” by Charles Morgan, Hubert Walker and Jeff Garrett, CoinWeek.com
Video – Commercial: “Profile of David Michaels,” Heritage Auctions
James L. Miller Memorial Award
“Notes Forever Tied to Wild Bunch: Pinkertons Used Serial Numbers to Track Rail Heist Loot” by Robert R. Van Ryzin, Bank Note Reporter
PCGS Education Award
The E-sylum, Wayne Homren, Editor, Numismatic Bibliomania Society, Publisher
Robert R. Van Ryzin
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