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Whitnah wins the NLG Clemy Award

After the usual fun and merriment at the annual Numismatic Literary Guild Bash Aug. 12 in Boston, the organization got down to the very serious business of giving the annual awards.
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After the usual fun and merriment at the annual Numismatic Literary Guild Bash Aug. 12 in Boston, the organization got down to the very serious business of giving the annual awards.


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The organization’s top award, the Clemy, was given by last year’s recipient, Maurice Rosen, to Paul Whitnah, whose many volunteer roles included a stint as the NLG executive director in the early 1980s.

Scott Travers, who organizes the logistics of the annual award judging process, was recognized with the Ribbet Award, which was given to him by Kay Edgerton Lenker. The award started out as a joke and is now a highly coveted honor.

Among the awards given this year, Bank Note Reporter, sister publication to Numismatic News, was given an award for the Best Issue of a Numismatic Newspaper published during the prior year.

A full list of awards follows below:


Book Of The Year – The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics: Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper Money, by Q. David Bowers

Best Specialized Book

United States Coins: The Washington Pattern Coinage of Peter Getz, by George Fuld
World Coins: Curious Currency, by Robert D. Leonard Jr.
U.S. Paper Money: The Paper Republic, by James P. Bevil
World Paper Money: World Paper Money Errors, by Morland C. Fischer
Tokens and Medals: West Virginia Merchant Tokens, by David E. Schenkman
Numismatic Investments: Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century, by Mike Fuljenz

Extraordinary Merit
A Guide to the Varieties of the 1878 Carson City Morgan Dollars, by John Roberts
Alaska and Yukon Tokens, by Ronald J. Benice
Coins and Precious Metal Values 2010, by Jim Kingsland
Collecting & Investment Strategies for Barber Dimes, by Jeff Ambio
Fascinating Facts, Mysteries & Myths About U.S. Coins, by Robert R. Van Ryzin
Gobrecht Dollars, by Mark Van Winkle with Michael L. Carboneau, James C. Gray, John Dannreuther and Saul Teichman
Gold: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today, by Jeff Garrett and Q. David Bowers
King of Eagles, by Dean Albanese
Numismatic Finds of the Americas, by John M. Kleeberg
Overstruck Greek Coins, by David Macdonald
Socialist Republic of Viet Nam Coins & Currency, by Howard A. Daniel III
Standard Catalog of United States Paper Money, 28th Edition, by George S. Cuhaj; William Brandimore, Market Analyst
The Flying Eagle & Indian Cent Attribution Guide, 2nd Edition, by Richard E. Snow

U.S. Commercial Magazines
Best Article Or Series Of Articles
Coins: “Brenner’s Time-Honored Lincoln,” Tom Lamarre, Coins Magazine
Tokens & Medals: “Benedetto Pistrucci,” David T. Alexander, COINage
Paper Money: “Signs of Progress,” Jon Blackwell, COINage
Best Column: “My Two Cents’ Worth,” Ed Reiter, COINage
Best Issue: COINage, August 2009, Ed Reiter, Senior Editor; Marcy Gibbel, Managing Editor

World Commercial Numismatic Magazines
Best Article Or Series Of Articles:
Coins: “The Walls of Nicea,” Walter Holt, The Celator
Tokens & Medals: “Mercado Libre Search Produces Medals,” Donald Dool, World Coin News
Paper Money: “Is This a Baroness I See Before Me?,” Kerry Rodgers, Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine
Best Column: “World Destinations,” Howard Berlin, WorldWide Coins
Best Issue: Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine, April 2010, John Mulhall, Editor

Non-profit or Club Publications
Best Article, Large Publications: “Dutch Treat,” Eric Goldstein and Joseph Lasser, The Numismatist
Best Column, Large Publications: “USA Coin Album,” David Lange, The Numismatist
Best Issue, Large Publications: Paper Money, March-April 2010, Fred Reed, Editor
Best Article, Small Publications: “The Life and Coins of Standish Barry,” Max B. Spiegel, The Colonial Newsletter
Best Column, Small Publications: “Introduction by the Editor,” Harry Salyards, Penny-Wise
Best Issue, Small Publications: (Tie) Curry’s Chronicle, Carson City Coin Collectors of America, Summer 2009, Rusty Goe, Editor, and The John Reich Journal, December 2009, Brad Karoleff, Editor

Numismatic Newspapers
Best Spot News Story Or Continuing Coverage: “ANA Continues to Weather a Legal Storm,” Steven Roach, Coin World

Best Article Or Series Of Articles:
Coins: “New Information on the Gobrecht Dollars,” R.W. Julian, Numismatic News
Tokens & Medals: “1864 Campaign Items Recall Fight Lincoln Expected to Lose,” Fred Reed, Coin World
Paper Money: “Research Solves Identity Mystery,” Barbara A. Bither, Bank Note Reporter
Best Column: “Shades of the Blue and Grey,” Fred L. Reed III, Bank Note Reporter
Best Issue: Bank Note Reporter, January 2010, Robert R. Van Ryzin, Editor
Software, Internet Websites
Best Website Article: Investigative Report on Hotel Coin Buyers, Jerry Jordan,
Best Dealer Website:, Richard Snow, Eagle Eye Rare Coins
Best Non-commercial Website:, American Numismatic Association, David Lighty
Best Trade Press Website:, Whitman Coin Products, David Crenshaw, General Manager
Best Software: “Heritage Live,” Paul Minshull, Matt Jackson, Ryan Sokol and Michael Weems, Heritage Auction Galleries

Auction Catalogs

Best Auction Catalog, Coins And Currency: “The Dan Holmes Collection of Early-Date Large Cents, Part 1,” Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers
Extraordinary Merit: “Platinum Night,” January 2010, Heritage Auctions
Best Auction Catalog, Books And Exonumia: “The Stack Collection, Important Renaissance Medals and Plaquettes,” Morton and Eden Ltd.

Commercial Publications
Lee Martin Founder’s Award for Best Investment Newsletter: Maurice H. Rosen, The Rosen Numismatic Advisory
Best Dealer Published Magazine Or Newspaper: (tie) Investors Profit Advisory, Universal Coin & Bullion, Michael R. Fuljenz, Editor, and Heritage Magazine, Heritage Galleries, Hector Cantu, Editorial Director


Best All-around Portfolio: Steven Roach, Coin World
Best Writer In Nlg Newsletter: Mike Fuljenz


Best Radio Report: “Warning: Beware of Hotel Coin Buyers,” Mike Fuljenz, KLVI 560, Beaumont, Texas
Best Television Report: “Undercover Investigation of Hotel Coin Buyers,” Jerry Jordan, Danielle Kosir nd Charles Fields, Fox 4 KBTV News, Beaumont, Texas
Best Non-commercial Video: “Gold Coin Market Today,” Money Show of the Southwest 2009 Educational Seminar; Mike Fuljenz, Speaker; David Lisot, Producer

Memorial Awards

James L. Miller Memorial Award: Jerry Jordan, The Examiner, Beaumont, Texas, “Investigating Hotel Coin Buyers”
Clement F. Bailey Memorial Award, Best New Writer: Eric Silberberg, ANS Magazine
The Ribbet: Scott Travers
The Clemy: Paul Whitnah

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