A record turnout of Young Numismatists participated at the 54th Georgia Numismatic Association Coin Show April 13-15 at the Dalton, Ga., Convention Center.
Bob Hartje was the chairman of the program that attracted 63 YNs accompanied by their parents. In all, over 100 people were at the program, and it was standing room only.
Opening the YN Educational Program was Richard Jozefiak, American Numismatic Association National Coordinator. He spoke about ANA membership and programs for YNs.
Hartje wrote an original play for some students of St. Nicholas Catholic School of Chattanooga, Tenn., to perform called “The Trial of Josh Tatum.” It reenacted the court trial of Josh Tatum in 1883.
In 1883, the new “V” nickel was released to the public. The coin did not have a denomination on it. Josh Tatum, who could neither hear nor speak, was charged with using gold-plated “V” nickels and passing them off as $5 gold coins to merchants.
After the play, the YN Exhibit Awards were presented to the winning exhibitors by Mack Martin, GNA exhibit chairman. He was assisted by Dennis Schafluetzel. Eleven YNs had exhibits. Sixteen display cases were use. Each YN received a GNA one-ounce silver round for their participation.
The GNA also provided one paid hotel night at the convention hotel if the YN exhibitor and their family requested this to allow them to participate.
First-place exhibitor was Marley Molchan for “More than a 1 Cent President.” The prize was $230 in $10 GNA Gift Certificates to use at the show.
Second place was won by Eason Barrineau for “The Western & Atlantic Railroad Scrip.” Prize was $180 in $10 GNA Gift Certificates.
Third place was taken by Hampton Barrineau for “Leprosy Colony Coins of South America and the Philippines.” Prize was $130 in $10 GNA Gift Certificates.
The final activity was the passing out of numismatic goody bags to the assembled YNs.
All the numismatic items were donated by coin dealers at the show and by the GNA organization.
Every YN received a bag of assorted numismatic items.
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