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New recognition for exhibit winners

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American Numismatic Association member Brett Irick received the Steven J. D’Ippolito Best in Show Exhibit Award for his exhibit, “The Golden Age of United States Coins: 1795-1933” at the ANA’s 2011 National Money Show™, held March 17-19 in Sacramento, Calif.

The award is so new that at the awards ceremony March 19 Irick could only look at the “splash” trial strike of the award medal that he will be receiving for the honor.

First runner up for the top award was given to Simcha Kuritzky for “A Stellar Type Set,” and the second runner up award also went to Kuritzky for “Engraved Coins of the Ba’al Shem Tov Amulet.”

Kuritzky marked an exhibiting milestone by winning four first place awards at the National Money Show, announced Chief Judge Joe Boling.

The People’s Choice Award, determined by voting of convention attendees, was presented to Robert Shanks for “The Colorful Buffalo Nickel.”

The National Coin Week Award was presented to Don Berry for his exhibit, “Re Discovering Gold in Sacramento.” National Coin Week exhibits are intended to be suitable for display in libraries and schools, and there is a $250 limit on the value of the materials in this competition. Berry was awarded a full scholarship to a future ANA Summer Seminar; this award is generously endowed by John Albanese. The second place exhibit in this competition, titled “Labor Exchange Currency: An Obscure Numismatic Treasure,” was entered by John Hofmann, and the third place exhibit, by Gawain O’Connor, was titled “Squire Wood’s Lamentation on the Refusal of His Halfpence.”

Awards were also presented in six classes. This year, 21 competitive and noncompetitive exhibits were displayed in the Collector Exhibits area.

Class winners are as follows:

Class 1: History and Politics (exhibits dealing with historical or political events)
•    First place: Brett Irick, “The Golden Age of US Coins: 1795-1933.”
•    Second place: Thomas Tullis, “The 1936 Cleveland Great Lakes Exposition Commemorative Half Dollar.”
•    Third place: Thomas Bowers III, “The Two Cent Years from 1865 to 1871.”

Class 2: Economics (exhibits dealing with monetary and financial systems or economic events such as panics and inflations)
•    First place: Simcha Kuritzky, “Boy For Sale? Tokens for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son.”
•    Second place: John Wilson, “Wooden Depression Scrip of Blaine, Washington.”
•    Third place: John Hofmann, “Labor Exchange Currency: An Obscure Numismatic Treasure.”

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Class 3: Geography (exhibits that describe natural or cultural assets, the distribution of populations, or exploration)
•    First place: Gerald Williams, “Greek Coins in India.”
•    Second place: Don Berry, “Re Discovering Gold in Sacramento.”
•    Third Place: Alan Folkestad, “Coins of the Ancient Greek Colonies.”

Class 4: Common Elements (exhibits showing material linked by design, such as elephants or bridges, or by theme, such as a world’s fair)
•    First place: Simcha Kuritzky, “Feline Species Numismatic Type Set.”
•    Second place: Nancy Wilson, “George and Martha on Obsolete Bank Notes.”
•    Third place: Thomas Tullis, “The Bald Eagle as Portrayed on United States Classic Commemorative Half Dollars.”

Class 5: The Arts (exhibits that explore any aspect of fine or applied arts)
•    First place: Simcha Kuritzky, “Engraved Coins of the Ba’al Shem Tov Amulet.”
•    Second place: Gawain O’Connor, “Squire Wood’s Lamentation on the Refusal of His Halfpence.”
•    Third place: no exhibit

Class 6: Science (exhibits dealing with theoretical or applied science, including the technology of manufacturing numismatic items)
•    First place: Simcha Kuritzky, “A Stellar Type Set.”
•    Second place: Ed Hohe, “1960 Proof Lincoln Cent Varieties.”
•    Third place: Eric Holcomb, “A Selection of Einstein Medals.”

Application deadline is June 17 to exhibit at the 2011 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago Aug. 16-20. To obtain an application or for more information, call (719) 482-9814 or e-mail exhibits@money.org.

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