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Van Ryzin receives NLG’s Clemy

Robert R. Van Ryzin, left, receives the 2017 Clemy Award from 2016 recipient, Mark Borckardt, at the NLG Bash in Denver.

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.

From left: Joel Orosz, Pete Smith and Leonard Augsburger display their Book of the Year Award plaques for ‘1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage.’

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

Numismatic Newspapers

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


Auction Catalogs

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


The Ribbit

David Hall

PCGS Education Award

The E-sylum, Wayne Homren, Editor, Numismatic Bibliomania Society, Publisher


The Clemy

Robert R. Van Ryzin


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