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Congratulations 327 times

If I wrote “congratulations” 327 times, it would devalue the meaning of the word. Yet last night the presenters at the Numismatic Literary Guild Bash said they were giving out that number of awards.

How the plaques do multiply.

One award that does not get lost in the long list is the NLG’s top award, the Clemy. It was given last night to Mark Borckardt, who is the senior cataloger of U.S. coins at Heritage Auctions.

“I sure didn’t see that coming,” he said as preface to thanking the assembled members at the Bash. “I’ve been very fortunate over many years.”

Indeed he has. His words were appropriate. He deserves the honor.

Check out his biography on the HA.com website. I have known Mark for many years. It has always been a pleasure to work with him.

You might notice he has a college degree in mathematics. I did.

I have long observed that successful coin dealers have a good head for numbers. Most, of course, don’t actually obtain a degree to prove it. They simply get out there everyday and make deals happen.

The talent that is most important to a literary organization is that he shares his knowledge by writing. As a cataloger and as an author of books and articles, he has done so.

For Mark, congratulations are definitely in order.

Not attending last night was Ed Reiter. He remained at home in Pennsylvania. He was missed.

His personality and talent has set the tone for the Bash for many years and his clever songs have often been the highlight. Fred Schwan and Joe Boling performed some of Ed’s prior hits last night. They served to remind me of Ed’s amazing talent.

But old friend and longtime NLG treasurer Kay Lenker was able to attend because we are  close to her California home. I have not seen her in a number of years and it was great to be able to have a conversation. I asked her how many years she had been treasurer and she replied, 35.

That is the sort of dedication the NLG has elicited over the years and it is perhaps one reason why there were still people in the room when the last of 327 awards were given.




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One Response to Congratulations 327 times

  1. hrlaser says:

    This has nothing to do with the blog entry, but I just wanted to mention that yesterday, 13 August, 2016, I finally received some 2016 coins in change at a local gas station.. I purchased some stuff at their tiny store, and the clerk would not accept partial payment in $1 coins and the rest on plastic (go figure that out.. most any other store WILL accept partial payment at checkout in cash and the rest on a CC), so I paid for the whole thing with plastic, and as I was walking out, I remembered something I had forgotten to buy.. I still had a couple $1.00 coins in my pocket.. nothing rare about them, so I purchased the other thing with the two remaining $1.00 coins and got back 49 cents in change.. in that 49 cents were a clad quarter, a dime or two, and a bunch of cherry red cents.. four of the cents were 2016-D cents.. I very rarely use cash for anything, so it took until almost the middle of August to finally get some 2016 coins.. in SoCal we get almost exclusively Denver minted coins, and the 2016 cents the clerk handed me all had the “D” mintmark.. (I also always check the reject slot at the local supermarket’s CoinStar machine on my way out of the store to see if there’s anything in it.. usually there is, even though the screen tells the last person who used the machine to check the reject slot, few people even bother to check it, since the slot is at knee level.. a couple of years ago, I pulled out over a dozen foreign coins from that slot, plus some P mint coins.. SoCal attracts a lot of tourists and vacationers from East of the Mississippi, and they carry mainly P mint coins.. sorry for posting this in a totally unrelated blog entry, but I didn’t feel like scrolling waaaaaaaaaaay back to where you asked readers if they had received any 2016 coins in change yet..

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