Richard Greever of Sunnyvale, Calif., was named the recipient of the 2012 James J. Curto Award Sept. 2 at the National Token Collectors Association Annual Token Show in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Merle Avila accepted the award on Greever’s behalf.

The Curto Award, presented annually by the NTCA, is named in honor of the pioneering exonumic author and cataloger. The purpose of the award is to encourage excellence in the research and cataloging of trade tokens. It is presented each year for the best book on tokens published during the previous calendar year.

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Greever won the award for his book, Slug Plate Dies: A Study, published in August 2011.

The volume catalogs hundreds of early U.S. trade tokens struck with multi-part dies. The study is 135 pages in length and features color photographs of tokens from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It can be ordered from Greever at 1239 Rousseau Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94087 or

Also receiving recognition from the Curto Award Committee were Florida Tokens: A Twenty Year Supplement by C.R. Clark and North Dakota Merchant Tokens Reference Manual (2nd edition) by Bruce Foss. Both received Honorable Mentions from the committee.

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