Gary Henderson, of Las Cruces, N.M., received the 2011 James J.
Curto Award during Labor Day weekend at the National Token Collectors
Association’s annual token show in Omaha, Neb.
The Curto Award, presented annually by the NTCA, is named in honor
of James J. Curto, pioneering exonumic author and cataloger. The
purpose of the award is to encourage excellence in the research and
cataloging of trade tokens and is presented each year for the best
book on tokens published during the previous calendar year.
Henderson won the award for his book titled Iowa Trade
Tokens, published in 2010 and printed by BNR Press of Port
Clinton, Ohio. The 8-inch by 11-inch hardcover volume catalogs more
than 25,000 merchant trade tokens issued in the state of Iowa, is over
800 pages in length, and features more than 6,000 photographs. The
book can be ordered from the author by mail at 2955 Longbow Loop, Las
Cruces, NM 88011, or by email directed to email@example.com.
James J. Curto (1903 to 1993) was one of the first numismatic
authors to focus on United States trade tokens. He was a charter
member of the Token and Medal Society and served as its second
president (1962 to 1963). Curto was a prolific researcher and author
in the field of exonumia, and wrote one of the first monographs on
trade tokens, Sutlers and Their Tokens in 1946. He followed
this with Indian & Post Trader Tokens (1951), Post
Exchange, Canteen and Other Military Tokens (1954),
Military Tokens of the United States (1970) and
Military Tokens of the United States II (1978).
The National Token Collectors Association was founded in 1996 to
promote the hobby of collecting tokens, medals and other forms of
exonumia. For more information on NTCA, visit the organization’s
website at http://tokencollectors.org. ■