Q. David Bowers won the first-place Heath Literary Award for his
article “Era of Secrecy,” which focused on the U.S. Mint’s practice of
striking special coins for collectors in the late 1800s, which was
published in the March 2012 issue of The Numismatist.
The award was presented Aug. 15 during the American Numismatic
Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.
The ANA literary awards recognize articles published in the
preceding year in The Numismatist, the ANA’s official magazine.
Bowers was presented with $250 in cash, the final silver medal in
the old design and a certificate. Bowers donated his cash prize to the
ANA’s Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library.
He also received a special plaque as a thank you for his donation
to fund the new medal design given this year to the second and third
place winners. The plaque included a replica of the new medal.
The Heath Literary Award was named for Dr. George F. Heath, who in
1888 was ANA founder and inaugural editor of The Numismatist.
Nancy Oliver and Richard Kelly took the second-place award in this
category for their feature “On the Wrong Track,” published in the
September 2012 issue. The feature described a daring 1877 train
robbery in which the robbers got away with thousands of double eagles.
They received $100, a bronze medal and a certificate.
David F. Fanning won third place for his article “Top 10 American
Numismatic Books of the 19th Century,” published in the February 2012
issue. The article showed how classic references continue to inform
today’s collectors. He won a bronze medal and a certificate.
This year the medals given to the second- and third-place winners
feature a new design by artist and medalist Jamie Franki and struck by
The medal production was underwritten by Bowers.
The obverse depicts a right-facing portrait of George Heath, a
facsimile of his signature and the ANA lamp of knowledge as it
appeared on early issues of The Numismatist. The Latin inscription DE
PROFUNDIS, meaning “out of the depths,” is a part of the obverse design.
The reverse shows a small press on which the ANA journal was first
printed. The doves and rays emanating from the press represent the
dissemination of knowledge and goodwill. The text AMERICAN NUMISMATIC
ASSOCIATION HEATH LITERARY AWARD nearly arches around the reverse design.
U.S. numismatic literary award
Mark Fox was presented with the Wayte and Olga Raymond Memorial
Literary Award. The award is presented for articles that display
original and comprehensive research in U.S. numismatics.
His first-place award was given for his article “In Search of
Machin’s Mills,” published in the December 2012 The Numismatist. He
received $400 and a certificate.
David E. Schenkman was given the second-place award, $200 and a
certificate for his article “The Numismatic Legacy of S.D. Childs,”
published in the October 2012 issue.
No third-place award was given in this category.
U.S. Paper Money articles
P. Scott Rubin won the first-place Catherine Sheehan Literary
Award for U.S. Paper Money Studies for his article “New Jersey
Currency of 1776,” published in the July 2012 issue of The
Numismatist. He was given $50 and a certificate.
Gerome Walton received a second-place certificate for his
“Nebraska’s Smallest National Bank Town,” published in the August 2012 issue.
No third-place award was presented in this category. ■