Michigan collector Lawrence Sekulich won the 2015 American Numismatic Association’s Howland Wood Memorial Best-in-Show exhibit award for his display “They Flap, Flutter and Float: Various Winged Immortals Appearing on Coins from Ancient to Modern Times.”
In this display at the August ANA World’s Fair of Money, Sekulich — who also teaches the exhibiting course at the annual ANA Summer Seminar — presented a survey of coins that use images of flying immortals as symbolic, religious and decorative objects.
These top awards were presented at the banquet on Aug. 14 at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., which ran from Aug. 11 to 15.
This year’s educational exhibit hall included 36 exhibitors showing 60 competitive exhibits, along with six noncompetitive exhibits.
Sekulich also won second runner-up best-in-show honors for his display “Faces of Gold: A Small Gallery of Coin Portraits from Ancient Greece to 20th Century America,” which presented a small gallery of portraits on gold coins that epitomized the major epochs of western art.
His two displays won first place honors in Class 18: General, Specialized, and Topical, Robert Hendershott Memorial award; and Class 15: Gold Coins, Gaston DiBello/Melvin and Leona Kohl Memorial award, respectively.
Sekulich has received the ANA’s top exhibiting award at summer ANA conventions in 2000 and 2013. Additionally, he came close in 1999, 2004, and 2011, where he won first-runner-up honors.
When asked about his secret to a good exhibit, Sekulich said that an excellent exhibit takes a lot of time and extensive preparation, paired with a love of sharing knowledge and telling a good story. He adds, “I have found that people who create an educational numismatic exhibit are very passionate about coins as a springboard to numerous related areas.”
Santa Claus exhibit
Winning the Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Excellence in Exhibiting, presented to the best-in-show first runner-up, was Nancy Wilson for “Santa Claus Obsolete Notes & Vignettes.” Wilson recently took top exhibit honors at the Central States Numismatic Society’s convention in Schaumburg, Ill. Her ANA exhibit topped her category, winning the Sidney W. Smith/William Donlon Memorial Award for Class 2: United States Fiscal Paper. She displayed a complete type set of Santa Claus obsolete notes and their matching vignettes.