John Kraljevich is the 2016 recipient of the American Numismatic
Association’s Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an
individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated
long-term leadership in the field and to the association. He will be
presented with the award on Friday, Aug. 12, during the awards banquet
at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.
For over a decade, Kraljevich has been a popular instructor on Early
American numismatics at the annual ANA Summer Seminar. A regular
columnist in the association’s journal, The Numismatist, and
the national hobby publication, Coin World, he has been honored
for his research and writing by the ANA and the Numismatic Literary
Guild. Kraljevich’s Coin World column, “Colonial America,” is
now in its ninth year.
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“As grateful and flattered as I am to receive this award, my career
has been as much a product of the support of the ANA and the
numismatic community as it has been anything I’ve done,” Kraljevich
said. “I started out as a kid with a great deal of passion and
curiosity about numismatics, both of which were stoked at the ANA
Summer Seminars, by dealers, member clubs, and collectors involved
with ANA shows. My excitement for our hobby and field of study is my
own, but everything I’ve learned came from somewhere else. It’s been a
high honor to be treated so well by so many.”
Kraljevich has received many awards for his contributions to the
hobby, some of which include the ANA’s Young Numismatist of the Year
(1993), Heath Literary Award (2002), Glenn Smedley Award (2011), and
the association’s Honorary Doctorate in Numismatics (2015). Kraljevich
is also a recipient of multiple Numismatic Literary Guild awards for
“Best Column” in a large publication, in 2004, 2006, and 2011.
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At ANA conventions, Kraljevich regularly serves as an exhibit judge.
He is also a frequent lecturer at the association’s annual
conventions, Early American Coppers conventions, and local coin clubs.
Kraljevich has served on several ANA committees, including the Museum
Committee and the YN Committee.
“Today, his advice on authenticity, appraisal and historical context
on a wide variety of early American and exonumic issues is in high
demand from collectors and advanced professionals alike,” the ANA
writes. “His counsel has been sought by institutions such as the
Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, the Massachusetts
Historical Society, Monticello, and many others.”
Kraljevich’s “impressive record of achievements, his writing and
research skills, integrity, and professionalism continue to raise the
standard in numismatics,” according to an ANA press release, which
adds, “The American Numismatic Association is all the richer in having
John as a dedicated member and supporter.”
Contact the ANA by calling it at 719-632-2646 or visiting the ANA website.