Bruce Bartelt’s exhibit “Coinage in Roman Egypt” captured the Best-of-Show exhibit award at the Central States Numismatic Society 77th annual convention, held April 25 to 30 in Schaumburg, Ill.
The exhibit was part of a massive educational exhibit area consisting of 229 cases of competitive exhibits presented at the show from 36 exhibitors who entered 54 competitive exhibits. Three noncompetitive exhibits added 12 cases.
Exhibitors came from 11 states and Canada to compete for gold coins in custom holders manufactured by United Trophy Manufacturing in Orlando, Fla.
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Bartelt’s display presents an overview of the coinage of Roman Egypt including its origin, development and iconography. The exhibitor wrote in his introduction: “Egypt had the longest and most continuous series of Roman provincial coins. The designs placed upon these coins present a fascinating mix reflecting the intersection of Greco-Roman and Egyptian cultures. After a two-century hiatus, during which Alexandria struck coins that were part of an empire-wide currency system, a distinctive Egyptian coinage was revived under the Eastern Roman, ‘Byzantine,’ emperors.”
A section on animals used on the coins included coins depicting a hippopotamus, crocodile, Apis bull, heron, serpents and an eagle.
Jack D. Huggins Jr. served as exhibit chairman with Bob Fritsch, Fran and Ray Lockwood and Jim Moores serving as exhibit area assistants. Huggins also served as chief exhibit judge with Brett Irick volunteering as deputy exhibit judge.
At the convention, Irick and Col. Joe Boling offered a class where participants could become an American Numismatic Association certified exhibit judge, and John and Nancy Wilson presented a talk on how to prepare an award-winning exhibit.
As convention chairman Kevin Foley noted in his introduction, the exhibit area is a point of pride for CSNS and provides a place “where our guests can quietly study advanced fully documented displays across a wide range of numismatic specialty areas.”
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Floyd Aprill won the U.S. Coins category with his display, “The United States Mint in Manila.” This exhibit also won the Joseph and Morton Stack Award for the Best Exhibit by a First-Time CSNS Exhibitor. His exhibit told the story of the U.S. Mint in Manila. The exhibitor wrote, “The only United States mint ever established outside the continental limits of the United States, the Manila Mint played an important role in America’s Nation Building in the Philippines.”
Steve Roach took second with “What is a Clipped Planchet: Selected Eisenhower and Susan B. Anthony Dollars” while Jeffrey Rosinia won third with “Colorful Lincoln Cents – Abraham Lincoln: A Legacy in Numismatics.” The award for this category was sponsored by Heritage Auctions. Rosinia also took the People’s Choice Award for his display.