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Henderson receives 2011 James J. Curto Award

Gary Henderson, at left, on Sept. receives the NTCA’s 2011 James J. Curto Award from Tony Chibbaro.

Image courtesy of NTCA.

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

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 ¦

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