Hobby writers and editors receive recognition during NLG Bash

Numismatic Literary Guild conducts annual gathering at ANA show
By , Coin World
Published : 08/09/14
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John Albanese received the Clemy Award, highest honor of the Numismatic Literary Guild, during the organization's annual "bash" Aug. 7 in Rosemont, Ill.

The NLG Bash was conducted in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World's Fair of Money.

Albanese is a veteran professional numismatist of more than three decades experience. He is a co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, founder of Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and co-founder of Certified Acceptance Corp.

"The highest honor of NLG is bestowed annually during the NLG Bash on an NLG member in recognition of writing skill, dedication to numismatics, sense of humor and dedication to the Numismatic Literary Guild," according to the organization. The first recipient of the award was Clement F. Bailey in 1968, for whom the award is named.

Coin World awards

Coin World and its staff were honored with five NLG awards.

The magazine won the Best Issue award for Coin World Special Edition, May 2013, while editor Steve Roach and freelance writer Jeff Garrett's piece entitled, "Hidden in Plain Sight: Smithsonian Reveals Modern Era Treasures," tied with a COINage piece for Best Article or Series of Articles.

Paul Gilkes, senior editor, U.S. coins, won the award for Best Spot News Story or Continuing Coverage of Developing Story in Numismatics for his coverage of the 1974-D aluminum cent. Roach won an award for Best Numismatic Newspaper Article on Tokens and Medals for “What Makes the 1776 Libertas Americana Medal So Special?” and Michele Orzano won the corresponding paper money award for “Hometown Notes Often Offer a Glimpse Behind the Scenes.”

The NLG bestowed numerous awards during the convention, as follows:


BOOK OF THE YEAR – The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics:  Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, by Q. David Bowers


United States Coins:  New Jersey State Coppers, by Roger S. Siboni, John L. Howes and A. Buell Ish

World Coins:  The Island Standard, by John Tully

Tokens and Medals:  Utah Trade Tokens, Second Edition, by H. Robert Campbell

U.S. Paper Money:  Panic Scrip of 1893, 1907 and 1914, by Neil Shafer and Tom Sheehan

World Paper Money:  Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Specialized Issues, 12th Edition. George S. Cuhaj, Editor

Numismatic Investments:  Cash In Your Coins, by Beth Deisher


Ancient Coins, Ancient Skies, by George Latura

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