Press release from the American Numismatic Association
Longtime numismatist John D. Wright will be honored with the American Numismatic Association’s 2015 Lifetime
Achievement Award at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money Awards Banquet on Aug. 14
in Rosemont, Ill.
This award is presented to an individual, family or organization
that has made outstanding contributions to organized numismatics.
Wright published his most notable work,
The Cent Book, 1816-1839 in conjunction
with the 25th Anniversary of Early American Coppers in 1992. He has
been an avid collector and enthusiast for nearly 50 years. During that
time he has written numerous articles for Penny-Wise, Coin
World, and The Numismatist.
His works can also be seen in the 1979 edition of the A Guide
Book of United States Coins, and in Perspectives in Numismatics,
in which he wrote the chapter, “It Makes Cents.”
During his extensive career, Wright was awarded the Heath Literary
Award for his work, Study on Overdated U.S. Large Cents. He has
been a member of the ANA since 1966. He also holds memberships in Early American
Coppers and the Numismatic Literary Guild. Wright served on the
original ANA grading board and consulted for ANACS.
The August issue of
Numismatist will feature additional information about Wright’s