Sam Gelberd is the recipient of the Heritage Auctions Award for Excellence in
Numismatics for 2017 for his Best of Show exhibit, “Great Beards on
Coins,” displayed during the Jan. 5 to 8 Florida United
Numismatists Convention in Fort Lauderdale.
Gelberd also receives the Heritage Auctions-sponsored scholarship to
the American Numismatic
Association Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. The
scholarship covers airfare, tuition, lodging, and meals for one week,
up to a total value of $1,600.
Gelberd also won first place in the Miscellaneous exhibit category,
for which he received an 1872 Seated Liberty dollar graded Very Good
10 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
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All individual exhibit awards contain numismatic items that are
representatively tailored to the exhibit category and housed in
multi-piece acrylic plastic holders with orange top plates bearing the
The People’s Choice Award was presented to Jerry Stubblefield for
“American Ingenuity.” The People’s Choice award includes a 1-ounce
.999 fine silver Proof 2017 FUN medal.
Stubblefield’s exhibit also won third place in the U.S. Coins
category, for which he received an 1834 Capped Bust half dime.
Exhibits Chairman Robert Russell said 46 exhibits from 11 states,
the District of Columbia, and Canada were submitted, using 282 cases.
Other exhibit award winners, their categories and awards (in
➤ First — Thomas J. Uram, “Celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of
the American Silver Eagle” (ANACS About Uncirculated 50 1844 Seated
Liberty half dollar).
➤ Second — Tony Cass, “United States Gold Coins from the Carson City
Mint” (1917-S Standing Liberty, Mailed Breast quarter dollar).
➤ Third — Jerry Stubblefield, “American Ingenuity” (1834 Capped Bust
➤ First — Dennis Schafluetzel, “Chattanooga Iron Companies Scrip,”
(Series 1923 $1 United States note, Very Fine/Extremely Fine).
➤ Second — Dany Rothfeld, “Each One Unique” (PCGS Currency Very Fine
20 Series 1917 $2 United States note).
➤ Third — Mack Martin, “Athens GA Antebellum Banking — the Early
Days 1830s-1860s” (AU-58 Series 1923 $1 silver certificate).
MEDALS, ORDERS, DECORATIONS, TOKENS
➤ First — Brett Irick, “Personal Artifacts of John Honeyford
Campbell, First Master of the Royal Canadian Mint” (anti-slavery 1838
Woman and a Sister Hard Times token).
➤ Second — Bill Jones, “Lincoln for President, a Selection of Tokens
& Medals from his 1860 & 1864 Campaigns” (1837 Feuchtwanger’s
composition Hard Times cent token).
➤ Third — Simcha Kuritzky, “Boy for Sale? Middle Eastern Ingots for
the Redemption of the Firstborn Son” (A.C. Yates, Syracuse NY, “Sign
of the Old Man With Specs” merchant token, Mint State 64).
First — James Zylstra, “Coins from the Seven Churches of Asia”
(Byzantine Empire bronze solidus of Justinian I, 527 to 565 A.D.).
Second — Simcha Kuritzky, “Feline Species Numismatic Type Set” (1792
Peruvian 8-real coin of Charles IIII found in Turkey hoard of buried
treasure with edge exposed, lustrous EF).
Third — Thomas J. Uram, “The Niobium Coins of Austria”
(Brunswick-Lüneburg-Calenberg, Johann Friedrich 1665 12-marien
groschen or one-third taler, one-year small flan type, toned EF).
First — Mack Martin, “State of GA 1862 $5 Currency Errors” (1901
Barber dime, 7 percent off-center, VF-30).
Second — John H. Miller Jr., “Wrong Design Dies on 20th Century
Business Strike Coins” (1990-P Kennedy half dollar, 12 percent
off-center, PCGS MS-66).
Third — Dany Rothfeld, “Errors Galore — Selected U.S. Error Coins”
(large broadstruck 1979-P Anthony dollar, MS-63).
First — Sam Gelberd, “Great Beards on Coins” (see above).
Second — James Zylstra, “Commemorative Primitive Money in Africa”
Pacific International Exposition half dollar).
Third — Charmy Harker, “Penny Pots and Pins Made by Offenders and
Defenders” (1788 Machin’s Mills copper halfpenny).
First — Devon Webber, “Commemorating Historic Space Flights”
(1932-S Washington silver quarter dollar).
First — The Fort Lauderdale Coin Club.
Second — The Ocala Coin Club, “Past, Present, and Future.”
More 2017 FUN Coverage:
FUN convention attendees caught up
in the terror in Fort Lauderdale:
Coin conventions, are annual gatherings of collectors and
professional numismatists sharing mutual hobby interests. They can
be chaotic, not life-threatening.
2017 Florida United Numismatists convention in
the record books:
The bourse floor of the Florida United Numismatists convention Jan.
5 to 8 in Fort Lauderdale was bustling with collector activity.