Numismatic Literature Exhibits

The Aaron Feldman Award

In 1991, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society raised and donated $3,000 to the American Numismatic Association to establish the Numismatic Literature category and endow the Aaron Feldman Award , to be given each year to the top numismatic literature exhibit.

Exhibit Judging Criteria

Competitive exhibits at the ANA conventions are judged according strict criteria. There are three judges in each category, each of whom evaluates the exhibits using the ANA's 100-point Exhibit Judging Sheet

After reviewing the exhibits individually, the judges confer and decide on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Past Exhibits

Below is a listing of exhibits in the Numismatic Literature class since its inception in 1992. For some of the exhibits, the full text is available online. "NC" means the exhibit was placed non-competitively.


2017 - Denver, CO 

1stNot Awarded 
2ndDarryl Anthony Gomez"Debut of the President of the United States special Government medal Series."

2011 - Rosemont, IL 

1st George Kolbe "Numismatic Bibliography 1579-1912: The Literature of Numismatic Literature"
2nd Lawrence Sekulich "Paul Manship's Book for the Circle of Friends of the Medallion."

2001 - Atlanta, GA 

1st David Sklow ANA Membership: The Printed Record
2nd David G. Provost US Commemorative Coin Advertisements of 1937
3rd Pete Smith Contemporary Illustrations of  the Second Philadelphia Mint 

2000 - Philadelphia, PA

1st Tom Sheehan Building a Set of The Numismatist
2nd P. Scott Rubin Auction Catalogs That Led Me to Collect Numismatic Literature

1999 - Chicago, IL

1st Lawrence Sekulich A Bibliographic Introduction to Collecting Ancient Greek Coins

1998 - Portland, OR

1st  Michael J. Sullivan  An Overview of Bank Note Reporters and Counterfeit Detectors for Paper Money 
2nd  Donna Malloy  The Literature of Military Payment Certificates 
3rd  John R. Eshbach  The Start of Something Big: 1st November 1858 
  P. Scott Rubin  19th Century U.S. Auction Catalogs Distributed by Coin Dealers other than the Catalogers 
NC  Wayne K. Homren  A Selection of American Numismatic Literature Prospectuses 

1997 - New York, NY

No Exhibits due to space limitations

1996 - Denver, CO

1st  Pete Smith  The Challenging Literature of A. M. Smith
2nd  P. Scott Rubin  My Choice of Very Significant U.S. Auction Sales of the 19th and 20th Centuries 
  John A. Parker  A Brief History of the Heath Bond Detector 

1995 - Anaheim, CA

  John Eshbach  The Life and Works of Charles T. Steigerwalt, Numismatist 

1994 - Detroit, MI

1st  John Kraljevich  A Comparison of the Different Editions of Sheldon's Work on Large Cents 
2nd  Joel J. Orosz  Early Literature of Dave Bowers and Jim Ruddy 
  Steven Roach  B. Max Mehl--A Numismatic Legend 
  Rian R. Thum  An Eighteenth Century Spanish Volume on Numismatics 

1993 - Baltimore, MD

1st  P. Scott Rubin  American Numismatic Literature--Then and Now 
  Frank Katen  American Numismatic Literature 
  Rian R. Thum The Evolution of Literature on Large Date (1840-1857) Large Cents 
  John Kraljevich  A Comparison of the Different Editions of Sheldon's Work on Large Cents 

1992 - Orlando, FL 

1st  Wayne K. Homren  A Selection of Numismatic Ephemera 
2nd  P. Scott Rubin  Auction Catalogs as Information Sources 
  Bob Metzger  Tracing a Pedigree Through Auction Catalogs 
  Benjamin M. Phillips  The Evolution of YN Digest 
  Robert Turfboer  King Otto Grants Mining Rights 


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