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 Women in numismatics unite in 1991 to WIN: From the Memory Bank

Hobby organization marks 25 years in 2016

By , Special to Coin World
Published : 07/12/16

Numismatic collectibles, both as a hobby and a business, has been and remains a predominately male domain, about 90 percent male and 10 percent female.

But that statistic does not begin to tell this story.

As the last decade of the 20th century dawned, it was evident that women were increasingly visible both in participation and leadership within the numismatic community in the United States.   Click HERE for the rest of the story!

Newman Numismatic Portal Scans Winning Ways

 winwomeninnumism1n03wome_0001Women in Numismatics (WIN, founded in 1991) has published Winning Ways since 1992, and the issues from 1992 – 2007 are now available on the Newman Portal.  Additional issues will be posted in due course.  The U.S. Mint Engraver Elizabeth Jones was an early supporter of WIN and created the club logo, which first appeared in the third issue.  Early writers for Winning Ways included Q. David Bowers, and Ken Bressett, who held forth in The Bibliophile columnThe Newman Portal acknowledges Charmy Harker, WIN President, and Dave Heinrich, Winning Ways Editor, for their assistance with this project.




Link to Winning Ways on the Newman Portal:



As Women in Numismatics celebrates its 25 anniversary, the organization is delighted to inform the collecting community that a special set of elongates is available to commemorate this event! Designed by Ray Dillard of Michigan, the 4-coin set is available for a $10 donation + postage, and includes the following:

  1. 2016 quarter featuring the Shawnee National Forest, first quarter for 2016, commemorating our 25th year
  2. Susan B. Anthony Dollar
  3. Sacagawea Dollar
  4. Statue of Liberty Dollar

WIN logo on the obverse of all the coins!As you can see, all of these dollar coins are meant to commemorate important women or symbols of women! There are 2 different kinds of sets: regular reverse, or with an antiqued reverse as shown below. The obverse is the same on both sets.

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If you are interested in a set for $10 + $2 postage, please contact Kathy Freeland, publicity chair for Women in Numismatics, at the following address:

The sets will also be available at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money, as will a special quarter rolled just for the event.

Kathy Freeland

PO Box 195  

Mayville, MI 48744

Phone – 989-843-5247

E-Mail –


On Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Serenity Room of the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Women in Numismatics will hold its spring Central States general membership meeting, featuring Dave Hunsicker from West Bend, Wisconsin as guest speaker. Dave is a long time numismatist with a wide variety of collecting and exhibiting interests. His topic for our meeting will be “Collecting Metal Savings Banks” from his recent Best of Show exhibit award at the fall Michigan State Numismatic Society Show. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact Kathy at

Also, be watching for more information on WIN’s 25th anniversary celebration! Details will follow soon as we prepare for ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California.

Diane_01Women in Numismatics is pleased to announce that Diana Jellinek of Troy, Michigan, is this year’s recipient of WIN’s ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship. Diana is the first female Vice President of the Birmingham Bloomfield Coin Club (BBCC) and a member of the Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS). She has prepared several exhibits using unusual coins and tokens, such as copper coins and tokens for a copper mining exhibit, exploder control tokens for a coal mining exhibit, coffee cup type tokens for a coffee inspired exhibit, and an exhibit on fashion tokens. Diana is looking forward to taking a class on numismatic grading so she can advance her skills and knowledge in grading coins and paper money, and then share her knowledge with other members of her coin club. WIN congratulates Diana and looks forward to hearing about her experiences at the ANA Summer Seminar in a future article.

Wilsons and Swindling

WIN members Nancy and John Wilson, shown with ANA governor Jeff Swindling, receive the ANA Booster Award for signing up the most new members for the ANA during the last year.




Arthur Fitts III


WIN member and supporter Arthur M. Fitts III receives his 60-year membership pin from ANA President Jeff Garrett.





Myrna Lighterman Passes away at 85

Myrna Lighterman

Member of: Women in Numismatics, Hobo Nickel Society (Original), FUN, ANA LM, CC&GTCC (Casino Chip & Gaming Token)

  • ANA Presidential Award (Jan 2001)
  • Numismatic Ambassador (2008)
  • ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (2008)
  • ANA Medal Of Merit (2012 with Mark Lighterman)

Myrna will be missed.


New Book from Whitman Publishing Showcases the 100 Greatest Women on Coins

100-Greatest-Women-on-Coins_coverAtlanta, Georgia — With the U.S. Treasury getting ready to feature a woman on the new $10 bill, the subject of women on money is more relevant today than ever before. To celebrate this, Whitman Publishing announces the release of a beautifully illustrated new coffee-table book, 100 Greatest Women on Coins. Ron Guth, one of America’s most popular authorities on money, takes the reader on a personal guided tour of coins from ancient Greece to our modern-day pocket change.

“America’s currency is a way for our nation to make a statement about who we are and what we stand for,” Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said on June 17, 2015. “The images of great American leaders and symbols they depict have long been a way for us to honor our past and express our values.” This has been true about images on coins worldwide for thousands of years.

The 100 Greatest Women on Coins include real women such as Cleopatra, Martha Washington, p70and Mother Teresa; goddesses such as Athena, Demeter, and Nike; allegorical women (who represent an idea or nationality) such as Miss Liberty, Mother Earth, and Britannia; and women in art, such as La Pietà and Auguste Renoir’s Girls at the Piano.

100 Greatest Women on Coins is a celebration of the hundreds of women who have appeared on coins from ancient times to the present,” says author Ron Guth. “This is a book about mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, empresses, queens, ballerinas, athletes, goddesses, regents, allegorical figures, and the many forms in which women have appeared on coins. It’s the story of women who have made important contributions to history, politics, the arts, the sciences, and myriad other fields.”

The 100 Greatest were ranked and voted into place by members of Women in Numismatics, a national hobby organization of collectors, dealers, researchers, and historians. The coins on which the 100 Greatest Women appear include valuable gold and silver pieces, unusual commemoratives, and super-rarities, as well as more common pieces that you can find in your pocket change.

p20-21The book includes a foreword by Charmy Harker, president of Women in Numismatics and a noted coin dealer, who calls it “a fascinating look into the important role women have played throughout numismatic history and throughout history in general.”


100 Greatest Women on Coins is not just a price guide or a fancy picture book,” says Whitman Publishing president Mary Burleson. “It’s a time machine that takes the reader to a hundred different points in world history. And it’s a fascinating and colorful introduction to the hobby of collecting coins.”

The book is coffee-table size, 128 pages, full color, with photographs and stories for every coin. It also includes market values and tips on building an impressive coin collection. Retail price is $29.95. 100 Greatest Women on Coins will be available in September 2015, online and at hobby shops and bookstores nationwide. It can be pre-ordered online, including at

 100 Greatest Women on Coins  ·  By Ron Guth; foreword by Charmy Harker  ·  ISBN 0794843360

Hardcover, coffee-table size (10 x 12 inches)  ·  128 pages  ·  Full color  ·  Retail $29.95 U.S.  ·  Online at

CharmyThe More I Know, the More I Realize What I Don’t Know

An Essay on Why We Should Never Stop Seeking Knowledge and…. the Most Important Reason to Attend the ANA Summer Seminar!

By Charmy Harker “The Penny Lady®”

Read the Full Article HERE



VP of WIN Amanda Varner  was recognized by ANA President Walt Ostromecki as a ‘Points of Numismatic Light’

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