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Women in Numismatics is pleased to announce its general membership meeting in Denver at ANA’s World’s Fair of Money. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4th in Room 112 of the Colorado Convention Center.

Our special guest speaker, Steve D’Ippolito, will give a presentation on “A Century of Empresses, Russia in the 18th Century,” which focuses on Russian Imperial coins.

Steve has been a collector since childhood though, like many, he took a break during late youth.  He began specializing in Russian Imperial coinage in 1991, concentrating exclusively on his collection starting in 1996.  In 1998, he began exhibiting at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, winning the class in which he competed every time, with only one exception.  In 1999, 2002 and 2003 he won second runner up for Best of Show, and in 2005, 2006 and 2007 he won the Howland Wood award for Best of Show.  In 2008, he sold most of his Russian Imperial holdings.  He has been relatively inactive as an exhibitor since that time, but has served at many ANA shows as either exhibit judge or assistant chief judge. He has also served on the ANA Exhibits Committee (for four of those years as chair).  Since 2009, the ANA National Money Show Best of Show award has been named in his honor.  At the Denver show, he is serving as the Host Chair.

Our general meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Kathy Freeland at


Cindy’s been described as “never meeting a stranger” and “always seeing the good in everything.” She doesn’t know if this optimism is a learned behavior or if she inherited it, but she says that this outlook makes waking up every day a true blessing!

The January Florida United Numismatists show is one of the biggest and best coin conventions in the world, and the summer FUN show is gaining momentum. Much of this success can be attributed to the hard work of Cindy Wibker, easily recognized by her orange FUN shirt and big smile.     READ Entire Article HERE at COINWORLD.COM

Louise Boling to speak at Women In Numismatic’s meeting at Central States Numismatic Society Convention in April

Join us on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Serenity Room in Schaumburg, IL at the 78th Annual Central States Numismatic Society Convention! Our featured speaker will be Louise Boling, vice president of Women in Numismatics. The title of her presentation is: Demure Maiden to Wild Child: Saint Barbara, Patron Saint of Those Who Make Things Go Boom.

Louise Boling is fairly new to numismatic collecting, though for years tea pots and Christmas ornaments have followed her home from flea markets and church rummage sales. Even her numismatic interests started by accident: browsing the bourse at the Memphis show in 2000, she fell in love with an Afghani beadwork and coin necklace, and has since acquired several other pieces incorporating coins into their design. She also collects medals and coins related to Saint Barbara, the patron saint of those who work with things that explode, which she will discuss at the WIN meeting. She will bring several medals as well as military challenge coins to illustrate her talk. Ms. Boling is a retired pediatric nurse practitioner and Army Nurse Corps veteran.





Women in Numismatics [WIN] is pleased to announce that Mark Lighterman has agreed to be our speaker at the 62nd FUN Convention, January 5-8, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A distinguished numismatist with wide-ranging interests, Mr. Lighterman was most recently honored, with his late mother Myrna Lighterman, as co-recipients of the ANA’s Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, in recognition of their years of service to  umismatics and to the American Numismatic Association. Mr. Lighterman notes that he initially became interested in “old coins” when he received a Buffalo Nickel in change from a vending machine when he was 11 years old.

According to The Numismatist [8/2016, p. 41] he describes himself as a “pack rat,” collecting a wide range of numismatic and non-numismatic material: error coins, Florida gambling tokens, and animation cells, both Disney and otherwise. In addition to collecting, Mr. Lighterman supports many numismatic organizations with his knowledge and hard work. He is president of Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America [CONECA], treasurer of the Token and Medal Society [TAMS], past president of FUN, and a charter member of Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors Club. He has been an ANA national volunteer since 2003, and currently serves as national exhibit coordinator and  parliamentarian. He acknowledges the importance of many mentors in his growth in numismatics, and seeks to be a mentor himself to others in the hobby, especially young numismatists. Mr. Lighterman is a dynamic and informative speaker.

According to Mark, “since this WIN meeting is in South Florida it is appropriate to talk about some South Florida gambling history. This talk will illustrate how a photo can lead to the identification of an unknown chip and the extreme measures those who research gambling establishments and their chips and tokens will use to get information. The photo, taken during a Miami Beach raid, traces the history of Charles Freed, a small time operator and one-time owner of these chips. Though Freed wasn’t at the level of Meyer Lansky or any of the other wellknown names associated with South Florida gambling, this talk will go through some twists and turns that lead us to some new gambling history not known until this research was done”.

Please join us for his presentation on Saturday, January 7th, at 9 AM.

Diana Jellineks Summer Seminar Expierence in a nutshell!

Diane_01My name is Diana Jellinek and I am a female numismatist. My interest in coins began very early in life when I was first allowed to hold coins on my own. My family sent me coins from all over the world in packages, and over the years, I became drawn to the history that is behind each coin. The stories that coins tell still fascinate me to this day, and it is due to the allure of coins that I contribute back to the coin collecting community. Over time, my goal has been to get more people interested in coins, especially more women and young people. In doing so, I learned about organizations also geared towards promoting numismatic education. Over the last decade, I have joined many groups, but one of my favorites has been Women in Numismatists. To my surprise, I was the recipient of their 2016 ANA Coin Seminar scholarship! And this is how it went.

Leading up to the day of the ANA Coin Seminar, I could feel the excitement bubbling up inside me! “Wow! I cannot believe I am going to the coin seminar where so many knowledgeable people from all over the world are going to discuss coins! How fun is that?! I have to remind myself to stay grounded! I have to take many notes, organize the right clothes for the trip, and always stay hydrated the whole time as Colorado Springs is very elevated and hot!”

Colorado Fun 089This opportunity allowed me to delve into the world of coins a lot more. I chose to take the course called U.S. Coin Grading Part I. This program was instructed by Jim  Stoutjesdyk (Heritage Auction President of the Coin Department), Don Bonser (Former Amex Grader), and up-and-coming grader Kevin Kaufman. Here I was able to focus and understand the condition of coins; rather than the history that I have always been interested in. What was intriguing was the investigation of how each coin had arrived in the condition it is was in. One example would be identifying a bag mark on a coin. Some people often make the mistake of thinking it is a scratch and that the coin deserves a lesser grade, however this is not always so. A bag mark is a ding from another coin’s rim when they are transported from the mint to the bank in large cloth bags full of other coins. Bag marks are actually very common in coins. How to identify a bag mark is actually really easy because when a coin is hit with the rim of another coin, the metal is bent up, which in turn, refracts light. Unbeknownst to many coin enthusiasts, a bag mark does not always count against the grade, especially if it is not in a vital field of the coin. This then brings us to learn about the important fields of focus on coins. Each coin has its own field of focus; on the Morgan dollar, the clear cheek and open field in front of her face are the most significant areas. It is imperative to search these areas for bag marks, like a scratch from improper storage such as from a staple or die polish marks. If a bag mark is clearly distracting, then the coin loses grading value, which could mean big money is lost. If the bag mark is not distracting and located in a less important area on the coin, such as if the mark was slightly hidden in the tussles of Miss Liberty’s hair; then it is less detrimental to the coin’s grade.

Another example of grading coins that I learned was that coin luster is one of the most important features of a coin. When you look at a coin, do you see a lustrous shine to it?Colorado Fun 130 That shine is when the luster of a coin spins like a cartwheel as you rotate it. This visual effect is known as “cartwheel luster.” That look is usually the most desirable aspect for most collectors, but there are some who still love an evenly worn coin. You may wonder why someone would collect very worn coins, but it is hard to find a coin that is evenly worn down in an AG03 (almost good) condition. That type of coin takes many years to wear down and adds some mystical element to the coin. This begs the question; did someone receive this coin as a gift and carry it in their pocket all their life? Noticing if the coin has a full cart wheel or partial luster determines the level of grade. If there are few marks and scratches, has little to no wear, and has visible luster then the coin would be considered to be mint state. Mint state goes from MS60 to MS70, but that wasn’t always the case. The history of coin grading is fascinating and can be found in the reference book, The Official American Numismatic Association Grading Standards for United States Coins, by both Kenneth Bressett and Q. David Bowers. This extensive book is a must read for any new coin collector!

Another beneficial aspect about the seminar was being able to learn in a group environment which allowed us all to ask individualized questions that produced a shared synergy in class. We were all able to learn more by hearing what other people thought and continuously generated new ideas. The WIN scholarship vastly increased my understanding about numismatics, and for that I am extremely grateful.


The Rundown of the ANA August Show in Anaheim California.


Happy 25th Birthday to WINS



The 25-25-50 raffle was a success!  Lisa Loos set out to sell about $400 in tickets, and fell short of her goal by a tiny bit.  Way to go, Lisa!  We had sold $610 before we arrived in Anaheim.  When we held the drawing at 4:00 PM on Friday, we had exactly $1,000.00, thanks to some last-minute ticket sales to boost us from $970 to $1,000.00.  Our two lucky winners were David Crenshaw of ICTA, and Carrie Best.  Carrie donated her $250 back to WIN.  Thank you, Carrie!  That allows us to put $750 in our scholarship fund to send a lucky WIN member to the ANA summer conference in 2017.  

Our meeting was also fun with 3 WIN members reminiscing about the early years.

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 Our Speakers were Sondra Beymer      Nancy Wilson                            Prue Fitts.  


The 3 musketeers and 1 mouseketeer showing off the yummy cake



The giant cakes provided by FUN were beautiful and enjoyed by many, many people!  They weren’t kidding when they said each cake would feed 80-100 people.  FUN had a corner table and used our side table for WIN promotions – Winning Ways, membership applications, and our photo board with old photos.  We had a lot of activity at the table, and I came home with dues for 5 or 6 people – a few renewals and 3-4 new members.  

The mixer Thursday night was well attended and enjoyed by women and men.  It’s nice to see people in a social setting, aside from the hustle and bustle of the bourse floor!



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

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