Aug 182014

Kathy Freeland Red Cross PresentationKathy Freeland was our guest speaker and gave a great presentation on Red Cross Bookthe American Red Cross (ARC) collectibles, and the publication of her recent book on the topic.  She said she has been attending MPC (Military Payment Certificate) Fest for about 10 years, and she started writing her book, “American Red Cross in World War II Collector’s Guide” about two years ago.  Kathy then showed slides of six different types of collectibles: (1) chits, including some from Europe and Australia, (2) checks, assumed to be used by clubs that needed supplies, including two shown from the Calcutta ARC, written from Account 149 of the Calcutta Agency of the Bank of China, (3) short snorters, which are notes of money that the guys in the war signed, along with a few ARC girls, (4) materials used to fund the ARC, such as the handbook for salesmen who went door-to-door and samples of the shares the individuals could buy, (5) postcards, including two types – clubmobiles and service club scenes, and (6) Prisoner of War Relief 2014 Red Cross Snack Tickets food packages that held cigarettes, lunch meat, raisins, cheese, chocolate, orange concentrate, liver paste, biscuits and corned beef.  Kathy said funds for the ARC could also be raised via benefit baseball games and track and field events.




Also, WIN’s 2012 Gloria Peters Literary Award was presented to Prue Fitts for her article, “Let’s Hear It For the Ladies.”  The 2013 Gloria Peters Literary Award winner was Kathy Skelton for her article, “Musicians On Coins: The House That Bach Built.”  Prue and Kathy will each receive an engraved plaque with the WIN logo and a check in the amount of $50.00

Aug 182014

WIN is thrilled to announce that we received $1,384 for our Summer Seminar scholarship raffle.  And our big winners are Rick Sear and Larry Hair who each won 25% of the total sales which is $346 each.  And to top it off, both winners have graciously donated their winnings back to WIN!!

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped us raise money for WIN’s Summer Seminar!!!

Jun 152014

Lorraine Weiss, the immediate past president of WIN, was recognized as a Numismatic Point of Light.  The recognition was received at the Las Vegas Numismatic Society’s 51st annual show in April.  The award was in recognition of her tireless dedication promoting the joy of collecting and mentoring youth.  Thanks to Numismatic News for the coverage.  Congratulations Lorraine!

Jun 112014

WIN is pleased to announce a fun and easy way for everyone to get involved and support numismatic education!

We’re holding a 25-25/50 raffle fundraiser, which means TWO lucky winners will each walk away with 25% of the total raffle ticket sales, and 50% will go directly to WIN’s scholarship program to ANA’s Summer Seminar. Tickets are only $1 each or 6 for $5.  Payment can be made by mailing your name, address and a check to Cindy Wibker at PO Box 471147, Lake Monroe, FL 32747-1147.

Each year, WIN pays for one lucky numismatist’s tuition and board for a semester at the American Numismatic Association’s annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs – and we need your help to keep this amazing scholarship program going. So pick up a ticket or two for your chance to “win” while supporting WIN!  The two winning tickets will be drawn on Friday, August 8, during the Chicago ANA.  Winners need not be present.

Jun 112014

Tara Individual Photo     (Temecula, California) — A college student from Georgia who says “learning from numismatics has been a truly wonderful experience” is the recipient of the Professional Numismatists Guild ( 2014 Young Numismatist Scholarship. Tara Crosby, age 20 of Alpharetta, Georgia, now will attend one of the two week-long American Numismatic Association 2014 Summer Seminar sessions courtesy of PNG.

Crosby was introduced to coins by her family at an early age with gifts of proof sets. She began working part-time earlier this year for PNG Member-Dealer John B. Hamrick in Alpharetta while continuing her studies in communications at Georgia Perimeter College.

“To be able to travel to coin shows at my age and meet so many ‘legends’ in numismatics in person has been wonderful. John (Hamrick) has been helping me learn so much,” explained Crosby.

In her PNG scholarship competition essay, she wrote about the excitement of making her first coin sale for Hamrick’s company during the ANA National Money Show in Atlanta this past February. It was a 1926-D Double Eagle that she sold for $20,160.

“I was so thrilled, and my co-workers were incredibly proud of me. Making a sale like that with the little knowledge I had gained thus far about coins was really amazing.”

Crosby wants to take a digital photography class during this year’s ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Her parents, Greg and Carol Crosby, are delighted she won the PNG scholarship. “We were both very proud and very excited for her to have such a wonderful opportunity,” said her father who introduced the couple’s children to coins.

“Each year since the birth of our three children, one of their gifts they always received was a United States Mint proof set for that year.  We have done so up to the age of 21.  So, all the children have a complete set of 21 proof sets.  Tara will receive her final one in July when she turns 21,” he explained.

The PNG YN Scholarship Competition is open each year to applicants between the age of 13 and 22.  Entrants submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the scholarship recipient.

“The scholarship covers airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other countries.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information, visit online at or call (951) 587-8300.