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Walton Heirs Donate $100,000
By Numismatic News
February 21, 2014

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A donation of $100,000 has been given to the American Numismatic Association to establish the George Walton Grant for the Support of the ANA Diploma Program.

The gift was made by the family of George O. Walton, the past owner of one of the rarest coins in United States history, the 1913 Liberty Head “V” nickel.

The grant is made up of four donations of $25,000 each by R. Ryan Givens, Richard W. Givens, M. Bette Givens, and Cheryl and Gary Myers in honor and memory of George O. Walton and Melva Walton Givens.

The donations will be used to update the traditional Diploma Program curriculum and develop a new e-learning component for members who wish to complete the program in an online setting.

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“The George Walton family has been so good to the ANA for so many years, and this wonderful donation will ensure that other collectors can pursue the numismatic education that George Walton held in such high esteem,” said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick.

The grant will first be used to review and update the six correspondence courses that are offered under the Florence Schook School of Numismatics Diploma Program. This extensive review process will take two to three years to complete, explained Rod Gillis, the ANA’s numismatic educator. Once the entire curriculum has been updated, it will be developed into a series of online courses.

The Walton specimen of the 1913 Liberty Head “V” nickel was sold by Heritage Auctions in April 2013 for a then-record $3.1 million.

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