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Time to nominate an Ambassador
By David C. Harper
May 22, 2014

It is time for nominations for the 2014 Numismatic Ambassadors. Please consider who deserves recognition and nominate him or her by filling out the form or using it as a guide to email your nomination to me.

The Numismatic Ambassador Award was created to recognize individuals who volunteer year in and year out to keep the nation’s organizations and shows humming along. They often go unrecognized. It is up to you to show them your appreciation by submitting their name in nomination.

Who meets the qualifications? There are no rigid criteria. Just begin thinking about who you always see working for the benefit of other hobbyists. It might be the long-serving editor of your club bulletin, or the individual who is just putting in his 10th consecutive term as club president, or the individual who is always ready to give a talk when no one else can do it.

Got someone in mind? Good. Download the form here. Send the completed form to me at the address indicated, or email me the information at

Then I will get going on this end.

Anyone can make a nomination. Anyone can be nominated.

It has been a recent tradition to select each year’s winners in the late spring and present the awards at the annual Ambassador breakfast at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in August. We are following that tradition again this year.

However, because the Ambassador Award is celebrating its 40th anniversary, this year’s selection process will hark back to an older method.

The first award was given to Charlie Colver in 1974. He was a renowned California collector, hobby leader and volunteer.

The first award and a number of those that followed were hand-selected by the award’s creator, Clifford Mishler. It was his view that if he picked the people that best exemplified the award, it wouldn’t take long for others to see deserving individuals and nominate them for awards. He was right.

Soon the process of award selection became one where all of the previous Numismatic Ambassadors would vote on each year’s list of nominees to determine that year’s winners.

We will not ask Ambassador Award winners to cast ballots this year. Instead, we have asked Mishler to cast his eye on this year’s nominations in the same way as he did in 1974 to choose those he considers to be the best exemplars of numismatic volunteerism in the 21st century. It is our hope that this will be another inspirational class of award winners as the class of 1974 was.

All past Ambassador Award winners are invited to attend this year’s breakfast at 8 a.m., Aug. 7, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Please indicate if you will be attending and whether you will be bringing a guest. Send your reservations to me at, or mail it to the address on the Ambassador form.

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