John Kraljevich Awarded ANAs Numismatist of the Year Award

Author: The American Numismatic Association / July 22, 2016

Kraljevich is the 2016 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA)
Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the
numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and
to the Association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, August 12,
during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim.

For over a
decade, John has been a popular instructor on Early American numismatics at the
ANA’s annual Summer Seminar. A regular columnist in the Association’s journal,The Numismatist, and the national hobby publication, Coin
, he has been honored for his research and writing by the ANA
and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). John’s Coin
 column is now
in its ninth year.

“As grateful
and flattered as I am to receive this award, my career has been as much a
product of the support of the ANA and the numismatic community as it has been
anything I’ve done,” said John. “I started out as a kid with a great deal of
passion and curiosity about numismatics, both of which were stoked at the ANA
Summer Seminars, by dealers, member clubs, and collectors involved with ANA
shows. My excitement for our hobby and field of study is my own, but everything
I’ve learned came from somewhere else. It’s been a high honor to be treated so
well by so many.”

John has
received many awards for his contributions to the hobby, some of which include
the ANA’s Young Numismatist (YN) of the Year (1993), Heath Literary Award
(2002), Glenn Smedley Award (2011), and the Association’s Honorary Doctorate in
Numismatics (2015). John is also a recipient of multiple NLG awards for “Best
Column” in a large publication (2004), (2006), and (2011).

conventions, John regularly serves as an exhibit judge.  He is also a
frequent lecturer at the Association’s annual conventions, Early American
Coppers conventions, and local coin clubs. John has served on several ANA
committees, including the Museum Committee and the YN Committee.

Today, his
advice on authenticity, appraisal and historical context on a wide variety of
early American and exonumic issues is in high demand from collectors and
advanced professionals alike. His counsel has been sought by institutions such
as the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, the Massachusetts
Historical Society, Monticello, and many others.

impressive record of achievements, his writing and research skills, integrity,
and professionalism continue to raise the standard in numismatics. The American
Numismatic Association is all the richer in having John as a dedicated member
and supporter.

The American
Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational
organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and
related items. The ANA helps its nearly 25,000 members and the public discover
and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach
programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For
more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

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