IAPN Congress 2018 in Prague

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August 9, 2018 – This year the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) held its 66th Annual General Meeting from Thursday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 6th in Prague (Czech Republic). 28 numismatic firms were present (and 22 with proxy) out of the 115 that the Association count, spread over 5 continents.

The IAPN chose the beautiful city of Prague as the location of its 66th Annual Congress. Image: Peter K. Burian, CC BY-SA 4.0.

The Prague Congress was organized by John Jencek of the IAPN. During this congress, 2 working sessions were held and the following topics were discussed: the reports of the various commissions of the association, the new sales rules, the new laws concerning international trade with the detailed intervention of Daniel Sedwick on the European and American legislations, the presentation of the next congress in Scottdales (USA), the vote of the congress for the year 2020 in Marseille, and the Anti Forgery Committee.

The 1st Place for the Numismatic Book Price of the year 2018 was awarded to Stevens, Paul. The coins of the English East India Company – Presidency Series – A Catalog and Pricelist. Spink, London, 2017.
The 2nd Place: Kumar, Sanjeev. Treasures of the Gupta Empire. Shivlee Trust, USA, 2017.
The 3rd Place: Modesti, Adolfo, and Traina, Mario. The Medal and the Monete che hanno fatto l’Italia (1846-1871). Accademia Italiana di Studi Numismatici, Rome, 2017.

These 3 books were distinguished among 22 excellent numismatic publications, a large number of candidates this year. 

During the Gala Dinner, 50000 CZK were raised, an amount of 1950 euros for the benefit of the POMOCNE TLAPKY association, which trains and provides service dogs for people with reduced mobility. During the working sessions, the memory of former members who had deceased since the last congress was mentioned; followed by a minute of silence.

Atlas Numismatics, Inc. represented by Mr. James Ricks was elected as a new member and Dr. Francesca Bernheimer was named an honorary member of IAPN. 

Those who attended the congress were able to discover the beautiful city of Prague and its history, thanks to a guided tour, especially the Charles IV bridge during our boat trip, its castle and its historic center. The gala dinner and some private dance lessons by John Jencek took place in the beautiful Municipal House. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit a silver mine and to test coin strikes.

The next congress will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 12th-15th, 2019 in the United States, and will be organized by World Numismatics.

CoinsWeekly has published some additional information on Paul Stevens’s book. 

It can be purchased on the Spink website.

For more information on the IAPN please visit the IAPN website.