Numismatic Literary Guild Awards 2021 Presented

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Esteemed researcher and award-winning numismatic author Roger W. Burdette is this year’s recipient of The Clemy, the highest honor given by the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). “The Clemy is a coveted, annual award presented in recognition of writing skill, dedication to numismatics, sense of humor and dedication to the Numismatic Literary Guild,” explained former NLG Executive Director Ron Guth. The organization’s annual awards presentation was delivered on August 6, 2021.

Five Awards For NGC

The NLG has presented Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with five awards for excellence in providing engaging and educational content to the coin collecting community. The awards include one for NGC’s social media presence, three for its monthly columns about US, world and ancient coins and one for best specialized book, highlighting NGC’s industry understanding and depth of expertise.

In recognition of NGC’s work on social media to inform and entertain coin hobbyists, NGC’s @ngccoins Instagram account was recognized as Best Numismatic Social Media Platform or Coin Collector Forum. Found at, the account has over 36,000 followers and has been honored by NLG for three years running. It is updated daily with high-quality images of fascinating coins, tokens and medals from around the world.

Three of NGC’s monthly columns were honored, including the NGC Ancients column, written for the NGC eNewsletter by David Vagi, NGC Ancients Director and Finalizer. The column was recognized for excellence in writing about ancient or medieval coins for the fourth year in a row.

NGC Research Director David W. Lange’s USA Coin Album column is also a multi-year winner, being recognized for the second year in a row in the category for US coins (Modern). New to the awards list this year was Jeff Garrett’s NGC Weekly Market Report article, which was honored in the category of Numismatic Investment or Marketplace columns.

All three of these columns are posted monthly or bi-monthly to and are also available through the free NGC monthly newsletter. To get them delivered to your inbox, visit

Also recognized this year in the Best Specialized Books: Numismatic History or Personalities category was David Lange’s Coin Collecting Albums: A Complete History & Catalog Volume 3 Whitman Publishing Company Folders & Albums 1940-1978. The book relates the history of Whitman Publishing Company through an examination of their coin folders, albums and cards produced from 1940 through 1978, with complete histories and catalogs.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized by the NLG with such significant awards,” said Lange. “My fascination with coins began as soon as I learned to read, and it’s been a wonderful journey of discovery. I’m pleased to be able to give back to the hobby through my writing and research.”

“We are honored that the NLG has again recognized our efforts to promote and educate the hobby,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC Senior Grading Finalizer. “Sharing our expertise and engaging with collectors across the globe has long been a priority for NGC.”

A Complete List of the 2021 Award Categories and Winners

a. United States or Early American Coins
The Confident Carson City Coin Collector – Rusty Goe
b. Ancient or Medieval Coins (pre-1500)
Money and Power in Hellenistic Bactria – Simon Glenn
c. World Coins (1500 to Date)
A Legacy of Collection: The NC Collection of Chinese Coins – Nelson Chang
d. Paper Money
A Guide Book of Continental Currency and Coins – Q. David Bowers
e. Tokens & Medals
Old Regime France and its Jetons – James E. McClellan III
f. Numismatic Investment or Marketplace
Cash in Your Coins – Beth Deisher
g. Numismatic History or Personalities
Coin Collecting Albums, Volume 3, Whitman Publishing Company – David W. Lange

The Confident Carson City Coin Collector – Rusty Goe

a. United States Coins – Early
“Were Some Proof Trade Dollars Struck as Medals?” – Roger W. Burdette – Coin World
b. United States Coins – Modern
“New Light Shed on Mysterious Past of 1913 Liberty Head Nickel” – Robert Van Ryzin – Numismatic News
c. Ancient or Medieval Coins (pre-1500)
“Libertas and Freedom from Financial Burden in the Reigns of Trajan and Hadrian” – Nathan T. Elkins – American Journal of Archaeology
d. World Coins (1500 to Date)
“Recent Auction of Tanintharyi Coinage” – Philip Hauret –
e. Paper Money
“Running Antelope and the 1899 $5 Silver Certificate” – Chris Bullfinch –
f. Tokens & Medals
“A Maine to Remember” – David Schenkman – TAMS Journal
g. Numismatic Investment or Marketplace
“Reimagining Coin Collecting and Investing” – Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez – COINage
h. Numismatic History or Personalities
“Collecting American Colonial Coins in 18th Century England” – Jeff Rock – Journal of Early American Numismatics

a. United States Coins – Early
“USA Coin Album” – David W. Lange – The Numismatist
b. United States Coins – Modern
“The Coin Analyst” – Louis Golino –
c. Ancient or Medieval Coins (pre-1500)
“NGC Ancients” – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – NGC eNews
d. World Coins (1500 to Date)
“World Coins on the Block” – Jeff Starck – Coin World
e. Paper Money
“Uncoupled” – Fred Schwan & Joseph Boling – Paper Money
f. Tokens & Medals
“Tokens & Medals” – David Schenkman – The Numismatist
g. Numismatic Investment or Marketplace
“Weekly Market Report” – Jeff Garrett – NGC eNews
h. Numismatic History or Personalities
“It’s News to Me” – Donn Pearlman – COINage

a. Best Investment Newsletter (tie for first)
a. Liberty’s Outlook – Patrick A. Heller, editor; Rosen Numismatic Advisory – Maurice Rosen, editor
b. Best Professional Periodical
Alaskan Token Collector & Polar Numismatist – Dick Hanscom, editor
c. Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical – Large Circulation
The Numismatist – Caleb Noel, editor
d. Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical – Small Circulation
Paper Money – Benny Bolin, editor

a. Best Online News Website – Charles Morgan, editor
b. Best Dealer or Industry Website – Heritage Auctions
c. Best Non-Trade Website
The History of Money Virtual Tour – American Numismatic Association
d. Best Numismatic Social Media Platform or Coin Collector Forum – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
e. Best Blog – American Numismatic Society

a. Best U.S. Coin Auction Catalog
Donald G. Partrick Collection – Heritage Auctions
b. Best World Coin Auction Catalog
Paramount Collection – Heritage Auctions
c. Best Paper Money Auction Catalog
Mike Coltrane Collection – Heritage Auctions
d. Best Book or Exonumia Auction Catalog (tie for first)
Charles Opitz Collection – Kagin’s Auctions; Richard Margolis Library – Kolbe & Fanning

a. Audio
The Planchet, featuring David Hendin – American Numismatic Society
b. Video
Money Talks – American Numismatic Society
c. Still Photography
Halley’s Comet – Michael A. Kodysz – ANA eLearning Academy
d. Software or App – Heritage Auctions

a. James A. Miller Award – Article or Story of the Year
“Collecting American Colonial Coins in 18th Century England” – Jeff Rock – Journal of Early American Numismatics
b. Lee Martin Founder’s Award – Best All-Around Portfolio
Steve Roach
c. The Ribbit
Douglas Winter
d. The Clemy
Roger W. Burdette

For additional information visit the NLG website.

The award ceremony can be viewed on YouTube.

Our founder Dr. Ursula Kampmann has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild.