NBS member Jerry Adams writes:
I am on the board of directors for NTCA (National Token Collectors Assoc.) which is the largest group of collectors of trade tokens in the world, with over 500 members. We publish a monthly hard copy magazine.
We are starting up a new award open to NTCA members only, to be presented annually to the member who is voted to have published the best book on tokens/exonumia in the last year.
Jerry included the following press release. I never met Curto, but he was a prolific and influential researcher of token topics, and I can trace my interest in various areas to some of his articles.
The National Token Collectors Association (NTCA) a group of 500 collectors of trade tokens has just initiated the "James J. Curto Annual Award." The award will be presented to the NTCA member voted to have written the best book on exonumia in the preceding year.
The award is named in honor of numismatist James J. Curto (1902-1993). Curto was the author of "Military Tokens of the United States" (1970), "Military Tokens of the United States II" (1978), "Indian & Post Trader Tokens" (1951), "Post Exchange, Canteen and Other Military Tokens" (1954), "Sutlers and Their Tokens" (1946), and other books which set a high standard for research and publication. Mr. Curto resided in Grosse Point, Michigan and was a member of the American Numismatic Association.
The first award will be announced by NTCA in April 2010. Information inquiries may be addressed to Jerry Adams at
Curto was an avid token collector and specialized in military tokens and tokens of Post traders and Indian traders. We wanted to honor him by naming the award after him, which I think is fitting.
Curto's work often appeared first in the pages of Numismatic Scrapbook, then later as an offprint or full-fledged book. Did any of our readers know him? What stories do you have for us?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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