CoinsWeekly editor Ursula Kampmann recently received the prestigious Otto-Paul-Wenger Award from the Association of Swiss Professional Numismatists, honoring her work to promote numismatics. Congratulations! Here's an article detailing her accomplishments.
On June 29, 2012 numismatist and CoinsWeekly publisher Ursula Kampmann has received the prestigious Otto-Paul-Wenger Award. At irregular intervals the Association of Swiss Professional Numismatists bestow that prize on those who are particularly engaged in propagating numismatics. As laudator Albert M. Beck, former editor of the German numismatic journal 'MünzenRevue', and founder and Honorary President of the WorldMoneyFair, stressed, the committee decided unanimously: 'We all agree that Ursula Kampmann is a worthy awardee.'
Albert Beck enqueued Ursula Kampmann among the 'architects who know how to build an important bridge between classical numismatics and modern coin collectors.' He compared the awardee with a beekeeper distributing dripping honeycombs on many territories. Indeed not only coin collectors might know Ursula Kampmann but also many people dealing with coins in one way or another.
Because Ursula Kampmann, as the laudatio lists, has imparted her knowledge by articles since she had taken
her doctoral degree in Ancient history and Greek numismatics in 1996. Especially as editor in chief of
'MünzenRevue' she has written more than 800 contributions for this journal but also for other specialized media. She has also established a certain reputation by her audio contributions and catalogue texts for museums, particularly on behalf of the MoneyMuseum Zurich.
But besides this she is active on areas often thought as incompatible with that kind of journalistic work:
thus Ursula Kampmann acts at the interface between collectors and industry applying her competence to the
world of the coin producing industry being editor of the 'MintWorld'; furthermore she was secretary of the
International Bureau of the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins of the International Association of Professional Numismatists and spokeswoman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art.
People often forget that Ursula Kampmann has much experience in the coin dealing business, too. She started
her professional career writing catalogues for the Gieβener Münzhandlung. Then for nine years she
has worked for Münzen und Medaillen AG in Basel.
In addition she still carries on with her academic interests as the many participations at congresses
attest, lately in Jerusalem. But another current project, the annotated publication of the correspondence
between the coin collectors Hans von Schellenberg and Johann Jakob Rüeger showing impressively how coin
collecting came to life around 1600, testifies her unabated academic curiosity.
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Ursula Kampmann received Otto-Paul-Wenger Award
Wayne Homren, Editor
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