RyAnne Scott of the ANA authored an interesting blog post on January 29th. An ANA member will be appearing on the TV show "Pawn Stars".
American Numismatic Association member Greg Schenewerk and his bronze Carnegie Medal for Heroism are ready for their close up. When both appear on an upcoming episode of The History Channel's popular series "Pawn Stars," the ANA's Summer Seminar will be the likely beneficiary of the taping.
It all started when Greg picked up the bronze medal in a Bakersfield, Calif., pawn shop. The back of the medal Greg purchased is inscribed to "John L. Bell/who helped to save/Arthur E. Rivers/from drowning/Swansboro, N.C./August
The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission issues medals to people who perform heroic acts in civilian life and provides financial help to those disabled because of their heroism. Steel baron Andrew Carnegie started the fund after hearing inspiring rescue stories following a mine disaster that killed 181 people. Since the fund's inception in 1904, there have been more than 9,500 honorees. The medals have become popular collector items.
While in Las Vegas last November, Greg stopped by the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop made famous by the TV series. He
showed the Carnegie medal to an employee, who took it to the back of the shop to let owner Rick Harrison examine it. Returning with the medal, the employee took a picture of it and told Greg that she would pass along information to
producers at The History Channel.
"I got the call the next day," said Greg, a professional photographer who lives in San Diego.
E-Sylum readers know I'm a collector of Carnegie hero medals, too. I'll be curious to see the segment when it airs.
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STAR TURN: ANA MEMBER TO APPEAR ON PAWN STARS
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