Back in 2010 we discussed Roosevelt University's 1960s numismatics courses, and Sheldon Banoff shared his reminiscences. In this follow-up, he shares an interesting image of his diploma.
In previous E-Sylum items on the Roosevelt University (Chicago) Numismatics class offered during the 1965-1966 school year, I shared some of my fond remembrances. As I mentioned, I was the youngest student in the class (age 16), then a junior in high school (but already an amateur numismatist for several years, and co-founder and president of the Sullivan High School, Chicago, Coin Club). (A few months later I started a part-time job in the Stamp & Coin Department at Chandler's, 630 Davis St., Evanston, Ill., where I worked from 1966 to 1970 during high school and part of college.)
Anyway, at the end of the first semester all enrolled students received a "Record of Achievement" diploma, regardless of whether we had taken the 1 hour course for credit (I did not, as it required a paper to be submitted).
I recently came across my (now 48-year-old) diploma, which I have attached. As can be seen, the class was sponsored by Roosevelt's Division of Continuing Education and Extension, and it was awarded February 16, 1966. (I did not enroll for the second semester.)
Of particular interest are the five signatories. Original signatures are from Leo A. Young, President, Professional Numismatist Guild; Matt Rothert, President, American Numismatics Association; and A. M. Kagin, Numismatic Educational Program, and the stamped signatures are of Rolf A. Weil, President, Roosevelt University, and Lucy Ann Marx, Director, Division of Continuing Education and Extension. (Leo's and Art's signatures are in blue ink, Matt's in black.)
I don't think my certificate constitutes "exonumia", but for those who collect such things I doubt there are many other specimens still in existence!
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
THE ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY COURSE IN NUMISMATICS
MORE ON THE ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY COURSE IN NUMISMATICS
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