Last year the numismatic community learned that the Krause Publications signature Numismatic Ambassador award would no longer be
supported by the parent company. This was disheartening news, for the program exists to honor and encourage the selfless, workhorse
volunteers who are the lifeblood of the hobby in America. Thankfully, another organization, Florida United Numismatists, has stepped
forward to continue the tradition. Below is a press release forwarded at my request by Tony Swicer, the new administrator for the award.
Nominations are being sought for the 2016 awards. Please take a moment to reflect on the many local, regional and national club members
deserving of recognition. -Editor
The Numismatic Ambassador Award started in 1974 by Clifford Mishler of Krause Publications. This is an award at grass roots level where
numismatists might not otherwise be recognized by the numismatic community. Since its beginnings, over 370 numismatists have received this
prestigious award. Every year, nominations are accepted and voted on by the ambassadors. Usually five nominees receive the award at the ANA
National Convention Numismatic Ambassador Breakfast. Dave Harper, editor of Numismatic News has been the master of ceremonies.
At the 2014 breakfast, it was announced that this would be the last ambassador awards due to cut backs by the parent company.
After speaking with many ambassadors and numismatic organizations, it was decided that Florida United Numismatists would sponsor the
award beginning at the January FUN Show in Tampa Florida. Nothing has changed, both Dave Harper and Cliff Mishler will be running the
ceremonies at the breakfast. The integrity of this award will not be compromised.
Tony Swicer is the FUN administrator of the Numismatic Ambassador Award. He is currently updating the numismatic ambassador mailing list
and accepting nominations for numismatic ambassadors for January 2016. Contact Tony at;
P.O. Box 5823
Lake Worth, FL 33466
Wayne Homren, Editor
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