George Cuhaj has been hired as curator of the Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes.
Higgins Museum hires Cuhaj for 2023 Summer Season
The Higgins Museum of National Bank Notes has hired George Cuhaj as curator for the
2023 summer season.
Located in Okoboji, Iowa since 1978, the museum has the largest collection of National
Bank Notes on permanent exhibition in the nation. The exhibition includes examples of
large and small size bank notes of all series and denominations with primary emphasis on
Iowa and surrounding states. Additional items include bank postcards, a bank teller's
spider press, a four note sheet signature imprint machine and cutter in
addition to an extensive research library with a banking emphasis.
Cuhaj returns to numismatic employment after a stint as the palliative caregiver for his
aging parent. Previously he was with Krause Publications and served as editor of annual
editions of the Standard Catalog of U.S. Paper Money, in addition to the multi-volume
series of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and Standard Catalog of World Paper
The Museum is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Tuesdays thru Sundays, 11AM to 5
PM. Admission is free, tour groups are welcome by appointment. Located at 1507
Sanborn Ave., Okoboji, IA 51355.
For additional information visit the website at
Here's more background on George and his numismatic career.
George Cuhaj has been involved in all facets of numismatics for his professional career.
While a resident of New York City he was employed as computer systems operator at the American Numismatic Society, a public museum and research institution, followed by a stint as cataloger with Stack's Rare Coins, a premier auction house.
Relocating to the Midwest in 1994 he joined the editorial staff at Krause Publications with responsibility for the Standard Catalog of World Coins and Standard Catalog of World Paper Money and their transition to the online NumisMaster data base.
Cuhaj also was editor of the Standard Catalog of United States Paper Money, transitioning that publication from black and white to one fully illustrated in color.
He has served the hobby as a past board member of the International Bank Note Society and the Central States Numismatic Society in addition to serving twice as president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association. In civic life, he has been the archivist for the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation and most recently the treasurer of the Iola Historical Society.
He has written numerous articles for national, regional and local publications, and during the COVID era embraced hosting informative zoom meetings with collectors featuring power point presentations. For the 2022-23 year he was awarded a research grant by the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society for a project he developed cataloging the medals of the Catholic Hierarchy and Cathedrals in the United States. The results will be available as an e-book in the fall of 2023.
Learning from numismatic artists, he has participated in the bi-annual international FIDEM art medal congresses since 1987 and will have two art medals included in the 2023 congress exhibition in Florence, Italy.
He has been a life-long Boy Scouter earning the Eagle Scout award as a youth and as an adult has been recognized with the Silver Beaver Award and the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow. Since 2002 he has worked with the editorial division of the Boy Scouts of America with updates to scouting's Coin Collecting merit badge pamphlet. He currently serves as a board member on the Bay Lakes Council Scout Museum.
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