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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 36, September 6, 2015, Article 23


Ursula Kampmann of Germany and Serge Pelletier of Canada have been given major awards recently. Congratulations! Here are excerpts from an ANA press release and articles in the latest CoinsWeekly -Editor

Ursula Kampmann
Ursula Kampmann Ursula Kampmann is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing. This award is presented annually to an author, journalist or researcher in recognition of their career contributions to the hobby. The award is sponsored by F&W Publications, and the winner is selected in a cooperative process by the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society and the Numismatic Literary Guild. Kampmann will be honored at the ANS Gala on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in New York City.

Ursula Kampmann was born in 1964 and has called Munich, Germany home for many years. Kampmann studied ancient history and numismatics as well as prehistory and medieval history at the Ludwigs-Maximmilians University in Munich and at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. After working as a professional numismatist for the Giessener Münzhandlung in Munich and the Münzen und Medaillen AG in Basel, Switzerland, she worked as chief editor for the German numismatic publication MünzenRevue (CoinsRevue) from 1996-2012.

In 2009 Kampmann founded MünzenWoche, and currently serves as the publication’s Editor-at-large and CEO. Kampmann has also been the Editor-in-chief for Mint News Quarterly, a journal that specializes in modern production technique of commemorative and circulating coins, since 2012.

Over the last 20 years, Kampmann has written more than 2,000 articles for notable publications such as: The Celator, Coin-News and Coin World (United States), and Cronaca Numismatica (Italy). Her writings have been translated into over 12 languages.

The CoinsWeekly team is very happy to see that Kampmann’s contributions have gained so much attention outside Germany, thanks to the internationality of CoinsWeekly. Ursula Kampmann states: “I have constructed CoinsWeekly as a bridge, a bridge connecting collectors, dealers, scholars and coin producers, but likewise nations as well as continents. To me, the award is proof that this concept works out. I have been writing articles for years, but it is only after CoinsWeekly came into being that they are recognized abroad as well. Thus, I am not only proud of being awarded such a prestigious honor but I am delighted at the success of CoinsWeekly. After all, I am the first European who has gained attention in the US with her numismatic writings. And we are having so many excellent numismatic authors here!”

To read the complete article, see:
ANA announces: Ursula Kampmann to receive the 2015 Burnett Anderson Award (

Serge Pelletier
Serge Pelletier Serge Pelletier, who contributes to CoinsWeekly from time to time, received some lofty and well-deserved recognition during the awards banquet at the 62nd annual convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 22-26, 2015. Pelletier received the J. Douglas Ferguson Award, the highest numismatic honour in Canada, presented for “distinguished service to Canadian numismatics.”

“To me, it's like joining the Canadian numismatic hall of fame,” said Pelletier, who has been involved in the hobby for nearly five decades. “It’s quite humbling when you read the names of previous recipients.” Pelletier is referring to Canadian numismatic legends like Fred Bowman, Sheldon S. Carroll, James E. Charlton, and Jerry Remick, to name a few.

In describing Pelletier, incoming RCNA President, Henry Nienhuis, said “He’s often been ahead of his time on things he has proposed, and he is among the top numismatists who have received the Ferguson Award. He fits well into that category.”

Pelletier was only 19 when, in 1980, Charlton Press published his first book, a catalogue on what were then called Canadian trade dollars. The Numismatic Literary Guild called him a “youthful veteran” at the time. He has since published several other catalogues on the subject that have become “bibles” within the trade dollar collector community.

To read the complete article, see:
Pelletier awarded highest honour in Canadian numismatics (

Wayne Homren, Editor

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