The Maryland State Numismatic Association (MSNA), in conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, is pleased to present its second speaker in the MSNA Distinguished Lecturer Series:  Mark Borckardt, one of the country’s outstanding numismatic scholars and researchers.  His talk was entitled “Sixty Minutes at the First Mint.”

Mark was a member of the team that authenticated and hence rediscovered the fifth 1913 Liberty Head nickel in Baltimore in 2003.  He has been a professional numismatic researcher and cataloguer for more than twenty years and has been involved as a coin dealer for almost forty years. He is now senior cataloguer of U.S. coins at Heritage Auctions.

Mark is one of the noted scholars in early American coppers.  He edited Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents 1793-1814, for which he received the Early American Coppers (EAC) Literary Award and the Numismatic Literary Guild’s (NLG) Book of the Year award.  He has been appointed historian of the EAC Society and is a thirty-year member of EAC.

Larry Goldman introduces Mark Borckardt to the audience

Mark has served for a number of years as a contributor to the Red Book and published a number of articles in the numismatic literature appearing in such sources as The Numismatist, Penny Wise, Rare Coin Review, Heritage Magazine, and Coin World. He has co-authored or contributed to several additional books including Million Dollar Nickels.

Mark also has an interest in genealogy, having traced his own family roots back 13 generations to the 1640s in New Jersey, and he has bowled a number of perfect 300 games.

MSNA Jack Schadegg and Mark Borkardt

MSNA President Jack Schadegg presents a set of MSNA medals from the 2008 Baltimore ANA show to Mark Borckardt

Lecture was held June 18, 2010 at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Expo.

Mark Borckardt spoke for 60 minutes on the first United States Mint, which operated in Philadelphia from 1792 to 1830. He was the second speaker in our Distinguished Lecturer series. Over 40 people attended. MSNA made Mark an honorary life member and presented him with a silver bowling medal.