MSNA debuts its annual Distinguished Lecturer Series with Q. David Bowers, renown numismatist, one of the most respected professionals in the field, and founder of Bowers and Merena Galleries. His firm has auctioned every United States coin issue. He is recognized worldwide as a leading numismatist, author and rare coin professional.

Dave has received more numismatic awards and honors than any other numismatist in his field, including numerous “Book of the Year” awards given by the Numismatic Literary Guild; the American Numismatic Association’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Award; the highest honor given by the Professional Numismatic Guild, the Founders’ Award and many others. Further, Dave was the first ANA member, in 1995, to be named Numismatist of the Year and has been inducted into the ANA’s Numismatic Hall of Fame. The July 1999 issue of CoinAge Magazine named Q. David Bowers one of the top “Numismatists of the Century.”

He served as president of the American Numismatic Association from 1983-1985 and of the Professional Numismatists Guild from 1977-1979 and is the only person who has ever held both of these esteemed offices.

Dave Bowers is the author of over four dozen books, including The History of United States Coins: An Illustrated History, American Coin Treasures and Hoards, High Profits from Rare Coin Investment, The Treasure Ship S. S. Brother Jonathan, The Rare Silver Dollars Dated 1804, and many others, such as the biographies of distinguished numis­matists Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Virgil Brand, the Norweb family, and Abe Kosoff. Dave Bowers’ monthly column “Coins and Collectors” in The Numismatist and his weekly “Joys of Collecting” column in Coin World were both voted most popular columns by an outside contributor to each of these leading publications. His latest is The Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins. When Dave Bowers writes, people read!

Lecture was held June 12, 2009 at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Expo.

Q. David Bowers and MSNA President Frank MurphyQ. David Bowers spoke on collecting Colonial and Early American coins from the mid-1950s until now as the premier speaker in our Distinguished Lecturer series on Friday at 2:00 P.M. at the Baltimore show. There were 45 people in the audience. In the photo, MSNA President Frank Murphy presents Bowers with a set of MSNA medals from the 2008 ANA show.