This winter has been an exciting one for Baltimore sports fans. Although the Ravens dispatched old rivals the Colts in the first round of the playoffs, further success seemed unlikely as it would require beating the two best quarterbacks in the game—Peyton Manning and Tom Brady—to get to the Super Bowl. Perhaps it was the bitter disappointment of losing the AFC Championship to the Patriots last year, or maybe it was the emotional lift of Ray Lewis’ early return from injury in time to join in the playoffs, or this being his last ride. Whatever the reason, the Ravens would not be denied. How appropriate that it took a goal line stand by Ray Lewis and the defense on four successive plays in the waning minutes of the contest to preserve the win over the Forty-Niners in Super Bowl XLVII! It was good to see the national coverage for our area of the two rallies (one initiated by the Today Show) during the week before the game, and the parade afterward witnessed by 200,000 fans!

But I digress—back to numismatics. The February 2013 issue of The Numismatist featured an extensive article by Donald Kagin on the notes that helped to finance the War of 1812. That was the subject of Mr. Kagin’s talk in the MSNA’s Distinguished Lecturer Series last year.

February means that Bryce Doxzon is busy preparing to host the exhibits at the March Whitman Expo at the Convention Center. I invite those of you who will be attending the show to stop and view the exhibits–the exhibitors put a lot of time and effort into them. We are fortunate that the most accomplished of all exhibitors nationally is MSNA’s own Treasurer and Maryland Numismatist Editor, Simcha Kuritzky!

I would like to extend a welcome to Patti Finner who has moved to the Baltimore area from the frozen tundra of Iola, Wisconsin. I have never met a person more dedicated to the hobby. Patti has a wealth of ex¬peri-ence working in numismatics, notably with the ANA. The Maryland coin clubs will be well served by Patti’s increased presence in Maryland.

Finally, I hope you will all join me in wishing MSNA Vice President Scott Barman success in his quest to become an ANA Governor. Scott is very active in numismatics. He is an author as well as creator and webmaster of the MSNA website

Frank Murphy, MSNA President