2013 MSNA President Frank Murphy (L) hands off the gavel to 2014 MSNA President Scott Barman

2013 MSNA President Frank Murphy (L) hands off the gavel to 2014 MSNA President Scott Barman

As I get ready to turn over the gavel to Scott, it makes me wax philosophic. I consider myself very lucky to have been associated with the members of the Maryland State Numismatic Association as well as the Baltimore Coin Club.

There was a lot that went on in the last two years. We were able to beat back the proposed elimination of the sales tax exemption on numismatic purchases of $1,000 or more. There were launches of two coins, both with themes associated with the Battle of Baltimore—the Star Spangled Banner Commemoratives in 2012 and the Fort McHenry Quarter in 2013, Maryland’s entry in the America the Beautiful series. Several members of the Board were able to attend both events.

We had two years’ worth of Whitman Shows as well as local shows such as BANC and Middle River. We have had two more Distinguished Lectures—even if the low attendance continues to be a source of frustration. We have had two more shows that featured the MSNA-managed exhibits—and speaking of which, Simcha Kuritzky continues to rack up awards for his creative and well-researched exhibits (I think I see a book in Simcha’s future — “How to construct an Award-Winning Numismatic Exhibit”).

So I wish the incoming slate of officers well. Scott completes the trifecta of presidents from the Montgomery County delegation following recent terms by Simcha Kuritzky and Jack Schadegg. I also want to wish all the members and their families a happy Thanksgiving and a happy holiday season.

Frank Murphy, MSNA President