MSNA Celebrates the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

MSNA Celebrates the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Although it has taken a while for the weather to warm up, the numismatic market has been hot. MSNA has been active during this time holding our annual exhibits at the March Whitman Expo, planning for the Distinguished Lecture series for the June Whitman Expo, and the raffle that will be held at the November Whitman Expo.

First, I would like to thank MSNA Secretary and Exhibits Chairman Bryce Doxzon for bringing together another successful exhibit session. The exhibits were excellent and well received by those attending the show. I would also like to add special congratulations to Garrett Ziss who won a special Young Numismatist‟s Best in Show. Garrett shows that the future of the hobby is in good hands.

Congratulations to MSNA Treasurer, editor, and serial exhibitor Simcha Kuritzky for being selected as a 2014 winner of the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award.

The Board voted to become a club member of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA). ICTA has begun a program called StateNet to watch legislation that affects dealers in each of the 50 states. As a member, we will work with ICTA to help protect the hobby in Maryland from legislation that would make it difficult for dealers as well as expanding show opportunities.

Looking ahead, I am excited to welcome Dave Schenkman as the speaker in our sixth annual Distinguished Lecturer series. Dave’s lecture, “Collecting by the Numbers: A Look at Trade Token Denominations,” should be of interest to all collectors wanting to understand more about numismatic history.

Finally, this month we are introducing the MSNA encased quarters as a tribute to the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key writing the poem “The Defence of Fort McHenry.” Today, the poem is known as the Star-Spangled Banner. I am very happy with how the encased ring turned out and they will make a wonderful addition to your collection.

Scott Barman, MSNA President