The sixth speaker in the Maryland State Numismatic Association (MSNA) annual Distinguished Lecturer series will be David E. Schenkman, a highly respected numismatic researcher and a recognized authority on United States tokens.
Dave started collecting coins in 1949 and by the mid-1950s, while still in high school, was a serious collector of early U.S. coins. In 1960, he became interested in U.S. tokens, and has specialized in them ever since. For many years he made a living as a professional numismatist and also as the owner of a company that published and sold numismatic books.
Dave is the author of eight books, each of which is considered a standard reference. He has written more than a hundred columns for The Numismatist and numerous articles for other publications. His literary efforts have earned him 24 literary and cataloging awards from the Token and Medal Society, including eight gold Franklin Mint/Segal awards (the only person to win this award more than twice). He is also the recipient of the ANA’s Heath Literary Award and the Wayte & Olga Raymond Memorial Literary Award. The Token and Medal Society’s highest literary award is now a medal bearing his name.
He served as editor for the Token and Medal Society’s publications for 27 years, and as publications editor for the Civil War Token Society for five years. He is past president of both organizations. Dave is also a contributing editor to The Numismatist.
He served as an instructor at the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar for 18 years, teaching courses in U.S. Tokens and Civil War Era Numismatics.
Dave is the recipient of the ANA’s Glenn Smedley award, the Medal of Merit, the Lifetime Achievement award, and their highest honor, the Farran Zerbe award.
Dave’s lecture title is “Collecting by the Numbers: A Look at Trade Token Denominations.” This interesting and engaging talk will be presented at 1 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center during the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo.