David Sundman named 2016 ANA ‘Dealer of the Year’

This year’s recipient of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award is David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company, of Littleton, N.H.

The Forman Dealer Award honours a professional numismatist that shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays “exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.”

Unlike many numismatists, Sundman grew up with a mail-order stamp and coin business, which was founded by his parents, Maynard and Fannie. By age five, he was sorting bags of Indian Head cents by dates and was well on his numismatic voyage.

Working alongside his father, Sundman became so captivated by the stories behind stamps and coins he later earned a degree in history from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. After gaining business experience with a retail chain in the Washington, D.C. area, he joined the family collectibles firm, Littleton Coin Co., in 1972 and was named president in 1985.

“It’s a real surprise and honour to receive this award. However, the true ‘Dealer of the Year’ award should be shared with our entire Littleton Coin organization of more than 300 staff,” said Sundman. “Over the past 70 years, we’ve gathered a talented group of people who continue diligently every day to make Littleton Coin a better company, which serves collectors all over the nation.”

A life member of the ANA, Sundman is also a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild, a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, and treasurer of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.

A prolific author, Sundman is a current contributor to A Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”) and a co-author of the best-selling book 100 Greatest American Currency Notes with Q. David Bowers.

David is a frequent presenter at ANA conventions and has received the organization’s Century Club Award (1997), Exemplary Service Award (1997), Presidential Award (2001), Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (2001), and Medal of Merit (2003) for his contributions to the Association’s numismatic and educational programs.


Sundman also will be recognized at the Anaheim World’s Fair of Money during the Legacy Series, an event moderated by Editor-in-Chief of The Numismatist Barbara Gregory. The event will honour and celebrate Sundman’s significant impact on the numismatic community through his vision, leadership, and trend-setting within the hobby.


Sundman also will receive this year’s Dealer Booster Award on behalf of Littleton Coin Company during the Member and Donor Reception in Anaheim. Littleton’s membership efforts garnered 128 new ANA members.

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