More 2021 NNP Symposium speakers announced

Organizers of the annual Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) Symposium have announced more speakers for this month’s three-day virtual event.

The March 19-21 symposium – free for anyone to attend – offers a range of numismatic presentations in a concentrated Zoom-based format.

Some of the speakers announced earlier this year include:

  • Garrett Ziss, the 2020 American Numismatic Association Young Numismatist of the Year, who will present “From the War of 1812 to the Civil War: A Chronology of a Numismatic Marriage”;
  • Sarah Miller, the director of numismatics at Heritage Auctions, who will present “A Day at Heritage Auctions’ New York Office,” providing an insider view of the Texas-based auction firm;
  • Chris McDowell, the editor of the Journal of Early American Numismatics, who will speak on new discoveries in the Betts medal series;
  • Beth Deisher, a long-time Coin World editor, who will discuss the impact of Chinese counterfeits on the U.S. numismatic market; and
  • Daryl Haynor, the winner of the Numismatic Literary Guild Book of the Year Award, who will provide an overview his book United States Classic Gold 1834-1839.


In the area of U.S. coins, John Brush, of David Lawrence Rare Coins, is also slated to speak on the formation and growth of the D.L. Hansen Collection and his quest to surpass the collector Louis Eliasberg, “an accomplishment thought unthinkable at the time of the Eliasberg sales,” according to organizers with the NNP.

Bob Evans will speak on the SS Central America, which continues to offer collectors new discoveries.

Numismatic personality Ken Bressett, who’s widely associated with the Guide Book of U.S. Coins, will be interviewed by Len Augsburger while Sarah Miller will present an inside view of the Heritage Auctions operation in New York City.

In the field of ancients and foreign numismatics, Eric Hodge will speak on merchant counterstamps of the United Kingdom, and Lianna Spurrier will present on the Gaku Ichibu, the first piece of Japanese bar money.

For those learning to navigate the marketplace, Shanna Schmidt will also share her insights on the ancient coin auction landscape.


Young numismatists (YN) will be treated to a block of presentations on March 20, including speakers Jonas Denenberg, who will provide an overview of artificial intelligence as applied to coin grading.

Garrett Ziss, the American Numismatic Association YN of the year, will cover obsolete paper money while Kellen Hoard will discuss approaches to building a numismatic library.

A schedule and full list of speakers will be published at Attendees should register – for free – to receive updates, including meeting links.

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