Long-time numismatic researcher and author Roger Burdette, of Copper Mountain, Colo., has won this year’s “Clemy,” the highest honour bestowed by the U.S.-based Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG).
Burdette began collecting by filling coin folders from pocket change, according to his Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) biography. Also a specialist in coin photography, he has contributed articles to Coin World, Coins and The Numismatist as well as contributing to several standard reference books.
The Clemy, launched in 1968 alongside the NLG, is given annually to an NLG member “in recognition of writing skill, dedication to numismatics, sense of humor and dedication” to the guild, according to its website.
Burdette, who served on the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee from 2008-12, authored Renaissance of American Coinage 1905-1908 in 2006; Renaissance of American Coinage 1909-1915 in 2007; Renaissance of American Coinage 1916-1921 in 2005; and A Guide Book of Peace Dollars in 2009.
The NLG’s award ceremony was held on Aug. 6.
To see the full list of winners from the 2021 Writers Awards, visit nlgonline.org/awards/annual-writers-competition, where organizers will soon publish the results.
The 1982 Clemy Award, presented to Eric Newman, whose namesake society, the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, funds the NNP, sold for $109 US at a 2018 auction in Texas.