John Kraljevich has been named the 2016 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Numismatist of the Year.
The award honours an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the association. Kraljevich will be presented with the award on Aug. 12, during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.
For more than a decade, Kraljevich has been a popular instructor on Early American numismatics at the ANA’s annual Summer Seminar. A regular columnist in the association’s journal The Numismatist as well as the national publication Coin World, he has been honoured for his research and writing by the ANA and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). Kraljevich’s Coin World column is now in its ninth year.
“As grateful and flattered as I am to receive this award, my career has been as much a product of the support of the ANA and the numismatic community as it has been anything I’ve done,” he said. “I started out as a kid with a great deal of passion and curiosity about numismatics, both of which were stoked at the ANA Summer Seminars, by dealers, member clubs, and collectors involved with ANA shows. My excitement for our hobby and field of study is my own, but everything I’ve learned came from somewhere else. It’s been a high honour to be treated so well by so many.”
For his contributions to the hobby, Kraljevich has received many awards, some of which include the ANA’s Young Numismatist (YN) of the Year (1993); Heath Literary Award (2002); Glenn Smedley Award (2011); and the association’s Honorary Doctorate in Numismatics (2015). He’s also a recipient of multiple NLG awards for “Best Column” in a large publication (2004, 2006 and 2011).
At ANA conventions, Kraljevich regularly serves as an exhibit judge. He’s also a frequent lecturer at the association’s annual conventions, Early American Coppers (EAC) conventions, and local coin clubs. He has served on several ANA committees, including the Museum Committee and the YN Committee.
Today, his advice on authenticity, appraisal and historical context on a wide variety of early American and exonumic issues is in high demand from collectors and advanced professionals alike. His counsel has been sought by institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Monticello, and many others.
Kraljevich’s impressive record of achievements, his writing and research skills, integrity, and professionalism continue to raise the standard in numismatics.