The American Numismatic Association's 2019 Summer Seminar sessions get under way June 15. Attending this year's sessions, the 50th year of this important program, will be 30 young numismatists — recipients of scholarships from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES).
In 2018, EPNNES donated $50,000 to the ANA's Summer Seminar to establish an all-expense-paid scholarship program for Young Numismatists to attend the week-long seminar. During this year's seminars (Session 1: June 15-20, Session 2: June 22-27) 30 Young Numismatists will attend with scholarship support.
The donation also will also have an impact on the annual Summer Seminar Young Numismatist Benefit Auctions. Coordinated and led entirely by young collectors, the money from the EPNNES will double the amount raised this year by matching auction revenue dollar for dollar, up to $50,000.
Last year, the auctions raised $30,539.85. Anyone is allowed to bid on items and proceeds support Young Numismatists scholarships and other seminar events.
The late Eric P. Newman, who became a member of the ANA in 1935, is widely remembered and respected for his work as an author, researcher and speaker. In 1958, he and his wife, Evelyn, established the EPNNES, which is dedicated to helping fellow numismatists realize their own potential. Furthermore, Newman served as an ANA Summer Seminar instructor and was an advocate for the program.
Influencing Generations of Collectors
Andy Newman, son of Eric Newman and president of the EPNNES, noted that his father was a huge supporter of young collectors. “Dad cared deeply about building knowledge and involvement in young numismatists. He loved giving numismatic badges to Boy Scouts and instructing at the ANA Summer Seminar,” he said. “He would be greatly honored by the association of his name with this fine program.
Held annually on the campus of Colorado College in Colorado Springs (adjacent to the ANA), the Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic learning and camaraderie that offers collectors a varied selection of weeklong courses designed for discovery or continued study. For many students, the Summer Seminar is a life-changing event, and respected by several of the nation’s most respected collectors, authors and dealers.