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McGarigle recognized at CICF

Jim McGarigle was recognized at the Chicago International Coin Fair for his achievement in shepherding the Collectors Rights Resolution through the 2006 GOP state convention in Wisconsin.

July 14, 2007

Jim McGarigle (left) accepts the ACCG Exceptionally Meritorious Service Award from Wayne G. Sayles, ACCG Executive Director.

In 2004, Jim McGarigle conceived the idea of presenting a Collectors Rights Resolution to his local GOP caucus in Portage County, Wisconsin. The resolution basically outlined the positive contributions of private collecting to cultural awareness and diversity and called on legislators to protect the interests of ancient coin collectors by opposing attempts by the archaeological community to impose import restrictions on ancient coins being shipped into the United States. The resolution passed in McGarigle's local caucus and he lobbied effectively for passage at the 7th Congressional District caucus that year. The resolution was next considered at the State pre-convention resolution committee meeting where McGarigle was once again successful in gaining acceptance. It was on the agenda for consideration at the 2005 GOP state convention, but was tabled due to an unusual adminstrative action. Not to be denied, McGarigle fought for broader support and at the 2006 convention the resolution was passed.

In recognition for his achievement, Jim McGarigle was presented with the ACCG Exceptionally Meritorious Service award at the guild meeting in Chicago on April 27, 2007. McGarigle is only the third ACCG member to receive this particular award, joining Peter K. Tompa and Bill Puetz. He is a member of the ACCG Legislative Affairs Task Force. Also cited at the meeting for his important contributions to the Wisconsin Resolution effort was Clifford Mishler of Iola, Wisconsin. Mishler, former Chairman of Krause Publications, a trustee of the American Numismatic Society and a current candidate for the Board of Directors of the American Numismatic Association, was instrumental in obtaining the critical support of Wisconsin GOP legislators and participated in a series of Friend of Numismatics award presentations to these legislators, in appreciation of their support.

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