The ACCG funds an annual scholarship for a Young Numismatist to study ancient coins at the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar. The ANA has announced that Sam Spiegel, the 2006 recipient of this ACCG scholarship has been named ANA Young Numismatist of the Year. The ACCG offers its heartfelt congratulations to this exceptinal YN. The original article (below) about Sam's scholarship was posted last summer.
Sam Spiegel of Brooklyn, NY, will be attending Summer Seminar Session II, July 8-14, 2006, and is enrolled in the Ancient Coins class, instructed by Harlan Berk. A hands-on learning experience is provided by using pieces from the ANA’s Money Museum collection. Students will learn how to attribute a variety of early coins through in-depth class discussions and use of published resources from the ANA Library.
Sam’s entire family is very involved and active within the numismatic community. Sam is currently a member of the ANA, YNA, GSNA, CSNS, Ocean County Coin Club and MSNS and also serves as one of two governors of the Young Numismatists of America. Sam has presented many talks about ancient coins at local YN programs and at the 2004 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, he placed 1st in the YN category and 2nd in the adult category for his exhibit, “Influence of Classical Greece on Eastern Mediterranean Coinage.” In 1995 he received the Abe Kosoff Memorial Literary award for his paper "Introduction to the Coinage of Alexander the Great."
Sam began collecting six years ago when his older brother showed an interest. He developed an interest in ancient coins and collects officially minted coins and contemporary counterfeits or barbarous imitations. His favorite coin is a dishekel from the Phoenician city of Byblos, due to the volume of history on one single coin.
The annual ACCG Scholarship is an initiative of the guild's Education and Youth Programs Task Force. The scholarship provides funding for transportation, tuition, room and board at the Colorado College facility where classes are held. Applications are filed and processed through the ANA scholarship program at http://www.money.org with applicants being age 18 or less. Recipients of this scholarship are required to take a class related to Ancient numismatics.