Accomplished numismatist to be honored at World’s Fair of Money

John D. Wright - 2015 ANA Lifetime Achievement Award
John D. Wright, 2015 ANA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Longtime numismatist John D. Wright will be honored with the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA’s) 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money℠ Awards Banquet on Aug. 14 in Rosemont, Illinois.

This award is presented to an individual, family or organization that has made outstanding contributions to organized numismatics.

Wright published his most notable work, The Cent Book: 1816-1839 in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of Early American Coppers (EAC) in 1992. He has been an avid collector and enthusiast for nearly 60 years. During that time he has written numerous articles for Penny-Wise, Coin World, and The Numismatist.

His works can also be seen in the 1979 edition of A Guide Book of United States Coins: 2009 and in Perspectives in Numismatics, in which he wrote the chapter, “It Makes Cents.”

During his extensive career, Wright was awarded the Heath Literary Award in 1969 for his work “Study on Overdated U.S. Large Cents.” He has been a member of the ANA since 1966. He also holds memberships in Early American Coppers and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). Wright served on the original ANA grading board and consulted for ANACS.

The August issue of The Numismatist will feature additional information about Wright’s remarkable career.

About the ANA

anaThe American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 25,500 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or go to

UPDATE, 7-16-2015: This article was updated to reflect a correction made by the ANA to its earlier press release. The previous version stated that Mr. Wright “has been an avid collector and enthusiast for nearly 50 years.” That has been corrected to say 60 years, instead.


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