Ursula Kampmann is the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing. This award is presented annually to an author, journalist or researcher in recognition of their career contributions to the hobby. The award is sponsored by F&W Publications, and the winner is selected in a cooperative process by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the American Numismatic Society (ANS) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). Kampmann will be honored at the ANS Gala on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in New York City.
Ursula Kampmann was born in 1964 and has called Munich, Germany home for many years. Kampmann studied ancient history and numismatics at the Ludwigs-Maximmilians University in Munich, as well as prehistory and medieval history at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany. After working as a professional numismatist for the Giessener Münzhandlung in Munich and the Münzen und Medaillen AG in Basel, Switzerland, she worked as chief editor for the German numismatic publication MünzenRevue (CoinsRevue) from 1996-2012.
In 2002, Kampmann received the Vrenelipreis (Vreneli Award) for numismatic achievement from MünzenRevue at the World Money Fair in Berlin. Additional accolades include the Society for International Monetary History’s Ehrenpreis (Honorary Award) in 2003 and the Otto Paul Wenger Award from the Association of Swiss Professional Numismatists in 2012. Kampmann is the first European to receive the coveted Burnett Anderson Memorial Award.
In 2009 Kampmann founded MünzenWoche (CoinsWeekly), and currently serves as the publication’s Editor-at-large and CEO. Kampmann has also been the Editor-in-chief for Mint News Quarterly, a journal that specializes in modern production technique of commemorative and circulating coins, since 2012.
Over the last 20 years, Kampmann has written more than 2,000 articles for notable publications such as: The Celator, CoinNews and Coin World (United States), and Cronaca Numismatica (Italy). Her writings have been translated into over 12 languages.
In addition to her thriving editorial career, Kampann also freelances as a numismatic curator. Notable exhibits include the Austrian Mint’s permanent exhibit Wir Prägen Österreich (We Mint Austria) and Kleingeld–Geld für Kleine Leute (Small Change–Money for Little Guys) for the Berlin National Mint. Kampmann also hosts the iTunes Series, “Exploring the World of Money” for MünzenWoche. These five-minute podcasts are exciting and explore a wide variety of numismatic topics–from the first coins ever minted to the issue of bitcoins in the 21st century.