American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society



2013 Nominations for Trustees, and Fellows

The Nominating and Governance Committee, pursuant to Art. V Sec. 12 of the ANS By-Laws approved for publication all of the nominees as follows:

The following Trustee candidates have been nominated for a three-year Term ending in 2016 for vote by the Fellows of the Society at the October 19, 2013 Annual Meeting:

Dr. Lawrence A. Adams, Studio City, CA, A dermatologic oncology surgeon, Dr. Adams is a CNG consultant on Greek and Islamic gold. Dr. Adams has been a Member since 1982, a Fellow since 1997 and a Trustee since 2001. He serves on the Finance and Collections Committees, is an ABSS Member, and is a generous contributor to the Society.

Dr. Keith M. Barron, Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland, is an entrepreneur and exploration geologist in the mining sector. He holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Western Ontario. He is President and CEO of Aurania Resources Ltd., the founder and a Director of South American uranium explorer U3O8 Corp., a Director of Firestone Ventures, and a Director of Kimber Resources Inc. Dr. Barron received the Thayer Lindsley International Discovery Award at the PDAC 2008 convention, for his role in the discovery of Fruta del Norte, and he was jointly named the Northern Miner’s Mining Man of the Year 2008.

Mr. Richard M. Beleson, of San Francisco, CA, Retired as Senior Vice President with the Capital Group Companies. He has been collecting coins for over forty years, and has an extensive collection of ancient coins, as well as shipwreck coins. Mr. Beleson has been a Member since 1995, Life Member since 1998, a Trustee since 2010, an ABSS Member since 2006, and is a generous donor to the Society.

Mr. Jeffrey D Benjamin, New York, NY, is currently a Senior Advisor to Cyrus Capital Management and is Chairman of the Board of Spectrum Group Intl Inc. Mr. Benjamin is also a director of Exco Resources, Inc. and Chemtura Corporation. He became a life member in 2004, was elected to the Board in 2007 and became Treasurer in 2012.

Dr. Andrew M. Burnett, London, UK, Deputy Director of the British Museum 2002-2013, studied Ancient History and Philosophy at Balliol College in Oxford; received his MA from Oxford (1979), and his PhD at the University of London. He is author, co-author or editor of more than 25 books and more than 100 articles and book reviews principally in the field of Roman and Roman Provincial numismatics, and has been an ANS Member since 1982. Among his many distinctions is the ANS’s 2007 Archer M. Huntington Award for excellence in Numismatic Scholarship, was appointed a CBE in the New Year’s Honors of 2012, and is the President of the Royal Numismatic Society.

Ms. Beth Deisher, Sylvania, OH, became an ANS Member in 1983, and was elected a Fellow in 1991. From 1985-2012 was editor of Coin World, and is the author or primary editor of 10 books, the most recent of which is Cash In Your Coins: Selling the Rare Coins You’ve Inherited, (June 2013). She is the recipient of the 2010 ANA Farran Zerbe Memorial Award the Numismatic Literary Guild’s Clemy Award (1995) and the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for journalistic excellence (2006).

Mr. Michael Gasvoda, of Crown Point, IN, has been collecting coins for 38 years, and has a specialized collection of Roman Imperatorial and twelve Caesars coinage. An ANS Member since 1996, Mr. Gasvoda was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He chairs the Personnel Committee, serves on the Development Committee, and is an ABSS Member.

Prof. Kenneth W. Harl, of New Orleans, LA, was a 1975 Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar student and joined the Society that same year. A Fellow since 1991, he was first elected to the Board Trustees in 2001, and serves on the Collections Committee. A Professor of History at Tulane University, Harl has written extensively about Roman provincial coins and in particular Asia Minor.

Mr. Lawrence Schwimmer, Mountainview, CA, is a software engineer. An ANS Life Member since 2011, he is a supporter of ANS programs and Library.


Pursuant to Article III, Section 1. The Nominating and Governance Committee nominates the following individuals to serve as Fellows for vote by the Trustees at their October 19, 2013 Regular Meeting:

Mr. Leonard Augsburger, Vernon Hills, IL, an ANS Member since 2001, his numismatic interests include North American, and Colonial American coinage, about which he has written numerous articles.

Prof. Martin Beckmann, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, was a participant in the ANS’s 1999 Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar program, and an ANS Member since 2009. He is an Assistant Professor at Classics at McMaster University, and author of the ANS 2012 publication Diva Faustina, Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces.

Dr. David F. Fanning, Gahanna, OH, holds a PhD. in English Literature from the Ohio State University. A partner of Kolbe and Fanning LLC, Numismatic Book Sellers - their 2010 auction of ANS Library duplicates, realized over $50,000 for the Society. He has been an ANS Member since 2000, serves as a board member of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, and has published widely on numismatic literature, North American colonial coins, medals, U.S. Federal coins and other topics.

Dr. Ursula Kampmann, Lörrach, Germany, has been an ANS Member since 1995. She has authored and co-authored articles and reviews on a wide variety of numismatic topics including: Roman Provincial coinage, detecting counterfeits, legalities of the coin trade, coinage of Olympia and Elis from the fifth century BC to the second century AD. She is the Editor of Münzenwoche, a German online news publication on coins.

Dr. Hubert Lanz, Munich, Germany, an ANS Member since 1982, a Life Member since 1996, has been a strong supporter of ANS collections and programs including the ANS Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar, and the ANS Annual Dinner Galas. Dr. Lanz is the owner of Numismatik Lanz München, a specialized auction house devoted to rare coins and medals.

Mr. Brent Pogue, Corona del Mar, CA, has been an ANS Member since 2000, an active ABSS Member since 2005, and is a major supporter of the ANS Annual Appeals, and Library Cataloguer fund. A plaque in his honor was added to the Library donor wall in 2012.

Dr. Dimitris G. Portolos, Athens, Greece, has been an ANS Member since 1974. His numismatic interests include coins issued by Macedonian kings, Greek cities and coins that were in circulation during the Classical and Hellenistic periods in Chalkidiki.

Mr. Hadrien Rambach, London, UK, is a supporter of ANS through the Annual Galas and Auctions, and has been an ANS Life Member since 2012. Specializing in antiquity and ancient art, he is a private advisor to several collectors of ancient coins, medals and antiquarian books. He has published essays in academic journals, and is a member of the Syndicat de la Presse Artistique Française, the Société Française de Numismatique, the Royal Numismatic Society, and the British Numismatic Society.

Mr. Sydney Rothstein, New York, NY, has been an ANS Member since 1974 and is a generous donor to the ANS Asian collection.

Dr. Alan S. Walker, Langnau am Albis, Switzerland, is a long-time ANS Member (1966). An academic with a doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, he is the director of NOMOS AG, Zurich.

Dr. Thomas D. Wooldridge, Tupelo, MS, An ANS Member since1987, is a consistent contributor to the ANS’s Annual Appeal drives. Dr. Wooldridge’s numismatic interests include Islamic, Latin America, Medievel, Modern and Roman coinage.


Pursuant to Article VI Sections 1 and 2, and upon the personal recommendation of the President, the Committee nominates the following individuals to serve as Officers of the Board of Trustees, for vote by the Trustees:

  • Chairman of the Board: Kenneth L. Edlow
  • President: Sydney F. Martin
  • First Vice President: Mike Gasvoda
  • Second Vice President: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Treasurer: Jeffrey Benjamin
  • Secretary: Ute Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director
  • Assistant Treasurer: Anna Chang, Finance Director


Submitted respectfully,
Robert A. Kandel, Chairman,
Nominating and Governance Committee