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Congratulations to the following Women In Numismatic members who were recently recognized at the 2018 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia for their outstanding contributions to numismatics:

Cindy Wibker received the 2018 Farran Zerbe award which is the highest honor conferred by the ANA and is given in recognition of numerous years of outstanding, dedicated service to numismatics. The recipient should be an individual who has rendered numerous years of outstanding service to the ANA as well as the field of numismatics. The nominee should be a former Medal of Merit and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award recipient. This award is limited to members of the ANA.


Prue Fitts received the Elvira Clain-Steffanelli award for Achievement in Numismatics was established and first given in 2013 to honor women who have made significant contributions to numismatics. These contributions, whether in research, leadership or mentorship, must have made a lasting impact on the numismatic community and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the betterment of numismatics.



Mark Lighterman received the ANA lifetime achievement award for making outstanding contributions to organized numismatics. The recipient should be an individual, family, firm or judicial entity that has achieved extraordinary accomplishments in the field of numismatics and should have a strong record of professional involvement in the industry.




Bob Fritsch received the Joseph Boling award for excellence in numismatic judging




Michael Shutterly received the Women in Numismatics exhibiting award for Remember the Ladies for the best exhibit demonstrating an aspect of the roles of women in numismatics; as representational images, artists, producers, scholars, collectors, etc.


Abby Zechman received the ANA’s Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year award and for winning Best in Show for her exhibit. This award honors young collectors for outstanding contributions to the hobby and industry. Recipients should exhibit a positive attitude, strong communication skills, cooperation, dependability and avid interest in expanding their numismatic knowledge.

Louise Boling received the WIN Gloria Peters Literary Award for the best article published in Winning Ways during the previous calendar year for her article, “A Novel Way to Display a Collection: Jack L. Boling – A Life in Stitches.”



2018 ANA Worlds Fair of Money Convention General Meeting with keynote speaker WINS very own Charmy Harker

On Saturday, August 18th, 2018, Women in Numismatics is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their Board Meeting at 8AM in room 117 followed by the  general membership meeting of 2018 at the ANA Words Fair of Money at 9AM in room 117 with a presentation by Charmy Harker * of Frank of Irving Calif..

For almost 20 years, Charmy has been hunting and collecting all kinds of things made with or using pennies. Her most favorite type of penny exonumia are the pieces made by prisoners and soldiers during the 1930’s and 1940’s – from teapots (or kettles) to mugs, to frying pans, to pins and other charms and jewelry pieces.  Charmy’s presentation will discuss the history behind these handmade penny creations and will show all the various types of charms and pins that soldiers and prisoners made during the 1930’s and 1940’s using pennies.

“Exonumia” means “outside the category of coins” and includes numismatic items that are not intended to circulate as money, such as 2697872260, 318-255-3482, badges, encased and elongated coins, counter-stamped and engraved coins, and other similar items.

  • *Biography of Charmy Harker

Charmy acquired her passion for coins late in life after inheriting a group of coins from an aunt.  Not knowing anything about coins, she chose one type of coin – Indian cents – and learned everything she could about them. She eventually turned her passion into a fulltime business known as “The Penny Lady®,” dealing in all things pennies.  She has created her own website, and sets up at most of the major coin shows around the country:

Charmy is a member of numerous specialty coin clubs and currently serves as President of Women in Numismatics (WIN).  She also Chairs the ANA’s Dealer Relations Committee and received the ANA Presidential Award in 2014.  Charmy has given several presentations at the ANA Summer Seminar, the Southern and Norther California Numismatic Associations, and various clubs.  She has written numerous articles for coin publications, including a cover article for the ANA’s “The Numismatist.”  She also regularly publishes a photo travel-blog about her experiences as a dealer at coin shows.

Charmy’s numismatic exhibit, “Penny Potpourri – a Collection of Penny Creations,” has won top honors, including Best of Show and People’s Choice awards at numerous coin shows throughout 2014-2015.


Charmy Harker was awarded the coveted Elvira Clain-Stefanelli award at the 2017 Denver ANA World’s Fair of Money. Charmy stated, “I was so touched by all the kind words that were said about me that it left me emotional and speechless! And the medal and plaque are beautiful and will be treasured.”

What is the Award for?

The Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics was established and first given in 2013 to honor women who have made significant contributions to numismatics. These contributions, whether in research, leadership or mentor-ship, must have made a lasting impact on the numismatic community and demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the betterment of numismatics.

Congratulations to our President and a great ambassador to the Hobby.

(Photo harvested from Charmy’s personal facebook page, I hope she don’t mind.)


Cindy’s been described as “never meeting a stranger” and “always seeing the good in everything.” She doesn’t know if this optimism is a learned behavior or if she inherited it, but she says that this outlook makes waking up every day a true blessing!

The January Florida United Numismatists show is one of the biggest and best coin conventions in the world, and the summer FUN show is gaining momentum. Much of this success can be attributed to the hard work of Cindy Wibker, easily recognized by her orange FUN shirt and big smile.     READ Entire Article (833) 940-2456

Women in numismatics unite in 1991 to WIN: Form the Memory Bank

Hobby organization marks 25 years in 2016

By , Special to Coin World
Published : 07/12/16

Numismatic collectibles, both as a hobby and a business, has been and remains a predominately male domain, about 90 percent male and 10 percent female.

But that statistic does not begin to tell this story.

As the last decade of the 20th century dawned, it was evident that women were increasingly visible both in participation and leadership within the numismatic community in the United States.   Click HERE for the rest of the story!

Newman Numismatic Portal Scans Winning Ways

 winwomeninnumism1n03wome_0001Women in Numismatics (WIN, founded in 1991) has published Winning Ways since 1992, and the issues from 1992 – 2007 are now available on the Newman Portal.  Additional issues will be posted in due course.  The U.S. Mint Engraver Elizabeth Jones was an early supporter of WIN and created the club logo, which first appeared in the third issue.  Early writers for Winning Ways included Q. David Bowers, and Ken Bressett, who held forth in The Bibliophile column.  The Newman Portal acknowledges Charmy Harker, WIN President, and Dave Heinrich, Winning Ways Editor, for their assistance with this project.




Link to Winning Ways on the Newman Portal: 2125082139



As Women in Numismatics celebrates its 25 anniversary, the organization is delighted to inform the collecting community that a special set of elongates is available to commemorate this event! Designed by Ray Dillard of Michigan, the 4-coin set is available for a $10 donation + postage, and includes the following:

  1. 2016 quarter featuring the Shawnee National Forest, first quarter for 2016, commemorating our 25th year
  2. Susan B. Anthony Dollar
  3. Sacagawea Dollar
  4. Statue of Liberty Dollar

WIN logo on the obverse of all the coins!As you can see, all of these dollar coins are meant to commemorate important women or symbols of women! There are 2 different kinds of sets: regular reverse, or with an antiqued reverse as shown below. The obverse is the same on both sets.

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If you are interested in a set for $10 + $2 postage, please contact Kathy Freeland, publicity chair for Women in Numismatics, at the following address:

The sets will also be available at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money, as will a special quarter rolled just for the event.

Kathy Freeland

PO Box 195  

Mayville, MI 48744

Phone – 989-843-5247

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