The International Association of Professional Numismatists (I.A.P.N.) held its 60th General Assembly June 23-27, 2011 in Edinburgh Scotland.
A total of forty three of the world’s leading numismatic firms met to attend the diamond jubilee congress. Fourteen different nations were physically present, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Venezuela as well as several others whom participated via proxy.
The I.A.P.N. meets annually to conduct its congress, which is held in a different city and country as voted on by its members. This year the congress was hosted by the U.K. firm A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. As an anniversary congress, it was conducted in the same location as the 24th general assembly some thirty five years ago hosted by the same firm "A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd".
This was an important congress for the I.A.P.N., as it was an election year. Numismatic firms from around the world gathered, deliberated and voted on several matters during the business sessions. This included the election and appointment of a new president, vice president and executive committee. Members of the I.A.P.N. executive committee serve the organization for two year tenures. A list of the newly elected officials is as follows:
Eric McFadden (Classical Numismatic Group, United States / United Kingdom)
Jim Elmen (World Wide Coins of California, United States)
Executive committee members:
Graham Byfield (A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd., United Kingdom)
Sandrine Dorey-Barre (Maison Platt, France)
Arne Kirsch (Kunker, Germany)
Mathias Paoletti (Bernardi, Italy)
Frederica Pastrone (Editions Victor Gadoury, Monaco)
Kent Ponterio (Ponterio & Associates, United States)
Fernando Segarra (Segarra Numismatica, Spain)
Tim Wilkes (Wilkes, United Kingdom)
Jean-Luc Van Der Schueren (Van Der Schueren, Belgium)
Among the many topics discussed by the organization were the applications for new membership. A total of four firms were voted into the I.A.P.N. as new members. The I.A.P.N. is pleased to announce and welcome the following firms as new members:
ul. Zelazna 67, pawilon 22
I.C.E.- Jerome Lacroix
5 Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
HLS Stacks Rare Coins
18 Arlington Lane
Bayville, NY 11709
As is usual, several excellent numismatic publications were submitted for consideration for this year’s annual book prize. In custom with I.A.P.N. tradition, after voting the submitted books are donated to an institution or library in the country for which the congress is being held. The I.A.P.N. is pleased to have donated the submitted books to the University of Edinburgh where it hopes they will be put to good use for research and advancement in the field of numismatics.
A total of nine new numismatic references were submitted this year, all of which received votes from the membership, some of which were ranked very closely in the final outcome of voting. The I.A.P.N. would like to recognize and thank all of the contributing authors for their hard work in publishing these excellent numismatic references.
British Commemorative Medals and Their Values
Publisher: Spink London
Arabic Gold Coins Corpus I
Publisher: Edizione Universita Trieste & Giulio Bernardi S.R.L.
Sergio R. Sucre Castillo
Los Billetes de Emision Centralizada de Venezuela
Publisher: Sergio R. Sucre Cstillio, Caracas
The remaining references submitted for consideration are as follows, listed in alphabetical order by author:
Le Monnayage et les Monnaies Fautees 1780-2009
Les Monnais Francaises Feodales, Tome II
Stobi "The Kuzmanovic Collectoin" Vol. 1
Ripolles Pere Pau
Las Acunaciones Provinciales Romanas de Hispania
ERIC II: The Encyclopaedia of Roman Imperial Coins
Withers Paul and Bente
The Token Book: British Tokens of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and their values
This year’s I.A.P.N. congress comprised of several interesting tours, including the National Museum of Scotland and the Bank of Scotland Museum where members were able to view some of their numismatic holdings. Members were also fortunate enough to tour the famous site of Edinburgh Castle and view Scotland’s crown jewels the crown, sword and sceptre. Often referred to as "The Honours", the crown jewels of Scotland are well known to numismatists, as they appear on the coinage of James VI flanked by thistles.
Each year the I.A.P.N. raises money for a local charity in the city for which their congress is being held. This year the association raised a total of 1560 British pounds ($2,527.00 U.S.) for "Children 1st", a leading child welfare charity in Scotland. The charity focuses on the prevention of cruelty to children in protecting them from harm, abuse and neglect.
Several important topics were discussed at this year’s congress; this includes reports from the various sub committees. The I.A.P.N. has been working diligently on several developments within the numismatic industry to better the hobby. This includes the establishment of the "Committee on International Trade" which presented an elaborate report on issues pertaining to import and export laws as well as cultural property laws.
The committee is working diligently to preserve the rights of collectors within the numismatic community. Reports were also given by IBSCC and of the Anti Forgery Committees. The topic of discussing forgeries within the market place is no stranger to these meetings. The IBSCC and Anti Forgery Committees meet regularly to discuss and combat these issues.
For more information regarding the I.A.P.N. please visit their website: www.iapn-coins.org