LSCC Awards History

The LSCC has instituted several awards over its 40 year history to recognize the ongoing efforts of club members to expand Liberty Seated coinage knowledge via research and publishing consistent with the educational goals of our club. A list of past winners for multiple award categories are listed below.

The LSCC first launched the Best Article Award in 1982, which was changed to the Ahwash Award in 1984 to memorialize the passing of Kam Ahwash, the first President of the LSCC. The award is given annually by a vote of the membership for the best article to appear in the Gobrecht Journal.

In 1991, the LSCC awarded the Gobrecht Journal Award for the best article to appear in the first fifty issues of the Gobrecht Journal. Again in 2009, the Gobrecht Journal Award for best article was presented for best article in fifty-first through one hundred Gobrecht Journal issues.

In 1992, the LSCC awarded the James B. Pryor Numismatic Research Award for the best technical article to appear in the first fifty issues of the Gobrecht Journal. The award was presented in 2001 for the best technical article to in appear in GJs #51 through #75 and in 2009 for the best article to appear in GJs #75 through #100.

In 1998, the LSCC awarded the President's Award to John McCloskey for his long years of dedicated service to the club as President and Editor of the Gobrecht Journal.

In 2011, the LSCC initiated the E-Gobrecht Editor's Award for those individuals who consistently support the publishing of the LSCC's monthly electronic news letter with numismatic content.

Ahwash Awards

2015 Winner: Dennis Fortier - Overrated & Underrated Liberty Seated Coins, Part I (GJ #121)

Past winners:

1982 - Don Vettel - Some Thoughts on Liberty Seated Dollars - A Scarcity and Price Analysis (GJ #24)

1983 - David Lange - The 1870-CC Half Dollar: A Close Examination (GJ #26)

1984 - John Kroon - Availability of Liberty Seated Dollars by Grade (GJ #29)

1985 - Don Vettel - Some Thoughts on Liberty Seated Halves: Part II, With Motto Dates 1866-1891 (GJ #31)

1986 - Larry Briggs - The Mysterious 1875-S Quarter (GJ #35)

1987 - James Gray - Gobrecht Dollars (GJ #37)

1988 - Randy Wiley - The 1870-CC Half Dollar - The Louisiana Hoard (GJ #40)

1989 - Lawrence Rogak - The Circulation Life of Liberty Seated Coinage: Part I (GJ #45)

1990 - Lawrence Rogak - The Circulation Life of Liberty Seated Coinage: Part II (GJ #46)

1991 - Scott Grieb - Early Western History and the San Francisco Seated Dimes: Part One (GJ #49)

1992 - Craig Sholley (tie) - Master Hubs and Dies of the Liberty Seated Half Dollar Series (GJ #54)

1992 - Robert Spangler (tie) - Results of the Liberty Seated Half Dollar Survey (GJ #53)

1993 - Jack Marston - The Incredible Mystery of the 1873 Half Dollar - No Arrows, Open 3 Proof (GJ #57)

1994 - Larry Briggs - Grade Analysis of 1993 Seated Quarter Survey Data (GJ #60)

1995 - James Gray - An Overview of Third Party Grading (GJ #63)

1996 - Weimar White - The Chemistry for Refining Silver Bullion at the Carson City Mint in 1875 (GJ #66)

1997 - Scott Grieb Of Coin Stories - Three Cent Shops and Double Eagle Prizes, Part One (GJ #69)

1998 - Harry Salyards - Availability of the Rare 1870-CC, 1874-CC and 1878-CC Half Dollars (GJ #72)

1999 - Weimar White - A Rarity Profile for 1870-CC Coinage (GJ #75)

2000 - Dick Osburn - An Analysis of Rarity and Population Estimates for Liberty Seated Half Dollars (GJ #76)

2001 - Steve Crain - An Analysis of Rarity for Liberty Seated Half Dimes (GJ #79)

2002 - Ken Cable-Camilleis - Seated Finds at Historical Sites (GJ #84)

2003 - Greg Shishmanian - A Rarity Study of XF and AU Liberty Seated & Dennis Garstang Dollars (GJ #85)

2004 - Bert Schlosser - Counterfeit Seated Dollars and Trade Dollars on eBay (GJ #90)

2005 - James Gray - The Best of Times - Recollections of a Dedicated Seated Collector (GJ #92)

2006 - Randy Wiley - Die Marriages of 1861-O Half Dollars (GJ #94)

2007 - Gerry Fortin - Liberty Seated Dime Survey Results, Top 100 Seated Dime Varieties (GJ #97)

2008 - Bill Bugert - Martin Luther Beistle - A Biography (GJ #100)

2009 - Dennis Hengeveld - Collecting Seated Half Dollars by Date (GJ #105)

2010 - Gerry Fortin - Patience and Persistence: Building an Award Winning Liberty Seated Dime PCGS Registry Set (GJ #107)

2011 - Len Augsburger - Eugene H. Gardner: Liberty Seated Collections of a Lifetime (GJ #110)

2012 - John McCloskey - The Magnificent Dick Osburn Collection of Liberty Seated Half Dollars (GJ #113)

2013 - Dick Osburn - Building the First Complete Collection of Mint State Seated Half Dollars (GJ#114)

2014 - Greg Johnson - Analysis of Liberty Seated Quarter Top 25 Variety Survey Data (GJ#119)


Gobrecht Journal Awards

2009 - Dick Osburn - An Analysis of Rarity and Population Estimates for Liberty Seated Half Dollars (GJ #76)

1991 - John Kroon (tie) - Availability of Liberty Seated Dollars by Grade (GJ #29)

1991 - Scott Grieb (tie) - Early Western History and the San Francisco Seated Dimes, Part One (GJ #49)


James B. Pryor Numismatic Research Awards

2009 - Randy Wiley - Die Marriages of 1861-O Half Dollars (GJ #94)

2001 - John McCloskey - Date Styles on Liberty Seated Coinage (GJ #58)

1992 - Bill Bugert (tie) - The 1840-O No Mintmark Bust Reverse Half Dollar (GJ #38)

1992 - John Kroon (tie) - The Four Reverses of the Carson City Seated Dollars (GJ #23)


E-Gobrecht Editor's Award

2016 - none awarded

2015 - Jim Laughlin - Contemporary Newspaper Research and Monthly Articles

2014 - Gerry Fortin - Regional News Column and Ongoing Articles Contribution

2013 - Len Augsburger - Significant Contributions Throughout E-Gobrecht Published Years

2012 - Jim Gray - "Auction News" Column

2011 - Greg Johnson - "Quarter of the Month" Column

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