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

2017 Winner: Stephen Petty - An Overdue Update on the Survival Rates of Liberty Seated Dollars (GJ #130)

Past winners:

2016 - Len Augsburger - Circulation of Liberty Seated Coins at the Turn of 20th Century (GJ #126) 2015 - Dennis Fortier - Overrated & Underrated Liberty Seated Coins, Part I (GJ #121) 2014 - Greg Johnson - Analysis of Liberty Seated Quarter Top 25 Variety Survey Data (GJ#119)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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, 2017 - 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

President's Award for Merit

2018 - Jim Macor - Designed membership medal and holder, 2018 Gobrecht Journal cover, LSCC logo

2017 - John Frost - LSCC Education Director, webmaster, active at coin shows, developed LS course at ANA Summer Seminar

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