The Exchange : Paul Hollis and the Louisiana Legislature welcome the ANA to Louisiana

Paul Hollis and the Louisiana Legislature welcome the ANA to Louisiana

During the second day of the National Money Show in New Orleans, six members of the Board of Governors, a few select dignitaries and myself received a police escort to the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge for a special proclamation that had been arranged by Louisiana State Rep. Paul Hollis. 

 

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(A look at the Louisiana State House on May 10, 2013. Photo by Mark Lighterman)

 

For those who don't know, Hollis is a long-time ANA member, the owner of Paul Hollis Rare Coins and the author of "American Numismatist," a fantastic book that blends U.S. history and numismatics. Hollis has long been a supporter of the ANA, which is why he invited the Board of Governors to be present when he introduced an honorary resolution to thank the ANA for bringing the National Money Show to New Orleans. 

 

The resolution reads, in part: 

 

"THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the House of Representatives of the Legislature of Louisiana does hereby welcome the American Numismatic Association to Louisiana and does hereby extend to the association heartfelt appreciation for bringing its annual convention and National Money Show to the city of New Orleans."

 

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In attendance to accept the resolution were Vice President Walter Ostromecki; Govs. Greg Lyon, Cliff Mishler, Scott Rottinghaus, Mike Ellis and Wendell Wolka; Philip Diehl, the 35th director of the U.S. Mint; Diane Piret, the industry affairs director for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets; and Mark Lighterman, the ANA National Exhibit Coordinator who served as the staff photographer that day. 

 

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After a quick tour of the Capitol, we were taken to the Governors Mansion for lunch with Hollis. That's where Ostromecki was due to present Gov. Bobby Jindal with a 1991 ANA 100th Anniversary commemorative gold proof from the Pobjoy Mint, but since the governor couldn't attend, Hollis accepted on his behalf. 

 

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In return, Hollis presented each of us in attendance with a 2012 Louisiana Bicentennial Medal. 

 

Following lunch, the group returned to New Orleans for the open session of the Board of Governors meeting. 

 

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Written by Jake Sherlock at 00:00

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