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2019 Election Center

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit, educational organization and is recognized under the Internal Revenue Service Code as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. It is governed by a nine-member Board, which includes a president, vice president, and seven governors at large. The ANA's federal charter, granted in perpetuity by the United States Congress, rests control of the Association in the hands of this Board.

In 2019 the terms of all nine officers will expire. Those elected will be installed at the ANA's 128th Anniversary Convention in Chicago, IL August 16, 2019 and will compose the Board of Governors for the next two years.

ANA members with voting privileges can nominate candidates for the ANA Board of Governors. Nominations must be in writing and received by the Executive Director no earlier than December 1, 2018, and no later than March 1, 2019.

Individual members 13 years of age or older as of March 31 of an election year and who have been members of the Association for at least one year as of that date shall be entitled to vote in any Association election. ANA-member clubs are entitled to one vote.

Eligibility to Hold Office

Members 18 years of age or older as of March 31 of the election year and who have been a member of the Association for at least three consecutive years as of that date shall be eligible to hold elected office. See complete nominee outline here.

In order to be a candidate for office, a member must receive at least 25 nominations from member clubs in good standing and/or individual members in good standing. No member may nominate himself or herself or nominate a number of candidates for any office in excess of the number to be elected to an office. This means each individual member or club is allowed to nominate one person for president, one for vice president and seven for governor. 

Download Club Nomination Form

Download Member Nomination Form

Video Forum: What it Takes to Be an ANA Board Member

This presentation was given at the 2018 World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia.

Election Advertising

Election advertising will be accepted for the March, April, May and June 2019 issues of The Numismatist. In accordance with ANA bylaws, campaign advertising must include the full name and ANA member number of the sponsoring individual (whether that is you or another ANA member). If the sponsor is a committee or organization, the advertisement must include the name, address and member number of its chairman or principal representative. (This requirement applies to election advertising in all numismatic publications.)

Advertising copy, as well as all photographs, artwork or electronic files for The Numismatist, is due by the 20th of the month, two months preceding the cover date of the desired issue. The ANA Publications Department can design and produce your ad for The Numismatist at no charge. 

For ad specifications and prices, contact Advertising Sales Manager Nathan McAllister at (719) 482-9867 or email nmcallister@money.org. 

Club Mailing Labels

If you would like to reach or otherwise contact the ANA’s member clubs (over 400 in number), you can purchase club mailing labels for $250 (one-time use). Labels will not be sent until payment is received. Please make checks payable to the American Numismatic Association.

Candidate Biographies and Photographs

In accordance with ANA bylaws, each candidate for ANA office must furnish a biographical sketch and platform, not exceeding 350 words in length, for publication in The Numismatist. The biography should include the candidate's record of service to the Association and to numismatics in general. This material will be published in the June 2019 issue of The Numismatist and will be enclosed with ballots mailed to all voting members. 

All biographical information and platforms must be typed using upper-and lower-case characters and submitted via e-mail to election@money.org or mailed on CD (accompanied by a letter-quality printout) to the Executive Director at 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Copy submitted by fax cannot be accepted. Please submit a professional-quality, color portrait no smaller than 4 x 5 inches (300 dpi). All material must be accompanied by the candidate's member number and name (as he or she wishes it to be printed), as well as his or her address, telephone number and e-mail address (not for publication).

Any submission that is more than 350 words in length will be edited by deleting text from the end of the document. Candidates will not receive a proof copy prior to publication. Deadline for receipt of these materials is March 31, 2019. Only those biographies, platforms and photographs received by this date will be published in The Numismatist  and sent with the official ANA ballot.

ANA Election Process


CONVENTION: Chicago, IL – 128th Anniversary Convention

CONVENTION DATES: August 13 - 17, 2019

The individual nominee assumes all responsibility for meeting the deadlines noted below. The ANA assumes no responsibility and will not notify nominees of approaching deadlines.

November 2018 “Call for Nominations” in November 2018 through February 2019 issues of The Numismatist.

December 1, 2018 Only nominations submitted in writing to the Executive Director received no earlier than December 1, 2018, and no later than by March 1, 2019, will be accepted. Nominations received prior to December 1 and after March 1 will be deemed invalid.

An individual wishing to be nominated must ensure that he/she has the required 25 nominations from any combination of member clubs in good standing or individual members in good standing.

As individuals attain "nominated" status, the Executive Director will send a “Notice of Nomination" by certified mail, return receipt requested.

March 31, 2019 Written notice of acceptance or declination of nomination, along with a photograph and biography/ platform of the nominee (not to exceed 350 words) must be received by March 31, 2019. If these items are not received, the photograph, biography and platform will not be published in The Numismatist.

June 1, 2019 Official election ballots will be sent by the independent auditing firm on or before June 1, 2019, to all members entitled to vote. Included are a pre-printed return envelope and candidate biographies/platforms.

July 1, 2019 Completed ballots must be received by the independent auditing firm on or before July 1, 2019. Ballots received after this date will not be counted.

July 15, 2019 The independent auditing firm must deliver a report of votes cast for each candidate to the President and Executive Director no later than July 15, 2019.

July 16 – August 3, 2019 At least 10 days prior to the opening day of the anniversary convention, the Executive Director, by written and/or electronic communications, shall announce to all candidates and to members of the numismatic media who customarily receive announcements from the Association the number of votes obtained by each candidate for each office.

2017 Election Results

Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen three new candidates and six incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2017-19 election term.

New members Thomas J. Uram, John W. Highfill and Brian Hendelson, will join Col. Steve Ellsworth, Ralph Ross, Greg Lyon, and Paul Montgomery on the Board of Governors along with President-elect Gary Adkins and Vice President-elect Don Kagin. Kagin ran unopposed for Vice President. In accordance with ANA bylaws, ballots for uncontested offices are not tabulated; only the first vote is counted in that race.

For President

Gary Adkins | Minneapolis, MN          3,274 votes

Mike Ellis | Camilla, GA          2,007 votes

For Vice President

Don Kagin | Tiburon, CA          

Candidates for Governor

Col. Steve Ellsworth, Ret.| Brentwood, TN          4,335

Dr. Ralph Ross | Sugar Land, TX          4,073

Greg Lyon | St. Louis, MO          3,953

Paul Montgomery | Oklahoma City, OK          3,860

Thomas J. Uram | Eighty Four, PA          3,679

John W. Highfill | Broken Arrow, OK          3,653

Brian Hendelson | Bridgewater, NJ          3,474

Unelected Candidate for Governor

Adam J. Crum | Newport Beach, CA

In the event that a board member cannot fulfill their term, the runner-up will fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the two-year term.

The new board will be sworn-in at the annual ANA Banquet on Friday, Aug. 4, at the World's Fair of Money in Denver, Colo. Adkins will become the Association's 60th president, succeeding current President Jeff Garrett who will serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board.

Governor Walt Ostromecki has reached his term limit, and Tom Mulvaney did not seek re-election.

ANA members had the option to vote by either electronic or paper ballot. Out of 5,371 total votes, 4,000 were cast by paper ballot while another 1,371 members voted electronically, representing over 25 percent of votes cast—a marked improvement from the 8 percent cast electronically in 2015.

The election was conducted and tabulated by Election Services Corporation of Ronkonkoma, New York. Overall, 19,425 ANA members were eligible to vote in this election; 27.65 percent of eligible voters participated. To be eligible to vote, members have to be at least 13 years old and a member of the Association for at least one year as of March 31 of the election year. In 2015, 20,343 members were eligible to vote; a total of 5,424 votes were cast representing 26.66 percent of eligible members.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publication sand conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

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