Student Wins 2014 Young Numismatists Scholarship



NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Tara Crosby of Alpharetta is this year’s recipient of the Professional Numismatists Guild 2014 Young Numismatist Scholarship.

Crosby will attend a two week-long American Numismatic Association summer seminar courtesy of the PNG.

The scholarship covers airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long summer seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, the site of the American Numismatists Association headquarters.

The scholarship competition is open each year to applicants between the age of 13 and 22. Entrants submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the scholarship recipient.

Crosby was introduced to coins by her family at an early age with gifts of proof sets.

She began working part-time earlier this year for PNG Member-Dealer John B. Hamrick in Alpharetta while continuing her studies in communications at Georgia Perimeter College.

"To be able to travel to coin shows at my age and meet so many 'legends' in numismatics in person has been wonderful,” said Crosby.

In her PNG scholarship competition essay, she wrote about the excitement of making her first coin sale for Hamrick's company during the ANA National Money Show in Atlanta.

Crosby sold a 1926-D Double Eagle that she sold for $20,160.

"I was so thrilled and my co-workers were incredibly proud of me,” said Crosby. “Making a sale like that with the little knowledge I had gained thus far about coins was really amazing."

Crosby wants to take a digital photography class during the ANA summer seminar.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other countries.

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