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Hallenbeck Declares
December 11, 2008

Tom Hallenbeck has thrown his hat in the ring for vice president of the American Numismatic Association.

We are a long way from the March 31 filing deadline, but so far, he is the only candidate to declare. If he remains so, he will bring much needed experience to the board of governors.

I have written in prior blogs that it is possible for a majority of the board to be newcomers when it meets next summer in Los Angeles to begin a two-year term of office.

Hallenbeck has served on the board for four years previously, 1997-2001, and would not be a newcomer to ANA responsibilities.

His decision, plus the decision of four incumbent governors to run for re-election, makes it increasingly likely that a majority of the board will have experience.

Of course, the ANA voters will have the final say. They could choose candidates other than incumbents when they get their ballots in the mail around June 1 of next year. We'll see.

In the meantime, it is a good idea to point out that Hallenbeck runs a coin business in Colorado Springs, Colo., the ANA headquarters city, so he is both handy and familiar with the organization's operation.

Add in his spirit of volunteerism exemplified by his regular teaching at Summer Seminars and he sets a good example for all ANA members.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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