2023 NLG Awards Competition Announcement & Rules

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, writers, bloggers and content producers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, has announced its annual awards competition for 2023.

This year’s competition is being overseen by John Albanese, the new NLG Awards Coordinator.

To be eligible for consideration in any of this year’s categories, entries must have been published, released, or posted on the Internet between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023. With the exception of the Portfolio category, one copy of each entry must be submitted, and each copy must also be accompanied by a cover sheet listing the category and other information spelled out in the rules.

Only one entry per category is allowed per submitter. Each submission must be accompanied by a cover sheet or label attached to each entry copy and containing the following information:








All entries must be received no later than Monday, June 12, 2023. They should be sent to the contest coordinator at the following address: 

Attention: NLG


1420 State Highway 206

Suite 110

Bedminster, NJ 07921

Winners will be announced, and awards presented, at the 2019 NLG Awards Luncheon on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money® in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you submit an entry and cannot be at the awards ceremony in person, you should indicate on your entry cover sheets the name of a designated person who can accept the award on your behalf and deliver it to you.

For information about joining the Numismatic Literary Guild, visit www.nlgonline.org/membership.


Here are the NLG 2023 Awards Competition categories and criteria.



Book of the Year

The printed or electronic media work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics. Criteria include overall reader appeal, research quality, photographic and graphic excellence, cover and typography where applicable. Books submitted in the specialized categories are automatically considered for Book of the Year.

Best Specialized Books

One printed copy or digital e-books are required to be submitted for each entry category.

United States Coins

World Coins (pre-1500)

World Coins (1500 to present)

United States Paper Money

World Paper Money

Tokens & Medals

Errors or Varieties

Numismatic Investments

Numismatic History or Personalities



Best column, article or series of articles in print or online from U.S. and overseas numismatic media. One copy, photocopy or PDF file of the submission are required to accompany each entry.

U.S. Coins to 1900

U.S. Coins 1901 to Date

World Coins to 1500 (includes Ancients)

World Coins 1501 to Date

U.S. Paper Money

World Paper Money

Tokens & Medals

Numismatic Spot News, Marketplace, or Analysis

Numismatic History or Personalities


Ed Reiter Memorial Award For Best Column or Series – Numismatic Publications

Submit one hard copy or photocopy of three different columns published in a numismatic print publication or online.


The Maurice M. Gould Memorial Award for Best Column – Non-Numismatic Publications

Submit one copy or photocopy of three different columns. Entries may be submitted by the publisher, editor or columnist of any coin column appearing regularly in any non-numismatic newspaper, magazine or website.


James L. Miller Memorial Award – Article or Story of the Year

The best feature article or news story involving coins, paper money, tokens or medals that was published in print and/or online. Submit three copies or photocopies.



Best Investment Newsletter

Criteria include overall reader appeal, quality of research and writing, and graphics, as applicable.  Submit one copy each of three different issues – total, three submitted items per entry.


Best Professional Periodical

One copy of two different issues of the for-profit, professional numismatic publication may be submitted by the publisher or editor of any daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual for-profit numismatic publication in the U.S. or overseas. Criteria include overall numismatic appeal, features, departments, graphics, journalistic and editorial excellence as applicable.


Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical

Open to any local, regional, national or international nonprofit numismatic organization in the U.S. or overseas. Submit one copy of two different issues.



Best Online News Website

Submit link(s) to entry pages or one copy of printed selected entry pages.


Best Dealer or Industry Website

Submit link(s) to entry pages or one copy of print out of selected entry pages.


Best Non-Trade Website

This category is for web sites maintained by coin clubs and other non-commercial organizations and individuals devoted to the coin hobby. One copy of the web site home page and all posted items linked to it at the time the copy is made, submitted by the publisher or editor, are required to accompany this submission.


Best Numismatic Social Media Platform or Coin Collector Forum

The award will be presented for the best numismatic-themed page or feed posted on a collector forum site or social media site such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube. Entries will be judged based on the quality of articles, external links, and graphics posted.  Audience engagement also will be considered by the judges. Submit link(s) to entry pages.


Best Blog

This award recognizes the best interactive blog that communicates information and personal commentaries about the numismatic hobby. Please submit hard copies of three complete blog entries.



One copy of each catalog are required for entry. Criteria includes cover design, overall eye appeal, format, graphics and layout, research and quality of description. Entries may be submitted by auction firm, auctioneer or cataloger. ONLY ONE CATALOG FROM EACH AUCTION FIRM will be considered in each category. Multiple entries in any category will be disqualified.


Best U.S. Coins Auction Catalog

Best World Coins Auction Catalog

Best Paper Money Auction Catalog

Best Books or Exonumia Auction Catalog





Best podcast involving numismatics. Entries must include three links to three previously-broadcast episodes.


Short Video – Commercial or Non-Commercial

This category is for video presentations of 10 minutes or less. Best non-broadcast slide film, PowerPoint®, movie film or videotape presentation involving numismatics made for educational purposes. Entry must include three copies of the audio as well as visual materials – either written script or soundtrack of DVD or CD, film, audio or video cassette or flash/thumb drive used in presentation.


Long Video – Commercial or Non-Commercial

This category is for video presentations lasting longer than 10 minutes. The submission criteria are the same as for No. 38.


Software or App

Best presentation of new numismatic-related software or mobile application published in the App Store or any other electronic format or electronic delivery system. For digitally distributed software or apps, one copy must also be provided, and if the entry is distributed on the Android or Apple store, written instructions must be provided about how to locate and download the app. Each entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of first use.



Lee Martin Founder’s Award – Best All-Around Portfolio

Collection of writings and/or photographs and related items demonstrating numismatic writing ability and versatility published within the contest year. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity, and organization and presentation will count as heavily as volume. One copy of the portfolio entry needs to be submitted and can be submitted as PDF files on a flash or thumb drive. Items included in the portfolio may also be submitted in other relevant categories at entrant’s option.

Clement F. Bailey Memorial Award

This award was endowed by Jim Miller of Miller Magazines in memory of an especially beloved member of the numismatic writing community and NLG founder, Clement F. Bailey. This award recognizes excellence among new writers in numismatics whose first published writings in this field appeared in hobby publications during the previous year. Nominees are supplied solely by numismatic publishers.

The Ribbit

This award recognizes an individual who has achieved prominence in numismatics while maintaining approachability, a sense of humor and essential modesty. The winner is selected by the previous year’s recipient.


The Clemy

The winner of this award, the Guild’s highest honor, is chosen by the previous year’s recipient(s) from a list of nominees provided by the NLG Board of Directors.


NLG reserves the right to limit the number of plaques for any given entry, with the number to be determined at its discretion. NLG will provide plaques only for the persons named in an entry when it is originally submitted. Winners living in countries other than the United States, Canada and Mexico will receive certificates and cash awards, rather than plaques. The cash award will be $50 for firstplace winners.