This year’s deserving recipientof the Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics, is Carrie Best, who has been involved in numismatics for more than 40 years.
Best has been extremely active in the hobby as a leader, promoter, mentor, dealer, and contributor. Specializing in silver art bars and rounds with themes of Christmas, Valentines and trains, Best deals in U.S. key and semi-key dates and in silver art medals.
A life member and past president (2004-07) of Florida United Numismatists (FUN), Best serves as its treasurer and was co-editor of the organization’s publication FUN Topics for 15 years. She has been Women in Numismatics’ (WIN) parliamentarian since 2008, and also is secretary/ treasurer of the International Association of Silver Art Collectorsand editor of its publication, The Silver Bugle.
Her efforts in promoting numismatics have been recognized by national and state organizations. She received an ANA Presidential Award (1999), as well as a FUN Presidential Award (2011) and its prestigious Award of Merit (2012).
The most rewarding part for her has been working behind-the-scenes at coin shows and volunteering with many clubs and organizations. She says, “I am truly honored to have been nominated and selected to receive this award.”