The Greg Lyon Memorial Young Numismatist Scholarship Honors the Former Mentor and Role Model

The following is a Press Release from the American Numismatic Association (ANA) announcing the establishment of the Greg Lyon Memorial Young Numismatists Scholarship.

Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) hosts Summer Seminar, a life-changing event for those interested in coin collecting. The two-week event is responsible for catapulting the careers of several of the nation’s most respected money collectors, authors and dealers. Students are able to learn from instructors who are recognized leaders in their fields, and mingle with fellow numismatists. The ANA also offers annual scholarships to adults and Young Numismatists (YN) to provide the chance to attend. Full scholarships include room and board for one week, tuition, and airfare, while partial scholarships cover tuition only. 

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The 2021-23 ANA Board of Governors chose to honor Greg Lyon’s memory by establishing the Greg Lyon Memorial YN Scholarship to support worthy young numismatists attending Summer Seminar. YNs who submit a scholarship application will automatically be considered for this award, which will be given to a YN who best personifies the qualities for which Lyon was known. Greg Lyon (1971-2023) served the ANA for 10 years as a governor, and later as parliamentarian, until his untimely passing earlier this year. He attended his first Summer Seminar in 1986 at the age of 14 and was named Young Numismatist (YN) of the Year in 1989. He went on to earn a range of other ANA awards, including Adult Advisor of the Year, Glenn Smedley Memorial Award, and a Presidential Award. Lyon loved numismatics and especially all the friendships he made in the hobby through his involvement with the ANA. One of his favorite numismatic activities was attending the ANA’s Summer Seminar, which he did over 20 times, first as a student and later as a mentor and chaperone. Lyon was an inspiration for countless young numismatists who credit him as a role model. His understanding of investments and business management made him a trusted source of information and advice, both to the Board and to the many committees he worked with over the years.

Scholarship applications will be available at by the end of October and must be submitted no later than February 15, 2024. For additional information, contact the ANA Seminars Department, phone (719) 482-9848, email

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 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, to include its museum, library, publications, conventions and webinars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

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