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David Lawrence Ganz



Born in New York City. Received B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University in 1973 and J.D. from St. John's University Law School in 1976. He has done postgraduate study at New York University Law School. He was admitted to the bar in New York in 1977, D.C. in 1980, New Jersey in 1985. Married to Barbara Bondanza November 3, 1974. They were divorced in 1978. Married Sharon Ruth Lamnin October 30, 1981. They had three children. Divorced in 1996. Married Kathleen Ann Gotsch December 28, 1996.

Elected to the Borough Council of Fair Lawn, NJ, taking office in 1998. Served as Mayor 1999 to 2006. Served as county supervisor (Freeholder) in Bergen County, New Jersey from 2002 to 2011.

Since 1981 he has been a member of the law firm of Ganz, Hollinger & Towe; renamed Ganz & Hollinger. Also a member of Ganz & Sivin, LLP. In Fair Lawn after 1985. He has specialized in the law relating to numismatics. He served as counsel at various times for Bowers & Ruddy Galleries, Numismatic Fine Arts, Stacks, and the four firms involved with the "Apostrophe" sales. He serves as general counsel for the Professional Numismatists Guild, the Numismatic Literary Guild and the Token & Medal Society. He was Legislative Counsel for the ANA 1978 to 1981 and continued 1983 to 1995.

He was elected to the ANA board of governors and served 1985 to 1991; vice president 1991-93; elected 48th ANA President serving 1993 to 1995. Received the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 1995. Served on the Board of TAMS 1981 to 2006 and as president 2004 to 2006. Life Fellow of the ANS, Associate Member 1974-1985, Fellow 1985 to 1992. He has served on the board of directors for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets after 1983. Received James U. Blanchard Lifetime Achievement Award from ICTA 2009. Director of The Coalition for Equitable Regulation & Taxation.

He served on the Assay Commission for 1974. He was a consultant to the Subcommittee on Historic Preservation & Coinage of the House Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs. He was a consultant for the Canadian Olympic Coin Program, FAO coin program, Moscow Olympic coin program and the Statue of Liberty coin program. Appointed by Act of Congress to the design panel for 1992 James Madison – Bill of Rights Coin and 1996 Olympic Coinage. Founding member of the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee and served 1993 to 1996. While on the committee he was a strong advocate for the 50 states quarter program.

Since 1965 he has contributed more than 3000 articles to various publications. Many were on numismatic topics. He was on the editorial staff of Numismatic News. Contributed "Under the Glass" to The Coin Shopper in 1965, then in Coin Collector in 1967 and to NN 1969-1975. He was Washington correspondent from November 1969 to May 1973. Editor of an ANA publication The Young Numismatist 1971-1974. Author of 14 Bits, the story of the Bicentennial coinage, in 1976. He contributed the “Backgrounder” column to Coin World in after February 16, 1977. Author of The World of Coins and Coin Collecting issued in 1980 at $19.95. His articles have appeared in COINS magazine, COINage magazine, Coin World and The Numismatist. Ganz was editor of "Numismatics and the Law" in Coin World Almanac, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th editions. In 1990 Ganz won the NLG Clemy Award for his contributions. In 1991 he became editor of the NLG Newsletter and served until 1996. His “Under the Glass” column resumed in Numismatic News September 10, 1996. He wrote “Coin Market Insider’s Report for COINage Magazine 1974 to 2010.

Author of Planning Your Rare Coin Retirement (1998); The Official Guide to U.S. Commemorative Coins (1999); Smithsonian Guide to Coin Collecting (2008); Profitable Coin Collecting (2008); Official Guide to State Quarters (2000) and America’s State Quarters (2008).

bio: ConAut 105; WWA 04; WWAL 92; WWEast 91; WWF&I 92; correspondence, 1991, email 2010, profile NNW:WWH 5/7/1974

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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