ANA Lamp of Knowledge Official Seal
Numismatic Association Board of Governors has
voted unanimously to acknowledge that the "Lamp
of Knowledge" is and remains the official seal
of the Association.
The vote, taken during a conference call on June
2, authorizes the use of the Lamp of Knowledge
on certificates, awards, the ANA Federal
Charter, Bylaws and Code of Ethics documents.
The ANA will continue its use of the current ANA
logo for marketing purposes until a new logo is
selected by the membership and confirmed by the
Board. The current logo, created around the
Peace Dollar, has been in use since 2003.
ANA President Barry Stuppler, who has championed
the creation of a new logo, announced plans last
winter to ask five accomplished medallic artists
to develop designs for a new logo. Those
designs, which were submitted in April, were to
be displayed on the ANA website and published in
The Numismatist. Members would then vote on
their favorite designs.
"We received some beautiful artwork," Stuppler
said. "However, the designs we received would be
difficult to use in a variety of ways as
required for a logo. As a result, we have
decided to seek additional input from artists
from a variety of disciplines."
Stuppler said that once artists have been
identified and additional submissions received,
the membership would be asked to provide input.
"We want to be sure that we make the right
decision in selecting a logo for this
Association and that the voices of our
membership are heard," Stuppler said.
Stuppler emphasized that no operating funds will
be utilized to develop or implement a new logo.
"We will need to raise about $62,000, and no new
logo will be implemented until those funds are
in hand." He added that the fundraising effort
has been seeded with a $2,000 anonymous
Stuppler said the decision to use the Lamp of
Knowledge as the official seal recognizes the
desire of many members to utilize the
"Itís an important icon to so many of our
members," he said. "I think that placing the old
logo on official medals, awards and documents is
a vital step in responding to the wishes of the
The Lamp of Knowledge was adopted for use by the
ANA from the University of Michigan seal.
According to an article by ANA Historian Q.
David Bowers in the June issue of The
Numismatist, it appeared in the ANA magazine as
early as 1908.