NCBA Executive Director Named One of the Most Influential People in Numismatics

NCBA Executive Director, David Crenshaw, has been selected as one of Coin World Annual’s “Most Influential People in Numismatics” for the 2022 edition of the list. Honorees are chosen from hundreds of influencers who have contributed to the numismatic hobby in a variety of ways—as collectors, dealers, authors, artists, graders, journalists, Mint officials, and so on—and voted on by thousands of Coin World readers. According to CWA publisher Rick Amos, “[Our honorees] are disrupters, creators, organizers, marketers, fixers, doers, problem-solvers, writers, and innovators that have contributed in some meaningful way to this multi-billion-dollar industry that we all enjoy so much.” 

At a young age, David Crenshaw realized the potential of numismatics. He grabbed his first Whitman blue folder and began filling it with coins. As a teenager, he parlayed his knowledge of coins and interest in error coins and began a mail-order business that sold error coins, products featured in his own catalog called “Nobody’s Perfect.”

His interest in coins had been increased when he had the opportunity to meet Bill Fivaz, co-author of The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, at a local club meeting. David continued to maintain the business to support his high school and college days. Graduating with a degree in Business Administration, he set his sights on a career in numismatics. For three years, he was employed at Atlanta-based Rare Coins of Georgia. He soon developed an interest in computer programming and data analysis. Even though his new vocation was outside the field of numismatics, he maintained the fire by staying active with coin clubs and editing organization newsletters while volunteering on a regular basis.

The call of numismatics proved strong and David soon found himself working for Whitman Publishing. It opened the door for his next step, becoming general manager of Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, a position he held for nine years.

While serving as the general manager, David’s work included collaboration with the then Industry Council for Tangible Assets, now known as the National Coin & Bullion Association. He assisted the organization in efforts to defeat legislation that would have repealed the tax exemption for transactions of precious metal bullion and coins in Maryland.

The successful campaign allowed David to increase his involvement with ICTA, becoming the organization’s chief operating officer. On Jan. 1, 2021, David Crenshaw became the executive director of the National Coin & Bullion Association and remains at the forefront in the fight for numismatic interests.

His work has been recognized throughout his career by the American Numismatic Association, receiving the Good Fellow Award in 2006, the Glenn Smedley Award in 2014 and a Presidential Award from ANA President Jeff Garrett in 2016. David’s work has also been lauded by the Numismatic Literary Guild.

David has played a role as a chaperone for Young Numismatists at the ANA’s Summer Seminar and continually sends the message of the importance of the hobby. He finds value in meeting fellow hobbyists, sharing interest and knowledge to help all get the best from their own numismatic journey.

Reprinted from Coin World Annual, September 2022, p. 60, with permission of Coin World and Amos Media.