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David L. Ganz
Biography
Law and Coins David L. Ganz

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      David L. Ganz, 47, managing partner and principal litigator in the law firm of Ganz, Hollinger & Towe in New York City, and Ganz & Sivin, P.A., of Fair Lawn, N.J., has been an award-winning writer in the numismatic field for more than 30 years. His knowledge about coins and the law is widely sought after, both as a consultant, a writer, and a lawyer.

      He has served as a columnist for Coin World from 1976-96 ("Backgrounder" and "Law and Collectibles") and for Numismatic News Weekly from 1969-present, "Under the Glass"). He has written "Coin Market Insider's Report" each month for COINage Magazine since 1974. His column "Law and Coins"(TM) began on NumisMedia in March, 1999.

      A prolific author in a variety of different fields, his books include A Critical Guide to Anthologies of African Literature (African Studies Ass'n, 1973), 14 Bits: A Legal & Legislative History of 31 USC §§324d-i (1976), The World of Coins & Coin Collecting (Scribner's 1980, 2nd edition 1985; 1998 Bonus Books 3rd edition), Planning Your Rare Coin Retirement (Bonus Books, 1998), Guide to Commemorative Coin Values (1999, Bonus Books); The 90 Second Lawyer (Wiley, 1996), How to get an Instant Mortgage (Wiley, 1997), and a number of law review articles.

      These include: "The U.N. and the Law of the Sea", 26 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 1-53 (1977), "Toward a Revision of the Minting & Coinage Law of the United States", 26 Cleveland State Law Review 177-257 (1977), "Probative Value of Currency Dating for Income in Respect of a Decedent," 51 N.Y.S. Bar Journal 487-491 (1978). More recently, his publications include "Valuation of Coin Collection," 5 Proof of Facts 3rd 577-655 (1989), "Legal Ethics: When A Lawyer's Obligation Begins (and Ends)," 125 N.J. Law J. 1742 (June 28, 1990), reprinted in Lawyer's Liability Rev. Q.J. 3-6 (April, 1991), "Rent Control", in R. Irwin, ed., Handbook of Property Management (N.Y.: McGraw Hill, 1986) pp. 333-350, and an interesting newspaper article, "Drop dollar bills; we need $1 coins," USA Today, May 23, 1990, p. 10A (Guest Columnist, "Face-Off"). He previously edited a book on America's Coinage Laws (1792-1894) (Bowers & Merena, 1991).

      Recipient of the Numismatic Literary Guild's highest honor, the Clement F. Bailey Award (1996), he is a past recipient of its best writer award for COINage Magazine, Coins Magazine, Coin World, and Numismatic News over a period of more than 25 years.

      A graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (Class of 1973) where he followed President Bill Clinton by five years, he took a law degree at St. John's University Law School and did post-graduate legal studies in the masters of law program at New York University. He also studied international law at Temple University (Philadelphia) Law School in Rome, Italy, while working for the coins and medals office of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In 1994, he was awarded the Order of St. Agatha (Commander) by the Republic of San Marino.

      He has been asked to testify before the Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and other subcommittees of the House Banking committee on more than a dozen occasions since 1974, most recently in July, 1995, and has an active legal practice. He is qualified in the first panel of certified arbitrators for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and New Jersey, and is an arbitrator and mediator in the Superior Court program in Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1996, be became one of only 71 certified mediators of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey mediation program.

      Widely respected by his peers, he is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory with an a-v rating (highest rating), and his accomplishments are listed in Who's Who of American Law, and other Who's Who publications.

      He served as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for Fair Lawn, N.J., appointed by the Mayor and Council since 1988, being elected Secretary in 1988, and as Chairman of the Zoning Board from 1993-96 for an unprecedented four consecutive terms. In 1997, he was elected to a four year term on the Borough Council (1998-2001). He became 29th Mayor of the Boro of Fair Lawn in January, 1999. The Boro is the 4th most populous (with about 30,000 residents) in Bergen County, New Jersey.

      In his spare time, he is a coin collector. A life fellow (one of 200 voting members) of the American Numismatic Society, he was appointed by President Nixon to the 1974 Annual Assay Commission, the oldest continually functioning committee in the federal government (dating to the founding of the Mint i žsŲ92). He served from 1985-1995 as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Numismatic Association, the largest, educational non-profit organization of collectors in the world. He became the organization's 48th president in July, 1993, serving until August, 1995.

      In December, 1993, Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen appointed him a charter member of the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee. He was reappointed in 1995 for a second one year term, leaving office in February, 1996. He chaired the World Mint Council in 1994 and 1995 at its meetings held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association annual convention. In 1995, more than 24 nations ministers attended Council meetings in Anaheim.

      He has served as a consultant to the Canadian Olympic Coin Program (1973-76), the Moscow Olympic Coin Program (1976-80), for Occidental Petroleum and Lazard Freres in their 1981-2 Olympic Coin program effort, the 1985-6 Statute of Liberty Centennial Celebration, and many others. His legislative expertise has been tapped by Olin Brass, Memorial Mission Hospital (Asheville, N.C.), The Platinum Guild, the Dutch Mint, the Portuguese State Mint 3›§d others, on coin and related matters over the course of the past 20 years.

      The World of Coins and Coin Collecting, of which The Midwest Book Review said the book "continues to be the complete guide for contemporary numismatics that knowledgeable collectors and professional investors refers to", is a bibliographic entry for the Encarta CD-ROM encyclopedia, Grollier's, and many others.


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