Maynard Sundman (second from right), founder of Littleton Coin Company is flanked on the left by David Sundman, president the company, and Robert Lamb, the American Philatelic Society’s executive director (far left). On the far right, is Christopher Cipoletti, executive director of the American Numismatic Association. Maynard Sundman was honored for 50 years of supportive membership in the ANA and the APS.
Littleton Coin Company Founder Thrice Honored
LITTLETON, NEW HAMPSHIRE Littleton Coin Company founder Maynard Sundman today received recognition for half a century of active support of two major professional organizations serving coin and stamp collectors, and learned that a lecture series has been established in his name at one of them.
Littleton Coin Company founder Maynard Sundman (center) and his son David, president of the company, hold an enlarged replica of the $100,000 check that Littleton Coin Company presented to the American Numismatic Association to establish an ANA lecture series in Maynard Sundman’s name. Chris Cipoletti, the ANA’s executive director is at right.
Robert Lamb, executive director of the American Philatelic Society (APS) and Christopher Cipoletti, executive director of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), presented Sundman with 50-year membership pins during a company-wide ceremony at the firm’s headquarters. At the event, Sundman’s eldest son David, president of Littleton Coin Company, also announced that the company has given $100,000 to the ANA to endow the Maynard Sundman/Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series.“My father has spent most of his life seeking treasures for coin collectors and setting fair standards that have advanced this very educational hobby,” noted the Littleton Coin Company president. “We are pleased that his name will be connected with this level of scholarship in a field he loves.”
To be held during ANA anniversary conventions, the series honoring Maynard Sundman will feature keynote speakers lecturing on specific topics. Papers presented during the series will later be published.
Lamb had not met the 88-year-old Sundman until today, but said he was acutely aware of his role in philately, the collection and study of postage stamps. “Maynard Sundman has been one of the most important people in the field,” noted Lamb. “In the early days, he attracted many new people to the hobby. As a kid over 50 years ago I bought stamps from his company [then Littleton Stamp & Coin], which had a great reputation. It was an important factor in getting me to become a stamp collector.”
Cipoletti also spoke of Sundman’s prominence in numismatic circles, adding, “He has contributed greatly over the past years, promoting the hobby and making educational programs available to those interested in numismatics [the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.]. I am very pleased to be able to honor Maynard for his 50 years of membership and for his commitment to the ANA’s educational mission.”
Founded in 1886, the American Philatelic Society is the world’s largest nonprofit stamp collecting society, with a membership of approximately 46,000. Located in State College, Pennsylvania, the APS offers members in more than 110 countries various services, including a monthly magazine, The American Philatelist. For further details about APS, go to www.stamps.org.
The American Numismatic Association, begun in 1891, today has over 32,000 members. The Colorado Springs-based organization operates a numismatic library and museum as part of its mission to promote historical, educational and scientific aspects of numismatics and also publishes a monthly journal, Numismatist. For further information, visit the ANA website at www.money.org.
Sundman’s business, founded in 1945 as Littleton Stamp & Coin Company, today consists of sister firms Littleton Coin Company, one of the world’s largest coin and paper money mail order operations, and Mystic Stamp Company, one of America’s major stamp companies. Sundman’s sons David and Donald serve as presidents of Littleton Coin Company and Mystic Stamp Company, respectively.
Littleton Coin Company employs more than 300 people and provides friendly service to collectors nationwide.