Kenneth L. Hallenbeck
Kenneth L. Hallenbeck (born October 20, 1931) is a former president of the American Numismatic Association. He has served with the ANA for 58 years. In recognition of his service and dedication to numismatics, he has received various honours from the ANA. He is the recipient of the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award, the Medal of Merit, the Exemplary Service Award, and the 1999 Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for distinguished service.
He was first elected to the ANA Board of Governors in 1971 and served for six years. His next position with the ANA was in service to the Money Museum. From 1977 to 1983, he would be the curator. On two separate occasions, he was elected to the organization’s policy making board. During the ANA’s centennial year in 1991, Hallenbeck served as ANA President. His term as President started in 1989. His tenure on the ANA Board came prior to the 10-year limitation currently in force and he has a total of 16 years of service on the Board.
In 1983, Hallenbeck opened his own coin shop called The Hallenbeck Coin Gallery in Colorado Springs. His son, Tom took over the enterprise in 2001. Ken and Tom Hallenbeck are the only father and son to serve as Board members of the ANA. Tom served from 1997 to 2001.
Hallenbeck was the acting director of the American Numismatic Association from August 2007 until the hiring of Larry Sheppard in July 2008. He helped to stabilize and boost the morale of the 30+ employees of the ANA after the firing of Christopher Cipoletti for cause. Currently, he is a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the Acting Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association.