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Pioneering error coin dealer Len Roosmalen, 84, dies May 7, hailed by fellow error coin researchers

Member of CONECA Hall of Fame, recipient of Lyndon King Award
By , Coin World
Published : 05/09/14
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Longtime error coin dealer Len Roosmalen, age 84, died May 7, in Sun Prairie, Wis.

Mr. Roosmalen and his late wife, Shirlee, owned and operated several businesses in the Madison, Wis., area, including Len’s Coins & Stamps. 

In 2004 Mr. Roosmalen sold his business to Jim Essence, who now runs Jim’s C&S in Madison.

Also in 2004, Mr. Roosmalen became the fifth person ever inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America. He was a board member of CONECA and twice recipient of the group’s annual Lyndon King Award for greatest achievement for the club.

Served with Green Berets

Mr. Roosmalen served 20 years in the Army Reserve Green Beret Special Forces, retiring at the rank of major.

He is survived by two daughters and a son, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and a brother. He was preceded in death by four siblings.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 12 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Sun Prairie. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The Roosmalen family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 3416 Swansee Ridge, Sun Prairie, WI 53590-9495.

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