Gene Hessler will be the recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.
He will be honored Aug. 8 during the ANA World’s Fair of Money banquet in Rosemont, Ill.
Longtime numismatist, researcher and author Hessler has been a member of the ANA since 1967. He also has held memberships with the American Numismatic Society, the Cincinnati Numismatic Association, International Bank Note Society, and Society of Paper Money Collectors.
Hessler also served as editor of the SPMC’s journal Paper Money for a number of years.
Hessler’s many numismatic accomplishments include being curator of the Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum and curator of the Mercantile Bank Money Museum, which once housed the Eric P. Newman Collection.
Researcher, writer, musician
Hessler discovered and published several previously unknown designs for U.S. paper currency through research at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the Smithsonian Institution.
He is the author of The Comprehensive Catalog of United States Paper Money; An Illustrated History of U.S. Loans, 1775-1898; U.S. Essays, Proof & Specimen Notes; The Engraver’s Line – An Encyclopedia of Paper Money and Postage Stamp Art; The International Engraver’s Line, as well as numerous articles for numismatic publications.
In 2009 he published a memoir about his life as a musician and numismatist titled, Hey, Mr. Horn Blower.
During the “Big Band” era Hessler was a trombonist with various bands including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Billy May and Les Elgart.