Coin World’s longest-serving editor, will retire
effective April 30.
“The time has come to open a new chapter in my life,” Deisher
said. “I have every confidence that Steve Roach will lead Coin
World to greater and more exciting endeavors that will attract
new readers as well as continue to engage our loyal and longtime readers.”
Deisher has led the editorial staff at Coin World for 27
years, receiving the editor baton from Margo Russell on March 1, 1985.
She joined the Coin World staff in 1981 as news editor
and served as executive editor before being tapped to lead its
editorial team. Her first assignment with Amos Press Inc. was as news
editor of the Sidney Daily News, which she joined in January
Deisher is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English.
Immediately after graduation she served as an International Farm Youth
Exchange representative under the auspices of the National 4-H
Foundation, living and working for six months with families in rural
villages in six provinces of Iran.
She began her career in professional journalism in 1969 as a staff
writer for the Ledger-Star afternoon daily in Norfolk, Va. In
1972 she joined the Virginia Education Association as a communications
specialist, where she edited a monthly newspaper and served as
features editor of the Virginia Journal of Education. She also
produced award-winning radio programming and produced films for the
Deisher is author of Making the Grade — A Grading Guide to the
Top 50 Most Widely Collected U.S. Coins, has supervised updates
of six editions of Coin World’s Almanac and was founding
editor of Coin World’s Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices & Value
Trends published annually since 1989.
She is a fellow of the American Numismatic Society and holds
memberships in many state, regional and national numismatic
organizations, including the American Numismatic Association. In 2010
ANA recognized her contributions to numismatics by bestowing its
highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award. She was awarded the
Numismatic Literary Guild’s Clemy Award in 1995 and received the
Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2006.
She and her husband, Art, plan to continue to reside in Ohio. ■