President Jeff Garrett speaking at the Whitman Baltimore Expo
awards ceremony, before his April 1 presentation of the ANA
Presidential Award to John Wexler, variety specialist and author
whose writings include the Remarks from American Numismatic
AssociationCoin World column, "Varieties Notebook,"
published in the third Weekly issue of every month:
Finally, before we conclude the program portion of this ceremony I
would like to recognize an individual who has made a significant
contribution to the hobby and to the American Numismatic Association —
A retired teacher of advanced mathematics, John is considered by
many “the father of the doubled die” as he has spent most of his life
tirelessly helping others to learn about these amazing coins.
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John found his first doubled die in 1971 and with the encouragement
of error/variety specialist Alan Herbert, joined the Collectors of
Numismatic Errors, a club he would eventually help to merge with the
Numismatic Error Collectors of America to form CONECA. John
was inducted into the CONECA Hall of Fame for lifelong contributions
to the error hobby and awarded an Honorary Life Membership in 1988.
John has authored numerous numismatic articles and published The
Encyclopedia of Doubled Dies, Volumes 1 & 2, after which his
prolific contributions to numismatic research ranged from the subjects
of Lincoln Cents to Re-punched Mint Marks, Buffalo Nickels to Mercury
Dimes. The Authoritative Reference on Lincoln Cents,
co-authored with Kevin Flynn, won the Numismatic Literary Guild award
in 1996. John has been a contributor to Numismatic News and
Coin World magazines.
Through his countless articles and many books, John’s passion has
been not only to show new and interesting die varieties, but also to
educate collectors about them and how they are created. He has
constantly sought to better his own knowledge through research, even
if it meant refuting his own findings, which shows courage and a
desire for truth over ego.
For his service to our hobby, it is my pleasure to honor John Wexler
with the ANA Presidential Award.