The Ruth W. Hill Collection of world notes will be offered in
Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society convention
auction, April 23 to 28 in Schaumburg, Ill.
Hill, lovingly referred to by collectors as the “Grand Old Lady of
Paper Money Collecting in North America,” died in St. Louis on Jan.
14, 1995, at the age of 96.
She became interested in collecting paper money in the 1950s,
shortly after the death of her husband, Adolph.
Her husband had sold ink made to customer specifications, and it
was through his dealings with the Banco de Mexico that she caught the
collector “virus.” She collected notes from every country except the
She actively served both the Society of Paper Money Collectors and
the International Bank Note Society and was a fellow of the American
“An active collector all of her life and a pioneer in a field of
mostly men, Mrs. Hill assembled an exceptional collection of world
notes,” said Dustin Johnston, Director of Currency at Heritage. “Her
devotion was in support of a field that was in desperate need of
research and for helping to build future generations of collectors
that love and contribute to paper money collecting.”
In addition to the notes being offered at the CSNS convention
auction, Heritage will also offer notes from the Hill collection in
Tuesday Internet Auctions and at Heritage’s World Currency Signature
Auction in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 3 to 8.
For more information, visit Heritage Auctions at HA.com or
telephone the firm at 800-872-6467. ■