Chicago area exonumia dealer Rich Hartzog, who sold tokens and medals
through his World Exonumia firm for more than four decades, died at
age 70 Nov. 10 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
According to Mr. Hartzog's biography in Pete Smith's American
Numismatic Biographies, Mr. Hartzog was a Chicago native, and
graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville in 1971. Mr.
Hartzog was employed as a management engineer at Swedish American
Hospital in Rockford, Illinois, from 1971 to 1974 and was also a
part-time coin dealer.
Mr. Hartzog followed his professional numismatic pursuits fulltime
beginning in 1974, specializing in tokens and medals since 1977. Under
the company name World Exonumia, Mr. Hartzog conducted 11 auctions
from 1977 to 2006. While a professional numismatist, Mr. Hartzog was a
hobbyist at heart, collecting 19th century exonumia from Illinois. Mr.
Hartzog served on the board of governors for the Central States
Numismatic Society, Civil War Token Society, Token and Medal Society,
and the Illinois Numismatic Association, among others.
Mr. Hartzog is the author of the 1982 and 1986 editions of Rich
Hartzog's Price Guide for Medals of the United States Mint:The First
Century, 1792-1892. Under the name World Exonumia Press, Mr.
Hartzog published American and Canadian Countermarked Coins and
other books on countermarks written by Gregory Brunk; Trade Tokens
of Illinois in two editions, written by Ore Vacketta; and
Oregon Trade Tokens by Jim Hemphill.
Mr. Hartzog became member No. 883 when he joined the Chicago Coin
Club on May 8, 1974. He served on the club’s board of directors, was
vice president, and served as president from 1979 to 1982. Mr. Hartzog
presented edicucational exhibits at each meeting he attended and
received the club’s top Cabeen Exhibit Award in 1979 and 1980.
Mr. Hartzog was American Numismatic Association Life Member 1046.
Mr. Hartzog is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, and a brother,
Jeff. A celebration of Rich Hartzog’s life is being scheduled for
sometime in January, according to Jeff Hartzog, who is handling his