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St. Louis Ancient Coin Study Group joins ACCG as Affiliate

New Affiliate honors departed member

By Wayne G. Sayles |
November 30, 2017

The ACCG Board of Directors is pleased to acknowledge a donation of $500.00 from the St. Louis Ancient Coin Study Group in memory of its distinguished members Michael G. Pfefferkorn who passed away on May 11 of this year at the age of 77 and David M. Murrey who died unexpectedly on January 25th at the age of 41.  This donation accompanies an application by the St. Louis group for ACCG Affiliate Membership, making this group the 24th formal affiliate. 

Mike Pfefferkorn was a devoted collector of Roman Coins and one of America's leading experts on municipal and national tokens—co-authoring the standard work on tax tokens and contributing many articles to numismatic journals and national publications.  He served the Missouri Numismatic Society in several positions, including President and member of the Board of Directors.  He helped found the MNS library and the American Tax Token Society.  In his "day job", Mike taught high school history courses for more than four decades.  Both Mike and Dave were members and supporters of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild and helped bridge the sometimes contentious gap between academia and private collecting.  Dave Murrey was an ancient coin dealer, with a very friendly personality, who gave much back to the hobby both locally and nationally.

I first met Mike in 1981 while stationed at Scott AFB, IL with the U.S. Air Force.  Although my work took me on the road more often than one might like, whenever I was in town at meeting time I made a point of attending the Ancient Coin Study Group gatherings.  Mike and I stayed in touch over the years, even though our paths went in different directions.  The decision of his friends to honor Mike and Dave in this way is very heartwarming and most sincerely appreciated.

Wayne G. Sayles, President
Ancient Coin Collectors Guild

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