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The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has become a driving force in the ongoing effort to protect coin collectors and museums in which coins are stored from being forced to give up these items to foreign governments under the premise the coins are the cultural patrimony of the claimant nation. — Richard Giedroyc, World Coin News April 26, 2010

Officers

Officers

  • Tom Palmer

    Treasurer

    Tom has been an active numismatist for over 40 years, with interests ranging from early US silver to ancient coins. He holds life memberships in the American Numismatic Association, Maryland State Numismatic Association (MSNA), and Florida United Numismatists (FUN). He was General Chairman of the 2003 World’s Fair of Money in Baltimore and Public Registration Chairman in 1992 and 2008. He is past President of MSNA, Baltimore Coin Club, Central Florida Coin Club, and the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington. He received an ANA Presidential Award in 2002 and participated in two Summer Seminars. He was also bourse chairman for the MSNA show for five years.

    Tom is involved in numismatic education and outreach. His articles on bust half dollars and ancient coins were published in THE NUMISMATIST. He wrote several scripts used in the public radio series Money Talks, and has given Numismatic Theater presentations at five major coin conventions. He served as ANA District Delegate for central Maryland. Tom won first place for exhibits of ancient coins at the ANA conventions in Philadelphia 2000 and Baltimore 2008. He also won the 2000 Thomas Law award as best first-time exhibitor. Further, he is an ANA certified exhibit judge.

    Tom served on the Board of Directors of FUN for sixteen years and was FUN public registration chairman for six years. He was the 1984 winner of FUN's Literary Award for an article on Bust Half Dollars. Tom enjoys speaking to civic groups, school classes, and Boy Scout troops. He has also given presentations to coin clubs throughout Florida and the Baltimore area.

    Tom is a recently retired Budget and Financial Manager for the defense industry. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and San Diego State University.

  • Bill Puetz

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    President

    Bill Puetz is the owner and developer of VCoins.com, the largest ancient coin e-commerce site on the Internet. His other sites include VAuctions.com, AncientLinks.com, and Ancients.info, which offers free hosting for educational numismatic sites. He graduated from Illinois State University with Honors in Applied Computer Science, where he was named the Oustanding Senior. He specializes in strategic planning and system architecture. He is the former Vice President of Information Services for a national retailer. The software development firm he founded in 1988 has developed and installed their software in more than 20 countries. His interest in ancient coins dates back to 1978, when he was a part-time dealer of US and Canadian coinage and discovered the beauty and history of ancient coins quite by accident.

  • Wayne G. Sayles

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    Secretary

    After retiring in 1982 from the U.S. Air Force, Wayne earned a Master of Arts degree in Art History, with a specialization in ancient coinage, at the University of Wisconsin. In 1986, he founded The Celator — a monthly periodical for collectors of ancient coins. He co-authored Turkoman Figural Bronze Coins and Their Iconography and wrote the six volume series Ancient Coin Collecting, the monograph Classical Deception and the exhibition catalogue for the Griner Collection of Ancient Coins at Ball State University. Under the banner of "Clio's Cabinet", he edited and published several numismatic monographs by other authors. He wrote the "Coin Collecting" article and revised the main "Coins" article for Encyclopaedia Britannica. Wayne is a Life Fellow of the American Numismatic Society; Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London); Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens); Life Member of the American Israel Numismatic Association; and member of numerous other numismatic organizations including the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild. He is the founder and current Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild. He has lectured extensively, written more than 200 articles about ancient coinage, and is a recipient of the Krause "Numismatic Ambassador" award as well as several Numismatic Literary Guild Awards. In 2006 he was honored with a unique ACCG award for "Exceptional Contributions to Ancient Numismatics." He is a biographee in Marquis, Who's Who in America and in the 2007 edition of Who's Who in the World. Wayne and his wife Doris live in the Missouri Ozarks.

  • David R. Sear

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    David Sear had an early exposure to ancient history on a school visit to the site of the Roman city of Verulamium (St. Albans) in Hertfordshire in 1953. The deep impression left by this experience has stayed with him ever since and was responsible for his enthusiasm for ancient (especially Roman Imperial) history during the later years of his education. There is hardly an ancient coin collector alive today who has not benefitted from the voluminous works produced by this tireless researcher. His career at Seaby, Ltd. spanned a period of fifteen years, during which he wrote the first edition of Roman Coins and Their Values -- winner of the Lhotka Memorial Prize by the Royal Numismatic Society in London and the precurser to a widely used and highly acclaimed series of reference guides for collectors of ancient coins. The series eventually was expanded to include the Greek, "Greek Imperial", Roman Imperatorial and Byzantine coinages. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators won the coveted Book Prize of the International Association of Professional Numismatists in 1999. His articles and cataloguing projects are too numerous to mention. In 1991 he established the highly respected and much utilized David R. Sear Ancient Coin Certification Service, which he continues to operate as he expands Roman Coins and Their Values with a multi-volume "Millennium Edition".

  • Peter K. Tompa

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    Peter K. Tompa is an attorney residing in the Washington, D.C. area. His practice includes providing advice and lobbying services to clients related to the trade in cultural artifacts. Tompa graduated from the Washington College of Law, American University (J.D. cum laude, 1986) and from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S. 1982). He served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Frank E. Schwelb on both the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He is currently a partner at Dillingham & Murphy, LLP. He formally was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP and Carr Goodson Warner, PC. He has published extensively about cultural property matters. He is an avid collector with a special interest in Greek coins from the city states of Magna Graecia and Sicily, Roman coins of Marcus Aurelius and Medieval Hungarian issues. He is a Trustee and Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association, and a former "First Consul" (President) of the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington, D.C.

  • David Welsh

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    David E. Welsh is a professional numismatist and proprietor of Classical Coins ( www.classicalcoins.com ) in Goleta, CA. He is also an engineering consultant, having recently founded Applied Technology Management (www.apptechman.com ) after serving as as Principal Engineer at Calient Networks, a leading developer of optical switching systems. 

    After receiving a classical education at the hands of the Jesuits, David pursued interests in coin collecting and classical studies as a professional numismatist for several years, then took up a technological career in which he was employed in engineering and management positions primarily in the electrical connector industry, notably at Microdot, ITT Cannon and as Engineering Manager at Sabritec.

    He received the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering from California Coast University in 1976 and 1988, and is best known technically as an expert in optical switching systems, fiber optics and interconnection technology. 

    A natural linguist, David reads or speaks five modern languages as well as Latin, Greek and studies in extinct scripts such as Phoenician, ancient Hebrew and Pahlavi. He has been awarded seventeen US Patents, authored two technical books and numerous articles, and received Best of Session and Best Paper awards for papers presented to the International Institute of Connector and Interconnection Technology.

  • Kerry K. Wetterstrom

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    President Elect

    Kerry K. Wetterstrom is the editor and publisher of The Celator magazine, the leading journal for the ancient coin hobby. He purchased his first ancient coin from former dealer Tom McKenna at a coin show in Denver, Colorado in 1974. Since then, he has been an active contributor to the hobby--sharing his love of ancients through countless lectures and educational programs. Among these have been several ANA "Numismatic Theater" appearances and guest lectures before prominent organizations like the San Francisco Ancient Coin Club, the Twin Cities Ancient Coin Club, the Historia Nummorum in Boston, the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington D.C., the Chicago Coin Club, and others. He serves as the Educational Programs Coordinator for the New York International Numismatic Convention and for the past ten years has taught introductory classes in ancient numismatics at the American Numismatic Association's popular Summer Seminar. He is a member of the ANA team of judges for exhibits of ancient coins at the association's annual convention and serves as the ANA Regional Director for the State of Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in The Celator, and the Classical Numismatic Review. He has written a number of radio scripts for the ANA "Money Talks" program. He is regarded as one of the hobby's most knowledgeable collectors in his area of specialization, the coins of Roman Egypt, and wrote the chapter on these coins in Ancient Coin Collecting -- Vol. IV as well as the Forward to Alexandrian Coins by Keith Emmett. Prior to assuming the editor/publisher position for The Celator in May of 1999, Mr. Wetterstrom spent twelve years as the Auction Director for Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Royal Numismatic Society (London); the American Numismatic Society; The American Numismatic Association; the Swiss Numismatic Society, the Classical and Medieval Numismatic Society and several ancient coin clubs.