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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 13, March 25, 2001, Article 2

GLENN A. MOONEY (1918-2001) 

   Glenn A. Mooney, a longtime fixture in Pittsburgh 
   numismatics, passed away at age 82 on March 17th 
   (St. Patrick's Day).  For many years he was a 
   volunteer curator of numismatics at Carnegie Museum, 
   working closely with William W. Woodside. 

   While his interests spanned numismatics from ancient 
   to modern, most of his writings were on the topic of 
   medals and tokens.  His 1976 monograph on the 
   Washington Before Boston medal traced the history 
   of the medal and its restrikes, and provided a detailed 
   reference guide to the various strikings and varieties. 

   His March, 1969 article in The Numismatist is the 
   earliest reference to Play Money found in NIP (the 
   Numismatic Indexes project of the Harry Bass Research 
   Foundation), predating Richard Clothier's 1985 
   reference by 16 years. 

   As a volunteer curator, he devoted many a Saturday 
   to working with the collection, cataloging specimens, 
   and assisting researchers and the general public until 
   1978, when the museum decided to sell the collection. 
   With other local numismatists, Mooney fought the 
   planned sale, and although ultimately the bulk of the 
   collection was sold in succeeding years, a court decree 
   kept the George H. Clapp reference collection of U.S. 
   large cents intact, along  with a representative U.S. type 
   collection, and items with a local or regional connection. 

   Of interest to bibliophiles is the museum's numismatic 
   reference library, which, as part of the decree, was 
   transferred to The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, where 
   it still resides today.  The library includes a complete set 
   of The Numismatist, including the rare original first 
   six volumes. 

   Born in Denison, TX, Mr. Mooney served as a Captain 
   in the Army Signal Corp in the South Pacific in WWII. 
   A graduate of  Texas A&M, he became a manager at 
   Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, where 
   he met Nikola Tesla and worked with Admiral Rickover 
   building the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear 
   powered submarine (launched in 1955).  He is survived 
   by his wife Jeanne, six children, twelve grandchildren, 
   and five great-grandchildren. 

   [Editor's note:  Mooney became my numismatic mentor 
   and role model in 1978.  I had called him after reading an 
   interview with him in the local paper about the museum's 
   planned sale.  I was a college student, and an interested 
   coin collector, but was only peripherally aware of 
   organized numismatics. 

   He invited this stranger into his home for an hours-long 
   discussion of numismatics.  Later that year he sponsored 
   my membership in the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic 
   Society. Only later did I realize what an honor it was to 
   be invited to join, as the youngest member since George 
   Clapp himself, who cofounded the club at the same age 
   exactly a century earlier. 

   It was an eye-opening experience to meet and learn 
   from such advanced collectors, and I have Glenn 
   and the members of WPNS to thank for drawing me 
   headlong into the realm of numismatic research.  It's 
   become a lifetime hobby.  Were it not for Glenn Mooney, 
   I wouldn't be here working on The E-Sylum week after 
   week.   This one's for you, Glenn.] 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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