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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 39, September 30, 2007, Article 8

MEDAL EXPERT JOSEPH VEACH NOBLE 1920-2007

Sam Pennington writes: "Joseph Veach Noble died September 22 in
West Orange NJ. He was 87. The NY Times printed his long history
as an expert in antiquities but not a word about his numismatic
achievements.  Mr. Noble wrote the chapter on the Society of
Medalists for the 1988 'The Medal in America' book."

['The Medal in America' was the title of compiled papers presented
to the Coinage of the Americas Conference at The American Numismatic
Society, New York, September 26-27, 1987, edited by Alan Stahl.
Some excerpts from Noble's obituary appear below. Can any of our
readers provide more information on his numismatic endeavors?
-Editor]

"During World War II, Mr. Noble served in the camera branch of the
Signal Corps in Long Island City, Queens. After the war, he worked
as the executive vice president of Film Counselors in New York.

"Around this time he started collecting ancient Greek vases and
other antiquities, and in 1966, he owned the largest private
collection of Athenian vases in the United States.

"Mr. Noble was the Metís vice director of operations from 1967 to
1970. He started at the museum in 1956 as an operating administrator,
a newly created position mostly concerned with business supervision.

"In a 1972 interview, he said: ďI feel we should keep one foot
in the past. The past is only prologue, but unless you know what
the prologue is, you canít really know the present.Ē"

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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