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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 3, January 20, 2008, Article 6

U.S. COINAGE REDESIGN ADVOCATE DIANE WOLF 1954-2008

[New York Sun this week published an obituary for Diane
Wolf, a leading advocate for redesigning U.S. coinage in
the 1980s.  Did any of our readers know her?  Tell us
your stories.  -Editor]

Diane Wolf, who died January 10, was a philanthropist based
in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., who once made headlines
for masterminding a plan to redesign America's currency.

Wolf died at 53 during a medical procedure at NewYork-
Presbyterian Hospital, her family said.

While serving as a presidential appointee of the U.S.
Commission of Fine Arts in the 1980s, Wolf became an
advocate for redesigning the nation's coinage. "The designs
are nice, but they're dull and outdated," she told the Los
Angeles Times at the time.

Wolf, who was a graduate of the Georgetown University Law
Center but never practiced, treated her job on the Fine
Arts commission as a full-time job, her father said.

She also sat on the boards of the National Archives, the
Kennedy Center, and National Public Radio. In New York,
she was a benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
the Frick, and the Whitney.

Born March 16, 1954, in Cheyenne, Wyo., Wolf was raised
in Denver. Her father was an oil executive. She got a
bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and
a master's degree in early childhood education. She taught
briefly at an East Side private school before studying law.
Wolf is survived by her parents, Erving and Joyce Wolf of
Manhattan, and two brothers, Daniel and Matthew.

To read the complete article, see:
Full Story

To read Dave Harper's tribute to Wolf on Numismaster, see
Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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