Harvey Stack forwarded this note about numismatist Lia Meissner of Bogota,Colombia. Thanks.
LIA MEISSNER nee Steuer, Born May 14. 1936 succumbed
to Emphysema on May 14, 2012 at her home in Bogota,
Colombia with her two sons at her side.
Lia moved with her family to Bogota, from Roumania in April
1940 escaping World War II. She married Peter Meissner
on April 19th, 1958 and had two sons, Antonio and Robert.
Lia became interested in coins and collecting in 1965 as she had some coins her
father, who for business traveled throughout the world, had given her as a child.
(a personal story from the two sons is attached to this obituary
to illustrate how children can influence parents)
Shortly after her early encounter with the different coins of
Colombian origin, as well as the rest of the world, she traveled to
New York to learn more about collecting. She found near her hotel
the offices of STACK's in midtown NYC, went to visit and met with
Norman Stack. He discussed with her about collecting and the idea
of not trying to collect the world at one time, but specialize if she
could. Her Present Homeland, Colombia had a lengthily history, economically
as well as traditional, and she already had a interest in her country.
Lia started to collect in earnest, putting together series of coins by ruler,
mint and mint masters of Colombia and the mother country of Spain. Wherever
she traveled with Peter, she visited coin shops, hock shops and various vendors
as well as being invited to visit museum and collections World Wide.
Her knowledge of the series was so extensive, and collection so detailed, that it
came the subject of various reference text and numismatic papers published in
Colombia as well as throughout the world. As she traveled often to New York,
she always remembered Norman and of course Harvey and Ben, as well as Harvey's
son Larry who always tried to be of help to her, bid for her at auctions and find
difficult coins to enhance her collection. Through the Stack Family she met Mortimer
Hammel, who was considered one of the great experts of Latin American Coinage, and
they exchanged ideas, which helped both grow more complete information and collections.
Lia was a long time member of the American Numismatic Association, the American
Numismatic Society, and a number of international Societies, Associations and Clubs, in
order to keep enhancing her knowledge and still build a outstanding collection.
Lia came to the United States often to attend the ANA Convention, the International
Convention and Auctions in order to expand her coins or improve the quality of what
She exchanged letters, papers and ideas with collectors who were interested in Coins of
Colombia, and provided great research and history to all who called upon her for
The Numismatic World has lost a great friend, student, collector and one who encouraged
collecting whenever she met with those who shared her dedicated interest in the Hobby.
The Stack Family will miss her greatly.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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