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The E-Sylum: Volume 16, Number 6, February 10, 2013, Article 6


Scott Miller notified me on Monday that NBS member John Huffman had passed away. I never knew him well, but had met him at an ANA convention many years ago and on a couple occasions more recently when he came as a guest to my monthly Nummis Nova numismatic social club dinner. Here's a short obituary and note from Howard Daniel. -Editor

From the Montgomery County (Maryland) Coin Club web site:

It is with great sadness that the Montgomery County Coin Club mourns the passing of John Huffman on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Huffman had been a member of MCCC since the 1970s and has served on the Board as well as being elected twice to be the club’s vice president.

John’s obituary was printed in the February 3, 2013 edition of The Washington Post. The Montgomery County Coin Club sends our collective condolences to John’s family and friends.

Well known for his interest in silver coins, John also collected ancients and coins and other items related to R.L. Stevenson’sTreasure Island.

To read the complete article, see: Passing of John Huffman (

Dick Ennis of Fairfax, Virginia writes (on the Washington Post obituary page):

John was known for his diverse interests: coin collecting, history, stock and securities valuation, distilled spirits, and one of the largest collections of Dracula memorabilia and books in the country. John enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the various subjects.

In addition to contributions to St. Bernadette parish and school, John was generous in sharing his resources with relatives and others. During the last two years, he made multiple trips to New York to help the widow of a fellow coin collector organize and realize the value of his coin catalogs and other books on coins.

Joe Makurath of Alexandria, Virginia writes (on the Washington Post obituary page):

John regularly stopped by my office whenever he acquired new coins. He always entertained with his knowledge of the history connected with each acquisition.

To read the Washington Post obituary, see: JOHN P. HUFFMAN (

Scott Miller writes:

I probably knew John for 30 years or more, having met him through our mutual friend, Gordon Frost. I believe he had a fairly large library; a long time non-numismatic interest included books about Dracula. He was a life fellow of the ANS, with numismatic interests in Ireland, sunken treasure, as well as some general areas. He liked to pass around relatively current but unusual items to friends and co-workers at IRS (he retired a few years ago), such as Eisenhower dollars, $2 bills, &c.

Howard Daniel writes:

John and I go back about 10+ years. We probably met the first time at one of my first NBS meetings at an ANA. He and I like to joke a lot and we quickly became friends. He recently retired as one of the top lawyers in the IRS. He really did not have much time to enjoy himself after retirement. After I return to the USA, I will find his grave and leave a coin on it. I will miss him!

I know John was a collector of ancient coins. Howard shared with me his last email exchange with John, where he wrote that he'd recently acquired "a NW India standardized weight bar small "bar" silver from the time period of Persian domination (500-300 BC) and a Egypt silver tetradrachma of Cleo VII & Ptolemy XV (44-31BC), only son of Big Julie the Roman."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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