Howard Daniel wrote that John Huffman retired from the IRS 12/31/2010, after nearly 40 years of service. He was a good friend of Gordon Frost, and John helped arrange for the sale of Gordon's numismatic library.
Dave Hirt writes:
I was really shocked to read that John Huffman had died. I first met him years ago at Frank Katen's public sales. He usually had two or three bidder numbers, so he was representing other buyers besides himself. He was always together with Gordon Frost. I believe Gordon stayed with John whenever he came to the Baltimore-Washington area.
After Gordon died, John told me he was helping Gordon's widow prepare the library for sale. He said that it was slow going because he was looking for certain rare books that he knew Gordon owned, but because of "books laying around everywhere" it was not an easy task.
John also had an interest in Spanish-American coins. This was probably was in connection with the sunken treasure interest that was mentioned.
It is sad that these two good friends are gone from us within a short time.
Simcha Kuritzky adds:
John Huffman was also an avid collector of vampire books and medals. He had some coins related to Vlad the Impaler, as well as Vampire Francaise satirical medals.
One of his last projects was putting together a collection of coins along the Silk Road contemporary with Marco Polo.
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