The March 2013 issue of The E-Gobrecht (the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club) included a nice article by editor Bill Bugert on the late Bill Cowburn of Pennsylvania, author of several important articles on the Bust and Liberty
Seated coinage. With permission, here's an extensive excerpt.
It is with deep sadness we report the passing of Bill
Cowburn, age 58 years, who, after a lengthy and
courageous battle against cancer and surrounded by
family and friends, expired on February 24th in his
York, PA home. Among other things, Bill was a
long time proud LSCC and ANA member, and Trade
Dollar Specialist. Many of us will remember Bill for
his extremely friendly, hearty laugh and great sense
of humor. He is survived by his wife of 12 years,
Laura, and many family members and friends.
According to his obituary published in York
Daily Record & York Dispatch, upon graduation
from William Penn High School in 1972, Bill
worked for a short time at York Borg-Warner Co.
and then served York City as a Police Cadet. He then
worked as an armored car driver with Loomis Armored
Car while pursuing an accounting degree
from York College. Upon graduating in 1992, Bill
entered employment with the Pennsylvania State
Comptroller's Office and was most recently employed
with the Pennsylvania School Employees Retirement
Bill enjoyed playing and watching
tennis, enjoyed growing fresh vegetables in the garden,
and loved their dog, Rusty, who died last summer.
Bill enjoyed the music of Bob Dylan and Frank
Sinatra and traveling and learning about the history
of our states and our country. His latest trip was
whale watching in Hawaii with his wife to celebrate
a wedding anniversary.
His books of choice were
biographies of our Presidents and noteworthy historical
events. He was highly respected for his knowledge
in numismatics and has given countless seminars
on the hobby, published various articles and has
received numerous awards for his achievements in
this field. Bill's life can be best summarized by the
According to Bill’s numismatic autobiography Bill was a collector for over 30 years and has a
great deal of knowledge of the Bust and Liberty
Seated series, especially Bust and Liberty Seated half
dollars and Trade dollars. He has had numismatic
articles published in The Numismatist, The Gobrecht
Journal, The Centinel, and The Journal of the Barber
Coin Collectors' Society. He won the Wagner Award
as well as several awards for his articles including a
Heath Literary Award from the ANA for his article
"How Rare is Rare."
He exhibited and judged exhibits
for several years. His exhibit "A Transitional
1876 Proof Trade Dollar" won 1st place in the U.S.
Coin category and was 1st runner-up in the Best-of-
Show judging at the 2006 ANA Convention. He was
a speaker at the ANA Convention, FUN, CSNS, and
PAN as well as at local clubs. He was Vice President
of the York Coin Club, and supervised educational
programs for that club and the Red Rose Coin
Club. He served as president of the Red Rose Coin
Club and was the Membership Chairperson for several
Bill was a member of ANA, LSCC,
JRCS, BHNC, EAC, ANS, the Civil War Tokens
Society, and several regional and local coin clubs.
Bill also was a table assistant to Rich Uhrich.
We will all miss you, Bill. Rest in Peace.
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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