I had a friend return from the ANA Convention and mention that he heard a rumor that Bill Anton had passed away. I checked and there
was no obituary I could find online in New Jersey newspapers. I checked with a number of people I thought would know and received
confirmation that Bill passed about two weeks ago. No one had any details.
Bill had been ailing for quite a while and this is not a surprise. His name is familiar to all collectors of New Jersey Coppers. He
was a significant part of the first NJ copper Symposium (April 20, 1991), authored a book with Bruce Kesse about counterfeit British
Halfpence, and wrote a major NJ Copper article in the Colonial Newsletter. Others knew Bill much better than I and I hope
they'll share some stories.
This is more sad news. Thanks, Ray. Can anyone provide more information? -Editor