Neil Shafer passed along this news of the passing of numismatic author Albert Pick. Thanks. -Editor
It is with great sadness that I report the death of Albert Pick in Germany on Sunday, Nov 21. He was 93 years old and residing in a nursing
The collecting world owes Albert Pick a great deal for being able to elevate world paper money collecting to a position it had never
approached before his first catalog came out in 1975. There were several individual pioneers who did some excellent work with smaller books
and price lists- Dwight Musser, Walter M. Loeb and Arlie Slabaugh come to mind- but the major impetus came first from Dr. Arnold Keller of
Berlin, Germany. He had prepared a manuscript purporting to cover the entire world of paper money issues from its beginning to 1970 and
offered it to Whitman Publishing Company in Racine, WI. It was purchased and our staff was getting ready to begin the necessary editing,
supplying photos etc. when management made a decision not to get involved with such a lengthy and risky project. The Keller manuscript, as
it came to be called, was subsequently sold to the International Bank Note Society with the financial assistance of Mrs. Ruth Hill.
Several sections of the Keller manuscript were in fact published by the IBNS. But another development saw the production of a new
manuscript on world notes, this time by Albert Pick, Curator of the major paper money collection of the Bayerische Hypotheken-und-Wechselbank
(Hypobank) of Munich. It had been his own collection before he saw it ensconced in the Hypobank with himself as curator. His manuscript was accepted
by Krause Publications in 1974 and the First Edition of the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money was published in 1975.
Of course I had looked forward eagerly to Whitman's working with the Keller manuscript, so I approached management with the idea
that if any work I might be able to do for the Pick manuscript would not interfere with anything Whitman was doing, might it be possible
for me to help Krause's editors? I was pleasantly surprised by an affirmative answer, so I became Special Consultant from 1975 through
1981, when I was hired by Krause to work only on the catalog. Despite the downturn in the hobby during that period I was able to work for
Krause from 1981 to 1985. Afterwards I maintained the position of major editor of this catalog until 2005.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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