Publisher and exonumia dealer Rich Hartzog has passed. His brother Jeff Hartzog provided the following information. Thanks. -Editor
Richard A. Hartzog died November 11, 2017 of Metastatic Bladder Cancer.
Born November 4, 1947 in Chicago and raised in Wheaton, IL. Hartzog moved to Rockford after attending the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. Predeceased by his parents Walter B. Hartzog and
Virginia J. Hartzog, his sister Terri L. Hartzog and his Lady June Shigley. He is survived by his brother Jeffrey L. Hartzog the World Traveler, Sister Nancy J. White of Colorado, daughter Jennifer
Hartzog of South Beloit, nephew Tyler White of Kansas City, and his inherited daughters: Karen (Tim) McCaugheny of Lombard, Jennifer Kross of Peachtree City GA and Kerryanne Shigley of Loves
Hartzog was a collector and dealer specializing in tokens, medals and other small collectibles including 19th century Illinois Exonumia. He issued numerous auction catalogs and sold at shows and
on-line over the course of 45+ years of business. Under the name World Exonumia Press he published several books of his own and others. Hartzog was president of the Chicago Coin Club 1979 to 1982. He
has served on the board of governors for the CSNS, CWTS, TAMS, Illinois Numismatic Association and others.
Interment will be at the Montrose Cemetery in Chicago.
Sorry to hear the news. Rich was an E-Sylum subscriber, contributor and advertiser. Bob Leonard provided this remembrance. Thanks. -Editor
This is very sad news. I last spoke to Rich at the Denver ANA convention this year, and he seemed fine. He was still buying; I sold him some tokens I had bought on the way out to Colorado. He said
that he wanted to order copies of Forgotten Colorado Silver for stock, and I later verified with the publisher that he did.
I first met Rich in the late 1960s or early 1970s at a downstate coin show, maybe in Champaign. He was then buying Civil War tokens, and my friend at the time Larry Camp asked my advice on a piece
he wanted to sell to Rich. Rich later did business as World Exonumia, running a number of auctions of tokens, including the finest set of Wisconsin Civil War tokens (at the time) and rare Indian
Peace Medals. I bought a number of items from him over the years, at auctions and shows.
Rich also published Ore Vacketta's catalog of Illinois Trade Tokens and Gregory Brunk's catalogs of counterstamped coins. He specialized in stocking books on exonumia; I bought several
from him. He is perhaps best known for bailing out the Token and Medal Society by taking the unsold remainders (thousands!) of Bob Julian's Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century,
1792-1892 (1977), and selling them over the years; he told me in Denver that his stock was finally almost exhausted.
His entry in Pete Smith's American Numismatic Biographies is as follows:
Hartzog, (Richard A.) "Rich" Dealer (b. 11/4/1947 L2016) Born in Chicago, Illinois. Graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville in 1971. Employed as a management engineer at
Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois, 1971 to 1974. Part time coin dealer prior to 1974. Full time coin dealer 1974 to 1978. He has specialized in tokens and medals since 1977. Under the
company name World Exonumia he conducted 11 auction sales 1977 to 2006. He collects 19th century Illinois exonumia. Hartzog was president of the Chicago Coin Club 1979 to 1982. He has served on the
board of governors for the CSNS, CWTS, TAMS, Illinois Numismatic Association and others. He is the author of 1982 and 1986 editions of Rich Hartzog's Price Guide for "Medals of the United
States Mint The First Century, 1792-1892.". Under the name World Exonumia Press he published American and Canadian Countermarked Coins and other books on countermarks written by
Gregory Brunk; Trade Tokens of Illinois in two editions, written by Ore Vacketta, and Oregon Trade Tokens by Jim Hempphill. bio by interview 5/10/91, correspondence 4/15/2016.
To read a Coin World article on Rich, see:
Exonumia dealer Rich Hartzog dead at age 70
To visit Rich's web site, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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