Bob Campbell's All About Coins Inc, will be selling the Irv Ratcliffe collection of Mormon and Utah medals and trade tokens at the September 3, 2021 NATCA convention in Salt Lake City. With permission, here's an article about Irv from the July 2021 issue of The Mint Master from the Utah Numismatic Society.
Irvin (Irv) Hale Ratcliffe
Irvin Hale Ratcliffe was born in 1930 in Roanoke, Virginia. As the third of eleven children he learned to work hard
at an early age. When he was ten years old, one of his chores included walking some distance to a neighbor's
house to buy milk. His mother would provide him with Indian Head Pennies, Buffalo Nickels, and the occasional
Standing Liberty Quarter. Irv was fascinated with these older coins.
Money was very tight at the Ratcliffe farm. but on rare occasions his mother would give him an old well-worn
coin. lrv treasured these coins and the special bond with his mother, and it was at this young age that his interest in
collecting started. However, Irv did comment that as a youth his collection was always safe until summer arrived
and the ice cream man came by the farm.
Irv moved to Utah during his youth and was educated at Weber College (Weber State University) in Accounting
and Social Work. He was a devoted husband and father to his four children. Irv's interest in collectables continued
after working with Alvin Rust at Chevron, Standard Oil of California. Alvin left to start his own coin shop and Irv
became a regular customer and life-long friend. Irv originally loved Lincoln Pennies and Morgan Dollars, but his
interests soon expanded to include plates, watches, tokens, and memorabilia from The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. Irv frequently commented that his biggest issue with collecting was not being able to focus on
any single group of collectibles. He had a passion for history and loved being able to hold pieces of it in his hands.
A key part of Irv's passion for collecting was the knowledge he gained and adventures he experienced tracking
down his next purchase. He loved researching historical data and visiting unique locations throughout Utah and the
western United States. Saturdays were generally reserved for trips that were in part history lessons and treasure
hunts. He was as excited about finding a new item as he was about finding a better-quality version of a piece he
He was also passionate about his coin club membership and was President of the Utah Numismatic Society in
1974. He attended the first meeting of the National Utah Token Society on January 27, 1982 and had genuine pride
in his collection of "NUTS" medals. Irv was also able to share his talent when he was asked to be on the
committee designing the Bountiful, Utah medal celebrating 150 years as a City in 1997.
Irv loved to share his knowledge about coins, tokens and other collectibles. He frequently exhibited portions of his
collection and won 1st Place, People's Choice, and Best in Show multiple times. Irv didn't discuss his awards or
display them, but he would often talk about the people he met. However, many people may actually know his wife
Danny better because Irv would bring her to the exhibits and then leave her in charge while he went off scouting
for his next great acquisition.
Irv commented that he was never more comfortable than when he was with his fellow hobbyists and he took great
pride in helping other people learn more about collecting and collectibles. The Ratcliffe Family would especially
like to thank Bob Campbell for helping put together this auction. Bob started attending, U.N.S. meetings when lrv
was President and Bob was a mere teenager, and the two have always had a special bond.
The Ratcliffe Family
For more information on the clubs, see:
Utah Numismatic Society
The National Token Collectors Association
Wayne Homren, Editor
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