American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this
article on multiple numismatists named Bruce Smith. Thanks. It's taken a lot of work to put this together - can anyone help fill in the gaps?
A project this week was to try to sort out various numismatists named Bruce Smith. I found nine or ten
and suspect there may be more.
I will mention one area of confusion. Which Bruce Smith has compiled a book on Missouri Trade Tokens? I thought it was Bruce W. Smith who joined the ANA as member R-78328 in 1974. Then I discovered it was Bruce W. Smith who joined the ANA as member 1212253 in 2004. Perhaps his membership lapsed and he rejoined with a new number.
So, whatever became of the book? Comments suggest it was ready for publication twenty years ago. I am
not aware that it has been published.
My notes on Bruce Smith follow. I invite E-Sylum readers to fill in the blanks or add more names.
Author of Coin and Banknote Tricks (1995). The author has written many books on topics unrelated to numismatics.
He joined the ANA from Louisiana in 2006.
Executive vice president of First Diversity Staffing. Partner in Ohio Coin Ltd. from 2014 to 2020 in
Smith, Bruce David (b. 9/21/1954 d. 7/9/2002)
Born in St, Paul, Minnesota. Married to Valerie Bencivenga, He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and earned a Ph.D. from MIT. Consultant and author for Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. Instructor at University of Texas at Austin.
Money and Inflation in Colonial Massachusetts (1984) and
Some Colonial Evidence on Two Theories of Money: Maryland and the Carolinas (1985).
He died at St Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
Smith, Bruce (Edward) (b. 9/6/1947 d. 7/5/2020)
Born in Rexburg, Idaho. He served during the Vietnam War. Married to Mary Alice Edlefsen with two sons, divorced. Married Janean Covington in 1998. Employed with the Idaho Transportation Department.
Bruce studied family history and genealogy and digitized records for the LDS Church.
He joined the ANA from Rexburg, Idaho, in October 1978 as member R-97143.
He died at home in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Smith, Bruce H(oward) (b. 9/12/1952 L2022)
Born in Warren, Pennsylvania. Received BA in history from Heidelberg College in 1974. Married
to Nancy. Elementary school (4 th grade) teacher in the Benjamin Logan Local School District for 35 years.
He joined the ANA from Ohio in February 1994. Member of ANS, CONA, CWTS, CTCC, EAC, MCA, NBS
Regional vice president for Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4). Collector of Connecticut coppers by die variety. Researching medalist John Kirk.
Residing outside Zanesfield, Ohio. Previous resident of Chicago and Buffalo, New York.
Smith, Bruce Lee (b. 11/26/1968)
Received M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School in 1996. Married to an artist.
Senior Portfolio Director with Blanchard and Company 1998 to 2018. Owner of Integrity Asset
Management after 2000. Owner of Bruce Lee Smith Fine Art Photography after 2013. With Stack's
Bowers in 2018. He joined M. S. Rau Fine Art, Antiquities and Jewels as director of numismatics in 2021.
Resident of Covington, Louisiana.
Smith, Bruce (Thomas) (b. 6/11/1948)
Secretary with Yuma (AZ) Coin Club. Formerly from Chillicothe, Ohio.
Smith, Bruce W(ayne) (b. 1951)
Born in St. Louis. Missouri. Received BA from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Received MA from Harvard. Married to Ruth Ann. He joined the ANA from Hazelwood, Missouri, in March, 1974, as member R-78328.
Specialist in Missouri numismatics.
Assistant editor of World Coin News 1974 to 1977. Employed with A-Z Coins & Stamps in Ft. Wayne,
Indiana 1977 to 1987. Editor of The Check List 1978 to 1980. Editor of The Journal of East Asia Numismatics 1994 to 1998. Co-author of Unusual World Coins.
Resident of St, Louis, Hazelwood, Missouri (1973-1974), Iola, Wisconsin (1975-79), Ft. Wayne,
Indiana (1979-1981), Stevens Point, Wisconsin (1978), Cambridge, Massachusetts (1994), Sheboygan,
Smith, Bruce W.
He joined the ANA from Wisconsin in February 2004 as member 1212253. He is compiling a book on Missouri Trade Tokens (unpublished).
Sometimes numismatic research is easy. Usually it's not easy at all. And sometimes difficult problems arise where you least expect them to - who would have thought there could be so many Bruce Smiths? Any help readers can provide would be appreciated.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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