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A Sad Loss: Neil Shafer (1933-2023)

Neil Shafer, world-renowned currency expert, author, ANA Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Chester L. Krause Memorial Distinguished Service Award (formerly the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award), passed away on August 24, 2023. He was 90 years old.

Neil Shafer is probably best known for his interest in Philippine numismatics, and his books on this subject: United States Territorial Coinage for The Philippine Islands (Whitman Publishing, 1961); A Guide Book of Philippine Paper Money (Whitman Publishing, 1964); and Philippine Emergency and Guerrilla Currency of World War II (Western Publishing, 1974).

Although I did not know Neil Shafer personally, his books have been invaluable for me when I was learning about US-Philippine coins and currency.

Rest in peace, Neil. My condolences to the Shafer family.

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More information on Neil Shafer, including a few tributes from numismatic authors and publishers can be found in the August 27, 2023 edition of the E-Sylum (an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society):



  • scubafuelscubafuel Posts: 1,716 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP Neil, and congrats on a great run at it.

  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sad. RIP. And my sincere condolences to those that knew him well.

    On a side note- thanks for the significant contributions made over the years

    Experience the World through Numismatics...it's more than you can imagine.

  • kruegerkrueger Posts: 792 ✭✭✭

    My condolences to his family. I knew him well , a real gentlemen and a scholar. He will be missed.
    A regular member of our Philippine Collectors Forum (PCF). Always a much respected contributor to our Club meetings.


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