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Inducted in: 2016

Raphael Prosper Thian

Served as chief clerk with adjutant general of the United States 1861 to 1865.  He was the author of Currency of the Confederates States in 1884 that was illustrated with actual Confederate bank notes from his collection. His currency collection was sold at auction by David Proskey January 15, 1885

Inducted in: 2016

Herb & Martha Schingoethe

The Schingoethes were pioneers in the field of U.S. ephemera, specializing in the 19th and 20th centuries, and created notable collections of everyday objects, and were especially fond of obsolete currency and their collection of obsolete currency was considered one of the finest in the nation.

Inducted in: 2016

Michael Crabb

Mr. Crabb holds SPMC member #3285 and honorary life member #4.  He served as chairman of the Memphis Coin Club's International Paper Money Show for many years. He served as SPMC governor 1976-1996, publicity chairman in 1992 and was chair of the nominating committee in 1978 and 1992. He was awarded the Nathan Gold award in 1977 and an ANA President's award in 2011.

Inducted in: 2016

Walter Allan

Mr. Allan has SPMC membership #1477 and is life member #311.  He served as SPMC governor from 1982-1986; was chairman of the nominating committee in 1984. He won the Dr. Glenn Jackson Literary award in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and the Julian Blanchard Exhibit Award in 1969, 1972, 1973, 1978 and 1995.

Inducted in: 2015

Fred Reed

A renowned author and researcher, Mr. Reed holds SPMC membership #4912. He served the SPMC as secretary from 1998-2012; governor 1998-2001; nominating committee chair 1999 and Wait prize chair 1999-2014. He also served as editor for Paper Money from 1999-2014 taking the publication to new highs and winning multiple ANA and NLG awards for the magazine.

Inducted in: 2015

Albert Pick

Mr. Pick held SPMC member #352. He received a president's award of merit in 1972 and the Nathan Gold Memorial Award in 1975. He was the author of Standard Catalog of World Paper Money which by many elevated world paper money collecting to a position it had never approached before his first catalog came out in 1975. .

Inducted in: 2015

Don Kelly

Mr. Kelly is SPMC member #1594. He was award a president's award of merit in 1998 and won multiple literary awards for articles in Paper Money. He received the Nathan Gold Memorial award in 1987. He is the author of the definitive work on national banknotes, National Banknotes; A Guide with Prices. Mr. Kelly was also awarded an ANA President's award in 2011.

Inducted in: 2015

William Higgins

Mr. Higgins holds SPMC member #2950. He was awarded the Nathan Gold Memorial award in 1986. In 1978, he founded the Higgins Museum of National Banknotes in Okoboji, Iowa. The museum is purposed with the acquisition, preservation and display of the notes, related artifacts and pertinent reference materials relating to the National Bank Note issuance era.

Inducted in: 2015

James Haxby

Author of the massive four volume reference Standard Catalog of United States Obsolete Banknotes 1782-1866, he received a president's award of merit in 1989.

Inducted in: 2015

John Herzog

Mr. Herzog is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Museum of American Finance and Chairman Emeritus of Spink/Smythe, an auction house specializing in antique stocks and bonds, bank notes, coins, autographs and photographs. He along with his wife Diana were recipients of the SPMC's Nathan Gold Memorial Award in 2009.