Seen this today. A friend who will be missed.
Richard (Dick) G. Doty, 1942-2013
G. Doty, senior numismatic curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum
of American History, died on June 2, 2013 after battling lymphoma. Born
in Portland, Oregon in 1942, Doty earned a B.A in history from Portland
State University in 1964 then went on to receive a Ph. D in
Latin-American Studies from the University of Southern California in
Until his death, Doty was the senior numismatic curator with the
National Numismatic Collection at the National Museum of American
History. After joining the staff in 1986, he revolutionized numismatic
research by illustrating poignant human relationships reflected in the
objects he thoughtfully analyzed. Doty shunned the rarified, traditional
history told by many of his predecessors in favor of what numismatic
artifacts could teach about the lives of everyday people. This lead to
the publication of several major works including his most recent book Pictures from a Distant Country: Seeing America through Old Paper Money, published in 2013. Other popular books written by Doty include America’s Money, America’s Story (2008), The Token: America’s other Money (editor, 1994) The Macmillan Encyclopedic Dictionary of Numismatics (1982), Paper Money of the World (1977) and Coins of the World (1976).
Doty’s passion for telling stories about the lives of people led him
to devote thirteen years of his life in pursuit of understanding how
inventor and minter Mathew Bolton pioneered the use of steam power to
make coins and then spread his technology around the world. This
research led to Doty’s ground-breaking work The Soho Mint & the Industrialization of Money,
published in 1998. Recognized as an authority in minting technology and
the analysis of numismatic collections, Doty’s research was funded by
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment
for Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution, among others that
supported the dissemination of his ideas.
Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Doty worked at the American
Numismatic Society in New York City from 1974-1986 where he served as
Curator of the Modern Coins and Currency Department.
Doty began his professional career as a teacher. From 1967-1970 he
was an Assistant Professor of United States and Latin History and
Studies at Central College, Pella, Iowa. He also served as an Assistant
Professor of Latin American and World History, York College, City
University of New York (1970-71) and an Assistant Professor of United
States and Latin American History at the University of Guam (1971-73).
Doty received numerous honors and awards during his prolific career,
most notably a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Madrid, Spain; a
Mexican Government Fellowship for study in Mexico City and Guadalajara;
the Del Amo Foundation Fellowship for research in Spain, the Millennial
Award Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society and the Huntington Award
from the American Numismatic Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the American Numismatic Association.
Doty was the founding President of ICOMON, the International
Committee for Money and Banking Museums. He advocated for the importance
of numismatic collections in society—as tools for teaching world
history and important artifacts of material culture deserving of
preservation and analysis.
As one of the world’s leading numismatists, Doty will be remembered
for his irascible humor and the belief that by examining everyday life
and deeds of ordinary people we can discover extraordinary history. He
leaves his wife, Cindi Roden, and an international community of friends