Our Friends

As long as we live, they too will live;
For they are now a part of us:
As we remember them!

At the rising sun and at its going down we remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter we remember them.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring we remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer we remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn we remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends we remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live,
for they are now a part of us. As we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart we remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make we remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share we remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs we remember them.
For as long as we live, they too will live,
For they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
From: Gates of Pra
yer - Reform Judaism Prayer Book

In Memory of our Numismatic Friends

Mal Heckman 1939-2018

Malcom Heckman was a long time and passionate collector of Byzantine coinage. He was a fixture, member #222, at the monthly New Jersey Numismatic Society (NJNS) monthly meetings in Madison. His dedication was amply displayed each month when he would drive up from his home in Wildwood to join up with Chris Connell, Arno Safran and Dave Wilson in Toms River for the drive to the meeting. These monthly meetings were actually three meetings: The meeting before the meeting. The meeting. and The meeting after the meeting.
The meeting before the meeting was for dinner at one of the local restaurants. The meeting was the actual NJNS monthly meeting and the meeting after the meeting was always at Friendlies in Morristown where everyone would “Coffee Up” for the long drive home. This became a staple of the NJNS, and was regularly joined by other stalwart members. Mal was the recipient of the NJNS Nettleship medal in 1997.

Mal and his wife Joanne, were also fixtures at the sign-in table at the annual GSNA Conventions at the Ukranian Center in Somerset. They had kind words for everyone and were always a big help. Mal and Joanne retired to Stone Mountain, Georgia to be closer to their children and grandchildren.  Mal and Joanne, over their 59 year marriage, had seven children, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mal passed peacefully on April 29, 2018. Mal was an outstanding member of our fraternity and will be missed. Some day we will all meet at that great coin show in the sky.


Tom Culhane 1957-2015

Tom Culhane passed away on October 29, 2015. Tom was born in Hoboken in 1957 and was a graduate of St Peters College in Jersey City. He had been a coin dealer since the late 1970's and opened his shop, The Elusive Spondulix in 1986. An accomplished grader, Tom was a consultant for both NGC and PCGS as well as helping Stacks with grading on their auction lots. With a vast numismatic knowledge, Tom was a contributor to both the Red Book of United States Coins and the Black Book Price Guide. Tom's knowledge was also respected outside of the numismatic profession, as TV quiz show Jeopardy! would sometimes consult with him to verify answers on their show. Tom's coin expertise didn't end with US coinage, as he also specialized in Irish coins and tokens and Phillipines coinage. He revised the reference Guide US/Phillipine coins for its 6th edition.

Tom was also involved in philately, serving as the Director of the Irish Celtic US Stamp Committee and also campaigning for several US stamp issues. Outside of his collecting interests, Tom was a respected arm wrestler, and competed professionally as such.


John Burns 1958-2014

Long-time Numismatic Book Dealer and friend of the GSNA, John Burns passed away on Saturday January 11, 2014.

John was a regular fixture at coin shows up and down the east coast, including our annual GSNA convention. He will be sorely missed, both for his numismatic knowledge and his friendship and gentle spirit.


Paul Cuccia 1942-2012

Paul Cuccia was a dealer with vast knowledge and experience in stocks, bonds, bank notes, coins and paper money. He was a consultant in Coins and Collectibles, The World’s Authority on Paper Money, The Standard Guide to Small size US paper money, 1928 to date by John Schwartz and Scott Lindquis , ninth edition.
Paul was one of the cofounders of the Long Island currency club and a member of several other coin clubs, including Hackettstown and the Sussex coin clubs. He was also a member of the PCDA and had several articles written about him in the banknote reporter.
Paul enjoyed having his own business doing shows and just working with people, especially the children to help educate them about collecting coins and currency.
Paul will be truly missed not only by his family and friends, but all the people whose lives he has touched with his knowledge and his sense of humor.


Steve Middleton 1952 - 2009

Steve, a long time collector and noted authority on Ferris Wheel tokens, has gone to that great coin show in the sky. We remember Steve as an active and contributing member of the ANA, GSNA, NJNS, Hackettstown and numerous other collector organizations. He was a regular attendee at the summer ANA Conventions where he served as both exhibitor and judge; winning many awards over the years. Steve and his wife Carol, were famous for hosting their annual ANA Convention cocktail parties complete with collectible hand made invitations. This has now become a regular feature of the annual GSNA Conventions.

Steve, a former chemistry and physics teacher, was always friendly and willing to both share his knowledge and help out. A great guy who will be missed. Our fraternity is the lesser for his loss. Wait for us Steve, for we will all be joining you soon.

Larry Gentile 1937-2009

Lawrence “Larry” Gentile, Sr. lost his battle to cancer on March 10, 2009. Larry was heavily involved in the hobby, especially in promoting numismatics to the next generation. He came to be known as "Mr. YN" at the GSNA, as he ran Young Numismatist programs up and down the East Coast for over 30 years.

During the 1976 American Numismatic Association’s annual World’s Fair of Money, Larry was asked to help with the Young Numismatist (YN) programs. He wanted to help grow his son’s interest in the hobby, which launched his YN programs. He intended his programs to be a way to help and encourage young collectors. His programs became so popular that rooms were often filled to capacity.

In addition to his YN programs, Larry was an avid exhibitor. Over his lifetime, Larry won more than 150 awards. In 1980, 1988, and 2001, The ANA awarded Larry with the Adult Advisor award. Numismatic News named Larry a Numismatic Ambassador in 1982. He received the ANA Outstanding Club Representative Award in 1983 and 1994. In 1997, Larry was awarded the ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Award, and received the ANA Medal of Merit one year later. In 2006, Larry received the ANA’s highest honorary award, the Farran Zerbe Award.

Larry's memory lives on in the hearts of the many YN's that were introduced to the hobby by his efforts. In additon, the ANA renamed their Adult Advisor Award to the Lawrence J. Gentile, Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Adult Advisor. The GSNA also created the Larry Gentile, Sr. Memorial Award, which is given to the recipient for their efforts in furthering the education of young numismatists.

Chris Connell 1946-2007

Chris Connell, friend and respected coin collector, passed away Monday, April 23 2007 in his Miami, OK home at the age of 60.

Chris was a past president of the NJ Numismatic Society, Ocean County Coin Club, Watchung hills Coin Club, and served on the board of the GSNA. He was a member of Numismatics International and an ANA life member.

Chris began collecting coins at the age of 9 and his interest in Byzantine coins began when he encountered a coin with the portrait of Jesus. His numismatic expertise centered on ancient coinage. He taught courses on Byzantine numismatics at the ANA summer seminar for several years and wass a frequent exhibitor of Byznatine coins, often winning awards at local regional and national coin conventions.

Chris wrote in the Numismatist, "I am enlightened every day by the coins I collect and the people I meet in our hobby. I am grateful for the enthusiatic support I receive from all who know me in our hobby and hope that you will join me in accomplishing some positive goals for our ANA" when running for the ANA Board of Governors in 1995. His goals included "education, education, education" .

An Episcopal priest, he retired from the priesthood in 2002 to accept a position with the ANA as museum collections manager. In this capacity, he oversaw the reorganization of more than 300,000 items.

A member of the Numismatic Literary Guild, he had written articles for The Numismatist, The Celator and COINage magazines, as well as scripts for the ANA's former radio program "Money Talks". Chris also served as editor of several coin club publications.

Chris was a former ANA regional coordinator for Region 2 (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia) and served as master of ceremonies for the 1997 ANA convention banquet in New York. In 2004 he was appointed affiliate liaison by the recently formed Ancient Coin Collectors Guild to provide a direct point of contact between the guild and its affiliates. His numismatic honors nclude receiving: the Charles F. Nettleship award from the NJNS for outstanding contributions to the society in 1996; and the 1995 Glenn Smedley award from the ANA for his willingness to share his numismatic knowledge through articles, presentations and radio broadcasts. In 2000, he was named the ANA's Young Numismatists adult advisor and in 2001 was appointed to chairman of the ANA's YN committee.

"Chris had a fantastic personality. Everyone who knew him really loved him. He was an avid collector and historian of Byzantine coinage and attended all functions of our club and played a guitar while singing his ode to coin collecting, 'Coin Show Junkie'" wrote Jim Majoros.

listen to "coin show junkie"

Dave Wilson 1941 - 2007

"Hobby educator and friend to many"

Dave Wilson, an Icon in New Jersey numismatics, passed away on Sunday morning, January 14, 2007. Dave, 65 years old, incurred a massive heart attack at home during the morning he was getting ready to travel to Burlington to do one of his weekly shows.

He was tremendously respected by collectors and dealers alike as he was noted for knowledge of all facets of the hobby and most of all the sincere integrity he possessed. He began collecting as a youngster, then branched out as a part-time dealer and then in the seventies, with the permission of his wife Neddra, quit his full time computer employment and ventured into numismatics full time. He also realized he had two young children, Dawn and Eric to care for and educate. Although there were ups and downs in the market, he survived because he had the corporate knowledge and honesty that collectors and other dealers appreciated. There was nothing more he loved doing than being a coin dealer. He made many, many friends, who sought out his knowledge of coins, paper money, tokens and medals.

When he did "show & tells" at club meetings and described the coin or token, his audience could visualize the coin or token in the timeframe of it's existence. He loved to teach numismatics to anyone and always went out of his way to accommodate those interested in furthering their education.

One of his favorite aspects of the hobby was when children attended meetings and/or shows. He always offered coins to them at no cost and was a strong advocate of YN programs. With the coins, he would talk with them about what the coin was.

Dave was a Life member of the ANA, GSNA, New Jersey Numismatic Society, New Jersey Exonumia Society, Ocean County Coin Club, Watchung Hills Coin Club and the Trenton Numismatic Club. The GSNA honored him with the first GSNA Numismatist of the Year Award in 1997.

He served with the military as a New Jersey Air National Guardsman for six years. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn, who resides in New Hampshire with her two children and his son, Eric, who resides in Beachwood, NJ with his wife, Robyn.

Neddra Wilson - 2005

Neddra, wife of Dave Wilson, mother of Dawn and Eric. A warm and gentle soul. A long-time booster of GSNA and area shows. She has left us before her time. Please keep her in your thoughts.


Bill Aquilino - 2005

Bill was a wonderful man, a devoted husband and a good friend.
He started collecting stamps at a very young age (8 or 9 years old), moved on to coins, and eventually discovered his true love in collecting medals and tokens.
Bill was always delighted when he found a special piece for a customer. Helping his customers build their collections was as important to him as completing his own collections.
Truly a good and honest man, Bill will be missed but will live on in our memories.


Alex Molochko 1946 - 2005

An Air Force veteran, avid fisherman and Yankees fan. Father of Pamela Molochko. Resident of Toms River, formerly of Maplewood. Alex did business as Shelter Cove Coins and was a regular at regional shows from Westchester to Baltimore. We remember Alex as a truly nice guy and friend.


John E Graves 1948 - 2004

John was introduced to coins by his father-in-law, and became a member and officer in several local clubs. Originally from West Virginia, John came to NJ as a child. He was part of the team that formed the GSNA in 1975, was a life member and served as the club's treasurer from 1975-1979. John was an award-winning coin exhibitor, a civil war enthusiast and also enjoyed camping and fishing. He is survived by his wife, daughter, Mother and 3 brothers.

Harold Flartey 1914-2002

Harold Flartey, a longtime New Jersey coin collector and numismatic author, died after a long illness at the age of 88. Ironically, he died on the final day of the recent American Numismatic Association's Annual Convention, on Sunday, August 4th, 2002.
Mr. Flartey authored a column, "Coins and You", which ran for fifteen years in the Morristown (New Jersey) Sunday Record, beginning in 1973. Harold served for many years on the boards and behind the scenes for many local coin clubs in New Jersey. He wrote many coin club newsletters and articles, and frequently gave numismatic presentations. He was past president of the New Jersey Numismatic Society and the Wharton Coin Club.
Mr. Flartey also whimsically founded the Serendipity Coin Club, whose only requirement for lifetime membership was that the collector had to have "found" a coin on the sidewalk or elsewhere. Harold was especially encouraging to many young numismatists, and went out of his way to help them learn about the hobby. He was awarded seven Maurice M. Gould Memorial Awards by the Numismatic Literary Guild for his coin columns. Some of his other awards for service to the numismatic hobby include the New Jersey Numismatic Society's Charles Nettleship Award, the Hackettstown Coin Club's Mary and Leon Grant Memorial Award, and Honorary Life Membership in the Garden State Numismatic Association as well as the Roxbury Coin Club.
Harold was a printer by trade, retiring in 1977 from New Jersey's Daily Record. In addition to writing about coins, he also penned a weekly jazz column, "Music Makers", which spanned three decades.
Mr. Flartey is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 67 years, sons Roger and Raymond, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harold will be fondly remembered by those in the hobby who knew him for his special brand of humor. He kept collectors laughing for many years with the sharp wit in his words of numismatic wisdom.


Howard Coss 1934-1994

A good man, a true collector, a good friend. We miss him.


Prudence Pfeil 1946 - 2005

Wife of Numismatic Supplies dealer and lifetime GSNA Member Paul Pfeil. Assisted Paul at conventions and shows as well as assisting with the GSNA Registration Table during conventions


Charlie Berg

Chalie Berg passed away June 18, 2008 at his home in Ohio. Originally from Pennsylvania, he resided in New Jersey for many years prior to moving to Cincinnati. He received a degree at Miami University of Ohio and was employed as an accountant and comptroller throughout his career. Charlie was the first GSNA treasurer in 1975 and held the position until 1980. He was also Life Member #2 of the Ocean County Coin Club and served as the club's President in 1974 and 1975