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THE ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY COURSE IN NUMISMATICS

The E-Sylum (8/22/2010)


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In response to Geroge Fuld's question about the Roosevelt University course in numismatics, Ken Bressett offers the following. Thanks! -Editor

The Roosevelt University courses were conceived and fostered by Arthur Kagin. My files show that at least 53 prominent numismatists were involved as consultants and teachers. Arthur was persuasive and got all the “name” people to participate in one way or another. His objective was to make Numismatics an accredited college course.

The First Seminar, part of Roosevelt University’s Division of Continuing Education program, was held in Chicago September 29-December 15, 1965. The second Semester was February 16-May 18, 1966. The course was titled “Numismatics The Story of Civilization”. First Seminar instructors included: George Fonda, Gilroy Roberts, Leland Howard, Kenneth Bressett, George Fuld, Leonard Stark, Margo Russell, J. Hewitt Judd, Joseph Segel, Matt Rothert, Grover Criswell, Bernard Feinberg and Charles Ricard.

Second Semester instructors were: Admiral Oscar Dodson, Eva Adams, Hans Schulman, John Davenport, Paul Kagin, John Jay Pittman, Eric Newman, Don Taxay, Richard Yeoman, Nate Shapero, Amon Carter, Nathan Eglit and Arthur Kagin.

A Special Numismatic Seminar entitled “Principles of Numismatics” was offered in Roosevelt’s Fall Semester, October 1, 1966-January 5, 1967. Dr. and Mrs. Clain-Stefanelli, and William Pettit were billed as lecturers. I do not remember if that course was ever actually presented. And I have no information as to why the numismatic series was never continued. I have not seen the medal described by George Fuld, but as a participant I did receive the beautiful pure silver medal pictured here that was designed by Gilroy Roberts and struck at the Franklin Mint.

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