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Joel J. Orosz


Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Graduated cum laude with B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1979; M.A. magna cum laude in 1981 and Ph.D. in 1986 from Case Western Reserve University. Married Florence Elizabeth Upjohn. August 4, 1979. They have three daughters and a son. Employed as a museum curator 1983 to 1986; with W. K. Kellogg Foundation 1986 to 2001. Distinguished professor at Grand Valley State University after 2001.

Orosz collects numismatic literature and exonumia. He served on the board of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society after 1988 and as editor of The Asylum 1986 to 1988. He is a member of the Numismatic Literary Guild and the Rittenhouse Society. Fellow of the American Numismatic Society. 

He contributed "The Printer's Devil" column to The Asylum after 1988. He wrote "Robert Gilmor, Jr. and the Cradle Age of American Numismatics" for The Numismatist in May 1990. Other articles have been published in The Canadian Numismatic Journal, Coins, NASC Quarterly and Rare Coin Review. Author of The Eagle That is Forgotten published in 1988. It tells the story of Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere.

Author, with Len Augsburger, of The Secret History of the First U. S. Mint (2011). He contributes the “Numismatic Bookie” column to Coin World afer June 2011. The book was honored as NLG "Book-of-the-Year: Award in 2017. 

Co-author with Burdette and Augsburger of Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (2015). It received the 2016 NGL Award for “Book-of-the-Year.” Co-author with Augsburger and Smith of 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage (2017).  For this he recived a third NLG “Book-of-the-Year: Award in 2017.

He contributes the “Numismatic Bookie” column to Coin World after June 2011.

Orosz has also written books on museums, philanthropy and grantmaking.

In 2020 he shared the NLG Clemy Award with Len Augsburger.

In 2021 he was on the Coin World list of The Most Influential People in Numismatics 1960-2020.

bio by correspondence, 1991; WWA 04

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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