Born in Madison, Indiana. He received A.B. from the University of Kentucky in 1937 and M.S. in 1938. He attended Princeton University 1942 to 1943 and Universidad de Panama 1946 to 1947. Married Louise Fisher April 29, 1942. They had a son and a daughter.
He served in the U. S. Army Air Force 1941 to 1947 and rose in rank from first lieutenant to lieutenant colonel.
He was a consulting psychologist in Springfield, Illinois, 1947 to 1969. Professor at Lincoln Land Community College 1969 to 1973. He developed a number of psychological tests that bear his name.
He was life member number 270 of the ANA. He served as second vice president of the ANA in 1951. He was on the board of governors of the Central States Numismatic Society 1949 to 1950, vice president 1950 to 1952 and president in 1952. He was vice president of the Chicago Coin Club 1950 to 1951. He was president of the Central Illinois Coin Club 1948 to 1950. He received the CSNS Medal of Merit in 1950, the ANA Medal of Merit in 1955, and the Heath Literary Award in 1957.
He was a contributor to Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine. He wrote about pattern coins in The Numismatist. He published a monograph, United States Pattern Coin Handbook, in 1949.
Curtis' coins were included in auction sales by Kosoff in 1950, James Kelly in 1950, Hans Schulman in 1958 and Kreisberg & Schulman in 1962.
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United States Pattern Coin Handbook BY Col. James W. Curtis. This is an in-copyright publication. "Snippet" results will appear in the Newman Portal search results.