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Curator Richard Doty Dies at 71
By World Coin News
June 20, 2013

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Senior curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection, Dr. Richard Doty, died at the age of 71 after a long battle with lymphoma.

One of Mr. Doty’s most celebrated works was The Soho Mint and the Industrialization of Money (1998). Few could have matched his skill in piecing together the story of Matthew Bolton’s minting enterprise, England’s private Birmingham mint that revolutionized the world of coining, in a continuous and captivating narrative.

He was the first president of the Conder Token Collector’s Club.

After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1968, and holding a string of academic posts across the U.S., he became a curator of modern coins at the American Numismatic Society from 1974-1986.

In February 1986, Doty joined the curatorial staff of the Smithsonian Institution where his fascination with obsolete currency took root, eventually coming together in his most recent book, Pictures from a Distant Country: Seeing America Through Old Paper Money, published in April by Whitman Publishing.

Richard George Doty was born Jan. 11, 1942, a native of Portland, Ore. He was the son of George B. Doty and became drawn to numismatics at an early age.

He is survived by his wife, Cindi, whom he had married in May.

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