Wayne Sayles

xecutive Director, Ancient Coin Collectors Guild

Wayne Sayles is one of the world’s leading experts in numismatics, the study and collection of currency. He is the founder and current Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild. Additionally, he founded The Celator, the premier monthly journal on ancient coins.

Sayles is a widely quoted author and lecturer, and is known for his writing of the six volume series Ancient Coin Collecting, the “Coin Collecting" article in Encyclopaedia Britannica, and more than 200 articles about ancient coinage. He has testified before the U.S. State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in Washington, DC on six different occasions.

His leadership positions include: Life Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London), Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens), Life Member of the American Israel Numismatic Society and member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). He is a recipient of the prestigious "Numismatic Ambassador" award from Krause Publications, and was selected as one of the 55 "Most Intriguing People in Numismatics" in 2007. He received the ANA Presidential Award in 2010.

Sayles earned a Master’s degree in Art History at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1986. In 2008, he earned the gold President's Volunteer Service Award as part of the national community service recognition program created by executive order of President George W. Bush. He retired from the Air Force as a Captain in 1982 and is a charter member of the Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC. In 2008, he wrote First to Fall, the biography of a West Point graduate killed in action while serving as a pilot with the 416th Bomb Group.

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