Bob Gabriel submitted this article on elongated cent collector Sally R. Kirka of Manchester, CT. Thanks. -Editor
She was the grand dame of elongated cents (EC’s) and wooden nickels. She was the numismatic ambassador from Connecticut. If you’re into EC’s or
wooden money, you know who she was – Sally R. Kirka. She ran her operation out of Manchester, CT, and produced many exciting elongates and various
woods, both flat and round, over a period of about 40 years. She was recognized by numismatic organizations from coast to coast, and was well known
in the collecting community as the Grand Dame of EC’s. Her designs will live on for years and those that are in the hobby currently, or those that
will be entering into the hobby, do and will seek out her creations to add to their own collections. If you collect wood chances are you have at
least one of her woods in your collection. A summery obituary is below:
Sally R. (Grabowski) Kirka, 83, of Manchester, Connecticut passed away June 5, 2002, after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Alphonse J.
Kirka. She lived most of her life in Manchester – a hot bed of numismatics. Sally served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She was
an avid coin collector specialized in elongated coins (EC’s) and was the past president of The Elongated Coin Society and was one of the original
founding members. She was twice President of the International Organization of Wooden Money Collectors (IOWMC), and a longtime member of Canadian
Association of Wooden Money Collectors (CAWMC). She was also active in many local, state and national Numismatic Organizations, including the ANA.
She was the editor of three coin publications, NENA News, The Wooden Nickel Club Newsletter and The Elongated Collector (TEC) newsletter.
Sally received numerous national Numismatic Awards during her lifetime. Sally was very creative in arts and crafts, specializing in the designing of
elongated coins for herself and others.
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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