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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 16, April 16, 2023, Article 9


Last week we announced the passing of researcher, author and good friend Howard A. Daniel III. Howard was a numismatic friend to all. Here's his published obituary, which has some additional information (and a new photo). -Editor

Howard A. Daniel III Howard A. Daniel III passed away at the age of 81 on April 5, 2023 after battling advanced melanoma cancer for 6 months. Howard was born in New York City and was the eldest of seven children produced by Howard A. Daniel, Jr. and Anita Lawler. He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Phung Daniel, and four younger siblings, his two sisters, Joan Ellis and Anne Moble, and two brothers, Michael Lawler and James Miolla.

Howard served in the United States Army, enlisting in 1957 and retiring in 1981 achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He was recalled to active duty in 1991 and retired in the same year in support of the Desert Storm campaign. Howard's service included assignments in France, Okinawa, Japan, Germany and Viet Nam where he met and married his wife.

Howard earned an Associate of Arts diploma at the University of the State of New York in 1975. He was a very successful and knowledgeable collector, researcher and writer having published six books on the currencies of Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam and the whole of French Indochina. His books are part of the standard references for Southeast Asia. In the 90s he also wrote a popular regular column for World Coin News, and later many articles for which he earned a number of awards.

Howard was a frequent speaker at the annual International Paper Money Show in Memphis, TN on topics related to the various currencies of Southeast Asia and China.

In past 25 years, Howard and Phung made yearly trips to Vietnam to visit family. During those trips, Howard travelled throughout Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia and Thailand meeting collectors, researchers and currency dealers while doing research for his books. He befriended many of those he met and was revered for his knowledge and dedication to numismatics. His most recent research dealt with the currencies of Burma and Malaya.

He became a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association in the 1972, awarded the ANA Presidential Award in 2002, the ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 2008 and was later earned a 50-year member award of the same organization. He was also a member of Numismatics International and was a Life Member of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). Served on the Executive Board as First Vice President, Director at Large and Chair of the Young Numismatists Committee. He was inducted into the IBNS Hall of Fame in 2017. He also was awarded the Numismatic Ambassador Award by Numismatic News in 2004.

Howard was generous with his time and happily shared his knowledge, especially to the young people who would come to his table at various numismatic events. He would make up little bags of coins, notes and other coin-like items and give them away with the instruction to do the research and learn about what they had.

Howard was a good, honest and kind man who will be greatly missed not only by those of us who knew him well, but by the numismatic community at large.

Well stated. Howard was rock solid. Our Nummis Nova social group has no officers, but he would have been the consensus choice for Sergeant-At-Arms. He was a constant volunteer helping to promote numismatics and numismatic organizations including the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, manning club booths at multiple shows every year. His contributions to the hobby go well beyond the important books he authored - his presence will be missed by all. -Editor

Frank Robinson writes:

"He was a good guy. Knew him and had dealings for many years.

"Some years back, the ANA magazine, on their In Memorium page, listed Howard Daniel. It turned out to be a mistake!! Of which he assured me. Wow, some mistake.

"I guess, alas, your obit this time is no mistake."

Sadly, it was no mistake, although in hindsight I'll bet Howard would have been on board had we made a recurring April's Fool's report of his death. We could have had morbid fun every year inventing creative new versions of his false demise. Here's some more detail on that premature death notice. -Editor

American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith writes:

"In my opinion, every obituary should include the date of birth, as a benefit to future researchers. Howard was born in New York on October 8, 1941.

"Some might remember that The Numismatist issue for November 2007, included Howard A. Daniel III as LM-934 in their In Memoriam listing. That report of his death was premature. There was a correction published in the January 2008 issue."

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