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The E-Sylum: Volume 27, Number 6, February 11, 2024, Article 7


After a long productive stretch at Whitman Publishing, familiar hobby figure Dennis Tucker is taking a well-deserved break. Here's the press release on his upcoming retirement. Hey - save me a rocking chair on the front porch of the Old Numismatists Home! -Editor

  Dennis Tucker Retiring as Publisher at Whitman

Dennis Tucker Following a nineteen-year career as publisher at Whitman Publishing, Dennis Tucker will retire at the end of February 2024. He plans to spend time with family in the United States and the Philippines while pursuing creative and philanthropic projects.

Tucker has served Whitman as its publisher from December 2004, when the company was owned by Atlanta-based Anderson Press, through its recent acquisition by CDN Publishing. During that time, he has overseen the publication of more than 300 titles ranging from 64-page monographs to 1,504-page references in the fields of numismatics, banking and financial history, the American presidency, U.S. military history, and other nonfiction topics.

Dennis Tucker has been a loyal leader and a guiding figure in our business, said Whitman president Mary Burleson. He has built lasting relationships with researchers and numismatic industry leaders, developed and mentored our editorial staff, worked as an advocate for readers and a partner for authors, and served as an ambassador to the numismatic community and non-collectors alike. I want to publicly thank Dennis for his dedication over a long and productive career.

Tucker has been part of the modern renaissance in numismatic publishing that started in 2003 with the addition of Q. David Bowers as Whitman's numismatic director. He helped develop more than two dozen volumes in the best-selling Bowers Series, as well as the popular 100 Greatest library, many encyclopedic reference books, and twenty editions of the Red Book, which sold more than six million copies during his tenure.

An award-winning author himself, Tucker wrote the Whitman book American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date (2016). He has written more than 400 articles published in commercial, scholarly, and popular numismatic journals and periodicals; given more than 40 numismatic presentations and lectures nationwide; taught courses at the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar at Colorado College; and been interviewed for hobby and mainstream media including NPR's Planet Money and Morning Edition.

He has earned numerous hobby recognitions including the ANA's Glenn B. Smedley Memorial Award. In 2020 he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Andy Beshear for his career in publishing and for promoting the Commonwealth's numismatic history. In 2021 he was named by Coin World as one of the most influential people in numismatics from 1960 to 2020.

After his retirement Tucker will continue in various numismatic roles and activities, including as secretary pro tem of the Rittenhouse Society, and as coauthor (with Coin World editor Steve Roach) of the ANA's Collecting Friends blog column. He will finish his second term this year as numismatic specialist of the Treasury Department's Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and he serves as chairman of the board of directors of Brayhope Farm, Inc., a New York charitable nonprofit that offers community health and educational programs for autistic children and others with physical, developmental, behavioral/emotional, and sensory needs.

Whitman Publishing logo My time with Whitman has been a dream come true, one of the great pleasures in my life, Tucker said. The people involved—collectors, dealers, researchers, writers, historians, and co-workers—have made it a rich and fulfilling journey. I look forward to remaining active in numismatics and keeping in touch with my many friends in and around the hobby.

With a heart full of gratitude and a legacy built with unwavering dedication, Dennis Tucker steps into retirement with immense pride, cherishing the memories created, and the impact made throughout an extraordinary career.

Good luck, Dennis! I'll look forward to continuing to interact in the numismatic realm. I know he'll have no trouble staying active and busy - he's not ready for the Old Numismatists Home yet. Here's an excerpt from a note he shared with fellow members of the Rittenhouse Society this week. -Editor

I'm retiring from Whitman Publishing at the end of this month. For a couple years I've been quietly working toward stepping down, in order to have more time for family and personal projects. Last year I took the first baby steps by scaling back to four days a week. Whitman's acquisition by CDN Publishing in October 2023 brought new opportunity to finally take the plunge. I'm confident in the company's new ownership (as I was with Anderson Presss), and I like what I see in the management and resources CDN brings to the table. My biggest reluctance in retiring came from uncertainty about executive/managerial succession, but I'm comfortable with the vision and commitment I've witnessed over the past few months, and I see great potential and bright horizons ahead.

I'm not physically going anywhere (I'll still be in Atlanta), and I plan on staying active in the hobby community, research, and writing. I'll be at the ANA show in March, and in August, and I look forward to seeing many of you in person, there and elsewhere.

As Dave Bowers often says, Onward and upward!

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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