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A Sad End for Steve Tanenbaum, NYC Token Dealer
February 14, 2011

Steve Tanenbaum died on Friday from injuries suffered after being struck by a car while walking in his Brooklyn neighborhood.

He was killed by the driver of a stollen car, who had previously murdered three other people and stabbed two others, and would continue the next morning to stab several more on a Manhattan subway train.

Sadly, a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As a young collector active in the 1970s and 1980s; NYC held five weekend shows a year, and the firm of Rossa & Tanenbaum had tables at four of them. US Tokens and Medals were there thing - Transportation, Hard Times, Civil War tokens were always in plentiful supply at their tables.

Both were encouraging to a young collector with conversation and insight as to collecting paths, and I think that Steve was pleased that I stuck with tokens and medals, writing and exhibiting them as well.

When I spoke at the ANS's Coinage of the America's Conference, Steve let me borrow his early NYC transportation tokens so that I could pair them up with those in the ANS's collection specimen in the slides, thus eliminating the hazard of dual projection, so often the downfall of many a speaker. Ever helpful in the cause of education.

In related fields, he was a long-standing officer in the Civil War Token Society and quite helpful in their catalogs and publications.

A tragic end.


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On February 14, 2011 Al Jakira said
Gone too soon. But not forgotten.

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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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