MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike Markowitz - Director
Mike Markowitz has been collecting ancient coins seriously for more than 20 years. He is an officer of the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington, DC and the resident ancient coin expert at Coin Week—an online numismatic media venue—with scores of articles, videos and public presentations to his credit. Mike earned a bachelors degree in History from the University of Rochester in New York and a graduate degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. His breadth of experience and expertise as a defense analyst and numismatist is remarkable.
Clifford Mishler - President/Secretary
Clifford Mishler has spent a lifetime deeply engaged in coin collecting community activities, having been introduced to the hobby in 1950 at the age of ten, as an author, editor, publisher, corporate manager and consultant. Having initially pursued filling Whitman blue folders with coins collected from circulation, commencing in 1957 his interests became more specialized and focused, at which time he became engaged in authoring and privately publishing specialized studies in the exonumia field. In 1963 he commenced a 40 year career at Krause Publications as an editor, publisher and corporate manager, culminating with retirement in 2003 following a 12 year tenure in the successive capacities of president and board chairman, subsequent to which he served Whitman Publishing in a consulting capacity as a numismatic development director (2005-11).
A 64 year (2016) life member of the American Numismatic Association, Mishler is a recipient of that organization's Medal of Merit (1983), Farran Zerbe Memorial Distinguished Service Award (1984), Glenn Smedley Memorial Dedicated Services Award (1991), Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), Numismatist of the Year Award (2002) and Hall of Fame recognition (2004). He served on the organization's board of governors (1907-1909) and (2011-13), as president (2009-11), and was re-elected to the board in 2019 for a two year term (2019-2021). He is also a lifetime Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, having served on its council/trustee board from 1997 through 2014. He is a recipient of the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing (2005) jointly awarded by the ANA and ANS, with the participation of the Numismatic Literary Guild.
A founding member of the Token and Medal Society, Mishler served that organization as editor of its journal (1964-68) and president (1976-78), and is a two time recipient of its Distinguished Service Award (1966 and 1980). A life member of the Numismatists of Wisconsin, he received that organization's Meritorious Service Award (1972) and served as its president (1974-76). Born and raised in Michigan, he is a charter lifetime member of the Michigan State Numismatic Society. He received a special recognition award for Outstanding Service to MSNS and the hobby of numismatics in Michigan in 2005, and its George Hatie Memorial Award “for service above and beyond” in 2017. He is also a recipient of the "Friendly Prize," an international recognition for lifetime numismatic achievements, awarded by Munzen-Revue in Basel, Switzerland (2001).
A member of the coins and medals advisory panel of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission (1970-75), he also served as a member of the Annual Assay Commission of the United States Mint (1973) and of the Wisconsin Commemorative Quarter Council (2001-03), He testified before Congress on coinage issues on numerous of occasions over a 30 year period beginning in the miid-1960s. He has also served since 1991 as a member and secretary of the board of the William R. Higgins, Jr. Foundation, which operates as the Higgins Money Museum, featuring the history, notes and artifacts of the National Bank era (1863-1935), located in Okoboji, Iowa. An actively involved member of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild since its founding in 2004, Mishler has served on its board as president-elect since 2018, and as its treasurer starting in 2020.
Outside the hobby community, Mishler was a member of the board of directors of the First State Bank of Iola (1972-83), the Scandinavia Telephone Company (1982-2000), and was co-founder of the Iola Old Car Show (1972), serving that body as its unofficial executive director (1976-84) and as an ex-officio director (1985-2019), and subsequently in an advisory capacity. He also served as chairman of the fundraising drive to establish and build the Iola-Scandinavia Community Fitness and Aquatic Center (1999-2001), and is a long time member of the Iola Lions Club, which recognized him with the presentation of a Melvin Jones Fellow Award (1996) for service to the club and community, and as club Lion of the Year for 2009. Recipient of the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Outstanding Citizen Award, Mishler is a long time member of the Iola Historical Society, which he has been serving as president since 2011.
Randolph J. Myers - Director
Randolph J. Myers is an avid collector of coins of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, and has a deep appreciation of the cultural and political history that these coins represent. As a member of the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington, D.C., and a former government lawyer, he is attentive on whether and how government may properly regulate our hobby. Randy graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A. with distinction, 1976) and from the College of William and Mary Law School (J.D., 1979). For 9 years he served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and then served for 28 years as an Attorney in the Solicitor’s Office of the Department of the Interior, until he retired in October 2016. During his tenure, Randy provided legal advice and counsel to the National Park Service and the United States Park Police on a host of First and Fourth Amendment issues on the public’s use of Federal parkland, drafted administrative regulations for the Department of the Interior and drafted demonstration regulations for the National Park Service. For his service, Randy was awarded the John Marshall Award from the Department of Justice, the Director’s Honor Award from the United States Secret Service, as well as the Excellence and Unsung Hero Awards from the Solicitor’s Office.
Wayne G. Sayles - Director
After retiring in 1982 from the U.S. Air Force, Wayne earned a Master of Arts degree in Art History, with a specialization in ancient coinage, at the University of Wisconsin. In 1986, he founded The Celator — a monthly periodical for collectors of ancient coins. He co-authored Turkoman Figural Bronze Coins and Their Iconography and wrote the six volume series Ancient Coin Collecting, the monograph Classical Deception and the exhibition catalogue for the Griner Collection of Ancient Coins at Ball State University. Under the banner of "Clio's Cabinet", he edited and published several numismatic monographs by other authors. He wrote the "Coin Collecting" article and revised the main "Coins" article for Encyclopaedia Britannica. Wayne is a 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 Association; and member of numerous other numismatic organizations including the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild. He founded the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild in 2004. He has lectured extensively, written more than 200 articles about ancient coinage, and is a recipient of the Krause "Numismatic Ambassador" award as well as several Numismatic Literary Guild Awards. In 2006 he was honored with a unique ACCG award for "Exceptional Contributions to Ancient Numismatics." He has also been honored by the ANA with their Presidential Award and Glenn Smedley Memorial Award. He is a biographee in Marquis, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. Wayne and his wife Doris live in the Missouri Ozarks.
Peter K. Tompa - Executive Director
Peter K. Tompa is an attorney in solo practice residing in the Washington, D.C. area. His practice includes providing advice and lobbying services to clients related to the trade in cultural artifacts. Tompa graduated from the Washington College of Law, American University (J.D. cum laude, 1986) and from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S. 1982). He served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Frank E. Schwelb on both the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was a former partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP and Carr Goodson Warner, PC and was previously of counsel to Bailey and Eherenberg, PLLC. Peter has published extensively about cultural property matters and related law. He is an avid collector with a special interest in Greek coins from the city states of Magna Graecia and Sicily, Roman coins of Marcus Aurelius and Medieval Hungarian issues. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the American Numismatic Society, a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association, and a former "First Consul" (President) of the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington, D.C.
Kerry K. Wetterstrom - Director
Kerry K. Wetterstrom is a former editor and publisher of The Celator magazine. He purchased his first ancient coin from former dealer Tom McKenna at a coin show in Denver, Colorado in 1974. Since then, he has been an active contributor to the hobby – sharing his love of ancients through countless lectures and educational programs. Among these have been several ANA "Numismatic Theater" appearances and guest lectures before prominent organizations like the San Francisco Ancient Coin Club, the Twin Cities Ancient Coin Club, the Historia Nummorum in Boston, the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington D.C., the Chicago Coin Club, and others.
He served as the Educational Programs Chairman for the New York International Numismatic Convention for the past twenty years (2000-2020), and has taught introductory classes in ancient numismatics at the American Numismatic Association's popular Summer Seminar since 1994. He is a member of the ANA team of judges for exhibits of ancient coins at the association's annual convention and served as the ANA Regional Coordinator for the State of Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in The Celator, The Clarion, and the Classical Numismatic Review, and he wrote a number of radio scripts for the ANA "Money Talks" program. He is regarded as one of the hobby's most knowledgeable collectors in his area of specialization, the coins of Roman Egypt, and wrote the chapter on these coins in Ancient Coin Collecting–Vol. IV, as well as the Foreword to Alexandrian Coins by Keith Emmett.
Prior to assuming the editor/publisher position for The Celator in May of 1999, Mr. Wetterstrom was employed by the Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania for 12 years. After publishing and editing The Celator for 13 years, he returned to CNG as a Senior Numismatist in 2013. He is a fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London) and the American Numismatic Society; Life Member of the American Numismatic Association and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, as well as several local and state numismatic organizations.