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Virgil Hancock


Born in Santa Clara, California. Graduate of the Los Angeles College of Optometry. He practiced as an optometrist and held five patents for inventions in the field of optics. Married to Eleanor. His wife died in a house fire June 25, 1983. Consultant for Taxtron, Inc.

He served as president of the Texas Numismatic Association 1968 to 1970. Served on the ANA board of governors 1971 to 1973 and as 39th ANA president August 24, 1975, to August 25, 1977. His first official act as president was to abolish 25 ANA committees. He reassigned duties to responsible individuals. Hancock lobbied for the Hobby Protection Act passed in 1973. With Kosoff and Pittman he helped create the ANA Certification Service. He returned to the ANA board 1977 to 1980. He resigned from the ANA board September 7, 1980 to protest ANA employment practices. Author of a column in The Numismatist "Featuring Fakes" 1966 to 1979. In 1981 he received the ANA Farran Zerbe Memorial Award.

He died in Houston, Texas.

profile: NN/WWH 6/19/73

obit: CW 5/6/1987; NN 5/5/87 (photo); NUM 100 Jun 1987 p 1320-1321; ANAHist 1538


Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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