Born in Chicago. Received B.S. in general engineering from the University of Illinois (1964) and in communications (1965).
Received the Krause Publications Numismatic Ambassador Award in 1995. President of the Token and Medal Society 2006 to 2008. Fellow of the American Numismatic Society. Appointed General Chairman for 2011 World’s Fair of Money.
Winner of three Heath Literary Awards. Author of many articles including articles on primitive money issued with the Chicago Coin Club replica give-away at the Chicago International Coin Fair. He was inducted into the Chicago Coin Club Hall of Fame in 2021.
Leonard presented papers at the International Numismatic Congresses in Brussels (1991), Berlin (1997) and Glasgow (2009); and at the conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East in Istanbul (2004). He gave the Stack Lecture at the ANS in 1994.
Lead author of the second edition of California Pioneer Fractional Gold (2003). Author of Curious Currency: The Story of Money from the Stone Age to the Internet Age (2010).
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Wilde-Leonard Record of Lesher Dollar Survivors
Census of known Lesher Dollars, initially developed by Adna Wilde and further developed by Robert Leonard. This list includes 620 examples. A spreadsheet version of this document is available through the American Numismatic Society library.