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Phil W. Greenslet

Biographical Information

West Virginia Wesleyan College alum Phil Greenslet was born and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania. He completed his BA at Wesleyan in 1954, and then attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA, completing a MA in 1955. He did additional study at Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany. Greenslet also served in the United States military as an administrative specialist at both Fort Bragg, NC, and USAEUR Hq, Heidelberg, Germany. Before his retirement, Mr. Greenslet worked in retail management for over forty years. He and his wife Myra have four children.

Phil Greenslet has been interested in numismatics, the science of studying coins and medals, for many years. Mr. Greenslet describes himself as “an accumulator for 62 years, a collector for 28 years, and a numismatist for 16 years.” He is a member of numerous numismatic organizations, including the Canadian Numismatic Association, the Token and Medal Society, the Maryland State Numismatic Association, and the Kent Coin Club. He has served as a past president of the Kent Coin Club, the Catonsville Coin Club, the Carroll County Coin Club, and the Maryland State Numismatic Association. He has won over 300 exhibit awards, including 14 ANA 1st place awards, 18 CNA 1st place awards, and 2 CNA Best of Show awards. He helped to organize the 1990 exhibits by the Franklin Mint, the Franklin Institute, and the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, OH, to make the 200th anniversary of Franklin’s death. In addition, he served as the ANA Exhibits Chair for the 100th Anniversary Convention in Chicago. Mr. Greenslet is currently Emeritus on the Board of the Friends of Franklin, Philadelphia.

Phil Greenslet is the author of the definitive reference on medallic images of Benjamin Franklin, The Medals of Franklin, published by the Token and Medal Society, 1993. Since its original publication, the Token and Medal Society has released updates for the book, which its author still calls a work in progress, fifteen times.

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Critical Responses

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Works Published

The Medals of Franklin: A Catalog of Medals, Tokens, Medallions, and Plaques issued in Honor of Franklin

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Selected Bibliography

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Author Website

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