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The passing of an icoinic numismatist.

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Lyman L. Allen passed away on June 10, 2016 at the age of 75.


It is with heavy heart that I write today to inform you of the passing of noted numismatist Lyman L. Allen. His obituary can be found on the web site of the Nevada Appeal at:



The text is short though, so I am including it here:


Jan. 25, 1941 ~ June 10, 2016


Lyman L. Allen, 75, passed away at home June 10, 2016. He was born January 25, 1941 in Miami Beach, Florida to Lyman L. & Pauline Allen. He served the U.S. Navy on the USS Intrepid. Lyman was a coin collector and had a coin shop in Virginia City for several years. He was preceded in death by his son Edward Allen. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Clare Allen, son Elliot Allen & daughter Victoria Allen Keller, grandchildren Alex, Adam, Danny & Shelby.


A Memorial Service will be held at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City on Saturday June 18, 2016 at 11:00am.



I never met Mr. Allen in person, but we did talk on the phone and corresponded via U.S. post many years ago. He was a dedicated numismatist and literally wrote one of the defining references on the U.S. Philippine series. The six editions of his book "U.S./Philippine Coins" published from 1994 through 2008 are probably the most utilized books of any avid collector. Mr. Allen formally defined the U.S./Philippine varieties in his book and his "Allen" numbers are used by NGC, PCGS, and ANACS on their labels.


For more information on Mr. Allen and U.S./Philippine varieties, please see:


My previous journal post from January, 2013 entitled "Variety is the spice of life"



Two Custom sets featuring Allen Varieties:




I will have more information concerning the next (8th) edition of "U.S./Philippine Coins" in a future post.


Lastly, I leave you with a picture of Mr. Allen from the 5th edition of his book.



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My apologies. Thanks for pointing it out because it was a true typo. I spell checked everything else but obviously not the title. The journal post has been corrected, but unfortunately I can't correct the title here.

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