Obituary: Sidney Wayne Harl

Sidney Wayne Harl, an eminent coin collector and ANS benefactor, passed away on September 15, 2006. Mr. Harl, who was eighty-two, died in New Orleans, just a few months after his wife Virginia Anne Harl, née Mondante, who passed away on February 3, 2006. Sidney Harl was a long-term ANS member, Fellow, and donor. In recent years, he and the Paley Foundation, of which he was a director for many years, supported research projects in ancient coinage and photography. He was a passionate collector of Anglo-Saxon and Norman pennies, English milled coinage of 1660 through 1816, English tokens, Irish Gunmoney, and, in recent years, Roman coins as well.

Sidney Harl, a native of Illinois, was the financial analyst for William S. Paley, chairman of Columbia Broadcasting System, since 1953. He is survived by his son Kenneth Wayne Harl, his daughter Karen Anne Cicale, and his son-in-law Danny A. Cicale, and their daughters, Sidney’s granddaughters, Melissa Anne and Jessica Anne. Professor Harl, a Trustee of the ANS, acknowledges that he owed his scholarly success in numismatics to his parents, who together encouraged and inspired their son’s passion for coins. Sidney, while in his bed in rehabilitation at the hospital in New Orleans, listened to and offered his corrections to the text of his forthcoming article in the American Journal of Numismatics. Perhaps no more fitting tribute was his last coin purchase, days before his death, from CNG, of a choice denarius of divus Antoninus Pius, the most benevolent of emperors—a fitting tribute to a generous donor and loving and beloved husband, father, and grandfather.