Walter Breen 1930-1993
Numismatic author whose most important work is Walter Breen’s Complete encyclopedia of U.S. and colonial coins (1988
), a very large, heavy, and expensive book that documents all major varieties of US coinage
. While books had existed before dealing with particular series, no single book before or since has ever attempted to cover the amount a material that this book covered. His reputation
circles was hurt when he was arrested on a child molestation charge in October 1991 at the Superior Stamp & Coin Galleries in Beverly Hills. Coins are often described by their Breen number, the unique number assigned to each variety listed in his book.