Clifford Mishler

Clifford Leslie Mishler (born August 11, 1939)[1] is an American author and numismatist. He has served as president of the American Numismatic Association.

Clifford Mishler
Mishler at the 2022 National Money Show
Born (1939-08-11) August 11, 1939 (age 82)
OccupationNumismatist, author
Years active1963-present
Known forColumnist, author

Early lifeEdit

Mishler was born in Vandalia, Michigan[2] and attended Northwestern University.[1]


Mishler was hired by Krause Publications in 1963 as an associate editor for Numismatic News[3] before being promoted to full editor from 1964-66. He became the publisher for all numismatic publications from 1966 to 1975, publisher for all publications from 1975 to 1988, and was named executive vice president from 1975 to 1988, senior vice president from 1988 to 1990. He was appointed president of Krause Publications effective January 1, 1991. Along with Chester L. Krause, Mishler created the "Krause-Mishler" numbering system used in the Standard Catalog of World Coins,[4]

Mishler served as President of the American Numismatic Association from 2009-2011.[5]

He is still an active numismatic writer, writing "On The Scene" columns for Numismatic News as of 2022.[6]

Mishler was influential in the sale of Carson City Morgan dollars from the GSA hoard, and served on the United States Assay Commission in 1973. He successfully lobbied for the 40% silver Eisenhower dollars to be issued for collectors from 1971-78. His efforts also helped create the Bicentennial quarter, half and dollar coins in 1975-76.[1]


Mishler has received several awards including the Numismatists of Wisconsin Meritorious Service Award in 1972, Society for International Numismatics Award of Excellence in 1981, ANA Medal of Merit in 1983, Farran Zerbe Memorial Award in 1984, and Glen Smedley Memorial Award in 1991. He is a life member of the American Numismatic Association and life fellow of the American Numismatic Society. He was named Numismatist of the Year in 2002, and in 2004 he was inducted into the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame. He also received the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing in 2005.[1]

In 2021, Mishler was named one of Coin World's Most Influential People in Numismatics.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Mishler was married to Sandra Rae Knutson in 1963 until her death in 1972. He married Sylvia Mae Doyle on February 27, 1976, and has three daughters.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Clifford Leslie Mishler". Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "ANA names Cliff Mishler 2002 Numismatist of the Year". American Numismatic Association. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "CLIFFORD MISHLER ON 55 YEARS IN IOLA". The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS). Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Michael, Tom. "KM numbering system". Active Interest Media. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  5. ^ "ANA PRESIDENTS 1891 TO THE PRESENT". American Numismatic Association. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  6. ^ Mishler, Clifford (April 14, 2020). "On the Scene: ANA National Money Show Attendance Rounds Out February". Numismatic News. No. Volume 69, Number 9. Active Interest Media.
  7. ^ Coin World: Celebrating 60-The Most Influential People in Numismatics 1960-2020. Amos Media (Coin World). 2021. p. 124.
  8. ^ "Clifford Leslie Mishler Biography". EPNNES & Washington University in St. Louis. Retrieved August 31, 2020.