Oscar H. Dodson

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Oscar H. Dodson
Born 1905
Died 1996
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1927–1957
Rank Rear Admiral
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Silver Star

Oscar H. Dodson (1905–1996) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy, who served during World War II. After retiring from the Navy, Dodson became a professor of history, and was a noted numismatist.

Academic career[edit]

After World War II Dodson was appointed Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois.[1]

A numismatist most of his life, Dodson served as president of the American Numismatic Association from 1957 to 1961 and was responsible for bridging the transition between "traditional numismatics" and the then-new investment market.[2] In the Centennial History of the American Numismatic Association, author Q. David Bowers wrote, "More than any other ANA president since August G. Heaton . . . Oscar Dodson was a philosopher."[2]

He joined the ANA in 1933, and became life member number 78 in 1950 - the same year he received the ANA Medal of Merit.[2] He served on the U.S. Assay Commission in 1948 and the Hobbies Committee of the U.S. State Department's "People-to-People" program.[2]

In 1962 he authored the book Money Tells the Story, and he served as a contributing editor to COINage magazine from 1973 to 1987.[2]

Two years after retiring from the Navy, he established The Money Museum at the National Bank of Detroit, serving as its director for six years. He also was honorary assistant curator of the ANA Money Museum. Through his generosity, many important ancient Greek coins and other items were donated to the Association. Oscar Dodson received the Association's highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, in 1968, and the ANA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.[2]


  1. ^ "League to Hear Admiral Dodson" (PDF). Grosse Point News: p.9. 19 May 1960. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "ANA - Press Release Hall of Fame August 12, 2000". money.org. Retrieved 9 August 2010.