Bill Fivaz

Bill Fivaz
Born (1934-02-26) February 26, 1934 (age 87)
Fulton, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Numismatist, author
Years active 1950-present
Notable work
The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties

Bill Fivaz (born February 26, 1934, in Fulton, New York)[1] is an American numismatist and author.


Fivaz has written over a dozen books focused on numismatics/coin collecting, and is best known as the co-author of The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, first published in 1990 and subsequently re-issued six times.[2] He was named 2001 "Numismatist of the Year" by the American Numismatic Association, and served as an Association governor from 1985 to 1989. Fivaz is the recipient of the ANA's highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award (1995), is a two-time Medal of Merit honoree (1984 and 1989), and a two-time M. Vernon Sheldon Memorial Audio/Visual Award recipient. In 1981 he was named ANA Outstanding Adult Advisor.[3]

In November 2020, Fivaz's "World's Worst Type Set", featuring coins graded "Poor-1" and "Fair-2", was auctioned by Stack's Bowers Galleries.[4]

In 2021, Fivaz was named one of Coin World's Most Influential People in Numismatics (1960-2020).[5]


  1. ^ Fivaz, Bill (2004). Helpful Hints For Enjoying Coin Collecting. Savannah, Georgia: DX Marketing.
  2. ^ "Die Variety Photographs Welcomed for New Cherrypickers' Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II". The Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS). Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  3. ^ "ANA announces Bill Fivaz 2001 Numismatist of the Year". American Numismatic Association. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Stack's Bowers Offers Bill Fivaz's World's Worst Type Coin Set". CoinWeek, LLC. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  5. ^ Coin World: Celebrating 60-The Most Influential People in Numosmatics 1960-2020. Amos Media (Coin World). 2021. p. 54.

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