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1 A U G U S T 1 6, – F E B R U A R Y 1 1, Stephen L. Tanenbaum

2 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew S T E V E ’ S P O E M We knew a man, a selfless man, who never asked but only gave. We knew a man, the kindest man, who never hurt, instead forgave. We knew a man, devoted man, that none of us can replace. We knew a man, a friend, a man – he’s gone from us and from this space. We know a man, who is still here, though body gone, lives on in us. We know a man, and we are blessed, to know this man, to let him go, to know he is always with us. Catie Tanenbaum niece

3 Steve Tanenbaum was born in Brooklyn, New York to Esther and Julian Tanenbaum

4 Beloved by: brother Andy Tanenbaum sister-in-law Suzanne Baart nephew Marvin Tanenbaum niece Barbara Tanenbaum nephew-in-law Daniel Metzenbaum great nephew Aron Metzenbaum

5 Beloved by: brother Mitchell Tanenbaum sister-in-law Christina Mann nephew Sam Tanenbaum niece Catie Tanenbaum

6 Beloved by: aunt May Brown Pine uncle Irving Pine cousins Elinor Pine and Carolyn Pine Stern cousin Gabriel Stern

7 Beloved by: cousins Ken and Chris Panitz Nora, Cayla, and Scott Panitz

8 H I S W O R K Steve Tanenbaum was considered by many to be the most knowledgeable active person in the field of Civil War tokens. He has been relied upon for many decades as a consultant, editor, and contributor to numerous CWT works.

9 After beginning his CWT collecting journey in 1972, he became a full-time dealer for tokens in Steve handled, purchased, and built some of the greatest modern-day collections, although he always considered himself a collector first.

10 He discovered hundreds of new varieties, previously unknown die states, and odd mint errors. Steve was elected to eight terms on the Board of Governors of the CWTS, and also filled two partial terms by appointment.

11 Steve was vice president of the Civil War Token Society and participated actively in many of its projects, primarily, the upcoming third edition of the store card catalog originally written by George and Melvin Fuld.

12 He was a major contributor to Russell Rulau's catalog of American tokens, published by Krause Publications.

13 He was in charge of the CWTS Hall of Fame medal program which has honored such persons as George and Melvin Fuld, Julius Guttag, George Hetrich, Jack Detwiler and Joseph N. T. Levick. He knew John J. Ford. Jr. very well and was as close to being Ford's confidant as just about anybody.

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17 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew Passover, Thanksgiving, and family dinners – Steve was a crucial oddball in our gang of oddballs. I’ll miss the sardonic sense of humor, intellectual musings, and good natured, rational balance to our group’s new-ageys. Gabriel Stern cousin

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20 “I want to pay tribute to a true icon. Steve Tanenbaum was truly a legend in his own time in exonumia. In my mind he ranks up there with the greats like Ford, Brand, etc.: personalities who left a deep and abiding mark on their hobby. God speed my friend. You will be missed.” Mike Miller

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23 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “I could always count on you to be willing, non-complaining, patient, even-tempered, pragmatic. A good teacher. I appreciated and admired those qualities. I will miss your intellect, your quick and irreverent humor. I will miss you terribly.” Elinor Pine cousin

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26 “I found him to be honorable in his dealings. I was always impressed with his knowledge. He was pleasant to deal with.” Ken Hallenbeck

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30 “Steve helped me build a collection of Hard Time tokens and Washington, DC tokens in the early 1980s. He was always generous with his time and knowledge about exonumia in general. Often, when we were both at a show and someone asked me something that I didn’t know in that field, I always sent them to Steve, as he would undoubtedly know it.” Julian M. Leidman

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34 Steve had a great desire and capacity to share and teach those curious and eager to learn....This was particularly so with young people, he seemed captivated by children. My son, now 14 months old, first met Steve last June and there was an instant connection….The feeling was mutual, Steve also enjoyed watching him. Not with gitchee gitchee goo baby talk, but with the same quiet fascination in which he was studied. When I look at my son now especially when he is quietly studying something new, I think of Steve. I believe this feeling will last the rest of my life. Steve, I thank you for everything. With love, "The Other Steve." Steve Hayden

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37 “Like a little kid, I could listen to (Steve’s) stories for hours. It was amazing what he knew from memory. I guess he didn’t need computers as a “crutch” like the rest of us. Upon leaving, I shook his hand never thinking that I would never see him again. I would give anything to spend a couple more hours talking tokens with Steve. I guess I just assumed I would know Steve for another 20 or 30 years.” John Ostendorf

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40 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew Dear Steve, After almost 40 years I have to say goodbye to you. I will miss you every time we are in New York and cannot see you. I can’t believe that the last time we were together was last year at the great family reunion. I cherish the memories of those days in Colorado. I will always think of you: a warm person for all of us. You were not always easy to communicate with but we knew that we were in your heart. And you are in our hearts for now and forever. Steve, dear brother-in-law, we will love you and remember you the rest of our lives. Suzanne Baart sister-in-law

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42 “Coin collectors are a strange breed that at the heart are researchers, history buffs and highly competitive and obsessive in their pursuits. Steve’s knowledge…and his willingness to share made him one of the ‘go to’ people in Civil War tokens. He will be missed by many.” Dennis Wierzba

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44 “His whole life was numismatics. His ‘mistress’ was the numismatic hobby.” Alan V. Weinberg

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47 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “Steve was one of the most loving people I have ever known. Not always to me when we were kids, but like another father to all of his nieces and nephews around the world. I am going to miss him immensely. I love you Steve.” Mitch Tanenbaum brother

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50 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “Good shepherd of our family, I will miss your generous quirky intelligent spirit forever! Till we meet again, and we will.” Carolyn Pine Stern cousin

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52 “I’ve known Steve for over 25 years. One of the things that always drew me to him was the fact that he always spoke the truth; I could always trust what he said. Also Steve was always willing to share the vast knowledge that he had around tokens, medals, colonial coins and other areas. And he didn’t have to look for something in it for him. He was always so generous in that way. He had an open and non-threatening demeanor that made him such a likeable man. It’s a great loss to our community to lose him.” Bob Rhue

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57 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “When I think about Steve, I think about his shyness, his awkwardness, his modesty, but also his kindness, his generosity and his caring nature. I remember his hugs, his soapy smell, his laughter. When Daniel and I got married, he got a passport for the first time in his life and flew across the Atlantic Ocean to be at our wedding. I loved that he was there. It meant so much to us. Steve, I will tell my kids many stories about you and I will try to raise my kids with the same spirit and youthfulness as you once had with us.” Barbara Tanenbaum niece

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60 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “I know our whole family will miss Steve. We still have the sets of art materials he gave our kids when they were little, and he came to visit. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see him last summer in Colorado.” Chris Panitz cousin

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63 “When I was about 11, toting my mom around to coin shows, there was a select group of dealers who were happy to just sit, talk, and teach. Steve was one of them. We've been friends ever since and I'll miss him.” David Gladfelter

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65 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “I will miss our late night talks, your quiet presence at holidays and not so quiet laughter with the kids. I will just plain miss you – Mr. Grumpy Gills!” Christina Mann sister-in-law

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68 From talking about dinosaurs, to playing baseball in the backyard to talking about tax-returns, Steve has been there for me my entire life and I will miss him dearly. Marvin Tanenbaum Nephew “Steve was an odd duck. When it came to himself, he pinched pennies until they squealed, but was generous to a fault when he could help other people. It was always women and children first, Steve last. I can't think of a single selfish thing he ever did in the 62 years I knew him.” Andy Tanenbaum brother

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71 Steve, our brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and good friend: We will miss you!


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