Frank G. Spadone - Author & Numismatist

Frank Spadone is the noted author and numismatist who literally wrote the book on oddities, “Major Variety and Oddity Guide of United States Coins.”

In 1973, Wilkins was asked by noted coin columnist, Maurice Gould, to speak about oddity coins at the Long Beach Coin & Stamp Show. Ed Reiter, editor of Coinage Magazine, had earlier suggested to Wilkins that he read Mr. Spadone’s book on oddities.
It was Spadone’s book that Wilkins used as the basis and authority for his talk. 

When Wilkins finished his Long Beach speech, much to his surprise, he received a standing ovation. To this day, Wilkins gives Frank Spadone credit for the standing ovation and for making the collecting of oddities so popular.