Born in Portland, Oregon. Received B.A. from Portland (OR) State University in 1964. Received Ph.D. from University of Southern California in 1968. Married Margaret D'Ambrosio. Remarried Cindi Roden.
Assistant professor at Central College in Pella, Iowa 1967 to 1970; assistant professor at York College of City University of New York 1967 to 1971; assistant professor at University of Guam 1971 to 1973.
Doty worked at the American Numismatic Society 1974 to 1986. His titles were assistant curator of modern coins 1974 to 1976, associate curator of modern coins 1976 to 1981 and curator of modern coins and paper money 1981 to 1986. In April 1986 he was appointed curator for Western Hemisphere numismatics at the Smithsonian Institution.
Associate editor of Studies in Early American Coinage in 1976. Editor with Eric Newman of Studies on Money in Early America in 1976. It was published by ANS. Author of Coins of the World (1976; Paper Money of the World (1977). Author of The Macmillan Encyclopedia Dictionary of Numismatics issued in 1982. Author of The Soho Mint & the Industrialization of Money (1998); America’s Money: America’s Story (2008); Pictures From a Distant Country: Seeing America Through Old paper Money (2013).
He received the Huntington Award from the American Numismatic Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Numismatic Association in 2013.
He died at a nursing home in Falls Church, Virginia.
bio: ConAut 109; interviewed 8/13/91 profile: NN/WWH 1/27/98; obit: CW 6/24/2013; NUM July 2013, Washington Post 6/7/2013.
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Richard Doty's examination of American history through numismatics.
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