Ricard, Charles J. (1930-2017)

After moving to Northbrook late in 1962 to accept the position of auditor of Chicago’s Lakeshore National Bank, Rochester (New York) native Charles J. (Charlie) Ricard joined the Chicago Coin Club Jan. 9, 1963 as member No. 766; he remained a member for over half a century. Mr. Ricard served as Financial Chairman for the 1966 ANA Convention in Chicago, personally handling over $100,000 in bourse fees, etc. That year, the Club awarded him its Medal of Merit. From 1987-88 he was President, and in 1989 he received a Literary Award and a Second Place Cabeen Exhibit Award, for his exhibits at meetings (including an original Castorland medal in silver). At the 2011 ANA World’s Fair of Money, hosted by the Chicago Coin Club, he was recognized as Honorary General Chairman.

Mr. Ricard (March 19, 1930 – August 14, 2017) served in the U.S. Army Finance Corps 1951-53, then used the G.I. Bill to attend the University of Rochester. But he could not afford to go full time, and attended night school for six years; at the time of his move to the Chicago area, he was still lacking some credits. However, he was able to arrange to take night courses at Northwestern and DePaul and have the University of Rochester accept them, completing his B.S. degree in 1964 from the University’s Simon School of Business with majors in history and classics. A lifelong bank auditor, he worked for the Marine Midland Bank in Rochester before moving to Illinois, then joined the First National Bank of Chicago as Assistant Vice President in their Trust Audit Unit in 1969; he retired from a successor bank in 1995. He became a Chartered Bank Auditor and a Certified Internal Auditor.

In 1947 he began attending meetings of the Rochester Numismatic Association, joining the following year. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he presented many programs and exhibits, and was club President 1959-61. Though he had wide interests in U.S. coins, he was most known for his collection of Napoleonic medals. He published a number of articles, primarily on medals, one garnering a Third Place Heath Literary Award, and placed award-winning exhibits of medals at conventions, receiving a First Place at the 1962 Detroit ANA. He served on the 1965 Assay Commission and in 1966 lectured at the Roosevelt University, Chicago, course in numismatics.

A willing worker, Mr. Ricard served as President of five numismatic organizations and Vice President of a sixth. As Chairman of the ANA’s 1891 Club 1990-91, he attracted over 800 member-donors. He was elected a Numismatic News Ambassador in 1987. The ANA awarded him its Medal of Merit in 1991, the Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 1993, a Presidential Award in 1994, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, and the Farran Zerbe Award in 2003 – the last also honoring his great-grandfather, J.C. Lighthouse (ANA Governor 1904-07), and his uncle, Charles N. Ricard (President of the Cleveland Coin Club and a founder of the Token and Medal Society). The Rochester Numismatic Association named its speaker’s medal for him.

Numismatic literature dealer George Kolbe, who knew him well, recalled him as “a gentleman of the old school. His love of numismatics and its literature was infectious and enduring.”


The article was published first in the Chicago Coin Club Hall of Fame and is re-published courtesy of the Chicago Coin Club.