Michel Prieur, founder and president of Compagnie Générale de Bourse (CGB) passed away last week in Paris leaving behind a legacy of important contributions to numismatics. His breadth of knowledge was most impressive and his passion for the hobby and trade was unsurpassed.
One of Michel’s most memorable contributions to ancient numismatics was publication of the authoritative treatise on Syro-Phoenician tetradrachms, A Type Corpus of the Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and their Fractions from 57 BC to AD 258, which he wrote with Karin Prieur in 2000. It is the undisputed standard reference to this difficult field.
He contributed widely to the entire coin collecting world through his online archives, blogs, publication of exceptional catalogues and the Bulletin Numismatique. He was recognized internationally as an authority on forgery of coins and paper money. A large part of the success that CGB has enjoyed may be credited to Michel’s development of a superb staff that will carry on in his name for many years to come.
Michel and CGB have been dedicated supporters of and contributors to the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild with every member of their numismatic staff being enrolled as an ACCG member. The firm was a strong supporter of The Celator from its earliest days. He will be sadly missed and warmly remembered.