Silver dollar pundit Al Johnbrier dies at 87

Silver dollar scholar Al Johnbrier, who spent nearly 50 years as a professional numismatist after a long military career, died Nov. 8 in Bowie, Maryland, at the age of 87.

Johnbrier was Life Member No. 3 of the National Silver Dollar Roundtable of which he was a past president (four terms), a past secretary and a past treasurer, and a past member of its board of governors.

Johnbrier received the NSDR Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, was named NSDR Man of the Year in 1995 and 2010, and served on the board of the former Industry Council for Tangible Assets from 1984 to 2017.

Johnbrier began his professional numismatic career in 1977 after retiring from a 23-year career in the United States Air Force.

Johnbrier is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joann; Three girls; and extended families, including a grandson and great-grandson, cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Nov. 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Chapel on Bowie Hill, followed by burial with full military honors at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made in Johnbrier’s name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (online here) or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (online at

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