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Bio: Wayne G. Sayles

Wayne Gerald Sayles was born on March 8, 1943 at Waukesha, Wisconsin to Wayne F. and Betty J. Sayles.  He graduated from Horicon High School in 1961, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force that same summer and was trained in Communications-Electronics Maintenance at Keesler AFB, MS.  His tours as an electronics technician included assignments to Gander, Newfoundland; Fort Bragg, NC; McCoy AFB, FL; San Isidro AB, Dominican Republic; Incirlik AB, Turkey and McClellan AFB, CA.  In 1971, Wayne was accepted into the Commissioning Bootstrap Program and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in History.  He received a commission in the USAF through Officer's Training School in May 1972, completing the program as an Honor Graduate.  Subsequent assignments as a Communications Officer included Squadron Commander at Goodfellow AFB, TX; Group Detachment Commander at Levkas, Greece; Group Maintenance Control Officer at Athens, Greece; Air Force Advisor to the Air National Guard and USAF Reserve Forces (seven north-central states); and Team Chief for Operational Readiness and Management Effectiveness Inspections conducted by the Air Force Communications Command, Military Airlift Command and Strategic Air Command Inspector General teams.  He retired from the Air Force as a Captain in 1982, having traveled to dozens of countries and all 50 States.  In 1983 he realized a life-long ambition by circumnavigating the globe from East to West.  He is a Life Member of the Military Officer's Association of America, a Life Member of the Ninth Air Force Association, a Charter Member of the American Air Museum at Duxford, England, Charter member of the Air Force Memorial in Washington DC and has been a member of several different VFW and American Legion posts. 
He founded the 416th Bomb Group (WWII) Archive, as well as that group's memorial website at https://416th.com .  In 2008, he wrote First to Fall, the biography of a West Point graduate killed in action while serving as a pilot with that group and has conducted more than 60 hours of video-taped interviews with 416th Bomb Group members and local Ozark County (Missouri) veterans.

Wayne earned a Masters degree in Art History at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1986, presenting a thesis on the influence of ancient coins in the work of 17th century Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. That same year, he founded The Celator — a monthly journal about ancient coins that circulated worldwide for 25 years. He co-authored Turkoman Figural Bronze Coins and Their Iconography (2 vols.); wrote the six volume series Ancient Coin Collecting (3 are in expanded 2nd ed.); the monograph Classical Deception; and the exhibition catalogue of the Ned H. and Gloria A. Griner Greek and Roman Coin Collection at Ball State University. He wrote the "Coin Collecting" article and updated the "Coins" article for Encyclopaedia Britannica and has published several titles by other authors under his own banner of "Clio's Cabinet".  In 2010, he acquired the copyrights to a series of highly acclaimed works on Islamic numismatics by the late Ímer Diler. 

He is a Life Fellow of the American Numismatic Society; Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London); Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens); Life Member of the American Israel Numismatic Society; Life Member of the Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society; member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild, and an honorary member of several coin clubs in various states. He is the founder and current Executive Director of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild and was honored by that organization's Board of Directors in 2006 with a special award for "Exceptional Contributions to Ancient Numismatics."  Wayne has lectured extensively at conventions, symposia, seminars and club meetings in the U.S. and abroad, written more than 200 articles about ancient coinage, and has been honored with a variety of Numismatic Literary Guild awards.  He has on many occasions presented oral testimony before the U.S. State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in Washington, DC.  He is a recipient of the prestigious "Numismatic Ambassador" award from Krause Publications, and was selected by KP in 2007 as one of the 55 "Most Intriguing People in Numismatics". He received the American Numismatic Association's Presidential Award in 2010 and was selected as recipient of the ANA's Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 2012.  He has been a biographee in Marquis, Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in the World, since 2006.

Wayne's service to the community includes terms on the Board of Education of American Community Schools, Athens Greece and on the Lodi School District Board of Education in Lodi, Wisconsin.  He has coached several youth football, baseball and basketball teams while in the military and as a member of Optimists International in Wisconsin.  He also has served in Parent-Teacher-Association leadership positions and as a judge for debate and forensic competitions at High School level.  He enjoyed a brief but memorable career as a school bus driver and was a chaperone for the Amery High School (WI) Ski Club.  
In 2008, he earned the President's Volunteer Service Award (gold) established by George W. Bush.

Wayne is married to the former Doris Jean Ivey and now lives in the Missouri Ozarks.  Wayne and Doris were jointly honored with presentation of the George Bledsoe Preservation Award at Washington, DC in 2017 and as Ozark County Citizens of the Year in 2018.