The Celator, which
served for 25 years as the
premier journal for ancient coin collectors is no longer in
production. For a quarter century, this publication demonstrated
the breadth of knowledge that amateurs and open-minded academics could
share in an open forum and productive spirit of cooperation.
Sadly, that spirit is all but lost today amidst a firestorm of
politicized blame and ideologically motivated condemnation of
independent scholarship, private ownership and international
commerce. The Celator, and this site, are a tribute to what can
be done when academia and the private sector work toward common
goals. Each issue of The Celator was designed to present three
feature articles. The average processing time between article
submission and publication was about three to four months.
Because the publication of a peer-reviewed article in an academic
journal can take as many years as it did months at The Celator, many
professional scholars chose the latter for short articles that they
found difficulty publishing in academic journals.
coin collecting community is comprised of people from all walks of life
and many are quite capable of the level of research demanded by
academia, but have chosen different career paths.
Consequently, The Celator achieved a very respectable reputation for
the quality of articles published. The publication was founded in
1987 by Wayne G. Sayles who published it with the help of family
members until 1999 when it was sold to Kerry K. Wetterstrom.
Kerry published it for another 13 years before experiencing significant
health problems and being forced to cease publishing of the journal in
its 25th year. Both Wayne and Kerry were and still are
Although The Celator is not likely to be resurrected anytime soon, this
will remain available as a collector
resource until further notice. The articles posted here are
protected by copyright and may not be republished or distributed by any
means without the permission of the copyright holders. Individual
articles may be extracted for personal use but may not be posted in
media or online venues.