Whitman’s Longtime Publisher Retires

Published February 6, 2024 | 2 min read

By Darcie Graybill

Following a 19-year career as publisher at Whitman Publishing, Dennis Tucker will retire at the end of February 2024. He has served as Whitman’s publisher since December 2004. During his tenure, Tucker has overseen the publication of more than 300 titles in the fields of numismatics, banking and financial history, the American presidency, U.S. military history, and other nonfiction topics.

Dennis Tucker
(Photo: CDN Publishing)

“Dennis Tucker has been a loyal leader and a guiding figure in our business,” says Whitman president Mary Burleson. “He has built lasting relationships with researchers and numismatic industry leaders, developed and mentored our editorial staff, worked as an advocate for readers and a partner for authors, and served as an ambassador to the numismatic community and non-collectors alike.”

Tucker has been part of the modern renaissance in numismatic publishing that started in 2003 with the addition of Q. David Bowers as Whitman’s numismatic director. He helped develop more than two dozen volumes in the best-selling Bowers Series, as well as the popular “100 Greatest” library, many encyclopedic reference books, and 20 editions of the Red Book. 

An award-winning author, he wrote American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date (2016) and has written more than 400 articles for numismatic journals and periodicals. He has also given more than 40 numismatic presentations and lectures nationwide and earned numerous hobby recognitions, including the ANA’s Glenn B. Smedley Memorial Award. 

After his retirement, Tucker will continue to be active in the hobby through various numismatic roles and activities, including as secretary pro tem of the Rittenhouse Society, and as coauthor (with Coin World editor Steve Roach) of the ANA’s “Collecting Friends” blog column. He will finish his second term this year as numismatic specialist of the Treasury Department’s Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. He also plans to spend time with family in the United States and the Philippines while pursuing creative and philanthropic projects.

“My time with Whitman has been a dream come true, one of the great pleasures in my life,” Tucker said. “The people involved—collectors, dealers, researchers, writers, historians, and co-workers—have made it a rich and fulfilling journey. I look forward to remaining active in numismatics and keeping in touch with my many friends in and around the hobby.”