Gregory Paul Franck-Weiby
Gregory Paul Franck-Weiby was a familiar face at coin shows as a coiner. Greag was a Silverton-area artist, numismatic master and peace activist. The following is information from the Salem Newspaper, the "Statesman Journal":
He was born March 10, 1950 at Harriman Jones Clinic and Hospital in Long Beach, California, the son of Paul Lauren Weiby and Holly Knill Weiby. His parents divorced when he was about 9 and he was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother, Ivy Knill. When he was in his early teens, his mother became personal assistant and photographer to the explorer and bathysphere inventor, the late Otis Barton. Greg traveled much of the world with his mother as she followed Barton on his explores. Greg spoke often of his time in Europe, especially Granada in Spain and weeks in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Greg studied sailing and became knowledgeable about sailing ships of all sorts. In his youth he sailed on an old Norwegian Volksbot which his father owned. All this and more nurtured in him the great artist he would become.
Through all the peace work, Greg was an artist. He made dies and coin dies, hand engraving in steel. Any coin from any place and any period could be placed in his hand and he could immediately, off the top of his head, identify it, give details about its lineage and history. He was for a long time active in Salem-area coin clubs. He was a member of the American Numismatic Association, the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA), the American Numismatic Society (ANA) and the Unrecognized States Numismatic Society. Greg made many of the commemoratives for the PNNA and ANA conventions. Attendees to the ANA Coin conventions will recall the curiously dressed man who put on fantastic demonstrations of ancient Greek, Medieval, and early modern coining techniques.
In most recent years, Greg became well known in numismatic, as well as fantasy gaming, circles for his work with the Shire Post Mint, producing such master works as the "Silver Daler of New Dal", which required more than 340 hours of meticulous, finely detailed engraving of its dies with hand-cut .999 fine silver blanks in authentic 13th century Germanic style. Greg referred to the "Daler of New Dal" as his Magnum Opus and from the date of this issue, he most comfortably referred to himself as "an artist".
Most recently, Greg has been working on dies and coins for the HBO series "Game of Thrones", based on the books by George R.R. Martin, with whom he was working. He completed "The Faceless man token" and was working on other Winterfell coinage at his death.
Artistically, Greg was most active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where he was Ian Cnull (the last name rendered from his mother's maiden name with the 13th century spelling 'Cnulle', from the Welsh Kenele, meaning "clump of oak trees"). In the SCA, which he joined in 1989, he became "the Moneyer of Silberbyrg" or, as he was known to many more simply, "the moneyer dude". He honed his Craft, becoming one of the world's leading ancient coiners. He was made a Journeyman of the Moneyers' Guild of the West at An Tir/West War A.S. 26 (1991) and was the first moneying apprentice in An Tir, studying under Wilhelm Dogget of Windy Vale. The following year, he was recognized as 'guildmaster in An Tir'. His petition for incipient status of Moneyers' Guild of An Tir accepted at May Crown A.S.28 (1994) and he received the Goutte de Sangre at that same event. Later that year, he was made a Master by the Moneyers Guild of the West at An Tir/West War A.S.28, at which event he received the Royal Commission as 'Moneyer to Kings'. His personal device and Moneyers' 'goat' badge was passed by College of Heralds early the following year.
He began minting in the society, issuing as money changer the copper follis of St. Hildegard $1 trade coins ("barak bucks") at second Festival of St. Hildegard and became the money changer, issuing king head silver penny $4 coin at Ducal War A.S. 29 (1995). The Moneyers' Guild of AnTir was officially chartered and Ian/Greg became Minister of the Guild. He introduced 'Byzantine style' gold ('light') tremissis $20 trade coins as well as the gold florin $50 trade at the Thirtieth Year Celebration, June A.S. 31 (1997).
It was Ian/Greg who engraved the matrix for the Kingdom Great Seal, issued in May A.S. 32 (1998) and anyone in the society in AnTir who has received an award from Kingdom since that date bears a wax impression of that seal.
Of his many projects, his most ambitious in the society what his replacement in AS 40 (2006) of the St. Hildegard coppers with actual medieval Chinese coins and his introduction of medieval style Chinese paper money, for which he engraved the wood chops and designed an create the silk threaded paper. He retired from serving as money changer at the end of the following year. He was elevated to the Laurel at September Crown, A.S. 42 (2008).
All of his work is highly collectable and is listed in Krause Catalogue of Unusual World Coins. Two of his coins are on the cover of the present fifth edition.
He enjoyed the company of many apprentices, journeymen and fellow masters and, at his death, was head of the AnTir Branch of the InterKingdom Moneyers Guild.
Club members remember Greg:
Greg, under his Society for Creative Anachronism name, Ian Cnulle, was the official moneyer of the Kingdom of An Tir. Edwin Johnston wrote an article about the coin minting demonstrations Greg organized for the 2009 Portland ANA Convention that year.
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