DAVID MACDONALD, California State University, Fresno (BA 1965); University of Minnesota (MA 1968; PhD 1972), is Professor of History at Illinois State University. He has published numerous articles and several books on history, epigraphy, and numismatics. His most recent numismatic publications include: “Thasian Tetradrachms Overstruck on Athenian New Style Tetradrachms,” Nomismatika Cronika 22 (2003); “Sicilian and Southern Italian Overstrikes on Pegasoi,” Nomismatika Cronika 21 (2002); “Macedonian Civic Bronze Overstrikes and Circulation Areas,” Nomismatika Cronika 19 (2000); and The Coinage of Aphrodisias (1992). He is an honorary life member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society and a member of both the Schweizerischen Numismatischen Gesellschaft and the American Numismatic Society.
GEORGE MACDONALD was a Scottish author and minister, and numismatist, best known for his fairy tales and fantasy novels. A theologian, MacDonald was pastor of Trinity Congregational Church in Arundel before moving to London to teach at the University of London. MacDonald's work influenced many fantasy writers including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L'Engle; he is recognized as a mentor to Lewis Carroll and heavily influenced Carroll's decision to submit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for publication. MacDonald was a prolific writer and penned such fantasy classics as Phantastes, The Princess and the Goblin, and Lillith. George MacDonald died in 1905.