Wayne Sayles has been a professional numismatist since 1965, specializing in ancient coins since 1967. Following a career with the USAF as a Communications Officer, he earned a Masters degree in Art History at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1986—focussing on ancient numismatics. That same year, he founded The Celator — a monthly journal about ancient coins that enjoyed 25 consecutive years of publication. 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 Ömer Diler. More recently, his "Classical Revival in 12th Century Jazira: Religion—Humanism on Contemporary Coins" appears in the anthology Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power, Brepols, 2015, Susan Solway, ed.
Wayne is a Life Fellow of the American Numismatic Society; Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (London); Life Member of the Hellenic Numismatic Society (Athens), the American Israel Numismatic Society, the Ozark County Genealogical and Historical Society and two military professional organizations. He is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild, and an honorary member of several coin clubs in various states. Wayne founded and is 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." He has on seven occasions presented oral testimony before the U.S. State Department's Cultural Property Advisory Committee in Washington, DC. He 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 won several Numismatic Literary Guild competetive awards. In 2011, he founded the Ancient Numismatics Research Institute at Gainesville, Missouri. He is a recipient of the prestigious "Numismatic Ambassador" award from Krause Publications, and was honored by KP in 2007 as one of the 55 "Most Intriguing People in Numismatics". He received the ANA Presidential Award in 2010 and was honored in 2012 with the ANA's Glenn Smedley Memorial Award. He has been a biographee in Marquis, Who's Who in America since 2006 and in Who's Who in the World, since 2007. In addition to his interest in ancient coins and cultures, Wayne is founder and Archivist of the 416th Bomb Group Archive, a non-profit institution dedicated to preservation of the memory and history of this WWII Army Air Corps unit. In 2013, he was designated an Honorary Veteran of the group and honorary "Command Pilot" by the unit's survivors gathered at their annual reunion.