“J. Z. Eglinton” was a nom de plume of Walter Breen (1928-1993), an America numismatist and writer on pederasty. He is best known among coin collectors for compiling a standard reference work, “Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins. "Breen numbers," stemming from his encyclopedia, are commonly used to attribute varieties of coins. Together with his wife Marion Zimmer Bradley (1930-1999), he was active in the science-fiction community.
A foundling discovered in San Antonio, Breen earned his B.A. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1952. He acquired an M.A. at the University of California in 1966. At various times he dabbled in the occult, claiming to be able to predict future events.
Breen was an avid and resourceful student of the history of homosexuality and pederasty. He received significant assistance from Warren Johansson in creating his magnum opus on this subject, published under the name J. Z. Eglinton: “Greek Love” (1964).
In keeping with his scholarly and personal inclinations Breen was a leading member of NAMBLA. In 1990 he was arrested on child molestation charges, and offered a plea bargain, which resulted in three years' probation. In 1991, however, he was charged with eight felony counts of child molestation involving a 13-year-old boy. Diagnosed with liver cancer in 1992, Breen was nevertheless sentenced to ten years’ confinement. He died in prison in Chino, California on April 22, 1993.
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