Career Achievements & Qualifications: Assembled one of the most complete and high grade collections of heraldic eagle half dollars by Overton variety. Assembled an extensive collection of early half dollars from 1794-1838 in high grade and rare variety. Member of ANA for over 35 years, member JRCS. Completed the ANA educational courses and awarded the Numismatic Scholar Diploma.
Personal: Started collecting at a very early age, when I was given some Indian Cents and Silver Dollars by my grandmother. Then I started going through my mother’s change, and started a collection of walking liberty halves, many of which I still have today. To complete my set and expand my collection in general, I discovered coin dealers. I visited some local shops in Brooklyn, and also bought some coins by mail order through coin magazines. Sometime in the mid 70’s I discovered Stacks, and that was a real game changer. I loved going to the store and looking through rolls of BU walkers before slabbing was invented! How else could I get prooflike branch mint coins for the same price as any other BU! I still have that walker set. I bought my first 1795 half dollar from Stacks, and went on to purchase the majority of my collection from Stacks, and Bowers and Merena by auction or retail. Marriage, kids, a house, and college all competed for my coin money, and they all seemed to win every time. Although I was able to keep the collection, I didn’t do much to add to it. However being on a limited budget I started collection the other end of the spectrum, cull bust halves. I hoarded them by the roll! I had so many that I decided to put together a date set and filled a blue Whitman album of 1807-1839 bust halves, every one with a hole. This set, a true labor of love took almost 30 years to complete, as you can imagine how hard it was to find an 1836 reeded edge with a hole. About 5 years ago I re-entered the coin business professionally, working in South Florida until I recently moved back to New York to join StacksBowers. I know that no one ever moves from Florida to New York, but I love this store too much, it brings back such great memories, that I could not pass up the opportunity to be here. My collecting passion is not just limited to coins. I also collect old telephones, radios, toasters, electric fans, toys, and anything interesting in early technology.
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