12-year-old collector Garrett Ziss gaining recognition in world of Capped Bust halves

Penning articles for John Reich Journal
By , Coin World
Published : 11/21/14
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Pennsylvania collector Garrett Ziss attended his first coin show at age 9, two years after developing an interest numismatics.

Now 12, the budding numismatist is contributing research articles to the John Reich Journal, the official print journal of the John Reich Collectors Society. He’s also participating in discussions on the JRCS’s weekly email outlet, JR Newsletter.

When I first met Garrett at the U.S. Mint booth during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia in 2012, U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Joseph F. Menna was illustrating the intricacies of digitally sculpturing U.S. coins and medals.

Garrett was extremely attentive to Menna, and genuinely intrigued. It is often said that young people are the future of numismatics. Garrett is definitely part of the hobby’s future, based on his demonstrated interest.

It was during the 2012 ANA convention, his first coin show, that the numismatic sparks for Garrett really began to ignite.

Garrett attended the free Young Numismatist activities at the convention, which included a YN auction of donated numismatic items. 

Conducting the auction was Bradley S. Karoleff from Coins +, JRCS president and John Reich Journal editor.

Karoleff witnessed the interest Garrett showed in Bust half dollars, which is also Karoleff’s specialty. Karoleff said he invited Garrett and his parents to attend a JRCS meeting, which he did at the 2014 ANA convention. Garrett is now a JRCS member.

“Garrett has always shown an interest in the early half dollars,” Karoleff said, and the dealer and other adult specialists have encouraged the young collector’s interests.

Karoleff noted that Garrett belongs to the Wilmington Coin Club in Delaware, where celebrated numismatist and author Jules Reiver, who died in 2004, was a longtime member.

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