The Joys of Collecting column from March 21, 2016, Weekly issue of
When Augustus B. Sage founded the American Numismatic
Society in 1858, he was all of 16 years of age. By age 17, Sage
wrote coin columns for a New York City newspaper and issued medals.
This prompts me to think about today. If you check the biographies
of leaders among professional numismatists you will find that most of
them began at a young age. Ken Goldman started collecting at age 7 and
ordered his first Proof sets from the Mint at age 9. John Kraljevich
discovered the world’s greatest hobby at the age of 10. I was a late
bloomer at age 13. A list of other teens who became dealers when
teenagers or not far removed would include (but hardly be limited to)
these in business today:
John Albanese, Kenneth Bressett, Jim Carr, John Dannreuther, Silvano
DeGenova, Tom DeLorey, John Feigenbaum, Dennis Forgue, Arthur
Friedberg, Michael Fuljenz, David Ganz, Jeff Garrett, Ron Gillio, Ira
Goldberg, Larry Goldberg, Tom Hallenbeck, David Hall, Jon Hanson,
David Harper, Ken Goldman, Jim Halperin, John Hamrick, Bob Harwell,
David Hendrickson, Leon Hendrickson, Bob Hughes, Steve Ivy, Don Kagin,
Lyn Knight, Bruce Kutcher, David Lange, Richard Lecce, Julian Leidman,
Stuart Levine, Kevin Lipton, Richard Lobel, Steve Markoff, Wayde
Milas, Lee Minshull, Richard Nachbar, Chris Napolitano, Casey Noxon,
Paul Nugget, Kyle Ponterio, Wayne Pratali, Dan Ratner, Joel Rettew,
Steve Roach, Greg Roberts, Greg Rohan, John Rowe, Rick Snow, Harvey
Stack, Larry Stack, Eric Streiner, Barry Stuppler, David Sundman, Tony
Terranova, Warren Tucker, and Kerry Wetterstrom.
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There are so many dealers nationwide that I don’t know personally,
and I imagine this list could be multiplied many times if all were
included. Just listing these made me stop and think: today in 2016,
are swarms of teenagers becoming coin dealers?
Time was when young Turks, as some called them, would spread out all
over the bourse floor at shows and pick up bargains. The dynamics of
teenagers might be worth emphasizing today more than we do, with a nod
to the Young Numismatists group of the American Numismatic Association.
Yes, this series of columns is about the American Numismatic
Society, but if you are a constant reader of my column, you know I
like to take side trips.
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