Steve Roach

The Art of Collecting

Steve Roach

Steve Roach, editor-in-chief, joined Coin World as a monthly columnist in 2006. Steve has been deeply involved with numismatics for more than 20 years, starting as a young coin collector in Michigan. Two years spent as a coin grader at ANACS, nearly three years at Heritage Auctions, and a stint as a paintings specialist at Christie's have given Steve a rich understanding of the hobby, its market and the unique personalities and exceptional objects that make collecting meaningful. Since 2009 he’s written Coin World’s weekly market analysis pieces and has handled legal stories including daily coverage of the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle trial, and as editor he writes weekly editorials.

He’s taught coin grading and authentication for the American Numismatic Association and was its ANA young numismatist of the year in 1997. He currently sits on the board of directors of the International Society of Appraisers and is a frequent speaker around the country on legal issues related to, and the valuation of, rare coins and fine art. Steve received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan with high honors in art history and his juris doctorate from Ohio State University.

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Remembering Debbie and those who make our hobby better

Our hobby is filled with many people who work behind the scenes, keeping the coin collecting hobby vibrant and the rare coin industry running smoothly. 

Their contributions aren’t visible to collectors, but their work is essential. 

Debbie Rexing was one of those people. She passed away on June 19, and with her passing, the hobby loses one of its most wonderful individuals. 

She was just 52 years old and leaves behind three children she loved very much. 

I had the pleasure of knowing Debbie for more than 15 years; she was in the marketing department when I spent summers working at Heritage as a teenager. She rose to vice president of Sales and Marketing.

Her professional competence in keeping Heritage’s massive auction machine running was well-known, but she also brought a caring, personal element to every person she came in contact with. She remembered details, she cared about people, and she brought a tremendous amount of joy to those around her. 

Her friend Brenda Wyen put it perfectly when she said to me, “It is difficult to put Debbie into words. It is rare to find a person who has so many wonderful attributes.”

Major coin shows, and our hobby won’t be the same without Debbie, with her laugh and seemingly ever-present smile.

Her joie de vivre will be missed. 
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