Steve Roach

The Art of Collecting

Steve Roach

Steve Roach, Coin World’s editor-at-large, 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, nearly three years at a major coin wholesaler and a stint as a paintings specialist at an international auction house have given Steve a rich understanding of the hobby, its market and the unique personalities and exceptional objects that make collecting meaningful. He joined Coin World in 2006 as a columnist, and has served as associate editor and editor-in-chief. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan, a juris doctorate from the Ohio State University and is a Certified Member of the International Society of Appraisers.

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Social media, especially Facebook, give us at Coin World a different perspective on what we publish as they allow our stories to reach out to an audience beyond our subscription base (and often beyond the coin collecting community).

It’s tough for us to predict what will generate discussions. Stories on silver American Eagles and Morgan dollars are always popular, but so are ones that tie into news and current events. 

For example, on Jan. 19 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — we revisited a question we asked our audience in July 2014: Should MLK replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill?  

The resulting comments were wide-ranging. 

Some were thoughtful and logical, some were emotional. A few were indifferent (yet took the time to share that indifference) and others were irreverent (evidenced by a brief debate on whether Garth Brooks or Carrie Underwood was more deserving). 

Social media allow us to have a type of conversation with our readers that is enlightening in showcasing the wide range of our audience and their views. 

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Just read Jeff Starcks prelude to attending the Berlin show. Comments and suggestions follow:

1. Jeff, Quit reading everything off a teleprompter in your video clip, it is disconcerting.
2. Find out what type of price guides are available, in English, for American collectors hopelessly looking
for a CDN type publication which does not exist,,,and should. ( Hello. CDN!!! Get with it. You guys have done
very little new for a very long time and heres your opportunity to grab the European bull by the horns and show some
3. Increasing interest and investment in World Coins in U.S.A is obvious but not being picked up fast enough
in the U.S to convert it into full fledged industry even though auctions are setting great new price levels
and the auctioneers are doing a great job describing foreign rarities includin, Kuenker, Stacks/Bowers, Heritage,
and also providing prices realized.

Good luck in Berlin. We U.S. collectors need more meat on the bone for world coins. WCW should try and publish a top 100 list by major European countries to show the changes in prices of most popular coins, A guide on how to grade these coins would also be welcome, and basically any other efforts to start legitimizing and expanding this emerging growth sector. Frankly, world coins are far more interesting historically than U.S. coins are today which have been covered forever by numismatic publications and the stories are repetitive, tiring, and sometimes illuminating. On balance, Europe has a richer history that has not been as well covered editorially.