Steven R. Roach, 32, is the new editor of
Coin World, effective May 1.
Roach is the fourth editor to lead the editorial staff in the
52-year history of the numismatic hobby’s leading publication. He
replaces Beth Deisher, whose retirement is effective April 30,
culminating 27 years as editor and 31 years with Coin World.
Steve Collins, vice president, operations, of Amos Hobby
Publishing, announced Roach’s promotion April 23. He said: “The same
forces of innovation and globalization that have reshaped business are
now transforming our niche publishing area and Coin World’s future
will see rapid change in the way content is published and
disseminated. These are exciting times in publishing and with Steve as
editor we are committed to keeping Coin World flexible,
innovative, and open to the very best and most productive ideas.”
He added, “I also want to take this opportunity to thank Beth for
serving as the editor for the past 27 years. An outstanding editor,
she has contributed much to the numismatic community. Over the years
she has been a leader, a terrific advocate for the hobby and a great
co-worker. Style, creativity, passion, integrity, those are just a few
words you could use to describe the qualities Beth brought to work
Roach began regularly writing for Coin World as a monthly
columnist in 2006 and joined the staff full time in 2009 as associate
editor. “I’ve been reading Coin World since I was a 10-year-old coin
collector, so to now lead the publication as it expands its reach and
influence through new media channels is tremendously exciting,” Roach said.
During the past three years he has led the Coin Values
pricing analyst team and has written the weekly Market Analysis
column. In addition, he has covered legislative and legal issues,
including daily coverage of the Langbord 1933 Saint-Gaudens double
eagle trial in July 2011.
His writing for Coin World has been honored with Best
Spot News Story article awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild in
2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010 and 2011 Roach received NLG Best Overall
Roach received his undergraduate degree with high honors in art
history from the University of Michigan. He earned a law degree from
The Ohio State University and, while attending law school, worked as a
coin grader for ANACS when it was located in Columbus, Ohio.
Early in his career Roach served as a senior coin grader and later
as director of the trusts and estates department at Heritage Auctions
in Dallas. He also participated in internships with Spink-America and
Professional Coin Grading Service, and has worked at a local coin shop.
He is a 20-year member of the American Numismatic Association,
which named him Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year in 1997. He
served as a member of the 2000 Michigan State Quarter Design
Commission and as a young numismatist was an active exhibitor, winning
numerous best-of-show awards at the junior and senior levels.
Roach added: “Beth has taught me so much about what it takes to
run a great publication, and I’m immensely grateful for the example
she has provided. I’m excited about introducing a new generation of
coin collectors to this wonderful hobby.” ■