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Our Staff


Robert R. Van Ryzin is an editor at Krause Publications.He edits and produces content for Bank Note Reporter, Coins and Coin Prices magazines.

Bob has been with Krause Publications for 25 years.

He has previously written for other numismatic publishers. Bob has also served as the President of the Numismatists of Wisconsin, and has been a part of many local, regional, and national numismatic groups.

He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he earned a bachelor of the arts degree in Radio, Television, and Film studies, and a master’s degree in History.

Bob has published four books on the history and lore of U.S. coinage, including Crime of 1873: The Comstock Connection (Krause Publications, 2001) and Fascinating Facts, Mysteries and Myths About U.S. Coins (Krause Publications, 2009).

Bob and his wife have two cats, and also enjoy traveling, though the cats have to stay at home.Bob can be reached at robert.vanryzin@fwcommunity.com.


David C. Harper began writing numismatic articles 40 years ago. His first published, bylined piece appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh in 1977 with a bachelor of the sciences degree with a double major in Journalism and Economics.

He joined the numismatic editorial staff of Krause Publications in 1978, and he has served as editor of the weekly Numismatic News for the past 17 years. Of the five numismatic periodical titles published by the firm, Harper has served as editor of four of them more than once. He has twice been editor of Bank Note Reporter, Numismatic News and World Coin News and had three tours of duty as the editor of Coins Magazine. He is currently listed as executive editor of World Coin News, and contributing editor of Bank Note Reporter. He also edits two annual books, North American Coins and Prices and Coin Digest.

A coin collector since the age of 8, Harper writes a weekly column in Numismatic News called “Class of ’63.” The title refers to the year he began collecting coins. He has written a five-day-a-week blog about numismatics called Buzz since April 2007.Dave is currently the president of the Iola and Rural Fire and Ambulance Corp., secretary of the Lake Iola Lake District and chairman of the board of the Iola recycling center. He served as president of the Village of Iola 1999-2006, and served on the village board as a village trustee 1989-1995. In past years he has been president of the Iola-Scandinavia Jaycees, the Iola Lions Club and the Village of Iola Library Board.

During the Iola Old Car Show, held every year on the weekend after the Fourth of July, you will find him cooking hamburgers at the main food building.

Dave can be reached at david.harper@fwcommunity.com.


Thomas Michael is the numismatic market analyst at Krause Publications.

He communicates with, and coordinates the efforts of, 800 contributors to create the price listings that appear not just in the Standard Catalog of World Coins, but nearly every world coin price guide and listing used by Krause Publications. Michael also writes for World Coin News.Tom has been with Krause Publications for 24 years.Prior to his current position, Tom worked as an auditor, banker and book distributor. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor of the arts degree in History, and a master of the arts degree in Economics.

Tom has three boys, although they probably qualify as “young men” now. He is an active supporter of both the Red Cross and the Special Olympics. Tom also has diverse collecting interests, including Archie Comics, Photoplay Editions, late 19th century humor, bookseller and bookstore tokens and ephemera and both handmade and machine made marbles.

Tom can be reached at tom.michael@fwcommunity.com.


MaggieJudkins Maggie Judkins is the  editorial director for F+W’s Numismatics departement.She manages the production and editing of numismatic works like Numismatic News, Numismatic News Express and World Coin News.In addition to that, she’s had experience in online content production, numismatic database work and editing the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Modern Issues 1961 to Date.

She can be reached at maggie.judkins@fwcommunity.com.


Kay Sanders is a data entry specialist at Krause Publications.

She assists in maintaining Krause Publications’ records of coins and paper money from around the world, as well as assisting with the interior layout and design of Krause Publications’ books and magazines.Kay has been with Krause Publications for 13 years, previously serving in graphic design, where she designed book layouts and covers.

Prior to her work with Krause Publications, Kay enjoyed a varied career that included stints as a pharmaceutical technician, cosmetologist and bartender. Kay also currently works as a customer service representative for Lands’ End.

A Wisconsin native, who formerly lived in Colorado, she still enjoys downhill skiing, as well as gardening and collecting moose exonumia.Kay and her husband Bill have two dogs, Buffy, a Cavachon, and Brewer, an American Water Spaniel. They also enjoy frequent visits from their nieces and nephews.

Kay can be reached at kay.sanders@fwcommunity.com.


TracySchmidt01 Tracy Schmidt is the database specialist for F+W’s Numismatics area.

She maintains the entry of new issues and pricing data for the coin and currency databases. In addition, she communicates with experts, mint and engraving officials, and hobbyists from around the world to put together an accurate and detailed pricing reference guide any collector will enjoy.Tracy can be reached at tracy.schmidt@fwcommunity.com.


April Krueger is an advertising consultant at Krause Publications.

A 20-year KP veteran, April works with numismatic customers on their marketing efforts through magazines like Numismatic News, World Coin News and Bank Note Reporter, email newsletters and NumisMaster.com, as well as KP’s other marketing vehicles.April has held a variety of positions during her KP tenure. After working in the customer service department, she supervised magazine retail sales, overseeing distribution of magazines to retail outlets worldwide. She has been an event sales manager for shows such as the Atlantique City antiques show, and most recently worked in advertising sales for KP’s guns and knives group.

April is an avid Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors on her family farm and spending time with family and friends.

She can be reached at april.krueger@fwcommunity.com.


Patti Roberts an ad sales assistant at Krause Publications.

She sorts and monitors information coming in from advertisers to ensure that it is both up to date and accurate. Patti also helps with formatting advertisements, and ensures that they are reproduced faithfully in print or online.Patti has been with Krause Publications for 28 years.

Prior to her current position, she worked in Krause Publications the mail reception and subscriptions department. She has also been a packaging worker at a cheese factory, owned a day care, worked as teller at a bank and was secretary for a U.S. Army recruiter.

In her free time, Patti enjoys taking walks with her dog, reading mysteries, action novels, comedies and historical fiction novels. She also loves attending old car shows with her husband during the summer.

Patti and her husband have three sons, a daughter, two grandsons, a granddaughter, two step-grandsons and a dog.

Patti can be reached at patti.roberts@fwcommunity.com.


Sharon Bartsch is art department manager at F+W Media.

She designs magazines, books and online products across a wide range of topics.Sharon has been with F+W Media for 8 years.

In her free time, Sharon enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Sharon can be reached at sharon.bartsch@fwcommunity.com.