John Kraljevich is striking out on his own, starting a numismatic business named John Kraljevich Americana and Numismatics.
?As a wide-eyed boy of 11 years, I resolved that by the age of 30 I?d be either the Phillies starting third baseman or an independent professional numismatist,? Kraljevich said, citing Q. David Bowers as a role model and mentor.
Kraljevich?s new firm will be based in New York City and specialize in early American historical items. In particular, he intends to work with Colonial, pre-federal, and early U.S. Mint coins up to the introduction of steam; early American paper money; American historical medals and unusual paper and metallic Americana.
Consulting, research and auction representation will also be offered.
Kraljevich has been a numismatist since early youth, and for the past several years worked as a cataloger for firms such as Stack?s, American Numismatic Rarities, Bowers and Merena, and McCawley and Grellman Auctions.
?My life has revolved around numismatics since my youth,? Kraljevich said. ?The pursuit dovetailed nicely with my passion for American history and the joy I?ve always found in treasure hunting.?
A Web site at www.jkamericana.com is being built and will include listings of items for sale, research articles and commentary.
Mailing address will be John Kraljevich Americana, Ansonia Station, P.O. Box 237188, New York, NY 10023-7188.
Kraljevich said that, at present, the best method of contacting him is e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.