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Ken Potter became the ninth individual to be inducted into the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America’s Hall of Fame at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in August in Boston.
Potter, who writes about errors for Numismatic News, is 59 years old and began collecting coins in 1959.
He said that he dabbled in variety and error coins almost from the very beginning, but began specializing in 1979 when he discovered a new variety of a Canadian dollar that made front page news in Canada and the United States.
He has served on CONECA’s board of directors and is currently on his fourth consecutive term in the webmaster position.
Also, he is CONECA’s longest serving doubled die attributer (unofficially since 1981 and officially since 1985).
The Numismatic Literary Guild presented him and co-author Brian Allen with an award of Extraordinary Merit for the first edition their book, Strike It Rich With Pocket Change, in 2007, which is now in its second edition.
Another NLG award was given to him in 2008 for his series of articles in Numismatic News on Presidential dollar error coinage, which began in 2007.
His other work has appeared in numerous other hobby periodicals.
He retired from the quality control department of Chrysler’s Sterling, Mich., stamping plant in 2008 after 34 years with the company.