On Aug. 18, David W. Akers, John Love and Harvey G. Stack were inducted as the second class to enter the PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the PCGS Set RegistrySM awards luncheon held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s Chicago World’s Fair of Money.
“The Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to recognize outstanding dealers, past and present, who have handled the greatest coins and collections, and who have made the most significant contributions to numismatics,” said David Hall, PCGS co-founder and president of Collectors Universe, Inc.
David Akers started collecting coins in 1949 and became a full-time coin dealer in 1971. He was president of Paramount International Coin Corp. and was instrumental in Paramount’s purchase and sale of the Dr. John E. Wilkinson collection of gold U.S. patterns. Akers produced the definitive book on those rarities, along with a six-volume analysis of U.S. gold coins. He conducted numerous important auctions, including the three-part sale of the John J. Pittman collection.
“David Akers is considered one of the top rare gold experts of all-time,” said Hall.
He is also one of only two dealers to ever receive all three of the Professional Numismatists Guild’s three top honors: the Robert Friedberg Literary award, the Abe Kosoff Founders award, and the PNG Lifetime Achievement award.
John Love began selling silver dollars from his shop in Cut Bank, Mont., in 1962. By 1964, he was attending national coin shows and soon became one of the biggest buyers and sellers of silver dollars. He was involved in nearly all of the most famous silver dollar deals, including the two largest ever: the LaVere Redfield estate and the Continental Illinois Bank hoard.
“John Love has literally had a 50-year run of being the ‘go-to guy’ for uncirculated Morgan and Peace dollars,” said Hall. “He is quite simply, ‘Mr. Silver Dollar.’”
Hall described Harvey Stack as “an industry leader whose contributions to the hobby and profession have been profound.”
Many of the great “name” sales of the past 75 years were handled by Stack and his family, including Anderson-Dupont, H.R. Lee (duplicates from the Louis Eliasberg collection), Floyd Starr, Harold Bareford, Jimmy Hayes, John Ford and hundreds of other collections.
Stack has served as an expert witness for governmental agencies, world banks and law enforcement agencies around the world. He assisted in the development of the first American Numismatic Association Grading Guide and is a past recipient of the association’s Medal of Merit. He served as president of the Professional Numismatists Guild from 1990 to 1991 and was awarded their Founders Award twice.
Akers, Love and Stack join the six inaugural PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealers Hall of Fame members announced last year: Q. David Bowers, brothers Henry and Samuel Hudson Chapman, B. Max Mehl, Wayte Raymond and W. Elliot Woodward.
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