In the final days of the 2017 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, Kevin Lipton and the late David Proskey joined the list of numismatists that comprise the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame.
“It’s important that we acknowledge those who have made tremendous contributions to the industry and the hobby we love,” said Ron Guth, PCGS CoinFacts president. “Kevin Lipton and David Proskey did just that.”
Lipton started buying and selling coins at age 13. At 17 years of age, he started his own company, Kevin Lipton Rare Coins, and was one of the major players in the rare coin market, taking part in many of the largest deals of the era. In 2000, Lipton was the recipient of the PNG’s Sol Kaplan Award for his help in ridding the profession of fraud and thievery, and in 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the PNG.
PCGS describes Proskey as one of the unsung heroes of numismatics from the late 1800s through the turn of the century and beyond. He was a coin dealer, stamp expert, mineralogist, researcher and active writer from 1873 until the time of his death in 1928. Born in 1853, the collecting bug hit Proskey early, and in 1877 he went to work for Scott & Company as head of its coin and medal department and as editor of the Coin Collector’s Journal. Proskey would go on to found the New York Coin & Stamp Company with Harlan Page Smith.
“There’s a common theme with both of this year’s inductees: they began their prodigious numismatics journey at an early age, then went on to make amazing contributions in the field,” said David Hall, president of Collectors Universe and co-founder of PCGS. “It’s an honor to have these men join such a celebrated list.”
Each year, the 29-member PCGS CoinFacts Board of Experts, in addition to all living members of the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame, vote on potential inductees.
PCGS CoinFacts is an online source for historical U.S. numismatic information.
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