PCGS Coin Dealer Hall of Fame adds two iconic U.S. numismatists

Earlier this month, two more renowned numismatists joined the ranks of the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.

In the final days of this year’s World’s Fair of Money, during the PCGS Set Registry Luncheon, Kevin Lipton and the late David Proskey joined the esteemed list of numismatists that comprise the Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.

“It’s important that we acknowledge those who have made tremendous contributions to the industry and the hobby we love,” said PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth on Aug. 4. “Kevin Lipton and David Proskey did just that. The Hall of Fame has been adding prestigious names from throughout numismatics since 2010, and we look forward to adding many more in the years to come.”

KEVIN LIPTON (1959-)

Lipton started buying and selling coins at age 13 and within a few years earned a reputation as one of the great numismatic prodigies. At only 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 Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) Sol Kaplan Award for his help in cleansing the profession of fraud and thievery, and in 2012, he was given a Life Time Achievement Award by PNG at the young age of 53.

An unsung hero of numismatics, David Proskey’s name was recently added to the list of celebrated numismatists in the PCGS Hall of Fame.

DAVID PROSKEY (1853-1928)

Proskey was 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 their 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, where the two conducted a number of significant auction sales. Proskey amassed an incredible collection over the years, and Stack’s sold it in several parts, beginning in 1939.

“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. It’s an honor to have these men join such a celebrated list,” said Collectors Universe President and PCGS co-founder David Hall.

Each year, the 29-member PCGS CoinFacts board of experts, in addition to all living members of the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame, vote on potential inductees. For more information, visit pcgs.com/pcgscoinfacts/coindealerhof.

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