David Alexander

David Alexander has been an avid coin enthusiast since the age of nine. He has spent most of his professional life immersed in numismatics, writing for Coin World for several decades, and is an expert cataloger with a specialty in world coins and medals. A Life Member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Alexander has received numerous accolades over the course of his career, including the ANA's Glenn B. Smedley Award and the Silver Medal of Merit. In 2013, Alexander was named ANA Numismatist of the Year. Alexander is also the founder of the Medal Collectors of America and is a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society (ANS).
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The Roosevelt dime was the subject of two interesting controversies. Image: CoinWeek.

The Roosevelt Dime – Stolen Design or Communist Plot?

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek .....   Most circulating United States coins have received their share of negative press when first issued. This includes the...
Coin Market In-Depth: Remembering the Apostrophe Sales, 1978-1990

Coin Market In-Depth: Remembering the Apostrophe Sales, 1978-1990

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ..... The Background Numismatic auctions in the U.S. were an integral part of the coin collecting scene since the 1850s....

From the Book Stacks: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ..... 100 Greatest Modern World Coins By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker; Foreword by Donald Scarinci.   Whitman Publishing LLC, 160 pages,...
Confronting Dr. William H. Sheldon, early american copper, large cent collector, author of Penny Whimsy - by David T. Alexander

Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek .....   Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898, and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for...

The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek .....   In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote...

ANA 2018 Summer Seminar “The Medal in America” Is Firing Up

By David T. Alexander and Dr. David Menchell ..... Highlighting its educational mission for more than three decades, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has offered...

The Confederacy in American Life; on American Coins

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ..... Rewriting history is a great temptation to ideologues of left and right, but recalls the old child’s prayer...

10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 2

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ..... In Part One, I discussed the beginnings of popular coin collecting in America in the late 1850s. I...

10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 1

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ..... Selecting with absolute precision 10 of the greatest moments in the history of coin collecting in the United...

They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ....   The continuous drumbeat of politics throughout the United States in 2015-2016 should have directed collectors to one of...

Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek .....   Historians state that “Everybody was Somebody” in the small population of the 13 colonies at the time of...
Robert Bashlow

Robert Bashlow

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ....   THE CAST OF CHARACTERS in American Numismatics over the last century-and-a-half has included many an odd personality, whether...

Coins of Dark Days: World War II in Occupied Europe

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek....   May 8, 1945 was VE Day, "Victory in Europe" Day, which marked the end of fighting on the continent...

Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek....   Few figures involved in the world of 20th-century commercial numismatics made as great an impression in their day as...

A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek....   For generations he was among America’s best-known professional numismatists and was widely eulogized upon his death on July 18,...

The Last Coins of the Holy Roman Empire

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek.... The last of things have a poignancy all their own, from the passing of the last Civil War veteran...

First Read: Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society, 1865-2014.

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….  Essay by David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek.... Medallic Art of the...

Should You Collect Medals? Part II: World Medals

By David Thomason Alexander - Founder, Medal Collectors of America for CoinWeek.... As the first part of this review demonstrated, medal collecting in the United...

Should You Collect Medals?

By David Thomason Alexander, Founder of Medal Collectors of America for Coinweek....   Medals remain a mystery to many American coin collectors in 2015. Part of the...

First Read: Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature... Essay by David Thomason Alexander, Founder Medal Collectors of America...

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