Tom DeLorey

Tom DeLorey's career began at Coin World in the early 1970s where he became editor of the "Collector's Clearinghouse" before joining the staff of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), holding the position of senior authenticator for its certification service from 1981-1984. A prolific writer, Mr. DeLorey is the co-author and technical editor of several books and contributing editor to many numismatic periodicals. His efforts have earned him the ANA's Heath Literary Award on three occasions, the Wayte and Olga Raymond Memorial Award twice, and two Numismatic Literary Guild awards. He is a contributor to both the Guide Book and the Handbook of United States Coins, as well as other standard references. He also remains a consultant to the ANA Authentication Bureau.
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Previously Known 1943-S Doubled Die Cent Discovered to Be Overdate

Previously Known 1943-S Lincoln Cent Doubled Die Cent Discovered to Be Overdate

By Tom DeLorey ...... About 45 years ago, collector Del Romines came into my office at Coin World’s "Collectors Clearinghouse" with two well-worn 1943-P nickels...

The Great U.S. Mint Silver Coin Swindle

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com ..... Most U.S. coin collectors know that the United States Mint continued to pump 1964-dated 90% silver dimes, quarters and...

The Early Days of Numerical Coin Grading

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek ..... Numismatist Ron Guth has very sincerely proposed that the coin industry and the significant Third Party Grading Services (TPG’s)...

Walter Mustain: A Collector Remembered – Video: 11:02

By Tom DeLorey - Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. Walter Mustain was a numismatist of the old school, collecting coins for the fun of it and...

The Phantom 1895 Morgan Dollar

By Tom DeLorey for Harlan J Berk Ltd. ......   The Morgan dollar has long been one of the most popular American coin series, apparently second...
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS, Part Two

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS, Part Two

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek ..... Part I | Part II After calling to let me know that he was coming to Sidney, Ohio to meet...
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service - ANACS

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com .....   Links to Part I | Part II * * * Many collectors nowadays are afraid to buy any coin not already...

Counterfeit Indian Peace Medals

By Thomas K. DeLorey ..... Many U.S. numismatic items have been counterfeited or otherwise imitated over the years, some so often that authenticators such as...

U.S. Coins: The Perfect Alternative, Circulated Coins

by Tom DeLorey - Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. ............... “Circulated Coins: The Perfect Alternative” was originally published in the February 2013 issue of COINage, Volume 49,...

Ten Most Significant U.S. Commemorative Coins

By Thomas K. DeLorey – Copyright – Reprinted with Permission from Harlan J Berk ...... When asked to write an article on the 10 most...

US Coins – The Three Major Eras Of Modern Proof Sets

By Tom DeLorey ..... Having criticized the generic term “The Mint” several times in the past few years for actions which were sometimes the fault...

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