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Donald H. Kagin



Born in Des Moines, Iowa; son of Arthur Kagin. Received B.A. from Northwestern University in 1972. Received Ph.D. from the Union Graduate School in 1979. His B.A. and Ph.D. were the first in the country granted in the field of numismatics. Married Sara Ellen Goldiner October 10, 1976. They have two sons and a daughter. He is a member of the Masons and Shrine. PNG member after 1993. Named a Numismatic Ambassador in 2002.  Received Glenn Smedley Memorial Award in 2002. Elected to the ANA board for 2015-2017. Served as ANA vice president 2017 to 2019. Kagin has had several positions in numismatics:

Hollinbeck-Kagin, part time and seasonal, 1959 to 1972.

Hollinbeck-Kagin, cataloger, 1972 to 1974.

A.M. and Don Kagin, Inc., vice president, 1974 to 1980.

Kagin Numismatic Investment Corp., owner and president, 1980-1984. 

Marin Numismatics, manager, 1987 to 1991.

International Numismatic Exchange, president, 1989 to 1991.

Kagin contributed a column, "As I See It" to Coin World 1980 to 1988. He has also contributed articles to several other publications. Author of Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States issued in 1981 at $29.95. Author of Donald Kagin's Personal Guide to Rare Coin Investments in 1983. Author of Treasury Notes of the War of 1812.

Kagin has appeared in character as “The Oldest Living Pioneer” and “Colonial Man.”

In 2021 he was on the Coin World list of The Most Influential People in Numismatics 1960-2020. He made the list again in 2022.

bio by correspondence, 1991; bio: WWWest 84 profile: NN/WW 2/10/98 (photo).

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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