Born in Akron, Ohio. Attended Rutgers University for one year. Coin dealer after 1978. Married with a family.
Employed at Raab Coin Shop. An original founder of Professional Coin Grading Service in 1986. Founder with Mark Salzberg of the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC) in 1988. Co-founder of California Gold Marketing Group. Founder of Intercept Shield. Founder of Certified Acceptance Corp (CAC) in 2007. PNG member after 2011.
In 2021 he was on the Coin World list of The Most Influential People in Numismatics 1960-2020.
Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies