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Donn Allan Pearlman


Born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Northern Illinois University and Kansas University 1964 to 1969. Married Frances Jakubowich January 25, 1969. They have a son.

Employed as a broadcast journalist 1964 to 1996. He produced and narrated "Coin Collectors' Corner" on WBBM radio in Chicago from April 1982 through August 1989. In 1977 he received the PNG Sol Kaplan Award for Outstanding Service to Numismatics. It was presented for a series of investigative reports on suspected overgrading by mail order dealers.

Pearlman collects Connecticut coppers 1785-1788. One reason is "because they're not listed on the Grey Sheet."

Pearlman was elected to the ANA board of governors in 1989. He was the publicity chairman for the 100th anniversary ANA convention in Chicago in 1991. He has served as president of the Morton Grove (IL) Coin Club 1979 to 1980. He has been publicity coordinator for the Chicago International Coin Fair.

PNG affiliated member after 1990. He is a member of the Numismatic Literary Guild. He served on the NLG board of directors 1981 to 1989. Between 1978 and 1989 he was master of ceremonies for the annual NLG Bash ten times. In 1984 he received the NLG "Clemy" Award. In 2017 he was awarded the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing.

As a writer he has contributed articles to Coin World, Coins, Coinage, Numismatic News, World Coin News and the Australian Coin Review. He was contributing editor for The American Collector 1977 to 1980 and The Collector-Investor 1980 to 1982. From 1987 to 2006 he had a regular column "Pearlman's People" in The Numismatist.

Pearlman is the author of four books:

Breaking into Broadcasting in 1986 @ $15.95.

Collecting Baseball Cards in 1987 @ $6.95 with two later editions.

Making Money With Baseball Cards A Handbook of Insider Secrets & Strategies with Paul Green in 1989 @ $7.95.

Best Buys in Rare Coins: What Expert Dealers and Collectors Advise in 1990 @ $8.95.

In 2023 he was on the Coin World list of 100 Most Influential People in Numismatics.

bio by correspondence, 1991 profile: CW 1/10/92

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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