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Started collecting at age 5; worked for a dealer at 16; Co-Owner of Coins Plus in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1981. Married to Michelle with two children.

Vice President and later President of John Reich Collectors Society; editor of the John Reich Journal. Frequent speaker on numismatics. Presented “Circulating Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars. 1807-1839” with Keith Davignon at 1998 Coinage of the Americas Conference. He received the Glenn Smedley Award in 2007. He was named Harry J. Foreman Dealer of the year in 2013. Named a Numismatic Ambassador in 2017. Inducted into the JRCS Hall of Fame in 2018. Member of the Rittenhouse Society.

He contributes ‘Designs of the Times’ to Coin World.

Auctioneer for Cincinnati Art Galleries 1991 to 2009; auctioneer for Bowers and Merena and Superior Galleries; auctioneer for Young Numismatist (YN) auctions and club auctions including EAC and NBS. 

He was named a Numismatic Ambassador in 2017. PNG member after 2009. 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.

Profile NN:WW 5/27/1997 (photo); PNG Newsletter Sept 2009 (photo); bio by email 3/12/10


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    M. J. Sullivan Collection / Pre-Turban Half Dollars / Major Type & Late Die States [Fixed Price List] 4/1/2022

    M. J. Sullivan Collection / Pre-Turban Half Dollars / Major Type & Late Die States [Fixed Price List]

    M.J. Sullivan has been collecting early silver United States silver with a focus on Bust Dimes, Pre-Turban Half Dollars and Bust Dollars for nearly 15-years. Sullivan initially focused on Bust Dollars, which continues to be a highlight of his collecting activities. As the availability of high grade, condition census, and rare Bust Dollars declined as his collection advanced, he began assembling the Pre-Turban Half Dollars presented in this catalogue.

    This collection of Pre-Turban Half Dollars (1794-1807) was assembled over the last decade with a focus on PCGS certified, original surfaces, eye appealing quality coins.  The collection was developed with two themes:  1) Visually eye catching ultra-late die states or 2) Premium quality, higher grade major type coins. In addition, he collected many R-5 and R-6 rarities which appeal to the advanced collector. 

    35 lots.

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