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Bruce Smith to join Stack’s Bowers Galleries as Director of Client Placement and Acquisitions


Santa Ana, CA. — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that Bruce Smith, a 20-year veteran in numismatics, has joined the company and will be operating out of the firm’s Southern California headquarters.

Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has focused on developing portfolios of noteworthy rare coin properties and precious metals for his clients. Of particular interest have been coins of significant historical importance.

Mr. Smith has handled many, if not most, of the 100 greatest U.S. coins, including the sale of the Olsen specimen of the famed 1913 Liberty Head nickel. Additionally, on behalf of clients, he assembled the finest 14-coin U.S. gold set ever collected, as well as the finest 15-coin 1864 Civil War Proof set.

“I am thrilled to welcome Bruce to our team,” said Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. “I have had the pleasure of working with Bruce over the past several years. His passion for and knowledge of numismatics make him a welcome addition to our industry-leading team. He will be a tremendous resource for our valued clients.”

Bruce Smith.

Mr. Smith will be tasked with expanding upon Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ mission to maintain high levels of personal service. This will include highlighting opportunities within traditional auction formats, as well as utilizing Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ proprietary knowledge, network, and reach within the coin market to provide private treaty opportunities to clientele.

In addition to numismatics, Mr. Smith has a great depth of experience in other collectible assets, including handling items by Picasso, Rembrandt, Pollock, and more.

“It is my distinct honor to have joined the most enduring and respected auction company in the numismatic market,” said Smith.  “With nearly a 100-year legacy of handling the most revered numismatic collections and assets, no other firm can compare to Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ research expertise, customer base, and transactional insight. Given these resources, I could not be more delighted with my new role assisting clients with their collections.”

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections: The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer, and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.

Press release courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.


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