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A consummate collector and dedicated numismatist, Van Simmons, President of David Hall Rare Coins, has earned his place in the rare coin pantheon as the leading coin merchant of his time. He specializes in portfolio construction, set building and helping clients acquire the world’s finest rare coins. Porter asks Van what his favorite thing is to collect right now and he explains why he consistently looks for "cross collectability". Van also gives us tips on investing in rare collectibles and shares his top secrets to coin investing and buying and holding rare coins. - interviewed by Aaron Brabham and Porter Stansberry
As partner and president of David Hall Rare Coins, he is held in highest regard by his clientele, many of whom have been with him for over 30 years. He is respected by his peers for both his knowledge and reputation for integrity.
"I have known Van for over a decade, referred many clients to him and traded coins with him myself," said Adrian Day, Editor of the Investment Analyst. "He is thoroughly knowledgeable and ethical, and always a pleasure to deal with."
Van has been a rare coin collector since age 12 and a rare coin dealer since 1979. As one of the founders of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the largest rare coin grading service in the world, he has helped revolutionize the rare coin market. PCGS has graded and certified over 23 million coins over the last 26 years. PCGS has over 1200 authorized dealers world wide who sell their product.
PCGS is now under the umbrella of Collectors Universe CLCT which trades on the Nasdaq Exchange. Van sits on the board of directors for the company and holds a certification as an Advanced Professional Director with the Corporate Directors Group. He also sits on the Governance Committee for the company. Collectors Universe has several different companies that it owns, along with PCGS they also own PSA , Professional Sports Authority. PSA grades and authenticates sports cards, PSA currently has over 1000 authorized dealers within it’s network.
He has also won acclaim as a collectibles dealer in sports cards and memorabilia, rare firearms, Western memorabilia and collectible knives. His personal collections run the gamut from antique golf clubs to firearms, from English pottery to Bowie knives, from American and French art glass to Western Americana.
Even with this wide range of interests, Van’s number one collecting passion remains rare coins. His fascination with the beauty, rarity and historical significance of coins has been a lifelong pursuit.
Van was a co founder of Collectors Universe (CLCT) a publically traded company which trades on the Nasdaq Exchange. He holds a seat on the Board of Directors, Van also holds a certificate “Advanced Professional Director” with the Corporate Directors Group.