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Why This YN Loves Early U.S. Gold Coins


Trevor Kevorkian is a 15-year-old young numismatist who is passionate about early United States gold coinage. Courtesy of Trevor Kevorkian. Click image to enlarge.

My name is Trevor Kevorkian, and I am a 15-year-old young numismatist from San Diego, California. For as long as I can remember, I've had an infatuation with history. As a young kid I spent my late nights watching history documentaries instead of cartoons.

When I was four years old, my father opened a coin shop in our area. Being the ambitious and curious kid that I was, it was not long until I was fully invested in coins. My weekends were spent at local coin shows, and summer days were spent in the shop, watching my dad and absorbing knowledge from him as he interacted with consumers throughout the day.

My interests started to get serious around the age of nine or 10. It was at this point that I found a special interest in early American coinage because of how I connected them to history. I began to study them intently. Within my studies, I went on many different paths, which eventually led me to find that my true passion lay in pre-1834 U.S. gold coins.

It was my dad who really lit the fuse when it came to early gold. He has collected it since before I was born, and he was able to teach me much about early gold coins. After that I went to great efforts to make early gold my main numismatic focus. I found tremendous amounts of knowledge from auction catalogs that contained some of the greatest collections ever assembled, such as those bearing the names of Pogue, Garrett, and Eliasberg. And when I started attending coin shows, I was able to speak with and pick the brains of some of the foremost experts within the industry on early gold.

Trevor Kevorkian believes classically rare early U.S. gold coins such as the 1796 Draped Bust No Stars Quarter Eagle, seen here, represent the exquisite marriage of rarity and beauty. Courtesy of PCGS TrueView. Click image to enlarge.

So why do I love early gold? I feel that it embodies the history of the early United States. When I hold an early gold coin, I think about the places it might have been or who had handled it in its lifetime. Take a 1799 Draped Bust Eagle as an example. It might have been used by George Washington before his death. I find it amazing that the piece has survived over 200 years of turbulence in the United States without being melted or lost. More so than any other type of United States coinage, early gold never fails to provoke deep thoughts – both numismatic and historical.

Another reason I love early gold is its rarity. Although these classic coins have such an illustrious history, one must not forget how rare these pieces are. Many early gold coins might be referred to as classic rarities; this means they have been recognized as rare and special, oftentimes since the mid-1800s. Coins such as the 1796 Draped Bust No Stars Quarter Eagle and 1815 Capped Bust Half Eagle represent extreme rarity while also carrying, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful designs that the United States ever produced.

Early gold really is the whole package. It combines early American history with beauty and rarity that has been long recognized. I encourage anybody reading this article to explore early gold, as I truly believe it represents the pinnacle of U.S. coinage.

Young Numismatist

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