ABOUT DR. RICHARD S. APPEL

  • Began dealing in rare coins in 1962
  • Member of every major numismatic dealer communication network, connecting all significant rare coin dealers
  • Continuous contributor since 1992 to, “A Guide Book of United States Rare Coins”. First published in 1947, The Red Book is the oldest and most widely used rare coin price guide
  • Author of “Financial Insights”, 1995-2006; a subscription based financial newsletter
  • Instrumental in developing the rare date Liberty Gold Coin market, 1985-1995
  • Author of numerous articles on various rare coin topics in major numismatic publications
  • Prolific and widely followed writer of internet distributed articles discussing financial and economic issues
  • American Numismatic Association (ANA) member since 1973, along with many other numismatic organizations
  • Practiced Optometry, 1970-1985. Retired and sold his practice in 1980 (during this period he maintained two occupations)
  • Founder and First President of the New Jersey Society of Optometry
  • Appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Optometrists by Governor Brendan T. Byrne, 1979
  • Elected Chairman of the New Jersey State Board of Optometrists, 1980
  • His first rare coin investment was in 1957, when he purchased a brilliant uncirculated $5.00 roll of 1955 Philadelphia Roosevelt Dimes. He paid $7.50 for the 50 coins. A few years later his mother needed $2.30 to pay a postman. She apparently had difficulty finding the money so she took 23 of his beautiful coins for payment. Dr. Appel sold the 27 remaining coins in 1964 for $100, and was hooked!