I have spent much of my life in the field of numismatics. I began collecting coins at the age of seven, and by the time I was ten years old, I was buying and selling coins at conventions in the New York City area. I joined the American Numismatic Association in 1972 at the age of thirteen – and took my first table at a coin show before my fourteenth birthday.
After graduating from college with a degree in English, I joined Steve Ivy Rare Coins in Texas. From 1982 through 1985, I served as the Director of Research. I was responsible for writing auction catalogs, producing fixed price lists, researching rare and unusual coins in stock, and selling rarer date coins. It was at this time that I became keenly interested in rare 18th and 19th century United States gold coins.
I left in 1985 to begin my firm: Douglas Winter Consulting.
This company specialized in performing research for other coin companies. Some of my clients included Sotheby’s, Superior, Christie’s, Mid American Rare Coin Auctions, and R.M. Smythe.
In 1989, I founded Douglas Winter Numismatics. This firm specializes in buying and selling choice and rare United States gold coins. By 1992, it was recognized as one of the leading specialized numismatic firms in the area.
I have a long and varied background in numismatics. I have been a contributor to the following reference books:
- “A Guidebook of United States Coins” (also known as the “Redbook”) – I have been a contributor since 1983
- Walter Breen’s “Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Coins”
- Q. David Bowers’ “Encyclopedia of United States Silver Dollars”
- Andrew Pollock’s “United States Pattern and Related Issues”
I have the following professional affiliations:
- Professional Numismatists Guild: Member #399. I became a member of this organization in 1988.
- American Numismatic Association: Member #76321. I have been a member since 1973. I was an instructor at the ANA Summer Seminar in 1998 and again in 2000 and 2003 (teaching a class on United States gold coins).
- I was awarded a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation by the ANA in 1996 in recognition of my work for the organization.
- American Numismatic Society: I have been a member since 1981.
- Numismatic Literary Guild: I have been a member since 1983. I won NLG’s “Best United States Coin Book” award in 1997 for Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861 and was presented with the NLG’s “Award for Extraordinary Merit” in 1999.
- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation: I am a charter member and dealer #502.
- Professional Coin Grading Service: I have been a member since 1991 and am dealer #350.
- CAC: I am a charter member and dealer #1017.
- Regional Numismatic Clubs and Societies: I am a member of many organizations including the Florida United Numismatists (FUN), Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS), Texas Numismatic Association (TNA), and Liberty Seated Collectors Club.