Christian Hartch, 18, of Greenwich, Connecticut is the winner of the 15th annual Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) Young Numismatist Scholarship competition.
Courtesy of PNG, Hartch can attend one of the six-day sessions of the 2019 American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar (www.money.org/summer-seminar) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. PNG will cover the costs of airfare, tuition, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters.
Hartch began his enjoyment of numismatics at the age of five when his father gave him a Whitman folder to begin collecting Lincoln cents. He has worked at a local coin store while in high school the past four years to learn more about the hobby, the marketplace and the business-side of numismatics.
His YouTube channel, Treasure Town, has more than 18,000 subscribers with over 1.5 million views of weekly coin collecting videos he produces.
"I was super excited, super happy when I was told about winning the scholarship," explained Hartch who has been accepted as a freshman at Princeton University this coming fall.
His parents, Greg and Christa Hartch, are proud of their son’s accomplishments.
"We are so thankful that Christian will have the opportunity to attend the ANA conference in Colorado. Christian has worked hard to grow his coin YouTube channel, and we are thrilled that he is being recognized for his interest in numismatics," stated Greg Hartch.
Hartch wants to take a grading class at the ANA Summer Seminar, and plans to study either economics or art and archaeology at Princeton.
He said PNG member-dealer Christopher Moran, owner of The Happy Coin store in Cos Cob, Connecticut, "has been a big influence to me."
At the age of 13, Hartch was the store’s first customer when it opened in early 2014, purchasing an 1864 two-cent piece for his collection. He began working at the store a year later in the summer before he entered high school.
"Working at the shop allows me to be immersed with rare coins, and across the board coins, currency, U.S. and world coins. I can see the numismatic world from both a collector’s perspective and the business side, and I’ve learned a lot about the market," he explained.
He launched his YouTube channel to promote the hobby and wants to create additional informative and entertaining videos for the channel from his upcoming experiences at the ANA Summer Seminar.
Money for the scholarship is provided by PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman, who died in 2001, was an active and prominent coin dealer for many years with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.
The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and four other countries. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.
For additional information about the PNG or the young numismatists scholarship program, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.