Young Numismatist
Witter Coin Co. offers opportunity for 13-to-21 year-old scholarship recipients to learn from professionals and get hands-experience at a major coin store. (Photo credit: Witter Coin Co. )

Scholarship applications are now being accepted from young numismatists, ages 13 to 21, for the first Coin University program in San Francisco, California, July 24-31, 2021.

As many as 25 all-expense scholarships will be awarded by the Witter Coin Scholarship Fund ( and will include expenses for a parent or guardian to accompany any winners under the age of 18.

"The past year of the pandemic has kept many young collectors’ hobby activities limited to social media and other online resources. The Coin University project will give them hands-on experience and expand their knowledge in grading and authentication of U.S., world and ancient coins and other topics from an all-star team of veteran numismatists," explained Seth Chandler, the owner and chief numismatist at Witter Coin Co. in San Francisco.

"The YNs will be able to meet other young collectors in person, have classroom instruction, enjoy a numismatic field trip of San Francisco and also get the experience of actually being behind the counter in a major coin store. We want to encourage them along with their coin collecting journey," Chandler added.

Classes and accommodations will be at the Marriott Hotel at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf and the internship experience will be at the nearby Witter Coin Co. store at 2299 Lombard St.

In addition to Chandler, the five days of Coin University classes will be taught by:

  • John Brush, president of David Lawrence Rare Coins in Virginia Beach, Virginia, chairman of the National Coin & Bullion Association (formerly the Industry Council for Tangible Assets), and a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild Board of Directors;

  • Numismatist Steve Feltner, director of Numismatic Education and Outreach at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, California;

  • Dr. Kevin Kaufman co-founder of Choice Numismatics in Clovis, California;  

  • Devin Hipp of Devin Hipp Enterprises LLC in Virginia Beach, Virginia;

  • David McCarthy, senior numismatist and researcher at Kagin’s in Tiburon, California; and

  • Jim Stoutjesdyk, vice president of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas and recipient of a Doctor of Numismatics honorary degree from the American Numismatic Association.

The planned 25 scholarships are being funded by donations to the Witter Coin Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Information about the Coin University program and how to apply for consideration of a scholarship can be found at The website also has information about how to donate to the scholarship program. Prospective applicants and donors can also call Witter Coin at (415) 781-5690.

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Mark D.

If one seeks a double mint, double mint, double mint major, does one have to be two…as in a pair of fresh-faced, identically dressed twins?

Mark D.

Tres dr^ole, mon ami. Had to work it for a half minute but, I can say without hedging, as funny as a Carson monologue item.

You are correct sir!

Mark D.

Chew on that for awhile! Then head out to Wrigley Field.

Mark D.

“Please sir, may I have a coin?”

So said the genuinely penny less orphaned numismatist pleading with capon Ryder, who doesn’t know the pathetic broken soul is actually his bastard son!

Mark D.

Those are some hard-boiled puns, no yolk. You sir are the master of puntiffication.

I shall now resign my self to a life of leisurely punting down the Thames, entertaining thoughts of giant bower bird-like dinosaurs and their anything-buy-puny nests.

Big T

Will they learn how to hire accomplices to run the phones to pick up new releases that they can then flip on ebay?