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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 33, August 19, 2007, Article 8

JOHN KRALJEVICH LEAVES STACK'S, FOUNDS NEW FIRM

Another numismatic figure moving on to new adventures is John Kraljevich,
who this week parted ways with Stack's to found a new firm.  In an August
14 press release, John writes: "I am pleased to announce that today marks
the formation of my first independent firm after a dozen years as a
numismatic cataloguer. The firm, to be known as John Kraljevich
Americana and Numismatics, will be based here in New York City and
specialize in the types of early American historical items for in
which my interest has become widely known: colonial, pre-Federal,
and early Mint coins up to the introduction of steam; early American
paper money; American historical medals; and unusual paper and metallic
Americana. Consulting, research, and auction representation  tasks
for which my professional background have prepared me well  will
also be offered to my new clientele.

"Though this new beginning is exciting for me, I will miss the
collegiality and knowledge of my long-time associates in Wolfeboro,
New Hampshire. Though three different company names (Bowers and
Merena, American Numismatic Rarities, Stack's), a core group persisted
of which I remain proud to have been a part. Eighteen years ago this
week, I met Q. David Bowers. As a wide-eyed boy of eleven years, I
resolved that by the age of 30 I'd be either the Phillies starting
third baseman or an independent professional numismatist. Dave was
my numismatic Mike Schmidt: a man to be emulated. After a high-school
era stint with McCawley and Grellman Auctions  the first brave souls
to hire me as a cataloguer  and a short career in radio, Dave Bowers
and Chris Karstedt wooed me to the small town of Wolfeboro to begin
to realize my dream.

"Now, seven full years later, I feel prepared to depart the New York
offices of Stack's and ready to offer what I've learned to collectors
and fellow professionals. I will continue to consult with Stack's
on special projects and will maintain a warm relationship with those
on staff.

"Details of my new business are still being composed. Email will be
the easiest way to reach me for the time being at jkamericana@gmail.com.
A website at www.jkamericana.com is being built and will, in the
future, include listings of interesting objects for sale, research
articles, and commentary. My new mailing address will be John Kraljevich
Americana, Ansonia Station, PO Box 237188, New York, NY 10023-7188. I
invite correspondence, and I would be grateful for new friends to
introduce themselves at an upcoming show."

[John is well known to most U.S. E-Sylum readers.  His numismatic
research, writing and cataloging skills are top-notch.  I've had
the pleasure of knowing John since he was but a wee lad destined for
Great Things.  He handled last year's sale of my Civil War numismatic
collection at American Numismatic Rarities, picking up the collection
and cataloging many of the lots.  Best of luck, John, and keep us
posted as your business evolves.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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