In a press release circulated this week Harvey G. Stack announces his retirement from Stack’s as of June 30, 2009. Here are some excerpts. -Editor After decades of unparalleled service, to the numismatic community, Harvey Stack has announced his retirement. Harvey will, as always, be accessible to major collectors, many of whose collections he has helped to build, for advice, historical perspective, or just a good story. However, Harvey will no longer be available at Stack’s.
Harvey celebrated his 81st birthday on June 3, 2009 in the same month as his 62nd anniversary as a full time member of Stack’s. Prior to his full time status, Harvey did many years of apprentice work, helping his family in their offices whenever it didn’t interfere with a holiday or his schooling.
Harvey was the son of Morton M. Stack and nephew of Joseph B Stack, the early pioneers of Stack’s when it formed a rare coin business in 1933. In 1947, the company included five members of the Stack family – Morton, Joseph, Harvey and two of Harvey’s cousins (Joseph’s sons), Benjamin Stack (who was 1 ½ years older) and Norman C. Stack (who was three weeks younger than Harvey).
Harvey always considered himself lucky that his son, Lawrence (Larry), joined Stack’s in 1973, following in the very footsteps left by his relatives. On his own, as those before him, Larry learned the business from study, dealing, meeting and knowing the many specialists he encountered from the Stack family meetings. He is personally responsible for the development of many important and noteworthy collections and was responsible for bringing many important collections to Stack’s.
Harvey and Larry have donated significant numismatic materials to the ANS, the ANA and the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution, where Harvey serves as a lifetime member of the prestigious Smithsonian Society. Harvey served as President of the Professional Numismatists Guild in 1990-1991. During his tenure as President, Harvey effectively defended the PNG and the industry from proposed Federal Trade Commission regulations that he felt were inappropriate and unfair for responsible professional numismatists. He was honored by his peers with the coveted PNG Founders Award in 1993 and again in 1998 for an unprecedented second time. He is a Fellow of the ANS and an active member of the International Association of Professional Numismatists and Royal Numismatic Society.
Starting in September 2006, Harvey started contributing articles to the Stack website under “Harvey Stack Remembers”. This is a collection of stories Harvey enjoyed telling…welcoming all who are interested to share some of his experiences of yesteryear - the period that Harvey always called “The time when collecting was fun”.
Although he is retiring, Harvey will always remain available to chat about numismatics. To Harvey, numismatics and their collection…the real hobby of collecting…are of paramount importance. It is what has shaped his business life and the lives of his family’s business. For those who are interested in staying in touch with Harvey, he can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Harvey G. Stack, P.O. Box 0401, Greenvale, New York 11548-0401.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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