A local Delray, Florida newspaper published a profile June 2, 2017 of dealer Bill Youngerman. Nice library! -Editor
Bill Youngerman remembers driving around with the ice cream truck man as a kid. His trips didn’t involving savoring ice cream sandwiches, but to swap coins kids paid with for their cones that he
wanted for his coin collection.
Since he was 9, he said he has collected coins. By the time he was 13, he said he was running his own coin business and by the time he was 16, he was working for a major coin company in Miami and
several years later he was running his own business out of his home.
Now, his Boca Raton company William Youngerman Inc., which deals with buying and selling of coins from around the world, is celebrating 50 years in the business.
He bought his first gold coin when he was 13. He said most kids had coin or stamp collections and gold was $35 for an ounce.
“It forever hooked me,” he said. “It became a passion. It is a hobby enjoyed by kings dating back to Nero.”
Name a coin and Youngerman has likely seen it or owned it. From gold coins of ancient times to modern times to paper bank notes, Youngerman either has it in his personal collection or has it up
He is known for paying a pretty penny for currency he is missing. About 10 years ago, he paid over $130,000 for a bank note that was missing from the city of Fort Meade. Winning the note at
auction completed his collection of all 59 National Bank Towns in Florida.
“Every U.S. gold coin minted, we have handled,” he said.
That collection and other notes and coins can be found online at hometowncurrency.org. The virtual museum shows the currency and history behind it. It also features gold coins of the Treasure
Coast. These coins were found by salvagers along the coast and the collection contains Treasure Gold from shipwrecks.
It also showcases territorial notes. The Territory of Florida had two issues of Treasury notes. The first issue dates back to 1829.
To read the complete article, see:
Rare Coin Collector, Dealer Celebrates 50 Years In Business
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: COLLECTING FLORIDA NATIONAL BANK NOTES (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n13a03.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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