Stack’s Bowers Galleries Appoints John Kraljevich Director Of Numismatic Americana

Veteran Consultant to Take Full Time Role

by Stacks Bowers Galleries | Published on June 4, 2024

Costa Mesa, CA – Stack’s Bowers Galleries proudly announces the appointment of John Kraljevich to the newly created position of Director of Numismatic Americana. Kraljevich, proprietor of John Kraljevich Americana since 2007, has been recognized as one of the most influential figures in numismatics. Coin World honored him in their inaugural list of Most Influential People in Numismatics, and he was distinguished as one of the “Top 14 Numismatists of the Century” by CoinAge magazine. In his new role, Kraljevich will devote his numismatic talents to cataloging noteworthy consignments across a wide range of specialties for Stack’s Bowers Galleries auctions. In addition, he will maintain an inventory of historical American numismatic items for retail sale and work with the firm’s collector and dealer clients.

Kraljevich embarked on his full-time career in numismatics in 2000 as a cataloger and professional numismatist at Bowers and Merena Galleries of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. His tenure at Bowers and Merena, American Numismatic Rarities, and Stack’s (where he specialized in early American coins and numismatic Americana), laid the foundation for his illustrious career. Since establishing John Kraljevich Americana, he has continued to collaborate with Stack’s Bowers Galleries as a consultant, earning acclaim for his cataloging prowess and subject matter expertise.

Reflecting on his journey, Kraljevich remarked, “Since the age of 22, the team at Stack’s Bowers Galleries has been like family to me. Dave Bowers and Larry Stack have been invaluable mentors over the decades. Though the company name has evolved, the professionals I have worked with day in and day out for years and the firm’s commitment to excellence have remained constant. I am eager to continue contributing to the rich tapestry of numismatic history on behalf of our esteemed clients.”

Brian Kendrella, President of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment: “John’s name is synonymous with expertise, integrity, and captivating storytelling in the realm of numismatics. I am proud to offer our clients access to the most talented staff in the hobby, and I am sure every sophisticated collector of historical American coins and exonumia will want to utilize John’s expertise to add value to their collections."

In addition to Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ presentation of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, the most valuable coin collection ever sold, Kraljevich has cataloged many of the firm’s most legendary auction presentations, including the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, the Lucien LaRiviere Collection of Betts Medals, the El Dorado Collection of Colombian coins, the John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana Medals, the Cardinal Collection of Early Dollars, the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection of Canadian Colonial Tokens, the Norweb Collection of Washingtoniana, the Ted Craige and Archangel collections of colonial coins, and many more. Throughout his career, Kraljevich has authored more NLG award winning catalogs than any other writer in history.

Beyond cataloging, Kraljevich has contributed to the Guide Book of United States Coins and dozens of numismatic reference books, including 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, and The Early Paper Money of America by Eric Newman, as well as other works by Q. David Bowers and others.

A well known numismatic personality, for over 30 years Kraljevich has delivered lectures at prestigious institutions such as the American Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar as well as to non-numismatic organizations.

A fixture in both numismatic and mainstream media, Kraljevich has shared his insights through interviews with prominent outlets including the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Recognized for his contributions to the field, he has been honored with multiple awards from the American Numismatic Association, including the Young Numismatist of the Year award (1993), the Heath Literary Award (2002), an Honorary Doctorate of Numismatics (2015), the Numismatist of the Year award (2016), and the Medal of Merit (2018). In 2022, Kraljevich received the Numismatic Literary Guild’s Ribbit Award for "an individual who has achieved prominence in numismatics while maintaining approachability, a sense of humor and essential modesty.”

A native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kraljevich is a graduate of the University of Virginia and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Kraljevich can be reached by email at

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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack's Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.

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