Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D. has unique credentials as a numismatic authority. He earned the first Bachelor of Arts degree in Numismatics granted by Northwestern University, simultaneously earning another B.A. in History. Graduate and post graduate studies at the Union Institute and University, Northwestern, Drake and Johns Hopkins Universities along with the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society and Smithsonian Institution earned Don the first doctorate in numismatics ever granted in the United States.
Dr. Kagin’s numismatic fields of expertise are in Pioneer gold coins, United States currency and numismatic investments. He authored the most comprehensive book to date in his field, Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States, which won the Numismatic Literary Guild’s “Best Book of the Year” award. Don contributes to the Official Guide to United States Coins, the Coin and Currency Dealer Newsletter, which he founded, and regularly features articles in the nation’s leading numismatic periodicals. Dr. Kagin has received the coveted Heath Literary Award for several of his articles. His work can be found in national publications such as Money magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Barron’s and the Wall Street Journal. He has also lectured and taught across the United States, conducted seminars and educational forums, and made several radio and television appearances including Good Morning America and multiple shows on the History Channel.