Tom Hallenbeck initially started working at Hallenbeck Coin Gallery in the fall of 1985 after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the school of Economics, shortly after Ken Hallenbeck founded the company in 1983. Even before starting a career in numismatics, Tom had been an avid collector since he was first able to read and attended coin club meetings and coin shows with his father (Ken Hallenbeck) back in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
After joining Hallenbeck Coin Gallery, Tom focused on grading and authentication of US coins. Aided by having located our coin store just 2 blocks from the headquarters of the world’s largest coin club, the American Numismatic Association Tom took advantage of having the largest numismatic circulating library just a stones throw away. First taking a “US Coin Grading” class offer by the ANA in the summer of 1986, then followed by US coin authentication, Tom has now been an instructor of coin grading classes at the annual “ANA summer seminar” continuously for over 20 years. Tom is the recipient of numerous awards including the ANA’s “Medal of Merit”, “Presidential Award”, “Glen Smedley Award” and “Goodfellow Award”, additionally Tom was presented the “Numismatic Ambassador” award by Numismatic News.
Tom also followed Ken Hallenbeck’s footsteps, not only by following him in his coin business and purchasing the Hallenbeck Coin Gallery from his father in the summer of 2001, but by also being the only father and son to be elected to the ANA Board of Governors, Vice-President and then President. Ken was elected President of the American Numismatic Association in 1991 and Tom was elected to the Presidency of the ANA in 2011.
From just two full time numismatists in 1985 to having 14 employees in 2014, Tom is continuing to expand the Hallenbeck Coin Gallery footprint not only to include the Pikes Peak region and the front range of Colorado, but to include all of the USA. We’ve grown from a small family coin store to a multi-million dollar corporation. Hallenbeck Coin Gallery is a member of the BBB of Southern Colorado, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and numerous other associations and organizations.
Ken attended the University of Michigan and received an A.B. degree in 1955. He opened the Ken Hallenbeck Coin Gallery in Colorado Springs in 1983.
Ken was elected to the ANA board of governors in 1971. He resigned from the board in 1977 to fill a staff position as assistant to the executive director and curator of the ANA museum. Later he served as Vice President and was the 46th ANA President from 1989 to 1991. He returned to the ANA as acting executive director in August of 2007 for 7 months until a permanent executive director was hired.
Ken has received the ANA Goodfellow Award, Medal of Merit, Glen Smedley Memorial Award, Exemplary Service Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and the Farran Zerbe Award, the ANA’s highest honor. He is a Numismatic News Numismatic Ambassador.
Ken is an authority on counterstamped coins and he has contributed articles on counterstamped coins to The Numismatist, Coin World, Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine and others. He claims the world’s largest collection of credit cards and he also collects odd and curious money.
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Before coming to the firm in 1997, Chad was an American Numismatic Association intern while working on his Psychology Degree. After graduation Chad decided to pursue a career in numismatics and started working the front counter buying and selling coins. He now handles most wholesale and bullion transactions.
Sharon, a Colorado Springs native and prior customer of Hallenbeck Coin Gallery, joined the staff in 2004 after a 20 year career in the insurance industry.
She loves to discuss investment opportunities and the variability of the bullion markets with her customers.
After graduating from college in Northern Arizona, Jan has worked mostly in sales. She started working at Hallenbeck Coin Gallery in October 2012, but has enjoyed a fun and interesting career in Numismatics since 2007. Jan excels in working in a fast paced environment buying and selling jewelry, coins and currency. She enjoys inspiring others with her infectious positive attitude towards both life and all things at the gallery!
Joe graduated from the University of Oklahoma with both Bachelor and Master’s degree in Piano, and he also has an Electrical Engineering degree from UCCS. For 23 years he applied these skills managing software testing and development.
He is active within the Colorado Springs music community and is an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan.
He joined the staff in 2015 and fully enjoys his new career in numismatics.
ONLINE SALES & SHIPPING STAFF
Phoebe - Online/Shipping Manager
Jennifer – Listings
Melissa completed her Business Accounting degree at Everest College in 2008. She worked in banking for 13 years before she found her place at Hallenbeck Coin Gallery in April of 2019. Originally from Nebraska, Melissa is a huge Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan.
Hannah grew up in a numismatics family and has been a collector since birth. She graduated from University of Colorado Boulder Magna Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Sociology and Anthropology. She joined the staff in August of 2019.
Donevan started with us back on March 12th of 2020 right at the beginning stages of the Pandemic and has been a valuable and popular addition to our sales staff.