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.