My Resume

Professional Resume of Stephen L. Goldsmith

Professional Resume of Stephen L. Goldsmith


Spink USA

Director of Numismatics, April 2010-July 2014

Obtained auction consignments, represented the company at major conventions, cataloged U.S. coins and paper money, World paper money.


Stack’s, New York

Director of Numismatics, April 2008-February 2009

Obtained auction consignments, represented the company at major conventions, cataloged U.S. coins and paper money. In August of 2008 appeared on the History Channel in “Secrets of the Founding Fathers,” a documentary exploring early Masonic influences on our government and our money.


American Paper Money & Coin, LLC, Atlantic Beach, NY.

President and Founder, October 2007

Buying and selling all U. S. coins, paper money, autographs, and stock and bond certificates.

Providing specialized numismatic consulting services to public institutions, auction houses, bank trustees, attorneys, and private individuals.


R. M. Smythe & Company, New York, NY.

Board Member, Executive Vice President, and Auction Director, May 1985 to August 2007.

Responsible for administering, and supervising a company with a staff of 36 people. In addition, was directly responsible for obtaining consignments, and supervising the production of over 220 premium quality auction catalogs published between 1985 and 2007. During my tenure, the record total prices realized in a single auction sale increased from $40,000 to over $4,500,000.


Primarily responsible for writing most of the lot descriptions for many of Smythe’s coin catalogs, and for the majority of their stock and bond, and Paper money catalogs. In recent years was primarily responsible for writing the majority of the descriptions in Smythe’s paper money catalogs, including four of the largest Confederate paper collections ever sold at auction: The Douglas B. Ball Collection in 1987, The Gene Mintz Collection in 2003, The Western Reserve Historical Society CSA Collection in 2004, and The Frederick B. Mayer Collection of CSA Montgomery Notes and Bonds in 2007.

After the untimely death of Douglas B. Ball in 2003, became the lead writer for all subsequent Confederate catalogs.

Was responsible for bringing the world’s first $1,000,000 collectible stock and bond consignment to auction, The Charles Leeds, Jr. Collection, and was lead writer for that sale [2002].

Obtained the world’s largest obsolete banknote consignment ($13,000,000+), The Herb and Martha Schingoethe Collection, consisting of over 30,000 different examples [2004] and supervised the production of the first ten major catalogs in this series.

Lead writer for Collecting U. S. Obsolete Currency (Professional Currency Dealers Association 1991). This ground-breaking publication was the first in a continuing series of educational booklets published by that organization.

Edited An Illustrated Catalogue of North American Advertising Notes (Robert Vlack 2001). In 2004, wrote the forward for U. S. Essay,  Proof and Specimen Notes (Gene Hessler 2004).

Produced, and edited Collecting Confederate Paper Money (Pierre Fricke 2005), and along with Mr. Fricke received The Numismatic Literary Guild’s Paper Money Book of the Year Award in August of 2006.

Wrote the forward for A History & Catalog of Minnesota Notes & Scrip (Shawn Hewitt 2006).

Lead appraiser for the coin and paper money collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and the coin collection of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In 2002, wrote, designed, and mounted an exhibit illustrating the history of U. S. coins and currency currently on display at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

In May of 2007, was Guest Lecturer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and gave a talk entitled “Symbols on American Paper Money,” since been published by the Fed in the form of an illustrated essay. Over 30,000 copies will be widely distributed.

Wrote numerous articles in Friends of Financial History, Smart Money, Bank Note Reporter, Coin World, and other hobby publications.

Contributed to Paper Money of the United States by Arthur and Ira Friedberg, Collecting U.S. Obsolete Currency by James Haxby, A Guidebook of Southern States Currency by Hugh Shull, A Comprehensive Catalogue & History of Confederate Bonds by Douglas B. Ball, Collectible Stocks & Bonds From North American Railroads by Terry Cox, and American Automotive Stock Certificates by Lawrence Falater. Editor, Friends of Financial History Magazine.

Atlantic Banknote & Coin Company, New York.

President. May 1985 to June 1987.

Mail order coin and paper money company. Merged with R. M. Smythe after two successful years.

Jules Karp, Inc. New York, NY.

Senior Numismatist and Auction Director. September 1973 to May 1985.

Primary coin and bullion buyer during this period, helping the company achieve over $200 million dollars in sales in 1980. In 1984, worked with Jules Karp to acquire NASCA (Numismatic Antiquarian Service Corporation Of America), one of the premier paper money auction houses in the country at that time. Served as NASCA-Karp’s Auction Director, and continued that company’s tradition as an elite paper money auction house until May of 1985.


New York City Board of Education, New York.

Teacher, Special Education, September 1967 to August 1973.

Taught special education classes at Lifeline Center for Child Development in Jamaica, New York, and Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Floral Park, New York.



Bachelors Degree, Brooklyn College, 1968. Completed all required courses for a Master’s Degree in Psychology, 1971.



Award for outstanding contributions to the International Bank Note Society and the international paper collecting community, 2003.

ANA Educational Award for a presentation before the Society of Paper Money Collectors, Collecting Stocks & Bonds: Linkages With Currency Collecting, 2006.

Numismatic Literary Guild Award, Best U. S. Paper Money Book of 2006, Collecting Confederate Paper Money, editor.


Professional Memberships and Associations:

Professional Currency Dealer’s Association, Past President, 1989-1991.

American Numismatic Association.

Society of Paper Money Collectors.

International Bank Note Society.

International Bond and Share Society.

New England Appraiser’s Society.



 Personal References Available on Request.