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 & 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 Library Guild’s “Best Book of the Year” award. Don contributes to the Official Guide to US Coins, the Coin 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 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 the History Channel.
As chairman of the American Money and Gold Rush Museum, Dr. Kagin proposed and successfully engineered the passage of a Congressional bill allowing the minting of San Francisco Mint Commemorative gold and silver coins. Net proceeds exceeded $4.75 million, which will go to renovate the historic Old San Francisco Mint. A seat on the American Numismatic Association’s Board of Governors for two terms as educational chairman allowed Dr. Kagin to leverage his commitment to numismatic education and expand the world of numismatics through seminars and increased educational resources to members of the largest numismatic association in the world.
Dr. Kagin is the nation's number one numismatic advisor. He serves as consultant for governments, banks and trust departments, money managers, financial planners, and professionals seeking to implement or build a numismatic collection or investment program, or to dispose of a collection. He has also been called upon to lecture at annual conventions of the International Association of Financial Planners, the IAFP World Congress, the International Monetary Conference, the convention of Certified Accountants, and other seminars within the financial community.
His nationally acclaimed one-man shows, "The Oldest Living Pioneer" and "Colonial Man" are considered among the most innovative and entertaining educational programs ever presented.
Today, Dr. Kagin serves as president of Kagin's, Inc., the nation’s oldest family-owned numismatic firm. Having earned a Certified Financial Planning degree and authored the award winning (Best Investment Book of the Year) Donald Kagin’s Personal Guide to Rare Coin Investments, Dr. Kagin has successfully provided alternate investment programs to those who traditionally purchase stocks, bonds, real estate or other forms of investments.