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David Warren Akers


Born in Seattle, Washington. Graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 1963. Received master’s degree from Oregon State University. Married Sharron Osterhout in 1969. They have a daughter. He served with distinction during the Vietnam War. Head of mathematics department at St. Martin’s College in Olympia, Washington.

Employed with Paramount in 1971; executive vice president of Paramount 1974 to 1981; appointed president of Paramount in 1981. Principal in the firm of David W. Akers, Inc. after September 1, 1987, one of four firms producing the "Apostrophe" sales. Originally Paramount participated in these sales from 1979 through 1987. Akers new firm replaced Paramount for Auction '88, '89 and '90.

Author of United States Gold Coins An Analysis of Auction Records:

Vol I Gold Dollars 1849-1889 (1975)

Vol II Quarter Eagles, 1796-1929 (1975)

Vol III $3 Gold Pieces and Stellas $4 Gold Pieces (1976)

Vol IV Half Eagles 1795-1929 (1979)

Vol V Eagles 1795-1933 (1980)

Vol VI Double Eagles 1849-1933 (1982)

Author of United States Gold Patterns (1975) and Handbook of 20th Century U. S. Gold Coins (1988).

He received an ANA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He died at home.

In 2011 he was inducted into the PCGS CoinFact Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.

bio by interview 5/11/91; obit: The E-Sylum 7/22/2012

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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