Susan Headley has been an avid coin collector for more than 30 years. A widely published writer, Susan also gives talks and seminars related to numismatics, and enjoys mentoring young collectors.
Susan has been involved in the coin business from both sides of the dealer's table. Her first job as a young teen was sorting and grading wheat pennies for a mail-order dealer. Although Susan has never been a full-time coin dealer herself, she has worked for about a dozen different dealers in various capacities and knows the ins and outs of the business. She has become an ardent consumer advocate for collectors as the numismatic marketplace moves to online venues.
Susan is a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA,) through which she holds several certifications. She also belongs to the American Numismatic Society (ANS,) CONECA (error and variety coins club) and several regional and local coin clubs.
I have been collecting coins since I was a child in the 1960s, looking through my parents' pocket change for silver dimes and quarters. I completed my basic Lincoln Cent folder collection at the age of 17, finding a worn-out old 1914-D in a dealer's unsorted pick bin! (My Mom gave me my 1909-S VDB for Christmas.) I completed the Jefferson Nickel folder soon after, and graduated to Large Cents.
Today, my favorites are Ancient Greek and Roman coins, although I still avidly collect U.S. coinage as well, primarily Lincoln Memorial Cents, Jefferson Nickels, and various die varieties. I am also a rabid cherrypicker, sorting through several hundreds dollars' worth of circulating coinage per week.
I love sharing my knowledge about the hobby of collecting coins, and I hope I can pass along some of my enthusiasm to you! If there's something you'd like to read about, and I don't have it on my site, drop me a line!