Susan Headley

Susan is an avid coin collector of over 30 years, and has written 150 articles for The Spruce on the subject. She is also a member of the American Numismatic Association.


  • Has 30+ years coin collecting experience 
  • Widely published in a variety of outlets including the Coin Community Forum and Coin Help 
  • Gives talks and seminars related to numismatics as a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA)


Susan Headley is a former writer for The Spruce who specialized in coin collecting, publishing dozens of articles on the subject over the course of more than 12 years. Throughout her career, Headley has been involved in the coin business from both sides of the dealer's table.

She's been collecting coins since she was a child in the 1960s and completed her first Lincoln Cent folder at the age of 17. But it wasn't until she got her first job sorting and grading wheat pennies for a mail-order dealer in her later teens that she truly began to understand the field. Headley has never been a full-time coin dealer herself, but 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.


Expertise: Coin collecting
Location: Chicago, IL

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

Read more from Susan Headley