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John Kraljevich Joins Stack’s Bowers

Published June 5, 2024 | 2 min read

By Darcie Graybill

Respected dealer and author John Kraljevich is Stack’s Bowers’s director of numismatic Americana, a newly created position. Proprietor of John Kraljevich Americana since 2007, he has been recognized as a leading expert in Early American numismatics. In his new role, Kraljevich will catalog noteworthy consignments and maintain an inventory of historical American numismatic items. He also will work with the firm’s collector and dealer clients.

Career Path

Kraljevich began his professional numismatic career in 2000 as a cataloger and professional numismatist at Bowers and Merena Galleries. Since establishing John Kraljevich Americana, he has continued to collaborate with Stack’s Bowers Galleries as a consultant. He also has contributed to A Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”) and dozens of numismatic references, including The Early Paper Money of America by Eric Newman. He wrote the quarterly “Early American Money” column for The Numismatist from 2003 to 2013, and his column “Colonial America” appeared in Coin World for many years.

John Kraljevich has distinguished himself as a noted expert in Early American issues and exonumia.
Photo: Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Kraljevich was named the ANA’s Outstanding Young Numismatist of the Year in 1993. He has been sharing his knowledge with fellow collectors as an instructor at the ANA’s Summer Seminar since 2000. His advice on the authenticity, appraisal, and historical context of Early American issues and exonumia is in high demand. Media outlets, museums, and historical societies often seek his counsel on the topic.

Awards & Honors

Kraljevich has received numerous ANA honors, including a Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (2011), Honorary Doctorate of Numismatics (2015), Numismatist of the Year award (2016), and Medal of Merit (2018). In 2022 Kraljevich received the Numismatic Literary Guild’s Ribbit Award for “an individual who has achieved prominence in numismatics while maintaining approachability, a sense of humor and essential modesty.”

Kraljevich looks forward to working with the firm that helped launch his career. Looking back, he says that “since the age of 22, the team at Stack’s Bowers Galleries has been like family to me. Dave Bowers and Larry Stack have been invaluable mentors over the decades. Though the company name has evolved, the professionals I have worked with day in and day out for years and the firm’s commitment to excellence have remained constant. I am eager to continue contributing to the rich tapestry of numismatic history on behalf of our esteemed clients.”