Press Release - June 10, 2004

Mark Borckardt Joins Heritage As Senior Numismatic Cataloger

Dallas, Texas: Mark Borckardt, the world-renowned numismatist, has joined Heritage Numismatic Auctions in Dallas as a Senior Cataloger and Professional Numismatist.

"Our superlative cataloging staff," enthused Heritage President Greg Rohan, "has been strengthened with this welcome addition. Mark has been a full-time professional numismatist since 1980, plus his involvement in the hobby -- attending coin shows and conventions as a dealer - stretches all the way back to 1970. His credentials as a cataloger and an author are incredibly impressive."

Mr. Borckardt received the Early American Coppers Literary Award, as well as the Numismatic Literary Guild's "Book of the Year Award," for the Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents, 1793-1814, published in 2000. He also serves as a contributor to A Guide Book of United States Coins, the popular "Redbook" guide. He was also a contributor to the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Sylloge, writing the chapters on early gold coinage, including Quarter Eagles, Half Eagles, and Eagles. In addition, Mark was a substantial contributor to the Early Dollar section of the Encyclopedia of Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States. Most recently, he was Senior Numismatist with Bowers and Merena Galleries, serving as a major contributor to all of that firm's landmark auctions, as well as the "Rare Coin Review."

"Mark is currently working on several writing projects," added Heritage Co-Chairman Steve Ivy, "most specifically an Encyclopedia of Early United States Gold Coinage, covering die varieties and historical background of the three gold denominations issued from 1795 through 1834. The coinage issues of the first Philadelphia Mint, from 1793 through 1832, represent Mark's strongest numismatic interest."

Mr. Borckardt was an early member of the Early American Coppers Club, joining that organization in 1973. "Mark's special strengths in cataloging Early Coppers," noted Heritage's Chief Cataloger Mark Van Winkle, "will give him the lead responsibilities for the magnificent Wes Rasmussen Large Cent Collection, assembled by the former President of the EAC, which will be offered in Fort Lauderdale at the Florida United Numismatists Convention in January."

An active member of numerous numismatic organizations, Mr. Borckardt is a life member of the American Numismatic Association, and a member of the American Numismatic Society, Florida United Numismatists, Michigan State Numismatic Society, Central States Numismatic Society, the Rittenhouse Society, the Numismatic Literary Guild, and many others. He has served as an instructor at the popular ANA Summer Seminar program, was a presenter at the 1996 American Numismatic Society Coinage of the Americas Conference, and has presented talks at dozens of local coin clubs. Mr. Borckardt is also an avid collector of numismatic literature, and has several thousand volumes in his library covering American and World numismatics.

"I am delighted to be a part of the Heritage team," stated Mr. Borckardt. "I have watched the incredible growth of Heritage Numismatic Auctions over nearly three decades, to their position as the leading numismatic auction company in the business today."

When not immersed in numismatics, he is an avid bowler, carrying an average just over 200, and with seven perfect 300 games. Mark and his wife, Mary, have three children, Mathew, Michelle, and Melissa. Mark is a graduate of the University of Findlay (Ohio) with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics.

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