Very Sad News: H. Joseph (Joe) Levine Of Presidential Coin & Antique Has Passed Away.
I just received the news that my long time friend Joe Levine died within the past couple of days (no obituary found yet). Joe had been in frail health the last couple of years and had ended his much anticipated email offerings of interesting and unusual medals & tokens at that time. Previously he had issued 85+ quality mail (and floor) sale catalogs between 1969 & 2016 offering the best of the best in tokens & medals. They are a basic research tool in exonumia and luckily for all are available on the Newman Portal.
Joe was extremely helpful and welcoming to me when I started dealing in tokens and medals in the 1970's; in fact I modeled my business after his (on a much more basic scale). He was always a source when I needed something and steered more than a few consignors my way whose collections better fit my scheme. His extensive knowledge, auction records and advice were available to everyone just by asking. Anytime I was in the District I tried hard to make time for a trip through the hell of Seven Corners to his shop in Alexandria, Va - it was always worth the effort. He was especially keen in the areas of political collectibles, medals of all types and countries (especially Inaugural medals) and so much more.
I could go on for a while as the good memories come cascading back but I'll wait for now. I'm sure that the E-Sylum will have more information tonight on Joe's passing. I know that many of you on here were customers & friends of Joe - I would love to hear your memories.