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Tête-à-Tête With Sanjay: An Interview with Error Coin Legend Fred Weinberg

As you can see, today we have an interview with @FredWeinberg discussing his professional numismatic career which began in 1972. Below is an excerpt, be sure to follow the link for the full piece:

Highlights from Fred’s collection were displayed at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money for everyone to view. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to view his collection in person that was exclusively graded by PCGS. His collection will be auctioned solely through Heritage Auctions in 2022, and each item will bear the pedigree “FRED WEINBERG COLLECTION” with a special gold label. Since I missed seeing his collection at the ANA in Rosemont, Illinois, I’ll get a second chance to see everything online a second time around, and there will be much to see, folks.

I was passing by Fred’s table at the most recent World’s Fair of Money to give him one of PCGS’s 35 Anniversary Medals, and I decided to ask him for an unplanned interview. Fred obliged, and below is our conversation from August 13, 2021:

Sanjay: “Fred, you started in 1972?”

Fred: “I started as a full-time dealer in 1972. I was able to turn a hobby into a profession for the last 50 years. In 1986, I was one of the first 31 dealers appointed to make markets in PCGS coins.”

Sanjay: “That’s pretty awesome.”

Fred: “And then by 1999 […] PCGS wanted to expand into that market, I was asked to authenticate any error coins, and I’ve been an authenticator for 22 years now.”

Sanjay: “When did you start with errors in the beginning, was it in 1972 like you mentioned.”

Fred: “I started collecting coins when I was eight and probably by the age of 10 I was fascinated by error coins.”

Full interview: https://www.pcgs.com/news/interview-with-error-coin-legend-fred-weinberg

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  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,502 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I wonder if the 1972 doubled die cent is one of Fred's favorite errors.


  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,589 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just want to congratulate the OP on the correct usage of the circumflex accent and the accent grave in the title.


    Oh, and great article too! Fred is one of the good guys.

  • gonzergonzer Posts: 2,971 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I know first-hand that he was dating a fox in '73. I don't know how he found time for coins. She was a B-A-B-E.

  • bolivarshagnastybolivarshagnasty Posts: 7,341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @gonzer said:
    I know first-hand that he was dating a fox in '73. I don't know how he found time for coins. She was a B-A-B-E.

    Weren’t we all dating foxes in the 70’s? Now they are someone’s Grandma. 😂

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for posting this interview.... Fred is certainly an expert and a fine numismatist. I have not had the honor of meeting him personally, but his online communications are excellent. Cheers, RickO

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