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Leon Hendrickson, founder of SilverTowne, RIP

JulianJulian Posts: 3,395 ✭✭✭

I just read on Facebook that Leon Hendrickson passed away today. He founded SilverTowne back in the mid 20th century and was a Trading Giant in numismatics. He was past President of the PNG and a friend to hundreds, maybe thousands of coin dealers. He attended coin shows and always showed the greatest respect for his customers; always giving them the best price and service that he could. Much more will be said. Rest in Peace, Leon :'(<3

PNG member, numismatic dealer since 1965. Operates a retail store, also has exhibited at over 1000 shows.
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  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 28,790 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He was a nice guy and a gentleman!

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  • JJSingletonJJSingleton Posts: 1,396 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sad news. Leon will be missed by many. He was always there to help out. RIP

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  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 20,835 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 23, 2017 11:11AM

    I always liked Mr Leon. He was a fixture and legend at the big Michigan Shows

    RIP sir


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  • ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 2,473 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad news, condolences to his family.

  • RichieURichRichieURich Posts: 7,865 ✭✭✭✭

    Leon was a giant in the field of numismatics. He will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

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  • cladkingcladking Posts: 26,831 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He was one of the best.

    The world is a poorer place without him.


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  • cardinalcardinal Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My condolences to the family.

    Leon was a great man! He was the very first person to hand me an actual 1794 dollar to look at, long before I could ever afford one! I will never forget his kindness and generosity, and I will always remember holding that 1794 dollar!

  • GRANDAMGRANDAM Posts: 7,297 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sorry to hear this,,,,,, have visited his shop many times,,,,,,, RIP Leon,,,,,

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  • MrHalfDimeMrHalfDime Posts: 3,440 ✭✭✭✭

    I only met Leon perhaps twice at shows over the years, but his name has been a household word in numismatics for as long as I have been involved with the hobby. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and to all who knew him. May he rest in peace.

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  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 25,741 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I never met him but his company had a large and profound impact.

    You were a giant in the hobby and enriched the lives of many. RIP Leon.

  • ColonelJessupColonelJessup Posts: 5,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To David and the rest of the family; many of us here remember Leon with great fondness.
    A life to be celebrated by many.

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  • georgiacop50georgiacop50 Posts: 2,910 ✭✭✭✭

    Great loss...what a terrific fellow

  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,656 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A great loss.

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  • CommemKingCommemKing Posts: 2,202 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Met him a few times when selling silver to him. I live about an hour from SilverTowne. RIP.

  • BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mr. Hendrickson was a nice gentleman and his brother, the retired banker, was also a great person to sell gold and silver to. R.I.P. Sir.

  • logger7logger7 Posts: 5,336 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He was a good guy and very likable. My sympathies to his family.

  • GazesGazes Posts: 1,830 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sounds like a tremendous loss. Rest in peace

  • 3keepSECRETif2rDEAD3keepSECRETif2rDEAD Posts: 4,130 ✭✭✭✭✭

    RIP Mr. Leon...Thank You for your service!

  • kazkaz Posts: 7,872 ✭✭✭✭✭

    very sad news, my condolences to Mr. Hendrickson's family and friends.

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  • 1TwoBits1TwoBits Posts: 390 ✭✭✭✭

    Sorry to hear the news, my condolences.

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  • Leon was a legend. I don't know of anyone nicer. He will surely be missed by many. I was glad to work there for the time I was able to. Rest in Peace.

  • littlebearlittlebear Posts: 1,278 ✭✭✭

    The times I spoke with him I was quite impressed at the gentleman he was.......

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  • tommy44tommy44 Posts: 1,761 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 23, 2017 5:49PM

    Bought many a gold coin from Leon in the late 70s and 80s. He was a pleasure to deal with and always had a smile for you. Condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

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  • hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,649 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Super nice person. He will be missed. I can remember like it was yesterday him helping my kids when they were little at his table at a big show. There were people all around and large transactions going on and Leon was sitting there showing my boys some silver and treating them like they were the highest rollers at the show. Great guy.

  • goldengolden Posts: 6,795 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very sorry to hear the sad news.

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 9,994 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Condolences to his family and friends left behind.

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  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 8,805 ✭✭✭✭✭

    He was indeed a great person and very knowledgeable! I saw him save a very knowledgeable major dealer's butt by informing him the very nice VF 1797 Half he had just purchased was counterfeit...a very good counterfeit! This was at the Phili ANA show in 2002.

  • rickoricko Posts: 80,069 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Condolences to the family.... RickO

  • HalfsenseHalfsense Posts: 604 ✭✭✭

    PNG Leon Hendrickson Statement

    “The Professional Numismatists Guild was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time member Leon Hendrickson of Winchester, Indiana. Hendrickson joined the PNG in 1970, served as the organization’s president from 1985 to 1989 and received the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He was one of the first members approved as a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer when the PNG-APMD program was created in 2015,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

    “Leon was a giant in the profession and hobby. He was a good friend to so many collectors and dealers across the country. Our condolences to his family and friends,” said PNG President Dana Samuelson.

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  • alohagaryalohagary Posts: 2,268 ✭✭✭✭

    Leon would come to the Hawaii coin shows in the 70s and would treat everyone like royalty, he will be missed

  • ashelandasheland Posts: 17,292 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm sorry to hear this, :(

  • DollarAfterDollarDollarAfterDollar Posts: 2,645 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sad news. Condolences.

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  • thebeavthebeav Posts: 3,231 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Leon was a great guy and a great dealer.
    I remember attending a show in Dearborn many, many years ago. My 'show' was going to consist of moving a double row box of BU Morgans. Leons table was so busy, I decided to shop the box on the floor first. Everyone, without exception, wanted to cherry pick a few coins out of the box. No one wanted to buy the deal. After making my way around the room, I saw that Leons table had finally calmed down and he was sitting there by himself. I walked over with my box and offered it to him. He was casually thumbing through it and occasionally pulled out a coin for a look. I remember thinking that this show just wasn't going to work for me like I planned. "What am I looking at here ?", he says. "Fifty-eight hundred dollars" , I tell him. He continues skimming through the box. Soon he says "I could have sworn you said fifty-six hundred dollars"......"I did", I say. He handed me the money, we thanked each other, and I went up to my room and ordered room service.
    The world of numismatics is less without him..........

  • gsa1fangsa1fan Posts: 5,583 ✭✭✭

    RIP Leon, you had that special way with people, All that met you are better off. Prayers for the family I know your loss is great but be proud you had him as an example in life.

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  • JimSheldonJimSheldon Posts: 39 ✭✭

    RIP Leon. I remember meeting him at the Long Beach Coin Convention in 1987 when he became a life member of the Beverly Hills Coin Club. He never bragged about it nor tried to solicit any of our members. Great, honorable guy.

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 20,835 ✭✭✭✭✭

    One other thing I remembered about Mr Leon. All his crew seemed to genuinely love the man. That speaks volumes. He was always the first person I looked for at the Michigan shows and the first person I asked about when I didn't see him


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