John has been collecting and studying coins
since the late 1960's, when he began attending local shows with his father and
building a US type set. A collection
that would soon expand to Buffalo Nickels, US Commemoratives, Large Cents and
Colonial and Early American Coins.
By the age of 11, John was buying and selling
coins for profit, gaining a lot of experience in all series over the next half
dozen years or so.
While attending college at Northwestern
University and then graduate school at Cornell University, getting married, doing
stints living in Japan and Singapore and traveling the globe, John spent much
of his spare time extensively researching Colonial and Early American coins in
an effort to create a comprehensive photographic condition census of all issues.
A project that took (and is still taking)
thousands of hours and, more often than not, has revealed inaccuracies in
accepted population estimates and census rankings and ultimately led to John
becoming a part-time dealer specializing in Colonial and Early American coins
By 2005, the part time business had grown
sufficiently to convince John to became a full-time dealer and eventually a partner
in CRO with Dave Wnuck.
For the next 7 years the two bought and sold
colonial, federal, world and esoteric issues of all types, helped assemble many
prominent collections, placed a wide variety of great rarities and famous coins
and did some significant deals, but also were equally proud to offer choice
examples of relatively affordable coins to thousands of collector customers.
In July of 2012, John purchased Dave's share of the
business and became the sole owner of CRO, with an eye toward continuing the
proud tradition they created.
While John was immersing himself in
numismatics, MaryAnn was going to school at Vanderbilt University, spending a
year at the University of Leeds in the UK, working for the Bank of New York,
then Banker's Trust before attending graduate school at Cornell, working for a
start-up in Budapest, spending time in Japan and, significantly, meeting that
guy described above.
MaryAnn's next job would see her running the
back office for Morgan Stanley Asia in Singapore, a role that had her
overseeing US$2 billion in trades, working 15 hour days, answering calls at 3
AM, eating the occasional scorpion on shrimp toast and taking those loooong trips
from Singapore to London to New York, all experiences that make her uniquely
qualified to run the not-quite-as-large back office for CRO.