Thomas Coulson, CPA, Senior Numismatist
I consider myself blessed to have a career that is so enjoyable and satisfying. My work entails numerous and diverse new challenges every day. My satisfaction comes from working with colleagues and interacting with customers who have many shared interests. I have had the opportunity to forge many lifelong friends in this business and consider them part of my extended family.
I love to share my collecting interests with people. I hope that I can instill in others an appreciation for the value of entertainment and knowledge learned through numismatics. As an avid student of history, I often like to build numismatic collections around historic novels or non-fiction I have read.
Coins have the potential for intrigue as conduits to the past. I can hold a Roman Denarius of Titus, for example, and imagine myself at the opening of the Coliseum. My coins have taken me to such places as the Parthenon, Colonial New England, the halls of Versailles, and my ancestor’s home town of Hull, England. I have traveled with the armies of Alexander, Peter the Great, Napoleon, Grant and Lee. I visited the magnificent White City of Chicago and walked along its Court of Honor. I imagined the great hardships faced by the Ibo tribe in Nigeria in its bid to become an independent nation. No destination in time or distance is too great for one who possesses an open mind, some good literature, and – a coin!
I hold memberships in many numismatic organizations including life memberships in the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Michigan State Numismatic Society, Central States Numismatic Society, and Florida United Numismatists. I am also a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. I keep my numismatic knowledge relevant by continually studying and collecting in new areas of the hobby as my interests dictate. I also completed the ANA course on detection of counterfeit coins in 2007.
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jennifer and our new daughter, Abigail, who is quite a handful. I also enjoy driving around the countryside in my 2006 Mustang convertible when the weather in Michigan permits.