DON BAILEY'S NUMISMATIC BACKGROUND
I was born and raised in south central Michigan. Born
in Marshall, and raised in Jackson. Left to join the Marine Corps during
the Korean War. Retired out of the Marines at Yuma, Arizona, where I
lived for seventeen years. While there I acquired an interest in Mexico
and its history. I started collecting US coins in the early 1960s, but
quickly turned to just Mexican numismatics because of it's vastly interesting
history, and its relationship to the history of the United States. I
disposed of all the US inventory, and jumped into Mexico with a passion.
I started serious studies of Mexican numismatics,
writing articles on various areas of Mexican numismatics. My first
article was published in June 1967. In my early years I concentrated
on Emperor Maximilian and the French Intervention period, specializing
in all aspects of that period.
Over the years my numismatic activities included serving
in many numismatic organizations as an organization officer. I have
been a member of the Sociedad Numismatica de Mexico for over thirty
years. A life member of the American Numismatic Association, (LM1050).
I served for a number of years as the official representative for
the Sociedad in the United States. A few years ago I was appointed
by the Banco de Mexico to serve as it's liaison with the numismatic
Over the years I have written numerous articles on
mainly Mexican historical, or numismatic subjects, but have written
on other areas as well. The best and most notable was the Front page
Coin World article on "Mark Hoffman", the Mormon forger
and murderer back in the 1980s. My articles have appeared at one time
or another in all of the numismatic publications, deceased, and still
in operations. Some of these have received literary awards. I have
the past few years served as the "Mexican Trends" Analyst
for Coin World. This is the listing and pricing of all Mexican coinage,
from the 1905 coinage reform to date. I have been a contributor to
all of Krause Publications numismatic references pertaining to Mexico
since day one, such as; Standard Catalog of Mexican Coins, Standard
Catalog of World Coins, and Tokens of Latin America. Other contributions
were made to all three of Frank Grove's Medals and Decoration books,
his Token book, The Guide Book of Mexican Coins, by Buttrey and Hubbard
to name a few..
For over the past year I have written a monthly column
for World Coin News, called "Mexican Numismatic Potpourri"
or "Mexican Potpourri" for short. Over this period the readers
have been taken a trip through the numismatic history of Mexico, and
by the time the series is over all areas of Mexican Numismatics will
have been covered.
In 1967 I started what was known as the Maximilian
Numismatic and Historical Society, which prospered for several years
until burnout set in, as well as the waning interest in specialty
In June of 1997, with the aid and encouragement of two
dear friends, Joe Flores and Sal Falcone, we organized the United States
Mexican Numismatic Association, I currently serve as it's Executive director
and Editor of it's quarterly publication, The Mexican Numismatic Journal.
The Association is an attempt to reach a broad collector base in the United
states and abroad that have not yet been brought into the Collector field.
This organization has grown in two and one-half years to a 330 member
organization, and the Association was just honored by the Sociedad Numismatica
de Mexico by being awarded the "Dr. Alberto Francisco Pradeau"
award for promoting Mexican numismatics. I was appointed to the United
States Annual Assay Commission, by then President Richard M. Nixon in
1974, have been honored with several local, regional and international
awards, such as the "Numismatic Ambassador" award in 1980, The
Sociedad Numismatica de Mexico's "Jose Tamborrel Jr" award in
1985, and the "Alberto Francisco Pradeau" award in 1993. In
2002 I was again awarded the "Jose Tamborrel Jr" award
as well as the "President's Award.
Since 1979 I have been very active in the Mexican
numismatic field as a full time dealer, attending most major coin
shows around the country, and in Mexico. Our travels take us to all
regions of the United States.
I have worked with the Banco de Mexico and the Casa
De Moneda de Mexico promoting their products and numismatic materials,
and have served as a distributor for the Banco de Mexico in the Libertad,
and Pre-Columbian series.
Lois and I have been the sole distributor for Bancomer
for the Mexican State Commemorative Program started in late 2003 that
will run through the end of 2005.
These forty years have been a ball. Forty years of
working, if one can use that term, in a field that one really enjoys
is all that one can ask.
The last twenty years, my wife Lois, has worked with
me. She is a very vital part of the operation. Without her assistance
and encouragement the goals we have achieved would have been impossible