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 press.

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 organizations.

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 to reach.

 
 
   
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