Shanna Schmidt establishes her own company

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November 24, 2016 – Shanna Schmidt announces the launch of her company Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc. (SSNI), as well as her website.

After many years in the coin business Shanna Schmidt has launched her own business: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc.

Shanna, the daughter of Harlan J. Berk, worked in the family business since 2005 as an expert in ancient coins, with a particular emphasis on Greek coinage. Shanna takes great pride in a few major accomplishments while working in the family business: the launch of the Harlan J. Berk Numismatic Library, a cooperation with the University of Chicago Regenstein Library. Since completion in 2016, all books in the library have been assigned Library of Congress numbers and is fully accessible to the public. Shanna is also one of the founders and former educational director of History in Your Hands Foundation, as well as the new coin bourse, Chicago Coin Expo, to take place April, 2017 at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago.

With the establishment of SSNI, Shanna will continue to offer auction representation services as she had done at Harlan J. Berk Ltd. She routinely attends all the major auctions in the U.S. and Europe and is available for phone or online bidding for any auction. Shanna will also offer appraisal services for interested customers. Her website will feature a select group of coins that will be available for purchase.

Shanna Schmidt graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. Her course of study was Communications, with a minor in Classical Piano. Afterwards, she worked for the Chicago advertising firm Leo Burnett both in the USA and abroad, in Copenhagen and Frankfurt. After almost ten years of working overseas, Shanna Schmidt returned to Chicago to work in the company her father had founded, Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Apart from these activities, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago in 2013. Her Master’s thesis was on the Cultural Property Debate as it relates specifically to ancient coins. In 2016 Shanna Schmidt decided to become an independent coin dealer, enabling her to focus efforts on her customers and building their collections. 

Shanna Schmidt is a full member of the Professional Numismatists Guild since 2008 and held a board member position with the IAPN.

For more information on Shanna Schmidt and to view coins that she is offering for sale, check out her website.

You can contact her at 708-655-4836 or by email. 

Her entry in the CoinsWeekly Who’s Who can be found here.

A CoinsWeekly report on Shanna Schmidt’s “History in Your Hands Foundation” is available here.

And this is the website of the 2017 Chicago Coin Expo.