Over the past decade Aris has established himself as a
leading expert in the field of World paper money, having auctioned or brokered
tens of millions of dollars’ worth of banknotes, domestically and internationally.
Aris has handled at least one-third of the individual World banknotes that have
realized over $50,000 at public auction in the past five years. He has a
passion for forging relationships with both dealers and collectors, and
assesses each deal with fairness, no matter the value of the note or size of
the collection. His efforts have aided the rapid growth of the World Paper Department
at Stack’s Bowers Galleries and contributed to the growth of the hobby itself.
Aris works closely with dealers, hobbyists, and other firms
to finalize private treaty deals such as the record-breaking set of Zanzibar banknotes.
In 2017, in collaboration with our Hong Kong office, Aris oversaw the sale of a
complete set of People’s Republic of China notes. This featured the coveted
1951 10,000 Yuan for $358,000, which remains the highest priced single World banknote
sold by a major U.S auction house. Additionally, his efforts to procure and
subsequently auction the rarest treasures of World paper money have comprised
handling complete sets of first issue Imperial Bank of Persia notes, the Arias
Issue from Panama, the extremely rare Haj Pilgrim sets, some of the rarest
Canadian notes, and many other rarities from highly collected countries around
Aris is a member of all major numismatic guilds and
associations and attends all major shows both domestically and internationally.
In his spare time, he treasures taking his pups to the beach with his
girlfriend, traveling, savoring the best coffee or wine, and making pizza from
scratch. He is a lifelong New York Knicks fan, but has also experienced many
joyful sporting moments as a fan of both the New York Yankees and the New York
Giants. He has lived in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida, but has resided
in Southern California since 2015.