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Richard Ponterio began collecting coins as a young boy at about the age of 10. His interests in numismatics first peaked while working for his uncle who owned a vending machine company. During the summer, Rick would accompany his uncle along his route, re-stocking the machines and collecting the monies which had been deposited. At the end of each day, the two of them would search through the coins for dates and varieties they needed for their collections. In 1972 he decided to make numismatics his full-time profession.
From 1974–1982, he helped co-found the firm Ponterio & Wyatt, conducting mail bid auctions, price lists, and attending major coin shows. In 1982, he formed the company Ponterio & Associates, which was accepted into the International Association of Professional Numismatist (IAPN) in 1988. He also served on the executive committee of the IAPN for eight years. He joined the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) in 1979, and served on its board of directors for six Years. He is an ANA life member and is the president of the New York International Numismatics Convention.
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