Matt has been a collector for essentially his entire life, from rocks and sports cards as an adolescent to coins which would blossom into a career during his teenage years. Always having “business” as a focus as well, Matt quickly learned that many areas of introductory collectibles didn’t hold their value well and that if he was going to put his money into something, his hope was to get most or more of it out when the time to sell came. This revelation coincided with the early days of Ebay, and soon, Matt found that he could make a little extra money in the hobby.
Matt went to Trinity University in San Antonio for college and during the summer of 2003, decided to contact Heritage to see if employment opportunities existed – they did, and he wound end up working with the U.S. cataloging staff until graduation. In 2005, Matt graduated with a BS in Finance and Marketing and immediately joined Heritage as a Consignment Director, a position he held for two years.
After two years with Heritage, Matt decided it was time to explore other industries and see what his degree could offer him. For one year, Matt worked at New York Life Insurance Company in their Variable Products division. Towards the end of that year, Matt was again lured back into the auction industry. He joined Spink Smythe, a U.S.-based division of the London firm, as Vice President of Auctions where he coordinated auction sales for nearly 5 years. It is during this period that Matt refined and broadened his expertise into the field of World numismatics.
Matt chose to re-join Heritage in their World Coin department as a Consignment Director in February of 2013. Playing off his prior experiences, Matt’s roles currently include cataloging for auctions, preparing marketing materials, and of course, using his broad base of numismatic knowledge to help people sell at auction.
While Matt does maintain and occasionally add to his coin collection, he currently finds himself pursuing numismatic medals more than anything else. His collection of George Washington medals has been a long-time passion, and within his 1800-1830s focus, is fairly well-accomplished. Additionally, Matt collects medals of Mexico made during the reigns of Carlos III (1759-1788) and Carlos IV (1788-1808).