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Fitzgerald New Auction Head
By Bank Note Reporter

Spink Smythe has announced the hiring of Jim Fitzgerald as senior vice president of auctions.

"We are delighted to add such a knowledgeable and well-respected numismatist to lead the Spink Smythe team," said Tracy L. Shreve, chief operating officer of Spink USA. "We are extremely proud of our past and look forward to continued success in the future with our new, truly global presence."

Fitzgerald is former director of currency auctions for Heritage Auction Galleries and has extensive management experience in the travel and hotel industry.

He started collecting coins as a child when his grandfather helped him fill Whitman folders with Lincoln cents found in circulation. In addition to coins, he collects small-size U.S. notes, Texas obsoletes, Confederate and National Bank Notes.

Fitzgerald has presented educational seminars for the Texas Numismatic Association and the Tarrant County Historical Society, and recently served as chairman of the TNA convention in his hometown of Fort Worth.

He and his wife, Sheli, have a son born this past December.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity with Spink Smythe, and look forward to blending two distinguished names both firmly established in their fields into the marketplace," said Fitzgerald.

In January, Spink Smythe launched its Collector's Series Sale. The next Collector's Series Sale will be held April 23-24, 2009 in New York at the Spink Smythe galleries on 57th St. Spink Smythe is also the official auctioneer of the Memphis International Paper Money Show, June 26-28, 2009. To consign to this or other upcoming auctions, contact Fitzgerald at JFitzgerald@SpinkSmythe.com

For additional information, contact Spink Smythe by phone at 800-622-1880, by e-mail at info@SpinkSmythe.com, or online at www.SpinkSmythe.com.


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