By Rhonda Costa-Landers
William Robins will
give a lecture on coins at the Nevada State
Will Robins, of Westchester County, N.Y., is
just 16, but has been exhibiting, writing and
lecturing about coins for about four years. He's
won numerous awards and received recognition
from the Numismatic Association.
"He has lectured senior numismatists and
historians at Colorado College, as well as the
national convention in Milwaukee and other
places " said Steve Graham, a family friend.
"He's impressing others who have been in the
business much longer than he has."
Robins will give a lecture and display on the
Carson City Mint and the Comstock at the Nevada
State Museum. The display and lecture, "Carson
City: A Numismatic El Dorado," is free.
Robins began collecting license plates just
before the age of 4, of all 50 states. From
there he moved on to coins.
"He's really just a normal kid, the most normal
kid in the world," Graham said. "He's a
straight-A student, is on two swim teams - the
high school varsity team and a community swim
"Last year he helped put 18 scouts through their
numismatist program for a badge."
"He just completed his first draft of a
comprehensive book on Carson City, 'Connection
to the Comstock,'" said Graham.
He won two literary awards in 2007, two
first-place exhibit awards in 2007 and the
first-place award for Western Americana. His
interest in Carson City and the Comstock came
about after meeting Graham at Colorado College
when they were in a class together. He also
plays ultimate Frisbee and enjoys tennis.
"He's also completed a number of required
courses and received a diploma from the
Robins won a first-place award for his Western
Americana display in Milwaukee, and the same
award in 2006 on Colorado Mining.
The museum is at 600 N. Carson St.