A consummate collector and dedicated numismatist, Van Simmons has earned his place in the rare coin pantheon as the leading coin merchant of his time.
He specializes in portfolio construction, set building and helping clients acquire the world’s finest rare coins.
As partner and president of David Hall Rare Coins, he is held in highest regard by his clientele, many of whom have been with him for over 38 years. He is respected by his peers for both his knowledge and reputation for integrity.
"I have known Van for over a decade, referred many clients to him and traded coins with him myself," said Adrian Day, Editor of the Investment Analyst. "He is thoroughly knowledgeable and ethical, and always a pleasure to deal with."
Van has been a rare coin collector since age 12 and a rare coin dealer since 1979. As one of the founders of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the largest rare coin grading service in the world, he has helped revolutionize the rare coin market. PCGS has graded and certified over 35 million coins over the last 33 years. PCGS has over 1400 authorized dealers world wide who sell their product.
PCGS was under the umbrella of Collectors Universe CLCT which traded on the Nasdaq Exchange, CLCT was taken private in 2021. Van was on the board of directors for the company and holds a certification as an Advanced Professional Director with the Corporate Directors Group. He also sat on the Governance and Compensation Committee for the company. Collectors Universe has several different companies that it owns, along with PCGS they also own PSA , Professional Sports Authority. PSA grades and authenticates sports cards, PSA currently has over 1000 authorized dealers within it’s network.
He has also won acclaim as a collectibles dealer in sports cards and memorabilia, rare firearms, Western memorabilia and collectible knives. His personal collections run the gamut from antique golf clubs to firearms, from English pottery to Bowie knives, from American and French art glass to Western Americana.
Even with this wide range of interests, Van’s number one collecting passion remains rare coins. His fascination with the beauty, rarity and historical significance of coins has been a lifelong pursuit.
Van was a co founder of Collectors Universe (CLCT) and sat on the Board of Directors from 1999 until 2018. Van also holds a certificate “Advanced Professional Director” with the Corporate Directors Group.
Currently, Van sits on the Board of Directors of Market Wise (MKTW) which trades on Nasdaq Exchange. Van is the Chairman of the Compensation Committe and sits on the Governance and Nominating Committees.
Van has personally been recommended by several economic writers over the years. Such as,