John Kraljevich Americana was founded in 2007 after a lifetime of study and a career as a leading researcher and cataloguer for several high profile numismatic firms. A native of historic Chester County, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Virginia, John has been sought out for his expertise on early numismatic Americana since his teen years. His advice on authenticity, appraisal, and historical context on a wide variety of early American and exonumic issues is in high demand from collectors and advanced professionals alike. For over a decade, John has been a popular annual instructor on early American topics at the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar. A regular columnist in the ANA journal The Numismatist and the national bi-weekly Coin World, he has been honored for his research and writing by the American Numismatic Association and the Numismatic Literary Guild. Several auction catalogues penned by John have become classic reference works, including the LaRiviere Collection of Betts and Indian Peace medals, the Eliasberg Collection of world gold coins, and the Roehrs Collection of Regulated Gold. John was the youngest person ever elected into the membership of the Rittenhouse Society, an honorary fraternity of numismatic researchers, and was similarly honored with election as a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society. John is an annual contributor to the world-famous "Red Book," also known as A Guide Book of United States Coins, and has contributed to dozens of numismatic reference books, including 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens and other works by Q. David Bowers, The Early Paper Money of America by Eric Newman, and more. His counsel has been sought by institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg, the Massachusetts Historical Society, Monticello, and others, and he has been quoted on numismatic topics by mainstream media around the world, including CNN, the Associated Press, National Public Radio, and the BBC.
John lives with his family in Fort Mill, South Carolina, an area near Charlotte, North Carolina that has played host to De Soto, Nathanael Greene and Jefferson Davis. When not engaged in numismatic research and trading, John enjoys following Philadelphia and Virginia Cavalier sports, re-learning middle school academic subjects while helping with homework, high quality low-brow food, and the humorous interaction of two cats and a dog who wishes she was one.