Classical Coins has relocated to Temecula, CA. Details
Musings by a dealer in ancient coins concerning his unusual profession, cultural property law, efforts by archaeologists to make collecting illegal, and related issues
David Welsh received a classical education from the Jesuits. After pursuing interests as a professional numismatist, he took up an Engineering career and operates an Engineering consultancy. David received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Engineering from California Coast University, specializing in optical physics. He reads or speaks five modern languages in addition to Latin, Greek and studies in extinct ancient scripts found on coins. In 1994 David visited Paris, attending the Antiquarian Exposition where he met a French dealer whose love for Greek coins reminded David of his passion for numismatics. After ten years of gathering stock, Classical Coins [www.classicalcoins.com] opened in December 2003. David discovered that the dream he had put so much effort into was threatened by developments in cultural property law. In February 2004 he founded Unidroit-L, an Internet study group focusing on this topic. David was an early supporter of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, for which he chairs the International Affairs Committee, and has become well known as a collectors’ rights activist.