Who is Ken Potter?
December 22, 2008 -- Ken Potter is 57 years old and began collecting coins in 1959 when the reverse of the Lincoln cent was changed from the wheat-back to the now familiar Lincoln Memorial design. He dabbled in variety and error coins almost from the very beginning of his collecting career and began specializing in that field in 1979 when he discovered a new variety on a Canadian dollar that made front page news in the Canadian numismatic press (in addition to stories in Numismatic News and Coin World).
In addition to being a contributor to countless books, columns and articles by others, he is a prolific author and photographer with regularly featured columns and features in Numismatic News, Coin World, World Coin News, Canadian Coin News, The NCADD Hub, The CONECA Errorscope, The CONECA Web Site and The Mich-Matist - "Michigan Cherries."
He has also penned numerous feature articles over the years for other publications including: COINage Magazine, Coins Magazine, The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist, Error Trends Coin Magazine, Error-Variety News, NECA's Errorscope, CONE's Errorgram, IASAC's Silver Bugle and others.
An Author's Index of numerous articles that he penned for his Collectors Universe column can be found in the PCGS Library and are recommended reading.
In August of 2004, the Numismatic Literary Guild named Potter as the author of the best article (or series or articles) on coins to appear in a Numismatic Newspaper (in 2003) for his "Spiked Head" series that appeared in Numismatic News and again for the Best Spot News Story or Continuing Coverage of Developing Story in Numismatics in 2008 for his series on “Presidential Dollar Error Coinage” appearing in Numismatic News in 2007. NLG presented him and coauthor Brian Allen with an award of Extraordinary Merit, for the first edition of this book in 2007.
He is a member in good standing in NLG, a charter life member of CONECA, a founding member of NCADD, and a life member of the ANA.
He was bestowed with an honorary life membership in the Michigan State Numismatic Society, is a member of Northwest Detroit Coin Club, Worldwide Bimetallic Coin Club, International Association Of Silver Art Collectors.
He’s served on CONECA’s Board of Directors in the past and is currently on his fourth consecutive term in the Webmaster position. He is CONECA’s longest serving doubled die attributer (unofficially since 1981 and officially since 1985) and is the CONECA/ICG Program attributer for world die variety and error coins. He is also the official attributer of world die varieties for NCADD.
He has conducted numerous slide show and question and answer seminars on minting varieties and errors for coin clubs, schools and treasure hunting clubs.
He was employed by Chrysler where he retired as a quality inspector after 34 years of service to the company in 2008.
Other interests include, fishing, the outdoors, aquariums, music, computers and spending time with his daughter Anna, son Robert and wife, Kim.