On Thursday, January 6th, 2011, Ira and Larry Goldberg were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Nusmismatic Society, for their outstanding contributions to the Numismatic Community.
The Gala took place at the historic Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The evenings events featured a live dinner Auction, a silent auction, and music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra.
Ira Goldberg has been a professional numismatist for over 45 years. He currently co-owns and operates Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. in Beverly Hills, California. Prior to the formation of his own company in 1998, Mr. Goldberg served as Vice President of Superior, an A-Mark Co. (1994-1998), and prior to 1994, as owner and President of Superior Stamp and Coin Company (Beverly Hills, CA), which, at that time, was one of the largest numismatic and philatelic auction houses in the world; it was founded by Ira Goldberg’s grandfather in 1931. Ira served on the board of directors of the Professional Numismatic Guild (member #153) for the maximum ten-year limit and as its President (1993-1995). He has also served on various committees for the American Numismatic Association, in addition to serving as an authenticator for their authentication service.
Lawrence “Larry” Goldberg, a professional numismatist, currently co-owns and operates Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. Larry Goldberg is a widely-recognized expert on all phases of United States coinage. For several years he hosted a live television program, "Money Talks". His other specialties include United States currency and World gold and silver coinage.
In 1999, Ira and Larry Goldberg were part of a group that purchased the S.S. Central America treasure, valued at over $100 million. This is still the world record for a numismatic purchase. On May 28, 2009, Ira and Larry Goldberg auctioned The Millennia Collection, which realized over $24 million, the most a World Coin Auction has brought in a single day. On September 6, 2009, Ira and Larry Goldberg auctioned a 1795 Reeded Edge Cent for $1,265,000, the highest price ever paid at auction for a copper coin. Other notable and world–record–breaking sales and acquisitions also include The King of Siam Set, The 1937 King Edward VIII Proof Set, The Ted Naftzger Collection, The Dr. Hesselgesser Collection, and the Dan Holmes Collection.
Both Ira and Larry Goldberg are life members of the American Numismatic Association, the Numismatic Literary Guild, and the Professional Numismatists Guild.