Robert Palmatter's passion for coin collecting first began in grade school when he gathered and cataloged coins as a hobby.
It reignited with a new intensity in 1987 when he went along with his nephew to a coin store to advise the boy; and the next thing he knew, he was coin collecting and soon was a coin dealer.
"I call it the collector gene; you're either born with it or not," he said. "There is no explaining it."
That all changed Jan. 26 . . .
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