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About BE's Coins & Brian E. Fanton

BE's Coins & More is a full service coin dealer in Hiawatha, Iowa.  BE's Coins will handle your estate appraisals, buy and sell gold and silver, repair broken jewelry, and allow you to browse, buy and sell coins.

Coins and currency are interesting to see and handle, but it’s the history behind the money that got shop owner, Brian E. Fanton, crazy about currency. This isn’t just a hobby, he’s a rare expert on coins, bills and tokens from all over the world.


Brian got hooked on coins early. He was a small boy when his grandfather introduced him to his first coin collector’s book, but it wasn’t just the hobby of finding and collecting coins that drew him in. It was the history behind each piece.


His love for coins grew from a simple hobby to a successful shop that’s been in Hiawatha since 1969. BE’s Coins is a full service shop offering estate appraisals, coin grading submission services, Boy Scout Merit badge and speaker programs, and is an ANA (American Numismatic Association) member dealers; they follow a code of ethics for honest and reliable service.

Fanton has been a coin collector for more than 55 years and a full-time coin dealer since 1999. A certified coin grader, he began teaching introductory and grading courses at the ANA Summer Seminar in 1995 and has taught almost every year since. Dedicated to the ANA’s educational mission and outreach programs, Fanton makes numismatic presentations to more than 1,000 students annually.

Brian E. Fanton  –  ANACS, ICG, NGC, PCGS, PMG Dealer

More About Brian

An American Numismatic Association life member since 1989, Fanton also belongs to the Central States Numismatic Society and several Iowa coin clubs, including the Hiawatha Coin Club (which he started in 2004), the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Coin Club and the Iowa Numismatic Association.

He has been named an ANA Outstanding District Delegate (1994, 1998), Adult Advisor of the Year (1998) and Outstanding Club Representative (2002); he also has served on the ANA Board of Governors (2005-07) and chaired the ANA Education Committee (1993-96). He was honored as a Numismatic News Numismatic Ambassador in 2003. The ANA awarded him an honorary “Doctorate of Numismatics” at its 2011 Summer Seminar.

And in 2012 Brian was honored with the Adna G. Wilde Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence during ceremonies Aug. 9 at the  World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.  The award recognizes ANA members who dedicate their time and resources to further the educational purposes of the Association and the hobby, and who set an example for others.

Brian also shares his wealth of knowledge with talking about minting and grading.  Brian also speaks to various law enforcement groups about counterfeiting.  In his spare time he teaches grading classes in Colorado Springs, works with Boy Scout troops and visits local classrooms.


Memberships – ANA , CSNS, CWTS , FUN, INA & SPMC

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