Chip Scoppa, sole proprieter of iCoins coin shop, has been a numismatic collector for over 50 years. He began collecting coins as a child through gifts and finds. Throughout his life, his love for the intricacies and significance of coinage has only grown. His background as a chemical engineer and project manager has helped him create a very systematic and well documented system for collecting. Chip has also been an integral part of the Rochester Numismatic Association. He served as the 100th president, as well as other executive positions, during his ongoing time as an active member there.
Chip has also written and created many articles and presentation on numismatics across the years. Some of his published works can be found here.
Awards and Acclamations:
Chip received the RNA’s Charles Ricard Writer’s Award in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012; Alphonse Kolb Speaker’s Award in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017; Alphonse Kolb Best-in Show Award in 2009 and 2015 for his exhibit of Constantinian-era Campgate coins in 2009 and for his exhibit of a Civil War Era Smith & Wesson Revolver and Coins of that Era in 2015; and Numismatist of the Year in 2010. A graduate of the ANA’s “Coins in the Classroom” program, Scoppa collects ancient Roman Imperial coinage, World War II-era coins and paper money, exonumia of the Army- Navy “E” Award Program, and experimental webpress notes. Scoppa has also been awarded the Catherine Sheehan Literary Award for U.S. Paper Money Studies for his article “Red”R” and Red “S” Revisited” published in the March 2011 issue of the The Numismatist.