Recently we wrote a post on some of the famous historical figures that were numismatists and that left us here at The Stamp and Coin Place discussing what contemporary celebrities are coin collectors. Surely, if the elite of the past collected so would the elite of the present. It can be hard to imagine someone like Kim Kardashian being a coin collector but we did a little research and rounded up a list of some celebrity collectors.
Jack is an American actor, comedian, and musician. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily in comedy films. Black is known for his roles in School of Rock (2003), King Kong (2005),the Kung Fu Panda franchise (2008–2016), Gulliver’s Travels (2010), and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). On a Conan interview in 2017 he talks about his rare and ‘spicy’ coin collection.
Wayne is one of the most well-known coin collectors involved in the hobby today. He is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999.
Penny is an American actress, director and producer. Most notably known for her role in Laverne & Shirley and directing Big, A League of Their Own, and Awakenings. In an article written by People they wrote that “She collects compulsively—she forced friends to surrender change when she went on a recent coin-collecting kick”.
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James is an American actor. His career has spanned more than 60 years, and he has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors and “one of the greatest actors in American history”. You would likely recognize him as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. Jones has narrated the documentary, Money: History in Your Hands.
Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. It is said that “people who have traveled with Trump say he has become enthralled by challenge coins, attributing his interest to his appreciation for military traditions and might… that fascination grew during the presidential campaign, when he would receive coins from law-enforcement and military personnel whom he encountered at stops.”
Buddy was an American actor and dancer, whose career spanned seven decades, including the role of Jed Clampett in the CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) and the title character in the television detective drama Barnaby Jones (1973–1980), also on CBS. In a 2002 issue of Numismatic News they wrote: “An admitted history buff, Ebsen told Green that he was fascinated by the history of coins in his collection. One of his favorites being a Territorial gold $50 octagonal slug that had a lot of nicks on [it]. ‘It’s a long way from being Mint State, but I associate a story with each one of these nicks’ . . . ‘A story about a family shoving off for the West and this is going to put them in business. And they get attacked by Indians and the coin is stolen’ . . . ‘Every one of these nicks I start making up stories about. So I enjoy this coin, even the heft of the coin.’”
Paul is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band the Beatles. It is said that in the early days of the Beatles’ careers the fans would throw coins onstage and the band would scoop them up at the end of shows and this sparked an interest in coin collecting for Paul.
Lauren is an American singer, best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In the ‘See the Real Me’ interview at her Neon Lights Tour she recounts a story of how her Grandpa bought her a coin book when she was little and she still collects to this day, specifically, she always checks her quarters. Fans are known to give her coins during meet and greets as well.
Connor is an American film, stage, and television actor. He is best known for his role as Charles “Trip” Tucker III on Star Trek: Enterprise and as Michael on the series Stargate Atlantis. He has been rumored to have been spotted at a couple coin shows in Long Beach and often includes coin collecting as a hobby in his bios.
Nolan is an American actor. He is known for his role as youngest sibling, Luke Dunphy, on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. In several interviews Nolan has talked about his many hobbies, one of them being collecting. He states that “I collect Hot Wheels. I collect glass. I collect coins. And I collect cards.”
Kellan is an American actor and model. He made his film debut in Stick It (2006). He is best known for playing Emmett Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), and has since played Poseidon in the 2011 film Immortals, Tarzan in the 2013 animated film Tarzan, John Smilee in The Expendables 3 (2014), and Hercules in the 2014 film The Legend of Hercules. He began collecting when his Grandfather passed down some ancient coins to him.
Martin Short is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, singer and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He has starred in comedy films, such as Three Amigos (1986), Innerspace (1987), Three Fugitives (1989), Father of the Bride (1991), Pure Luck (1991), Captain Ron (1992), Father of the Bride Part II (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996), and Jungle 2 Jungle (1997). He is a known collector and in 2013 even partnered with the Royal Canadian Mint to design a coin.
Charlie Bodin is an actor and composer, known for Transformers (2007), Friday Night Lights (2004) and Insurgent (2015). On his Twitter bio he calls himself an “actor and numismatist”.
Nicole Kidman is an Australian actress and producer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, the Silver Bear for Best Actress and a Cannes Film Festival special award. She is known for her hobby of collecting and favors coins from ancient Judea.