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Meet The Coin Cabinet team

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Meet the Team

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Andreas Afeldt

Founder and Managing Director

Andreas has been buying and selling coins for most of his life. When he was five his grandfather gave him a bucket of silver bullion coins to trade, an early lesson in entrepreneurship. Today, the same principles applied in his early collecting remain at the heart of The Coin Cabinet approach — a focus on rarity, historical appeal and quality. Launched in 2014, the idea for The Coin Cabinet came from a frustration with the high cost of market access for coin traders, particularly the complex fees charged by traditional auction houses and dealers. He also wants to demystify trading with an accessible auction platform and transparent pricing. A passion for numismatics complements his fascination with history, and the conviction that remarkable events of the past illuminate current and future trends. Ultimately he’s a believer in gold — as a real asset hedge against currency fluctuations, volatility and political instability — a lesson implicit in his grandfather’s gift, an artefact from a time when coins had intrinsic value.

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Tom Pelc

Investment Consultant

Tom is a habitual collector. During his three-decade career in investment banking and hedge funds he has led a parallel life as a qualified silversmith and antiques dealer in London’s Portobello Road, Camden Passage and Grays. Bringing together his financial expertise with a deep knowledge of coins and the world of collecting, he’s a bridge between The Coin Cabinet’s diversified and portfolio investors, and classical numismatists. Equally comfortable discussing investment strategies and macroeconomics with a fund manager as a themed series of rare date sovereigns, his investment narrative is built on a view that gold remains undervalued as a real asset and store of wealth that offers diversification in uncertain times. It might be a well-established narrative, but a long view of history continues to inform his decision-making in today’s world of fiat money and cryptocurrencies — and he’s looking for the the opportunities presented by future possibilities, not just short-term probabilities.

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Claire Moryan

Head of Auctions and Client Experience

Claire Moryan was The Coin Cabinet’s first employee, joining the company in June 2020. In her role as the Head of Auctions and Client Experience, Claire oversees the entire consignment and auction creation process. Having been at The Coin Cabinet from the beginning, Claire has significantly contributed to the growth of the company and introduced many of its unique services and features, including the much-beloved coin grading service. Under her supervision, auction sales have doubled in profits since September 2021. Claire started at The Coin Cabinet as the Operations Associate, where she catalogued consignments, shipped the winnings, and provided high-class customer service.

 

Prior to working at The Coin Cabinet, Claire worked at internationally renowned auction house Christie’s, in both their New York and London offices. It was during her time there that the most expensive painting ever was sold: the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Claire helped organize nine different sales across various categories while employed at Christie’s. In addition to this impressive feat, Claire was also appointed as the client strategy analyst for Christie’s Hong Kong office.

 

Claire was educated at the Washington and Lee University in Classics and Studio Art. She then continued her studies at the University of Oxford, where she obtained a Master of Philosophy in Classic Archaeology. Claire also graduated from University College London with a master’s degree in Museum Studies.   

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Louis Davern

Data Analyst and Inventory Lead

Louis Davern joined The Coin Cabinet in August 2021 as the Data Analyst and Inventory Lead. Combining an academic background in ancient history with an interest in numismatics, Louis is responsible for all things data. In his role, Louis uses data analysis to determine the most in-demand coins and to help match the right coin with the right buyer. In addition to this, he also manages and oversees the secure coin storage and assists with the entire auction process. During his time at The Coin Cabinet, Louis has significantly improved the coins storage by creating a highly effective process from scratch. Louis also implemented the post-auction debrief process.

 

Prior to working at The Coin Cabinet, Louis worked as a media buyer and planner in the advertising industry. He worked within GroupM at Maxus, a global media agency, and later followed that up with employment at Essence, a pioneering advertising company. In these roles, he worked closely with the telecom, utilities, and gaming industries. Louis was also employed at M&C Saatchi. During his time in the advertising industry, Louis further developed his skills in data literacy and gained additional knowledge of several database software programmes.

 

Educated at Royal Holloway with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Louis is a specialist in Medieval History with a passion for Late Rome, Byzantium, and Early Islam history. He later continued his academic studies by pursuing a master’s degree in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at the University of Oxford. Louis’ expert knowledge of various historical periods is a great asset for his work at The Coin Cabinet.

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Christina Minasova

Auctions Coordinator

Christina Minasova joined The Coin Cabinet at the end of 2021 as the Auctions Coordinator. In this role, she supports the rest of the team on all business and auction operations. Already having amassed a significant amount of experience in the communication and client support fields, Christina helps The Coin Cabinet clients throughout the entire consignment process. Thanks to her, the consignment processes run smoothly from beginning to end, and the monthly auctions take place as scheduled. Christina also co-runs the newly introduced live auctions, which have already proven to be a favourite among the clientele.

 

Prior to working at The Coin Cabinet, Christina worked in event management and as a collection researcher at Vastari, a unique platform connecting private collectors and public museums. A particular high point of her career there was the collaboration with Christie’s for the Inaugural Art+Tech Summit: Exploring Blockchains. By working on this pioneering event on the combination of high art and technology for Christie’s, Christina not only gained a love for the auctioneering field but also advanced knowledge of how cutting-edge technology would affect the high art and luxury items business in the coming years.

 

Educated at Richmond American International University London with BA in Art History and Visual Culture, Christina has a background in Art History and Psychology. In addition to this, she is a true polyglot. Christina is fluent in Russian and has a working knowledge of French and Latin.

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Chloe Kong

Shipping and Logistics Assistant

Chloe Kong joined The Coin Cabinet in early 2022 as the Shipping and Logistics Assistant. She is a multi-experienced professional in the logistics, professional customer communications, and content creation and curation fields. Chloe oversees the entire logistics and shipping process at The Coin Cabinet and is responsible for the pre-sale and post-sale arrangements. She collaborates closely with external third parties to ensure the smooth delivery of the many unique and high-value coins. In the short time she has been here, Chloe has already significantly improved and increased the efficiency of the logistics and shipping processes. In addition to this remarkable feat, Chloe manages the social media marketing, having both expanded and rebranded the company’s social media presence.

 

Prior to joining The Coin Cabinet, Chloe worked as a digital marketing officer at the Hong Kong Ballet, one of Asia’s premier ballet companies. Chloe was also previously employed at local Hong Kong art galleries Galerie Ora-Ora and Galerie Huit, where she gained experience in both digital marketing and customer communication. In addition to further honing her skills in digital marketing, Chloe was also a welcoming assistant and customer communicator at the British Museum, one of the most prestigious museums in London.

 

Chloe was educated at Hong Kong Baptist University in English Language and Literature and English Language Teaching. She continued her studies at University College London, where she pursued a degree in Ancient History. Chloe is a true polyglot, with fluency in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, and knowledge of Ancient Greek, Latin and Korean.

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Mario Wageman

Head of Creative

Mario Wageman joined The Coin Cabinet in January 2022 as the Head of Creative. He is an experienced professional in the creative, photography, videography, and graphic design fields. At the Coin Cabinet, Mario realises and oversees the company’s creative vision. In the short time he has worked at the auction house, Mario has created the video production structure and workflow from scratch, which has led to a significantly increased video output and overall brand awareness. Thanks to him, the Coin Cabinet’s presence on YouTube and social media has both increased and become more visually recognizable. In addition to this, Mario also leads a team of both in-house and freelance creatives and delivers multi-platform and multi-channel content campaigns.

 

Prior to working at the Coin Cabinet, Mario created several start-ups spanning a diversity of fields and focusing on mobile applications, online stores, and blog platforms. These experiences have helped him further develop his marketing and sales skills and gained him valuable experience in brand awareness and business management.

 

Educated at CreativeLive Academy and The Photography Institute, among others, Mario has gathered an impressive number of qualifications in design, photography, film, marketing, video production, and business. Mario is passionate about photography, especially product photography, a passion which he converts into beautiful product pictures of the Coin Cabinet’s vast and unique coin collection.

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