Casey Tilford is the owner and operator of Edmond Coins.
This story begins in 1998 when Casey, at age 8, was given some foreign coins and currency by some relatives and that began his interest in collecting and enjoying coins, Casey then went to an antique store in Guthrie, OK and made his first actual purchase - some Indian Head Cents and Buffalo Nickels.
At age 9, Casey's Dad took him to meet the owner of Edmond Coins at his coin shop inside an antique mall in downtown Edmond. Casey bought a few Large Cents and other coins, adding to his collection. In fact Casey's entire allowance would be spent buying coins week after week.
In 1999, Edmond Coins moved from the small area in the antique mall to a storefront just across from the main post office in downtown Edmond. Casey continued to spend his weekly allowance on coins developing a passion for collecting and after several months, the store owner offered Casey a position to help around the store. Casey would put stamps on mail, take out the trash, sort coins, help customers at the counter and do other odd jobs. He was learning the coin business.
As he spent more and more time there and expanded his skills, he was able to assess and appraise collections which were brought into the store for evaluation. While most children his age were playing sports or video games, Casey was learning about business and the coin industry. All while he was under the age of 16. Casey worked as much as his parents would let him, after school, on Saturdays and during school holidays. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable.
During the summer of 2006 when he was 16, Casey attended the American Numismatic Association's 'Summer Seminars' in Colorado Springs. This is where numismatist go to learn more about the hobby from fellow collectors and industry experts. While having a great time and learning more about the industry, Casey was approached by one of the nation's largest coin grading service - the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Casey so impressed NGC with his skill that they offered him an internship during the summer of 2007 grading coins at their headquarters in Florida. But Casey turned down their offer of full-time employment preferring to stay in Oklahoma and continue working for Edmond Coins.
In 2008, Casey left Edmond Coins and went to work for another local coin shop while he finished high school and graduated from Edmond North High School. He worked there for 5 years, in essence learning additional skills and eventually managing the store for his final 2 years while there. But Casey's passion was always to own a store of his own.
Casey and the former owner of Edmond Coins had remained friends over the years and while having dinner one night the topic was brought up about Casey opening a store of his own someday. The two spent many hours together discussing how they could make this happen. The former owner wanted to help Casey without being an owner. Casey needed some guidance to get the business up and running. Together they worked for the next few months detailing a business plan, building out the location of 3409 South Broadway in Edmond thus making Casey's Dream a reality. Casey opened his store with the help of his friend September 2, 2014. A true story about a young man who worked hard to realize his dream.
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