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James L. Halperin is an American author and businessman. He established a rare coin fund for investors, New England Rare Coin Fund (NERCF).


Janies Halperin was born on October 31, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He was the son of Edward B. and Audrey B. Halperin.


Halperin finished Middlesex School in Concord in 1970, and then attended Harvard University between 1970-1971.


In 1976 Halperin established a rare coin fund for investors, New England Rare Coin Fund (NERCF).

Upon liquidation at auction in April 1980, each investor in NERCF received 460% of their initial investment after commissions and fees.

In 1982, he sold his coin company to a former employee, entered into a 50/50 business partnership with renowned numismatist-turned-businessman Steve Ivy and settled in Dallas, Texas. Halperin and Ivy still co-direct Heritage Auctions, of Dallas, Texas, which advertises itself as the world's largest rare coin company and third largest auction house (2012 sales of about $860 million).

In 1985 Halperin authored a text on grading coins, How to Grade U.S. Coins, upon which the grading standards of the two leading third-party grading services PCGS and NGC were ultimately based.

Also Halperin is known as an author of two popular futurism fiction books, The Truth Machine (1996) and The First Immortal (1997).


  • Galperin's The Truth Machine and The First Immortal are both best-sellers that were each cited in PC Magazine's 20th Anniversary Survey in 2001 as one of the 17 top science/technology fiction books of the previous 20 years. The Truth Machine is currently under development as a motion picture by Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment.

    A profile on Halperin appeared in Forbes in 2004, to which Halperin posted an annotated (clarified and/or corrected in footnotes) version on Heritage's website.

    Halperin also endows The James & Gayle Halperin Foundation, which supports health and education-related charities.



  • Other Interests

    Halperin collects art by Maxfield Parrish and Harriet Frishmuth, Mad magazine memorabilia, EC comic books.


In 1984 James married Gayle. They have two sons, David (born 1990) and Michael (born 1995).

Edward B. Halperin

Audrey B. Halperin

Gayle Halperin

David Halperin

Michael Halperin