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Archangel Coins was founded in 2013 by long time Numismatist Christopher Shands. Our retail store features over 2000 coins, currency and related items on display. These include coins struck by the United States, other governments, and the Ancient Empires of the world. In addition to coins, we have a selection of gold, silver and platinum bullion. Although our primary business is numismatics and bullion, we do handle some categories of antiques such as: early militaria, early Native American items, antique silver, antique photography, historical memorabilia, antiquities and other related fields.

Archangel Coins’ staff have a combined 100+ years of experience in the purchase, sale, authentication and grading of coins, currency and the related fields.

Christopher Shands (owner) began collecting coins at 11 years old. By the time he was 14, he could be found working at local coin shows handling sales and purchases. At 16 he became the youngest board member and officer of the Las Vegas Numismatic Society (LVNS), serving for more than 10 years and is now a current member of the coin clubs trust committee. The summer after high school, he began working in a local Las Vegas coin shop, where he would return to each summer between college semesters. In 2008, he received the LVNS’ Outstanding Service Award. He personally collects Flowing Hair, Draped Bust, and Capped Bust Coinage.

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The store is equipped with some of the most reliable and up-to-date counterfeit detection and analytical devices available. We are members of the American Numismatic Association, the Certified Coin Exchange, the Las Vegas Numismatic Society, and are PCGS & NGC authorized dealers. Collectors of all levels are welcome, from the beginner just starting out, to the serious investor seeking out numismatic rarities. We are strong believers in numismatic education and are always willing to share our knowledge. The owner Christopher Shands’ favorite quote is by Alfred Adler,

“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared, but only men of character are trusted.”

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Joseph Cavallaro

Joseph Cavallaro, who is Chris’ uncle, has been a lifelong collector and dealer, originally from Lambertville, NJ where he had his coin and antique stores for over 30 years. After moving to Las Vegas, NV he joined the Las Vegas Numismatic Society (LVNS) and a couple of years later, he was elected to the board. Another couple of years passed and he was elected President of the LVNS, a role he has held for over 15 years and continues to date. Under his guidance, the LVNS membership has grown to around 300 members. He was awarded the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) highest honor, The Presidential Award, by then ANA president Walter Ostromecki. He is well versed in numismatics and antiques, with decades of experience. His is also an avid collector of Flowing Hair, Draped Bust, and Capped Bust Coinage.

Chip Wukitsch

Chip Wukitsch began collecting coins at the age of 8 years old in Allentown, PA. By the time he was 18, he was actively buying and selling coins. He worked for Mike Gerlach Coins in Allentown, PA during college. Upon finishing his degree in electrical engineering and economics, he secured a job with PPL but could not resist the lure of the coin shop, so he continued working there in addition to his new job. During this time, he also became a regional promoter of sports card shows. His history here in Las Vegas began in 2013, soon after he joined the local coin club and eventually became a board member. Upon retiring from his high voltage construction job, he found his way back to a love he never really left and now works with the team at Archangel Coins.


The last member of the Archangel Coins team may not be a numismatist, but she attracts a lot of attention. Kira is a Siberian Husky that was adopted from the Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, NV by Christopher Shands when she was less than year old, she is now 7. She enjoys working in the store. Her day consists of greeting people from behind the counter.

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