Miles Standish begins next chapter and resigns from NGC

Michael “Miles” Standish

Well-known professional numismatist, philanthropist, and award-winning author Michael “Miles” Standish has agreed to resign as Senior Vice President of the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC).

“It’s been an excellent six years at NGC, but I’d like to take the time now to write another book and add a few new chapters in my own life,” said Standish, a resident of the Austin, Texas area.

He joined NGC in 2015 as Coin Grader and Vice President, having previously served as a senior executive at ANACS, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).

Standish is credited with spearheading and expanding the popular concept of signing autographs on encapsulation inserts with artists, engravers, former coin directors, celebrities and star athletes who sign inserts on certified coins and trading cards.

“I estimate I’ve examined, authenticated, and graded over ten million coins, cards, and sports memorabilia over the past 37 years,” said Standish.

In 1997, the front page of the Orange County Register, California newspaper, featured a photo of Standish wearing white cotton gloves while examining the Eliasberg 1804 flowing hair silver dollar. In 1998, the St. Louis news media photographed him again wearing white gloves as he certified Mark McGwire’s record-breaking 70th home run baseball.

Standish is the author of the reference book, “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin,” which received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild’s Best Specialized Book Award. John Mercanti is another best-selling book, “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the US Bullion Coin Program “.

In 2011, Standish was awarded the Director’s Medal of Excellence by Edmund Moy, the director of the United States Mint. He has also created design concepts for more than 20 different numismatic and legal tender coins that were issued on behalf of the Cook Islands.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Standish began buying and selling coins at the age of 17 while he was still in high school. Shortly after graduating in 1983, he was hired by ANACS as a grader. During his career with external certification companies, he served as Vice Chairman of ANACS; PSA Vice President; PCGS Vice President, Senior Grader, and Director of Business Development; and was a co-founder of Collectors Universe, Inc., the parent company of PCGS and PSA.

In 2015 he became NGC Vice President and Coin Grader. Over the years he has also worked for well-known retailers such as Michael G. DeFalco, Wayne Miller and Steven L. Contursi.

In 2021, Standish was named one of the 10 Most Influential People 1960-2020 by Coin World magazine.

He supports his wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified Child Life Specialist, the founder and president of the Standish Foundation for Children (, an international not-for-profit organization promoting child and family-centered health care in the United States States sets states and overseas.

During a Shave Miles fundraiser for the foundation, Standish had his head shaved by Pawn Stars TV show star Rick Harrison and half a dozen numismatic celebrities at the American Numismatic Association’s 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money®. In 2019, he set up a $ 250,000 trust fund to support education and sports programs at Portage Central High School in Michigan, where he played college football and graduated in 1983. He also donated a eight-foot bronze statue of a Mustang horse, a symbol of the school’s mascot name, the Mighty Mustangs.

Standish says he was nicknamed “Miles” around 1985 from Florence M. Schook, who was president of the American Numismatic Association at the time. The nickname is a humorous allusion to the historical figure Myles Standish, an English military officer who accompanied pilgrims on the Mayflower in 1620 to establish the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.

“The key to my success has been focus, determination and never giving up or giving up on the goals I set out to do,” said Standish.

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