Our Story

For over 30 years, Tangible Investments has been the premier gallery for collectors seeking the very best in rare coins, precious metals, fine art and jewelry. As a market-leading numismatic dealer and auctioneer, we purchase and sell the most desirable items available at exceptional value—and always treat you like a valued client.

At its heart, Tangible Investments is the business of coin connoisseur Silvano DiGenova, an accomplished grading consultant and antiques marketer. DiGenova’s reputation within the industry has been built in part on some of the most historically important purchases and distributions in U.S. numismatics. With over $2 Billion in transactions to date, Tangible Investments is not only one of America’s most successful rare coin traders, but the top buyer in the country.

DiGenova’s unparalleled credentials--which include designing the grading standards for the rare coin industry—coupled with extensive financial resources help make Tangible Investments a major trendsetter in the market. Additionally, the company’s well-known commitment to integrity, transparency in negotiations, and customer service has ensured it a steady flow of satisfied, loyal clients for decades.

Tangible Investments’ roots trace back to 1977, when a young entrepreneur and rare coin prodigy named Silvano DiGenova set up his first trading booth at a national coin convention. In 1984, to capitalize on his early success as a rare coin trader, DiGenova chose to take a college leave of absence from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton to found Tangible Investments of America, Inc. He became a self-made millionaire at age 21.

In 1986, DiGenova co-founded the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and was assigned the task of developing the first grading set, “the standard by which certified grading was established.” Later that year, he brought John Albanese into PCGS to help cement the foundation of certified grading.

In 1987, DiGenova sold his interest in PCGS for 50 times his cost and went on to support John Albanese as he founded the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). In 1989, DiGenova sold his entire inventory to Kidder Peabody Rare Coin Fund at the peak of the market. In 1991, DiGenova formed Tangible Investments of California with noted numismatist Dwight Manley, but sold his interest and the company was renamed and also went on to be a public entity.

DiGenova moved himself, his family, and Tangible Investments of America, Inc. from Philadelphia to California in 1991. Settling into the seaside community of Laguna Beach, he opened a rare coin and fine art gallery known as Tangible Asset Galleries. DiGenova brought this entity public in 1999 during the height of the dot-com craze. At its peak, Tangible Asset Galleries’ market cap value exceeded $100 million.

Next, Tangible Assets acquired Keystone Coin in Pennsylvania and, within a year, Superior Galleries, a 70-year-old Beverly Hills firm. As CEO of the newly merged company known as Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills, DiGenova headed up what was then the largest rare coin auction house in California.

DiGenova successfully orchestrated the sale of Superior Galleries for nearly $20 Million in stock to another public company, Dallas Gold and Silver. It was at this point that the new Tangible Investments reopened in Newport Beach. Our latest home is in a wonderful building with a prime location at 1910 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

What began as a young boy’s passion for rare coins is today a diverse gallery of unique and beautiful finds that stands as one of the most respected names in the collectibles industry. And to this day, Tangible Investments is helmed by its talented founder, Silvano DiGenova, and staffed by one of the finest teams assembled to purchase and sell tangible assets.

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