Shanna Schmidt is specialized in ancient numismatics, with a particular focus placed on Greek coinage. She is a full member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) since 2008, member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) as well as the American Numismatic Society (ANS). Shanna also is a former board member with the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN).
Shanna Schmidt graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. Her course of study was Communications, with a minor in Classical Piano. Afterwards, she worked for the Chicago advertising firm Leo Burnett both in the USA and abroad, in Copenhagen and Frankfurt. After almost ten years of working overseas, Shanna Schmidt returned to Chicago to work in the company her father had founded, Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Apart from these activities, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago in 2013. Her Master’s thesis was on the Cultural Property Debate as it relates specifically to ancient coins. In 2016 Shanna Schmidt decided to become an independent coin dealer, enabling her to focus efforts on her customers and building their collections.
Shanna lives with her husband and two children in Oak Park, Illinois. Being married to a German national, she speaks fluent German. When she isn't traveling she continues to play and perform classical piano.