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Get to Know the “Team Mike” Professionals at 1st American Reserve

Robert Patton, Director

Robert has worked in the numismatics industry for over 30 years and helped found 1st American Reserve in February 1998. He has worked since Day 1, for the past 25+ years, to ensure the company is well-respected and serves its clients with professionalism and integrity.

Together, Robert and his wife have five children and he enjoys spending time with them. His favorite hobbies include cooking and hunting. He and his wife enjoy camping. He has been a Boys Haven Board Member for many years and he has volunteered in support of many of his children’s activities.

Robert is proud that 1st American Reserve has maintained an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and that they deliver award-winning industry materials and service to our customers. But Robert is most proud of his team of knowledgeable representatives, their tenure and the service they provide to their clients.

His favorite coins are those produced by the Carson City Mint and the $2 ½ and $5 Indian gold coins – many of which are included in our innovative 20/20 program. Of the Carson City coins, he says, “I appreciate the history surrounding the popular Carson City Mint and the relatively limited number of coins it minted, and I feel good about providing my clients with some of the best Carson City gold coins available.” Of the $2 ½ and $5 Indians, he says, “They are particularly beautiful to me and popular as they are the first incused design coins struck by the U.S. Mint.”

Robert is here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact him.

Chris Whiddon, Sr. Account Representative

Chris has been with the company for over 20 years and has a computer information systems degree from Lamar University, which he earned while also working at Sears Inc. He is married and he and his wife have a son.

Chris has an interesting story in that he had three job interviews on the same day in 2000 and chose to join 1st American Reserve over other career paths. He had been an amateur coin collector since his grandfather gave him his first collectible coin when he was eight years old. He didn’t realize at the time that there was a precious metals industry where he would spend his career.

Since then, he has been incredibly successful and helped thousands of clients find the special coins they were seeking for their own collections. Chris still collects coins and has an affinity for $20 Liberty gold coins and $2 ½ Indian gold coins, as well as coins recovered from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. He also collects guns and baseball memorabilia.

Chris is involved in the community through his volunteer work with All Saints Episcopal School and as a little league baseball coach. Chris is available for all of your numismatic needs, so give him a call for a personal touch.

Chris Whiddon -Type II Gold Double Eagles

John Linscomb, Sr. Account Representative

John joined the company almost 20 years ago. His background is interesting in that he grew up on a cattle ranch and continues his love of the outdoors. During hunting season, when he is not in the office or spending time with his family, you can find John in a deer stand. In the summer, he is known to hook a few lunkers, as well.

John is especially proud of 1st American’s A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and the fact they have been accredited with the BBB since 2002.

John is involved locally in the community and is a member of the Lion's Club in Sour Lake, just west of Beaumont. He has also volunteered with Boys’ Haven and provided food at several of their events. He and his wife have two children and stay very involved with their busy lives and schedules.

His favorite coin is the 1870-CC $20 Double Eagle, one of the rarest coins ever minted from the famed, and ill-fated Carson City Mint. Finding this coin in any grade is difficult and there is only one known specimen in AU-55. John is also a specialist in helping his clients with rollover accounts -- converting a portion of their IRA and 401k portfolios into precious metals. With gold and silver continuing to rise, now is the time to look at your options.

John's tenure with the company and knowledge of the precious metals industry sets him apart in the numismatic field. He is here for you and can answer most rare coin questions you may have

John Linscomb - Gold American Eagles

Jeff Medley, Sr. Account Representative

Jeff Medley is an experienced professional who has been with the company for almost 20 years. Prior to joining 1st American Reserve, he worked professionally as a respected residential, commercial and industrial electrician.

Away from work, Jeff enjoys quality time with his wife and two children. He likes to fish, hunt, golf and cook. He has served on boards of charitable organizations and volunteered for various activities at his church and the area Boys’ Haven.

Jeff’s favorite series of coins is the popular $3 Indian series. The coins have low mintages, low survival rates and are very popular with collectors and investors. Other favorite historical gold coins that appeal to Jeff are the rare 1879 $20 Liberty, popular 1873 dated gold coinage and classic American Gold Eagles. Jeff takes pride in helping clients diversify their IRAs with American Gold Eagles.

Jeff is here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact him.

Jeff Medley - Coin Books

Robert Hollier, Account Representative

Robert has been with the company for almost 10 years and joined after earning Bachelor of Science degrees in Journalism and History from Texas A&M University.

Robert met his wife, Amber, when he went into a local bank to conduct a transaction and she was working there as a loan officer. It was love at first sight. Robert is from Orange, Texas and together they have four adult-aged children.

Locally, Robert helps out with Meals on Wheels through his church, St. Paul’s Episcopal. He also donates to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Beaumont Police Officers’ Association, the Texas A&M Former Students’ Association and the Humane Society of Southeast Texas.

Robert loves to collect WWII memorabilia and sports-related items. However, he is also a coin collector and the 1926 Sesquicentennial Gold Coin is his favorite because of the history behind why it was minted. He is also a fan of the incused-design 2 ½ Indian gold coin series and feels a sense of accomplishment upon helping his clients find the coins they are seeking to complete a series.

He specializes in 2 ½ Indians, as well as, key date $10 and $25 Gold American Eagles, plus Robert is very knowledgeable in helping his clients convert a portion of their retirement accounts in to Gold-backed IRAs.

Robert said he is proud to work for an A+ rated company that has been accredited with the BBB since 2002.

Robert Hollier - $2.5 Indian head gold

Ken Laxton, Account Representative

Ken was born in Houston and then moved to New York before returning to Texas after high school. He has been with the company for almost 10 years and is proud of its A+ rating and standing with the Better Business Bureau – being accredited since 2002.

Ken likes to fish and hunt, especially for Texas White Tail deer and he also loves to cook. He said he enjoys trying recipes and sharing the results with his friends and family. Locally, he donates to Boys Haven of America and area law enforcement charitable activities. He also gives to the Wounded Warrior Project and is a big supporter of our armed forces. Ken also collects hockey cards, concert tickets and has a vast movie collection.

The $2 ½ Indian gold coin is Ken’s favorite and his passion for coins came from his father and grandfather, who both introduced him to the hobby at a young age. He said he loves the history of coins and how they tell the story of the nation.

“The $2 ½ Indian is one of the most unique coin designs our country has ever produced,” he said. Ken pointed out that part of that story includes how people turned in the coins for destruction due to their incused design, which some believed helped transmit germs. One of Ken’s favorite coin stories involves the redesign to an Open 3 from a Closed 3 on 1873 coins because the Closed 3 made the date resemble an 8.

Ken specializes in multiple types of American numismatic coins but he is also well-versed in helping his clients convert a portion of the retirement funds and 401Ks into gold IRAs.

Ken Laxton - $5 Gold Indian

Justin Leverton, Account Representative

Justin grew up in Dallas, TX and became a Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack before moving to Beaumont to enter the numismatics field almost 10 years ago. He proudly served in the U.S. Army.

Justin met his soulmate, Lauren, through mutual friends and they have a daughter together. Justin loves spending time with his family through cooking, music and that old Texas favorite – barbecuing. He also has some skateboarding skills carried over from his youth.

Justin volunteers and contributes to Boys Haven by helping at-risk youth through various fundraisers and events.

Justin not only works to find coins for his clients, he’s also a coin collector in his own right. He said he collects coins for many of the same reasons his clients do – their legacy, to own and hold a piece of history and for wealth accumulation. He joked that he also collects his daughter’s toys on a regular basis.

Justin has an extensive knowledge of the 21-year history of the Carson City, Nev. Morgan Silver Dollar series of coins and he is also well-versed in the Type II and Type III Double Eagle gold coins, which spans a 41-year period in numismatics from 1866 to 1907.

“I enjoy the adventure and the challenges of working with a collector to put the pieces in place for them to build sets, series and date runs,” he said. He added that he also proud of 1st American Reserve’s A+ rating and accreditation since 2002 with the Better Business Bureau.