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Meet The Team


Carolina Rare Coins and Currency is a family operation owned by the Ciociola family. The Ciociolas have operated a rare coin business in central North Carolina for nearly 40 years.


Brad Ciociola - Owner

Owner Brad Ciociola carries on the legacy of his father Barry who founded the family coin business more than 30 years ago. Brad has an extensive numismatic resume including more than 10 years of experience working between the two major coin and currency auction firms (Heritage Auctions and Stack's Bowers Galleries). He also worked as a professional grader and authenticator for PMG. Brad is the area's leading expert on United State's paper money and has spent nearly his entire life in the rare coin and currency business. With his vast connections and nearly unparalleled industry experience he has the knowhow and tools to assist in virtually any situation.  

Don Bissett - Chief Numismatist

Long time Ciociola family friend Don Bissett operates Carolina Rare Coin & Currency's Raleigh headquarters. Bissett has been involved in the coin business in North Carolina nearly 40 years. He previously owned and operated Graewood Coin & Stamp in Raleigh. He has vast knowledge in the areas of United States coins and bullion. 

Barry Ciociola - Founder

In Memorium


Family patriarch Barry Ciociola founded the family coin business and was a well-known and respected coin and paper money dealer in North Carolina for decades. In addition to his work as a dealer, he also served as president of the North Carolina Numismatic Association. He was a recipient of the NCNA's Ted Hendrick Memorial Award for being an outstanding dealer in the state. He was also posthumously awarded the American Numismatic Association's President's Award. During the course of his career he operated Triangle Coin & Stamp and later Coins Plus Sportscards in Durham, Carolina Rare Coins & Currency in Raleigh, was known on the national show circuit as Large & Small Currency of America and promoted many coin shows around the southeast region. Mr. Ciociola passed away after a brief battle with cancer in October of 2018.

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