Biography Steven (Steve) C. Markoff

Born September 1943

Mr. Markoff is a native of Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Los Angeles City College in 1964 with an Associate of Arts degree.

His affiliations include: the precious metals and numismatic business for 50 years (1954-2005); Chairman and CEO of A-Mark Financial Corporation, a Santa Monica-based financial services company he founded in 1965 (originally named A-Mark Coin Company), that purchased the U.S. Wilkison Gold Pattern Collection and Redfield Silver Dollar hoard; the A-Mark Foundation, a private foundation he founded in 1997 became the parent of free searchable databases and other nonpartisan information covering interesting and important social issues and history, such as sites on George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Special Investigations Involving US Presidents Since 1973. In 2016, the Foundation founded the website,

In 2004 Markoff helped found A-Mark Entertainment a company he co-chairs; and that year he also founded, a 501(c)(3) public charity promoting critical thinking that as of 12-31-2019, had been, or is being used by over 10,000 schools in over 90 countries. [ was merged into Encyclopædia Britannica on 5-29-2020]. Mr. Markoff also has an interest in The TCL Chinese [Grauman’s] in Hollywood, acquired in 2011. In 2018, Markoff founded, a website giving straight forward, sourced information about sex and sexually related issues. In 2020, Markoff launched, a website that has many of the pieces of the puzzle that make up our individual rights to arms.

1. Community/Public Service:

2. Public Service Educational Websites:

  • – Online July 2013, this site gives local information on Bodfish, California, a town of 2,000 and the surrounding area.
  •; Online Nov. 2009 – This online database of the to-be-published reference book – whose working title is “9/11 Plus: Events Seemingly Related to 9/11 and Our Subsequent Invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq” – is a compilation of over 7,300 sourced quotes from 1947 to Sep. 11, 2011, surrounding our nation’s worst and most transformative tragedy of the 21st century.
  • Celtic – Founded July 2009, this site promotes the understanding of Celtic (Iron Age) mirrors (said to be made between 300 B.C. to A.D.) with pictures and related information about the 28 known mirrors.
  • – Created July 2004, this site’s mission is to promote critical thinking, education and informed citizenship, setting forth pro and con arguments and related information about important controversial issues.
  • – Many substantive facts and data to help understand the Second Amendment.
  • – Online in 2015, this site features global and regional scientific information on our oceans.
  • – Online in 2015, this site has information on Barack Obama’s birth, school, and his early years, and his acts as president.
  • – Online in 2016, this site has information on George W. Bush’s birth, school, and his early years, and his acts as president.

3. Published Work:

4. Books for publishing:

1. The ACLU’s First 100 Years at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1920 to 2020 (the ACLU’s Centennial) and related facts and figures of each case

The main work is a compendium of more than 1,100 ACLU cases at the Supreme Court. In addition to the approximate 2 ½-page layman summary of each case, the work includes a Foreword by Erwin Chemerinsky, Ira Glasser’s explicit draft one-pager on what the ACLU does and how it does what it does, data on how each Supreme Court Justice voted on each case, and the Win / Loss record (the batting average) at the Supreme Court for all those years by decade and type of vote (9-0; 8-1; 7-2; etc.)

The work is 99+% complete and will be available in two different stand-alone formats.

  • A Four-volume (or perhaps three-volume set based on typesetting), 8 1/2 X 11″ hardcover set (after typesetting around 2,400 pages) of over 1,100 cases and related facts and information
  • 250 page, 6 X 9″ Handbook, with all the facts and data of the four-volume set, but with only 3 of the 1,000 plus cases.

2. The Case Against George W. Bush 

This book chronicles the presidency of George W. Bush, through almost 600 quotes from over 90 authors and other information sources, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Hans Blix, head of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission from March 2000 to June 2003; former President George W. Bush himself; former Vice President Dick Cheney; former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and writers and journalists such as Steve Coll, Frank Rich, Craig Unger and Bob Woodward. The author presents detailed sourced evidence of three crimes committed by  George W. Bush during his presidency:

– His failure to take the many warnings of coming terror attacks on our country seriously. 

– Taking our country, by misleading and false information, into an unnecessary and disastrous 2003 war with Iraq, costing the lives of more than 4,000 Americans and 500,000 others.

– Breaking domestic and international laws by approving the torturing of people thought to have needed information of terrorists and their plans.

While the author lays out his case of the crimes, he leaves it up to each reader to decide on the probable guilt, or not, of George W. Bush and his actions and non-actions regarding the alleged crimes.

3. Official Anti-Jewish Acts Throughout History (410 B.C. to 2000 A.D.)

For several thousand years, Jews have been discriminated against in many parts of the world. What isn’t well known or documented is the extent of that discrimination. This book’s goal is to find and list, with brief summaries in English, all the Official Anti-Jewish Acts in the world through the year 2000. The author and his researchers continue poring through books on the topic, contacting international libraries, Jewish organizations, and expert resources to compile, so far, more than 1,500 Official Anti-Jewish Acts from over 40 different countries and geographic areas.

5. Plays / Film

  • From 2002 to 2010, Steve has twelve producer movie credits:
    • 2010 Beatdown (executive producer); directed by Mike Gunther
    • 2009 The Pool Boys (producer); directed by J.B. Rogers (as James B. Rogers)
    • 2009 Nine Miles Down (producer); directed by Anthony Waller
    • 2009 Next Day Air (executive producer); directed by Benny Boom
    • 2009 Night Train (producer); directed by Brian King
    • 2008 Autopsy (producer); directed by Adam Gierasch
    • 2008 Camille (producer); directed by Gregory Mackenzie
    • 2007 Timber Falls (producer); directed by Tony Giglio
    • 2006 Alpha Dog (executive producer); directed by Nick Cassavetes
    • 2005 Asylum (executive producer); directed by David Mackenzie
    • 2003 Stander (executive producer); directed by Bronwen Hughes
    • 2002 No Good Deed (executive producer); directed by Bob Rafelson
  • 2018: Executive Producer of The Marriage Zone, by Jeff Gould, and winner of Best Writer of an Original Play at the 2018 Valley Theater Awards. “Discoveries are made, secrets are revealed and the result is a hilarious and poignant look at the life of a marriage.” Co-produced with Bruce P. McNall.

6. Other Disparate Events

  • 2019: Traveled to the Geographic North Pole (90o North) on a Russian nuclear ice breaker, and received a Polar Plunge Certificate after a plunge into the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean.
  • 2013: Inducted in the PNG Coin Dealers hall of fame.
  • 2008: As Deputy Commissioner of civil marriage, married his uncle Don Price to Wilkie Pretorious on July 19, 2008.
  • 2005: Played first round of golf (18 holes) on Mar. 13, 2005 (with Bruce McNall, Mike Marvin and Marv Dauer), and shot 135. Shot 113 (with a friendly scorekeeper), on Mar. 20, 2005. The other players that day were Bruce McNall, Marty McSorley and Marv Dauer.
  • 2004: Attempted driving a Lakester 200 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The car caught fire after my first 137 mph run.
  • 2000: As Deputy Commissioner of civil marriage, married son Chris to Joanna Palica on Nov. 25, 2000.
  • 1996, Dec.: Completed a six-hour training course in automatic weapons on Dec. 21, 1996.
  • 1995: Flew first and last air combat aerial dog fights, pulling 4 1/2 G’s, browned out (lost color vision for a minute), and had a lighter barf bag than my opponent when we landed.
  • 1994: Sent a video copy of “Sex, Drugs and Democracy“, a Jonathan Blank film, to all 535 members of Congress.
  • 1992: On May 12, 1992, in Washington, D.C., addressed the Advisory Committee on CFTC/State Cooperation on the question of lending on precious metals.
  • 1986: Took a Beginner’s Lesson in flying a helicopter.
  • 1986: Attended a class on Falconing. My class notes.
  • 1985: Took Diving Accident Management for Emergency Physicians course. Reviewed many diving accident cases.
  • 1983: Made solo hang glide from 100′ hill on Apr. 24, 1983.
  • 1979: Arbitraged the 1979 United and American Airlines 50% Off Coupons.
  • 1978: Made it into the 1978 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for purchasing the unique U.S. 1907 Double Eagle pattern from the Dr. Wilkison Collection for about $900,000.
  • 1977: Joined the Sports Car Club of America in 1977, and began racing Formula Fords.
  • 1976: Made it into the 1977 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for the Jan. 1976 $7.4M purchase of the Redfield Silver Dollar collection – 407,000 U.S. silver dollars weighing 11 tons. It was written up in two Coin World publication articles: “Redfield: The Man Behind the Hoard” and “Redfield coins realize $7.3 million”
  • 1975: Made acrobatic flight with Pilot Bob Sparks. Did a Hammerhead, Cuban 8, and Tailspin.
  • 1971: Received SCUBA Certification on July 22, 1971 from County of Los Angeles – Certification #013612.
  • 1970: Honorably Discharged from the US Army on June 5, 1970.
  • 1966: Made solo parachute jump from 2,800 feet on July 31, 1966.

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