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Professional Numismatists Guild Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeff Garrett

August 11, 2015 in Awards, Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild

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Professional Numismatists Guild Presents
Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeff Garrett

 

New PNG President Dana Samuelson (left) and new PNG Vice President Barry Stuppler (right) presented the PNG’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, to Jeff Garrett (center).  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

New PNG President Dana Samuelson (left) and new PNG Vice President Barry Stuppler (right) presented the PNG’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, to Jeff Garrett (center). (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) has presented its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeff C. Garrett of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries in Louisville, Kentucky.  An award-wining numismatic author, Garrett is a former PNG President and is the incoming President of the American Numismatic Association.

“Jeff’s excellent reference books, his dedication to the hobby and profession, and his efforts to help the Smithsonian continue to expand and exhibit the National Numismatic Collection make him the outstanding choice for this year’s award,” said Barry Stuppler, Co-Chair with Dana Samuelson of the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.

In presenting the award, Samuelson noted that Garrett started working as a coin dealer in his teens and now is in his fifth decade as a professional numismatist.

“He’s a generous individual with his time and expertise, who doesn’t qualify his altruism based on the size of the entity receiving it.  He’s as happy helping his local Lexington, Kentucky coin club as he is assisting either the ANA or the Smithsonian,” Samuelson stated.

           The award was presented at the annual PNG banquet held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 10, 2015, the eve of the ANA World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.org).

           Here are other award categories and winners announced at the banquet.

he PNG’s highest honor, the 2015 Abe Kosoff Award, was presented to Steve Ivy (center) by PNG Immediate Past President Terry Hanlon (left) and PNG Board Member John Maben (right).  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

he PNG’s highest honor, the 2015 Abe Kosoff Award, was presented to Steve Ivy (center) by PNG Immediate Past President Terry Hanlon (left) and PNG Board Member John Maben (right). (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

Abe Kosoff Founders Award: Presented to Steve Ivy of Dallas, Texas, Co-Chairman and CEO of Heritage Auctions and a former PNG President (2003 – 2005). The award is presented to a PNG member-dealer who has shown steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community and who has made a significant contribution to the Guild or to the numismatic fraternity in general the past year.  The Kosoff Award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization.

Sol Kaplan Award: Presented to Victor Bozarth of Bozarth Numismatics, Inc. of Brenham, Texas and Sarah Miller of Heritage Auctions, New York City, for their efforts that led to the arrest and subsequent guilty plea of a thief who stole coins at shows in several states.  The Kaplan Award is presented to individuals who have given their time in an attempt to rid the profession of fraud and thievery. The award, jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation, is named after a former PNG President who was personally responsible for the apprehension of several people suspected of committing numismatic-related crimes.  

Significant Contribution Award: Given to Julian M. Leidman of Bonanza Coins in Silver Spring, Maryland for his exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf of the PNG, the profession and the hobby.

Distinguished Service Award: Presented to Jeffrey F. Bernberg of Rare Coin Company of America in Willowbrook, Illinois for his 12 years of service on the PNG Board, including his term as President from 2011 – 2013.

Achievement in Excellence Award: Presented to Robert Korver of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.  PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman announced this special award for Korver’s “countless hours championing the fight against import restrictions.”  Brueggeman added: “The PNG, its members and the numismatic community as a whole are in his debt.”

This year, the PNG did not present either the Robert Friedberg Award for outstanding book or the Art Kagin Ambassador Award.

              The PNG recognized John G. Hanson of Wellesley, Massachusetts for 50 years of PNG membership.

The following dealers were recognized for 25 years of PNG membership: Klaus J. Degler of Denver, Colorado; William Dominick of Tappan, New York; Stephen J. Gehringer of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Salvatore Germano of Hawthorne, New Jersey; Ed Grundy of Pueblo, Colorado; James Halperin of Dallas, Texas; Richard N. Nachbar of Williamsville, New York; Daniel N. Ratner of Rockville, Maryland; and affiliate member Paul R. Whitnah of Arlington, Texas.

The final presentation at the awards ceremony for Lifetime Membership was “one that the PNG does not often make,” explained Brueggeman.  “In fact, we have only ever honored five members with this distinction.”  

He announced that Lifetime Memberships now have been conferred on former PNG President (1985 – 1989) Leon Hendrickson of Winchester, Indiana; John Rowe III of Dallas, Texas; and former PNG President (1989 – 1991) Harvey G. Stack of New York City.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association composed of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information about the awards for the PNG, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: www.PNGdealers.org.

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Numismatic Hall of Fame to Gain Two New Members

July 16, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame will gain two new members at the World’s Fair of Money awards banquet on August 14 in Rosemont, Illinois. James Edward Charlton and David E. Schenkman will be inducted in recognition of their prolific careers as writers and numismatists, joining the elite group of eighty-six inductees previously admitted to the Hall since its creation in 1964.

James Charlton, who died in 2013 at the age of 102, was a life member of the ANA and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. His research, writing, and publishing contributions are considered to be of… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Donn Pearlman To receive Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

July 16, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Shows, Collecting, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

By: ANA Blog News | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

Publicist Honored for long Career Promoting the Hobby

 

Donn Pearlman, who for more than 50 years has worked to promote the American Numismatic Association and the hobby as a journalist, publicist and collector, is the 2015 recipient of the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. Pearlman will receive the award on Friday, August 14, during the ANA Awards Banquet and Silent Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois…

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New Jersey Teenager Wins PNG 2015 YN Scholarship

May 5, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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New Jersey Teenager Wins PNG 2015 Young Numismatist Scholarship

 

(Temecula, California) —  Christopher Maisano, a 17-year old New Jersey high school student, has been selected as the winner of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) 2015 young numismatist scholarship.  The PNG will provide tuition, dormitory accommodations, meals and airfare to and from Colorado Springs, Colorado for him to attend one of the week-long sessions of this year’s American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) Summer Seminar.

PNG scholarship winner Christopher Maisano of New Jersey

PNG scholarship winner Christopher Maisano of New Jersey

“I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity!  It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Maisano said.

He began collecting two years ago while on vacation with his parents when he saw coins in the window of an antique shop.

“I was captivated by the old U.S. coins.  I entered the store with my parents and spent hours looking at all the coins in their inventory.  With my own allowance money I purchased my very first coin, an 1873 With Arrows Seated Liberty half dollar from the Philadelphia Mint,” Maisano recalled.

He said it is in poor condition and the least valuable coin now in his collection, but it “is the most beloved and prized coin in my collection because it was my first.”

Family members and friends soon responded to his interest in numismatics.

“My grandmother gave me her father’s coin collection.  It included mostly Morgan dollars.  None of the coins were very valuable but I found it so interesting to research them and learn about how my great-grandfather loved collecting coins,” he explained.

He also credits Ridgewood Coin & Stamp in Ridgewood, New Jersey for nurturing his interest in coins and mentoring him about buying and selling.   Last October his parents took him to the PNG show in New York City where he met PNG member-dealer Donald Kagin and associate member David McCarthy of Kagin’s, Inc. who showed him gold coins from the Saddle Ridge Hoard.  McCarthy and another PNG associate member, John Brush of David Lawrence Rare Coins, told him about the annual ANA Summer Seminars.

Maisano attended a young numismatists meeting at the New York International Numismatic Convention this past January and submitted his ANA membership application.

“I love to read and learn about the history of coins, the mintage and the history of various mints in the United States,” he said.

Maisano will be a senior this fall at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey.  He wants to get an internship with a coin dealer/auction house when he attends college.  He plans on majoring in accounting.

“This is the 11th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.  We’ve been delighted to help young numismatists,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“On behalf of the ANA, I’d like to thank the PNG for its continued support of the Summer Seminar and for promoting numismatic education,” said ANA Education Manager Susan Mc Millan.

“Young collectors are the future of the hobby,” said PNG President Terry Hanlon.  “The annual ANA Summer Seminar is an excellent way to learn more about the hobby.  Congratulations to our latest scholarship recipient.”

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund.  Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other countries.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

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Nick is to receive the “Moving American Forward” Award

April 28, 2015 in Awards, Blogs, Gold, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Prize Winners, Rare Coins, Silver

By: American Federal American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion

William Shatner

We are excited to find out that Nick will be awarded the “Moving America Forward” Award. This award is presented by William Shatner and Admiral Delaney. Nick will be interviewed by both about American Federal and his knowledge of the Rare Coin and Precious Metals industry. We are very excited to see the interview!!!! Check back and we will post dates and time or maybe the actual interview!!!… Full article at the source>

Source: American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion

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US Mint released Jack Nicklaus Gold Medal

March 25, 2015 in Awards, Gold, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Government

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Jack Nicklaus, center, holds a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony-picture by Heraldonline

Today, The United States Mint has released a Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal as authorized by Public Law 113-210. Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The medal recognizes Nicklaus’ service to the nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy.
Nicklaus’ competitive career spanned parts of five decades during which he accumulated 120 victories in national and international professional competitions, 73 of which were won on the Professional Golfers Association TOUR. His record 18 professional major championships remains the standard by which all golfers are measured today.

A passionate philanthropist, Nicklaus Full article at the source>

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PNG Calls For 2015 Award Nominations

March 5, 2015 in Awards, Collecting, Competition, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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PNG Calls For 2015 Award Nominations

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Professional Numismatists Guild logo

(Temecula, California) — Nominations now are being accepted for the 2015 Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Terry Hanlon.

“These annual and eagerly anticipated awards formally recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession.  We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from collectors and dealers,” said Brueggeman.

“The award winners will be announced at the annual PNG Day summer banquet that will be held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 10, 2015, the eve of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.org),” explained Hanlon.

Nominations should be made directly to the appropriate award category chair by mid-June.  The categories and contacts are:

          Abe Kosoff Founders Award: Presented to a PNG member-dealer with steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community and who has made a significant contribution to the Guild or to the numismatic fraternity in general the past year.  The award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization.  Committee Chairs: Terry Hanlon and John Maben.  Emails: thanlon@dillongage.com and  john@moderncoinmart.com.

Art Kagin Ambassador Award: This award is named after a former PNG President and nationally-known Iowa dealer who provided distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.  Committee Chairs: Richard Weaver and Mitch Battino.  Emails: rweaver@dvrcc.com and mbattino@hudsonrarecoins.com.

Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby.  Committee Chair: Jeffrey Bernberg.   Email: jbernberg@rarcoa.com.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a numismatist for his/her devotion to numismatics and who, over their lifetime, significantly contributed to the hobby or profession.  Committee Co-Chairs: Dana S. Samuelson and Barry Stuppler.  Emails: dana@amergold.com and barry@stuppler.com.

Sol Kaplan Award: Presented to someone who has given their time in an attempt to rid the profession of fraud and thievery. The award is jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation.  The Kaplan Award is named after a former PNG President and Ohio dealer who was personally responsible for the apprehension of several people suspected of committing numismatic-related crimes.  Committee Chair: Fred Weinberg.  Email: fred@fredweinberg.com.

Robert Friedberg Award: Presented to an author in recognition for an outstanding book or other literature.  Named in honor of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, this award is not automatically given each year.  It is only given when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients. Committee Chair: James A. Simek.  Email: nge3@comcast.net.  Note: A copy of each book nominated for this year’s award must be submitted for delivery no later than June 26, 2015 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL 60154-7157.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association composed of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information about the awards for the PNG, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: www.PNGdealers.org.

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Perth Mint recognised for design excellence

October 29, 2014 in Awards, Blogs, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Prize Winners

By Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Perth Mint has won the Marketing Design Excellence Award at the 2014 WA Industry and Export Awards.

Now in their 26th year, the WA Industry and Export Awards are the State’s most prestigious business awards with categories including agribusiness, marketing and design, minerals and energy, biotechnology and small business.

Ron Currie, Sales and Marketing Director, accepted the Marketing Design Excellence Award on behalf of the Mint at the presentation dinner which was held on Friday 24 Full article at the source>

Source:: Perth Mint Blog

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Adams, Ivy and Ruddy Now in PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

August 9, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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Adams, Ivy and Ruddy Now in 

PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

 

(Rosemont, Illinois) — The PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame has inducted three more past and current distinguished professional numismatists. The new members are Edgar H. Adams, Steve Ivy and James F. Ruddy.

The 2014 induction ceremony was part of the PCGS Set Registry SM luncheon conducted during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money SM in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 8, 2014.

PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth announces the selection of century-ago dealer Edgar Adams as one of the three 2014 inductees into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth announces the selection of century-ago dealer Edgar Adams as one of the three 2014 inductees into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

“The Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to recognize outstanding dealers, past and present, who have made the most significant contributions to numismatics and who have handled great coins and great collections,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts, the Internet’s most comprehensive resource on United States coins and a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

Edgar Adams (1868 – 1940): Adams is familiar to most numismatists for his landmark reference books, United States Pattern, Trial and Experimental Pieces, co-authored with another notable numismatist, William H. Woodin, and Adams’ Private Gold Coinages of California, 1849-1855: Its History and Its Issues.  He also served as an editor of The Numismatist, published monthly by the American Numismatic Association.

Steve Ivy (1949 – present): At only the age of 14 in 1964, Ivy began advertising rare coins for sale in national publications. Six years later, at the age of 20, he opened a rare coin dealership in downtown Dallas. Since 1982 he has been Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions along with 2013 Hall of Fame inductee James Halperin.  Heritage now is the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world and overall, the world’s third largest auction company.  A marketplace leader, Ivy has served as President of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and as Chairman of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets (ICTA).

James F. Ruddy (1933 – present): Ruddy entered the rare coin business in 1953 under the name Triple Cities Coin Exchange in Johnson City, New York.  In 1958, he and 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Q. David Bowers became partners in Empire Coin Company, and in 1971 formed  Bowers and Ruddy Galleries in Los Angeles.  He retired from the coin business in 1977.

The great Q. David Bowers speaks about his former business partner and 2014 PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame inductee James Ruddy at the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 8, 2014 at the ANA World's Fair of Money.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

The great Q. David Bowers speaks about his former business partner and 2014 PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame inductee James Ruddy at the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 8, 2014 at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

“The motto of our Hall of Fame is a quote by Sir Isaac Newton: ‘If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,’ and we believe that is certainly true in our hobby and profession,” said David Hall, President of Collectors Universe and a PCGS Co-Founder.

New inductees are determined by a vote of the 29-member PCGS CoinFacts Board of Experts and all living members of the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame.  Additional biographical information about the 2014 and earlier Hall of Fame inductees is available online at www.pcgs.com/pcgscoinfacts/CoinDealerHOF.html

PCGS CoinFacts is the Internet’s most comprehensive, one-stop source for historical U.S. numismatic information. Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have certified over 27 million coins with a total market value of over $27 billion.

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Gold And Rare Coins Expert Mike Fuljenz Honored With Six Awards At World’s Fair of Money

August 8, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Collecting, Conventions, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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Gold And Rare Coins Expert Mike Fuljenz
Honored With Six Awards At World’s Fair of Money

Mike Fuljenz with four of the six major awards he won at the 2014 World's Fair of Money.  (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

Mike Fuljenz with four of the six major awards he won at the 2014 World’s Fair of Money. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

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Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, received six prestigious awards at the recent World’s Fair of Money in recognition of his prolific writings and work on behalf of consumer and investor education and protection in the gold and rare coins markets.

(Rosemont, Illinois)  — Nationally-known gold and rare coins expert Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas was honored with a total of six major awards by three prestigious organizations at a recent international event, the 2014 World’s Fair of Money SM.

Fuljenz was praised for his excellence in consumer protection and education efforts as well as outstanding service to the numismatic hobby and profession.  The awards were presented by the Congressionally-chartered American Numismatic Association (ANA), the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG).

Fox Business Network correspondent Jeff Flock interviewed Mike Fuljenz about rare coins and precious metals at the 2014 World's Fair of Money.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

Fox Business Network correspondent Jeff Flock interviewed Mike Fuljenz about rare coins and precious metals at the 2014 World’s Fair of Money. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

He also was interviewed about the gold market by Fox Business Network in a live broadcast segment from the World’s Fair of Money.

“Consumer and investor education is crucial.  Being an informed buyer or seller is the best way to protect your investments to know you’re paying fair prices when you purchase and getting fair prices when you sell,” said Fuljenz who is known as America’s Gold Expert®.

Held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 – 9, 2014, the World’s Fair of Money is an annual event sponsored by the non-profit ANA that brings together 10,000 rare coin, currency and precious metals buyers and sellers from around the world.

Fuljenz received the American Numismatic Association Medal of Merit, one of the organization’s top awards.  The Professional Numismatists Guild gave Fuljenz the 2014 PNG Significant Contribution Award for his consumer protection work and his successful efforts to change sales tax laws in Texas and Louisiana that could have been detrimental to rare coin and precious metals collectors, investors and dealers. The non-profit PNG is composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money experts.

The Numismatic Literary Guild honored Fuljenz with four awards related to his extensive consumer protection articles that appear in newsletters, on various news media websites and in books.

The four NLG awards were: Best Dealer-Published Magazine or Newspaper for Investors Profit Advisory; Best Radio Report for “The Coin Show” on KLVI 560 in Beaumont; Best Television Report for “The Coin and Precious Metal Report” on KBTV-TV Fox 4 in Beaumont; and Best Non-Commercial Video for “More Advice for Coin Collectors,” an interview with Fuljenz produced by David Lisot.

Since 1986, Fuljenz has been presented with more than NLG 50 awards, including “The Clemy,” the highest honor bestowed by the organization. He’s also been honored by the Press Club of Southeast Texas for his consumer and investor education work.

His award-winning, free weekly Metals Market Report is available online at www.UniversalCoin.com.  A complimentary copy of the award-winning “Universal Gold Guide” is available by calling (800) 877-3273.

In addition to receiving scores of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals, Fuljenz is a respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.  The Beaumont Enterprise newspaper’s recent Reader’s Choice Awards cited Fuljenz’ company, Universal Coin & Bullion, as the Best Place to Buy and Sell Gold.

Fuljenz has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets and Beaumont Crime Stoppers.

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PNG Honors ICTA’s Diane Piret With Lifetime Achievement Award

August 5, 2014 in Awards, Clubs and Associations, Events, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Precious Metals, Press Releases

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PNG Honors ICTA’s Diane Piret With Lifetime Achievement Award

 

ICTA Executive Director Kathy McFadden accepts the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of ICTA Industry Affairs Director Diane Piret. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

ICTA Executive Director Kathy McFadden accepts the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of ICTA Industry Affairs Director Diane Piret. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) — Diane Piret, the Industry Affairs Director of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets, has received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).

Piret has been actively involved with numismatics and precious metals for more than 40 years, and has worked with ICTA since 1989 on local, state and federal legislative matters affecting the profession and hobby.  She has also been a crusader for dealer education.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the PNG’s annual awards banquet on August 4, 2104 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.  Six other PNG awards and honors also were presented at the banquet to recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession.  The awards and recipients are:

Sol Kaplan Award:  Louis Don Gouchie, owner of Golden Isles Coins in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Kaplan Award is jointly presented by PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation and is presented to someone who has helped rid the profession of fraud and thievery.  In August 2013, at potentially great risk to his own life, Gouchie assisted local law enforcement officers in the successful apprehension of a man suspected of selling counterfeit American Eagle silver bullion coins at his store in Raleigh and at three other stores in the community.

Robert Friedberg Award:  The Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Volumes 1 & 2, by Q. David Bowers.  The Friedberg Award is named in honor of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, and is presented to an author in recognition for an outstanding book or other literature.  This award is not automatically given each year, and is only presented when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients.

Significant Contribution Award: Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas.  In recent years Fuljenz has done extensive consumer protection work to alert the public about so-called “hotel buyers” who often pay only pennies on the dollar for rare coins.  He also made exceptional efforts on behalf of the profession and PNG in successful efforts with ICTA to combat onerous tax legislation that would have significantly affected retail transactions involving rare coins and bullion coins in Texas, and assisted efforts to enact industry-friendly tax legislation in Louisiana.

PNG Executive Director Bob Brueggeman welcomes to the podium John Feigenbaum, the 2014 Abe Kosoff Founders Award winner.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

PNG Executive Director Bob Brueggeman welcomes to the podium John Feigenbaum, the 2014 Abe Kosoff Founders Award winner. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

Abe Kosoff Founders Award: John A. Feigenbaum, President of David Lawrence Rare Coins in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The Kosoff award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization.  It was presented this year to Feigenbaum for his steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community.

Art Kagin Ambassador Award: Richard Montgomery, President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida.  The Kagin Award is named after a former PNG President and nationally-known Iowa dealer who provided distinguished service for decades as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.

Numismatic Statesman Award: Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of Certified Collectibles Group in Sarasota, Florida. This is a new award category created this year by PNG to recognize continuing efforts to add integrity and confidence to the numismatic marketplace.

 

 

The following ten PNG member-dealers were honored for 25 years of PNG membership:

  • Buddy Alleva of Long Island Rare Coins & Currency/Numismatics Unlimited in Massapequa, New York.
  • Loren D. Barnett of Barnett Rarities Corporation in Birmingham, Michigan.
  • Brad Bohnert of Numismatic Emporium in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France.
  • Kent E. Gulley of Sarasota Rare Coin Gallery in Sarasota, Florida.
  • Jack C. Hertzberg of Jack Hertzberg Rare Coins in Seattle, Washington.
  • Casey Noxon of Texas Numismatic Investments in Austin, Texas.
  • Brad Rodgers of Numismatic Emporium in Woodland Hills, California.
  • Gregory Rohan of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.
  • Dean Schmidt of Dean Schmidt Rare Coins in Atchison, Kansas.
  • Dale Williams of Williams Gallery in Bozeman, Montana.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association composed of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

For additional information about the PNG, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: http://www.PNGdealers.org.

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PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth Named Numismatist of the Year: What Makes Ron Run?

July 29, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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July 29, 2014

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Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth Named Numismatist of the Year: What Makes Ron Run?

 

Ron Guth has been named 2014 Numismatist of the Year.

Ron Guth has been named 2014 Numismatist of the Year.

The American Numismatic Association’s 2014 Numismatist of the Year is PCGS CoinFacts™ President, award-winning author, researcher, educator and all-around good guy Ron Guth.

“There is no one more deserving of this recognition than Ron.  His contributions to the hobby and profession are far-reaching and wide-ranging.  He shares his knowledge and numismatic goodwill through books, educational seminars, and of course, through the tremendous expansion of PCGS CoinFacts under his leadership the past six years,” stated David Hall, President of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of PCGS CoinFacts.

Guth began collecting coins in 1964 when the numismatic market was booming and much of the focus was on collecting coins by the roll.  While his U.S. and world numismatic interests are extensive, these days Guth personally specializes in an area of coins that usually are not available in roll quantities: Bavarian “Madonna” Thalers issued from 1753 to the end of the 18th century.

He served as President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) from 2005 to 2008.  He then became President of PCGS CoinFacts.com (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com) in 2008 and has guided its growth to become the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for information about United States coins.

“According to our statistics, we now have pages for 33,483 coins with over 5,171 individual coin narratives,” said Guth.

“The growth of PCGS CoinFacts is primarily a function of the new additions in our grading division.  New additions include die varieties, certain medals and tokens, and plus grades.  As new services are developed, they begin to show up on PCGS CoinFacts,” he explained.

“I’m particularly proud of the Condition Census information we offer in areas that are underdeveloped or unavailable in the market, such as U.S. Patterns, California Fractional Gold, and Territorial Gold.  Also, we cover all major rarities with updated census information.”

Guth has authored or co-authored nearly a dozen books on United States and German coins, and yet another is on the horizon.

“I’m currently working on a book with broad market appeal, but the title and contents are secret for now,” he hinted.

Guth will receive the Numismatist of the Year award at the ANA 2014 World’s Fair of MoneySM (www.worldsfairofmoney.com) banquet on Friday, August 8, in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

A 10-day trial of free access to PCGS CoinFacts is available at www.PCGSCoinFacts.com.

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Congressional Gold Medal Awarded Posthumously to Raoul Wallenberg

July 29, 2014 in Awards, Gold, Medals, News, US Government

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WASHINGTON – Swedish-born businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold Expert®, Honored With Press Club Awards

June 11, 2014 in Awards, Gold, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, US Mint

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June 10, 2014

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Paul Stein, (409) 860-9077

Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold

Expert®, Honored With Press Club Awards

 

Michael Fuljenz with first place awards at the Press Club of Southeast Texas 2014 banquet. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)


Michael Fuljenz with first place awards at the Press Club of Southeast Texas 2014 banquet. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

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The Press Club of Southeast Texas has presented four of its Excellence in Media awards to Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, for his recent consumer protection and education writings about gold and rare coins.

(Beaumont,  Texas) — Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com), was honored with four awards in the 23rd annual Excellence in the Media competition conducted by the Press Club of Southeast Texas. The awards were for Fuljenz’ consumer education and protection writings about buying and selling rare coins and precious metals.

The Press Club presented him with first place awards for the best news release and best electronic newsletter, and third places awards for the best brochure and best guest column.  The award ceremony was held in Beaumont, Texas on June 6, 2014.

The first place news release, “Gold Expert Mike Fuljenz Assists Police Agencies on Numismatic Crimes,” explained how Fuljenz was a keynote speaker at a special training course conducted by the Numismatic Crime Information Center for Texas law enforcement personnel on the topic of investigating crimes involving rare coins, bullion and jewelry.  The first place electronic newsletter is a weekly online publication that includes Fuljenz’s Metals Market Report and is available free at www.UniversalCoin.com.

The “Universal Gold Guide” brochure honored by the Press Club provides information about diversifying investment portfolios with gold.  A complimentary copy is available by calling (800) 877-3273.

Fuljenz’ award-winning guest column entitled, “Cheerleaders and currency can show their trust in God,” was about court rulings involving the motto, “In God We Trust,” and was published in the May 20, 2013 edition of the Beaumont Enterprise, a Hearst daily newspaper.

Readers of the Beaumont Enterprise recently selected Universal Coin & Bullion as the 2014 Readers’ Choice winner for buying and selling gold.

The Press Club of Southeast Texas is composed of professionals  in media, public relations, academia, public affairs and corporate communication and public information in nine Southeast Texas counties.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Mike Fuljenz has won more than 50 prestigious national and regional awards and honors the past two decades for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He is a respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont.  Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Numismatic Literary Guild and Beaumont Crime Stoppers.

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The Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Its Annual 2014 Writers’ Competition and Its Subsequent August 7th, 2014 NLG Bash and Award Ceremony

May 16, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Competition, Conventions, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, USA Coins

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) announced its rules and categories for the 2014 NLG Writers’ Competition. Members of the NLG who have written and published original numismatic work in print or other media between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014 are eligible to participate.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 16, 2014

Winners wanted. That’s the theme of the 2014 NLG Writers’ Competition, which is now under way.

As it has done for more than four decades, the Guild is preparing to honor the best books, articles, newsletters, auction catalogs, online publications and other works created in the realm of coins during the last year.

The entry deadline this year is June 17. That’s somewhat earlier than usual, but it was necessitated by the relatively early dates of the World’s Fair of Money, where awards are presented each year at the NLG Bash.

The 2014 ANA convention will take place Aug. 5-9 in Rosemont, Ill., and the Bash will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, the main hotel for this year’s convention. The exact ballroom is yet to be determined.

The program will open with a sumptuous hot buffet, so Bashgoers are advised not to have dinner before the show. The buffet will be followed by the evening’s entertainment – skits, songs and satire – and the award ceremony, topped by presentation of the Guild’s highest honor, the Clemy Award.

It would be hard to imagine a more deserving Clemy recipient than last year’s honoree, Michael R. Fuljenz. Besides being a leading coin dealer and market maker, especially in the area of U.S. gold coinage, Mike, a former teacher and school board president, has been a prolific author and dedicated champion of numismatic education. Over the years, he has led dozens of ANA seminars and forums designed to promote the hobby. He also has fought hard to protect collectors’ interests in the legal and legislative arenas. Recently, he helped win passage of legislation eliminating sales taxes on coins in Texas and Louisiana.

Mike has been a major patron of the Smithsonian Institution. He and his wife, Karen, made a generous donation to help finance establishment of an expanded exhibit area for coins from the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection.

As a writer, Mike has demonstrated not only great talent but also tremendous versatility. He has received NLG awards in more categories than almost any other writer and speaker, winning recognition for books, newspaper and magazine columns and articles, newsletters and online writings, as well as for forum presentations and television and radio programs. In 2013, he and Maurice Rosen were co-winners of the James L. Miller Award for best article in any medium, including both print and electronic.

Mike has been a supporter of the NLG for many years, and in recent years he has been, quite literally, the founder of the feast – for he has underwritten the cost of the lavish buffets provided at Bashes. He also has made his superb marketing director, Amy Powell, available as Bash coordinator.

In presenting the Clemy to Fuljenz, 2012 co-winner Jim Halperin described him as “a great advocate of the hobby and professional numismatics for decades” as well as “a great expert and researcher of many areas of numismatics, especially gold, and somebody who is responsible for attracting a lot of new collectors to the hobby.”

“But really,” Halperin said, “he’s just a really, really good guy and a great friend.”

In his acceptance remarks, Fuljenz expressed thanks to “the editors who have been very good to me over the years” and the professionals whose expertise has contributed to the success of his on-air appearances and video presentations.

“Your editors may not do the column, but they make it better, and they’ve been very special in helping,” he remarked. “There are a lot of people who make these things happen. They say it takes a village, and it does.

“And,” he added, “I appreciate what this means. I appreciate looking at the long list of people that have won this award and how special they are. They really are.”

Halperin and Steve Ivy, who are co-chairmen of Heritage Auctions, were joint winners of the 2012 Clemy. They chose Fuljenz as the 2013 honoree from a list of nominees supplied by the NLG Board of Directors. Similarly, Fuljenz will select this year’s recipient from a list prepared by the Board.

Wendell Wolka will serve again as host of this year’s Bash and Scott Travers will be presenter-in-chief of the awards. Scott is coordinator of the annual Writers’ Competition, with able assistance from Maurice Rosen, who helps him each year organize the hundreds of entries and distribute them to the judges.

An unsung hero in this labor-intensive process is Sal Germano, a coin dealer in Hawthorne, N.J., who graciously makes a storeroom available each year as reception point for the avalanche of entries sent by writers, editors and publishers.

The NLG Symposium will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, the same day as the Bash, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center – and a very special program is being planned. Based on the theme “The Great Ones,” the Symposium will feature a discussion of long-term trends in numismatic journalism and numismatic literature by a panel of distinguished experts. Tentatively scheduled to participate are Q. David Bowers, Harvey Stack and Larry Stack.

Anyone seeking further information about either the Bash or Symposium, or needing Bash tickets, should contact Scott Travers, Maurice Rosen or me at the convention or beforehand.

In addition to Heritage Auctions and Universal Coin & Bullion, the Beaumont, Texas, company headed by Mike Fuljenz, two other valued sponsors also are providing financial support for the year’s Bash. They are the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of Sarasota, Fla., and the Certified Acceptance Corp. of Bedminster, N.J. Another good friend of the Guild, Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers of Los Angeles, regularly provides significant support for ongoing NLG programs.

The financial contributions furnished by these sponsors have helped us maintain the Bash as a highlight of each midsummer ANA convention and also provide other services to members without any increase in dues.

 

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Marian and Abraham Sofaer Honored

February 5, 2014 in American Numismatic Society, Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Awards, Byzantine Coins, Coins, Collecting, Donations, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

By: Masha Leon. On The Go. (http://blogs.forward.com/)

“We love the Forward!” Marian Scheuer Sofaer and Abraham Sofaer exclaimed in tandem when I was introduced to the husband-wife honorees at the American Numismatic Society’s 2014 Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.

During our reception chat, the Sofaers confided, “Our favorite column is ‘Philologos.’ We’ve been Forward readers since we knew [about the paper]…. But, let’s talk later when we get back home [to California].”

The dinner notes informed: “Abe realized that coinage provided a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural history of the Holy Land. Their collection includes coins from the early Persian period of the fourth century BC through the Macedonian, Seleucid, Ptolemaic, Roman, Byzantine, Jewish and Arab States to the Crusaders of the 13th century — a period of 1700 years…. Coins as manifestations of political and economic policy as well as religious and dynastic ideology which open a unique window on the past and present.”

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PNG Calls For 2014 Award Nominations

January 28, 2014 in Awards, Clubs and Associations, News, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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January 27, 2014

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PNG Calls For 2014 Award Nominations

 

(Temecula, California) — Nominations now are being accepted for the 2014 Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Terry Hanlon.

“These annual and eagerly anticipated awards formally recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession.  We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from collectors and dealers,” said Brueggeman.

“The award winners will be announced at the annual PNG Day summer banquet that will be held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 4, 2014, the eve of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money (http://www.worldsfairofmoney.org),” explained Hanlon.

Nominations should be made directly to the appropriate award category chair by mid-June.  The categories and contacts are:

Abe Kosoff Founders Award: Presented to a PNG member-dealer who has made a significant contribution to the Guild or to the numismatic fraternity in general the past year. The award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization.  Committee Chair: Rich Weaver.  Email: rweaver@dvrcc.com.

Art Kagin Ambassador Award: This award is named after a former PNG President and nationally-known Iowa dealer who provided distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.  Committee Chair: John Maben.  Email: john@moderncoinmart.com.

Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby.  Committee Chair: Mitch Battino.   Email: hudsonrc@att.net.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a numismatist for his/her devotion to numismatics and who, over their lifetime, significantly contributed to the hobby or profession.  Committee Co-Chairs: Dana S. Samuelson and Barry Stuppler.  Emails: Dana@amergold.com and Barry@stuphttp://losangeles.eventful.com/eventspler.com.

Sol Kaplan Award: Presented to someone who has given their time in an attempt to rid the profession of fraud and thievery. The award is jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation.  The Kaplan Award is named after a former PNG President and Ohio dealer who was personally responsible for the apprehension of several people suspected of committing numismatic-related crimes.  Committee Chair: Robert Brueggeman.  Email: info@PNGdealers.org.

Robert Friedberg Award: Presented to an author in recognition for an outstanding book or other literature.  Named in honor of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, this award is not automatically given each year.  It is only given when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients. Committee Chair: James A. Simek.  Email: nge3@comcast.net.  Note: A copy of each book nominated for this year’s award must be submitted for delivery no later than June 28, 2014 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL 60154-7157.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association composed of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information about the awards for the PNG, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: http://www.PNGdealers.org.

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