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PNG 2017 YN Scholarship Competition Announced

January 23, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Competition, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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January 23, 2016

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

PNG 2017 YN Scholarship Competition Announced
Professional Numismatists Guild logo

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 (Temecula, California) — The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will provide a scholarship to a deserving young numismatist (YN) to attend one of the six-day sessions of the 2017 American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

“This is the 13th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.  The PNG scholarship will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            “All young numismatists between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible to enter and are cordially invited to apply for the scholarship.  Entrants must submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the 2017 scholarship recipient.  The deadline for receipt of the entries is Thursday, April 13, 2017,” explained Brueggeman.

            Entries must include the applicant’s name and contact information. The essays can be sent by email to info@PNGdealers.org or by mail to the PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA  92590. 

            The two separate 49th Annual ANA Summer Seminar six-day sessions will be held Saturday, June 17, to Thursday, June 22, and from Saturday, June 24, to Thursday, June 29, 2017.  Participants ranging from teenagers to seniors take class instruction on specific coin and paper money collecting topics or the hobby’s technical and business aspects.  Additional information about the ANA Summer Seminar can be found on the ANA website at www.money.org/summer-seminar.

“The PNG’s generous offer to provide a Summer Seminar scholarship to a deserving young numismatist not only supports the ANA mission of providing numismatic education but also invests in the future of numismatics — our YNs,” said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick.  “We’re most appreciative of the Professional Numismatists Guild for their investment in the hobby and their support of the ANA.”

“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,” explained PNG President Dana Samuelson.

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

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Ohio Teenager Wins PNG 2016 YN Scholarship

May 12, 2016 in Awards, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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May 12, 2016

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Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

 Ohio Teenager Wins PNG 2016 YN Scholarship

 

Spencer Kinkelaar of Morrow, Ohio

Spencer Kinkelaar of Morrow, Ohio

(Temecula, California) – Spencer Kinkelaar, a 16-year old honor roll student from Morrow, Ohio who enjoys collecting Franklin half dollars and silver American Eagle coins, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) Young Numismatist Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover airfare and tuition for him to attend a week-long session of the 2016 American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar (www.money.org/summer-seminar) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kinkelaar is one of triplet boys, and he credits his father with initially sparking an interest in coin collecting in all three boys.

“As a young child, I was always interested in numismatics.  At a young age, my father showed me his collection, which he started as a child,” Kinkelaar wrote in his application essay.

Last summer, while he and his family were preparing to move from Philadelphia to the Cincinnati area, he rediscovered his old coin collection in the closet.

“Remembering my past, I began to review my collection, excitedly noting my old pastime. I began to research collecting again and went to the bank to search half dollar rolls.  Shortly afterwards, I joined the ANA as a YN,” he wrote.

Kinkelaar said he was “quite surprised” when the PNG notified him about the scholarship award:  “It was quite exciting that the PNG thought I’d be a good candidate to come out to Colorado Springs to learn about numismatics.”

His father, Mark, happily responded, “It didn’t surprise me too much.  He’s quite competitive and I was pleased to learn about it.  I think he’ll enjoy it.  It’s the kind of experience a young man needs.”

“We appreciate what the PNG is doing and the opportunity for Spencer.  It’s a wonderful learning opportunity,” stated Mark Kinkelaar who has enjoyed going to coin shows with him.    

Spencer Kinkelaar will be a Junior this fall at Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio.  His plans for college include studying economics and finance as an undergraduate, then attending business and law school for post-graduate degrees.

“When I learn about enthusiastic young numismatists, such as Spencer, I feel confident about the future of the hobby,” said Dana Samuelson, PNG President.  “The PNG is happy to provide young collectors with these annual scholarships so they can be part of the outstanding learning experience the ANA offers with its Summer Seminars programs.”

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from the PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. 

“Mr. Bauman served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City, and he was a mentor to some of today’s outstanding numismatic professionals.  After he died in 2001, the memorial fund was created as an on-going legacy to him and his mentoring,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The Professional Numismatists Guild 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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PNG 2016 YN Scholarship Competition Announced

February 16, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coin Shows, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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February 16, 2016

News media contacts:
Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

 PNG 2016 YN Scholarship Competition Announced

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

       (Temecula, California) — The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will provide a scholarship to a deserving young numismatist (YN) to attend the 2016 American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is the 12th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.

            “Once again, the PNG scholarship will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            “All young numismatists between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible to enter and are cordially invited to apply for the scholarship.  Entrants must submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the 2016 scholarship recipient.  The deadline for receipt of the entries is Friday, April 1, 2016” explained Brueggeman.

            Entries must include the applicant’s name and contact information. The essays can be sent by email to info@PNGdealers.org or by mail to the PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA  92590. 

“Young collectors are the future of the hobby, and these annual PNG scholarships help eager young numismatists learn more about the hobby through the unique learning experiences the ANA offers with its annual Summer Seminars.  The PNG is proud to continue its support of this outstanding program,” said Dana Samuelson, PNG President.

            The two separate 48th Annual ANA Summer Seminar week-long sessions will be held Saturday, June 18, to Thursday, June 23, and from Saturday, June 25, to Thursday, June 30.  Participants ranging from teenagers to seniors take class instruction on specific coin and paper money collecting topics or the hobby’s technical and business aspects.  Additional information about the ANA Summer Seminar sessions can be found on the ANA website at www.money.org/summer-seminar.

  “On behalf of the ANA, I would like to thank PNG for generously offering this opportunity to a deserving young numismatist.  It not only supports the ANA mission of providing numismatic education but also invests in the future of numismatics — our YNs,” said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick.

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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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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May 5, 2015
News media contacts:

Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

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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Georgia Student Wins 2014 PNG YN Scholarship

April 21, 2014 in Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Scholarships, Young Collectors

For immediate release April 21, 2014

News media contacts:

Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300
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Georgia Student Wins PNG 2014 YN Scholarship

Tara Crosby, PNG 2014 YN scholarship winner.

Tara Crosby, PNG 2014 YN scholarship winner.

(Temecula, California) — A college student from Georgia who says “learning from numismatics has been a truly wonderful experience” is the recipient of the Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.pngdealers.org) 2014 Young Numismatist Scholarship.  Tara Crosby, age 20, of Alpharetta, Georgia, now will attend one of the two week-long American Numismatic Association 2014 Summer Seminar sessions courtesy of PNG.

Crosby was introduced to coins by her family at an early age with gifts of proof sets.  She began working part-time earlier this year for PNG Member-Dealer John B. Hamrick in Alpharetta while continuing her studies in communications at Georgia Perimeter College.

“To be able to travel to coin shows and meet so many ‘legends’ in numismatics in person has been a wonderful experience.  John (Hamrick) has been so patient teaching me and helping me learn about this fascinating world of coins”, explained Crosby.

In her PNG scholarship competition essay, she wrote about the excitement of making her first coin sale for Hamrick’s company during the ANA National Money Show in Atlanta this past February.  It was a 1926-D Double Eagle that she sold for $20,160.

“I was so thrilled, and my co-workers were incredibly supportive.  Making a sale like that with the little knowledge I had gained thus far about coins felt truly amazing and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in the numismatic field.”

Crosby wants to take a digital photography class during this year’s ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Her parents, Greg and Carol Crosby, are delighted she won the PNG scholarship.  “We were both very proud and very excited for her to have such a wonderful opportunity.  Tara has always been very passionate in her interests and we have no doubt she will be successful in wherever she applies herself,” said her father who introduced the couple’s children to coins.

“Each year since the birth of our three children, one of the gifts they always received was a United States Mint proof set for that year.  We have done so up to the age of 21.   So, all the children have a complete set of 21 proof sets.  Tara will receive her final one in July when she turns 21,” he explained.

The PNG YN Scholarship Competition is open each year to applicants between the age of 13 and 22.  Entrants submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the scholarship recipient.

“The scholarship covers airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

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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