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Mike Fuljenz Honored At 2017 World’s Fair of Money

August 8, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Prize Winners

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Mike Fuljenz Honored At 2017 World’s Fair of Money

Mike Fuljenz with his ICTA medal

Mike Fuljenz with his ICTA medal

(Denver, Colorado) August 7, 2017 – Rare coin and precious metals expert Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com), received an important national award at the recent American Numismatic Association 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money® for his decades of anti-counterfeiting efforts.  

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (www.ICTAonline.org) presented him with the Al Kreuzer Memorial Award medal for “outstanding contributions in the efforts to combat counterfeit coins and currency.”

Fuljenz is a long-time member of the ICTA Board of Directors and a member of their recently-formed Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.  Since the 1980’s he has taught many counterfeit detection and rare coin authentication seminars for collectors, dealers and law enforcement officers.

“I am proud and honored to receive this award, and look forward to additional work with ICTA and other organizations to combat counterfeits and educate the public about the needs to buy and sell rare coins and precious metal bullion coins only with reputable, knowledgeable dealers, such as members of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG),” said Fuljenz.

Fuljenz is a member of the PNG’s Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program that requires all members to adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of gold, silver and other bullion products. He now has won major awards from the four top organizations in the rare coin hobby and profession: the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets.

2017 NLG Ribbit Award winner David Hall with 2016 winner Mike Fuljenz, are distributed on behalf of Mike Fuljenz and Universal Coin & Bullion.

2017 NLG Ribbit Award winner David Hall with 2016 winner Mike Fuljenz, are distributed on behalf of Mike Fuljenz and Universal Coin & Bullion.

A strong consumer advocate, he received the prestigious PNG Sol Kaplan Award in 2016 in part for assisting an 84-year man recover the $84,000 he had paid to two unscrupulous dealers who sold him counterfeit American Eagle gold coins. Earlier, Fuljenz assisted a group of New Orleans physicians recover $750,000 after they unsuspectingly purchased counterfeit coins from a local attorney.

Summing up the rare coin marketplace during the ANA show in Denver, August 1 – 5, he commented:

“Really nice coins and important coins were in short supply, and highly desired by leading dealers and collectors at the show. These types of coins often brought impressive prices at auctions this week.   The United States Mint had long lines of customers wanting to buy their new products. The U.S. Treasury Department exhibits by the United States Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are always popular and educational.”

In addition to receiving an award at the World’s Fair of Money, Fuljenz presented two of them. As 2016 recipient of “The Ribbit,” an important honor presented annually by the NLG for outstanding service to the hobby, he presented the 2017 award to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service.  “David is one of the top professional leaders of the hobby who certainly deserves recognition for all he has done to promote numismatic education,” explained Fuljenz.

As sponsor of the ANA’s top honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Fuljenz co-presented it with ANA President Jeff Garrett to Brian Fanton of Iowa. “Brian surprised me at the ceremony by telling me he recalled how much he enjoyed taking one of my ANA coin grading seminars back in the 1980’s,” said Fuljenz.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. His weekly Metals Market Report is available free at www.UniversalCoin.com.

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Fuljenz Extends Sponsorship Of Prestigious ANA Zerbe Award

July 7, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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July 7, 2016

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Fuljenz Extends Sponsorship
Of Prestigious ANA Zerbe Award

Mike Fuljenz, left, helped ANA President Walter Ostromecki, right, present the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award last year to recipient Donn Pearlman at the 2015 Chicago World's Fair of Money®. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

Mike Fuljenz, left, helped ANA President Walter Ostromecki, right, present the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award last year to recipient Donn Pearlman at the 2015 Chicago World’s Fair of Money®. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed each year by the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org), will continue to be sponsored by ANA Life Member Michael Fuljenz and Universal Coin & Bullion, Ltd. (www.UniversalCoin.com) of Beaumont, Texas.  

Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, has sponsored the prestigious award since 2012 and now has agreed with the ANA to extend the sponsorship through 2018.

“The American Numismatic Association is an important part of the hobby and has been an important part of my life. I worked for many years as an authenticator and committee chairman for the ANA Certification Service and as an instructor at the annual ANA Summer Seminars.  In more recent years, I’ve happily helped promote and sponsor the annual conventions as well as the Zerbe Award,” said Fuljenz.

Named after a former ANA president, the Zerbe Award is given in recognition of numerous years of dedicated service to numismatics.  The 2016 award will be co-presented by Fuljenz and ANA President Jeff Garrett to Mark Lighterman and posthumously to Myrna Lighterman at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® banquet in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 12.

“Our renewed commitment for annual $10,000 contributions to the ANA to underwrite the Zerbe Award and be a Title Sponsor of the ANA World’s Fair of Money is a sound investment in the future of a great organization and hobby,” said Fuljenz.

Produced by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, the World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com) is a family-friendly, educational event that will be open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, August 9 – 13, in the Anaheim, California Convention Center.  Visitors can see $1 billion of historic numismatic national treasures, including a U.S. Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing exhibit of $100,000 bills.

Fuljenz will be a featured speaker at the show, presenting an educational seminar about the national motto, “In God We Trust,” at 1 pm on Thursday August 11.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious Numismatic Literary Guild as well as other national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, 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 influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas, and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild and is a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer.

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“In God We Trust” Topic Of ANA Dallas Show Program by Michael Fuljenz, March 4

February 11, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, U.S. Notes, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

February 11, 2016

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“In God We Trust” Topic Of ANA Dallas
Show Program by Michael Fuljenz, March 4

 

(Dallas, Texas) – Educator and award-winning numismatic writer Michael Fuljenz will give a free, informative presentation on the national motto, “In God We Trust,” at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The public is invited.

The 45-minute presentation by Fuljenz entitled, “The Untold Story of ‘In God We Trust’ and its Ties to the National Anthem,” will start at 11:00 am on March 4 in Room 302 of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 Griffin St., in Dallas.  

“Some critics of ‘In God We Trust’ may be ignorant of the phrase’s legal history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress,” explained Fuljenz, the President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas who has written award-winning articles about the national motto (www.INGODWETRUSTonmoney.com).

Commenting on the recent controversy about the motto’s placement on police vehicles in some communities, Fuljenz explained: “The patriotic motto has withstood a long line of legal challenges to appear on our money and on government-owned property.  Courts have ruled that the motto can remain for ceremonial and patriotic reasons and tradition.”

“It first appeared on circulating United States coins in 1864.  It has been on all our coins since 1938, became the only official national motto in 1956 with the signing of legislation by President Dwight Eisenhower, and has appeared on all our paper money since 1966,” said Fuljenz.

Last month, a lawsuit was filed in Ohio seeking to remove the phrase from U.S. coins and paper money.  

In 2013, a Federal Court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit seeking removal of In God We Trust from our currency.  The judge noted that “the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect.”  In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming it as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public schools and government buildings.

Fuljenz pointed out that while the motto first appeared on U.S. coins at the time of the Civil War, it actually was inspired by events a half century earlier during the War of 1812.

“In 1861, Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase received a letter from a Pennsylvania minister who requested ‘the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.’   Chase instructed Mint Director James Pollock to prepare a motto.  Pollock recalled a lyric in the now-seldom sung fourth stanza of The Star Spangled Banner: ‘And this be our motto – In God is our trust.’  Pollock had the words, ‘GOD OUR TRUST,’ placed on a few experimental patterns being tested in the early 1860s for proposed new designs for half-dollar and $10 denomination coins,” said Fuljenz.

“After consultations and debate within the Treasury Department, the words, IN GOD WE TRUST, first appeared in circulation on a new coin denomination, copper two-cent pieces, starting in 1864,” Fuljenz added.

Admission to the lecture is free.  Admission to the National Money Show main floor on Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4, will be $8 for adults, free for children.  A $2 discount coupon is available online at www.NationalMoneyShow.com.  There will be free admission for everyone on Saturday, March 5, when numismatic experts will be available to give complimentary verbal appraisals of the public’s old coins and paper money.

A former high school chemistry and physics teacher and principal of the Governor’s gifted students program in Louisiana, Fuljenz has served on the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board since 2007 and was President from 2010 to 2012.  He was honored with the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award in 2013.

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from McNeese State University.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, 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 Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Texas Crime Stoppers organization and the Industry Council For Tangible Assets.

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Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold Expert®, Makes Seven “Fearless Forecast” Predictions For 2016

December 30, 2015 in Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

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December 30, 2015

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Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold Expert®, Makes
Seven “Fearless Forecast” Predictions For 2016

 

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Award-winning precious metals and rare coins writer and dealer Michael Fuljenz predicts continued strong public demand for physical gold in 2016 and believes the uncertainty of presidential election politics will help push gold prices higher in the coming year.

(Beaumont, Texas) – Presidential election year politics will disrupt markets, leading to a strong year for physical gold and rare coins in 2016, and a drop in the Dow Jones stock market average, predicts Michael Fuljenz, an award-winning precious metals and numismatic writer and President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com).

“Nothing is guaranteed and almost anything can happen, of course, but I predict that new supplies of gold will decline from last year’s levels due to the cost of mining versus the price gold.  However, the public’s demand for physical gold, such as American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins, will rise even higher from 2015’s impressive levels,” Fuljenz stated.

He predicts gold could rise to $1,200 or as high as $1,300 in 2016 depending on the strength of the U.S. dollar compared to other global currencies and the continued strong purchasing of gold by central banks.

Fuljenz emphasizes the long term strength of gold, noting that at the end of 2015, gold was about 270 percent higher than it was in 2000 while the Dow Jones average was only about 50 percent higher.  Compared to 2005, gold was about 140 percent higher and the Dow average was up by about 75 percent.

In his latest weekly, free Metals Market Report, he makes seven “Fearless Forecast” predictions.

  • New gold supplies will likely decline from 2015 to 2016.  This past year was likely the “peak year” of global mining production.  Lower supplies and/or rising demand will lead to higher prices in 2016.
  • The tensions in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq (vs. ISIS) will escalate. This will push gold prices higher in “spurts” at first, and then more consistently as seemingly isolated terrorist acts take place around the world.
  •  Physical demand for gold will rise from 2015’s record levels, pushing gold higher.  The United States Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint and other global suppliers of gold bullion and gold coins will once again run short from time to time, rationing coins to dealers or delaying delivery, perhaps pushing premiums up.
  • The dollar will peak by mid-2016 and then decline toward the end of the year, in terms of other major currencies , such as the euro, the pound and the yen, pushing gold up in terms of the dollar.  The Fed will likely not raise rates more than once in 2016, due to the deteriorating U.S. economy and the threat of deflation.
  • Rare coins will likely outpace gold bullion in 2016.
  • Politics will disrupt markets, leading to a strong year for gold and rare coins, and a drop in the Dow Jones average. 
  • Wall Street will turn favorable toward gold.

The full Michael Fuljenz Metals Market Report is available free online at www.UniversalCoin.com.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals, including Book of the Year honors.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, 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 influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild.

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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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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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