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Donn Pearlman named NLG Acting Executive Director

August 29, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

August 29, 2017

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Donn Pearlman named NLG Acting Executive Director

 

Donn Pearlman NLG Acting Exec. Dir.

Donn Pearlman NLG Acting Exec. Dir.

The Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) www.NLGonline.org, a nonprofit organization composed of over 400 writers, editors, authors and content producers, has selected award-winning author, journalist and former CBS broadcaster Donn Pearlman of Las Vegas, Nevada to be its Acting Executive Director. He succeeds legendary journalist Ed Reiter of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania who served as NLG Executive Director from 1990 until his death this past August 24, 2017.

Since its founding in 1968, the NLG has promoted numismatic education and recognizes outstanding achievements in numismatic journalism, books, newsletters and auction catalogs.  The organization conducts an annual symposium, as well as a dinner and awards ceremony, “The Bash,” at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money® convention.

Pearlman is a longtime stalwart of the organization, having served as an NLG director for various terms since the 1980s, and from 1978 through 1989 served as emcee and organizer of its annual Bashes.  He has continued through the decades to also serve NLG as a judge, member sponsor and awards presenter.

“I am honored to be selected by the NLG Board. Ed Reiter was a long-time friend and a respected leader in the numismatic community,” said Pearlman who is president of Donn Pearlman & Associates Public Relations in Las Vegas.

Pearlman has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and columns promoting the numismatic hobby and profession, and was a columnist for years in The Numismatist magazine, official publication of ANA.  He is the author of books on broadcasting, baseball cards and coins.

Pearlman received the NLG’s highest honor, the Clemy, in 1984, and was recipient of the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Award, in 2015.

Other honors the incoming Acting Executive Director received include the 2017 Burnett Anderson Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing, presented jointly by the ANA, American Numismatic Society and the NLG; the Professional Numismatists Guild’s Art Kagin Ambassador Award (2011), Significant Contribution Award (2005) and Sol Kaplan Award (1977); ANA Glenn Smedley Award (1993) and Medal of Merit (1996). He also served two terms as an ANA Governor, 1989 to 1993.

In the late 1970s to mid-1980s Pearlman was producer and narrator of a weekly series of numismatic-related educational programs for CBS Radio.  He also was the script writer for the acclaimed, joint PNG-ANA 1995 video documentary, Money: History in Your Hands, narrated by actor James Earl Jones.

“I first learned of the NLG in 1977 when I attended my first ANA convention. NLG founding Executive Director Lee Martin invited me to join, and I promptly did. When I returned home, Lee told me that I was named the master of ceremonies of the next year’s Bash. I happily remained MC for about a decade,” recalled Pearlman.

Membership in the Numismatic Literary Guild is open to authors of numismatic books; publishers and editors of recognized numismatic periodicals or club publications in the numismatic field; staff writers or columnists of such periodicals; writers whose work has been published in such periodicals or club journals; published research numismatists; auction catalogers; curators of recognized numismatic museums; broadcasters and numismatic online content producers, and others deemed worthy by the NLG Membership Committee.

A membership application is available online at https://www.NLGonline.org/NLG_Member_Form.pdf.             

 

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Beth Deisher Honored With 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award

August 1, 2017 in Awards, Collecting, History, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners

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Beth Deisher Honored With

2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Coin World Editor Beth Deisher received the Professional Numismatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award from PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman (left) and PNG President Barry Stuppler (right) at the organization's awards banquet in Denver, Colorado on July 31, 2017. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Former Coin World Editor Beth Deisher received the Professional Numismatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award from PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman (left) and PNG President Barry Stuppler (right) at the organization’s awards banquet in Denver, Colorado on July 31, 2017.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

(Denver, Colorado) July 31, 2017 – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) presented its 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award to prominent and influential hobby leader Beth Deisher.  The award was announced during the PNG’s annual banquet held this year in Denver, Colorado on July 31, 2017.

Deisher is the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (www.ictaonline.org).  She was the award-winning Editor of Coin World for 27 years until her retirement in 2012. Over the years Deisher also has conducted workshops and classes on the problems of counterfeit coins produced in China.

These are the other 2017 awards and winners announced at the PNG Denver banquet.

The Robert Friedberg Award for an outstanding book or other literature was jointly presented to authors Pete Smith, Joel J. Orosz and Leonard Augsburger for their reference book, 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage, published by Ivy Press.

           The Sol Kaplan Award was presented to four people this year: Bill Walker, a Senior Numismatist at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, and jointly to three Missouri law enforcement officials: Sheriff Cory Hutcheson, Chief Deputy Branden E. Caid and Captain Barry Morgan, all of the Mississippi County Missouri Sheriff’s Department.

In early 2017 while in Florida, Walker recovered and subsequently returned to their grateful owner five rare coins that had been stolen a year earlier, apparently while in transit in the United States Postal Service mail.  The coins had a combined value of about $30,000.

In a separate case, Sheriff Hutcheson, Chief Deputy Caid and Captain Morgan successfully tracked down a collector in Florida whose rare coins were stolen four decades earlier when he was a youngster in Charleston, Missouri in 1972.  During a January 2017 search of the Southeast Missouri home of a drug case suspect, the officers discovered and recovered about two-thirds of the coins stolen 45 years earlier. Through perseverance and solid detective work the officers were able to return the coins, some still housed in their familiar blue Whitman folders, to the now adult and quite surprised collector.  

The Kaplan Award recognizes efforts and contributions in combatting crimes against the numismatic community, and is jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation.  It 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.  

John Maben of JFM Trading, LLC in Lakewood Ranch, Florida received the Significant Contribution Award. It is given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts over the years on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby.

Christine Karstedt, Executive Vice President of Stack’s Bowers of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, received the 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.  

PNG Legal Counsel Armen Vartian of Manhattan Beach, California, was recognized during the banquet for 25 years as a PNG Affiliate Member.

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.  The organization also has an Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program (http://apmddealers.org).  For additional information, 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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Must-See Rarities at Denver World’s Fair of Money

June 21, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Errors, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Money, Museums, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Seminars, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

CONTACT: Donn Pearlman
Telephone: 702-868-5777

E-mail: donn.pearlman@gmail.com

Must-See Rarities at Denver World’s Fair of Money

 

To celebrate the American Numismatic Association’s (www.money.org) 50th anniversary in Colorado, the ANA is exhibiting Colorado Gold Rush era rarities and Lesher Referendum dollars along with other historic and famous numismatic treasures from the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at the World’s Fair of Money® (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com), August 1 – 5, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

"During the early 1860's Colorado Gold Rush, Clark, Gruber & Co. of Denver produced gold coins including this 1860-dated $20 denomination coin with a fanciful depiction of Pike’s Peak. It will be displayed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2016, in Denver." Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"During the early 1860's Colorado Gold Rush, Clark, Gruber & Co. of Denver produced gold coins including this 1860-dated $20 denomination coin with a fanciful depiction of Pike’s Peak. It will be displayed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2016, in Denver."
Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"Only five 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels are known to exist today, and one of them will be displayed at the ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2017. It is insured for $3 million." Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"Only five 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels are known to exist today, and one of them will be displayed at the ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2017. It is insured for $3 million."
Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017." Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017."
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017." Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017."
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"One of the exhibits at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017, features “funny money,” currency that was mistakenly misprinted, including this $1 bill with upside down serial numbers." Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"One of the exhibits at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017, features “funny money,” currency that was mistakenly misprinted, including this $1 bill with upside down serial numbers."
Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

Highlights include:

  • the McDermott/Bebee Collection 1913 Liberty Head nickel, Idler/Bebee Class III 1804 Draped Bust dollar and error notes from the Bebee collection with upside down serial numbers and other printing mistakes;
  • the High Relief and Ultra High Relief 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection;
  • a set of 1860’s Clark, Gruber & Co. Colorado territorial gold pieces;
  • a nearly complete set Lesher Referendum silver dollars from the early 1900s;
  • a 1933 Eagle, one of the greatest gold coin rarities of the 20th century with less than 40 known surviving examples from the last year that U.S. gold coins were struck for circulation;
  • and the Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme along with the George Washington-signed document appointing David Rittenhouse as first Director of the United States Mint.

The Museum Showcase area (booth #1103) will be open during public hours of the convention in Hall F of the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street.

“The ANA opened its Colorado Springs headquarters building in 1967, and as part of this year’s golden anniversary we want collectors and the public to see examples of Colorado’s colorful numismatic history as well as some of the other most popular items in the ANA museum collection,” explained ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick.

“We’ve been planning for many months to create Denver convention exhibits that will be must-see for collectors and will be an educational and appealing introduction to the fascinating hobby for the general public,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.

“The 1913 Liberty Head nickel donated to the ANA by Aubrey and Adelle Bebee is always a favorite at the conventions. One of its previous owners, J.V. McDermott of Milwaukee, used to carry it in his pocket to show to strangers. Today it’s insured for $3 million and is one of only five known 1913 Liberty nickels,” said Mudd.

The Colorado Gold Rush era coins in the Museum Showcase will include an 1860 Clark, Gruber $20 gold piece with a design that has the word, DENVER, below a fanciful depiction of Pike’s Peak which actually is located in the Colorado Springs area, about 70 miles south.

Lesher Referendum dollars are an intriguing part of Colorado’s mining history.

“To promote greater use of silver, Joseph Lesher of Victor, Colorado created eight-sided ‘dollars’ in 1900 and 1901 from silver mined in the Cripple Creek area. Lesher quickly gave up his plans for the coins, but today these octagonal, so-called dollars are an example of Old West history you can hold in your hands,” explained Mudd.

The Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme is an example of the first coins authorized by President Washington during the early days of the U.S. Mint.  It is being displayed by the ANA, courtesy of Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Company, in celebration of the Mint’s 225th anniversary this year.

The Denver World’s Fair of Money will be open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, August 1 – 5. Public hours will be Tuesday, 1 – 5:30 pm; Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm; and Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Admission is free for all ANA members.  Admission for non-ANA members is $8 for adults, with children 12 and under admitted free.  Admission is for everyone on Saturday, August 5.

For additional information about the Denver World’s Fair of Money, visit www.WorldsFairofMoney.com or call 719-632-2646.

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Texas Attorney General Issues Gold Coins Consumer Protection Tips

May 22, 2017 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Press Releases, PSA, Rare Coins, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

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Paul Stein, for Universal Coin & Bullion, 409-860-9077
Texas Attorney General’s office, 800-252-8011

Texas Attorney General Issues
Gold Coins Consumer Protection Tips

(Austin, Texas) May 22, 2017 – With input from numismatic experts, the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, has issued a consumer protection alert about buying and selling gold coins.  

Award-winning rare coins and precious metals writer, Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, provided continuing consultation to the attorney general’s office on this important consumer alert. Fuljenz, in coordination with other key numismatic industry leaders, offered guidance on consumer protection best practices for precious metals consumers.

The advisory notes that senior citizens make up about 14% of the U.S. population but account for 60% of the callers to the National Fraud Information Center.

Paxton’s advisory cautions consumers and investors: “If coins you bought as an investment would have to double or triple in value before any gain could be realized, you may have been a victim of fraud.”

Entitled “Consumers Should Do Their Research Before and After Investing in Gold Coins,” the advisory emphasizes the crucial importance of working with reputable dealers to help avoid paying too much when buying or receiving too little when selling.  Paxton’s office recommends researching dealers through the Better Business Bureau, the American Numismatic Association, the Professional Numismatists Guild, Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

“By issuing this important consumer protection advisory, Texas is not only assisting Lone Star state residents but providing nationwide benefits to the public who can access this useful information online.  Attorneys general across the country now also have a template to provide consumer protection advice to their residents about buying and selling gold bullion and gold coins,” said Fuljenz.

Among other tips in the Texas Attorney General’s advisory:

Do not respond to callers not previously contacted. Cold callers often are not registered in Texas to legally telemarket and often try to pressure customers to act quickly.

Do not do business with a dealer who guarantees your purchases are totally safe, will go up in value or can’t go down, stresses government gold confiscation or says he will buy them back for what you paid at any time.

The full consumer protection advisory from Texas Attorney General Paxton is available online and as a printable PDF document at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/gold-coins.

Regretfully, due to print limitations, additional buying and selling tips were excluded, said Fuljenz, including avoiding false grading claims, advice about return privileges and urging caution if sellers receive certified money orders or certified checks from unknown buyers because they could be counterfeit.  All ten of the additional consumer protection tips are available online at www.MikeFuljenz.com/goldtips.

At Fuljenz’ request, the following are among the precious metal industry leaders who provided input to him for the advisory. Their names are listed alphabetically with affiliations given only for identification purposes.

Gary Adkins, American Numismatic Association Vice President and former Professional Numismatists Guild President

John Albanese, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and CAC

Doug Davis, Founder of Numismatic Crime Information Center, City Manager and former Police Chief of Pantego, Texas

Beth Deisher, Director of Anti-Counterfeiting for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and former Editor of Coin World

Terry Hanlon, Dillon Gage Metals President, former PNG President

Jerry Jordan, award-winning investigative reporter and former Texas newspaper editor

Kathy McFadden, ICTA Executive Director

Rick Montgomery, NGC President

Donn Pearlman, public relations consultant, ANA Zerbe Award recipient, former ANA Governor and former journalist/broadcaster

Jay Sheppard, Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas Dispute Resolution Director

Miles Standish, NGC Vice President

Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) 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.  He is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Jefferson and Hardin Counties Texas, and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild which honored him along with Doug Davis and Jerry Jordan in 2016 with its Sol Kaplan Award for helping to fight numismatic-related crimes.

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“Trump Effect” Lifts 2016 U.S. Rare Coin Market, Reports Professional Numismatists Guild

December 27, 2016 in Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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December 27, 2016

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“Trump Effect” Lifts 2016 U.S. Rare Coin
Market, Reports Professional Numismatists Guild

(Temecula, California) – The optimism that disposable income may increase with the election of Donald Trump lifted the United States rare coin market in the last two months of 2016, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org). The PNG, a non-profit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money experts, conducts an annual compilation of results of major auctions of U.S. rare coins.

“After several years of higher prices and the spectacular sales of several legendary coin collections, the U.S. rare coin market softened in 2016. But after the November elections, there was a notable increase in demand for high-quality rare coins, including those priced at $100,000 or more,” said PNG President Dana Samuelson.

The aggregate prices realized for U.S. coins sold at major public auctions in 2016 totaled $341,815,542. The totals were $439 million in 2015; $536 million in 2014; and $393 million in 2013. One firm, Heritage Auctions, accounted for $192 million of the 2016 total. All totals include the buyer’s premium to reflect the actual, full prices paid by winning bidders.

“In our annual survey of major numismatic auction firms, the consensus estimate is that the overall U.S. rare coin market for auctions and direct sales in 2016 was about $4 billion, not including bullion coins, such as gold, silver or platinum American Eagles, and not including sales by the United States Mint,” explained Samuelson.

“Over the decades the U.S. rare coin market moves in cycles, and the long-term trend is up. We believe 2017 will be an opportunity for astute collectors to be buying,” said Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director.

There were four coins that sold for $1 million or more at auction in 2016 compared to a record-setting 17 during 2015. A fifth coin crossed the million dollar mark in a private sale in late 2016, and although the purchase price was not disclosed, it was reported the coin is insured for $8 million for a planned public display in early 2017.

The four million-dollar coins sold at public auction in 2016 are:
1894 San Francisco silver dime, graded PCGS Proof 66, $1,997,500, sold by Heritage Auctions.
1879 Quintuple Stella (pattern $20 denomination gold coin), PCGS Proof 64 Deep Cameo, $1,888,000, sold by Legend Rare Coin Auctions.
1833 Caped Head Left, Large Date Half Eagle ($5 denomination gold coin), PCGS Proof 67, $1,351,250, sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
1795 Draped Bust silver dollar, PCGS Specimen 66, $1,057,500, sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
The auction firms that responded to the PNG survey are: Bonham’s; Ira & Larry Goldberg Auctioneers; GreatCollections Coin Auctions; Heritage Auctions; David Lawrence Rare Coins; Legend Rare Coin Auctions; Scotsman Coin & Jewelry; and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

The Professional Numismatists Guild was founded in 1955. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

For a copy of “The Pleasure of Numismatics,” an informative, ten-page illustrated educational booklet about collecting rare coins, paper money, tokens and medals, send $1 to: Professional Numismatists Guild, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, California 92590.

For additional information about the PNG and a complete list of member-dealers, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call the PNG headquarters in Temecula, California at (951) 587-8300.

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Demand Strong in 2015 For Superb Quality, “Pedigree” Rare Coins, Reports Professional Numismatists Guild

January 11, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

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January 11, 2016

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Demand Strong in 2015 For Superb Quality, “Pedigree” Rare Coins, Reports Professional Numismatists Guild

 

With a winning bid of nearly $5 million, the most valuable U.S. rare coin sold at auction in 2015 was this Lord St. Oswald pedigree 1794 Flowing Hair dollar. (Photo by PCGS.)

With a winning bid of nearly $5 million, the most valuable U.S. rare coin sold at auction in 2015 was this Lord St. Oswald pedigree 1794 Flowing Hair dollar. (Photo by PCGS.)

Summary:

A record total of 17 U.S. rare coins sold for $1 million or more in 2015 and a combined total of more than $439 million of U.S. coins sold at major public auctions last year, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild.

(Temecula, California) — From multi-million dollar pennies to nearly $5 million paid for an early American silver dollar, the market for superb-quality, historic U.S. rare coins remained strong in 2015, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).  A record number of 17 U.S. rare coins sold for $1 million or more each at public auctions during the year.

“The consensus estimate is that the overall U.S. rare coin market in 2015 was between $4.5 billion to $5 billion, although one expert estimated it at $6 billion.  The aggregate prices realized for U.S. coins sold at major public auctions in 2015 totaled $439,623,237, compared to $536 million in 2014 and $393 million in 2013,” said PNG President Dana Samuelson.

“There were 17 individual coins that brought $1 million or more at auction in 2015, compared to the previous record of 12 that reached that level in 2014 auctions,” Samuelson noted.

“We saw continuing high demand for so-called ‘trophy coins’ from several important collections that were sold at auctions in 2015.  As gold and silver prices dropped during the year and significant money was being spent on prized, big ticket numismatic rarities, there was weakness in the market for ‘average’ grade, commonly available coins.  However, prices remained strong for U.S. rare coins that combined historical significance, rarity and superb condition,” said Samuelson.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers.

“In a year-end survey of auction house executives, most of the experts responding estimated the overall 2015 coin market in the U.S. at between $4.5 billion to $5 billion.  That includes auctions and private transactions made at coin shows, by mail order, online and at coin stores, but does not include numismatic bullion items or the modern coins sold directly by the United States Mint,” explained Samuelson.

Two companies surpassed $100 million in auctions of United States coins: Heritage Auctions at $254,097,887 and Stack’s Bowers Galleries at $104,991,259.

 

These are the 17 U.S. rare coins purchased by winning bidders for $1 million or higher in 2015, and the auction companies that sold them:

  • 1794 Flowing Hair design silver dollar graded Mint State 66+ by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), jointly auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s for $4,933,750.
  • 1795 Capped Bust design Eagle ($10 denomination gold coin), PCGS MS66+, Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s, $2,585,000.
  • 1792 Birch design copper cent (an early American experimental design), graded MS65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with second opinion on grade by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Heritage Auctions, $2,585,000.
  • 1793 Chain design copper cent, PCGS MS66, CAC, Heritage Auctions, $2,350,000.
  • 1808 Capped Bust design Quarter Eagle ($2.50 denomination gold coin), PCGS MS65, Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s, $2,350,000.
  • 1792 experimental (pattern) quarter-dollar struck in copper, NGC MS63, CAC, Heritage Auctions, $2,232,500.
  • 1907 Ultra High Relief, inverted edge letters design Double Eagle ($20 denomination gold coin), graded PCGS and NGC Proof 68, Heritage Auctions, $2,115,000.
  • 1880 Coiled Hair design Stella ($4 denomination gold coin), NGC PR67, CAC, Heritage Auctions, $1,821,250.
  • 1796 Draped Bust design silver quarter-dollar, PCGS MS66, Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s, $1,527,500.
  • 1797 Draped Bust design silver half dollar, PCGS MS66, Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s, $1,527,500.
  • 1776 Continental silver dollar “CURENCY,” NGC Extremely Fine 40, Heritage Auctions, $1,527,500.
  • 1776 Continental silver dollar “CURRENCY” and EG FECIT design, NGC MS62, Heritage Auctions, $1,527,500.
  • 1792 Birch copper cent “TO BE ESTEEMED BE USEFUL” lettered edge, PCGS About Uncirculated 58, CAC, Stack’s Bowers, $1,175,000
  • 1798 Capped Bust Right, small eagle design Half Eagle ($5 denomination gold coin), PCGS AU55, Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s, $1,175,000.
  • 1880 Coiled Hair design gold Stella ($4 denomination), PCGS PR65, CAC, Heritage Auctions, $1,116,250.
  • 1792 copper pattern disme (early spelling of the word, dime), NGC MS64, CAC, Heritage Auctions, $1,057,500.
  • 1795 Capped Bust Right design gold Eagle ($10 denomination), PCGS MS63+, Stack’s Bowers/Sotheby’s, $1,057,500.

The auction companies either responding directly to a PNG questionnaire about their 2015 auctions of United States rare coins or whose auction sales figures were compiled from public announcements during the year were (in alphabetical order): Bonhams; David Lawrence Rare Coins; GreatCollections Coin Auctions; Heritage Auctions; Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles; Legend Rare Coin Auctions; and Stack’s Bowers Galleries and auctions conducted jointly by Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s.

All prices include the buyer’s premium, if any, to reflect the actual total prices paid by the winning bidders.  The PNG survey did not include 2015 auctions of paper money or coins produced by other countries (“world coins”), two areas of the numismatic marketplace that also experienced record prices for many items.

“We have an important saying in the numismatic marketplace. If you don’t know rare coins, you’d better know your rare coin dealer,” advised PNG President Samuelson.

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  A complete listing of PNG member-dealers is available at http://www.pngdealers.org/find-a-png-dealer?view=browselist.

For a copy of “The Pleasure of Numismatics,” an informative, ten-page illustrated educational booklet about collecting rare coins, paper money, tokens and medals, send $1 to: Professional Numismatists Guild, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, California 92590.

For additional information about the Professional Numismatists Guild, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call the PNG headquarters in Temecula, California at (951) 587-8300.

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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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Comments About Depicting A Woman On $10 Bills

June 18, 2015 in Bank Notes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Michael Fuljenz  (Award-winning numismatic author and President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas)

“For far too long, Americans’ folding money has displayed an all-male portrait gallery of dead Presidents and other prominent men from the nation’s past. Placing a woman’s portrait on our currency is a form of equal rights that hasn’t received nearly enough attention up to now.”

“Recognition of women on U.S. paper currency is long overdue. We have not had an actual, historical woman depicted on our paper money since 1896 when Martha Washington appeared with her husband, George, on $1 notes.”

“The U.S. dollar is the world’s most widely used medium of exchange, and as the father of a daughter — and a son — I heartily endorse placing a woman’s portrait on U.S. $10 bills, and hope this recognition of women continues to other currency and circulating coins into the future.”

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Distributed on behalf of Mike Fuljenz by

Donn Pearlman
President
Donn Pearlman & Associates
Public Relations, Marketing Communications
Las Vegas, Nevada
Phone: (702) 868-5777
Web: http://www.DonnPearlman.com

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PCGS Giving Away Impressive “Periodic Table Of U.S. Coins” Posters At Four Shows

June 18, 2015 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins

For immediate release
June 18, 2015

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

PCGS Giving Away Impressive “Periodic Table Of U.S. Coins” Posters At Four Shows

 

The “science” of numismatics now has a new meaning.

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has created the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of United States Coins, an educational and fun poster that illustrates major U.S. coin denominations issued for circulation from 1793 to date.  PCGS will give away copies at four upcoming coin shows while supplies last.

A close up showing a small portion of the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table poster. Photo by Professional Coin Grading Service

A close up showing a small portion of the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table poster.
Photo by Professional Coin Grading Service

The 24 by 36 inches poster resembles a typical scientific arrangement of chemical elements, but in this case the “elements” are superb quality images of U.S. coins from the PCGS TrueView™ photo archive.

“The coins are categorized by type.  There is information about their years in circulation, where they were struck, metallic content, weight, diameter and whether the edges are plain, reeded, lettered or decorated.  There’s also information about designers and engravers,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source of information about United States coins.

The poster made a successful public debut at the recent June 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.

Guth said a coin-collecting professional chemist at the Long Beach show good naturedly pointed to the chart and asked: “Which ones are the radioactive coins?”

PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and PCGS Graphic Designer Ben Arboleda created and developed the periodic table of coins for the enjoyment and continuing education for collectors and dealers.

“Response to the posters at Long Beach was excellent, and now we plan to give away posters at the PCGS booths during the July and November Whitman Baltimore Expo shows, the ANA convention in Chicago in August and the September Long Beach Expo.  They will be limited to one per visitor while supplies last,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“This is another great reason to come visit the PCGS team at major shows across the calendar and across country,” Willis emphasized.

The PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table posters made their public debut at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.  From left to right: PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, PCGS President Don Willis, PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.   Photo by Donn Pearlman.

The PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table posters made their public debut at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. From left to right: PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, PCGS President Don Willis, PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.
Photo by Donn Pearlman.

The dates of the four shows are:

For more information on all PCGS attended shows, please visit www.PCGS.com/shows.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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Monaco Prepares Brasher Doubloon For It’s World’s Fair of Money Display

July 25, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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July 25, 2014

News media contact:
Adam Crum, (949) 752-1933

Monaco Prepares Brasher Doubloon For It’s World’s Fair of Money Display

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World's Fair of Money.  (Photo credit: NGC.)

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money.
(Photo credit: NGC.)

(Newport Beach, California) — The finest certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon was shown to Southern California news media representatives as Monaco Rare Coins (www.MonacoRareCoins.com) of Newport Beach, California made final preparations for the legendary coin’s display at the upcoming 2014 Chicago ANA World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com).

Los Angeles and Orange County area television crews and reporters visited the Monaco offices on Thursday, July 25, to take pictures of the coin and interview Monaco President Michael Carabini and Vice President Adam Crum.  In addition to a story about the historic coin, the Orange County Register newspaper posted a photo slideshow and a video at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coin-629767-rare-coins.html?pic=2.

“In preparation for the exhibit at the ANA convention, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has updated the pedigree on the encapsulation insert label to read Virgil Brand – Monaco,” said Crum.

Described as one of the greatest numismatic rarities of the world, the coin is graded NGC MS63, and is the finest certified of the seven known 1787 Brasher Doubloons.  It now is insured for $10 million for the display at the 2014 World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 – 9.

Monaco Rare Coins President Michael Carabini (standing to the left) watches as company Vice President Adam Crum shows the 1787 Brasher Doubloon to Los Angeles area news media. (Photo credit: Donn Pearlman)

Monaco Rare Coins President Michael Carabini (standing to the left) watches as company Vice President Adam Crum shows the 1787 Brasher Doubloon to Los Angeles area news media.
(Photo credit: Donn Pearlman)

It was created 227 years ago by New York City gold and silversmith Ephraim Brasher, and is the first gold coin struck for the young United States.  Monaco acquired the historic early American coin this past January at the Florida United Numismatists auction conducted by Heritage Auctions, and this upcoming exhibit will be only its second major public display the past quarter century.

A video prepared by Monaco Rare Coins and detailed information about the history of Brasher Doubloons is online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com/BrasherVideo.

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