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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), 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.

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Ed Reiter, former New York Times numismatics columnist, dies at 79

August 24, 2017 in Collecting, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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Ed Reiter, former New York Times numismatics columnist, dies at 79


Photo of Ed Reiter

Photo of Ed Reiter

(Wilkes-Barre, PA) August 24, 2017 — Ed Reiter of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, a one-man institution in coin writing for over half a century, died at the age of 79 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 24. According to his wife, Patricia, the cause was multiple organ failure.

At the time of his death, Reiter was still a powerful force in journalism for the coin hobby and trade, serving as senior editor of COINage magazine for his 32nd year and executive director of the prestigious non-profit Numismatic Literary Guild in his 27th year. He was also still serving as an active consultant to a number of numismatic firms including the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Littleton Coin Co., and Universal Coin & Bullion.

Over the course of over 50 years, Reiter opined on all matters numismatic, first as an editor in Iola, Wisconsin of the hobby publication, Numismatic News. He was later a newspaper columnist for The Asbury Park Press and then wrote his flagship numismatics column for nearly a decade, July 1979 to January 1989, that appeared in the weekly Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times.

After his retirement from the Times, he continued his coin writings in The Bergen Record in New Jersey, where he served as an editor for the paper. Between 1998 and 2002, he won four first-place awards (four out of five years) from the New Jersey Press Association for Best Headline Writing, reflecting his penchant for wordplay and puns.

Reiter received many awards for his work other than headline writing. The Numismatic Literary Guild presented him with its lifetime achievement Clemy in 1986; he was awarded the Burnett Anderson Memorial award in 2014 jointly by three coin hobby organizations (American Numismatic Association, American Numismatic Society and Numismatic Literary Guild); and his writings garnered a cumulative 61 honors, many of them for his monthly COINage column, “My Two Cents’ Worth.”

In 2002, he authored

, which was published by St. Martin’s Press.

Reiter graduated from Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY, in 1955 and received his B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in 1959.

He leaves his wife, Patricia, and her mother, Stella Domski; three daughters: Allison (Amodio), Caroline (Estabrooks) and Jennifer (Merrill); two sons: Christopher and Timothy; two grandchildren: Gavin Estabrooks and Cullen Estabrooks; three-sons-in-law: Michael Amodio, Jason Estabrooks and Lee Merrill; and a brother, Paul. He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Bongiovanni.

Scott Travers, author of The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual and a former vice president of the American Numismatic Association, worked with Reiter for 37 years and was one of his closest friends. Travers had one of the last telephone conversations with him.

“Ed’s voice was uncharacteristically weak,” Travers commented.

“He understood that his health was failing, but he told me from his hospital bed how a nurse was tugging at his right leg to wrap it in a bandage.”

“I used Ed’s own style of humor with him,” Travers said. “I told Ed that the nurse might be joking about all of this, and that a speedy recovery could be on the horizon.” Reiter curiously asked how Travers would know that.

“Because she’s pulling your leg,” Travers replied.

“Ed could hardly contain his laughter,” Travers reported. “And that was the last time we talked,” Travers said.

“Ed Reiter’s sense of humor, unique writing style, and strong leadership will leave a void in our hobby and industry, but his spirit and plays on words will live on in perpetuity through his great writings and archived public pronouncements.”

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