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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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Mike Fuljenz Honored With Crime Fighting And Writing Awards At World’s Fair of Money

August 13, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners

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Mike Fuljenz Honored With Crime Fighting
And Writing Awards At World’s Fair of Money

Michael Fuljenz with two of the numerous awards he received at the 2016 World's Fair of Money.

Michael Fuljenz with two of the numerous awards he received at the 2016 World’s Fair of Money.

(Anaheim, California) – Top awards for consumer protection crime-fighting efforts and outstanding numismatic writing were presented to Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas, at the 2016 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.  

He received four prestigious honors from two influential organizations, the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the (NLG) Numismatic Literary Guild, during awards ceremonies conducted in Anaheim, California, August 8 through 12.

The PNG presented Fuljenz the Sol Kaplan Award for efforts in combatting crimes against the numismatic community and the NLG honored him with three awards for writing, broadcasting and his strong support of the hobby. The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and currency experts, and the NLG is a nonprofit organization composed of prominent editors and writers in the numismatic community.

Fuljenz along with co-winners of the PNG’s Kaplan award, former Police Chief Doug Davis and investigative journalist Jerry Jordan, jointly worked for nine months to provide valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies in four states that helped detectives coordinate their investigations into a series of numismatic-related crimes.

Their persistent work successfully led to the arrests earlier this year of three suspected con artists who allegedly targeted elderly victims and their coin collections in California, Colorado, New York and Texas. Fuljenz assisted one of the victims get back the $84,000 he spent on purchasing counterfeit gold American Eagles from two of the suspects.

Davis, the City Manager and former Police Chief of Pantego, Texas, is Founder and President of the Numismatic Crime Information Center (www.NumismaticCrimes.org).  Jordan is Editor of SETinvesigates.com, an online investigative news organization in Southeast Texas.

The winners of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild's 2016 Sol Kaplan Award for fighting numismatic-related crimes, (left to right) Jerry Jordan, Michael Fuljenz and Doug Davis.

The winners of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild’s 2016 Sol Kaplan Award for fighting numismatic-related crimes, (left to right) Jerry Jordan, Michael Fuljenz and Doug Davis.

Fuljenz won a Best Article award for his informative story, “Treasury Moves to Redesign $10 Bill, Add Portrait of an American Woman,” published in The Examiner newspaper in his hometown of Beaumont. He also received a Best Radio Report award for his weekly broadcasts, “The Coin Show,” on KLVI 560 radio in Beaumont, and was named recipient of the NLG’s 2016 “Ribbit” Award for his service to the hobby and the Numismatic Literary Guild.  Since 1986, he has been honored with more than 60 awards from the organization.

Fuljenz also was a featured speaker at the World’s Fair of Money, presenting an educational lecture about the history of the national motto, In God We Trust, and the ongoing efforts to defend it against lawsuits that seek to remove the familiar motto from American’s currency and public buildings.

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 Boards of Directors of the Jefferson County Texas Crime Stoppers organization, the Numismatic Literary Guild and the Industry Council For Tangible Assets.

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Wayne LaPierre Signature American Eagle Silver Coins Raise Funds For NRA

April 28, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, USA Coins

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April 28, 2016

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Wayne LaPierre Signature American
Eagle Silver Coins Raise Funds For NRA

 

A handsome, one-ounce American Eagle silver bullion coin and the special insert label with facsimile signature of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

A handsome, one-ounce American Eagle silver bullion coin and the special insert label with facsimile signature of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre now has joined an impressive list of former United States Presidents and other distinguished individuals whose signatures appear on labels packaged with historic, precious metal U.S. coins.  Sales of the LaPierre signature American Eagle silver coins by Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) are helping to raise funds for the NRA’s work in defending the Second Amendment.

“The limited-edition Wayne LaPierre facsimile signature label accompanies beautiful, 2016-dated silver American Eagle coins graded Mint State 69 on the 70-point numismatic grading scale.  Each superb condition coin contains one-ounce of 99.9% pure fine silver and has been certified for authenticity and grade by the industry respected Professional Coin Grading Service,” said Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion.

Previous signature label signers have included former U.S. Presidents and Mint Directors, and over 40 baseball Hall of Fame players.  

“Mike Fuljenz and Universal Coin & Bullion have been strong NRA supporters for over ten years.  I’m proud to join with them and announce the release of their NRA Signature Series Silver Eagles, and $2 will be provided to the NRA for every facsimile signature coin sold.  Thank you for your support of the NRA and this important program,” stated LaPierre.

The price per coin, subject to change and while supplies, is $26.99 plus shipping.  Orders can be placed by calling Universal Coin & Bullion at (800) 822-4653 or by ordering online at www.UniversalCoin.com.

Universal Coin & Bullion is the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Expert of NRA Publications. Universal’s President Michael Fuljenz is a Golden Ring of Freedom member, NRA Benefactor member and long-time supporter of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gunsafe® program.  Known as America’s Gold Expert®, he has won more than 50 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work about rare coins and gold and silver.  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, Numismatic Literary Guild and Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas.  He is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), and he is a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer. For useful information about buying and selling rare coins and gold and silver, visit www.UniversalCoin.com.

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Mike Fuljenz Admonishes Critics Of “In God We Trust” Motto

September 21, 2015 in Coins, Collecting, Currency, Education, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money, Politics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

September 21, 2015

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Mike Fuljenz Admonishes
Critics Of “In God We Trust” Motto

 

Statement by Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas.

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

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.  Regarding the recent controversy about the motto’s placement on police vehicles in some communities, it’s important to remember the patriotic motto has withstood a long line of legal challenges to appear on our money and on government-owned property.

It first appeared on circulating United States coins in 1864 (www.InGodWeTrustOnMoney.com).  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.

Recent court cases include a 2013 ruling when a Federal Court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit seeking removal of In God We Trust from coins and paper money.  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.

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 1861 for proposed new designs for half-dollar and $10 denomination coins.

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.

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An award-winning detailed history of the national motto, written by Fuljenz, is available free online at www.INGODWETRUSTonmoney.com.

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.  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, the Industry Council For Tangible Assets and the Numismatic Literary Guild.

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Useful Information On Type Three Double Eagles In New Reference Book By Mike Fuljenz

April 15, 2015 in Antique Coins, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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April 16, 2015

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Useful Information On Type Three Double Eagles In New Reference Book By Mike Fuljenz

Book Includes Proof “In God We Trust”
Motto Inspiration Pre-Dates U.S. Civil War

Type Three Double Eagles cover

Type Three Double Eagles 1877 – 1907 (Second Edition) By: Mike Fuljenz

An important new reference book about a popular United States gold coins series, Type Three Double Eagles 1877 – 1907 (Second Edition), provides beginning and advanced collectors a date-by-date analysis of every coin in the series, historical vignettes and more than 100 full-color photographs.  The book was written by Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion Ltd. in Beaumont, Texas, who has won more than 50 awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) for his consumer protection and education newsletters and earlier books and articles.

Fuljenz predicts that last year’s wide-spread publicity about the discovery of the Saddle Ridge Hoard “should increase collector and investor interest in this (Type Three Liberty Head Double Eagles) series for a long time.”  The vast majority of the 1,427 gold coins unearthed in the Northern California buried treasure hoard were Type Three Double Eagles.

The new book contains a chart of the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) grades assigned to the hoard coins, and also contains comparisons of PCGS and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation population reports on all Type Three $20 denomination gold coins.

One revealing chapter of the book is described by the author as “the definitive article on the national motto, In God We Trust.” It provides proof the inspiration for the motto actually goes back to the War of 1812, pre-dating the 1860s U.S. Civil War era that many believe was the backdrop for the motto.

Fuljenz provides useful collecting, investing, buying and selling tips as well as historical information and price history about this coin series.  He includes information about counterfeits and consumer protection, such as the 2014 Collectible Coin Protection Act.  Fuljenz assisted the Industry Council For Tangible Assets (ICTA) with lobbying in Washington, DC to get that law approved.

One of the 17 interesting chapters is devoted to “Peter,” an eagle that lived at the Philadelphia Mint in the mid 1800s and inspired coin designs as well as bedtime stories.

Type Three Double Eagles were struck at five mints: Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia and San Francisco.  Unlike Type One Double Eagles, Type Three have the motto, In God We Trust, and unlike Type Two coins the Type Three have the denomination spelled out as TWENTY DOLLARS rather than TWENTY D.

Other noteworthy features of the book include how President Theodore Roosevelt worked with acclaimed sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the early 20th century “pet crime” of replacing the design of the Liberty Head Double Eagle and other U.S. coins; Type Three Double Eagles in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution; celebrity coin collectors; and law enforcement tips on how to protect your coins and other valuables from theft.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors from the NLG, the Press Club of Southeast Texas and other organizations 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, is on the ICTA Board of Directors and is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild.

Published by Subterfuge Publishing, the suggested price for Type Three Double Eagles 1877 – 1907 is $39.95 including shipping.  Copies can be ordered online at www.UniversalCoin.com.

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Coin Expert Mike Fuljenz Praises New Bald Eagle Silver Bullion Coin

August 11, 2014 in Bullion, Coin Dealers, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver, Silver Coins

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August 11, 2014

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Coin Expert Mike Fuljenz Praises
New Bald Eagle Silver Bullion Coin

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Collectors and investors of silver bullion coins will like the new Bald Eagle design coin just released by the Royal Canadian Mint, according to award-winning numismatic author Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion.

The Reverse of the beautiful new 2014 Royal Canadian Mint Bald Eagle one-ounce 99.99 percent pure silver bullion coin.  (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Mint.)

The Reverse of the beautiful new 2014 Royal Canadian Mint Bald Eagle one-ounce 99.99 percent pure silver bullion coin. (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Mint.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) — A new silver bullion coin by the Royal Canadian Mint that depicts a bald eagle in flight while clutching a fish in its talons is being praised by an award-winning rare coin and precious metals expert.

“This beautiful design captures the magnificence of a Bald Eagle, and the coin itself provides collectors and investors a convenient way to own one-ounce of 99.99 percent pure silver,” said Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas.

The front of the coin has a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Fuljenz examined examples of the new precious metal coin when they made their first appearance in the United States at the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 – 9, 2014.

“This is the second in a popular series of Royal Canadian Mint silver bullion coins with the theme, ‘Birds of Prey.’  After seeing them in person, I’m recommending the Bald Eagle coins for both first-time buyers of precious metals and long-term investors as well as anyone interested in the glorious natural beauty of eagles,” said Fuljenz.

The Obverse of the beautiful new 2014 Royal Canadian Mint Bald Eagle one-ounce 99.99 percent pure silver bullion coin.  (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Mint.)

The Obverse of the beautiful new 2014 Royal Canadian Mint Bald Eagle one-ounce 99.99 percent pure silver bullion coin. (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Mint.)

“The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to remaining a leader in the precious metal market by offering investors a continually evolving suite of bullion products crafted with exceptional attention to quality and purity,” said Marc Brûlé, Interim President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint in his own official statement of August 5.

Fuljenz served as an expert consultant to the Royal Canadian Mint on the 2013 Pronghorn Antelope design that was part of an earlier series of bullion coins commemorating North American wildlife.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Mike Fuljenz has won more than 50 prestigious national and regional awards the past two decades for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals, including “The Clemy,” the highest honor bestowed by the influential Numismatic Literary Guild.  He is a respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont.  Mike Fuljenz also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission and, 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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