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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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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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“Breaking Bread With In God We Trust” Topic Of ANA Show Presentation By Michael Fuljenz

February 23, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, Legal, Legislation, Money, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, U.S. Notes, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

February 23, 2017

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“Breaking Bread With In God We Trust” Topic Of ANA Show Presentation By Michael Fuljenz

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

(Orlando, Florida) – Educator and award-winning numismatic writer Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) will gave an informative Money Talks, “Breaking Bread With In God We Trust, at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show® in Orlando, Florida.  The presentation will begin at 1 pm, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in room W240D at the Orange County Convention Center West Building, site of the show.

A complimentary premium box lunch and bottled water will be available for the first 50 attendees at this lunchtime seminar about the patriotic motto, In God We Trust (www.INGODWETRUSTonmoney.com).

During the educational presentation, Fuljenz will explain how the motto actually was first inspired by events during the War of 1812 that sparked creation of the National Anthem; first appeared on U.S. coins a half century later in 1864; and now continues to withstand legal challenges.

A former high school chemistry and physics teacher and principal of the Governor’s gifted students program in Louisiana, Fuljenz has received more than 60 awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild as well as national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from McNeese State University.  

A respected community leader and literacy advocate 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 Diocese of Beaumont Catholic Schools, the Industry Council For Tangible Assets and the Numismatic Literary Guild.

For additional information about the ANA National Money Show, visit www.NationalMoneyShow.com. To read Fuljenz’ free, weekly Metals Market Report go to www.UniversalCoin.com.

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Numismatic Literary Guild Awards 2016 Prizes to Seven Whitman Publishing Authors

August 12, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Bank Notes, Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, Exunumia, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Prize Winners, Rare Coins, Reference, Tokens, U.S. Notes, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Whitman Publishing News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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(Anaheim, California)—The Numismatic Literary Guild announced the awards for its annual Writers Competition at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Seven Whitman Publishing authors received recognition in categories covering U.S. coins, U.S. paper money, world coins, numismatic investments, and tokens and medals. They were:

Michael Moran and Jeff Garrett: “Best Specialized Book, U.S. Coins,” for 1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold, a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of the U.S. Mint in the first half of the 19th century and the tremendous impact that the 1848 discovery Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Exploring the Secrets of the First Philadelphia Mint

January 29, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Awards, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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It seems like just yesterday, but it’s been almost five years! On January 6, 2011, at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show in Tampa, Whitman Publishing released The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint: How Frank H. Stewart Destroyed—And Then Saved—A National Treasure. The 336-page hardcover would go on to win the prestigious “Book of the Year” award from the Numismatic Literary Guild.

If you haven’t read Secret History yet, head to your favorite bookseller or visit your local library; you can also borrow it for free from the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library if you’re a member of the… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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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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