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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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David Lange awarded ANA’s Numismatist of the Year Award

July 8, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners

By: Press Release (Coin Update News)

David W. Lange is the 2017 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA’s) Numismatist of the Year Award. The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, August 4, during the awards banquet at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver.

As an author and researcher, David Lange is adept in a wide variety of numismatic areas. The longtime collector specializes in U.S. type coins, Philippine coins and notes from 1903 to 1945, and British coins from 1816 to 1970. Full article at the source>

Source: (Coin Update News)

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PNG Calls For 2017 Award Nominations

February 13, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, USA Coins, World Coins

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February 13, 2017

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman (951) 587-8300

PNG Calls For 2017 Award Nominations


Professional Numismatists Guild logo

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

(Temecula, California) — Nominations now are being accepted for the 2017 Professional Numismatists Guild ( awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Dana Samuelson.

           “Each year the PNG publicly recognizes outstanding achievements in the hobby and the profession by honoring deserving recipients with awards in a half dozen categories.  We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from all collectors and dealers,” said Brueggeman.

           “The award winners will be announced at the annual PNG Day banquet that will be held following the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show in Denver Colorado on July 31, 2017.  That is the eve of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money® ( convention in Denver,” explained Samuelson.

           Nominations should be made directly to the appropriate award category chair by mid-June.  The categories and contacts are:

Abe Kosoff Founders Award: Presented to a PNG member-dealer with steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community and who has made a significant contribution to the Guild or to the numismatic fraternity in general the past year.  The award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization.  Committee Chairs: Richard Weaver and Wayde Milas.  Emails: and

           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.  Committee Chair: John Maben.  Email:

           Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts over the years on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby.  Committee Chair: James Sego.   Email:

           Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a numismatist for his/her extraordinary devotion to numismatics and who, over their lifetime, significantly contributed to the hobby or profession.  Committee Co-Chairs: Dana S. Samuelson and Barry Stuppler.  Emails: and

           Sol Kaplan Award: To recognize efforts and contributions in combatting crimes against the numismatic community, this award is presented to someone who has given their time in an attempt to rid the profession of fraud and thievery. The award 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.  Committee Chair: Robert Brueggeman.  Email:

           Robert Friedberg Award: Presented to an author in recognition for an outstanding book or other literature.  Named in honor of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, this award is not automatically given each year.  It is only given when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients. Committee Chair: James A. Simek.  Email:  Note: A copy of each book nominated for this year’s award must be submitted for delivery no later than June 16, 2017 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL 60154-7157.

   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.  For additional information about the PNG awards, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: Online:


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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

News media contact:
Donn Pearlman, (702) 868-5777

“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 ( in Beaumont, Texas who has written award-winning articles about the national motto (

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  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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Inventory Highlights, 2015 in Review

January 4, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

2015 was a memorable year for Douglas Winter Numismatics. We sold over 1,000 pieces of choice and rare United States gold coins, with many finest known and Condition Census pieces finding new homes. We can’t tell you about all the coins we sold in 2015 because a number of them were secret, and we always respect the wishes of our clients regarding privacy.

But let’s take a look at some of the great coins we sold in 2015, viewing them by denomination.

Gold Dollars

1853-O $1.00 PCGS MS66 CAC

  • 1853-O PCGS MS66 CAC, among the finest known
  • Multiple examples of the rare 1855-D in the… Full article at the source> 

    Source: (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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New Jersey Teenager Wins PNG 2015 YN Scholarship

May 5, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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May 5, 2015
News media contacts:

Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

New Jersey Teenager Wins PNG 2015 Young Numismatist Scholarship


(Temecula, California) —  Christopher Maisano, a 17-year old New Jersey high school student, has been selected as the winner of the Professional Numismatists Guild ( 2015 young numismatist scholarship.  The PNG will provide tuition, dormitory accommodations, meals and airfare to and from Colorado Springs, Colorado for him to attend one of the week-long sessions of this year’s American Numismatic Association ( Summer Seminar.

PNG scholarship winner Christopher Maisano of New Jersey

PNG scholarship winner Christopher Maisano of New Jersey

“I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity!  It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Maisano said.

He began collecting two years ago while on vacation with his parents when he saw coins in the window of an antique shop.

“I was captivated by the old U.S. coins.  I entered the store with my parents and spent hours looking at all the coins in their inventory.  With my own allowance money I purchased my very first coin, an 1873 With Arrows Seated Liberty half dollar from the Philadelphia Mint,” Maisano recalled.

He said it is in poor condition and the least valuable coin now in his collection, but it “is the most beloved and prized coin in my collection because it was my first.”

Family members and friends soon responded to his interest in numismatics.

“My grandmother gave me her father’s coin collection.  It included mostly Morgan dollars.  None of the coins were very valuable but I found it so interesting to research them and learn about how my great-grandfather loved collecting coins,” he explained.

He also credits Ridgewood Coin & Stamp in Ridgewood, New Jersey for nurturing his interest in coins and mentoring him about buying and selling.   Last October his parents took him to the PNG show in New York City where he met PNG member-dealer Donald Kagin and associate member David McCarthy of Kagin’s, Inc. who showed him gold coins from the Saddle Ridge Hoard.  McCarthy and another PNG associate member, John Brush of David Lawrence Rare Coins, told him about the annual ANA Summer Seminars.

Maisano attended a young numismatists meeting at the New York International Numismatic Convention this past January and submitted his ANA membership application.

“I love to read and learn about the history of coins, the mintage and the history of various mints in the United States,” he said.

Maisano will be a senior this fall at Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, New Jersey.  He wants to get an internship with a coin dealer/auction house when he attends college.  He plans on majoring in accounting.

“This is the 11th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.  We’ve been delighted to help young numismatists,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“On behalf of the ANA, I’d like to thank the PNG for its continued support of the Summer Seminar and for promoting numismatic education,” said ANA Education Manager Susan Mc Millan.

“Young collectors are the future of the hobby,” said PNG President Terry Hanlon.  “The annual ANA Summer Seminar is an excellent way to learn more about the hobby.  Congratulations to our latest scholarship recipient.”

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund.  Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other countries.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information, visit online at or call (951) 587-8300.


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Another PNG Intern Hired, and Streamlined Program Announced For Future PNG Interns

September 24, 2014 in Education, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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September 24, 2014

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman (951) 587-8300

Another PNG Intern Hired And Streamlined
Program Announced For Future PNG Interns

Monica Bacon

Monica Bacon

(Temecula, California) — The Professional Numismatists Guild’s ( “Promoting Numismatic Growth” program has placed another intern into a full-time job as a professional numismatist.  PNG also has streamlined the program for prospective future interns.

Monica Bacon, age 29, of Indianapolis, Indiana, now has been hired as a Consignment Coordinator at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas after a brief internship there.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity,” said Bacon.  “I have a nice support system here and everyone has something to teach me.  I’m looking forward to seeing where this door leads.”

Prior to starting her internship at Heritage, Bacon was an intern for three months at Dillon Gage Metals in Addison, Texas as part of PNG’s Promoting Numismatic Growth program.

“I learned heaps and made some lasting friendships. Dillon Gage is a family that I’m grateful to have been a part of,” she said.

Bacon is the third intern hired full-time since the PNG internship rotations began earlier this year, and the second one hired by Heritage.

“We are big supporters of the PNG internship program, and are very pleased with the quality of candidates we are getting,” stated Heritage Co-Chairman Steve Ivy, a PNG Past President.

“The PNG internship project is designed to provide education, training and mentoring for the next generation of coin and banknote dealers.  Applications are encouraged and being accepted from prospective professional numismatists, ages 21 and up, who want to participate in the program,” said PNG President Terry Hanlon, President of Dillon Gage.

In addition to Heritage and Dillon Gage, two other PNG member-dealer companies currently are offering internship positions through the PNG program: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida which hired a PNG intern in May, and Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Irvine, California.

Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG Promoting Numismatic Growth program, said based on the success of the unprecedented project’s first year of  operation, changes are being made to streamline the process for future interns.

“Internship candidates who successfully complete the background security check and education components of the program will get a certificate of completion.  Then, instead of a year-long rotation of three-month internship positions at four different firms, they will have the opportunity for a three-month internship at a participating PNG member’s dealership.  PNG headquarters will inform all PNG member-dealers about the availability of the internship candidates,” Raia explained.

Former PNG intern and now full-time professional numismatist Monica Bacon encourages prospective future dealers to enroll in the PNG program.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience so don’t waste it.  You need to go in with a positive attitude and a good work ethic. Ask questions, pick everyone’s brains, and touch as much material as you can.  Strive to learn everything you possibly can,” she advised.

Specific information about the internship program, including costs and required online educational courses through the University of Rare Coins, is available at under the “Promoting Numismatic Growth” navigation links near the top of the PNG’s home page.  For additional information, contact the PNG by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at


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