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Eric P. Newman (1911-2017)

November 16, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

It is with great sadness to report that an icon of numismatics, Eric P. Newman, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday at the age of 106. Even if you never met Newman your life in numismatics has been changed for the better by his work. He will be missed by everyone. The following is […] Full article at the source>

Source: Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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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

For Immediate Release

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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PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame adds to growing list of inductees

August 9, 2017 in Awards, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Press Release News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

(Denver, Colorado)—On Friday, August 4, 2017, two more renowned numismatists joined the ranks of the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame.

In the final days of this year’s World’s Fair of Money, during the PCGS Set Registry Luncheon, Kevin Lipton and the late David Proskey joined the esteemed list of numismatists who comprise the PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame.

“It’s important that we acknowledge those who have made tremendous contributions to the industry and the hobby we love. Kevin Lipton and David Proskey did just that. The PCGS CoinFacts Hall of Fame has been adding prestigious names throughout numismatics since 2010,… Full article at the source>

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

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PNG Statement on Passing of Leon Hendrickson

July 24, 2017 in Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild

PNG Statement on Passing of Leon Hendrickson

“The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time member Leon Hendrickson of Winchester, Indiana.  Hendrickson joined the PNG in 1970, served as the organization’s president from 1985 to 1989 and received the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.  He was one of the first members approved as a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer when the PNG-APMD program (https://apmddealers.org) was created in 2015,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“Leon was a giant in the profession and hobby. He was a good friend to so many collectors and dealers across the country. Our condolences to his family and friends,” said PNG President Dana Samuelson.

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

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More opportunities for numismatists and employers to connect

March 9, 2017 in Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Reference, World Coins

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

Last week, we relayed the announcement by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) that it had formed an online job service to help match numismatic job-seekers with prospective employers. The editor-in-chief of CoinsWeekly, Ursula Kampmann, emailed to let us know about another resource that job-hunters might find useful.

In 2015, the International Numismatic Council (INC) and the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) decided to launch a platform for online vacancies and applications. As a publication channel they chose the Internet journal MuenzenWoche / CoinsWeekly, which, with its weekly newsletter, aims to build a bridge between university and… Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (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 (www.PNGdealers.org) 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® (www.worldsfairofmoney.org) 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: rweaver@dvrcc.com and wmilas@rarecoa.com

           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: jfmtrading@yahoo.com.

           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: jsego@jmscoins.com.

           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: dana@amergold.com and barry@stuppler.com.

           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: bob@ppius.com.

           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: nge3@comcast.net.  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: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: www.PNGdealers.org.

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What are Coins with Character?

November 30, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

On the front page of my website (www.raregoldcoins.com) you will see the tagline Coins with Character. This has been the official motto of Douglas Winter Numismatics for many years, and I am often asked by collectors “what are coins with character?” There is no simple answer, but I feel that the coins I sell are blessed with one or more of the following characteristics which makes them special.

Original “Skin” and Choice Surfaces

In most instances, it is not possible to determine if a coin is 100% original as even coins with a “crusty” appearance may have been lightly cleaned… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Three More Distinguished Numismatists Added To PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

August 14, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases

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Friday, August 14, 2015

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

Three More Distinguished Numismatists Added
To PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

 

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall presented John Dannreuther with his plaque as an inductee into the PCGS CoinFacts Coni Dealer Hall of Fame at the World’s Fair of Money on August 14, 2015.  (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall presented John Dannreuther with his plaque as an inductee into the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame at the World’s Fair of Money on August 14, 2015. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) — The PCGS CoinFacts™ Coin Dealer Hall of Fame has inducted three more renowned members.  The dealers now added to the prestigious list are Édouard Frossard (1837 – 1899), Harry J. Forman (1924 – 2008) and John “JD” Dannreuther (born in 1948).

The induction ceremony was part of the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on August 14, 2015 during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money.

Frossard was a Swiss immigrant who taught French in New York City, conducted coin auctions and was editor of the controversial numismatic publication, Numisma.  Today his name is associated with works on U.S. Half Cents, Large Cents and Franco-American Jetons.

Foreman was a well-known Philadelphia dealer who was a market maker in the purchase and resale of bank-wrapped rolls of coins, 1000-coin bags of Morgan and Peace dollars and United States proof sets.  In 2001, he received the American Numismatic Association’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Award, for his many years of support of the organization and the hobby.

Dannreuther is an award-winning numismatic author and researcher who has attended virtually every major coin auction since the 1970s, taking copious notes for his ongoing research projects.  He is a top expert on U.S. proof coins, 1792 – 1964, and was a co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service in 1986.

Additional biographical information about Frossard, Foreman and Dannreuther and the 22 previous inductees in the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame can be found at

www.pcgs.com/pcgscoinfacts/coindealerhof.html.

“The Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to recognize outstanding dealers, past and present, who have made the most significant contributions to numismatics and who have handled great coins and great collections,” said Don Willis, President of Professional Coin Grading Service, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall explained: “The motto of the Hall of Fame is a quote by Sir Isaac Newton, ‘If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’  We believe that is certainly true in our hobby and profession.”

A division of Professional Coin Grading Service, PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com) is the Internet’s most comprehensive, one-stop source for historical U.S. numismatic information.

Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over $29 billion. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification.

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Numismatic Hall of Fame to Gain Two New Members

July 16, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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

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The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame will gain two new members at the World’s Fair of Money awards banquet on August 14 in Rosemont, Illinois. James Edward Charlton and David E. Schenkman will be inducted in recognition of their prolific careers as writers and numismatists, joining the elite group of eighty-six inductees previously admitted to the Hall since its creation in 1964.

James Charlton, who died in 2013 at the age of 102, was a life member of the ANA and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. His research, writing, and publishing contributions are considered to be of… Full article at the source>

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

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Think You Can Grade? Prove It! PCGS Brings Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

April 23, 2015 in Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Young Collectors

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April 23, 2015

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

Think You Can Grade? Prove It! PCGS Brings

Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

Test your grading skills

PCGS Brings Back Coin Grading Contest At June Long Beach Expo

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists can test their coin grading skills by competing in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show.

The collector and the dealer with the highest score will each receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), and the young numismatist with the highest score will receive a PCGS-certified Morgan silver dollar.

The competition will be open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.

“The upcoming PCGS Grading Contest will be an outstanding opportunity for collectors, dealers and young numismatists to demonstrate their grading skills and receive a nice reward if they are able to match the opinion rendered by PCGS,” said Michael Sherman, PCGS Director of Collector Education.

Adults will have 20 minutes to grade 20 coins, young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

Participants must register in advance and reserve a time slot to take the test.  Registration and testing will be held at the PCGS Coin Grading Contest booth, #1127, at the Long Beach Expo and will begin during dealer set up on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 3, 2015, and continue throughout the show from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6.

“A variety of coins have been carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.  “We’ve included a few plus grades, some designation dilemmas, and even a counterfeit coin to see who really knows their stuff.  We hope the contest will be fun as well as challenging, and we look forward to honoring the winners.”

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and adult collectors.  Entry is free for young numismatists 16 and younger.  Employees of PCGS and Collectors Universe are not eligible.  Additional information and rules about the contest will be posted on the PCGS website.

“Based on previous PCGS Grading Contests, we anticipate the available entry space will fill up quickly.  So, I encourage everyone thinking about entering to promptly register so they don’t miss out on this exciting way to test their grading skills,” said Don Willis, PCGS President.

To register or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.

The Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California.  Additional information about the show is available at www.LongBeachExpo.com

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