(Rosemont, Illinois) -- Eloise Ullman, who is retiring soon as Executive Director of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets (www.ICTAonline.org), has received the Professional Numismatists Guild’s (www.PNGdealers.org) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her years of dedicated service and achievements in numismatics.
The award was presented at the PNG Day banquet on August 12, 2013 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on the eve of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM convention.
The award was presented to Ullman by ICTA Industry Affairs Director and PNG Associate Member Diane Piret. Ullman has provided the numismatic hobby and profession with 23 years of service as ICTA Executive Director, and the PNG is grateful for her outstanding efforts on legislative and tax issues facing dealers and collectors across the country.
Piret was honored with the PNG's Significant Contribution Award for her 40 years of dedication and significant contributions to numismatics. The award was jointly presented by PNG Board of Directors members Dana Samuelson and Barry Stuppler.
The 2013 Sol Kaplan Award for helping to rid the profession of fraud and thievery was presented by PNG Board Member Mitchell Battino to fellow New Jersey dealer John Albanese. Albanese is a co-founder of both Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Professional Coin Grading Service. In 2005 he founded the non-profit Numismatic Consumer Alliance that has helped recover millions of dollars for buyers who were the victims of unscrupulous coin merchants.
The Kaplan Award is jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation, and 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.
The Abe Kosoff Founders Award, named after the PNG's Founding President, was presented by PNG President Jeffrey Bernberg to fellow Illinois dealer and PNG Board Member James A. Simek for his enthusiastic leadership and steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community.
Simek presented the Robert Friedberg Award for an outstanding book or other literature to Ronachai Krisadaolarn and Vasilijs Mihailovs, co-authors of Siamese Coins – From Funan to the Fifth Reign, published by River Books Co., Ltd. of Bangkok, Thailand.
Simek also was the presenter for the Art Kagin Ambassador Award that was given to long-time Pennsylvania dealer Catherine Bullowa. Named after a former PNG President, the Kagin Award is given for distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.
PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman presented the Outstanding Service Award to Oklahoma dealer Paul Montgomery for his 14 years of distinguished service to PNG on the Board of Directors, including two years as President of the organization.
PNG President Bernberg said that 13 PNG members reached 25-year membership status this year. They are Walt Ankerman of California; Jeffrey Bergelt of New Jersey; Kent Froseth of Minnesota; Charles Karler of New Mexico; Don Ketterling of California; Stuart Levine of Massachusetts; Chris McCawley of Texas; Joel Perlin of California; Greg Roberts of California; David C. Stagg III of California; M. Louis Teller of California; Saul Weitz of Pennsylvania; and Douglas Winter of Oregon.
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.