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            (Temecula, California) --  Christopher Maisano, a 17-year old New Jersey high school student, has been selected as the winner of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) 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 (www.money.org) Summer Seminar.Christopher Maisano

            "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 www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

            The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) has issued a call for more internship candidates to enroll in the organization's Promoting Numismatic Growth mentoring program.  The PNG also is offering its Edward Milas School of Numismatics online education courses to anyone, whether or not the person wants to enroll in the internship program.

            Launched last year, the Promoting Numismatic Growth project is intended to help nurture the next generation of professional numismatists.  The program includes online instruction about coins, banknotes and the numismatic market, followed by a paid internship at a major numismatic company.

            "We've been impressed with the caliber of applicants.  Three interns were hired for full-time jobs well before they completed their internships," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.     

            A total of ten prospective professional numismatists have enrolled in the program since last year.  Internship applications now are being accepted from other candidates 21 to 32 years of age.

            "Internship candidates who now successfully complete a background security check and the education components of the program will have the opportunity for a three to six month, paid internship at either Heritage Auctions or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation," explained Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG mentoring program.

            For the first time, PNG is offering its extensive online, multi-media internship education and training curriculum to anyone who wants to take the classes, not just internship candidates.  There are two levels of online classes developed in conjunction with the University of Rare Coins.

            Level 100 is designed to provide broad-based basic knowledge about numismatics.  Topics include purchasing, selling, marketing and auctions; third-party certification; coin shows; and numismatic organizations and industry resources. 

            Level 200 topics include metallurgy and technology in the science of numismatics; the minting process and errors; and the history of monetary systems and development of coining.

            The fee for applying for the internship program is $250 to cover the cost of a security background check and the Level 100 classes.  The cost for Level 200 for intern candidates is an additional $250.  Those who want only the online classes can enroll for a total fee of $300 that includes both Level 100 and 200.

            Certificates of Completion will be provided to everyone who successfully completes both levels. 

            "The goal of this program is to ensure industry growth through the education and mentoring of future professional numismatists, and we've been quite happy with the results so far," said Terry Hanlon, PNG President.

            Specific information about the internship program and educational courses is available at www.PNGdealers.org 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            (Rosemont, Illinois) -- The PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show (www.pngdealers.org/events), conducted by the Professional Numismatists Guild and the American Numismatic Association, will be open to the public Saturday to Monday, August 8 through 10, 2015, in the same location and immediately before the ANA World's Fair of MoneySM.   A drawing will be held each day to give away a United States Double Eagle gold coin to a lucky visitor to the PNG/ANA show.

            "Any PNG or ANA member-dealer can get a bourse table at the PNG/ANA show whether or not they have a dealer's table at the ANA World's Fair of Money," explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            "We're encouraging dealers and collectors to come for the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show and stay for the ANA World's Fair of Money," he said.

            Dealer setup for the official "pre-show" event will be Saturday, August 8, from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in Hall F of the Donald E. Stephens Convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. 

            Show hours for the public will be Saturday, August 8, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday, August 9, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; and Monday, August 10,  from 9:00 AM to Noon.       

            During the show Heritage Auctions and Stack's Bowers Galleries will offer lot viewing for their World's Fair of Money auctions.  Representatives of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Professional Coin Grading Service will be accepting submissions at the show.

            Public admission to the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show will be $10; however, complimentary invitations will be available from participating PNG member-dealers and free admission coupons will be available online before the show at www.PNGdealers.org.

            For additional information about the show or to purchase a table, contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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            (Temecula, California) -- The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will provide a scholarship to a deserving young numismatist (YN) to attend the 2015 American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is the 11th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.

            "The scholarship will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            "All young numismatists between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible to enter and are cordially invited to apply for the scholarship.  Entrants must submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the 2015 scholarship recipient.  The deadline for receipt of the entries is Friday, April 10, 2015," explained Brueggeman.

            Entries must include the applicant's name and contact information. The essays can be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to the PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA  92590. 

            "Young collectors are the future of the hobby, and these annual PNG scholarships help eager young numismatists learn more about the hobby through the unique learning experiences the ANA offers with its annual Summer Seminars.  The PNG is proud to continue its support of this outstanding program," said Terry Hanlon, PNG President.

            The two separate 47th Annual ANA Summer Seminar week-long sessions will be held Saturday, June 20, to Thursday, June 25, and from Saturday, June 27, to Thursday, July 2.  Participants ranging from teenagers to seniors take class instruction on specific coin and paper money collecting topics or the hobby's technical and business aspects.  Additional information about the ANA Summer Seminar sessions can be found on the ANA website at www.money.org/summer-seminar.

            "The PNG's continuing support of the ANA's educational mission is very much appreciated.  Thanks to the generosity of the PNG, another young numismatist will get to take advantage of the best education in numismatics this summer at the ANA," said Executive Director Kimberly Kiick.

            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 www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

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Thursday, 05 March 2015 19:42

PNG Calls For 2015 Award Nominations

            (Temecula, California) -- Nominations now are being accepted for the 2015 Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Terry Hanlon.

            "These annual and eagerly anticipated awards formally recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession.  We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from collectors and dealers," said Brueggeman.

            "The award winners will be announced at the annual PNG Day summer banquet that will be held in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 10, 2015, the eve of the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.org)," explained Hanlon.

            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: Terry Hanlon and John Maben.  Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            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 Chairs: Richard Weaver and Mitch Battino.  Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby.  Committee Chair: Jeffrey Bernberg.   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a numismatist for his/her 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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            Sol Kaplan Award: 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.  The Kaplan Award 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: Fred Weinberg.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

            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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Note: A copy of each book nominated for this year's award must be submitted for delivery no later than June 26, 2015 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL60154-7157.

            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 awards for the PNG, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Online: www.PNGdealers.org.

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