Tina Shireman

Tina Shireman

            (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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Monday, 26 January 2015 21:56

Dallas Rare Coin and Paper Money Show

            (Dallas, Texas) -- How much are your old coins and currency worth?  Fifty of the country's top numismatic experts will be in Dallas, February 26 - 28, 2015, to buy, sell and offer appraisals of rare coins and vintage paper money at the Dallas Rare Coin & Paper Money Show sponsored by the nonprofit Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).

            "The show will be open to the public at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            The PNG estimates the United States rare coin market was $5 billion in 2014.      Members of the organization must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

            "The Dallas show will be an opportunity for the public to learn the value of coins or currency they may have inherited.  They can find out what it is and what it is worth.  And collectors in the Southwest can meet and do business with many PNG member-dealers from around the country who usually do not attend the local Dallas area coin shows," added PNG President Terry Hanlon, President of Dillon Gage Precious Metals in Addison, Texas.

            Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will conduct an auction of U.S. rare coins in conjunction with the show.

            Admission is $10 for a three-day pass, however, free admission coupons are available online at www.pngdealers.org/images/COUPON.dls.pdf.

            Public hours will be Thursday, February 26, from 10 am to 6 pm; Friday, February 27, from 9 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, February 28, from 9 am to 5 pm.  The three-day show will be in Hall C of the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center that is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail in Grapevine.

            For additional information, 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) --  From a million dollars paid for an early American penny to $4.5 million paid for the first gold coin struck for the young United States, the market for high-quality, historic U.S. rare coins set another record for numismatic auctions in 2014.  The overall U.S. rare coin market was estimated at about $5 billion, and a dozen coins sold for $1 million or more each at public auctions in 2014, according to a year-end tabulation by the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org). 

            The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country's top rare coin and paper money dealers.

            "The prices realized for U.S. coins sold at major public auctions in 2014 totaled nearly $536 million, surpassing 2013's record of nearly $393 million.  Several important collections will be offered at auctions in 2015, and I anticipate we'll again see record prices for so-called 'trophy coins' that combine historic significance, rarity and superb condition," said PNG President Terry Hanlon.

            "We estimate the overall coin market in the U.S. at about $5 billion in 2014.  That includes auctions and private transactions made at coin shows, by mail order, online and at coin stores, but does not include numismatic bullion items or the modern coins sold directly by the United States Mint," explained Hanlon.

            "In the second half of the year, there was some softness in prices for relatively 'common' coins as gold and silver prices dropped, but the market for truly high-quality, historic rare U.S. coins continued to do quite well," he said.

            With the continuing trend of high prices for high-quality, historic rare coins, Hanlon cautioned: "We have an important saying in the numismatic marketplace. If you don't know rare coins, you'd better know your rare coin dealer."         

            These are the 12 U.S. rare coins purchased by winning bidders for $1 million or higher in 2014, and the auction companies that sold them:

  • 1787 Brasher Doubloon with designer Ephraim Brasher's "EB" punchmark on the eagle's wing, graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as Mint State 63, $4,582,500 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1913 Liberty Head nickel, NGC Proof 64, $3,290,000 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1927 Denver Mint Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle ($20 denomination gold coin), NGC Mint State 66, $1,997,500 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1804 Draped Bust Dollar Class III type, NGC Proof 63, $1,880,000 (Stack's Bowers Galleries).
  • 1861 "Paquet Reverse" Double Eagle, graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Mint State 61, $1,645,000 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1792 Pattern Cent (Judd-1, Pollock-1), NGC Mint State 63+, $1,410,000 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1776 silver Continental Dollar, "CURRENCY" and "EG FECIT" variety, NGC Mint State 63, $1,410,000 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1927-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS Mint State 63, $1,292,500 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1797 Half Dollar (Overton-101a) PCGS Secure Mint State 65+ PCGS Secure, $1,292,500 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1792 Half Disme (an early spelling of "dime") (Judd-7, Pollock-7 variety) PCGS Secure Specimen 67, $1,292,500 (Heritage Auctions).
  • 1794 Half Cent  PCGS Mint State 67 red and brown color, $1,150,000 (Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles).
  • 1811 Half Cent, PCGS Mint State 66 red and brown, $1,121,250 (Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles).

            The auction companies responding to the PNG questionnaire about their 2014 auctions of United States rare coins were Bonham's, David Lawrence Rare Coins, GreatCollections Coin Auctions, Heritage Auctions, Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Legend Rare Coin Auctions, Scotsman Coin and Jewelry, and Stack's Bowers Galleries.

            All prices include the buyer's premium, if any, to reflect the actual total prices paid by the winning bidders.  The PNG survey did not include 2014 auctions of paper money or coins produced by other countries ("world coins"), two areas of the numismatic marketplace that also experienced record prices for many items.

            Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is composed of many of the country's top rare coin and paper money dealers.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  A complete listing of PNG member-dealers is available online at www.PNGdealers.org.

            For a copy of "The Pleasure of Numismatics," an informative, ten-page illustrated educational booklet about collecting rare coins, paper money, tokens and medals, send $1 to: Professional Numismatists Guild, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, California 92590.

            For additional information about the Professional Numismatists Guild, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call the PNG headquarters in Temecula, California at (951) 587-8300.

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