Tina Shireman

Tina Shireman

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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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:50

PNG Announces Dates of 2015 Dallas Show

            The Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) has scheduled a show in Dallas, Texas, Thursday to Saturday, February 26 - 28, 2015.

            "The Dallas Coin & Paper Money Show sponsored by the PNG will be held at the Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center, and it will be open to the public," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            "This will be an opportunity for collectors in the Southwest to meet and do business with many PNG member-dealers from around the country who usually do not attend the local Dallas area shows in Fort Worth, Grapevine and Richardson, Texas.  We also are accepting applications for bourse tables from non-PNG members," added PNG President Terry Hanlon. 

            Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is the official auctioneer for the show.

            Special discount room rates of $190 a night are available at the Gaylord Texas Resort, conveniently located about seven miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).  

            Additional information about the show will be announced in the coming months.

            For bourse applications, visit http://www.pngdealers.org/events or 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. .  

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:50

PNG Announces Dates of 2015 Dallas Show

            The Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) has scheduled a show in Dallas, Texas, Thursday to Saturday, February 26 - 28, 2015.

            "The Dallas Coin & Paper Money Show sponsored by the PNG will be held at the Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center, and it will be open to the public," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            "This will be an opportunity for collectors in the Southwest to meet and do business with many PNG member-dealers from around the country who usually do not attend the local Dallas area shows in Fort Worth, Grapevine and Richardson, Texas.  We also are accepting applications for bourse tables from non-PNG members," added PNG President Terry Hanlon. 

            Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is the official auctioneer for the show.

            Special discount room rates of $190 a night are available at the Gaylord Texas Resort, conveniently located about seven miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).  

            Additional information about the show will be announced in the coming months.

            For bourse applications, visit http://www.pngdealers.org/events or 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. .  

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           (Temecula, California) -- The Professional Numismatists Guild's (http://www.PNGdealers.org) "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. Monica Bacon

            "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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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