(New York, New York) -- The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will conduct a coin and paper money show in the Times Squares area of New York City, October 9 - 11, 2014. The PNG New York Invitational will be open to the public at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 West 44h Street, just half a block East of Broadway.
The three-day show is being produced by the same experienced team that has successfully created PNG Days and other collectibles shows across the country for over two decades.
"This will be the first major rare coin and paper money show with PNG backing in mid-town Manhattan in nearly 20 years," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman. "We're excited about the opportunities for collectors and dealers to conveniently get together for a premier show in the heart of the Broadway Theater District with everything it has to offer for visitors as well as New York area residents."
More than 100 dealers are expected to have tables at the show. A limited number of tables are still available, and dealers do not have to be PNG members to obtain a table at the show.
Public registration will be on the 7th floor of the hotel. Admission will be $10 at the door; however, $5 admission coupons are available online at www.PNGdealers.org and admission is free with an invitation from participating PNG member-dealers.
The PNG has obtained special discount hotel rates at the Millennium Broadway that are more than $100 per night lower than currently available even on hotel discount websites for that busy period. A special discount rate of $329 per night is available by calling the Millennium Broadway Hotel, (212) 768-4400,
and requesting "the PNG convention rate" at the time of booking.
Public hours will be Thursday, October 9, from 10 am to 6 pm; Friday, October 10, from 9 am to 6 pm; and on Saturday, October 11, from 9 am to 5 pm.
(Rosemont, Illinois) -- Three collectors won one-ounce U.S. American Eagle gold bullion coins valued at more than $1,300 each at the first PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show. Plans are being made now for next year's show to again be held on the eve of the World's Fair of MoneySM.
A gold coin prize was awarded each day of the recent three-day PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show that was jointly conducted by the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) and the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) in Rosemont, Illinois, August 2 - 4, 2014.
The winners were Dennis Nabrinsky of Northbrook, Illinois; Jeff Brueggeman of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Glen Marhefka of Parma, Ohio.
"It was a humorous coincidence when we pulled Jeff Brueggeman's prize entry and the winner has the same last name as mine," said Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director. "He and I chatted to see if we had any relatives in common, but we're not related. Still, it was a funny coincidence."
The next PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show will be held August 8 - 10, 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois prior to the 2015 ANA Chicago World's Fair of Money convention.
(Rosemont, Illinois) -- Diane Piret, the Industry Affairs Director of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets, has received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).
Piret has been actively involved with numismatics and precious metals for more than 40 years, and has worked with ICTA since 1989 on local, state and federal legislative matters affecting the profession and hobby. She has also been a crusader for dealer education.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented at the PNG's annual awards banquet on August 4, 2104 in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. Six other PNG awards and honors also were presented at the banquet to recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession. The awards and recipients are:
Sol Kaplan Award: Louis Don Gouchie, owner of Golden Isles Coins in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Kaplan Award is jointly presented by PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation and is presented to someone who has helped rid the profession of fraud and thievery. In August 2013, at potentially great risk to his own life, Gouchie assisted local law enforcement officers in the successful apprehension of a man suspected of selling counterfeit American Eagle silver bullion coins at his store in Raleigh and at three other stores in the community.
Robert Friedberg Award: The Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Volumes 1 & 2, by Q. David Bowers. The Friedberg Award is named in honor of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, and is presented to an author in recognition for an outstanding book or other literature. This award is not automatically given each year, and is only presented when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients.
Significant Contribution Award: Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas. In recent years Fuljenz has done extensive consumer protection work to alert the public about so-called "hotel buyers" who often pay only pennies on the dollar for rare coins. He also made exceptional efforts on behalf of the profession and PNG in successful efforts with ICTA to combat onerous tax legislation that would have significantly affected retail transactions involving rare coins and bullion coins in Texas, and assisted efforts to enact industry-friendly tax legislation in Louisiana.
Abe Kosoff Founders Award: John A. Feigenbaum, President of David Lawrence Rare Coins in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Kosoff award is named after PNG's Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization. It was presented this year to Feigenbaum for his steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community.
Art Kagin Ambassador Award: Richard Montgomery, President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida. The Kagin Award is named after a former PNG President and nationally-known Iowa dealer who provided distinguished service for decades as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.
Numismatic Statesman Award: Steven R. Eichenbaum, CEO of Certified Collectibles Group in Sarasota, Florida. This is a new award category created this year by PNG to recognize continuing efforts to add integrity and confidence to the numismatic marketplace.
The following ten PNG member-dealers were honored for 25 years of PNG membership:
- Buddy Alleva of Long Island Rare Coins & Currency/Numismatics Unlimited in Massapequa, New York.
- Loren D. Barnett of Barnett Rarities Corporation in Birmingham, Michigan.
- Brad Bohnert of Numismatic Emporium in Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France.
- Kent E. Gulley of Sarasota Rare Coin Gallery in Sarasota, Florida.
- Jack C. Hertzberg of Jack Hertzberg Rare Coins in Seattle, Washington.
- Casey Noxon of Texas Numismatic Investments in Austin, Texas.
- Brad Rodgers of Numismatic Emporium in Woodland Hills, California.
- Gregory Rohan of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.
- Dean Schmidt of Dean Schmidt Rare Coins in Atchison, Kansas.
- Dale Williams of WilliamsGallery in Bozeman, Montana.
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.
(Rosemont, Illinois) -- Complimentary admission coupons for collectors and the general public are now available for the PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show being jointly conducted August 2 - 4, 2014 by the Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) and the American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org). One lucky visitor each day will win a U.S. $20 denomination gold coin valued at more than $1,300.
The three day, Saturday-to-Monday show will be held immediately prior to and in the same location as the Chicago 2014 ANA World's Fair of MoneySM in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Public hours will be Saturday, August 2, from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, August 3, from 9 am to 6 pm; and Monday, August 4, from 9 am to noon.
Auction lot viewing will be conducted during the show by Stack's Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions, the ANA's official 2014 auctioneers.
"The PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show will be open to the public to buy and sell," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.
"This show is being produced by the same, experienced team that successfully organized PNG Day shows across the country for two decades," added Brueggeman.
Admission at the door will be$6 per person; however, free admission coupons and complimentary invitations are available in advance now from the approximately 100 participating dealers who will have tables at the show. A list of the those dealers is online at http://www.pngdealers.org/images/ANAdirectory.2014.pdf.
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, the official grading service of PNG, and Professional Coin Grading Service will both be accepting submissions at the show, and PCGS will be conducting on-site grading.
(Temecula, California) -- Another of the first recruits who recently began year-long paid internships in the Professional Numismatists Guild's (http://www.pngdealers.org) "Promoting Numismatic Growth" project has been offered and accepted a full-time job only a few months into the program. Christopher Salladin, 22, of Fernandina, Florida has been hired as a coin grader by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (http://www.ngccoin.com), PNG's official grading service.
"When NGC offered me a full-time position grading I couldn't even comprehend it. It was even harder for me to think I'd be sitting in the same room with industry leaders everyday! I had to take a few days to realize what an excellent opportunity it was and has turned out to be," Salladin said.
The PNG internship project is designed to provide education, training and mentoring for the next generation of coin and banknote dealers. Each successful applicant has the opportunity for a series of four, three-month-long salaried internships.
There currently are five PNG member-dealer companies mentoring PNG interns:Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois; Dillon Gage in Dallas, Texas; Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas; Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida; and Stack's Bowers Galleries in Irvine, California.
"The early success of this new mentoring program is exciting! We already now have two former PNG interns working as full-time, professional numismatists. Four other young adults currently are in the mentoring program or soon will be starting their internship rotations at leading numismatic companies across the country," explained Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG Promoting Numismatic Growth program.
"Applications are encouraged and being accepted from all other prospective professional numismatists, ages 21 to 32, who want to participate in the program," Raia said.
Salladin said he is grateful for the opportunity PNG provided for him to become a full-time numismatist, and he encourages others to apply for the program.
"One of the first reactions I had to the program was that the age range was so broad. I had no idea the PNG would choose someone as young as me when the oldest to be considered is 32. This experience has been the perfect opportunity for me, and if it weren't for my Dad telling me, 'Just go for it", I wouldn't have. My parents are the main reason I've come so far over the years," Salladin stated.
"My advice to young adults is to learn as much as you can about numismatics and don't be afraid to make mistakes along the way. If you are thinking about applying and are hesitant, don't be because the PNG internship program can make the impossible happen. What you learn in the online courses and the book work is very informative, and (PNG Internship Administrator) Carol Raia will help you if you have any questions or concerns throughout the entire program," he explained.
Salladin was hired full-time by NGC only a few weeks into his initial internship rotation.
"Numismatic Guaranty Corporation is proud to be partnering with the Professional Numismatists Guild in their Promoting Numismatic Growth initiative. Through this internship program, the PNG is introducing the brightest and most enthusiastic young men and women to the professional numismatic community. In turn, NGC and others involved in this program are introduced to highly qualified, astute numismatists," said NGC President Rick Montgomery.
"We are very fortunate to have hired our first candidate in the Promoting Numismatic Growth program, Christopher Salladin. After several weeks in our grading departments, it became clear that he was a young numismatist with a very keen eye. Christopher has a strong appreciation for modern Chinese coins and we discovered that he could also bring his grading acumen into the modern US grading room. We could not be more pleased that he has joined the NGC grading team and we look forward to a long and thriving relationship," emphasized Montgomery.
This past March, Zeke Wischer, 22, of Abilene, Kansas was hired as a cataloger at Heritage Auctions where he started his PNG internship program a month earlier.
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 http://www.PNGdealers.org.