(Fallbrook, California) — Nominations now are being accepted for the 2010 Professional Numismatists Guild awards (www.PNGdealers.com), according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Paul Montgomery.
"Once again we are asking collectors and dealers to nominate candidates in a half dozen award categories to formally recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession," said Brueggeman.
"These prestigious awards will be formally announced at the annual PNG Day summer banquet that will be held this year in Boston, Massachusetts on August 9," explained Montgomery.
Nominations should be made directly to the appropriate award category chair. The categories and contacts are:
Abe Kosoff Founders Award: Presented to a PNG member-dealer 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 Chair: Gary Adkins. E-mail: Gary@coinbuys.com.
Art Kagin Ambassador Award: This award is named after a former PNG President and well-known Iowa dealer who provided distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill. Chair: Fred Weinberg. E-mail: Fred@FredWeinberg.com.
Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby. Co-Chairs: Dana Samuelson and Barry Stuppler. E-mails: Dana@AmerGold.com and Barry@Stuppler.com.
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. Co-Chairs: Terry Hanlon Jonathan Kern. E-mails: THanlon@DillonGage.com and Jon@JKernCoins.com.
Sol Kaplan Award: Presented to someone who has given of 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, 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. Chair: Jeffrey Bernberg. E-mail: JBernberg@rarcoa.com.
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; only when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients. Chair: Tom Denly. E-mail: Denlys@aol.com. A copy of each book nominated for this year’s award must be sent as soon as possible to Tom Denly, 10 High St., Room 1107, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.
The PNG 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 or PNG, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 3950 Concordia Lane, Fallbrook, California 92028. Phone: (760) 728-1300. E-mail: info@PNGdealers.com. Online: www.PNGdealers.com.