PNG Members Win Esteemed Numismatic Literary Guild Awards


PNG LogoOver a half dozen distinguished members of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) received prestigious honors in the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) 2010 awards competition for excellence in writing as well as audio-visual and online work.

The NLG awards were announced at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Boston on August 12, 2010.

PNG Affiliate Member Paul Whitnah of M&M World Travel Service in Arlington, Texas received the NLG’s highest honor, the "Clemy," named after writer Clement F. Bailey. The coveted honor is presented annually to someone who has shown writing skill, dedication to numismatics, a sense of humor and dedication to the Numismatic Literary Guild.

Former PNG President Q. David Bowers, Chairman of Stack’s in New York City and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, won Book of the Year for Whitman Encyclopedia of U.S. Paper. Bowers and former PNG President Jeff Garrett of Mid-America Rare Coins in Lexington, Kentucky received an Extraordinary Merit award for their jointly-authored book, Gold: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today.

PNG member-dealer John Dannreuther of Memphis, Tennessee shared an Extraordinary Merit award for the book, Gobrecht Dollars, with his co-authors Mark Van Winkle, Michael L. Carboneau, James C. Gray and Saul Teichman.

PNG member-dealer Mike Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, won a total of five different NLG awards including Best Specialized Book/Numismatic Investments for Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century.

Former PNG President Ira Goldberg and his cousin, PNG Member-Dealer Larry Goldberg, of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Beverly Hills, California won Best Auction Catalog, Coins and Currency for "The Dan Holmes Collection of Early-Date Large Cents, Part 1." An Extraordinary Merit award in that category was presented to Heritage Auctions for "Platinum Night, January 2010." Former PNG President Steve Ivy is Co-Chairman of Heritage, and the other Co-Chairman, Jim Halperin, and Heritage President Greg Rohan, are long-time PNG member-dealers.

Heritage also received an award for Best Software for "Heritage Live," and the company received one of the two awards presented this year for Best Dealer-Published Magazine or Newspaper for Heritage Magazine. Fuljenz received the other award in that category for Investors Profit Advisory. One of the two awards for Best Issue of a Small Publication went to PNG Associate Member Brad Karoleff of Coins+ in Cincinnati, Ohio, Editor of The John Reich Journal.

Five awards also were presented in connection with an on-going series of investigative stories in Texas urging consumers to be cautious when selling gold coins and jewelry to some traveling gold buyers. Fuljenz and two other PNG member-dealers in Texas assisted Jerry Jordan, the Managing Editor of The Examiner newspaper in Beaumont, with expert opinions for that story: Kenneth Duncan of U.S. Coins in Houston, Texas, and Terry Hanlon of Dillon Gage Metals in Addison, Texas along with Lee Sanders of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.

For his work regarding the investigation, Fuljenz received the Best Radio Report (in conjunction with KLVI 560 in Beaumont). The series of investigative stories with assistance from PNG member-dealers also earned Jordan the NLG’s James L. Miller Memorial Award.

The Best Trade Press Web Site award went to David Crenshaw, General Manager of Whitman Coin Products in Atlanta, Georgia. PNG Associate Member Mary Counts is President of Whitman Publishing, LLC.

The NLG’s Lee Martin Founder’s Award for Best Investment Newsletter was presented to PNG Member-Dealer Maurice Rosen of Plainview, New York, Editor of The Rosen Numismatic Advisory.

The award for Best Non-Commercial Video was presented to Fuljenz and PNG Affiliate Member David Lisot of CoinTelevision in Richardson, Texas for "Gold Coin Market Today, an educational seminar presented at the Money Show of the Southwest in Houston in December 2009. Fuljenz also was given the Best Writer Award for the NLG newsletter.

About PNG

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and other countries. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic items. For additional information and the locations of PNG member-dealers, call (760) 728-1300 or visit online at

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