PNG Seeks 2015 Award Nominations


PNG LogoThe Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) is seeking 2015 nominations for its series of annual awards to recognize achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession, according to a company statement released Thursday, March 5.

Award winners will be announced at the PNG Day summer baguette on Aug. 10, the evening prior to the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois.

"We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from collectors and dealers," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

Nominations should be made directly to the award category chair by mid-June. Categories and contacts include:

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: and

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: and

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:

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: and

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:

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: 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, IL 60154-7157.

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