The Professional Numismatists Guild is seeking 2017 nominations for its series of annual awards to recognize outstanding achievements in various areas of the hobby and profession.
PNG is a nonprofit organization 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.
Award winners will be announced July 31, the eve of ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, according to PNG President Dana Samuelson.
"We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from all collectors and dealers," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.
Nominations should be made directly to the appropriate award category chair by mid-June. The categories and contacts are:
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: Richard Weaver and Wayde Milas. Emails: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Chair: John Maben. Email: email@example.com.
Significant Contribution Award: Given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts over the years on behalf of PNG and the profession, and added to the hobby. Committee Chair: James Sego. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a numismatist for his/her extraordinary 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: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sol Kaplan Award: To recognize efforts and contributions in combating crimes against the numismatic community, this award is 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. It 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: Robert Brueggeman. Email: email@example.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. It is only given when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient or recipients. Committee Chair: James A. Simek. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: A copy of each book nominated for this year’s award must be submitted for delivery no later than June 16, 2017 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL 60154-7157.
For additional information about the PNG awards, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: www.PNGdealers.org.