The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, writers, bloggers and content producers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, presented its annual awards for 2019 on Thursday, August 15, in Rosemont, IL. This year marked NLG’s 51st anniversary.
To be eligible for consideration in any of the 2019 Numismatic Literary Guild award categories, entries must have been published, released, or posted on the Internet between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
These are the 2019 winners:
BOOK OF THE YEAR
United States Proof Coins, Volume IV – Gold
John W. Dannreuther
BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK: UNITED STATES COINS
United States Proof Coins, Volume IV – Gold
John W. Dannreuther
BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK: WORLD COINS TO 1500
Coins of The Ptolemaic Empire, Part 1, Ptolemy I – Ptolemy IV Catherine C. Lorber
BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK: UNITED STATES PAPER MONEY
Treasury Notes of The War Of 1812
Donald H. Kagin
BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK: TOKENS & MEDALS
So-Called Dollars From The Pacific Coast Expositions 1894-1962
Jeff Shevlin & William D. Hyder
BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK: NUMISMATIC INVESTMENTS
Pleasure & Profit
Robert W. Shippee
BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK: NUMISMATIC HISTORY OR PERSONALITIES
Bent, Holed & Folded
Michael Shutty, Jr.
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: UNITED STATES COINS TO 1900
The Myth of The Continental Dollar
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: UNITED STATES COINS 1901 TO DATE
The PCGS Meeting That Solved A Mystery
PCGS Rare Coin Market Report
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: WORLD COINS TO 1500
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: WORLD COINS 1501 TO DATE
A Short History of The Long-Lived British Penny
The California Numismatist
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: UNITED STATES PAPER MONEY
Thinking About Images of Slavery
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: WORLD PAPER MONEY
Paper Money Guaranty
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: TOKENS AND MEDALS
James Murdock Jr. – Ohio Die-Sinker
David E. Schenkman
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: SPOT NEWS, MARKETPLACE, ANALYSIS
Educational Exhibits at the 2018 ANA Show Steve Roach
NUMISMATIC COLUMNS OR ARTICLES: HISTORY OR PERSONALITIES
Historic Moment: Joseph J. Mickley’s Musings About The First “Coin Convention”
Joel J. Orosz
ED REITER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST COLUMN OR SERIES
Tokens & Medals
David E. Schenkman
JAMES L. MILLER AWARD FOR ARTICLE OR STORY OF THE YEAR
The Myth of The Continental Dollar
BEST INVESTMENT NEWSLETTER
Patrick A. Heller
BEST PROFESSIONAL PERIODICAL
John W. Mussell, Editor
BEST CLUB OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT PERIODICAL
Journal of Early American Numismatic
Christopher Mcdowell, Editor
BEST ONLINE NEWS WEBSITE
Charles Morgan, Editor
BEST DEALER OR INDUSTRY WEBSITE
BEST SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM OR COIN COLLECTOR FORUM
Paul Sandler, Editor Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
The Money Connoisseur
Scott A. Travers
BEST AUCTION CATALOG: UNITED STATES COINS
The Archangel Collection Of Colonial Coins & 1792 Coinage
BEST AUCTION CATALOG: WORLD COINS
The Morris Collection
BEST AUCTION CATALOG: PAPER MONEY
The Joel R. Anderson Collection f United States Paper Money Iv
BEST AUCTION CATALOG: BOOKS OR EXONUMIA
The John W. Adams Library
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers
BEST AUDIO-VISUAL PROGRAM: RADIO
Things You Know That Just Aren’t So…
BEST AUDIO-VISUAL PROGRAM: AUDIO
Numismatic Americana Through The Eyes of John Kraljevich
John Kraljevich & Charles Morgan
BEST AUDIO-VISUAL PROGRAM: SHORT VIDEO
Indian Peace Medals: Important And Historic Collectibles
Russ Augustin & Charles Morgan
BEST AUDIO-VISUAL PROGRAM: LONG VIDEO
792 – A Hub Story: How The First U.S. Mint Coinage Dies Were Made
Bill Eckberg & Charles Morgan
BEST SOFTWARE OR APP
NGCCoin.com Mobile App
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
LEE MARTIN FOUNDER’S AWARD FOR BEST ALL-AROUND PORTFOLIO
Former Police Chief Doug Davis Named Anti-Counterfeiting Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation
(Rosemont, Illinois) August 13, 2019 – Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center (www.NumismaticCrimes.org) and a former Police Chief of the Dallas suburb of Pantego, Texas, has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF www.ACEFonline.org) to be its next Director of Anti-Counterfeiting.
Davis has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement and in helping to combat numismatic-related crimes. He served the past two years as Chair of the Education-Law Enforcement workgroup for the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.
The Task Force’s Expert Network is composed of more than 90 volunteer experts who assist local, regional and federal law enforcement agencies on cases involving counterfeit coins and precious metal bullion products. The Task Force also provides education to consumers about how to protect themselves from being defrauded by counterfeit coins and precious metals bars they may encounter.The ACEF Board of Directors announced the appointment of Davis at the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) awards banquet on August 12, 2019, on the eve of the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money®. He will succeed former Coin World Editor Beth Deisher who is stepping down as ACEF Director of Anti-Counterfeiting to devote more time to research and writing projects. She will continue to serve as a consultant during a transition period.
In the past two years, Deisher and the Task Force provided assistance in more than 70 active cases of counterfeit coins and precious metal bullion products being investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Secret Service, and U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General.
In 1987, Davis established the Numismatic Crime Information Center within the Pantego Police Department to assist law enforcement officers in the investigation of crimes against collectors and dealers. Later that same year he was instrumental in assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the development of the National Stolen Coin File.
Both the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild have honored Davis for his work to prevent, combat and solve numismatic-related crimes.
The Board of Directors of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation is composed of volunteer members of the Professional Numismatists Guild board who handle the administrative duties and assist with fund-raising needed to support the Task Force’s efforts to fight fakes.
“The ACEF is a 501(c)(3) corporation and separate from the PNG. All donations to ACEF are tax deductible. The important work of the foundation and the task force are supported entirely by donations,” explained the foundation’s and PNG’s Executive Director Robert Brueggeman whose background is in law enforcement and security.
For additional information and to make a donation, contact the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation at 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. The phone number is 951-587-8300. Or visit the web site at www.acefonline.org.
The announcement of the award to Nugget was made at the organization’s annual banquet held on PNG Day this year in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 12, 2019, the eve of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money®.
In 1969, Nugget decided that his job at the time as a crane operator at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was not the career path he wanted. So, he took his childhood passion for Indian Head cents and coin collecting and went to work at a local coin shop.
In 1971, he joined Manfra Tordella & Brookes in New York, and over the years worked at several other numismatic firms. He is currently affiliated with David Lawrence Rare Coins. A PNG member since 1980, Nugget has been a respected mentor to many of today’s outstanding dealers and avid collectors.
The Sol Kaplan Award, to recognize efforts and contributions in combatting crimes against the numismatic community, was presented to Buddy Alleva of Massapequa, Long Island, New York. He has spent many hours assisting federal law enforcement agencies investigating tons of counterfeit coins arriving from China through the Port of Long Island.
The Sol Kaplan 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.
The Robert Friedberg Award, presented to an author in recognition of an outstanding book or other literature, was given to Catharine C. Lorber for her reference book, Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire, Part I (Ptolemy I through Ptolemy IV): Volume I (Precious Metal) and Volume 2 (Bronze), published by the American Numismatic Society. The Friedberg Award, named after a longtime publisher and author of numismatic reference books, is not automatically awarded each year.
Dana Samuelson of Austin, Texas was honored with the PNG Distinguished Service Award for 10 years of service as a member of the PNG Board and as PNG President (2015-1017). This was only the second time this award has been given since its inception in 2015.
The PNG 2019 Significant Contribution Award was presented to former PNG President Q. David Bowers of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, who also is a former ANA President. This award is given to those who have made exceptional, beneficial efforts over the years on behalf of PNG and the profession, and also added to the hobby.
The Art Kagin Ambassador Award, named after a former PNG President who provided distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill, was presented to Jack Beymer of Santa Rosa, California.
In a related announcement at the PNG awards dinner, the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (www.acefonline.org) presented its Alan Kruezer Memorial Award to Dayton, Ohio coin collector Jack D. Young for his extensive work assisting researchers and numismatic specialists combat deceptive fakes offered in the marketplace. He is a member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Expert Network and founder of the Facebook counterfeit watch group, “The Dark Side.”
The Kruezer Award is named after the late Alan “Al” Kreuzer who was instrumental in alerting the hobby about counterfeit third-party certification holders and fake insert labels.
PNG leaders recognized three dealers for 50 years of membership in the organization: Ira M. Goldberg, Lawrence S. Goldberg and Joel D. Rettew.
Four others were recognized for 25 years of PNG membership: dealers Donald H. Kagin, Thomas J. Smith and Chris Napolitano, and PNG Executive Director Robert R. Brueggeman.
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 (www.PNGdealers.org/code-of-ethics) in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.
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.
(Rosemont, Illinois) August 12, 2019 – Officers of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) have selected Richard Weaver to be the organization’s President for the 2019–2021 term. Weaver was selected during the PNG Board of Directors meeting in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois on August 11, 2019.
Weaver is President of Delaware Valley Rare Coin Company in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
He grew up in the coin business and began his full-time career in numismatics in 1983. Weaver is well known for his expertise in United States coinage and bullion items from around the world, and is a leader in combating counterfeits in the marketplace. For the past two years he served as PNG Vice President.
“My initial goals as PNG President are to reacquaint the collector and public with what the PNG is and what its members stand for. Help dealers realize that membership is not an ‘elite old boys club,’ but rather it is for dealers who have good reputations and are looking to help and not take advantage of collectors or the public. For the membership to remember what they stand for: knowledge, integrity and responsibility; the motto of the PNG. And, to continue the important fight against counterfeiting,” Weaver stated.
The other PNG officers selected for the 2019-2021 term are: Vice President Wade Milas of RARCOA in Willowbrook, Illinois; Treasurer Don Rinkor of Rinkor Rare Coins in Santa Rosa, California; and Secretary James A. Simek of Numisgraphic Enterprises in Westchester, Illinois.
In addition to the officers, PNG Board members for the new term are returning directors John Brush of David Lawrence Rare Coins in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Don Ketterling of D.H. Ketterling Consulting in Reno, Nevada; and immediate Past President Barry Stuppler of Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company in Woodland Hills, California.
Two new members have joined the PNG Board. They are Dustin Johnston of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, and James Sego of JMS Coins in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho who previously served on the board from 2015-2017.
“Under PNG Bylaws, member-dealers of the organization elect the board members at large, and then the elected board members select the officers from within their group. During their August 11 meeting, the nine-member board chose the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.
The new PNG Board members also serve as volunteer board members for the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (www.ACEFonline.org) to handle administrative duties and assist with fund-raising needed to support ACEF’s efforts to fight fakes.
“The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation and separate from PNG. All donations to ACEF are tax deductible,” explained Brueggeman.
Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers. A directory of dealers, the PNG Member Code of Ethics and the organization’s Collector’s Bill of Rights can be found at www.PNGdealers.org.
For additional information, contact the PNG by email at info@PNGdealers.org or by phone at 951-587-8300.
NGC has certified a set of 10 coins that were presented to Dennis Rodman by the North Korean government during his June 2017 visit to the reclusive country. Rodman, who gained worldwide fame for his Hall of Fame career with the National Basketball Association (NBA), has more recently been working to improve relations between the United States and North Korea.
During his June 2017 trip, Rodman was presented with a set of 2011-dated brass 10 Won coins. The 10 Proof coins feature designs related to North Korea’s scenic Mount Kumgang Tourist Region. Korean poets and artists visited the area for centuries for inspiration.
Rodman, who won five championships with the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, later gave the set to Dwight Manley, his friend and former agent. Manley, a well-known numismatist, displayed the set in his office and also at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in 2018 before deciding to submit it to NGC for certification. Prior to grading, the coins were professionally conserved by NCS, an NGC affiliate. They were then seamlessly transferred to NGC for grading and encapsulation.
“NGC’s position as the leader in world coin grading made it the obvious choice to certify and protect these coins,” Manley said. “This set reflects important efforts to bring peace on the Korean peninsula.”