PNG Now Accepting 2019 Awards Nominations

(Temecula, California) February 11, 2019 – The Professional Numismatists Guild ( now is accepting nominations for its 2019 awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Barry Stuppler.

“Each year the PNG publicly recognizes outstanding achievements in the hobby and the profession by honoring deserving recipients with awards in a half-dozen categories. We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from all collectors and dealers,” said Brueggeman.

“The award winners will be announced at the annual PNG Day banquet on August 12, 2019 following the PNG Day show ( The PNG Day show, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, will be open to the public and conducted the day before the start of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money® ( at the same convention center,” explained Stuppler.

Award nominations must be made by May 31, 2019 directly to the appropriate award category officials. 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: and

Sol Kaplan Award: To recognize efforts and contributions in combatting 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:

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 May 31, 2019 to James A. Simek, P.O. Box 7157, Westchester, IL 60154-7157.

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: Brett Charville and John Brush. Emails: and

Significant Contribution Award: 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. Committee Co-Chairs: Barry Stuppler and Dana S. Samuelson. 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 Co-Chairs: Don Ketterling and Don Rinkor. Emails: and

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 ( 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: Online:

Bonhams Sale Of Coins And Banknotes 100% Sold

1931-D $20 MS65 PCGS
Price realized: $109,200

Los Angeles– The January 28 sale of Coins and Banknotes, featuring the Property of a Lady, totalled $1,234,866 and was sold 100% by lot and value. The top lot of the sale was a 1931-D $20 MS65 PCGS, one of the most desired of all Saint-Gaudens double eagles, which realized $109,200.

Notable results also included an 1860 Clark Gruber & Co. $20. Genuine, Tooled, Repaired & Cleaned PCGS., which achieved $105,600. This coin came from a complete set of Clark Gruber & Co. Territorial gold coins minted in 1860-1861 in Denver, Colorado.

Paul Song, Director of Coins and Medals, commented: “The stellar results demonstrate our comprehensive offering of rare coins and medals especially from private collections, which some were amassed over several decades and all fresh to the market. The largest offering in decades of Clark-Gruber pioneer coinage garnered tremendous interest as were the eclectic collection of modern world gold coinage”.

United States Mint Opens Sales for the 2019 Native American $1 Coin on February 13

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for products containing the 2019 Native American $1 Coin on February 13 at noon EST. The coin celebrates the accomplishments of Native Americans in the Space Program. Available options and their prices are below.

19NA 25-Coin Roll – “P” $32.95
19NB 25-Coin Roll – “D” $32.95
19NC 250-Coin Box – “P” $275.95
19ND 250-Coin Box – “D” $275.95
19NE 100-Coin Bag – “P” $111.95
19NF 100-Coin Bag – “D” $111.95

The 2019 Native American $1 Coin reverse (tails) design depicts renowned engineer Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind her, an Atlas-Agena rocket launches into space, with an equation inscribed in its cloud. An astronaut, symbolic of Native American astronauts, including John Herrington, spacewalks above. In the field behind, a group of stars indicates outer space. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.”

The coin’s obverse (heads) will continue to feature Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

The Mint accepts orders at and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Shipping options are available at

Native American $1 Coin products are also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Visit to learn more.

United States Mint Launches 46th America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin

New quarter pays homage to the role of Lowell, MA, in America’s Industrial Revolution

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) today officially launched the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts. This is the first quarter of 2019 and the 46th coin overall in the program.

The reverse (tails) design of the quarter representing this national site reflects Lowell’s role in the Industrial Revolution. The design depicts a mill girl working at a power loom with its prominent circular bobbin battery. A view of Lowell, including the Boott Mill clock tower, is seen through the window.

According to Marc Landry, the Mint’s Acting Associate Director for the Numismatic and Bullion Directorate, “The depiction of the mill girl takes us back to the past at the forefront of America’s Industrial Revolution. The physical coin takes us to present day manufacturing processes; and finally, the coin in its entirety takes us into the future–inspiring tomorrow’s innovators, workforce, and generations to follow.”

More than 1,500 enthusiastic school-aged children from the Lowell area celebrated the release of the new quarter. Guest speakers included former Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, National Park Service Regional Deputy Director Rose Fennell, and park superintendent Celeste Bernardo. An exchange of $10 rolls of the new quarter rounded out the event.

Products featuring the Lowell National Historical Park quarter are available for purchase directly from the Mint’s online catalog at or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The America the Beautiful Quarters® Program is a 12-year initiative that honors 56 national parks and other national sites authorized by Public Law 110-456. Each year until 2020, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverses (tails sides) of the America the Beautiful Quarters coins, with a final coin scheduled for release in 2021. The Mint is issuing these quarters in the order in which the national sites were officially established.

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