PNG 2020 YN Scholarship Competition Opens

(Temecula, California) December 2, 2019 — The annual Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) Young Numismatist (YN) Scholarship Competition has opened. The PNG will provide a scholarship to a deserving YN to attend one session of the 2020 American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 27-July 2 or July 4-9.

“This is the 16th consecutive year that PNG will be providing airfare, tuition for one of the ANA Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“All young numismatists between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible to enter and are cordially invited to apply for the scholarship. Entrants must submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as this year’s scholarship recipient. The deadline for receipt of the entries is Friday, March 13, 2020,” explained Brueggeman.

Entries must include the applicant’s name, age and contact information. The essays can be sent by email to info@PNGdealers.org or by mail to the PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590.

“We’re most appreciative to PNG for again making a scholarship available to a young numismatist,” said ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow into a more informed collector. Many previous Summer Seminar attendees have gone on to become hobby leaders and successful dealers.”

The two Annual ANA Summer Seminar six-day sessions will be held Saturday, June 27, to Thursday, July 2, and from Saturday, July 4, to Thursday, July 9, 2020. Participants ranging from teenagers to seniors take class instruction on specific numismatic-related topics or the hobby’s technical and business aspects. Additional information about the ANA Summer Seminar can be found on the ANA website at www.money.org/summerseminar.

“The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from the PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fun,” explained PNG President Richard Weaver. “Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.”

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and four other countries. PNG member-dealers 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 PNG or the young numismatists scholarship program, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

PNG tips to avoid gold scams

(Temecula, California) November 4, 2019 – Adding gold, silver or platinum bullion coins or ingots to an investment portfolio can be a smart choice, but knowing your seller can be a crucial choice, advises the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org), a nonprofit organization of many of the country’s top rare coin and bullion coin experts.

In recent months, law enforcement officials in Florida, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Utah have charged several reputedly unscrupulous merchants with selling counterfeit coins to unsuspecting investors and/or not paying for genuine coins submitted for sale by customers.

“To avoid potential scams, such as counterfeits, and to avoid paying too much when you buy or receiving too little when you sell, investors absolutely must know the credentials of the bullion dealer,” cautioned PNG President Richard Weaver. “If you don’t know gold, you’d better know your gold dealer.”

The PNG has established an Accredited Precious Metals Dealer (APMD) program to provide consumer and investor protection in the marketplace. Every APMD member must follow a strict Code of Ethics (https://www.apmddealers.org/join-apmd#code) in the buying and selling of precious metals. The merchants recently charged with unlawful activities are not members of PNG or APMD.

In addition to only dealing with APMD expert members when buying or selling physical precious metals, Weaver also offers these tips to bullion investors.

“Know the current spot price of the precious metal you want to buy or sell. Bullion items, such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, and South African Krugerrand, usually sell for only about three to five percent above the current spot price depending on the quantity purchased,” explained Weaver.

He also advises to take prompt delivery of the bullion items you purchase.

“Be wary of sellers who want to keep and store your gold, or claim it will take months to deliver items to you. Also, beware of high-pressure selling prices that would force you to wait for gold or silver to double or triple in value before you could make a profit,” Weaver added.

For additional information about the Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program, call the Professional Numismatists Guild at (951) 587-8300 or visit the APMD website, www.APMDdealers.org, where an online directory of APMD member-dealers is available.

Former Police Chief Doug Davis Named Anti-Counterfeiting Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

Doug Davis(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.

Doug Davis

Beth Deisher

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.

PNG Honors Paul Nugget With 2019 Abe Kosoff Founders Award

Paul Nugget

Paul Nugget thanked the PNG for receiving the 2019 Abe Kosoff Founders Award at the organization’s annual awards banquet. (Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.)

(Rosemont, Illinois) August 12, 2019 – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) has honored Paul Nugget of East Meadow, New York with the PNG 2019 Abe Kosoff Founders Award for his steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community and significant contributions to the Guild and the numismatic fraternity in general. The award is named after PNG’s Founding President who spearheaded the 1953 launch of the organization.

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.

John Brush, Paul Nugget, Robert Brueggeman

Paul Nugget (center) was presented the PNG 2019 Abe Kosoff Founders Award by PNG member-dealer John Brush (left) and PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman (right). (Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.)

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.

Richard Weaver Selected As New PNG President

Richard Weaver(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.

PNG Suspends Member Jason Bradford

(Temecula, California) July 19, 2019 – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) suspended the membership of Jason Bradford on July 18, 2019 for conduct prejudicial to the PNG, including violation of the Code of Ethics, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

Bradford, of Legacy Currency Grading in Brentwood, Tennessee, joined the PNG in 2015 as member #765.

According to Brueggeman, the full PNG Board in accordance with the PNG Bylaws will decide if Bradford’s membership will be reinstated, if he will remain suspended or if he will be expelled from the organization.

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, 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.

Collectors Invited to 2019 PNG Day Show

(Rosemont, Illinois) June 13, 2019 — The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will conduct its 2019 PNG Day show (www.pngdealers.org/png-events) on Monday, August 12, in Hall F of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. It will be open to the public.

The show conveniently will be in the same location at 5555 N. River Road as the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money® that begins the next day.

The first 50 public attendees at the 2019 PNG Day event will each receive a certificate good for $100 off any retail purchase of $500 or more at the show from a participating PNG member-dealer.

Representatives of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com), the official rare coin authentication and grading service of PNG and ANA, and representatives of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) will be on-site to accept submissions during the show. Visitors also can have access to lot viewing that day for the auctions to be held during the week by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries (www.StacksBowers.com).

“The PNG Day show gives you the upfront opportunity to see the best material available from the top dealers as well as an early opportunity to offer coins, bank notes, tokens and medals for sale to top buyers,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“The annual World’s Fair of Money is the USA’s biggest week in numismatics, but you can take your time in a less crowded, more relaxing environment the day before the general public arrives for the ANA show,” added PNG President Barry Stuppler.

The 2019 PNG Day Show will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, August 12. Public admission is $5 at the door; however, admission will be free for everyone who pre-registers at www.pngdealers.org/png-events.

For additional information about the 2019 PNG Day, contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at 951-587-8300 or by email at info@pngdealers.org.

Beware of grossly overpriced gold coins, cautions PNG

PNG-APMD(Temecula, California) May 28, 2019 – If you’re purchasing modern precious metals coins strictly for their silver, gold or platinum content, beware of significantly overpaying simply because the coins may be housed in fancy holders or accompanied by autographs of celebrities or the coins’ designers, cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).

“The personal finance market is filled with slick advertisements touting gold bullion coins labeled with a superb grade or in holders with decorative, autographed inserts. These may be fine collectibles for some, but you could pay more than twice the value of the precious metal content of the coin. There certainly are better ways for investors to buy bullion coins much closer to their actual intrinsic value,” stated Barry Stuppler, president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG).

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and bullion coin dealers. PNG oversees the Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program (https://apmddealers.org), whose members must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic bullion items and guarantee the authenticity of the merchandise they sell.

“We are seeing a lot of advertising and marketing of precious metal bullion coins in holders with ‘limited edition’ specialty labels. These designs may include autographs of former United States Mint officials, sports Hall of Fame members or other celebrities. However, virtually every specialty label coin we’ve seen was offered at a price 200 to as much as 1,000 percent higher than a comparable bullion coin in the same condition without the signature or specially designed labels. And when an investor sells the coins with special labels they might only get a 5 to 10 percent premium,” said Stuppler.

“Don’t make any purchase until you have shopped around and learned the competitive prices for bullion items sold by others who don’t have high marketing expenses. Make sure you are not getting ripped off,” he advised.

“Modern gold, silver and platinum bullion coins, such as the American Eagle or Canadian Maple Leaf series, usually trade at a small premium over the actual spot precious metal content. Many major gold bullion dealers typically will sell a single, one-ounce gold American Eagle gold coin at approximately four to five percent over the current spot/melt value. The premiums are larger for 1/10th, 1/4th and 1/2-ounce coins,” explained Stuppler.

“Buyers also should distinguish between bullion coins whose values generally fluctuate according to the current price of gold, silver or platinum, and ‘rare coins’ that can carry a significant collector premium based on historical supply and demand. Some vintage U.S. gold and silver coins may be readily available in circulated condition for a modest premium over their bullion content, but those same coins in superb condition may have significantly higher value — perhaps thousands of dollars above their melt value,” added Stuppler.

“If you don’t’ know precious metals coins, you’d better know your precious metals coins dealer,” he cautioned.

A directory of PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealers (APMD) members can be found at www.apmddealers.org/apmd-dealers. For additional information, contact the Professional Numismatists Guild at 951-587-8300 or by email at info@PNGdealers.org.

Princeton-bound teen wins PNG 2019 YN scholarship

Young Connecticut numismatist will attend a six-day session of the ANA Summer Seminar

(Temecula, CA) April 9, 2019 — The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) 2019 Young Numismatist Scholarship has been awarded to Christian Hartch, 18, of Greenwich, Connecticut. The scholarship will pay for him to attend one of the six-day American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar sessions this June.

Hartch began his enjoyment of numismatics at the age of five when his father gave him a Whitman folder to begin collecting Lincoln cents. He has worked at a local coin store while in high school the past four years to learn more about the hobby, the marketplace and the business-side of numismatics.

His YouTube channel, Treasure Town, has more than 18,000 subscribers with over 1.5 million views of weekly coin collecting videos he produces.

“I was super excited, super happy when I was told about winning the scholarship,” explained Hartch who has been accepted as a freshman at Princeton University this coming fall.

His parents, Greg and Christa Hartch, are proud of their son’s accomplishments.

“We are so thankful that Christian will have the opportunity to attend the ANA conference in Colorado. Christian has worked hard to grow his coin YouTube channel, and we are thrilled that he is being recognized for his interest in numismatics,” stated Greg Hartch.

“This is the 15th consecutive year that PNG is providing airfare, tuition for one of the educational ANA Summer Seminar (www.money.org/summerseminar) sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

Hartch wants to take a grading class at the ANA Summer Seminar and plans to study either economics or art and archaeology at Princeton.

He said PNG member-dealer Christopher Moran, owner of The Happy Coin store in Cos Cob, Connecticut, “has been a big influence to me.”

At the age of 13, Hartch was the store’s first customer when it opened in early 2014, purchasing an 1864 two-cent piece for his collection. He began working at the store a year later in the summer before he entered high school.

“Working at the shop allows me to be immersed with rare coins, and across the board coins, currency, U.S. and world coins. I can see the numismatic world from both a collector’s perspective and the business side, and I’ve learned a lot about the market,” he explained.

He launched his YouTube channel to promote the hobby and wants to create additional informative and entertaining videos for the channel from his upcoming experiences at the ANA Summer Seminar.

“The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from the PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City,” explained PNG President Barry Stuppler.

“Usually, the deadline is late March for young collectors to submit essays for our annual scholarship competition; however, we are moving up the deadline for next year to late January 2020. The PNG will make an announcement in early November about the next YN scholarship competition,” explained Brueggeman.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and four other countries. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

For additional information about the PNG or the young numismatists scholarship program, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

PNG clarifies ethics language on counterfeits

(Temecula, California) March 28, 2019 – Recently adopted anti-counterfeiting language in the Bylaws of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) has been revised to clarify the organization’s commitment to fighting against modern fakes entering the marketplace.

PNG leaders also have now amended anti-counterfeiting language in their Code of Ethics.

“A few people mistakenly thought our recent Code of Ethics change meant that we were endorsing the right of dealers to sell any counterfeit U.S. coins if they simply disclosed to buyers that they were fakes. That’s certainly not the position of the PNG, so our Board of Directors again revised the Bylaws language to address those misconceptions,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“Our Code of Ethics has contained anti-counterfeiting language for decades, and now we have updated that section,” added Brueggeman. “We realize that contemporary counterfeits, dating back to ancient coins as well as unauthorized coins that appeared, for example, during the U.S. Colonial era, are part of numismatic collectibles history. Our fight is against the onslaught of dangerous fresh fakes coming in from China and elsewhere.”

The PNG Board originally adopted these changes, indicated in italics, in the Code of Ethics: “To refrain from knowingly participating in, abetting or dealing in counterfeit, altered, repaired or ‘doctored’ numismatic items without fully disclosing their status to my customers.”

Two sections of the Code of Ethics now have been updated (with new text indicated here in italics) to read:

6) To refrain from knowingly dealing in stolen numismatic items, or buying and selling known modern counterfeit coins, currency or other numismatic materials that are, by law, not legal to possess. 7) To refrain from knowingly participating in, abetting or dealing in altered, repaired or “doctored” numismatic items, contemporary counterfeits, electrotypes, or published forgeries, without fully disclosing their status to my customer and/or making any attempt to deceive.”

“Combatting fakes in the marketplace is a major priority for the Professional Numismatists Guild,” emphasized PNG President Barry Stuppler.

PNG provides administrative assistance to the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (www.ACEFonline.org), an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ACEF oversees the important work of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.

For additional information about the Professional Numismatists Guild or the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation, contact the organizations at 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. The phone number is 951-587-8300. Or contact ACEF Director of Anti-Counterfeiting Beth Deisher at 567-202-1795.

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