PNG Now Accepting 2022 Awards Nominations

(Temecula, California) November 15, 2021 – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) is now accepting nominations for its 2022 awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“The PNG publicly recognizes outstanding achievements in the hobby and the profession by honoring deserving recipients with prestigious awards. We cordially welcome and strongly encourage nominations from all collectors and dealers,” said Brueggeman.

The award winners will be announced during the 2022 PNG Day banquet on April 27, 2022 to be held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society convention in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois.

Award nominations must be submitted by February 15, 2022 and should be sent directly to the appropriate PNG 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: RWeaver@dvrcc.com and WMilas@rarecoa.com.

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 to rid the profession of fraud and thievery. 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: Robert Brueggeman. Email: Bob@ppius.com.

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 Duston Johnston. Emails: Barry@Stuppler.com and Dustin@ha.com.

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: DHKconsulting@verizon.net and Don@rinkor.com.

Founded in 1955, 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.

The Royal Mint unveils the 2022 Sovereign – the first coin in its Platinum Jubilee collection

The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, has today unveiled the 2022 dated Sovereign – featuring a rare change of design in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

To mark Britain’s longest serving monarch, the 2022 Sovereign will feature a new interpretation of the Royal Coat of Arms created by esteemed artist Timothy Noad. The Sovereign is famous for its depiction of St George and the Dragon by Benedetto Pistrucci, and changes to the design are reserved for special moments in history such as the Golden, Diamond and Platinum Jubilees.

The 2022 Sovereign is the first coin revealed in The Royal Mint’s Platinum Jubilee collection and is expected to be extremely sought after by collectors. It will be followed by range featuring a new, unique obverse portrait of Her Majesty and the first UK 50p coin to celebrate a royal event.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “We are delighted to unveil the 2022 Sovereign as the first coin celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Sovereign is one of The Royal Mint’s flagship coins and has celebrated royal achievements throughout the centuries. As such, it was fitting to include the Royal Coat of Arms on the 2022 coin – celebrating Britain’s longest serving monarch with an original design.”

Timothy Noad, Designer of the 2022 Platinum Jubilee Sovereign said, “It’s a huge privilege to be chosen three times to design reverses for The Sovereign. The first time was 20 years ago, for Her Majesty The Queen’s Golden Jubilee of 2002, and the second was the first new St George and the dragon since Pistrucci’s iconic design, in 2005. I’m very proud to be making it a hat-trick!”

In 1489, Henry VII ordered a ‘new money of gold’ that would serve to symbolise the might of the Tudor dynasty. That large gold coin was The Sovereign and it has since evolved to become one of the world’s most distinctive and recognisable coins. More than 500 years since its inception, the ‘chief coin of the world’ still shares a close relationship with the Crown and has become a flagship coin for The Royal Mint.

Interpretations of the Royal Coat of Arms have appeared on coins before – including the old £1- and its long-standing association with the Monarchy makes a fitting design for the 2022 Sovereign.

The Sovereign celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be available in a range of collectable sets as well as individually from The Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com/sovereign.

United States Mint Announces Designs for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Program

WASHINGTON–The United States Mint (Mint) joined National Purple Heart Honor Mission, Inc., today to unveil the designs for the 2022 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Program. The designs will be featured on a gold coin, a silver coin, and a half dollar coin, as authorized by Public Law 116-247. All designs were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designers and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artists.

Gold Coin Obverse
Designer: Donna Weaver
Medallic Artist: Joseph Menna
The obverse (heads) design features the Purple Heart medal with the inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “THE PURPLE HEART,” “2022,” and “A GRATEFUL NATION HONORS AND REMEMBERS.”

Gold Coin Reverse
Designer: Donna Weaver
Medallic Artist: John P. McGraw
The reverse (tails) design places George Washington’s signature under the Badge of Military Merit and over a textured stripe. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “1782,” “BADGE OF MILITARY MERIT,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “FIVE DOLLARS.”

Silver Coin Obverse
Designer: Heidi Wastweet
Medallic Artist: Eric David Custer
The design features the Purple Heart medal with the inscriptions “COMBAT WOUNDED & KILLED IN ACTION,” “LIBERTY,” “1932,” “2022,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” Five stars represent the branches of the military.

Silver Coin Reverse
Designer: Heidi Wastweet
Medallic Artist: Craig A. Campbell
The design shows a nurse in a World War I helmet as she bandages a wounded service member on a stretcher. More than 23,000 women nurses served in the Army and Navy during the war. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES of AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

Half Dollar Coin Obverse
Designer: Beth Zaiken
Medallic Artist: Craig A. Campbell
The design shows a figure in military fatigues and combat boots using a pair of crutches. The left leg has been amputated from the thigh down. The negative space below shows the missing leg in silhouette. The Purple Heart medal appears behind the figure, and the inscription “ALL GAVE SOME” sits below the composition. The background field has a subtle flag motif. Additional inscriptions are “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” and “2022.”

Half Dollar Coin Reverse
Designer: Beth Zaiken
Medallic Artist: John P. McGraw
The design features a young boy holding the dress cap of an enlisted Marine. The silhouette of a Marine in dress blues stands behind him in negative space, emphasizing the loss that affects the families of Purple Heart recipients. The inscription “SOME GAVE ALL” is featured in the negative space around the boy in the lower half. The obverse’s background field flag motif is repeated. Additional inscriptions are “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “HALF DOLLAR.”

“The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Program will honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by so many,” said United States Mint Acting Director Ventris Gibson. “We hope this program will assist the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, Inc, in its efforts to collect, preserve, and share the stories of all Purple Heart recipients.”

The on-sale date for products in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Program will be published on the Mint’s Product Schedule. When available, the Mint will accept orders at catalog.usmint.gov/.

About the United States Mint

Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the Mint is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

Aloha! NGC-certified Hawaii Five-O Coin Sells for Over $4 Million

A 1913 Liberty Nickel certified by NGC — known as the Hawaii Five-O coin — has realized over $4 million in a private sale, one of the highest prices ever paid for a coin. The private sale conducted by Stack’s Bowers was the 14th time that an NGC-certified coin realized over $1 million this year alone.

Only five examples of the 1913 Liberty Nickel exist, none of which were officially authorized. Their origins remain shrouded in mystery, but there is no doubt that they stand at the pinnacle of numismatics today. At one point, “Colonel” E.H.R. Green acquired all five, but two are now enshrined in museum collections.

This example is graded NGC PF 64+ and displays “The Hawaii Five-O Coin” pedigree. That police procedural featured the ultra-rarity in a 1973 episode titled “The $100,000 Nickel,” which helped increase the public’s appreciation for coin collecting. NGC certified the famous nickel in 2004.

“None of the 51 million coins certified by NGC has captured the public interest in quite the same way as this one,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman. “NGC is proud of its long history of certifying exceptional numismatic rarities like the Hawaii Five-O 1913 Liberty Nickel.”

Read more at ngccoin.com.

United States Mint Announces Designs for the Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) today unveiled designs for the 2022 Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program. The designs will be featured on a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin, and a half dollar clad coin, as authorized by Public Law 116-209. All designs were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designers and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artists.

$5 Gold Coin Obverse
Designer: Laurie Musser
Medallic Artist: Phebe Hemphill
The obverse (heads) design features a portrait of Negro National League founder Rube Foster with his signature. Inscriptions are “NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “2022,” and “LIBERTY.”

$5 Gold Coin Reverse
Designer: Donna Weaver
Medallic Artist: Eric David Custer
The reverse (tails) design depicts the gesture of tipping one’s cap, an important sign of respect for players. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “THEIR LEGACY PLAYS ON,” “$5,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

$1 Silver Coin Obverse
Designer: Matt Swaim
Medallic Artist: Eric David Custer
The design depicts a pitcher in mid-throw with the baseball in the foreground and baseball stitching as a border. Inscriptions are “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “2022,” and “LIBERTY.”

$1 Silver Coin Reverse
Designer: Don Everhart
Medallic Artist: Craig A. Campbell
The design depicts a player’s eye view of a pitch being delivered to the catcher at the plate. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “$1,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

 
Half Dollar Clad Coin Obverse
Designer: Chris Costello
Medallic Artist: John P. McGraw
The design depicts a Negro Leagues tour bus that served as their home on the road when players were refused entry to hotels and restaurants. The batter exemplifies the determination to play the game he loves, regardless of challenging circumstances. Inscriptions are “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” “2022,” and “NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL.”

Half Dollar Clad Coin Reverse
Designer: Justin Kunz
Medallic Artist: Phebe Hemphill
The design shows a group of five Negro Leagues Baseball players. Inscriptions are “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “HALF DOLLAR,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

 
All coin images are available at https://www.usmint.gov/news/image-library/commemoratives.

“The Negro Leagues Baseball commemorative coin program will celebrate the rich history of African-American baseball and its impact on the social advancement of America,” said United States Mint Acting Director Ventris Gibson. “We hope this program will assist the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in its mission to promote tolerance, diversity, and inclusion.”

The on-sale date for products in the Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program will be published on the Mint’s Product Schedule. When available, the Mint will accept orders at catalog.usmint.gov/.

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