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American Numismatic Association Names New Conventions Director

Jennifer Croak Ackerman was recently promoted to Conventions Director for the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Ackerman will oversee and manage the convention department and its World’s Fair of Money® and National Money Show®.

Ackerman has been with the ANA since 2014 and previously served as manager for the ANA conventions department, with a focus on managing bourse operations and event sponsorships.

“I’m honored by the confidence shown me by ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick,” said Ackerman. “My primary goal is to enhance the ANA convention experience for dealers and collectors, as well as to incentivize world mints to participate in our shows.”

Ackerman graduated from Regis University with a Master of Business Administration degree in 2012. Pre- and post-graduation she worked as a member service representative for USAA. Over the course of her tenure with the ANA, Jennifer has managed and co-managed dozens of national conventions, collectors exhibits, numismatic auctions, club meetings and youth outreach events.

According to ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick, the Association conducted a national search for the position and reviewed dozens of applications. “Ultimately, our best candidate was already here,” she said. “Jennifer knows our dealers, understands our collectors, and presented us with a myriad of ideas on how to improve our shows. We’re excited to have her in this new role.”

ANA Convention Support Team

Approaching her work with a team mentality, Jennifer works in tandem with other trusted convention department staff to provide support and personalized service to the many ANA members and dealers who attend the shows.

Sam Joseph serves in the ANA’s conventions department as the exposition manager and works closely with the conventions director with regards to all convention details and planning. He joined the ANA in 2014 and has nearly 22 years of expertise in the areas of hospitality and convention management. Joseph also leads the department in specialty areas such as convention inventory control, equipment management, bourse floor mapping and coordination, and on-site exposition management.

Christie Cooper’s career as a conventions and seminar coordinator started in 2007 when she worked for the American Academy of Forensic Science as an exhibit coordinator. While there, she maintained the exhibitor database, developed floor plans and coordinated all aspects of exhibit sales. Cooper joined the ANA in 2014 and plays an active role with the conventions team, while also serving as the ANA’s advertising sales representative. Cooper focuses on pre-convention and on-site dealer customer service for both annual conventions, assists with all bourse operations and management, and secures advertising for The Numismatist (the Association’s official publication) and the Association’s website

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

American Numismatic Association Board of Governors Approves $5.6 Million Budget for FY 2017-18

At its Oct. 27-28 meetings in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a subsequent teleconference on Nov. 14, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors unanimously passed a $5.6 million budget for FY 2017-18. 

“This strategic deployment of funds is an investment in the Association as well as the future of numismatics and the hobby,” said ANA President Gary Adkins. “It expands our reach and capacity for engagement and sets the stage for growing our fund development and online outreach initiatives, and also addresses some capital improvement needs.”

“If we are to remain relevant, we must make the commitment to providing the necessary resources to propel the ANA forward while also committing to fiscal responsibility,” he added. “We will continue to seek and identify revenue sources to augment income whenever possible, but the future growth of the Association cannot risk dependence upon those opportunities alone.”

As of October 31, 2016, the ANA had total assets of $74.8 million and net assets of $72.5 million, according to Budget and Finance Board Liaison Greg Lyon. Net assets exclusive of the museum collection are $35.1 million. “Overall, the ANA’s net worth has remained stable since 2013 and we will be reporting an increase in assets for FY 2017,” said Lyon.

Lyon noted that the ANA is extremely fortunate to have received Kenneth Keith’s bequest in 1977 of Ben E. Keith corporate stock to support the Association’s mission and programs. “The value of the stock the ANA holds has grown from under $5 million in 2006 to over $18 million in 2017, with additional stock, currently held in trust for the ANA, to be received in the future,” said Lyon.

According to ANA Treasurer Larry Baber, the details of Kenneth Keith’s bequest to the Association is a fascinating and little-known slice of ANA history that continues to shape the trajectory of the Association.

History of the Ben E. Keith Company Stock Endowment

Kenneth Keith of Jolly and Wichita Falls, Texas, was the nephew of Ben E. Keith and an heir to the food and beverage company bearing his uncle’s name. He also was an avid numismatist. In July 1975, five men broke into Kenneth Keith’s home, which he shared with his brother Jim, in search of a valuable rare coin collection that had, unbeknownst to them, been donated to the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum in 1971. Jim was killed during the armed robbery, while Kenneth was beaten and bound. The ANA posted a reward for the capture and conviction of the men, who were later apprehended and convicted of murder. In 1976 Kenneth Keith set up his will naming the ANA one of the remainder beneficiaries to his shares of stock in the Ben E. Keith Company, a closely held company that is one of the largest Anheuser Busch distributors in the world. Kenneth Keith died the following year.

Ben E. Keith Company stock is held in trust for the income benefit of 13 individuals and as each one dies, half of his or her non-voting stock is distributed from the trust to the ANA. (The other half is distributed to Texas Tech University.) “When Kenneth Keith died in 1977, the stock received by the ANA was valued at several hundred thousand dollars,” said ANA Treasurer Larry Baber. “Today, the 1,334 shares currently held by the ANA are valued at $18.6 million. When the last four living relatives pass, the ANA will receive an additional 2,442 shares of stock.”

The Ben E. Keith Company is listed as one of the Top 70 largest privately held businesses in the United States.

“We are fortunate that the Ben E. Keith Company family of employees has been a good steward of the company over these many years,” said Baber. “The company’s sound business practices have benefitted the ANA greatly.”

ANA Convention Site Options Discussed

Peter Wann of ConferenceDirect made a presentation to the Board on the challenges facing the ANA in negotiating venue sites and hotel properties for future shows. According to Wann, several criteria are at play when considering ANA convention sites:

  • The ANA requires a minimum of 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and 45,000 to 50,000 square feet of various size meeting rooms, which eliminates many smaller cities from consideration.

  • States that impose a state sales tax on numismatic items are not considered, leaving 31 states that can be considered. Thirteen of these states do not have venues large enough. The remaining 18 states having viable sized convention centers.

  • Another key issue is the “rooms-to-space ratio.” Organizations such as the ANA that fill 600-700 hotel rooms for an event typically need 30,000 to 50,000 feet of space. The ANA requires 250,000 square feet. Wann indicated that many cities are not willing to commit their convention facilities for a week to 10 days without a commitment from the ANA to fill more room nights and purchase additional food and beverage.

The Board did not vote on future National Money Show® or World’s Fair of Money® sites.

A copy of the approved budget is available online at Minutes from the meetings will be published in the January 2018 issue of The Numismatist.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 Irving National Money Show

It’s not too early to make plans for Texas and the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2018 National Money Show in Irving. The convention takes place Mar. 8-10 in Exhibit Hall A of the Irving Convention Center located at 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, a stone’s throw from Dallas.

The three-day show offers access to hundreds of dealers; a live auction by Kagin’s; a wide range of technical seminars and educational presentations; spectacular exhibits; and the best numismatic inventory available. Many coin dealers in attendance will provide free, informal evaluations of the public’s old coins and paper money.

Among the special displays of extraordinary items from the ANA’s Money Museum is the famous 1913 Liberty Head nickel. One of only five known to exist, the specimen is valued in excess of $3 million. Also on display is the “The King of U.S. Coins,” an extremely rare 1804 Draped Bust U.S. silver dollar insured for $4 million.

Irving’s close proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth makes it a collector’s gateway to everything “The Lone Star State” has to offer. Plus, the recently opened Toyota Music Factory adjacent to the Irving Convention Center offers show attendees dozens of unique restaurant, shopping and entertainment options.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 8 and 9; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturday, Mar. 10. ANA members can enter the show 30 minutes before the public. Admission is $8 for adults; ANA members and children 12 and under are always free. Last admission is 30 minutes prior to closing. Admission is free on Saturday, Mar. 10

For up-to-the-minute show information and a $2 admission discount coupon, visit ANA members can bypass the admission lines by pre-registering for the show in late-November.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit

Exhibitors Honored at Denver World’s Fair of Money

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) presented 49 competitive exhibit awards at the 2017 World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colo. Winners were announced at the exhibit awards presentation and reception on Aug. 4, and at the awards banquet that evening.

Thirty-nine exhibitors of all experience levels, showing 51 exhibits, competed in this year’s program. There were also three non-competitive exhibitors showing three additional exhibits.

Robert Rhue received the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show for his exhibit “The Colored Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia.” The Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Excellence in Exhibiting, presented to the first and second runners-up, was awarded, respectively, to Carlos Paiz for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733- 1821,” and to Michael Shutterly for “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

The Thos. H. Law Award for the best exhibit by a first-time exhibitor also went to Carlos Paiz for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.”

The Rodger E. Hershey Memorial People’s Choice Award, selected by convention attendees, was won by Jeff Rosinia for “Rush to the Rockies: The Golden Growth of the Denver Mint.”

Michael Shutterly also received the Women in Numismatics award for his exhibit “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

Michael Shutterly further received the Derek Pobjoy Award for Best Exhibit of Modern Circulating Commemorative Coins for his exhibit “Coins and Conflict.”

Carlos Paiz received the Ira & Larry Goldberg Award for the best exhibit of “Coins that Made History” for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.”

Steven J. D’Ippolito received the Joseph E. Boling Award for Judging Excellence.

2017 Class Exhibit Awards:

Class 1: United States Coins, Lelan G. Rogers Memorial. All United States coins and patterns and all coinage or trade tokens used in pre-Federal America, except gold.

  • First place: Carl Waltz, Jr., for “Matte Proof Lincoln Cents 1909 to 1916.”

  • Second place: Philip Vitale, for “Old Silver—The US’ First Silver Dollar Designs.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 2: United States Fiscal Paper, Sidney W. Smith/William Donlon Memorial. All paper money and bonds issued by the United States government, including military currency; pre-U.S. colonial, Continental, and Confederate paper money and bonds; state and private banknotes and bonds; scrip; college currency; and stock certificates. Essays, proofs, and souvenir cards of such items may also be shown.

  • First place: Michael McNeil, for “The Women Who Signed Confederate Treasury Notes.”

  • Second place: Nancy Wilson, for “Battleship Note.”

  • Third place: Max Hensley, for “Numismatics, Meet Scripophily.”

Class 3: Medals, Orders, Decorations and Badges; Burton Saxton/George Bauer Memorial. Medallic items not used as a medium of exchange, or not having trade value. Orders and decorations, convention badges, and badges issued by fraternal orders or other organizations. Excluded are Masonic pennies and tokens included in classes 5-8.

  • First place: Thomas J. Uram, for “The Society of Medallists.”

  • Second place: Robert Rhue, for “The Official 1959 Hawaii Statehood Medal Set In Gold, Silver and Copper, with Five Piece Progression / Process Set.”

  • Third place: Peter Smith, for “Worthy Coin Anniversary Medal.”

Class 4: Modern U.S. Coins and Modern Medals, John R. Eshbach Memorial. Coins and medallic (non-denominated) material issued 1960 and later, including philatelic numismatic covers.

  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “A Type Set of Gold Dutch-Israeli Fantasy Coins.”

  • Second place: John Wilson, for “ANA 125th Anniversary Medal.”

  • Third place: Eric Holcomb, for “Great American Eclipse: August 21, 2017.”

Class 5: Tokens, B.P. Wright Memorial. Items, including encased postage, issued as a medium of exchange for goods and services or for advertising purposes, but excluding American colonial items included in class 1. Includes Masonic pennies and substances used in lieu of metal.

  • First place: Gawain O’Connor, for “Tim, Redbacks, and the Third Degree Knicker Pie Eater’s Club.”

  • Second place: Mark Wieclaw, for “The Russian ‘Beard’ Tax Tokens of 1705.”

  • Third place: Phil Iversen, for “Bingle Tokens.”

Class 6: Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens, Archie A. Black Award. Items of all types and materials used as gaming pieces, including traditional and non-traditional tokens and other money substitutes, and including tokens used in military clubs.

  • First place: Tony Kreusch, for “Rodeo Chips.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit.

Class 7: Engraved Coins, Love Token Society Award. Numismatic items that have been converted into jewelry, amulets, or decorative objects. Examples are love tokens, hobo nickels, and “pop-out” coins.

  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Engraved Coins of the ‘Three Abrahamic Faiths.’”

  • Second place: Judy Schwan, for “The Baghdad Shilling.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 8: Elongated Coins, Dottie Dow Memorial. Souvenirs created using an elongating machine, whether the underlying piece is a coin, token, medal, or blank planchet.

  • First place: Terri Ventresca, for “TV Shows Memories: An Elongated Coin Series by Don Adams.”

  • Second place: Cindy Z. Calhoun, for “Square and Compass.”

  • Third place: Tyler Tyson, for “True Elongated Half Dollars.”

Class 9: Coins Issued Prior to 1500 A.D., Dr. Charles W. Crowe Memorial. Coins, including gold, issued by any government before 1500 A.D.

  • First place: Michael Shutterly, for “Remember the Ladies: The Empresses of Rome’s Severan Dynasty, 193-235.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 10: Regional U.S. Numismatics, William C. Henderson/Fred Cihon Memorial. Numismatic material of any type specific to a particular region of the United States, such as the locale where the exhibit is being presented.

  • First place: Robert Rhue, for “The Colored Seal Notes of Colonial Georgia.”

  • Second place: Terry L. Carver, for “The Badge Presented by General William Jackson Palmer to Veterans of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry at their 35th Annual Reunion.”

  • Third place: Christopher Marchase, for “A Collection of Items from the Cripple Creek District, Colorado, c.1890-1915.”

Class 11: Numismatics of the Americas, Henry Christensen/John Jay Pittman Sr. Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in the Western Hemisphere outside the United States.

  • First place: Carlos Paiz, for “Rarities from the Guatemala Colonial G and NG Mints 1733-1821.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 12: Numismatics of Europe, John S. Davenport Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used in Europe, including Russia east to the Urals.

  • First place: Michael Shutterly, for “Boris Godunov: One Opera, Many Stories.”

  • Second place: Mark Wieclaw, for “Irish ‘Gun’ Money 1689-1690 (A Complete Type Set).”

  • Third place: Roderick T. Frechette, for “Sing a Song of Six Pence.”

Class 13: Numismatics of Africa and the Middle East, Menachem Chaim and Simcha Tova Mizel Memorial. Numismatic material of any type issued or used on the continent of Africa and in the Middle East (from Turkey east through Iran and south to Aden).

  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, “Boy for Sale? Middle Eastern Ingots for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son.”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 14: Numismatics of Asia and the Pacific, William B. Warden Jr. Memorial. All numismatic material issued or used in Asia east of the Urals and Iran, and in the southeast Asian, Australasian, and Pacific islands (excluding Hawaii under the U.S.).

  • First place: Sunil Richardson, for “‘Octopus-Men’ Coins—The incredible durability of these designs on coins for over 5 centuries.”

  • Second place: Gerald Grzenda, for “The Coinage of Hong Kong.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 15: Gold Coins, Gaston DiBello/Melvin and Leona Kohl Memorial. Gold coins of any provenance and era.

  • First place: Simcha Laib Kuritzky, for “Israel’s Two-Decade Long Road to Standardized Gold Coinage.”

  • Second place: Kevin Dailey, for “Gold Coins of the Mint’s Golden Girl.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 16: Numismatic Errors and Error Varieties, Numismatic Error Collectors Award. Any numismatic material mis-struck or misprinted by the producer, including varieties caused by die or plate deterioration or damage. Items mutilated or altered after production are excluded.

  • No exhibits entered in this class.

Class 17: Numismatic Literature, Aaron Feldman Memorial. Printed and manuscript (published or unpublished) literature dealing with any numismatic subject.

  • First place: not awarded

  • Second place: Darryl Anthony Gomez, for “Debut of the President of the United States special Government medal Series.”

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 18: General, Specialized, and Topical, Robert Hendershott Memorial. Numismatic material not covered in other classes or covered by more than one class. Includes wooden money, political buttons and insignia, and other exonumia, as well as media of exchange used in carrying out purchases and business transactions by primitive people and later by others as they progressed from barter to coins, or other items generally accepted as primitive or odd and curious currencies. Also includes exhibits showing material linked by design, such as elephants or bridges, or by theme, such as a world’s fair.

  • First place: David Feely, for “Around the World of WWII Short Snorters.”

  • Second place: Michael Shutterly, for “On the Wings of Myth: Pegasus and His Story.”

  • Third place: Marilyn Reback, for “Saint-Michel in Peril of the Sea.”

Class 19: Convention Theme, Clifford Mishler Award. Numismatic items of any type that, together with the exhibit text, illustrate the announced theme for the convention at which the exhibit is shown. The 2017 convention theme was “Rush to the Rockies.”

  • First place: Scott Safe, for “A Trio of Colorful Colorado Centennial Celebrations.”

  • Second place: Phil Iversen, for “Denver Mint Early Years.”

  • Third place: Terry L. Carver, for “A Collection of National Commemorative Medals Issued for The Pony Express Centennial.”

Class 20: U.S. Commemorative Coinage, Society for U.S. Commemorative Coins Award. Material of any type or period related to United States commemorative coinage and to the events being commemorated.

  • First place: V. Kurt Bellman, for “The California Pacific International Exposition of 1935 & 1936”

  • Second place: no exhibit

  • Third place: no exhibit

Class 21: Emeritus, Barry Stuppler Award. Exhibits by individuals not otherwise eligible to exhibit competitively, or exhibits that have won best-of-show or twice won in class competition at the World’s Fair of Money®. Any other exhibit may also be entered at the exhibitor’s option. The winner of this class does not advance to best-of-show judging.

  • No exhibits entered in this class.

2017 YN Exhibit Awards

No exhibits entered in this division.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information call 719-632-2646 or visit

Denver World’s Fair of Money Embraced by Collectors

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 World’s Fair of Money – the most important numismatic event of the year – welcomed 8,638 people at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Aug. 1-5.

The family-friendly event featured displays by government and private mints from around the world; expansive educational programs led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise; exhibits of rare treasures from private collectors and from the American Numismatic Association’s Money Museum — including Colorado Gold Rush era rarities; hundreds of dealers buying and selling coins, currency and related items in all price ranges; and major auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

The recent discovery by David McCarthy of the first silver piece minted by the United States government in 1783 – which was on display at the show – garnered huge publicity. (Collectors can access David McCarthy’s article in the August issue of The Numismatist at  

According to newly-elected ANA President Gary Adkins, “The Denver World’s Fair of Money finished strong. Most dealers shared with me that they enjoyed the show and had good business overall. And collectors were pleased with the many outstanding exhibits and educational opportunities.”

“This was undoubtedly one of the best shows we’ve ever attended,” says Ken Hallenbeck of Hallenbeck Coin Gallery. “Our retail sales to collectors were tremendous, partly because we offered a wide variety of material.”

Attendance was strongest on Saturday, Aug. 5, when 1,958 members of the public turned out for free “family-day” admission. Hundreds of young people converged into the Kids Zone, where they could see their faces on a $100,000 bill, design their own coin or note, make an elongated coin, spin a wheel for a chance to win numismatic prizes or grab some high-flying bucks inside the “Cash Cube.” ANA Education Director Rod Gillis reported that 346 kids participated in the Treasure Trivia game as they explored the bourse floor in search of answers to trivia questions. Coin Collecting 101, a free class for those interested in numismatics, was standing room only.

Complete attendance numbers for the 2017 World’s Fair of Money

Total attendance: 8,638

  • General public: 4,196

  • ANA members: 2,909

  • Table-holders/dealers: 1,420

  • Staff, volunteers and pages: 113

Total daily attendance

  • Tuesday: 2,840 (returning visitors such as table holders, staff and volunteers are counted in first-day attendance only)

  • Wednesday: 1,194

  • Thursday: 1,196

  • Friday: 1,090

  • Saturday: 2,318

Immediately following the World’s Fair of Money on Sunday, Aug. 6, the Association hosted a “Golden Day at the ANA” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Colorado Springs-based headquarters. Nearly 250 members converged at the ANA open house to enjoy food, fellowship, collectible souvenirs, caricatures, tours and mini-mint demonstrations.

The 2018 World’s Fair of Money will be held in Philadelphia, Aug. 14-18, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

New ANA Board of Governors installed

The World’s Fair of Money also saw the installation of the newly elected ANA Board of Governors on Aug 4. Voting members of the Association chose a new president, Gary Adkins, and vice president, Don Kagin, as well as three new board members: Thomas Uram, John Highfill and Brian Hendelson, who join Col. Steve Ellsworth, Dr. Ralph Ross, Greg Lyon and Paul Montgomery for a two-year term. Outgoing president Jeff Garrett will serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board. Governor Walt Ostromecki reached his term limit, and Tom Mulvaney did not seek re-election.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information call 719-632-2646 or visit

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Mike Fuljenz Honored At 2017 World’s Fair of Money

(Denver, Colorado) August 7, 2017 – Rare coin and precious metals expert Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion of Beaumont, Texas (, received an important national award at the recent American Numismatic Association 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money® for his decades of anti-counterfeiting efforts. 

Mike Fuljenz with ICTA medal

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets ( presented him with the Al Kreuzer Memorial Award medal for “outstanding contributions in the efforts to combat counterfeit coins and currency.”

Fuljenz is a long-time member of the ICTA Board of Directors and a member of their recently-formed Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.  Since the 1980’s he has taught many counterfeit detection and rare coin authentication seminars for collectors, dealers and law enforcement officers.

“I am proud and honored to receive this award, and look forward to additional work with ICTA and other organizations to combat counterfeits and educate the public about the needs to buy and sell rare coins and precious metal bullion coins only with reputable, knowledgeable dealers, such as members of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG),” said Fuljenz.

Fuljenz is a member of the PNG’s Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program that requires all members to adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of gold, silver and other bullion products. He now has won major awards from the four top organizations in the rare coin hobby and profession: the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets.

A strong consumer advocate, he received the prestigious PNG Sol Kaplan Award in 2016 in part for assisting an 84-year man recover the $84,000 he had paid to two unscrupulous dealers who sold him counterfeit American Eagle gold coins. Earlier, Fuljenz assisted a group of New Orleans physicians recover $750,000 after they unsuspectingly purchased counterfeit coins from a local attorney.

Summing up the rare coin marketplace during the ANA show in Denver, August 1 – 5, he commented:

“Really nice coins and important coins were in short supply, and highly desired by leading dealers and collectors at the show. These types of coins often brought impressive prices at auctions this week.   The United States Mint had long lines of customers wanting to buy their new products. The U.S. Treasury Department exhibits by the United States Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing are always popular and educational.”

David Hall and Mike Fuljenz

In addition to receiving an award at the World’s Fair of Money, Fuljenz presented two of them. As 2016 recipient of “The Ribbit,” an important honor presented annually by the NLG for outstanding service to the hobby, he presented the 2017 award to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service.  “David is one of the top professional leaders of the hobby who certainly deserves recognition for all he has done to promote numismatic education,” explained Fuljenz.

As sponsor of the ANA’s top honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Fuljenz co-presented it with ANA President Jeff Garrett to Brian Fanton of Iowa. “Brian surprised me at the ceremony by telling me he recalled how much he enjoyed taking one of my ANA coin grading seminars back in the 1980’s,” said Fuljenz.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. His weekly Metals Market Report is available free at

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Helps “Shave Miles” Event Raise $10,000 For ANA and Sick Children

(Denver, Colorado) August 3, 2017 – With the help of nationally known television celebrity Rick Harrison and two Denver Broncos cheerleaders, prominent numismatists Michael “Miles” Standish, Jim Halperin and Orlando Rodrigo Lorenzana Williams got their heads shaved at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World’s Fair of Money® in Denver to raise money for two nonprofit organizations. The event on August 3 generated $10,000 in donations that will be evenly divided between the American Numismatic Association ( and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare (

History’s Pawn Stars celebrity Rick Harrison makes the first pass of the electric cutter as NGC Vice President Miles Standish gets his head shaved at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 2017, to raise money for the Austin-based Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare and the American Numismatic Association.

Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.

Immediately after his head was shaved, Standish held up a t-shirt printed with the words: “BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.”

Standish is an award-winning numismatic author and Senior Grader and Vice-President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Halperin is Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions and also an author of numismatic books and futurist novels. Williams is Director of Sales at Coin Invest Trust in Liechtenstein.

Harrison, of the popular History’s Pawn Stars television program and the Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (, made the first pass of the electric cutter on Standish’s head and was among those who presented a donation check.  

Additional cutting was performed on Standish by coin hobby personalities including Lee Minshull, ANA President Jeff Garrett and former ANA President Ken Bressett.  

Accompanied by Denver Broncos cheerleaders Krista (left) and Brielle (right) the now-hairless Miles Standish holds a t-shirt proclaiming: BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.

Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Broncos cheerleaders Brielle and Krista led cheers, signed autographs and posed for photos during the “Shave Miles” event.

A silent auction of a half dozen plaster sculptures by John Mercanti, who served as the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, also helped raise funds for the Standish Foundation and the ANA.

Miles’ wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified child life specialist, launched the Austin, Texas-based foundation in 2010.  The foundation assists healthcare providers around the world to provide the tools and training they need to minimize healthcare-related pain and suffering in children.

“The mission of the foundation is to have happy, healthy, resilient kids who haven’t been traumatized by healthcare experiences.  This event was to help children get better care and to help an important hobby organization dear to me and to so many others, the American Numismatic Association,” he explained.

The 25,000-member American Numismatic Association, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items.  The ANA serves the academic community, collectors, and the general public.

Professional stylist “Dava” skillfully removed Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin’s hair at the 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money to help raise $10,000 for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.

Photo credit: Donn Pearlman​

A native of Michigan, Standish began collecting in 1973 at the age of nine.  In 2011, he was honored with the “Director’s Coin for Excellence” by then-Director of the United States Mint Edmund Moy.

He is co-author with former Chief Engraving of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, of the 2012 reference book, “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.”  Standish’s 2014 book, “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin,” received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Specialized Book. 

Information about the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is at and information about the American Numismatic Association is at

2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money Opening Ceremonies

2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money Opening Ceremonies

Source: American Numismatic Association