The annual Professional Numismatists Guild “PNG Day” awards banquet was held
in Denver, Colorado on August 15, 2006. More than 200 member-dealers and
guests attended the event to honor award winners for their achievements. At
the start of the evening, PNG member-dealer Lee Minshull of California asked
the audience for a moment of silence to honor the memory of former American
Numismatic Association President, Florence M. Schook, who passed away in April.
She was a mentor over the years to many young numismatists who today are
advanced collectors or dealers, such as Minshull.
American Numismatic Association Executive Director Christopher Cipoletti
(left) accepts a check for $16,325 from PNG member-dealer Paul Montgomery of
Texas. The donation from PNG will be used by the ANA for its Coins in the
Classroom project to promote numismatics as an educational medium to teach
students about culture, art, science and history in the nation’s schools.
The PNG presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Anthony Terranova of New
York City. While Terranova recovered from emergency surgery earlier that
day in Denver, his son, Anthony Jr. (left), accepted the award on behalf of his
father from PNG member-dealer Kevin Lipton of California.
The Robert Friedberg Literary Award in recognition of outstanding books or
other literature was presented jointly to Professional Coin Grading Service
President Ron Guth of California and PNG President Jeff Garrett of Kentucky, the
co-authors of the Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins: 1795 – 1933, Circulating,
Proof, Commemorative and Pattern Issues. Pictured here from left to right:
Guth, PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman, Garrett and the chairman of
PNG’s literary award committee, Richard H. Ponterio of California.
Mark Salzberg of Florida (left), President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation,
received the PNG Significant Achievement Award, presented by PNG Executive
Director Robert Brueggeman (center) and PNG President Jeff Garrett (right).
The award is given to an individual who has made exceptional beneficial
efforts on behalf of the Professional Numismatists Guild and the profession.
The Art Kagin Ambassador Award, now presented each year in memory of former
PNG President Art Kagin who passed away in 2005, was given to his son, Donald
H. Kagin, Ph.D. of California, a Governor of the American Numismatic
Association. Don Kagin emotionally accepted the honor in recognition for his
distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.