— The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.com) honored founding member and former President, Arthur M. Kagin of Des Moines, Iowa, by posthumously naming him the first recipient of the newly-created PNG Ambassador Award, and then immediately re-naming the award in his honor.

The formal announcement was made at the awards ceremony during the PNG’s 50th anniversary banquet in San Francisco, July 26, 2005, which Kagin was scheduled to attend; however, he passed away at age 85 a week earlier in Des Moines, Iowa.

The PNG was founded in 1955, and Kagin served as President of the organization in 1963 and 1964.

“For over 70 years, since he first became actively involved in numismatics, Art Kagin truly served as a role model as a hobby ambassador. His strong encouragement of hobby education earned him the unofficial title, Dean of American Numismatics,” said Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director.

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PNG Executive Director
Robert Brueggeman.
Donald Kagin accepts award
for his late father, Art Kagin.

“We planned for months to surprise Art by giving him the very first PNG Ambassador Award at our 50th anniversary banquet, and then immediately re-naming it in his honor. Sadly, Art is no longer with us, but his effervescent, energetic spirit still is. From this day forward, the new PNG Ambassador Award now will be known as the Art Kagain Ambassador Award. It will be presented each year in his memory and in his honor to recognize those who provide distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill,” Brueggeman announced.

Numismatic writer and consultant, David Tripp, was named winner of the Robert Friedberg Literary Award in recognition of his book, Illegal Tender: Gold Greed and the Mystery of the Lost 1933 Double Eagle (New York: Free Press division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2004). trip-ponterio (98K)

David Tripp (left) and Richard Ponterio.

“David Tripp’s book is an amazing look behind-the-scenes of the legendary 1933 Double Eagles, a page-turning numismatic detective story,” explained PNG Board member Richard Ponterio, who chaired the Friedberg Literary Award committee.

Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois PNG member, Larry Whitlow, was given the Sol Kaplan Award. The honor is jointly presented by PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation to recognize those who work to rid the profession of fraud and thievery, and for upholding PNG’s ethical standards.

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Larry Whitlow (left) and Gary Adkins.

“Larry Whitlow worked with local and federal investigators, including the FBI, to uncover a nationwide, fraudulent investment scheme involving coins. Larry’s nearly two-years of invaluable assistance helped prosecutors obtain a conviction and prison sentence for the perpetrator, and helped victims receive several hundred thousands in restitution,” explained PNG Board member Gary Adkins, Chairman of the Kaplan Award committee.

PNG’s legal counsel, Armen Vartian of Manhattan Beach, California, received the Abe Kosoff Founders Award. Named after PNG’s founding president who spearheaded the 1955 launch of the organization, the award is presented to recognize those who actively personify the spirit of PNG’s motto, “knowledge, integrity, and responsibility.”

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Former PNG President Harlan J. Berk (left) and PNG Legal Counsel Armen Vartian.

Dealer Paul Nugget of East Meadow, New York, who joined PNG in 1980, was given the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award: for his decades of devotion to numismatics and making a significant contribution to the hobby.

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PNG member Kevin Lipton (left) thanks his long-time mentor and friend, Paul Nugget.

“During his outstanding career, Paul Nugget has been a mentor to many others in the profession, coaching younger generations with his extensive knowledge of coins and the rare coin business,” said PNG Board member John Feigenbaum, Chairman the PNG Lifetime Achievement Award committee.

Former American Numismatic Association Governor, Donn Pearlman, President of Minkus & Pearlman Public Relations, Inc., Northbrook, Illinois and Las Vegas, Nevada, received PNG’s Significant Achievement Award.

“He created the PR campaign in 2003 that led to finding the previously missing Walton specimen 1913 Liberty Head nickel. His years of exceptional publicity about collecting and the rare coin market have been beneficial to PNG and the profession, and have added greatly to enjoyment of the hobby,” said Paul Montgomery, PNG Board member.

Catherine Bullowa of Philadelphia, a member of PNG since its founding in 1955, was honored as the first 50 Year Member and given a Lifetime Membership. Five dealers were recognized as 25-year members: Frank Greenberg of Broomall, Pennsylvania; Daryl Mercer of Boulder, Colorado; Paul Nugget of East Meadows, New York; James Simek of Westchester, Illinois, and Gordon Wrubel of Newport Beach, California.

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Twenty-five year PNG members included (left to right) Frank Greenberg, Paul Nugget and James A. Simek.

Nearly two dozen new PNG members and associate members joined the organization in the past year. They are (in alphabetical order):

    Tony Abel, Winchester, Indiana
    Gary Atkins, Eagle Idaho
    Aaron Berk, Chicago, Illinois
    Charles Browne,Wilmington, Delaware
    John S. Brush, Irvine California
    Wei Chang,Cupertino, California
    Adam Crum, Newport Beach, California
    ThomasDeLorey, Chicago, Illinois
    Leo Frese, Dallas, Texas
    Robert Greenstein, Chicago, Illinois
    Robert Higgins, Wilmington,Delaware
    Karl D. Hirtzinger, Burnsville, Minnesota
    Linda Kemp,Allentown, Pennsylvania
    James F. Martin, Jamaica, New York
    Richard Melamed, Evergreen, Colorado
    Wayde Milas, Willowbrook,Illinois
    Arthur Morowitz, New York, NY
    Wayne Prateli, Beverly Hills, California
    Paul Simonetti, Beverly Hills, California
    Warren Tucker, Dallas, Texas
    Mark B. Todd, Sarasota, Florida
    David Weygant, Lake Placid, Florida
    Brian Yutzy, Houston,Texas

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The Diamonds performed at the PNG’s 50th anniversary banquet in San Francisco, July 26, 2005.

For additional information about the Professional Numismatists Guild, write to: Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 3950 Concordia Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92029. Phone: (760) 728-1300. Web: www.PNGdealers.com. E-mail: info@PNGdealers.com.