(Fallbrook, California) – To assist dealers and law enforcement agencies, an online database of stolen and missing coins has been established by the Professional Numismatists Guild at www.stolencoin.org.
“Access to the stolen coin tracking web site will be available to registered PNG member-dealers and to police and other law enforcement agencies. They will be able to conveniently report and search for specific information about crimes and losses related to numismatic material,” said Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director and President of the security company, Positive Protection, Inc. of Fallbrook, California.
Items can be searched or listed under more than 100 categories ranging from Colonial coins to state commemorative quarters, from copper half cents to $100 denomination platinum bullion coins. Other descriptions, such as grade and variety, also can be indicated, and certified (“slabbed”) coins can be listed and searched by the certification service’s assigned serial number.
“As numismatic professionals, our primary mission is to make the hobby safe for collectors and investors by maintaining rigid standards of excellence for our member dealers. As part of the PNG Code of Ethics, member-dealers must refrain from knowingly dealing in stolen numismatic items. This new web site will help us fulfill that pledge,” explained Jeff Garrett, PNG President and President of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries of Lexington, Kentucky.
Announcement of the stolen coin tracking web site was made during the PNG general membership meeting on PNG Day, May 9, 2007, at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
PNG is a non-profit organization founded in 1955 and is composed of the many of the world’s top rare coin and paper money dealers. For additional information, contact the PNG at 3950 Concordia Lane, Fallbrook, California 92028. Phone: (760) 728-1300. E-mail: info@PNGdealers.com. Online: www.PNGdealers.com.