Paul Montgomery, immediate past president and current board member of
the Professional Numismatists Guild, received the organization’s
highest honor, the Abe Kosoff Founders Award, Aug. 15 in Rosemont, Ill.
The award was presented to Montgomery at the PNG Day summer banquet
on the eve of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of
Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
The award is named after PNG’s founding president, who spearheaded
the 1953 launch of the organization. The honor is presented to a PNG
member-dealer who has made a significant contribution to the guild or
to the numismatic fraternity in general the past year.
Brothers Charles and Joel Anderson jointly received the Significant
Contribution Award for their exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf
of PNG, the profession and the hobby.
The Andersons’ family business, founded by their grandfather in 1917
as a small newsstand in Alabama, has grown to include Whitman
Publishing, publisher of A Guide Book of United States Coins
(the “Red Book”). Anderson Publishing also hosts the Whitman Coin and
Collectibles Expos in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Nashville and Atlanta.
The Art Kagin Ambassador Award was given to public relations
executive and longtime collector Donn Pearlman. The Kagin Award is
named after a former PNG president and nationally-known Iowa dealer
who provided distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.
The Robert Friedberg Award, presented to an author in recognition for
an outstanding book or other literature, was given to David Thomason
Alexander for American Art Medals, 1909 — 1995, published by
the American Numismatic Society. The Friedberg Award is named in honor
of a publisher and author of numismatic reference books, and is not
automatically given each year. It is awarded only when there is deemed
to be a worthy recipient or recipients.
John N. Rowe III from Dallas was honored at the banquet for his 50
years of PNG membership. Six other PNG member-dealers were recognized
for each attaining 25 years of membership: Jan Olav Aamlid of
Chonburi, Thailand; Tom Denly from Boston; Bruce Kutcher from Nahant,
Mass.; John Maben from Sarasota, Fla.; Richard Joseph Schwary from
Inglewood, Calif.; and Kurt Spanier from Madrid, Spain.
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 in the buying and selling of
For additional information about the awards for the PNG, contact
Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California
Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Telephone the PNG at
951-587-8300, email the organization at
info@PNGdealers.com or visit the PNG website at