Beverly Hills, Calif., coin dealer Kevin Lipton received the
Professional Numismatists Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award in
Philadelphia Aug. 6 in recognition of years of dedicated service and
achievements in numismatics.
The award was presented at the PNG Day awards banquet on the eve of
the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.
Lipton has been a PNG member since 1987.
In presenting the award, Richard Weaver, a member of the PNG’s board
of directors, noted that Lipton started buying and selling coins at
the age of 13. By 17, Lipton had established himself as one of the
major players in the rare coin market, according to PNG. Lipton
received the PNG’s Sol Kaplan Award in 2000 for his work in helping to
fight fraud and thievery in numismatics.
This year’s Sol Kaplan Award for helping to rid the profession of
fraud and thievery was jointly presented to Chicago dealers Harlan J.
Berk and Dennis J. Forgue.
“Harlan and Dennis helped the Polish Museum of America in Chicago
recover 300 rare, historic documents stolen from the museum,” said PNG
Executive Director Robert Brueggeman, who presented the award to Berk
and Forgue. “These documents, including letters signed by George
Washington and Thomas Jefferson, have a combined value of about $5
million. One of the recovered items is a four-page letter written by
Jefferson in 1814 about his recommendations on how to finance the U.S.
government. Harlan Berk and Dennis Forgue were able to recover 279
documents that were offered for sale to them by suspects in the case.
“In addition, their diligent work directly led to the museum and the
FBI in recovering the remaining 121 stolen documents and the
apprehension of suspects,” Brueggeman said.
The Kaplan Award is jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M.
Reagan Foundation, and is named after a former PNG president and Ohio
dealer who was personally responsible for the apprehension of several
people suspected of committing numismatic-related crimes.
Woodland Hills, Calif., dealer Barry S. Stuppler received the PNG’s
Significant Contribution Award for years of dedication and significant
contributions to numismatics. Stuppler served as the ANA president
from 2007 to 2009, and now is president of the California Coin and
Bullion Merchants Association and the Gold & Silver Political
The award was presented by PNG Treasurer Fred Weinberg for Stuppler’s
“years of dedication and significant contributions to numismatics.”
The Abe Kosoff Founders Award, named after the PNG’s founding
president, was presented to New Jersey dealer John Albanese for his
enthusiastic leadership and steadfast dedication to the entire
numismatic community. The award was jointly presented by Stuppler and
Dana S. Samuelson, PNG secretary.
Albanese helped found Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic
Guaranty Corp. and Certified Acceptance Corp.
PNG Board Member James A. Simek presented the Robert Friedberg Award,
for an outstanding book or other literature, to Anthony J. Swiatek for
his book Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United
States, published by KWS Publishers.
PNG Board Member Paul Montgomery and PNG member Donald Kagin
announced that former PNG President Edward Milas, who passed away on
Dec. 17, was posthumously receiving the Art Kagin Ambassador Award for
distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.
PNG President Jeffrey Bernberg said that eight PNG members reached
25-year membership status this year. They are Robert L. Avena,
Vineland, N.J.; Silvano A. DiGenova, Laguna Beach, Calif.; Donald W.
Hosier, Pleasant Beach, N.J.; Steve Ivy, Dallas; Kevin Lipton, Beverly
Hills, Calif.; James R. McGuigan, North Versailles, Pa.; Harold B.
Weitz, Pittsburgh; and Jeffrey S. Zarit, Wylie, Texas.
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
or email the group at email@example.com. ■