Monica Bacon is a new consignment coordinator at Heritage Auctions.
Bacon was an intern at Heritage participating in the Professional
Numismatists Guild’s Promoting Numismatic Growth program to mentor
interns developing skills as professional numismatists.
Bacon, 29, of Indianapolis, said she was “excited and grateful for
the opportunity. I have a nice support system here and everyone has
something to teach me. I’m looking forward to seeing where this door
leads,” according to a PNG news release.
As part of PNG's Promoting Numismatic Growth program, Bacon was an
intern for three months at Dillon Gage Metals in Addison, Texas, prior
to starting her internship at Heritage.
“I learned heaps and made some lasting friendships. Dillon Gage is a
family that I'm grateful to have been a part of,” she said.
Bacon is the third intern hired full-time since the PNG internship
rotations began earlier this year, and the second one hired by
Heritage. She encourages prospective future coin dealers to enroll in
the PNG program.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience so don’t waste it. You need
to go in with a positive attitude and a good work ethic. Ask
questions, pick everyone’s brains, and touch as much material as you
can. Strive to learn everything you possibly can.”
“We are big supporters of the PNG internship program, and are very
pleased with the quality of candidates we are getting,” said Steve
Ivy, co-chairman of Heritage, according to the news release.
“The PNG internship project is designed to provide education,
training and mentoring for the next generation of coin and banknote
dealers. Applications are encouraged and being accepted from
prospective professional numismatists, ages 21 and up, who want to
participate in the program,” according to PNG president Terry Hanlon,
who is also president of Dillon Gage.
In addition to Heritage and Dillon Gage, two other PNG member-dealer
companies currently are offering internship positions through the PNG
program: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Fla., which
hired a PNG intern in May, and Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Irvine, Calif.
Carol Raia, administrator of the PNG Promoting Numismatic Growth
program, said based on the success of the project’s first year of
operation, changes are being made to streamline the process for future interns.
“Internship candidates who successfully complete the background
security check and education components of the program will get a
certificate of completion. Then, instead of a year-long rotation of
three-month internship positions at four different firms, they will
have the opportunity for a three-month internship at a participating
PNG member’s dealership. PNG headquarters will inform all PNG
member-dealers about the availability of the internship candidates,”
Specific information about the internship program, including costs
and required online educational courses through the University of Rare
Coins, is available under the “Promoting Numismatic Growth” navigation
links near the top of the PNG’s home page.
For more information, contact PNG by email or by telephone