The following is a news release from the Professional Numismatics
(Temecula, California) — Christopher Maisano, a 17-year-old New
Jersey high school student, has been selected as the winner of the
Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) 2015 young
numismatist scholarship. The PNG will provide tuition, dormitory
accommodations, meals and airfare to and from Colorado Springs, Colo.,
for him to attend one of the week-long sessions of this year's
American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) Summer Seminar.
"I am so happy and grateful for this opportunity! It still
hasn't sunk in yet," Maisano said.
He began collecting two years ago while on vacation with his parents
when he saw coins in the window of an antique shop.
"I was captivated by the old U.S. coins. I entered the store
with my parents and spent hours looking at all the coins in their
inventory. With my own allowance money I purchased my very first
coin, an 1873 With Arrows Seated Liberty half dollar from the
Philadelphia Mint," Maisano recalled.
He said it is in poor condition and the least valuable coin now in
his collection, but it "is the most beloved and prized coin in my
collection because it was my first."
Family members and friends soon responded to his interest in numismatics.
"My grandmother gave me her father's coin collection. It
included mostly Morgan dollars. None of the coins were very valuable
but I found it so interesting to research them and learn about how my
great-grandfather loved collecting coins," he explained.
He also credits Ridgewood Coin & Stamp in Ridgewood, N.J., for
nurturing his interest in coins and mentoring him about buying and
Last October his parents took him to the PNG show in New York City
where he met PNG member-dealer Donald Kagin and associate member David
McCarthy of Kagin's Inc. who showed him gold coins from the Saddle
Ridge Hoard. McCarthy and another PNG associate member, John Brush of
David Lawrence Rare Coins, told him about the annual ANA Summer Seminars.
Maisano attended a young numismatists meeting at the New York
International Numismatic Convention this past January and submitted
his ANA membership application.
"I love to read and learn about the history of coins, the
mintage and the history of various mints in the United States,"
Maisano will be a senior this fall at Don Bosco Preparatory High
School in Ramsey, N.J. He wants to get an internship with a coin
dealer or auction house when he attends college. He plans on majoring
"This is the 11th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for
the popular, annual ANA educational programs. We've been delighted to
help young numismatists," said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.
“On behalf of the ANA, I’d like to thank the PNG for its continued
support of the Summer Seminar and for promoting numismatic education,”
said ANA Education Manager Susan McMillan.
"Young collectors are the future of the hobby," said PNG
President Terry Hanlon. "The annual ANA Summer Seminar is an
excellent way to learn more about the hobby. Congratulations to our
latest scholarship recipient."
The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered
from PNG's Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman, who died in 2001,
served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella
& Brookes in New York City.
The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare
coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other
countries. PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics
in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise. For additional
information, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call 951-587-8300.