Dr. Michael Bugeja, a journalist, numismatist and author of the
monthly Coin World column “Home Hobbyist,” was sworn in July
26 to a four-year term as the newest member of the Citizens Coinage
Bugeja was approved for the post by Treasury Secretary Timothy F.
Geithner for his expertise in numismatics. Bugeja replaces Roger W.
Burdette, who resigned March 1 in order to testify at the recently
completed federal trial in Philadelphia involving the ownership of 10
1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles.
Iowa club officer
Bugeja is president and webmaster of the Ames Coin Club in Iowa,
which counts itself as among the most active and youth-oriented coin
clubs in the state. In that capacity he helps plan Coin-A-Rama, an
annual 80-plus table show.
A member of the Iowa Numismatic Association and the American
Numismatic Association, Bugeja collects small cents; Walking Liberty
and Franklin half dollars; Morgan, Peace and Eisenhower dollars;
Maltese, German and Swedish coins; medieval, Roman and Greek ancient
coins; and all manner of varieties, errors and key dates.
In his primary career, Bugeja is director of the Greenlee School
of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University of Science
and Technology in Ames.
Bugeja is a nationally acclaimed author, journalist and educator
with two award-winning books published by Oxford University Press:
Living Ethics Across Media Platforms and Interpersonal Divide: The
Search for Community in a Technological Age.
He contributes articles regularly for The Chronicle of
His comments on media ethics have appeared in Newsweek, The
New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The
Christian Science Monitor and The International Herald
Tribune, among other outlets. ■