PNG honors David Sundman for outstanding achievement

Littleton president David Sundman (right) accepts
the PNG Significant Contribution Award from Robert
Brueggeman (left) of the Professional Numismatists Guild.

PNG honors David Sundman
with Significant Contribution Award

The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) has presented its annual awards for outstanding numismatic achievements. Several PNG-member dealers were honored for consumer protection efforts and helping investigators return more than a million dollars worth of stolen rare coins.

The awards were announced at the PNG Day banquet, Tuesday evening, August 8, in Atlanta, Georgia.

David M. Sundman of Littleton, New Hampshire and Douglas Winter of Dallas, Texas were given PNG Significant Contribution Awards for their consumer protection work.

Sundman helped a New England man sell a rare Civil War era banknote for $220,000 after two non-PNG dealers originally offered him less than $2,000 for it. Winter led a PNG investigation that tracked down the owner of a $150,000 California Gold Rush era coin that inadvertently was donated with clothing intended for tornado victims in Florida.

Dealers Paul Montgomery of Jefferson, Louisiana and Paul Minshull of Dallas, Texas both received the prestigious Sol Kaplan Award for their anti-crime efforts. The Kaplan Award is jointly presented by PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation to recognize those who work to rid the profession of fraud and thievery.

Montgomery assisted undercover investigators who successfully recovered more than $1 million worth of coins fraudulently taken from a New York City dealer. Minshull helped recover coins stolen from a private collection.

Three authors – James Halperin, Steve Ivy and Gregory Rohan, all of Dallas – jointly received the Robert Friedberg Literary Award for their new book, The Rare Coin Estate Handbook. The Friedberg Award, started in 1963, is not automatically given each year; only when there is deemed to be a worthy recipient.

The PNG Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to David Akers of Stuart, Florida, a member of PNG for 24 years.

The Abe Kossof Founder's Award, named after PNG's founding president in 1955, was given to Fred Weinberg, California, who served as PNG president the past two years.

Scholarship donations by PNG members to the American Numismatic Association's Young Numismatists program were made in the names of two dealers who died during the past year, PNG member Joseph Kuehnert of San Diego, California and Gerald Bauman of Florida. Bauman was posthumously bestowed a PNG Honorary Membership.

Former PNG President (1995 - 1997) Raymond N. Merena, who retired last year, was given an honorary PNG Life Membership.

Three dealers were recognized for 25 years of PNG membership: Dieter Gorny of Munich, Germany; Mal Varner of Alhambra, California; and posthumously to Joseph Kuehnert of San Diego, California.

PNG welcomed three new members: Michael Casper of Ithaca, New York; Stephen C. Fenton of London, England; and Terence F. Hanlon of Addison, Texas.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association of some of the country's top rare coin and paper money dealers. For additional information about PNG, contact: Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 3950 Concordia Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92029. Phone: (760) 728-1300. Web: www.pngdealers.com