Teenager Wins 2008 PNG YN Scholarship
An Atlanta area high school
freshman, Dustin Reynolds, 15, is this year’s
winner of the Professional Numismatist Guild’s (PNG)
Young Numismatist Scholarship. The PNG
scholarship covers tuition for a one-week
session at the American Numismatic Association
(ANA) annual Summer Seminar, airfare, meals and
six nights of dormitory accommodations on the
campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA
“I was pretty excited,” said Reynolds, recalling
his reaction when he was informed of the
Dustin began collecting coins at the age of 13.
At that time he was intrigued by Morgan dollars.
“The dollars had belonged to my grandfather and
I always enjoyed looking at them. I bought a
‘Red Book’ (A Guide Book of United States Coins)
at Barnes & Noble. My Father (Ed Reynolds) and I
would visit local flea markets to buy coins.
In July of 2006 my Mom and I attended a coin
show in Dalton (Georgia). The show exposed me to
coins at a whole new level, and I was very
intrigued with the dealers that I met at the
show. Now I’m also selling coins, and I really
like it,” Reynolds explained.
He had a bourse table at a recent Georgia
Numismatic Association show in Dalton.
“I’m balancing between being a collector and a
dealer. I want to be a professional numismatist
(for my career).”
Reynolds enjoys collecting varieties of early
date large cents, such as the 1806/7 overdate,
and says his favorite area of numismatics is
“everything Seated.” He would like to enroll in
the counterfeit detection class at this year’s
ANA Summer Seminar.
His mother, Judie Reynolds, said she was
“ecstatic,” when her son was selected by PNG for
this year’s scholarship.
“I knew how important it was to him to have the
opportunity to attend the summer seminar.”
“When he was 13 he began reading everything that
he possibly could about coins. Now he spends the
majority of his weekends attending coin shows.
I like what he is doing because not only is it
fun, it is also educational. Due to his
obsession with coins and their value, Dustin has
gained an understanding of the global economy
including how the US dollar relates to other
currencies, and how the gold markets affect the
economy,” she said.
This is the fourth annual PNG YN Scholarship.
“The funds for this important program are
administered from the PNG’s Gerald Bauman
Memorial Fund. Bauman, who passed away in 2001,
served for many years as a prominent coin dealer
with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York
City,” said Gary Adkins, PNG President.
About Professional Numismatists Guild:
Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists
Guild 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, call (760) 728-1300 or visit online