PNG Honors Award Winners
Numismatists Guild (PNG) presented a Lifetime
Achievement Award to well-known researcher,
author and rare coin dealer John "J.D."
Dannreuther of Memphis, Tennessee.
The surprise presentation of the award was made
during the organization’s annual PNG Day banquet
conducted this year in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dannreuther joined the PNG in 1978.
"John Dannreuther is getting the Lifetime
Achievement Award for over 30 years of
dedication and devoted service to numismatics.
John is one of the founders of the Professional
Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and one of the
nation’s top numismatic scholars.
Although John certainly has ‘paid his dues,’ he
continues to serve our profession and hobby as a
teacher, dealer, researcher and writer," said
PNG Board Member and Immediate Past President
Jeff Garrett of Lexington, Kentucky who
presented the award.
The Abe Kosoff Award, named after PNG’s Founding
President and presented to a PNG member who has
made a significant contribution to the Guild or
the numismatic fraternity the past year, was
given to Mark Salzberg, Chief Executive Officer
of Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
"Mark Salzberg has raised his hand and gotten
out his checkbook for every cause that benefits
the hobby. He is not only a great example of a
forward-looking thinker, which often is rarer in
our profession than many of the coins we sell,
he also gets involved hands-on through NGC to
make things happen.
He’s receiving the Kosoff Award this year as an
example of what successful people in our
association should do," said PNG Vice President
Paul Montgomery of Katy, Texas
The Art Kagin Ambassador Award, named after a
former PNG President who passed away in 2005 and
presented to a collector or dealer who provided
distinguished service as an advocate of
numismatic goodwill, was given to collector John
McCloskey of Ohio.
"John McCloskey is one of the best numismatic
ambassadors, using his friendly, low-key
personality to happily share his collecting
interests and knowledge with newcomers and
advanced numismatists alike.
Decades of his service to the Liberty Seated
Collectors Club and John Reich Collectors
Society, as well as his methodical and objective
study of 19th century coinages, make John one of
the most admired and respected hobbyists of
today," said PNG Secretary Jonathan Kern of
Lexington, Kentucky who presented the award to
PNG member-dealer and former American Numismatic
Association President, Anthony Swiatek of
Manhasset, New York, received the Significant
Contribution Award, presented to those who have
made exceptional, beneficial efforts on behalf
of PNG and the profession.
"Through his books and newsletters about U.S.
commemoratives, his consumer protection seminars
and his service as a hobby leader, Anthony
Swiatek has an outstanding, decades-long record
of valuable assistance to collectors and dealers
nationwide," said PNG Treasurer, Jeffrey
Bernberg, who presented the award.
The Robert Friedberg Award, named after a
distinguished numismatic writer and publisher
and presented to an author in recognition for an
outstanding book or other literature, was given
to Michael F. Moran, author of "Striking Change:
The Great Artistic Collaboration of Theodore
Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens," published
by Whitman Publishing.
"A damn fine book!," said literary committee
chair, Richard H. Ponterio, who presented the
"It provides readers with insight into the
personalities of a dynamic President who wanted
artistic greatness on our money and the renowned
sculptor whose monumental visions were
beautifully translated onto coins."
PNG leaders also recognized David Hendrickson of
Winchester, Indiana for 25 years of membership
in the Guild.
About Professional Numismatists Guild
The PNG is a nonprofit trade association
composed of the country’s top rare coin and
paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict
Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of
For additional information about PNG, contact
Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 3950
Concordia Lane, Fallbrook, California 92028.
Phone: (760) 728-1300. E-mail: info@PNGdealers.com.