Michael Fuljenz Honored As Numismatic Ambassador

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A prestigious Numismatic Ambassador Award has been presented to America's Gold Expert®, Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion.

David Harper and Mike Fuljenz

David Harper and Mike Fuljenz

I thank the Ambassadors for naming me as a 2017 recipient of this valued award, and I pledge to continue to vigorously promote numismatic education and hobby enjoyment.

Michael Fuljenz, an award-winning numismatic author, educator and President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas (http://www.UniversalCoin.com), was honored with a prestigious Numismatic Ambassador Award during an induction at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention in Ft. Lauderdale on January 6, 2017.

Created in 1974 by Krause Publications President Clifford Mishler and sponsored for decades by Numismatic News, the esteemed Numismatic Ambassador awards now are sponsored by FUN and honorees are selected each year by previous award winners. The 2017 awards were announced and presented by the FUN Numismatic Ambassador Award Administrator Tony Swicer at an awards breakfast at the convention, one of the country’s largest collector events.

“I thank the Ambassadors for naming me as a 2017 recipient of this valued award, and I pledge to continue to vigorously promote numismatic education and hobby enjoyment,” said Fuljenz.

Known as America's Gold Expert®, Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. He is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association, and sponsors the annual ANA Farran Zerbe Award, the association’s highest honor. He also is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program. The PNG honored him in 2016 with its important Sol Kaplan Award for helping to fight numismatic-related crimes.

A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Fuljenz also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets and Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas. McNeese State University recognized Mike’s literary, business and civic achievements by presenting him with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

A native of Louisiana, Fuljenz was elected four times as President of the Southwest Louisiana Coin Club and served as Chairman of the Louisiana State Numismatic Association coin show.

“The Numismatic Ambassador is a person who has earned the respect of his peers by his quest for knowledge. He wants to know the whys and wherefores of coins, tokens, medals and paper money. He wants to know much more than their values and whether they’re in demand in the marketplace. He searches out the little-known facts and passes this information on to others,” explained Numismatic News Editor Dave Haprer in a May 2015 story about the award.

Fuljenz’ award-winning weekly Metals Market Report is available free online at http://www.UniversalCoin.com.

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