The Numismatic Literary Guild Announces 2014 Writers' Competition and Award Ceremony, 8/7

The Numismatic Literary Guild Announces 2014 Writers' Competition and Award Ceremony, 8/7

Houston, TX

Winners wanted. That's the theme of the 2014 NLG Writers' Competition, which is now under way.

As it has done for more than four decades, the Guild is preparing to honor the best books, articles, newsletters, auction catalogs, online publications and other works created in the realm of coins during the last year.

The entry deadline this year is June 17. That's somewhat earlier than usual, but it was necessitated by the relatively early dates of the World's Fair of Money, where awards are presented each year at the NLG Bash.

The 2014 ANA convention will take place Aug. 5-9 in Rosemont, Ill., and the Bash will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, in a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, the main hotel for this year's convention. The exact ballroom is yet to be determined.

The program will open with a sumptuous hot buffet, so Bashgoers are advised not to have dinner before the show. The buffet will be followed by the evening's entertainment - skits, songs and satire - and the award ceremony, topped by presentation of the Guild's highest honor, the Clemy Award.

It would be hard to imagine a more deserving Clemy recipient than last year's honoree, Michael R. Fuljenz. Besides being a leading coin dealer and market maker, especially in the area of U.S. gold coinage, Mike, a former teacher and school board president, has been a prolific author and dedicated champion of numismatic education. Over the years, he has led dozens of ANA seminars and forums designed to promote the hobby. He also has fought hard to protect collectors' interests in the legal and legislative arenas. Recently, he helped win passage of legislation eliminating sales taxes on coins in Texas and Louisiana.

Mike has been a major patron of the Smithsonian Institution. He and his wife, Karen, made a generous donation to help finance establishment of an expanded exhibit area for coins from the Smithsonian's National Numismatic Collection.

As a writer, Mike has demonstrated not only great talent but also tremendous versatility. He has received NLG awards in more categories than almost any other writer and speaker, winning recognition for books, newspaper and magazine columns and articles, newsletters and online writings, as well as for forum presentations and television and radio programs. In 2013, he and Maurice Rosen were co-winners of the James L. Miller Award for best article in any medium, including both print and electronic.

Mike has been a supporter of the NLG for many years, and in recent years he has been, quite literally, the founder of the feast - for he has underwritten the cost of the lavish buffets provided at Bashes. He also has made his superb marketing director, Amy Powell, available as Bash coordinator.

In presenting the Clemy to Fuljenz, 2012 co-winner Jim Halperin described him as "a great advocate of the hobby and professional numismatics for decades" as well as "a great expert and researcher of many areas of numismatics, especially gold, and somebody who is responsible for attracting a lot of new collectors to the hobby."