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At NLG Bash, Margo Russell Remembered; CoinWeek Takes 6 Numismatic Literary Guild Awards

By CoinWeek News Staff ….
On the evening of Thursday, August 13, 2015, many of the hobby’s most notable writers, publishers, and their spouses gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois to celebrate the life of the late Margo Russell and to recognize the year’s best numismatic writing at the Numismatic Literary Guild’s 2015 Awards and Bash.

Rusell, the former editor of Coin World, passed away earlier this year. She was 95 years old.

Revered by her peers, Russell was considered by many the First Lady of Numismatics. Her influence over the hobby as editor of the period’s most influential numismatic publication cannot be overstated. During the course of her storied career, she gave advice and counsel to a generation of the hobby’s greatest writers, collectors, mint officials, and legislators. Upon her retirement on February 28, 1985, Russell was succeeded at the helm by Beth Deisher.

In the major awards categories, three titles won Book of the Year. They were:

  • Richard Margolis’ Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta, published by Kolbe & Fanning (David T. Alexander shared his feelings about this title in this First Read)
  • Grading Guide for Early American Copper Coins, by William R. Eckberg, Robert L. Fagaly, Dennis E. Fuoss and Raymond J. Williams
  • Type Three Double Eagles 1877-1907, 2nd Edition, by Mike Fuljenz

Stack’s Bowers won in the highly competitive category of Best Auction Catalog with The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I. This historic work was written by John Kraljevich and earned CoinWeek’s Editor’s Choice Award. You can read our take on it here.

Strong Showing for CoinWeek

CoinWeek.com took home six Numismatic Literary Guild awards, including Best Online News Website.

In the writing categories, CoinWeek authors earned recognition for their coverage of coins and paper money.

For Best Online Coin Article, it was a tie, with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s “The Kennedy Gold Proof Launch and the Modern Coin Market” and Greg Reynolds’ “How will Coin Collectors Interpret Certified Coin Grades in the Future?” taking the top spot.

Morgan and Walker’s piece on the new Argentine 50-peso Falkland Islands note won for Best Online Paper Money Article, while columnist Louis Golino won Best Online Column for his work on CoinWeek’s Coin Analyst.

Greg Reynolds was also recognized for the depth and quality of his worth throughout the year, winning Best Portfolio. Greg has dominated this particular category for the past four years.

CoinWeek contributor Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez also won the Best New Writer award for his work with COINAge magazine.


Complete List of 2015 NLG Award Winners



  • Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta, by Richard Margolis
  • Grading Guide for Early American Copper Coins, by William R. Eckberg, Robert L. Fagaly, Dennis E. Fuoss and Raymond J. Williams (Early American Coppers)
  • Type Three Double Eagles 1877-1907, 2nd Edition, by Mike Fuljenz


  • United States Coins: Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair With a Legendary Coin, by Michael Standish; Reminiscences by John B. Love
  • World Coins: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito, by Allan Schein
  • U.S. Paper Money: Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, Volumes 3 and 4, by Q. David Bowers
  • World Paper Money: Standard Catalog of World Paper Money – General Issues, 1368-1960, 15th Edition. George S. Cuhaj, Editor; Thomas Michael, Market Analyst
  • Tokens and Medals: U.S. Civil War Store Cards, Third Edition, by George and Melvin Fuld; John Ostendorf, Editor
  • Numismatic Investments: Pleasure & Profit – 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins, by Robert W. Shippee
  • Museum and Exhibition Catalogs: Treasures From the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy, by Q. David Bowers


  • A Guide Book of Civil War Tokens, 2nd Edition, by Q. David Bowers
  • A Guide Book of United States Coins, Deluxe Edition, 1st Edition. R.S. Yeoman, Author; Kenneth Bressett, Editor, with Q. David Bowers and Jeff Garrett
  • Cash In Your Coins, 2nd Edition, by Beth Deisher
  • Howard Franklin Bowker – Numismatic Pioneer, by Michael Chou, Ron Guth and Bruce Smith
  • Profit From Gold and Rare Coins Now, by Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D.
  • The Coins of Fort Atkinson, by Lawrence Lee
  • The Complete Guide to Collecting Composer Coins, by R. Kevin Paul
  • The 1822 Gold Half Eagle – Story of a Rarity, by Q. David Bowers
  • The Flying Eagle & Indian Cent Attribution Guide, 3rd Edition, Volumes 1 & 2, by Richard E. Snow
  • The Numismatourist, by Howard Berlin
  • The Token and Medal Society Guide to U.S. Shell Cards 1867-1880, by Q. David Bowers
  • Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 1, by Don and Lois Bailey



  • Coins: “The 1964-D Peace Dollar,” Tom DeLorey, COINage
  • Tokens & Medals: “The High Price of Peace,” David T. Alexander, COINage
  • Paper Money: “Women on World Paper Money,” Gene Hessler, COINage
  • Best Column: “My Two Cents’ Worth,” Ed Reiter, COINage
  • Best Issue: COINage, August 2014, Ed Reiter, Senior Editor; Marcy Gibbel, Managing Editor



  • Coins: “Coins Honor Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep),” Kerry Rodgers, World Coin News
  • Tokens & Medals: “Goetz Lusitania Medal Copies Sold by Allies,” Kerry Rodgers, World Coin News
  • Paper Money: “Of State of Israel’s Money and Idolatry,” Simcha Kuritzky, World Coin News
  • Best Column: “From A to Z,” Bob Reis, World Coin News
  • Best Issue: Coin News, May 2015, John W. Mussell, Managing Editor


  • Best Article, Large Publications: “18th-Century Writings on the Continental Currency Dollar Coins,” Eric P. Newman and Maureen Levine, The Numismatist
  • Best Column, Large Publications: “Archives,” David Hill, ANS Magazine
  • Best Issue, Large Publications: The Numismatist, July 2014, Barbara Gregory, Editor
  • Best Article, Small Publications: “The Need Fulfilled for a New Mint in the State of Nevada,” Rusty Goe, Curry’s Chronicle
  • Best Column, Small Publications: “Off the Shelf,” David F. Fanning, The Asylum
  • Best Issue, Small Publications: Bo Tales, Spring 2015, The Original Hobo Nickel Society, Ralph Winter, Editor



  • Best Spot News Story, or Continuing Coverage of a Developing Story in Numismatics: “Kennedy Gold Half Dollar Frenzy Hits ANA Show,” David C. Harper, Numismatic News
  • Coins: “New Document Sheds Light on 1792,” R.W. Julian, Numismatic News
  • Tokens & Medals: “Jackson’s Victory Earns Gold Medal,” R.W. Julian, Numismatic News
  • Paper Money: “France’s Emergency Militia Issues,” Kerry Rodgers, Bank Note Reporter
  • Best Column: “Notes From Washington,” Peter Huntoon, Bank Note Reporter
  • Best Issue: Bank Note Reporter, June 2014, Robert R. Van Ryzin, Editor


  • The Maurice M. Gould Memorial Award, Best Column: “Money Talk,” Frank J. Colletti, Lost Treasure Magazine
  • Best Article: “Quest for the Best,” Hector Cantu, Intelligent Collector



  • Best Dealer Website: www.HA.com, Heritage Auctions, Paul Minshull, Michael Weems, Brian Shipman, Ryan Sokol and Stewart Huckaby
  • Best Non-Trade-Press Website: The E-Sylum, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society, Wayne Homren, Editor
  • Best Internet Blog: “Pocket Change,” Matthew Wittmann, American Numismatic Society
  • Best Non-Numismatic Press Website:  www.NumiStorica.com, Robert Korver, Webmaster
  • Best Software: Heritage Live!, Heritage Auctions, Paul Minshull, Matt Jackson, Ryan Sokol, Michael Weems and Brian Shipley



  • Lee Martin Founder’s Award for Best Investment Newsletter: Maurice H. Rosen, The Rosen Numismatic Advisory


  • Best All-Round Portfolio: Greg Reynolds, CoinWeek
  • Best Writer in NLG Newsletter: Ed Reiter


  • Best Radio Report: “The Coin Show With Mike Fuljenz,” Mike Fuljenz, KLVI 560, Beaumont, Texas
  • Best Television Report: “The Coin and Precious Metals Report,” Mike Fuljenz, FOX 4 KBTV, Beaumont, Texas
  • Best Commercial Video: “The Donald G. Partrick Collection,” Heritage Auctions, Mark Borckardt and Phil Bossart


  • James L. Miller Memorial Award: Tom DeLorey, COINage. “The 1964-D Peace Dollar”
  • Clement F. Bailey Memorial Award, Best New Writer: Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, COINage
  • The Ribbit: Donn Pearlman
  • The Clemy: William T. Gibbs
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