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American Numismatic Association Donates $55,000 to Fight Counterfeiting

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting efforts to fight coin and bullion counterfeiting with a $55,000 contribution to the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), the non-profit organization that receives contributions to fund the work of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets’ Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF). The donation was made during the August 18 ANA board of governors meeting at the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money.

ACTF’s mission is to mobilize law enforcement to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage by educating officials about the growing threat that counterfeit circulating, collectible and bullion coins pose to the collecting community and the public and moving them to act.

ACEF Receives IRS Approval, Now Public Charity

The IRS has granted the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation final approval as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and designation as a public charity.

“IRS final approval allows ACEF to move forward in many different directions to raise funds,” said ACEF President Scott Spitzer, CEO of Manfra, Tordella & Brookes.

Three Receive 2018 ACTF Al Kreuzer Memorial Award

Nicholas L. Tranchitella, Richard Weaver, and Doug Davis received ACTF’s annual Al Kreuzer Memorial Award.The Industry Council for Tangible Assets recognized three individuals Aug. 15 for their outstanding work in combating counterfeiters and those who traffic in counterfeit coins and currency in the United States.

Doug Davis, Nicholas L. Tranchitella, and Richard Weaver received ACTF’s annual Al Kreuzer Memorial Award presented during ICTA’s annual banquet held in Philadelphia during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money.

ICTA Celebrates 35 Years of Business

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) is incredibly proud to have turned 35 in July—but we’re even more proud of how we achieved it. ICTA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the membership. The list of the association’s past chairmen reads like a “Who’s Who” of the rare-coin / precious-metals industry: the first chair was Luis Vigdor, followed by ICTA leaders Jesse Cornish and Joseph Povey (co-chairs), Jesse Cornish, Henry Beckler, Bruce L. Kaplan, Stan Medlar and John Norris (co-chairs), John Norris, Mike Clark, Tom Noe, Don Doyle, Terry Hanlon, Mal Varner, Paul Montgomery, Todd Imhof, Steve Ivy, Fred Weinberg, Gary Adkins, Bob Greenstein, Harry Miller, Philip Diehl, and currently John Fisher.

ACTF Special Exhibit of Counterfeits Coins, Bars for Public Education

Homeland Security loans items to illustrate levels of deceptiveness, diversity 

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force will exhibit a five-case display of counterfeit coins, precious metals bars, and grading holders during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money Aug. 14-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

The counterfeit items are on special loan from the Cherry Hill, N.J., office of Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The items were confiscated during HSI’s investigation of a New Jersey man, 34-year-old Jonathan A. Kirschner, who pleaded guilty June 25 to impersonating a federal agent while selling counterfeit coins and bars and unlawfully importing counterfeit coins and bars into the United States.

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