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Minnesota Man Charged with Felony for Selling Counterfeit Coins

A genuine 2014 American Eagle Gold one-ounce uncirculated coin. (United States Mint image.)A 28-year-old man from Waite Park, Minn., on Sept. 25 is expected to respond to a felony charge for theft-by-swindle stemming from selling counterfeit coins to three pawn shops in the greater Minneapolis area.

Eric Michael Johnson, identified in a complaint filed July 31 in Minnesota’s 7th Judicial District Court located in Stearns County, could face a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a fine of $10,000.

Johnson was arrested Feb. 27, 2017, by Minnesota Department of Commerce Special Agent Joseph K. Boche in the Pawn America shop located in Anoka, Minn.

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Beth Deisher Honored With 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award

Beth Deisher recevies the 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award from Robert Brueggeman (left) and Barry Stuppler.The Professional Numismatists Guild presented its 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award to prominent and influential hobby leader Beth Deisher. The award was announced during the PNG’s annual banquet held this year in Denver, Colorado on July 31, 2017.

Deisher is the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. She was the award-winning Editor of Coin World for 27 years until her retirement in 2012. Over the years Deisher also has conducted workshops and classes on the problems of counterfeit coins produced in China.

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Three Receive ACTF Al Kreuzer Memorial Award

Al Kreuzer Memorial Award (Front)The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) recognized three individuals on August 2 for their outstanding contributions in the effort to combat counterfeit coins and currency, and for their support of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF).

Philip N. Diehl, Michael R. Fuljenz, and Chandra Kreuzer-Zell Rudd were the first recipients of the annual Al Kreuzer Memorial Award, which was presented during ICTA’s banquet in Denver, held during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money.

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ICTA Treasurer Pat Heller Recipient of ANA and NLG Awards

ANA president Gary Adkins (left) presents Patrick A. Heller Exemplary Service Award.On August 3, during the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, Industry Council for Tangible Assets treasurer and Liberty Coin Service communications officer Patrick A. Heller was honored three times. The ANA recognized him as the 2017 recipient of the Exemplary Service Award. From the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) he was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Best Dealer Newsletter or Magazine and Best Radio Report.

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North Carolina Joins 35 Other States with a Sales-Tax Exemption

2001 North Carolina QuarterOn Tuesday, July 25, 2017, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper signed into law House Bill 434: Coins/Currency/Bullion Sales Tax Exemption. The law is a complete sales-and-use tax exemption on coins, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales.

“The bill’s author, Representative Dana Bumgardner, coauthors Representative Jeff Collins, Representative Mark Brody, and Representative Mike Clampitt, along with its Senate sponsor, Senator Bill Rabon, championed the bill through the legislature,” said Mitch Hyatt (Hyatt Coin Shop, Charlotte, North Carolina). “North Carolina coin businesses and collectors owe them a debt of gratitude.”

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