The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers: Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment? A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby. But the strictly … [Read More...]
The cash reward offered by the Professional Numismatics Guild has now grown to $159,250 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief or thieves who recently stole coins from Julian Leidman of Silver Spring, Maryland.
The theft occurred on Sunday, October 11, 2009, as Leidman was returning from a coin show in Stamford, Connecticut. His entire inventory of over 1,000 coins as well as currency ranging from Colonial era to small size notes was stolen when his minivan was broken into during a stop in Pine Brook, New Jersey. Two bags of clothing and Leidman’s laptop computer also were taken when the thief or thieves smashed a passenger window to remove three heavy bags of coins and paper money from his minivan.
“The PNG has a long history of offering rewards to help catch thieves of numismatic property. Any theft of coins or bank notes affects the entire hobby and profession in one way or another. We must be vigilant in our security to prevent theft, but we must also come together to assist in the apprehension of criminals,” said Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director.
Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact the investigating police officer for this case, Detective Christopher M. Keezer, of the Montville, Township, New Jersey Police Department at (973) 257-4112 or by e-mail at
Julian M. Leidman can be contacted at (301) 585-8467 or by e-mail at , and PNG Executive Director Brueggeman can be reached at (760) 728-1300 or by e-mail at
As of Monday, October 19, 2009, these are the dealers and organizations that have made pledges to the reward fund:
|$1,000||Aamlid, Jan Olav||PNG|
|$1,000||Rocky Mountain Coin||PNG|
|$1,000||Hinkelman, Ray & Phil|
|$3,500||Nugget, Paul and||PNG|
|Roberts, Greg and||PNG|
|$5,000||Lerner, Jonathan and||PNG|