NLG eNewsletter – May 17, 2020

Dear NLG Member,

Greetings from sunny Southern California where the beaches have been reopened (but you may not sit or sunbathe), you must wear masks in public, and most businesses are either closed or suffering (but you can still get your “medical” marijuana).  I hope this message finds you and your families in good physical and mental health.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, numismatic life continues and the NLG is functioning just fine.


Number One – NLG Awards Competition.  The deadline for submission to the NLG Awards Competition is June 1.  The complete competition rules are appended below.

Number Two – Dues.How shocked were you when you saw the initial dues notice I sent under the subject heading “2020 NLG Dies Notice.”  For those of you who are published authors, you know that once you go to print, there’s no going back.  Nevertheless, in case any of you got the wrong impression, the NLG is alive and well.  We want all of you to remain members of the NLG, so please be sure to send your dues payments in ASAP.  To go along with the Number One reminder, you must be a member of the NLG to compete in the Awards Contest. Please send dues payments ($15 for regular membership; $250 for life membership) to: Numismatic Literary Guild, Ltd., c/o Maurice H. Rosen, Treasurer, P.O. Box 38, Plainview, NY 11803-0038

The NLG Board recently approved a new Webmaster and I am told that we may have a design concept as early as tomorrow or Tuesday.  The new design will include an easy way to apply for membership, a PayPal link for dues payments, and simple methods for updating the site with news and images.  We are also in the process of updating the NLG logo and generally freshening up our image.

As mentioned above, the Awards Competition closes for submissions on June 1.  If you have any questions about your submission, please direct them to our Awards Coordinator, Dave Lange at  Please do not send your questions to me, as I will be just one more step in getting them to Dave.  Speaking of questions, Dave asks specifically that submitters do not use rubber bands and staples when preparing their submissions.  On a separate note, Wayne Homren published the NLG Awards Competition rules in the last issue of the E-Sylum (thank you, Wayne).

Scott Travers sent a link indicating that major public events in Pittsburgh will remain closed “this summer.”  Thus, the chances of the ANA holding their convention become bleaker by the day.  It also means that the NLG will most likely be holding a virtual Awards Ceremony this year.  However, we are committed to recognizing the winners just as we have every year since 1968.  We’ll keep you posted as events unfold and re-openings are announced.

Please complete our survey to let us know if you will attend the 2020 ANA Convention if it actually takes place.  It’s a quick Yes/No survey and it will help us plan…just in case.

The Board recently considered a small hike in our annual dues.  While it was generally felt that such a move would be tone-deaf during this pandemic, Mike Fuljenz made the question moot by immediately offering to send the NLG a check for $1,000 instead.  The Board accepted and, thanks to Mike’s generosity, the NLG dues remain one of the best bargains in numismatics.

The following firms and individuals are the lifeblood of our organization.  By supplementing our dues, they make it possible for us to honor the best numismatic writers at our annual Awards Luncheon. 
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation
Certified Acceptance Corporation
Mike Fuljenz

Best wishes,

Ron Guth, Executive Director
Numismatic Literary Guild