Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold Expert®, Honored With Press Club Awards

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas (http://www.UniversalCoin.com), was honored with four awards in the 23rd annual Excellence in the Media competition conducted by the Press Club of Southeast Texas. The awards were for Fuljenz’ consumer education and protection writings about buying and selling rare coins and precious metals.

The Press Club presented him with first place awards for the best news release and best electronic newsletter, and third place awards for the best brochure and best guest column. The award ceremony was held in Beaumont, Texas on June 6, 2014.image

The first place news release, “Gold Expert Mike Fuljenz Assists Police Agencies on Numismatic Crimes,” explained how Fuljenz was a keynote speaker at a special training course conducted by the Numismatic Crime Information Center for Texas law enforcement personnel on the topic of investigating crimes involving rare coins, bullion and jewelry. The first place electronic newsletter is a weekly online publication that includes Fuljenz’s Metals Market Report and is available free at http://www.UniversalCoin.com.

The “Universal Gold Guide” brochure honored by the Press Club provides information about diversifying investment portfolios with gold. A complimentary copy is available by calling (800) 877-3273.

Fuljenz’ award-winning guest column entitled, “Cheerleaders and currency can show their trust in God,” was about court rulings involving the motto, “In God We Trust,” and was published in the May 20, 2013 edition of the Beaumont Enterprise, a Hearst daily newspaper.

Readers of the Beaumont Enterprise recently selected Universal Coin & Bullion as the 2014 Readers’ Choice winner for buying and selling gold.

The Press Club of Southeast Texas is composed of professionals in media, public relations, academia, public affairs and corporate communication and public information in nine Southeast Texas counties.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Mike Fuljenz has won more than 50 prestigious national and regional awards and honors the past two decades for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals. He is a respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont. Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Numismatic Literary Guild and Beaumont Crime Stoppers.

5 Reasons to Love Coins

Mike Fuljenz, considered one of America’s foremost gold experts, describes why he loves collecting, buying, selling and trading gold and silver coins.

  1. Beauty
    This American Silver Eagle Obverse designed by Adolph Weinman is considered the most beautiful silver U.S. coin.

American Silver Eagle -  Michael Fuljenz

  1. Artist/Designer
    Augustus Saint-Gaudens worked with President Theodore Roosevelt to design the obverse that is used on the American Gold Eagle. This is considered the most artistic U.S. gold coin.
  2. Precious Metal


    Investors and many collectors prefer coins made of silver or gold, like this $10 Gold Indian from 1910.
  3. Rarity
    $3 gold coins were made by U.S. Mints only from 1854-1889 and are very popular due to their historically low mintages.
  4. History
    The short-lived Type II $20 Liberty gold coin series (1866-1876) is historically popular given it is the first double eagle ($20) to have the motto “In God We Trust” on it.

Author and Expert

Consumer educator. Rare coins and precious metals expert. Respected community leader. America’s Gold Expert®. Universal Coin and Bullion President Michael Fuljenz, winner of dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors, is known across the country by each of these titles.

Mike has also made a name for himself as a consultant to the United States Mint, the Federal Trade Commission, the Royal Canadian Mint, and as a board member of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and Crime Stoppers.  His own company, Universal Coin and Bullion, was founded in 1994 and is among a select few nationally acclaimed, award-winning sources for gold, rare coin, and numismatic education.

Mike, an award-winning author of books and articles is riding high these days. His “The Ultimate Saint: The 1907 Indian Head Double Eagle Could Be the New Face of Numismatics” received the NLG’s James L. Miller Award for Best Overall Article of the Year.

Michael Fuljenz

Mike Fuljenz’s road to success was not always that smooth, in 2007 a frivolous lawsuit was filed against Universal Coin and Bullion — involving the valuation of rare gold, platinum and silver coins. The case was soon dismissed, but not before Mike and his company discovered how quickly erroneous information can be spread on the Internet to taint reputations. The bright side of the event was that Mike ended up being appointed to the State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee. 

Mike Fuljenz has received a bevy of awards and accolades. He has recently been honored with the Numismatic Literary Guild’s prestigious Clemy Award, an honor followed by a pair of NLG television awards for the company’s monthly “Coins and Precious Metals Report” segments on Beaumont’s KBTV Fox 4. These are the latest in a long list of honors (nearly 50 major awards in 12 or more different categories from the Numismatic Literary Guild) given to Mike and his company, including outstanding achievement awards from the Congressionally chartered American Numismatic Association and the 2012 “Best Dealer Publication” honor for Mike’s “Personal Gold Guide.”  The Press Club of Southeast Texas, in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau, has honored Mike for his consumer protection work, as well.

Mike Fuljenz’s solid reputation as an active community spokesperson (he’s worked closely with local law enforcement to investigate crimes involving rare coins, bullion and jewelry) and his diligent volunteer work on behalf of Beaumont’s civic, church, and athletic organizations have earned him even more honors and recognition.

Mike is often quoted in articles about rare coins and precious metals in magazines and by major news organizations nationwide, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and Fox Business Network. When he’s not talking to the media, Mike is presenting educational seminars to law enforcement organizations and at National Rifle Association conventions.

As a keynote speaker at special training seminars for Texas and Florida law enforcement officers, Mike provided participants with names of experts and organizations to contact when a gold or collectible coin fraud or theft is reported, or a recovery is made. He spoke from the perspective of someone who knows the coin business and who has worked with law enforcement and government agencies that help resolve the many permutations of numismatic crimes.

An award-winning author of newsletters, articles and four books about rare gold coins and bullion, Mike Fuljenz is one among a handful of experts in the United States who’ve been widely acknowledged by his peers.