Meet America's Gold Expert®, Mike Fuljenz

Known as America's Gold Expert,® 1st American Reserve® Numismatic Consultant, Michael Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.

His books, media appearances and newsletters about gold and rare coins have won Best of the Year awards from the Numismatic Literary Guild and the Press Club of Southeast Texas, and he received the NLG's coveted top honor in 2013, "The Clemy Award." Mike Fuljenz is a frequent expert guest on local and national business and personal finance programs, such as Fox Business Network and CNBC, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's, Los Angeles Times and other broadcast, print and online news media.  

A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Fuljenz is a Past President of the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board and received the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award. He has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Service, General Services Administration, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets and the Numismatic Literary Guild.

Numismatic Offices Held

    • 2018-2013     Board Member, Numismatic Literary Guild [NLG]
    • 2018-2011     Board Member, Gold & Silver Political Action Committee PAC
    • 2018-1995     Board Member, Industry Council for Tangible Assets
    • 1993             Member, American Numismatic Association Audio Visual Committee
    • 1989-1987     Chairman, American Numismatic Association Certification Service
    • 1983             Vice President, U.S. Commemorative Society
    • 1974             Chairman, Louisiana Numismatic Association State Convention
    • 1974-1971     President, Southwest Louisiana Coin Club

Industry Service Awards

    • 2017      ICTA Al Kreuzer Memorial Award Medal for "Outstanding contributions in the efforts to combat counterfeit coins and currency"
    • 2016     PNG Sol Kaplan Award
    • 2016     NLG “Ribbit” Award
    • 2015     Numismatic Crime Information Center Service Award
    • 2014     American Numismatic Association Medal of Merit
    • 2014     Professional Numismatists Guild Significant Contribution Award
    • 2013     NLG Top Award & Highest Honor "The Clemy"
    • 2013     American Numismatic Association's Glenn Smedley Memorial Award
    • 2008     Money Show of the Southwest Service Award
    • 1996     American Numismatic Association's Presidential Service Award

Numismatic Book Awards

    • 2015     NLG Book of the Year Award: Type Three Double Eagles 1877 – 1907, 2nd Edition
    • 2010     NLG Investment Book of the Year Award: Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century
    • 2002     NLG Investment Book of the Year Award: Type II Double Eagles: 1866-1876
    • 2001     NLG Investment Book of the Year Extraordinary Merit Award: Collector’s Guide to Indian Head Quarter Eagles
    • 2000     NLG Investment Book of the Year Award: Type III Double Eagles 1877-1907

Numismatic Contributor Awards

    • 2016      NLG Best Article Non-Numismatic Publication “Treasury Moves to Redesign $10 Bill,
                    Add Portrait of an American Woman” in The Examiner, Southeast Texas
    • 2014     Press Club of Southeast Texas Third Place Best Guest Column:
                  “Cheerleaders and Currency Can Show Their Trust In God” in Beaumont Enterprise
    • 2013     NLG James L. Miller Memorial Award Best Overall Article of the Year: "The Ultimate Saint"
    • 2010     NLG Best Writer: NLG Newsletter
    • 1986     NLG Magazine Columnist of the Year

Radio Awards

    • 2018 & 2015 Press Club of Southeast Texas Best Radio Show: KLVI 560
    • 2016-2014     NLG Best Radio Report: "The Coin Show" on KLVI 560
    • 2013     NLG Best Radio Report: "Hotel Coin Buyers Out of Business" on KLVI 560
    • 2012     NLG Best Radio Report: "Hotel Coin Buyers: Still A Major Problem" on KLVI 560
    • 2011     Press Club of Southeast Texas Best Investigative Radio Report: KLVI 560
    • 2011     Press Club of Southeast Texas 2nd Place Radio Talk Show: KLVI 560
    • 2010     NLG Best Radio Report: "Warning: Beware Of Hotel Coin Buyers" on KLVI 560
    • 1998-1995     NLG Radio Reporter of the Year: WOR Radio’s Smart Money

Newsletter & Publication Awards

    • 2016             Press Club of Southeast Texas 1st Place Best Guest Column: The Examiner,
                          “Treasury Moves to Redesign $10 Bill, Add Portrait of an American Woman”
    • 2014, 2012-2008, 2004     NLG Best Dealer Publication
    • 2014             Press Club of Southeast Texas Best Electronic Newsletter
    • 2014             Press Club of Southeast Texas Best News Release:
                          "Gold Expert Mike Fuljenz Assists Police Agencies on Numismatic Crimes"
    • 2012             Press Club of Southeast Texas 1st Place Excellence in the Media
                          Brochure Category: Personal Gold Guide
    • 2008-2006     NLG Best Investment Newsletter Extraordinary Merit Award
    • 2002-1997     NLG Best Investment Newsletter Extraordinary Merit Award

Television Awards

    • 2015-2013     NLG Best Television Report: "The Coin and Precious Metals Report" on KBTV Fox 4
    • 2012             NLG Best Television Report: NRA’s Guns and Gold on the Sportsman Channel
    • 2009             NLG Best Television Report: King of the Road Show with Jim King on KBTV Fox 4
    • 2000-1997     NLG Best Television Report: CNBC’s Money Talk
    • 1994             NLG Best Television Report: CNBC’s Smart Money
    • 1993             NLG Best Television Report: KWHY, Los Angeles
    • 1992             NLG Best Television Report: CNBC’s Smart Money

Video Awards

    • 2014     NLG Best Non-Commercial Video: "More Advice for Coin Collectors"
                  for Money Show of the Southwest, 2013 Education Seminar
    • 2013     NLG Extraordinary Merit Award Non-Commercial Video: "Advice for Coin Collectors"
                  for Money Show of the Southwest, 2012 Education Seminar
    • 2012     NLG Best Non-Commercial Video: "Gold and Consumer Protection"
                  for Money Show of the Southwest, 2011 Education Seminar
    • 2012     NLG Best Commercial Video: "Gold Coin & Bullion Market Today"
    • 2011     NLG Best Non-Commercial Video: "How To Include Gold Coins In Your Portfolio"
                  for Money Show of the Southwest, 2010 Education Seminar
    • 2010     NLG Best Non-Commercial Video: "Gold Coin Market Today"
                  for Money Show of the Southwest, 2009 Education Seminar

Internet & Website Awards

    • 2014­ & 2012     Press Club of Southeast Texas 1st Place Best Electronic Newsletter:
                             The Mike Fuljenz Metals Market Report
    • 2012     NLG Best Website Article: "In God We Trust: The Story Of Our National Motto"
    • 2009     NLG Best Website Article: "2009 Ultra-High Relief Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle"
    • 2002     NLG Best Website Article: “Why All Your Gold Coins Should Be Certified”

Professional Presentations

    • 2016              Speaker Anaheim (California), World's Fair of Money on National Motto
    • 2015-1999     Speaker, The Money Show of the Southwest
    • 2015             Speaker, Chicago Numismatic Crime Information Center Law Enforcement Educational
    • 2014             Speaker, Texas Crime Stoppers Convention
    • 2014             Speaker, Beaumont Save Our Children Banquet
    • 2014             Speaker, Orlando Numismatic Crime Information Center
                          Law Enforcement Educational Seminar
    • 2014-1999     Speaker, The Money Show of the Southwest
    • 2012             Speaker, Dallas Numismatic Crime Information Center Educational Seminar
    • 2010             Keynote Speaker, Beaumont Salvation Army Banquet
    • 2003 & 1992  Speaker, Florida United Numismatists Convention
    • 1998-1982     Instructor, American Numismatic Association (Taught Summer and Money Show
                          seminars on the authentication and grading of gold and silver coinage)
    • 1985             Speaker, Greater New York Numismatic Convention Author's Symposium
    • 1984             Speaker, Middle Atlantic Numismatic Association in Philadelphia
    • 1984             Speaker, Garden State Numismatic Convention in New Jersey

Notable Consulting

    • 2014            United States Mint Symposium
    • 2014            Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (Value of Money Exhibit)
    • 2012            Expert Consultant to the Royal Canadian Mint on the Antelope $5 Coin Design
    • 2000-1991  Smart Money with Ken and Daria Dolan on WOR Radio & Premier Network
    • 1997-1992   Weiss Research Silver & Gold Report
    • 1995            U.S. Mint Alexandria, Virginia Eagle Distribution Symposium
    • 1994            Phillips Publications Ken and Daria Dolan's Straight Talk
    • 1990            U.S. Postal Service & General Services Administration Consumer's Guide

Media Appearances

    • The Wall Street Journal
    • New York Times
    • USA Today
    • Bloomberg TV
    • NRA News
    • (Money Columnist)
    • (Insider Columnist)
    • Forbes
    • Maxim
    • NBC News
    • CNBC's Smart Money
    • Fox Business Network
    • CBS MoneyWatch
    • KFDM-TV Channel 6 Crime Stoppers
    • SmartMoney, The Personal Finance Magazine of The Wall Street Journal
    • Kiplinger's
    • Newsmax
    • Los Angeles Times
    • VIP Magazine of Southeast Texas
    • WOR Radio's Smart Money
    • The Brian Sussman Show, KSFO Radio
    • Smart Money with Ken and Daria Dolan (Cable TV)
    • KLVI Radio, Beaumont, Texas
    • WWL Radio New Orleans
    • KWHY Channel 22 in Los Angeles
    • KBTV FOX 4
    • The Examiner
    • Beaumont Business Journal
    • Beaumont Enterprise


    • A Consumer Guide to U.S. Coin Investment by the GSA and U.S. Postal Service
    • COINage Magazine
    • Coin Dealer Newsletter
    • Numismatic News (Former Columnist)
    • Houston Post (Former Columnist)
    • Insider's Guide to U.S. Coin Values (Gold Coin Price Coordinator)
    • The Official Red Book for Coins
    • The Official Blue Book for Coins
    • Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. Coins
    • U.S. Commemoratives by Q. David Bowers
    • Silver Dollar Encyclopedia
    • The Numismatist (Former Columnist)

Consumer Protection Assistance

    • Attorney General of Texas
    • Attorney General of Illinois
    • Texas State Legislature
    • KFDM-TV Channel 6 Crime Stoppers
    • Numismatic Crime Information Center
    • NBC News
    • CNBC's Steals and Deals
    • Silver & Gold Report
    • Dateline
    • U.S. Postal Service Consumer's Guide
    • Federal Trade Commission
    • Fox Business Network
    • Better Business Bureau
    • Los Angeles Times
    • CBS Inside Edition
    • The Examiner

Public Service & Philanthropy

    • 2018-2015    Sponsor Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
    • 2018-2013    Board of Beaumont Crime Stoppers
    • 2018-2011    State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee
    • 2018-2010    Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" Program
    • 2018-2009    The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Education Program
    • 2018-2007    National Rifle Association Business Alliance
    • 2018-2007    Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board
    • 2018-2000    Meals on Wheels
    • 2017 & 2015 Beaumont Independent School District Award for Reading Programs Support
    • 2015              Doctor of Humane Letters, McNeese State University (honorary)
    • 2014             Save Our Children Banquet Top Award
    • 2013             Catholic Charities Humanitarian Top Award
    • 2012-2010    President, Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board
    • 2009             McNeese State University Hall of Honor
    • 2007             St. Thomas Aquinas Award for Outstanding Support of Catholic Schools
    • 2007             Lamar University Three T Man Award
    • 2004-1996    Soccer Coach, BYSC and Spindletop Select
    • 2002-1996    Board Member, Little Dribblers and Coach
    • 2000-1999    President, Beaumont Little Dribblers
    • 2000-1997    Board Member, West End Little League, Coach & Co-Chief Umpire
    • 1996             Board Member, West End YMCA of Beaumont


    • 2015     Doctor of Humane Letters, McNeese State University (honorary)
    • 1977     Graduate, University Southwestern Louisiana Cum Laude (Chemistry/Biology)
    • 1968     Graduate, Louisiana Governor's Program for Gifted Children

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    • Texas Registered Precious Metal Dealer #0101290
    • Beaumont Registered Precious Metal Dealer Permit #2012-02

What Other Experts Are Saying

"The fact that since 1986 Mike Fuljenz has won so many major awards in so many diverse categories, including the top NLG award 'The Clemy,' underscores how important his peers in the rare coin and precious metals markets view Mike's excellent analysis and reporting." 
Ed Reiter
Executive Director, Numismatic Literary Guild
New York Times Former Columnist

"The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation salutes Mike Fuljenz and 1st American Reserve for all they do to support our men and women in uniform who defend our freedoms."
Nicholas Kehoe
Former President, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation / Lieutenant General USAF (Ret)

"Count me among Mike Fuljenz’s numerous admirers. His strong leadership, input and support of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) were instrumental in formulating ANA’s coin grading and authentication policies, which is a testament to his commitment to the industry. He is a leader in the coin industry." 
Robert Leuver
Former Director, Bureau of Engraving & Printing 
Former Executive Director, American Numismatic Association

"Mike Fuljenz has been a member in good standing of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) since 1980. Mike has taught seminars for ANA on advanced coin grading, detection of counterfeit coins, and our "super course" on gold, silver and commemorative coins…He is simply a terrific teacher."
James Taylor
Former Director, Educational Services, American Numismatic Association

"The first of the year brought new changes in state and local laws dealing with precious metal buyers. The Texas Legislative committee heard from nationally-known coin dealer Mike Fuljenz whose expertise was invaluable during the drafting of the new legislation."
Doug Davis
President, Numismatic Crime Information Center

“The success of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program can be attributed to people like Mike Fuljenz. We thank him for his continued support in spreading Eddie’s life-saving message to more than 25 million children.”
Eric Lipp
National Manager, Community Outreach Department, National Rifle Association (NRA)

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