National Rifle Association Golden Ring of Freedom recipient and nationally known rare coin and gold expert, Dr. Michael Fuljenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, was honored at the recent 2022 Chicago World’s Fair of Money for a reference book he wrote about historic 19th century United States gold coins.
The book, Type Two Double Eagles 1866-1876, a Numismatic History and Analysis, was named Best Investment Book of the Year by the Numismatic Literary Guild, an international organization composed of reporters, editors and authors who write about money.
“The Type Two design coins were the first $20 denomination gold pieces, known as Double Eagles, to include the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. They are an important part of United States coinage,” said Fuljenz.
Known as America's Gold Expert and a recipient of the NRA's Golden Ring of Freedom Award, Fuljenz is the exclusive precious metals and rare coin expert of NRA’s American Rifleman. He has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals, including recognition as the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Dealer of the Year. He has co-sponsored the NRA Foundation banquet and prayer breakfast for many years, been a featured speaker at NRA Freedom First Financial Seminars and also is a benefactor for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.
A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Fuljenz also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, Attorney General of Texas, United States Mint, and Royal Canadian Mint. He is on the Boards of Directors of the influential National Coin & Bullion Association, Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas and is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild’s Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program.
He's also been honored by the Press Club of Southeast Texas for his consumer alert and investor education work.
His new, 117-page edition with full-color illustrations of every coin provides collectors with useful information about the 31 different $20 denomination gold coins produced at the Carson City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco mints between 1866 and 1876.
Readers learn about the history and development of the Type Two Liberty Head and its design elements, historical price valuations, celebrities who collect these types of coins, what examples are in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and tips about how collectors can safely store and protect their coins to avoid theft.
Fuljenz includes a consumer protection advisory section about counterfeit Double Eagles produced in China and offered to unsuspecting buyers in the U.S. marketplace.
There is also information about the IN GOD WE TRUST motto and Peter the Eagle, the bald eagle that lived at the United States Mint in Philadelphia in the 1830s which inspired the eagle design on the “tail’s side” of the Double Eagles.
The price for Type Two Double Eagles 1866-1876 is $29.95 postage paid; however, for a limited time, the book can be ordered for only $10 postage paid by using the special discount price code “Ray,” (Mike’s middle name). A complimentary copy of the book also can be obtained using that code for anyone purchasing a Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) certified gold coin from Universal Coin & Bullion, the official bullion and rare coin expert of NRA Publications.
For additional information and to order a copy of the book, contact Universal Coin & Bullion at 800-822-4653 or visit online at UniversalCoin.com.