ICTA Board of Directors Member Mike Fuljenz Goes to Washington to Support the Collectible Coin Protection Act
Mike Fuljenz with Rep Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Rep Jimmy Hayes (R-LA)
Mike Fuljenz with Rep Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Rep Jimmy Hayes (R-LA)

I am urging coin collectors and investors nationwide to promptly contact their Congressional representatives in support of the recently introduced Collectible Coin Protection Act (HR5977).

I was among a half dozen of the country's numismatic leaders who met in Washington, DC on June 28, 2012 with Congressional leaders and staff members to discuss the importance of the proposed legislation to protect the public.

The bill was introduced on June 20, 2012 by co-sponsors Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan), Chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. (It has bipartisan support). HR5977 will strengthen the 39-year old Hobby Protection Act, a law that helps combat counterfeits. We need to bring that law into the 21st century because of new issues that were not even contemplated decades ago.

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Mike Fuljenz with Rep Jimmy Hayes (R-LA) and James Quinn, Chief of Staff to Rep Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

I applaud the efforts of several organizations working on behalf of HR5977, including the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Former Louisiana Congressman Jimmy Hayes also greatly assisted the numismatic groups in backing HR5977.

I urge every rare coin and bullion coin collector or investor to contact their Congressional representatives and ask them to co-sign and vote for the Collectible Coin Protection Act, HR5977. It will go a long way in combating counterfeits in the marketplace, and could save buyers money and heartbreak.

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Our customers can take comfort in the fact that I am a member of the ICTA Board of Directors and a former authenticator, grader and educational seminar instructor for the Congressionally-chartered American Numismatic Association. Unlike many other coin companies, the coins you buy from us are looked at by a recognized expert.