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Puetz and Tompa recognized by guild

Bill Puetz and Peter K. Tompa were recognized at the 2006 NYINC for Exceptionally Meritorious Service to the Ancient Coin Collecting fraternity.

February 12, 2007

Bill Puetz and Peter K. Tompa, two charter board members of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild were recognized for their outstanding service at the guild's meeting of January 14, 2006.  "The efforts and achievements of these two dynamic leaders have been an inspiration to all collectors and especially to those who have worked with them on a daily basis since the guild was founded", said Wayne Sayles, the ACCG Executive Director.  Puetz and Tompa were presented plaques bearing the ACCG logo in sculptural relief by ACCG president Kerry K. Wetterstrom before a public audience at the NYINC. Following are the citations to accompany those awards:



Kerry Wetterstrom (left) presents the Exceptionally Meritorious Service Award to Bill Puetz

The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, through its Board of Directors and on behalf of its general membership of more than 470 individual members and 18 Affiliate Member organizations, gratefully recognizes the contributions of Bill Puetz and extends sincere thanks for the exceptionally meritorious service that he has given to ancient numismatics.

As a charter member of the ACCG Board, Bill helped to form and guide the development of this organization. Recognizing the need for a stable, versatile and visually appealing guild web site, Bill undertook an extensive evaluation of software alternatives and selected the most appropriate platform for the present and future needs of the ACCG. He coordinated the installation of Plone architecture, designed the modifications necessary for specific ACCG needs and provided the training of content managers. In addition, Bill generously hosted the ACCG web site on his powerful Vcoins servers. As a direct result of the dedicated effort of Bill Puetz, the guild enjoys a modern and effective presence on the world wide web and the ability to expand into a virtually unlimited world of communication opportunities.

Beyond his contributions to the ACCG, Bill Puetz has made numerous contributions to the hobby at large. His creation of the Vcoins online coin show and the Ancients.info web portal will go down in numismatic history as groundbreaking events.

The ACCG is proud to count Bill Puetz as a member of the guild and a steadfast contributor to the world of ancient coin collecting.


Kerry Wetterstrom (left) presents the Exceptionally Meritorious Service Award to Peter K. Tompa

The Board of Directors and general membership of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild gratefully recognize the contributions of Peter K. Tompa and extend our sincere thanks for the exceptionally meritorious service that he has given to ancient numismatics. As a charter member of the ACCG Board, and the guild's first President-elect, Peter helped to form and guide the development of this organization, which presently numbers more than 470 individual members and 18 Affiliate Member organizations.

As Legislative Affairs Task Force leader, Peter has spearheaded the arduous and sometimes overwhelming effort to track and respond to issues of critical importance to ancient coin collectors. He has almost singlehandedly been responsible for elevating the concerns of private collectors to a position of national and international visibility. He has developed numerous position papers, legal arguments and appeals to members of the U.S. Congress, Department of State decision makers and committees, U.S. Customs, the Media and Foreign Governments. His contribution to the recently published "Who Owns the Past?" raises the subject of ancient numismatics to the level of serious discourse in the cultural property arena.

Peter was the main force behind the successful initiative to establish an ACCG Code of Ethics. He also represents the numismatic fraternity very effectively among other advocacy groups that oppose cultural property prohibitions. He played an important role in achieving consensus for an official American Numismatic Society position on coin import restrictions.

The ACCG is proud to count Peter Tompa as a member of the guild and a tireless defender of ancient coin collecting.

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