Rare Coin Expert & Consumer Advocate: About Paul Montgomery and Associates
Paul Montgomery and Associates offers a wide variety of services to provide the most efficient collector, investor and business processes for the numismatic trade. PMA is supported through a vast network of relationships with vendors, publishers, media consultants, public relations experts and legal resources. These knowledgeable sources allow PMA to offer expertise in a wide breadth of services in addition to Paul Montgomery’s own impressive credentials.
“I have been a coin collector almost all of my life and am a career numismatist,”
He is a lifelong collector and, during his 31 years as a professional numismatist, he has transacted or supervised nearly a billion dollars in numismatic business. He was president, CEO and owner of Jefferson Coin and Bullion of New Orleans (founded by noted collector and gold guru James U. Blanchard III). He was also president and CEO of the eminent auctioneer firm Bowers and Merena Galleries. Prior to founding PMA, Montgomery served as an independent consultant to a number of well-known and respected numismatic companies and organizations across the United States.
Montgomery also serves on numerous trade association boards. He is the president of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), the prestigious industry group formed to establish and maintain high standards and serve as the ethical guardian for the numismatic trade. Fewer than 300 numismatists nationwide qualify for membership. In 2001, Montgomery was awarded the coveted Sol Kaplan Award. This award, jointly presented by the PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan Foundation, recognizes those who work to rid the profession of fraud and thievery, and for upholding the PNG’s ethical standards. Montgomery is a past chairman of the board and still serves on the board of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the legislative watchdog and lobbyist for the hobby and industry. Montgomery avidly supports the efforts of ICTA to ensure the success of the hobby through the legislative process by protecting and defending the rights of dealers and collectors.
Paul is also a life member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), America’s largest organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the coin-collecting hobby. In August 2008, Montgomery was honored by the president of the ANA for his dedication and service to the numismatic and precious metals community with the ANA Presidents Award.
Montgomery is also a respected editor and author of award-winning publications and books on numismatics and macroeconomic factors affecting precious metals and coin markets. He is a past editor of the Investment Profit Advisory newsletter and the highly regarded Market Insights newsletter published by Jefferson Coin and Bullion. He is a regular contributor to The Official Guide Bookof United States Coins, better known as “The Redbook.”
Montgomery co-authored the book Million Dollar Nickels: Mysteries of the Illicit 1913 Liberty Head Nickels Revealed. Published in 2005 by Zyrus Press, the book details the colorful history of the controversial nickels and Montgomery’s personal role in rediscovering one of the famed coins that had been mysteriously missing for more than four decades. Million Dollar Nickels was honored by the Numismatic Literary Guild for Extraordinary Merit in 2006.
Avid Coin Collector
Beneath his all-business professional demeanor, Montgomery is at heart a passionate coin collector. He caught the collecting bug when he was about six years old. His father, a NASA aerospace engineer in Houston, got him started by turning over to young Paul an eclectic collection of specimens that he picked out of pocket change. The coins weren’t particularly valuable but sparked the interest in coins that led to a lifelong career for Montgomery.
“I have been a coin collector almost all of my life and am a career numismatist, ” Montgomery said. “I have always loved coin collecting and feel very blessed to be able to make a living while enjoying the greatest hobby imaginable. I understand, as a collector, the importance of a coin collection to an individual and how a collection defines the collector. I also enjoy and am committed to the responsibility that comes in serving the hobby, the collector, the investor as well as the industry.”
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