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PNG awards scholarship

 Andrew Blinkiewicz

Andrew Blinkiewicz

There is no such thing as a free lunch according to economics texts.

Michigan State University economics major Andrew Blinkiewicz might want to revise that.

He has been selected by the Professional Numismatists Guild to receive its 2018 Young Numismatist Scholarship.

The 21-year-old from Kalamazoo will receive tuition, meals and five nights dormitory lodging at the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Blinkiewicz is member of the Kalamazoo Coin Club and currently the secretary of the Michigan State Numismatic Society.

He said he “caught the collecting bug” at the age of 13 from his grandfather. Today, he enjoys collecting Walking Liberty half dollars and Swiss shooting medals among other numismatic items.

Blinkiewicz wants to eventually become a professional coin dealer and, during the summer of 2017, he worked as an intern at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.

“Summer Seminar provides me with another step toward a full-fledged career in numismatics,” he stated. He plans to take the advanced coin grading class during the 2018 ANA Summer Seminar.

This is the 14th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular annual ANA educational programs. The money comes from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund.

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