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ANA ready to hear Manley-Kagin spat

The date is set but details are still being finalized for a public hearing by the American Numismatic Association board of governors to look into allegations made by Dwight Manley against fellow California coin dealer Don Kagin.

In a written complaint, Manley asked for Kagin?s expulsion from the ANA for an alleged role in selling a California gold bar stolen from Manley?s home.

Chris Cipoletti, ANA executive director, said the hearing will be held May 29 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, Calif., just before the May 31 opening of the Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo.

Both parties in the dispute have agreed to a public hearing rather than a closed session, Cipoletti said. He explained that he expects eight to 10 witnesses, ?people who were involved in the transaction.?

The start time for the hearing was not yet finalized when Numismatic News talked to Cipoletti April 24. He expected it to be fairly early in the morning and then run at least until lunch.

?Deliberations will be in closed session,? Cipoletti said, which will follow the conclusion of the hearing. ?We?re going to have a decision very quickly, that?s my hope,? Cipoletti said.

The decision would be revealed Wednesday, May 30, or Thursday, May 31, at the latest, Cipoletti said.

Another matter the board will take up will be Brian Fanton?s April 1 resignation from the board. If the board chooses to accept it, Michael S. Turrini will fill the seat. Cipoletti expected that Turrini would be present if called upon to serve. Turrini ran for a seat in the 2005 election and has the highest vote total of anyone who did not occupy a seat, so is next in line to serve according to the bylaws. The term will end at the August World?s Fair of Money in Milwaukee, Wis.

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