It’s been quite a year for Mike Fuljenz.
His published writing, community service work, and consumer protection activities have been honored by numerous organizations, both in Fuljenz’s hometown of Beaumont, Texas and by national groups as well. His on-air opinions regarding the business of rare coins and bullion have recently been sought by Fox Business News, NBC News, and Forbes.com.
“I’m grateful for the recognition of my consumer protection and education efforts," says Fuljenz, owner of Universal Coin and Bullion, which he founded in 1994. "I've always tried to provide the public with must-know information so they can make informed decisions before they buy or sell rare coins or bullion coins.”
Fuljenz, who’s known as “America's Gold Expert,” says he’s always loved coins. “From the very first Indian quarter-eagle gold piece I bought for my personal collection,” he says, “to the latest batch of twenty-dollar gold pieces that I gathered together for a group of collectors, I’ve been hooked.”
His lifelong love affair with coin collecting has led to professional and personal accolades — most recently the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month Award, the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic Charities Humanitarian Award, and the prestigious Clemy Award by the Numismatic Literary Guild. It’s also brought him occasional hardship, as well: Michael Fuljenz was falsely implicated in a 2007 lawsuit against Universal Coin and Bullion in which the company was accused of misleading consumers to sell rare gold, platinum and silver coins. This lawsuit was dismissed and Michael Fuljenz was vindicated when he was appointed to the State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Committee.
Fuljenz has no time to dwell on past adversity, no matter how unfounded. His volunteer work on various boards of directors, including the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board, the Beaumont Crime Stoppers Board, the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Board, and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets Board keeps him busy. When he’s not leading or serving on boards, he’s teaching classes and seminars for the Numismatic Crime Information Center, giving keynote speeches (as he has done at the Money Show of the Southwest in Houston every year since 1999), or contributing research, articles and columns to books and periodicals like The Official Red Book for Coins, The Insider’s Guide to U.S. Coin Values, and Newsmax’s MoneyNews.com.
When he’s not writing newspaper and magazine articles, he’s authoring books. Fuljenz is the author of four award-winning rare-coin books: Indian Gold Coins of the 20th Century, Type III Double Eagles 1877-1907: A Numismatic History and Analysis, Type II Double Eagles 1866-1876: A Numismatic History and Analysis, and Collector's Guide to Indian Head Quarter Eagles.
It’s a wonder he has time to write anything; Fuljenz appears to spend so much of his time attending awards ceremonies, picking up more prizes. Just last year, he received the Beaumont, Texas Police Corporate Award; the top Save Our Children Award; as well as several NLG “Best” awards for radio reporting, article writing, and television reporting. Fuljenz was also the “Breakfast with the Bishop” honoree, in recognition of his distinguished hard work on behalf of his community.