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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 16

DEALER MIKE FULJENZ PROFILED BY LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Coin dealer Mike Fuljenz was recently profiled by his alma mater,
Lamar University of Beaumont, Texas:

"Fuljenz' gifts to the athletic department total over $100,000 over
the last two years, including providing financial support for programs
like - underwriting the 2006 men's basketball tip-off dinner featuring
guest speaker John Calipari, corporate sponsorships, donations to the
men's and women's golf teams, donations to the women's soccer program,
baseball and Cardinal Club membership.

"Fuljenz looks back to his own upbringing, his children and his
personal interests as the main motivating factors for his interest
in giving back to the community through a variety of avenues. 'My
mother and grandmother both taught for 30 years, so I grew up in a
family that supported education and teaching. My father was really
involved with different charitable programs and volunteer work for
youth in need. You kind of model your father.

"'I taught and I've always been involved in education programs.
You need a hobby and my hobby is working with programs that help
kids. I like teaching and I like working with kids.

"'So, when I left teaching to get into coins, and that area blossomed,
one of the ways to stay true to some of the roots I had was to be
involved with kids, sports and other areas of education.'

"He started his professional career as a teacher and principal.
After several years, he turned to his life-long love and interest
in coins into a business. He is the president of Universal Coin
and Bullion, which specifically deals with classic rare coins.

"'I always collected coins as a hobby,' said Fuljenz.' I would cut
lawns for money during the summer. But what I quickly realized was
that when they quit making dimes out of silver in the 1960s, I could
acquire old dimes at the bank, sell them to the local dealer and
make more money doing that than I could mowing grass.'

"Through reading books and other literature, attending conventions
and seminars, and interacting with other people who shared the same
interest in coins, Fuljenz has become one of the foremost experts
in the area of rare coins."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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