PNNA Convention this weekend, May 2-4 in Tukwila

Don’t forget, the annual PNNA spring convention in Tukwila, Washington is this weekend, May 2-4. with the show opening to the public at noon on Friday, for an admission charge as low as $2.00 (or $5.00 for the entire weekend). See the convention webpage at for much more information, including a link to the convention program and dealer list. See you in Tukwila!

PNNA 2nd Q Nor’wester convention edition

The 2nd Quarter 2014 convention special edition of the PNNA’s publication, The Nor’wester, is now available online at If you are a current PNNA member (or were a member in 2013) you should have received a paper copy of this issue along with your PNNA election ballot for the 2014-2016 term, even if you normally subscribe to the online-only option. If your membership did expire at the end of 2013, please enclose a check for dues when returning your ballot.

This special 16-page edition of The Nor’wester includes eight color pages, with a cover design by ANACS, which will again accept submissions for certification and grading at this year’s PNNA convention in Tukwila, May 2-4, 2014. Inside you’ll also find the PNNA president’s and convention chairman’s messages, information about the exciting Portlandia medal designed for the 2015 ANA National Money Show in Portland, other PNNA and ANA information, and coin dealer advertisements.

Back issues of The Nor’wester are available at

PNNA Members: If your PNNA membership has already expired or expires this year, please see for renewal information.

Once again, thanks for your interest in the PNNA, and we’ll see you in Tukwila!

Eric Holcomb
PNNA Editor/Webmaster

News from the Atlanta ANA show

As reported by PNNA member and ANA national volunteer Larry Gaye.

The annual ANA National Money Show™ was held Feb 27-Mar 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Its official, Larry and Kathy Rowe were selected by the ANA Board as Honorary Chairs of the National Money Show in Portland, 2015.

Also, Katie Reinders was selected for the upcoming vacancy as the new ANA Intern. This puts her on the ANA Board of Governors for her six month term. Her buddy Cole’s term is ending. Quite an honor.

The ANA Saturday “free” spectacular at the Atlanta Show appears to have been a raging success. Saturday featured a “Free Appraisal” booth in the afternoon. If memory serves it ran from noon till 3:00 p.m. People lined up all day and kept four or so appraisers busy till the end. There were still many folk in line when it had to be cut off. Three 1889-CC Morgans were brought in and a very rare Austrian set was brought in. One of the Austrian items in the set had a cat value of some $15,000. I saw one of the CC’s and it was a real EF and amazingly escaped from cleaning. This is a very valuable coin as uncleaned specimens are very rare.

The other freebee was no entry admission was charged on Saturday. There was buzz on the floor all day Saturday till the bitter end. It actually prevented us from breaking down booths till around 3:00 p.m. or so as there were too many attendees in the aisles. (We normally start at around 1:00 p.m.)

The exhibition of the California buried treasure find by Don Kagin was an amazing draw as well. These three events were very pivotal and provided for a very good show.

ANA is already implementing free Saturday admission (for the 2015 Portland show). Another perk for ANA members is that they are allowed into the show a half-hour before the general public.

2014 PNNA Elections

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE PNNA: (by election chairman Bill McKivor)

It is time once again to pick those who would lead us for the next two years. We are looking for a few great people to serve as officers and on the board of directors.

Please consider service to the club, if you have time it is more than worthwhile. You get to know many people in the numismatic community, and get to meet collectors of nearly every possible phase of coin, token, and medal collecting, and help guide the PNNA to bigger and better things. The term of office is 2014-2016.

Thus, we are looking for nominees.  If you would like to run for any of the offices, President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary — or for the board of directors — please contact me.

We need to have a slate of candidates by the first of March, an election soon after, and the results will be announced at the PNNA Convention in Tukwila on May 3rd.

If you are a member of the board, and have not contacted me with an OK to run again, please do, as I cannot enter anyone’s name without permission. And if you are a person just now thinking about helping the PNNA with your hands and your heart, I shall happily sign you up to run. — Bill McKivor, Election Chairman, ph. (206) 244-8345, address PO Box 46135, Seattle, WA 98146 or email

PNNA 1st Q Nor’wester

The 1st Quarter 2014 edition of the PNNA’s publication, The Nor’wester, is now available online at Back issues are also available at If you subscribe to The Nor’wester in paper form, you should receive your copy by the end of the year.

This is an expanded edition of The Nor’wester including important information about the upcoming PNNA elections and PNNA awards, including the annual scholarship awards to attend the ANA Summer Seminar.

PNNA Members: If your PNNA membership has already expired or expires this year, please see for renewal information, or wait until I send a separate notice about membership renewal by about March of 2014.

Once again, thanks for your interest in the PNNA, and Happy Holidays!

Eric Holcomb
PNNA Editor/Webmaster

Portland Fall Show Collector Exhibit Winners

Winners of judged collector exhibit prizes from the PNNA/WCC 2013 fall coin show in Portland have been posted, along with photos of the winning exhibits, to:

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who participated. We hope to see you again in Tukwila and Portland in 2014, and in March 2015 in Portland for the ANA National Money Show. Please contact the PNNA if you have any questions about collector exhibits.

PNNA 4th Q Nor’wester and Portland fall show

The 4th Quarter 2013 edition of the PNNA’s publication, The Nor’wester, is now available online at Back issues are also available at If you subscribe to The Nor’wester in paper form, you should receive your copy by about October 1.

This is an expanded edition of The Nor’wester including important information about the upcoming (October 5-6 with dealer and exhibitor setup October 4) PNNA-Willamette Coin Club 9th Annual Fall Convention & Coin Show at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon. There will also be an educational symposium on Thursday October 3 with several high-quality speakers including Doug Mudd from the ANA. (See below.) For more information about the fall show, see

PNNA Members: If your PNNA membership has already expired or expires this year, please see for renewal information, or wait until I send a separate email about membership renewal. Free one-year email-only memberships will also be available at the Portland show.

Once again, thanks for your interest in the PNNA, and I hope to see you in Portland!

Eric Holcomb
PNNA Editor/Webmaster

Additional educational symposium information:

Date: Thursday, October 3. Seating is limited—Please RSVP via email or phone to the contact listed below. Attendance is FREE. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. Presentations begin at 9:00 a.m.

Contact: Scott Loos, P.O. Box 2210, North Bend, WA 98045, Email:, Phone: 425-831-8789. Or contact Larry Gaye as listed in the newsletter.

  • Headline speaker will be Douglas Mudd, ANA museum curator. Doug will be speaking on “The Politics of Coinage: Messages and Their Importance on Early Modern Coinage.”
  • Other speakers will feature U.S. and World topics. Please check the PNNA website (or The Nor’wester) for a complete list of presentations.
  • FREE—Enjoy a day of learning before the start of the annual fall PNNA/WCC show.

PNNA members to receive awards in Chicago

According to the newest online edition of the ANA’s monthly journal, The Numismatist, several PNNA members will be recognized at the upcoming ANA anniversary convention in Chicago/Rosemont, Ill., Aug. 13-17.

  • Larry Gaye – ANA Medal of Merit
  • Katie Reinders – ANA YN of the Year
  • James Reinders – ANA Outstanding Adult Advisor
  • Joe Boling – ANA Exemplary Service Award
  • Dick Doty – ANA Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumously).

Congratulations, and we’ll have a report in the 4th Quarter 2013 edition of The Nor’wester.

Update – see photos of some of the awards and award winners; also collector exhibits.

PNNA 3rd Quarter Nor’wester and related news

The 3rd Quarter 2013 edition of the PNNA’s newsletter, The Nor’wester, has been published and can be accessed as a PDF file on the back issues page at

If you are a PNNA member, you should have received a cover sheet with The Nor’wester, including a member survey. The first 100 members to respond with a completed survey by the deadline will be entered into a prize drawing. If you’re not currently a PNNA member, it’s too late for the survey this year, but we might do it again in 2014.

This is another great year for the PNNA, with the usual conventions in Tukwila (completed) and Portland (scheduled for October 5-6), plus other activities including a booth at the Puyallup Fair Hobby Hall (September 6-22). If you’re at the Fair, stop by and say hello!

Thank you again for your interest in the PNNA, and I look forward to seeing you in Portland.

Free members:
As a reminder, to continue your free PNNA membership (if applicable), you need to attend this year’s spring or fall convention and fill out a new free membership form. Paid memberships are also available at Starting August 1, there will be a modest dues increase for those who prefer to receive their newsletter in paper form. (Yes, mailing is getting more expensive.)

Paid members:
If you already have a paid membership, thank you for your support of the PNNA! Please check your newsletter cover letter and renew now if necessary.

Eric Holcomb
PNNA Editor/Webmaster

PNNA Convention report and photos

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s PNNA Convention in Tukwila a big success, with attendance once again over 1,000 and strong activity despite an unexpected drop in bullion prices on the opening day of the show.

Reports and photos have been added to the PNNA website in the following locations:

2013 convention report:

2013 convention exhibit report:

2013 awards:
(Then click on each award to see the history of that award and who’s won the award over the years.)

The PNNA Memorabilia Catalog ( will also be updated with the new elongated souvenir!

– Eric Holcomb
PNNA Editor/Webmaster