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APRIL 25-27, 2003

Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. So.,
Tukwila, WA

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PNNA Spring Convention Report - 2003

Friday April 25

The biggest annual coin show in the Pacific Northwest, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA), opened today at the Tukwila Community Center, near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and just a short distance south of Seattle. Convention chairman Dick Billings reported that "It's off to an excellent start" with "good attendance." As was the case the past two years, everyone seemed to be pleased with the facility, was has been nicely decorated including carpeting over the entire gymnasium floor. Reflecting a continuing strong coin market, there is a record dealer turnout (100 booths) with a wide variety of material available.

Saturday April 26

The PNNA convention moved into high gear on Saturday with good turnout on the bourse floor combined with a full day of educational programs and meetings.

  • The keynote address, Discovering Numismatics: The Basics of Coin Collecting, was given by Chris Connell from the ANA Museum in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • This was followed by Bill McKivor's informative talk, You and your Wallet buying and selling coins, tokens, and medals in the real world, which expounded upon some of the essential collecting topics covered by Chris, with Bill adding his own flavor to the discussion.

  • Juniors on the bourse floor were excited to have the opportunity to complete a set of numismatic items as part of the Young numismatist (YN) "Treasure Trivia" game. Participation was excellent!

  • PNNA editor/webmaster Eric Holcomb received the Nina Nystrom Memorial Goodwill Ambassador Award from PNNA president Scott Loos.

  • Ray Mah from Vancouver, British Columbia was announced as the recipient of the Bob Everett Memorial Award in recognition of Ray's long years of service to the hobby. Ray was unable to attend the convention.

  • Awards were presented for the collector exhibits.


PNNA 2003 Spring Convention Photos

Convention chairman Dick Billings, along with Tukwila Community Center facilities coordinator Jessie Richardson, welcomes the public as the convention opens at noon on Friday. Moneyer Greg Franck-Weiby strikes silver souvenir coins using methods similar to those used to make coins in ancient and medieval times. The silver coins could be purchased for $2.
Personnel at the American Numismatic Association table are ready to answer your questions about the hobby and the Association, as well as assist juniors with the "Treasure Trivia" game featuring numerous free items. Left to right: ANA Board member William Horton, ANA Museum Collection Manager Chris Connell, ANA Board member Patti Finner.
ANA Museum Collection Manager Chris Connell delivers the keynote address, Discovering Numismatics: The Basics of Coin Collecting. Exhibit winners Susan Billings (left) and Ken Hill (right), with exhibit chairman Larry Rowe (center).  Ken won "Best of Show," and Susan had the best exhibit of tokens and medals.
PNNA editor and webmaster Eric Holcomb (left) receives
the Nina Nystrom MemorialGoodwill Ambassador Award
from PNNA president Scott Loos (right).

PNNA Spring Convention Report - 2003 (cont.)

Sunday April 27

The successful 2003 PNNA convention concluded today in Tukwila. Total convention paid attendance approached 1,000, but was lower than in 2002. Most of the dealers, collectors and public attending the event seemed to be satisfied, and many of the juniors really enjoyed the Treasure Trivia game. The ANA (see above) was very pleased with its participation, and signed up over 20 new members. The PNNA was pleased to announce that the association's annual convention would again be held at the Tukwila Community Center the weekend of April 23-25, 2004.