Introducing the PNNA

Welcome to the new mobile-friendly PNNA website built with WordPress. Some linked pages will remain “legacy” pages on the old website for now. An alternative menu page is provided in case the main menu at the top of each page doesn’t work correctly.

The Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA) is a regional organization for numismatists — persons who study, collect, or deal with coins, paper money, tokens and medals. The PNNA is proud to present, our home on the World Wide Web! This site is updated frequently to bring you accurate and up-to-date information about numismatics in the Pacific Northwest. PNNA members are also available to help answer your questions about numismatics. Please don’t hesitate to ask us a question or to contribute information for possible use on this site! The PNNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation registered in the State of Oregon.

The PNNA is the recipient of an Exemplary Service Award from the American Numismatic Association, bestowed in 2015.

Conventions & Special Events

Apply for PNNA Scholarships Now!

PNNA Scholarship Competition
Competition for scholarships to the 2020 ANA Summer Seminar (June 27-July 9) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The deadline was Feb. 15; the winners have been selected.

The 2020 PNNA spring convention will also feature an ANA seminar, Counterfeit Detection Seminar: Classic Fakes & Chinese-made Counterfeits, April 15-16, 2020 in Tukwila, WAApply for a PNNA scholarship to this seminar (Deadline Feb. 22).

Recent/Upcoming Event Summary

1st Quarter – Boeing Employees’ Coin Show

The Boeing Employees’ Coin Show was held Jan. 18-19, 2020 in Kent, Wash. The PNNA board of directors met on Jan. 18, 2020 at this show.

1st Q 2020 Nor'wester cover
1st Q 2020 Boeing Employees’ Coin Show edition of The Nor’wester.

Thanks to West Coast Coins, ANACS and other advertisers for sponsoring this edition. Although this show is not a PNNA-sponsored event, it is one of the largest shows in the Northwest, and the PNNA produces a special edition for this event, which was mailed to members subscribed to paper copies on Jan. 10.

Did you know? Former U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver Thomas D. Rogers, who is a PNNA honorary life member and designed the obverse of the PNNA’s 75th anniversary medal, also has sculpted the Boeing airplanes on some recent BECC medals when commissioned by BEX Engraving of Fullerton, Calif.

Other 1st Q 2020 Events: (also see calendar for local events)
ANA National Money Show
February 27-29, 2020 in Atlanta, GA

2nd Quarter – Spring Coin Show

Counterfeit Detection Seminar: Classic Fakes & Chinese-made Counterfeits
April 15-16, 2020 in Tukwila, WA

PNNA Convention (71st Annual)
April 17-19, 2020 in Tukwila, WA
The PNNA show features a large active bourse, exhibits, numismatic theater and club meetings, and a popular young numismatist (YN) program!

The previous annual spring convention and coin show in Tukwila, Wash., was held a bit early – March 15-17, 2019.
See the 2019 dealer list. See show report/photos. Most dealers are expected to return for the 2020 show.

2nd Q 2019 The Nor'wester cover
2nd Q 2019 Spring Convention edition of The Nor’wester.

Thanks to Heritage Auctions, ANACS and other advertisers for sponsoring this edition. Free paper copies were available at the convention.

Other 2nd Q 2020 Events: (also see calendar for local events)
ANA National Coin Week
April 19-25, 2020 Theme: “Remarkable Women: Catalysts of Change.” See PNNA NCW award information.
ANA Summer Seminar
June 27-July 9, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado (pre-registration/tuition required to take courses).

3rd Quarter – Washington State Fair

The next Washington State (Puyallup) Fair is scheduled for Sept. 4-27, 2020. The PNNA had a booth at the 2019 Fair from Sept. 11-22, 2019.

Important: Due to changes at the Fair, the PNNA only had a display and info table from September 11 to 22, and the display was in the Pavilion. We hope to return to being at the entire Fair in 2020.

3rd Q 2019 The Nor'wester cover
3rd Q 2019 Washington State Fair edition of The Nor’wester.

FREE paper copies were available at the Fair.
See the PNNA Fair page for more information.

Other 3rd Q 2020 Events: (also see calendar for local events)
ANA Summer Seminar
June 27-July 9, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado (pre-registration/tuition required to take courses).
ANA World’s Fair of Money
August 4-8, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA

4th Quarter – Fall Coin Show

Beginning in 2020, there will be separate fall shows in Seattle (Tukwila) and Portland, with the PNNA sponsoring the Tukwila show (Sept. 25-27, 2020) and the WCC sponsoring the Portland show (Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020). See the linked fall coin show page for updates.

Last year’s fall show was held November 1-3, 2019 in Portland.
See the 2019 dealer list. See show report/photos.

Understanding Exonumia Workshop was held on Saturday, November 2. Would you like to see a similar workshop again in the Northwest? – Please let us know.

4th Q 2019 The Nor'wester cover
4th Q 2019 Fall Convention edition of The Nor’wester.

Thanks to Heritage Auctions, ANACS and other advertisers for sponsoring this edition. Free paper copies were available at the convention.

Completed Event Summary

To save space on this homepage, the completed events summary has been moved to a separate page under “Events.”

Other News Summary

Greetings from the PNNA!
See recent PNNA President’s messages.

WA Centennial Medal (obv.)
WA Centennial Medal (obv.)
WA Centennial Medal (rev.)
WA Centennial Medal (rev.)

Are you looking to fill in holes in your Washington State Centennial Medal collection? The PNNA has no more medallions to hand out at its shows, so if you still want to complete a set, you will need to trade with other collectors who may have duplicates. To facilitate this, we have established a way to get those with extra medals together with those with holes in their collection.

A clearing agent has been established. To take advantage of this program, simply email a list of the medals you need and a list of extra medals you’re willing to trade, to Our clearing agent will notify you of any matches, so that you can make arrangements to get together (perhaps at a major coin show). This is first-come, first-serve. The first person to get their list in will receive the first medals available.

We will run this program for a year with reminders in each issue of The Nor’wester. If after the first year there is still interest in the program, it will be continued. Once no more want lists are received for a period of time the program will be discontinued. So, put together your lists and send them as soon as possible. This may be your last opportunity to fill in your set!

Note: The medal pictured above is the statewide medal, however this program is primarily intended for the county medals, of which few people have a complete set.

PNNA Scholarships
Applications for ANA Summer Seminar scholarships are due Feb. 15, 2020 – see the 1st Quarter Nor’wester, or see the scholarship page. The winners for 2020 will be announced at the April convention.

In Memoriam – We regret to announce the death in September 2018 of longtime PNNA Honorary Life Member and former editor Del Cushing. See the 2018 president’s message for more details.

New Logo! The PNNA logo shown on this website was approved by the board on July 23, 2016. Thanks to Tim Garcia for designing this logo, based on the 75th anniversary medal design by Thomas D. Rogers.

Previous news summaries from the website.

News Blog

On behalf of all PNNA officers, committees and members, I would like to welcome you to the PNNA blog, which allows the association’s officers and other designated persons to communicate directly with our web audience about PNNA news, activities and other items of interest. Please feel free to contact the PNNA, email, with your comments and suggestions.

All blog posts will appear on the main blog page (older posts may be archived by month and year). To display only blog entries in a specific category (such as “Club messages”), click on that category in the sidebar or at the top/bottom of the page.

– Eric Holcomb, PNNA webmaster

Website Info

ANA member number C-1000037 (old ANA Life Club #37)
The PNNA suggests that you also visit the American Numismatic Association site.

Did you really want the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association? — They’re, we’re!

Privacy and data usage policy.
Updated 2/17/2020 by J. Eric Holcomb, PNNA Webmaster.
Inquiries: Please send to Thank You!
Web hosting courtesy of DreamHost, Brea, Calif.

Leave a Reply