Introducing the PNNA
Serving Numismatics in the Northwest since 1940.
ANA Exemplary Service Award recipient – 2015.
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 pnna.org, 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.
Conventions & Special Events
PNNA Memorabilia Wanted
The PNNA has issued souvenirs for many of its past conventions. See the memorabilia catalog. Marty Shallow (A Coin Shop, LLC) recently purchased a major collection of PNNA and Washington State club memorabilia, and has a want list for more items.
Upcoming Event Summary
3rd Quarter – Washington State Fair
The next Washington State (Puyallup) Fair was scheduled for Sept. 4-27, 2020, but has been cancelled due to virus concerns. We hope to see you again at the Fair in 2021.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Fair, a smaller-than-normal black & white edition of The Nor’wester was produced and mailed to members on July 27. See this (3rd Q 2020) edition.
75th Anniversary of the End of World War II – In addition to the U.S. Mint commemorative coin and medal, the Short Snorter Project has released a book by Thomas J. Sparks titled The Short Snorter Project – Still Keeping the Memories Alive – Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II. The link allows you to access the book for free on the Newman Numismatic Portal.
Another WWII story – The Occupation of Hong Kong and the Life of a Veteran by Michael Souza, an abridged version of an award-winning article originally written in 2018 for the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association’s CN Journal. This is a 50-page PDF file, well-illustrated and easy to read.
4th Quarter (and end of 3rd) – Fall Coin Show
Beginning in 2020, separate fall shows were scheduled in Seattle (Tukwila) and Portland, with the PNNA sponsoring the Tukwila show and the WCC sponsoring the Portland show.
The PNNA Tukwila fall show was scheduled for Sept. 25-27, 2020, but was cancelled, as of the Aug. 1 board meeting.
Due to the fall show cancellation, the 4th Quarter 2020 edition of The Nor’wester is a smaller 8-page color edition, and extra paper copies are not available. Note that ANACS is making a special “Fall Frenzy” offer on certain 10-coin grading submissions! Thanks to both ANACS and Heritage Auctions for advertising in this edition.
The WCC Portland fall show was scheduled for Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020, but has been cancelled, as of Aug. 20.
Last year’s fall show was held Nov. 1-3, 2019 in Portland.
See show report/photos. An Understanding Exonumia Workshop was held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Would you like to see a similar workshop again in the Northwest? – Please let us know.
1st Quarter 2021 – Boeing Employees’ Coin Show
Boeing Employees’ Coin Show
The next show was scheduled for Jan. 16-17, 2021 in Kent, Wash. The PNNA 1st Quarter 2021 edition of The Nor’wester was intended to be a special 16-page edition for this show, but will now be another 8-page color edition.
2nd Quarter 2021 – Spring Coin Show
PNNA Convention (72nd Annual)
Next year’s convention is scheduled for April 9-11, 2021.
PNNA shows normally feature a large active bourse, exhibits, numismatic theater and club meetings, and a popular young numismatist (YN) program.
ANA Summer Seminar
June 26-July 8, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Completed Event Summary
Other News Summary
Greetings from the PNNA!
See recent PNNA President’s messages.
Classics! Revisit some articles and galleries from the past, recently reformatted as PDF files:
Ancient coins (compilation of articles) by Joseph Kleinman.
Numismatic Remembrance of National Tragedies.
1959 Oregon Centennial Tokens (Introduction to) by Katie Reinders.
United States Colonials – A Picture Gallery
Washington State Quarter Design Contest (held 2002-2005).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our clearing agent will notify you of any matches, so that you can make arrangements to get together. 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.
In Memoriam – We regret to report the death in September 2018 of longtime PNNA Honorary Life Member and former editor Del Cushing. See the 2018 news page 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 are now available by decade and year under the “News” menu.
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 email@example.com, 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
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 pnna.com, we’re pnna.org!