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PNNA 2nd Q 2023 edition of The Nor’wester

The 2nd Quarter 2023 edition of the PNNA’s publication, The Nor’wester, is available online at

The Nor'wester cover - 2nd Quarter 2023
The Nor’wester cover – 2nd Quarter 2023

As announced last year, there will be only two main editions of The Nor’wester each year, for the spring convention and the fall coin show. This is one of those editions, and is 24 pages in full color!

Summary of 2nd Quarter content:

  • PNNA President’s message by Ed Fischer.
  • PNNA Convention welcome message by Kevin Charboneau.
  • Other PNNA news including about the Washington State (Puyallup) Fair, PNNA exhibits and PNNA awards.
  • A feature article by Tom Sparks about “The Short Snorter of Major General Clayton L. Bissell,” which was on display at the Phoenix ANA National Money Show.
  • Two interesting short articles by Adhitri S., a YN from Indiana.

Back issues of The Nor’wester are available online.

Once again, thank you for your interest in the PNNA!

Eric Holcomb
PNNA Editor/Webmaster

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Portland National Money Show – Final Reminder

Just a final reminder that the ANA National Money Show will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Thursday-Saturday March 5-7, 2015. It should be a great show, not to be missed! For more information, see and the PNNA website, and perhaps we’ll see you at the show.

Update: A report on this show has been posted to ANA Conventions and Shows in Portland, Oregon – 1998 to 2015.

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PNNA 1st Quarter 2015 Nor’wester

The 1st Quarter 2015 edition of the PNNA’s publication, The Nor’wester, is available online at
This is a 12-page regular edition. Here’s a summary of the contents:

  • Important information about the upcoming ANA National Money Show in Portland (March 5-7) and The Dalles Mint tour (March 8).
  • PNNA President’s message by Danny Bisgaard.
  • Call for nominations for annual PNNA awards.
  • In Memoriam section noting prominent PNNA members who have passed away recently.
  • An interesting article, “One-Ounce Silver Bullion Coinage, North and South” by Mark Benvenuto.
  • PNNA scholarship application for 2015. (Scholarships are for expenses attending ANA Summer Seminar.)
  • Coin show and event calendar.

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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 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 catalog 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 p.m. or so as there were too many attendees in the aisles. (We normally start at around 1 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.