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Welcome to the website of the Virginia Numismatic Association. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, encouraging and promoting interest in numismatics. VNA was founded in 1959 and has a membership of about 350 with 16 member clubs. We publish the quarterly journal, The Virginia Numismatist, and host an annual convention and coin show which includes exhibits, educational presentations, and youth activities.
The purpose of this web site is to provide information about VNA and its activities and other information of interest to the numismatic community.
VIRGINIA NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION HOLDS 55TH CONVENTION
The Virginia Numismatic Association held its 55th Annual Convention and Coin Show, September 27-29, 2013 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, Fredericksburg, Virginia. There were 142 tables, with 90 dealers, from 16 states. During three beautiful days, the show was attended by over 1,000 enthusiastic collectors including more than 150 from a Home School Group and the Boy Scouts. The Culpeper, Rappahannock Area, and Warrenton Coin Clubs hosted the event and provided dedicated volunteers with assistance from the Monticello and Richmond Clubs. Next year’s convention will be held in the same location, September 26-28, 2014. This year, we had a special guest touring our show on Friday – the world’s first numismatist squirrel who scampered through the hall before being convinced by our intrepid security to exit the hall.
Highlights of the 2013 event:
Miley Tucker-Frost, a renowned sculptor, was the banquet speaker this year. She is the designer of the reverse of the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin. She regaled us with the fascinating tale of how her design was inspired by a family vacation to Montana where she viewed the nurturing of eaglets in a nest by their parents. Did you know the design was first a sculpture, commissioned by the Reagan administration?
Jack Hepler and Parry Bragg were awarded plaques for their outstanding service to the VNA.
Eric Schena was presented the James Ruehrmund Literary Awardin recognition of his publication “The Ingle System Script of the Mid-Atlantic Region”.
Cheryl Niuman from the Monticello Coin Club was recognized for her exceptional contribution to the organization this past year. Her dedication to her club’s show and to the VNA show are unmatched! She even took vacation days and relocated to the Fredericksburg area for the show! Certificates of Appreciation also were issued to Penny Anderson and Jack Bell for their outstanding volunteer work.
A special award in honor of VNA Secretary, George Merz, who passed away earlier this year was given to his wife, Judy
Lee Morrison, Flint Hill, VA, postmaster and Warrenton Stamp and Coin Club member, displayed an outstanding personal collection of rare U.S. stamps and historic items in the theme of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War!
Stack’s Bowers Auctions accepted consignments to forthcoming auctions. ANACS was on-site accepting coins for grading.
Workshops for the Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge were held with participation by 40 Scouts of whom 26 completed the certification.
On Friday, John Philips, the Education Coordinator, held workshops for 72 Home School students ages 6-12. Seven other students joined in also. Saturday brought in the Scouts plus 25 other young people. Along with John’s Assistants, Darrell Tyler, Billy Hoovler, Jack Hepler, and Randolph Grimes, the Youth Corner attracted more than 144 young numismatists, who received over 2000 coins, 1000 folders, and 40 Red Books! There was even a Treasure Hunt!
Special Note: our Bourse Chairman, Gregg Coburn, is ready to turn over the baton as the chairman after the 2014 VNA show. This means we need a volunteer to replace Gregg for 2015. No doubt it’s a tough job and Gregg has been superb in carrying out the Bourse Chairman duties. So it’s not too early to put the call out for Gregg’s replacement. He promises to help the new chairperson for the 2015 show.
The Virginia Numismatic Association is a non-profit organization striving to educate and serve collectors, clubs, students, and dealers in Virginia. It has 300+ individual members, 16 member clubs, and publishes the quarterly journal, The Virginia Numismatist. For more information, visit www.vnaonline.org or call 540-272-1524.
The VNA Convention and Coin Show provided an excellent forum for some truly impressive exhibits this year. And we became a National exhibitor with exhibitors from out of state.
There were four competitive exhibits in three categories. The winners were:
Medals and Tokens: Simcha Kuritzky with his exhibit titled: Boy For Sale? Tokens for the Redemption of the Firstborn Son
Coins: Simcha Kuritzky, title: Meet Me in Osaka, Japan for the Expo ’70 Fair
Other-Mixed Material: Thomas Casper. Title: U.S. Rationing During WWII.
The Best of ShowANDPeople’s Choice Awards went to Thomas Casper.
There were also three Non-competitive exhibits:
R.A.C.C. Encasement Program
Penny Press Mint: The Minter’s Art
Members and Member Clubs should begin now to plan for exhibits. Plans are underway to have more impressive awards and a better location for the display area. We would like to make the exhibits of the VNA a larger and more impressive part of the Annual Conference and Coin Show. For further information or if you have questions, please contact Jack Hepler; firstname.lastname@example.org
I, as Webmaster, apologize for the format in this wonderful letter. Here is a letter sent to Jack Hepler, our Exhibits Chairman, that should make us all as VNa members feel proud of our organization.
Dear Jack: I am forwarding to you a letter that I sent to the editor of the Ration Board, the bulletin that is published by the Society of Ration Token Collectors, of which I am a member. They are always interested when a member exhibits ration material. So I told him about that (a little bragging) and also got a plug in for your show next year. Maybe my experience will encourage a few new exhibitors at next year's show. I have no idea if any SRTC members live in the Virginia area. Regards, Tom
Subject: Ration Exhibit at VNA Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:46:18 -0500
Dear Don: After reading the September, 2013 issue of the Ration Board and seeing a fellow member exhibiting in Oregon, I thought I would share another exhibit story with you.
My wife and I planned to visit our daughter, who lives in Fredericksburg, VA in September, 2013. When I found out the Virginia Numismatic Association was hosting their 3-day coin show in Fredericksburg, September 27-29, 2013, I of course made our visit coincide with the show. I contacted the exhibit chairman for the show and he invited me not only to come but to exhibit. I displayed competitively five cases of ration material titled "U.S. Rationing During WWII". I also put out two additional cases of ration material non-competitively. I won First Place in Miscellaneous, the Best in Show and the People's Choice Award. The show was great with 150 tables and 87 dealers from 15 states. It was great to see dealers that I never see in the Midwest. I would encourage anyone in the area to exhibit and attend next year's VNA show to be held on September 26-28, 2014 at the FredericksburgExpo & ConferenceCenter in Fredericksburg, VA. Their website is vnaonline.org. I'm sorry but I don't have a photo of my exhibit to send you. Regards, Tom Casper
I have a special request. Please send me your correct Email address. Some of the addresses that I have are not active. It is an economical way to keep in touch and it would really help me out. Thanks, Judy email@example.com
You are welcome to send me information that you would like to have posted here that relates to upcoming shows and/or information of interest to VNA members. Please contact Judy Merz, Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org I have a special request . Please send me your correct Email address It saves on postage and some of the addresses I have may be severalyears out of date. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks ,Judy