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 56th ANNUAL CONVENTION,
COIN AND CURRENCY SHOW
Fredericksburg, VA --The Virginia Numismatic Association will hold its 56th annual convention, coin and currency show, September 26-28 (Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. This is our 4th year in Fredericksburg and its looking like we are on course for another successful show.
The VNA convention, coin and currency show is the largest in Virginia. Dealers at 140 tables will offer U.S. and foreign coins and paper money, ancients, gold and silver, Civil War currency, tokens, medals, supplies, and other items. In addition to buying, selling, and trading of numismatic items, the SEGS grading service and ANACS grading service will be on site for submitting coins for authorization and grading. David Schankman and Eric Schena will be manning a table to help identify Virginia Tokens that have not been previously Identified and will be photographing them for the new Virginia Token book that is in the works.
Exhibits of numismatic materials will be a special attraction with a variety of themes. Coin enthusiasts of will find fun activities at the youth area. A Boy Scout coin collecting merit badge workshop will be held on Saturday, September 27, 1-3:00 PM.
Steve Roach, editor of Coin World will be the guest speaker at the awards banquet on September 27 (advance reservation required). His topic is "Ten Factors that are changing the way that we collect coins today (and how they may affect coin collecting in the future)"
Admission and parking are free for the convention and coin show events. Pre-show “early bird” admission is $35 during dealer setup starting at 3:00 PM on September 25. Raffle tickets will be sold in books of 6 for a $5 contribution to support VNA’s educational work. There will be hourly drawings for numismatic items and a gold coin at the end of each day of the show.
For further information, visit www.vnaonline.org or contact Gregg Coburn at PO Box 824, Bealeton, VA 22712, (540) 272-1524, email@example.com.
VNA Dealers: please support our youth activities program at the show with contributions of low-value foreign coins and US coins and other collectibles such as wheat pennies, Indian head pennies, buffalo nickels, V nickels, transportation tokens, sales tax tokens, trade tokens, wooden nickels, etc. We want to hand these out to the many youth we expect at our show and stimulate their interest in collecting.
This year our VNA convention dinner speaker will be Steve Roach, editor-in-chief of Coin World, the world’s largest coin hobby publication. Steve will speak about Ten Factors that are changing the way that we collect coins today (and how they may affect coin collecting in the future). Steve has been deeply involved with numismatics for more than 20 years with two years spent as a coin grader at ANACS, nearly three years at Heritage Auctions, and a stint as a “paintings specialist” at Christie's. Steve brings a rich understanding of our hobby, the coin market, unique personalities and exceptional objects that make collecting meaningful. He taught coin grading/authentication for the American Numismatic Association and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Appraisers Steve is a frequent speaker about legal issues and valuation of, rare coins and fine art.
Stamps: To expand the collector base attending the VNA show, we have invited stamp dealers to participate. Jack Ott, a long-time stamp dealer, will be at the show and would be pleased to appraise stamp collections in the hands of collectors and to make offers to dealers for stamps accumulated when buying coin collections.
CONVENTION EXHIBITS: One of the prime attractions at the VNA Convention in September will be the cluster of exhibits prepared by collectors. The exhibits offer historical and cultural insights into society – US, foreign, or ancient. They are attractive adjuncts to the coin show and attract many of our visitors. If you have interest in preparing an exhibit, contact Jack Hepler at firstname.lastname@example.org with the theme and some details about the exhibit you would like to display. You might even win an award!
The 56th annual VNA Coin Convention is right around the corner. At our VNA Board meeting on Sunday, July 27, we sought to tie up loose ends. We decided to add a theme to this year’s show – “Grandparents/Grandchildren: Sharing the Hobby Across Generations”. Commonly heard in conversations about the health of our hobby is the need to attract the young collector. Our theme accentuates that belief.
We are excited to announce our speaker for the banquet. He is Steve Roach, Editor-in-Chief of Coin World (see bio in the Editor’s Corner). We are confident his presentation will be entertaining and meaningful. Keep in mind we have limited seating for the banquet, so make your reservation early.
Later this month you will receive an envelope containing an information flier, ballot, and reservation form for the banquet. Please take the time to fill out the ballot which nominates officers and Board members for the VNA; and the banquet reservation form to reserve your seat.
We are also pleased to announce a volunteer for the position of Bourse Chairman. He is John Cunningham from the Fredericksburg area. He will succeed Gregg Coburn in this challenging but essential job. Gregg has promised to provide assistance through the transition period, but we are still looking for volunteers to assist John in carrying out his duties.
Please let me remind you again the success of our show relies in large measure on volunteers to perform or assist in the many tasks associated with the show. Simply stated, we cannot succeed without you. So do contact out bourse chairman, Gregg Coburn, to offer your help.
The VNA Coin Convention at Fredericksburg gets better every year. We expect to have plenty of dealers to fulfill your collector needs, a robust education program featuring a BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge, and exhibits. The Fredericksburg Expo Center is spacious and comfortable with plenty of free parking. So we hope you will plan to spend part of your September 26-28 weekend at the coin show. It will be fun.
Our next Board meeting will take place at 8:00 AM on Sunday, September 28 at the Expo Center. All VNA members are invited to attend. See you in Fredericksburg!
“As promised, the updated constitution and bylaws for the VNA have been completed and are posted on our website. It is more robust and inclusive than the document it replaced. We hope you will take the opportunity to read it.”
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