Please check the Publications page for corrections and additions to  Dave Schenkman's book.


 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 over 400 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. 



Everyone: It is essential if this web site is to be kept up to date

that I receive information about address changes , email

changes or other pertinent information. This applies to clubs, public sites and individual members.

Thank you for your cooperation. 



Donald Thomas would like to share with members that he is willing to help them create on line sites or other assistance.  His email is printreaders@hotmail.com and his website is www.printreaders.info. This is just one example of how members are willing to help others who may be looking for assistance. 

Donald Thomas's  phone # is 757-593-1005.



Bourse Chair John Cunningham and VNA President Parry Bragg

officially open the2017 Convention


Don't forget to check us out at our sister site on Facebook.

Virginia Numismatic Association with the VNA logo.


 Please follow this link for great new information on how we plan to make the Virginia Numismatist  and other important infomation available to you electronically.

by Vice President George Watson and Tom Kays



First Place Exhibit

Winner of the Jack Hepler Award for Numismatic Excellence

Michael Shutterly








Following the success of the publication on Virginia tokens, the VNA is planning to produce a book on Virginia obsolete paper money. The book will cover all forms of paper money and related financial instruments used in the Commonwealth. Eric Schena will author the new work and is planning on covering the following types of notes:

State Treasury Notes
County & Municipal notes
Obsolete bank notes
Privately issued notes
Transportation notes (excluding coupons and similarly related tokens)
Panic & Depression Scrip
Advertising notes
Business school notes
Mining notes (excluding coupon books or similarly related tokens)

To make this project as comprehensive as possible, we need your help! We are looking for any notes that have not been catalogued in the 1991 Jones & Littlefield catalog or are unpublished in any similar works. One particular challenge will be scope of notes issued in what is now West Virginia. All pre-1863 notes will be included; however, because of the close relationship between the two states there is considerable cross-over appeal. Consequently, some of the later nineteenth century notes will be evaluated for inclusion, so unlisted WV should also be sent.  In addition, we will also need good color scans or photographs of notes to include. Illustration and contributor credit will be given where applicable. If you would like to assist in this project and contribute illustrations and listings, please contact Eric at eschena@hotmail.com for more details.






Spring 2019   President’s Message


The 61st Annual VNA Convention, Coin & Currency Show in September 2019 is fast approaching.  VNA Directors, Board Members, and many volunteers will strive to make this year's convention another good one.  The VNA Convention was criticized last year because attendance numbers were as usual, yet the number of dealers participating was much higher than in the past.  Hopefully to correct this imbalance and improve attendance, we doubled the amount spent for advertising this year, are advertising in major publications, and will advertise in conjunction with major coin shows.


I encourage VNA member clubs to make continual announcements about the VNA convention and urge club members to attend.  It might be beneficial to think about carpooling or renting a van to bring club members to the show, which increases cohesiveness in the club, and may allow some members to attend who would not normally be able to attend.


Numismatic speakers and educational exhibits are lined up for the 2019 Convention, but more are welcome!  We strongly encourage participation from youth exhibitors.  An excellent speaker, Roger Burdette will talk at the convention banquet on Saturday about, From Mine to Mint: American Coinage Operations and Technology 1833 to1937.  The banquet dinner menu is as we had last year.


We do need volunteers to help with hall setup on Thursday.  We need volunteers to spell reception desk watchers all during the show.  We need volunteers to help with Sunday breakdown and to assist dealers leave safely and efficiently.  All must remain vigilant.  If you see something ‘out of the norm’ please tell security staff immediately so we can prevent theft. 


The next VNA board meeting will start at 0730 on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in conjunction with the Annandale Coin Show at the NOVA campus on Little River Turnpike.  Be careful and thanks!


Parry Bragg – VNA President





Convention News

The Bourse Layout and the dealers who have signed up so far are on the 2019 Convention page.

More information about the banquet has been posted. The speaker will be Roger Burdette, author  of  From MIne to MInt.  The cost of the banquet is $35.00 with advanced registration. Mr. Burdette will also be helping with Youth Activities and may also present a topic of interest to everyone. 

Keep up with all the latest news on the VNA web page. The President's message has also been posted. 

The hotel information is posted on the 2019 Convention link.

The hotel rooms nearest the convention center and the rates are posted on the 2019 convention page of the website. Please sign up early. This is a special rate for VNA members.



Please see the link on the 2019 CONVENTION PAGE regarding a call for exhibits and exhibitors. Billy Hoovler and Moore Gouldman are working hard to provide  a wide range of exhibits for your enjoyment. 

So much exciting news regarding the convention. ANACS will be at the convention. Stacks Bowers ( Will take items on consignment) will be atttending. The Mint will be at the convention.  We are also asking VNA members to help out at the front desk to give our registrars a break from time to time. All help is appreciated. 

Next year in 2020, the ANA will present a two day class entitled "Classic Fakes and Chinese counterfeit Coins". We do not have a cost yet but we need to have 22 persons attending in order to hold the class. PLease let a VNA Officer know if would be interested in attending.

This class has been held in the past and attendees have said they would attend the same class again . This is tremendous opportunity to learn about counterfeiting and we feel that you would enjoy it and benefit from the knowledge.


Disclaimer: If you are picking up an exhibit for someone else , you must be authorized to do so in writing by the exhibitor. This is part of the exhibitor's contract,  to protect all persons involved.

Please follow this important link to see the Youth Activities listed for Friday and Saturday, as well as a list of the scheduled speakers. The VNA has worked very hard to provide an excellent group of knowledgeable and informative speakers for your         enjoyment.  These programs are open to everyone. Please enjoy with us!


VNA Board Meeting

The next scheduled VNA Board Meeting will be held on Sunday morning, Sept. 29th, at 7:30 AM, in conjunction with the VNA Convention. This meeting is open to all members and  visitors. The meeting will be held in the meeting room at the convention center.