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NENA Announces 2016 Medal Design Contest

NENA celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2016 and we want to make this year’s medal something special. We ask all members to put on your thinking caps and come up with a design we can all admire. The legend 75th [and/or] DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY must be included, along with the normal legend 72nd NENA CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION / 12 NOVEMBER 2016 MANCHESTER, NH. Please include them in your design. They may appear on either side or both on one side.

Present your graphic idea on a piece of paper and explain the concept in words. You may also use electronic media (.jpg or .ppt format). The winner will be selected from all entries submitted through 31 May. The winner will be presented with a set of 2016 NENA medals at the annual meeting.

Send electronic submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a subject line of 2016 NENA MEDAL. Paper submissions can be sent to NENA MEDAL; PO Box 3003; Nashua, NH 03061-3003.

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President’s Message, July 2016

Presidents Comments

By William Harkins

 On Saturday, March 26th, the New England Numismatic Association held a number of events in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo March 25-26, including our Club Table, an ANA Information Table, the Young Numismatist Program, Exhibits, and Meeting. The Y.N. Program was headed by Richard Hand with the assistance of Diane Zuck and attracted approximately twenty youngsters and their parents. The exhibits featured five non-competitive exhibits with four of the exhibits highlighting NENA’s past history. We would like to thank all those that helped make this a successful event including Ernie Botte and EBW Promotions for providing the exhibit space and meeting room for our events;

 National coin week was celebrated during the week of April 17-23.This year’s theme was “Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom”. This year I attended one of the largest National Coin Week events in New England which was held at the Brockton Public Library, Brockton MA, thanks to the efforts of Richard J. Hand Jr. This year’s event had an attendance of 85 plus members of the community. The event featured James C. Johnston Jr. who gave the introduction and spoke on this year’s theme “Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom”. There were a number of activities for the kids program that included “Stacking the Cents “, putting coins in 2”x2” holders while identifying and grading the coins. Everyone in attendance got a raffle prize with the kids getting many additional coins and other numismatic treasures. Sadly Thomas Kalantzis who was scheduled to give a presentation on “How to recognize re-punched mint marks and doubled dies” had passed away several days prior to the event. Tom was a very nice guy who was always eager to share his knowledge with others; he will be missed by all who knew him.

Plans are now being made for our 75th, Anniversary Conference and Convention that will be held in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo, November 11-12, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H.

This year we a planning a special 75th, Anniversary Social hour and Banquet for Friday, November 11th, the event will include dinner and a special guest speaker.

On Saturday November 12th, our plans include the John Kittredge Young Numismatist Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation. Other highlights of the Convention will include the Club Table, Competitive Exhibits, Special Non Competitive Exhibits to highlight NENA’s history, ANA Information Table, What is it Table, and our Annual Meeting. In addition to this year’s medal we are also planning a special commemorative program guide and button for our members in attendance.

Please help: we are still in need of a State Director for Vermont. If you know anyone that you think might be a good candidate for our Board please ask them to consider taking a position with us. We now meet via conference call to save on travel expenses and time and only meet about eight times a year for an hour or so on Saturday mornings. Please send email through the contact us tab or by mailing NENA, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888.

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we may better serve you, please let us know. You may email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail NENA, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888.

Sincerely,

William Harkins

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A Call to Exhibit

 

The New England Numismatic Association is now seeking exhibits for November’s New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo, November 13-14. The exhibit competition will take place on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.

The New England Numismatic Association is now accepting applications for this year’s Exhibits Competition. The competition will take place during our 71st Conference and Convention on Saturday, November 14th at the Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.

One of the strengths of NENA in the past has not only been the numismatic bourse at the conventions but the education of fellow numismatists and the public through speakers, club meetings and exhibiting. Last year we had nine Exhibitors that included one Y.N. Exhibitor. As an incentive to get more Y.N. involvement in our Exhibit Program all youngsters under the age of 18 will receive a free one year Junior Membership for submitting an application and placing an Exhibit during this year’s Exhibit Competition.

Exhibiting is a wonderful way of sharing, educating and imparting your knowledge to fellow numismatists and especially the public. The beauty of an exhibit can encourage others to collect similar material or may be attractive to people because of the numismatic knowledge people may learn. Exhibits can be competitive or Non-Competitive and set up not to compete but to show or impart numismatic information to the public. There is always a need for exhibits and they truly complement a good numismatic show.

Below please find a copy of the Exhibit Rules and Application. The Application needs to be filled out letting the Exhibit Coordinator (s) know the time of arrival one is going to set up the exhibit. All exhibitors have a deadline to fill out and send an application with the title and numismatic area of exhibiting, and the Exhibits have to be set up by a certain time so that cases can be locked and judged. An exhibit would consist of a title, numismatic items and usually but not necessarily numismatic information. Numismatic information usually enhances an exhibit especially if the exhibiting is to be competitive with judging. On request NENA will provided the use of a display case if one is needed.

Awards will be presented at the NENA Annual Meeting based on the overall rating of the Judges. The Best of Show award will be presented to the exhibit which has the highest overall rating and will receive an engraved pewter tray and a prize award of a 1/10 ounce gold Eagle.

The People’s Choice Award will be decided by ballots cast by exhibit viewers and will receive an engraved plaque with a NENA medal affixed to it, also a 1oz. Silver Eagle.

Junior Applicants under age 18 will also be eligible to receive a Y.N. Award Plaque for First, Second or Third Place. In addition the First Place Y.N. will receive a one ounce Silver Eagle. All Exhibitors will receive a NENA Exhibitors medal.

Everyone has expertise in some collecting area, so if you are looking for a way to share this then exhibiting can be a wonderful way of doing it. NENA is always looking for people to set up and display an exhibit. If you have never set up an exhibit before notify NENA and we can help you. It is always a great learning experience.

For more information including rules and application scroll down to rules and application below or request a hard copy by mail:

Send to: NENA EXHIBITS, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888

 Sample Exhibit

 

 Sample Exhibit

 

 

 

 Exhibit Rules and Application

 New England Numismatic Association

 New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo

71st Conference and Convention

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

 

 

EXHIBITORS

All Members of NENA in good standing and who submit a standard NENA exhibit application by November 6th, 2015 will be eligible to exhibit. NENA reserves the right to accept or reject any exhibit.

CATEGORIES

Competitive categories are:

United States Coins

 Foreign Coins

Ancients (before 1300) and Medieval

 Paper Money

 Tokens and Medals

 Beauty

 Miscellaneous (items not covered by above)

 Junior (under age 18 [any material])

 Non-Competitive: An Exhibitor may enter only one competitive exhibit. Non-Competitive exhibits will be accepted on a space-available basis at the discretion of the Exhibit Chairman.

 The Exhibitor will designate the exhibit category on his application; however, the Exhibit Chairman, after conference with the Exhibitor, may transfer the exhibit to the proper category.

 SPACE

A competitive exhibit may have any number of cases with the following limitations. Preference will be given to exhibits of three cases or less. Larger exhibits will be approved if space is available after smaller exhibits are approved. Under no circumstances will large exhibits be approved after application deadline. Small exhibits may be approved after the deadline if space is available. NENA will provide up to three cases when requested on the application but no cases will be provided for late applications. NENA cases are 33 1/2"x21", inside. Additional cases must be supplied by the Exhibitor provided external dimensions are no more than 34"x22".

A non-competitive exhibit may comprise up to three cases. Other conditions for competitive exhibits apply.

No special locations, electrical connections, lights or special gimmicks will be permitted. NENA will provide supplemental lighting for all exhibits, if necessary.

MATERIAL

All material shall be the property of the Exhibitor. Exhibitors shall not violate any government regulation or display forged, spurious or counterfeit material in a competitive exhibit. Such material in a non-competitive exhibit, for educational purposes, shall be clearly identified as such.

A competitive exhibit shall not be the same, or substantially the same, as an exhibit that has previously been awarded a First Place at a previous NENA convention.

SETUP/REMOVAL

Exhibits must be set up prior to 10 AM on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. Exhibits may be set up between 10AM to 6 PM on Friday November 13th, and between 9AM and 10AM on Saturday, November 14th. Exhibits may not be removed until after Awards Presentation. Exhibits must be removed before 5 PM on Saturday, November 14th.

All material shall be prepared, set-up and removed by the Exhibitor unless prior arrangement has been made, in writing, with the Exhibit Chairman to appoint one person as agent for the purpose of set-up, removal and acceptance of any award bestowed on the Exhibitor.

SECURITY

 All exhibitors will lock their cases in the presence of the Exhibit Chairman and give him the key. Once the case is locked, it cannot be opened by the Exhibitor until the exhibit is removed.

During judging, if necessary, the Exhibit Chairman may open an exhibit case in the presence of two or more judges to examine the contents more closely. After such scrutiny, the case will be re-locked. No liability of any kind shall be attached to such performance.

JUDGING

Each exhibit will be judged by at least two judges appointed by the Exhibit Chairman. During judging, all Exhibitors are excluded from the exhibit area. Judging will take place from 10 AM until 12 Noon on Saturday November 14th. Judges shall use the approved NENA Exhibit Rating Sheet and complete one sheet for each exhibit assigned. The Exhibit Chairman shall determine the overall rating for each exhibit by adding the ratings from each Judge and dividing by the number of Judges rating the exhibit.

The Judges’ decisions are final and there will be no appeals of any kind.

Each Exhibitor’s rating sheets will be available for view by the Exhibitor after the Awards Presentation and before removal of the exhibit.

AWARDS

Awards will be presented at the NENA Annual Meeting based on the overall rating of the Judges.

Best of Show award will be presented to the exhibit which has the highest overall rating.

The People’s Choice Award will be decided by ballots cast by exhibit viewers.

Best of show will receive an engraved tray and a prize award of a 1/10 oz. gold Eagle.

People’s choice will receive an engraved plaque with a NENA medal affixed to it, also a 1oz. Silver Eagle

Y.N. Awards

. First place, .Plaque and a 1oz. Silver Eagle

. Second Place .Plaque

.Third Place Plaque

All Exhibitors will receive a NENA Exhibitors medal.

LIABILITY

The New England Numismatic Association, the convention committee, EBW Promotions LLC, including employees and contractors and/or the meeting facility, shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, or injury that may occur to Exhibitors or their property from any cause whatsoever, prior, during or subsequent to the period of the convention. The Exhibitor expressly releases the above named entities from, and agrees to indemnify same and hold harmless against any and all claims from such loss, damage or injury.

 

 

 

Exhibit Application

New England Numismatic Association

New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo

71st Conference and Convention

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

 

Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________State: ___________________ Zip: _______________

Phone (Specify day, evening, or both): _______________________________________________

 

 

I, the Exhibitor/Guardian/Agent, understand and agree to abide by the exhibit rules of the New England Numismatic Association which are incorporated herein by reference.

Signed: __________________________________ Exhibitor Date: __________________

Signed: __________________________________ Parent/Guardian Date: __________________

 

I, Exhibitor, hereby assign ______________________________ as my agent to set up and remove my exhibit and to receive any award presented for my exhibit.

Signed: __________________________________ Agent Date: __________________

 

 

TITLE OF EXHIBIT: ____________________________________________________

 

Category (Please Check One):

___ U.S. Coins ___ Foreign Coins ___ Beauty

___ Ancient/Medieval ___ Paper Money ___ Junior

___ Tokens & Medals ___ Miscellaneous ___ Non-Competitive

 

How many cases does your exhibit comprise? _________________________________________

Do you want a NENA case for your exhibit? __________________________________________

Will you use your own case(s)? ____________________________________________________

If yes, outside dimensions: ________________________________________________________

Estimated Time of arrival for setup (day and time): _____________________________________

 

For complete rules see website (www.nenacoin.org ) or request a hard copy by mail:

Send to: NENA EXHIBITS, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888

 

 

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NENA's History

A BRIEF HISTORY OF NENA

In 1940, there was no organized regional numismatics in this country. Since 1860, most of the larger cities had formed groups of interested collectors who met together to promote their hobby. In 1891, the varied memberships of these urban clubs joined together to form the American Numismatic Association (A.N.A.) and assembled in convention once a year to take a national and, considering Canada and Mexico, an international view at the broad needs and interests of numismatics.

The gap between the national association and the city societies was regional. Its absence was recognized by the more astute numismatists concerned about the rapid develo0pment and expansion of coin collecting. Nonetheless, the gap was left unfulfilled for 50 years.

At last, Shepard Pond, a leader in national as well as Boston numismatic circles, devoted his efforts to the promotion of a regional gathering of those New Englanders having a mutual interest in numismatics. He had long advocated the ideal of such meetings and, in 1941, his efforts bore fruit. Under his chairmanship, the "First New England Numismatic Conference" was called to order on May 23rd at the City Club of Boston with 50 dedicated New England collecors present. It was an evening meeting and dinner held under the auspices of the Boston Numismatic Society and had for its objective the discussion and resolution of the many regional problems attendant upon the sudden growth of the hobby of collecting. It was, as its name indicated, a "Conference of New England Numismatists."

From this beginning sprang organized regional numismatics as we know it nationally today and, from this beginning, sprang the "New England Numismatic Association." Sadly Shepard Pond passed away unexpectedly on May 28th, 1945.

It took five years for the seed that Shepard Pond had planted to put forth its tender leaves, for Fate had decreed that other hands than his should nurture it.

On July 20, 1946, the "Second New England Conference" was sponsored by the Boston Numismatic Society at the Copley Plaza in Boston. It began at 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon and concluded with a Banquet at 6:00 PM. As an inducement to those New Englanders interested in acquiring specimens as well as knowledge, a coin auction was added to the program.

The attendees at this second conference, chaired by Henry Schumacher, recommended that such gatherings should be made an annual affair and Horace Grant invited the next one to be held in Providence.

Accordingly, in 1947, over 100 New England numismatists assembled in Rhode Island. Here, as the Third Conference, the plant so carefully nurtured through six long years at last blossomed. The New England Numismatic Association burst into bloom, was baptized and entered upon a long and beneficial growth, devoted to promoting the interests of Numismatics in New England and to holding a conference annually in some one of the various cities of New England. Officers and State Directors were elected and the location for the next year's conference chosen.

Since that time, a NENA conference has been held each year.

Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, Northampton, Pittsfield, Boston, Manchester, N.H. and Providence have hosted their fellow New England Numismatists and in 1975 the 31st Conference was held in Boston.

Through these years, NENA has developed and matured. In 1948, at Worcester, the NENA News was established and a Course opened. In 1949, at Springfield, the first NENA Medal was struck, or rather stamped, on large cents. In 1951, at New Haven, the length of the conference was extended to two full days of activity and in 1952, at Boston, the tercentenary of the Pine Tree coinage was commemorated by our conference.Since then a medal has been struck to commemorate each conference.

from the 30th Annual Conference and Convention booklet, revised 2015

Today the New England Numismatic Association continues with Shepard Pond’s vision of promoting a regional gathering of New Englanders with a mutual interest in numismatics. During our annual conference and convention we hold a number of events including a free Young Numismatist Program where the children learn the fundamentals of coin collecting, and receive coins and other numismatic related items for their participation. Other events include Educational Talks, Club Table, Exhibits Competition and our Annual Meeting. We also participate in a second show annually where we provide a Young Numismatist Program, Club Table, Exhibits and Meeting.

Our mission is to encourage and develop the appreciation and understanding of numismatics and the collection of coins and medals; to conduct courses of study in the art and science of numismatics; to give and otherwise sponsor lectures, exhibitions, displays and functions pertaining to the appreciation and understanding of the art and science of numismatics.

Our goal is to function as a true regional numismatic association by promoting the ANA and getting members involved with their local clubs and activities such as National Coin Week.

For more information write to New England Numismatic Association, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888.

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The New England Numismatic Association Mission Statement

The aims and purposes of the Association shall be set forth in the agreement of the Association as follows:

 To encourage and develop the appreciation and understanding of numismatics in the New England states and elsewhere; To encourage and enforce, when necessary, the highest ethical standards of behavior of our members; To conduct courses of study in the art and science of numismatics; To edit and publish various forms of numismatic literature; To give and sponsor lectures, exhibitions, displays and functions pertaining to the appreciation and understanding of the art and science of numismatics.

 

NENA Exhibit Sampler

  • A nice exhibit of animal themed banknotes.
  • An exhibit of New Hampshire Police Department medals
  • An exhibit of medals designed by the renown Swiss medalist Antoine Bovy
  • An exhibit honoring JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination
  • An exhibit of NENA items from past conventions.