7 PM, MONDAY APRIL 11, 2016.

Prue Morgan Fitts, Speaker

Visual Propaganda on Coins of the Eastern Roman Empire, (Byzantium) Perception and Reality


Trinity Church (New Light Korean Church)

730 Main St. (Rt.20)

Waltham, Mass.

Sponsored by

Boston Numismatic Society, Currency Club of New England and Collectors Club of Boston


This year we are pleased to have Prue Fitts as our speaker. Her name may be familiar to you as she is a past Governor of the ANA and a keynote speaker for their Sundman Lectures. She recently authored the book published by Spink, London, 2015: TheBeginner’s Guideto Identifying Byzantine Coins. Prue earned her Associate of Arts degree at Bradford Jr. College and her BA degree at Bradford College then received her Master of Education degree at Harvard University.

Currently Prue is president (Empress) of: The Association of Dedicated Byzantine Collectors, past president of Women in Numismatics (WIN) and a past governor of the ANA. She is also an active member of other local and national collector organizations and a speaker for many of these.

Prue has always felt extremely lucky to have spent time during her teens exploring the ruins of Corinth while her father was excavating. A handful of scyphates given to her by her father decades ago kindled an interest in Byzantine and other antiquities and brings her to where she now stands as an expert on the subject and a speaker in demand. Also, the opportunity to share research and new finds with her husband Arthur, a noted collector and researcher of English coins, has been a positive experience for both of them.

Earliest representations mirrored some traditional Western coinage until the transition into new, fresh and mind seducing images. I believe that these were purposeful techniques of propaganda designed to proclaim that Romaion or what we call Byzantium was the true seat of government and remove, once and for all, the perception of a “Janus” Empire.”

Positioning on coinage was a visual representation of “who’s on first”. There were rules of precedence of course, but these were broken by murderous ambition by some. Misrepresentation of image on coinage caused the downfall of at least one emperor. Women were represented sparingly, some with honor (but no power) as wife of emperor and some with considerable influence. One became Empress in her own right, via infanticide.”

There are many excellent references for the collector who is familiar with Byzantine coinage but there was nothing which tackled the beginner’s efforts to understand the coinage. For example, legends are in both Latin and Greek together as well as separately. The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying Byzantine Coins is a primer which gives basic information on denominations, legends, metals and symbols.

The members of the three Boston area clubs are happy to present this program of our yearly combined meeting, the “Rockwell Lecture Series” and hope you will be able to attend, meet with and enjoy Prue’s presentation along with us. Refreshments (finger food, sweets, cheese and crackers, cake, coffee and soft drinks) will be available. Additional parking may be found on street and behind the library building across the street.

For additional information: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call John Ferreri @ 860-429-6970


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.


President’s Message, March 2016

Presidents Comments

By William Harkins

I would like to start by thanking our members for your support through your membership and donations to our programs. This is your organization in order to make it successful we need your participation whether you submit a news article, letter to the editor, place an exhibit, bring a child to our Young Numismatists Program or just drop by the club table during one of our events and say hello. I am also asking our members and clubs to promote our organization and help bring in new members.

On Saturday, March 26th, the New England Numismatic Association will be holding a number of events in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo March 25-26, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. Our plans include a Y.N. Program, Exhibits, Club Table and Meeting. We look forward to seeing our members so please visit the club table and say hello, this will also be a good time to view the exhibits.

I am pleased to announce that Peter Jordan of Standish, Maine is our new State Director for Maine. Peter is a life member of NENA and the ANA and will bring much needed representation to our friends in Maine. 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.

National coin week will be celebrated during the week of April 17-23.This year’s theme is “Portraits of Liberty: Icon of Freedom”. For more information on National coin week visit the ANA website at .

2016 marks the 75th, anniversary of the “First New England Numismatic Conference” on May 23rd, 1941 under the chairmanship of Shepard Pond at the City Club of Boston with fifty dedicated New England Collectors 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. Plans are now being made to commemorate our anniversary with a number of special exhibits and programs.

We are currently exploring options for holding a special evening event in conjunction with our conference and convention on Friday, November 11th that would include a guest speaker and dinner or refreshments. We are also seeking submissions for a medal to commemorate our 75th anniversary.

Our 72nd, Conference and Convention 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.

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.


William Harkins


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.



71st Convention Re-Cap

On Saturday, November 14th, 2015 the New England Numismatic Association held their 71st Conference and Convention in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo November 13th-14th, 2015. This year’s program included the John Kittredge Young Numismatist (YN) Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation. Other highlights of the Convention included our Club table, “What is It Table”, ANA information table, Exhibits and our Annual Meeting.

The Young Numismatist program was held from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and was headed by Richard J. Hand Jr. with the assistance of Diane Zuck and George A. Bilodeau Jr. This year’s program was very well attended with approximately thirty five children including a group of boy scouts. The program is free and provides an informative and fun learning experience for the youngsters and their parents, with the children receiving coins and other numismatic prizes for their participation.

The “What is it Table” was set up adjacent to our Club Table where several volunteers including Richard Ziegler, Robert Hewey and Robert Hess answered questions and helped identify coins and other numismatic items that were brought to the table.

This year’s exhibits were outstanding we had seven exhibitors that included one Y.N. with sixteen cases total. There were three Non-Competitive Exhibits including a two case exhibit set up to highlight NENA and advertise the Annual meeting and six Competitive Exhibits. Donat Charron won Best of Show with a three case exhibit on “Sally Kirka” and received an engraved tray and 1/10 oz. Gold Eagle; Michael Viens took Second Place with his three case exhibit on “The Medals of The Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary “and received an engraved plaque and a one ounce Silver Eagle; Michael Viens also received the People’s Choice Award for his three case exhibit on “The Medals of The Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary” and was given an engraved plaque and a one ounce Silver Eagle.

Christopher Bilodeau received the John Kittredge 1st Place YN Award for his exhibit on “Coins and Medals in Plastic” and received an engraved plaque and a one ounce Australian Horses coin. Christopher also received a one year NENA membership for placing a YN Exhibit.

All exhibitors received a NENA medal with the NENA logo on one side and Exhibitor/2015 engraved on the other side. The committee gratefully appreciated the time taken by the three Judges to evaluate the exhibits and each judge was given a NENA medal with NENA logo on one side and Judge/2015 engraved on the other side.

The Annual Meeting took place from 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. and was open to members and non-members alike. The meeting started with a presentation by Bob Hess related to this year’s medal and Professor John Farrar titled “A Tale of Two Hurricanes”. This was followed with the Annual Business Meeting that included the Awards and the elections for Officers. The Worcester County Numismatic Society and their Y.N. Chair Mark Matys were presented with an Educational Award in recognition of their outstanding Young Numismatist Program; Robert Fritsch and Robert Hewey were presented with a “Dedicated Service Award” for their many years of service and dedication to this organization.

The Elections were held resulting in the following: State Directors, Connecticut, George A. Bilodeau Jr.; New Hampshire, Robert Drew; Rhode Island, Richard Lavimodiere; Massachusetts, Terry O’Conner; Maine, Vacant; Vermont, Vacant. Directors are Michael Viens, Donat Charron, Robert Hess, Mel Petty and Jim Rolston.

We then held the drawings for the door prizes that included a 2015 Silver Eagle and a 2015 NENA Medals set.

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 event; The Kittredge Foundation for their generous support of our YN Program; Richard Hand, Diane Zuck and George Bilodeau for their work with the YN Program. We would also like to thank the dealers for their support and the generous donations of coins, medals, tokens and supplies for our YN Program.


NENA's History


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.

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.