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Del Cushing – The
Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association was founded in 1940, and issued its
first medal at the third convention held in 1946 in Centralia, Washington.
Many additional memorabilia items, mostly medals and wooden nickels, came along
over the years. Most of these items commemorate the annual conventions.
It wasn't too long before many varied items were out in the collecting
community. One member of PNNA recognized that unless someone tried to keep
an account of all that was issued, much would be lost over the years. So
it became an interest of PNNA life member Mr. Del Cushing to collect as much as was possible to preserve it for posterity.
Del was able to assemble an extensive collection of PNNA memorabilia. A few
years ago, the PNNA board recognized the historical significance of Del's
collection, and accepted Del's offer to sell the collection to the PNNA.
This collection is preserved in plastic holders and displayed at PNNA annual
conventions. Later an interested party devised a catalog numbering system
to identify all PNNA memorabilia. Since Del Cushing was the pioneer in
preserving these items for history, the catalog numbering system was named
after Del in his honor.
(Introduction by Larry Rowe.)
|Norm Mikat – Norm, shown here speaking about Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club memorabilia, is an expert on the memorabilia of Washington State numismatic clubs. Norm has discovered a sizeable number of PNNA memorabilia items that were not in the Cushing collection, and has generously loaned those pieces for photography or provided scans. (Most of the catalog items highlighted in red - meaning not in the PNNA collection - were discovered by Norm.) The PNNA gratefully acknowledges Norm for these efforts and for his support of the PNNA.|
|Eric Holcomb – Eric is the PNNA webmaster and photographer, and is responsible for the design and layout of the memorabilia catalog, both the web version and the CD version.||Larry Rowe – Larry has served the PNNA in many capacities over the years, and is currently on the PNNA Board of Directors. Larry is a collector of PNNA memorabilia, and has contributed extensively to the development of the Cushing numbering system and to the review of the memorabilia catalog.|
|Ken Purcell – One of the founding members of the Boeing Employees' Coin Club, Ken has been active in numismatics, including the collecting of PNNA memorabilia, for many years. Ken has supplied valuable information about a number of items in this catalog, including the 1973 woods and the 1978 medals. Ken also donated the 1980 souvenir post card and envelope pictured in the catalog.|
Greg Franck-Weiby, shown here hand-striking silver souvenir "coins" using methods similar to
those used to make coins in ancient and medieval times, has contributed a great deal of
information about his designs from 2003 to date. In fact, so much information that much of it
appears on separate pages linked to the catalog pages!
The PNNA regrets to report the death on November 11, 2011 of Gregory Paul Franck-Weiby (1950-2011) of Silverton, Oregon. Greg was well-known as a numismatist, artist and peace activist, and he designed PNNA convention "tokens" for many years.