Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association
OCTOBER 7-9, 2016
WILLAMETTE COIN CLUB/
12TH ANNUAL FALL CONVENTION
DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232
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WCC / PNNA Fall Convention Report - 2016
The Willamette Coin Club/Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association fall show was a success for the 12th consecutive year at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel in Portland, with an active bourse and collector exhibits. As usual, there was a steady stream of registrants for more than an hour when the show opened to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Thanks to all who attended!
Other convention information:
Young Numismatist/Family Programs
In addition to Boy and Girl Scout clinics, there was also a general public and youth and family activities table inside the show (sometimes known as the "WCC-PNNA Kid's Educational Zone") which provided youth, families and non-collectors with free hobby information and educational materials.
Activities available, coordinated by ANA Past President Walter Ostromecki, included:
Photos courtesy of Walter Ostromecki.
2016 Fall Convention Report
Report by ANA Past President Walter Ostromecki. This is a condensed version of the article which appeared in Numismatic News, Nov. 15, 2016.
Several fun hands-on youth and family-focused educational activities and programs topped the 12th Annual Willamette Coin Club-Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association joint fall convention held Oct. 7-9 at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland, Ore.
James Reinders, current PNNA president and local Boy Scout leader, facilitated numismatic workshops where 18 Boy Scouts and four Girl Scouts and several troop leaders learned about and earned the BSA merit badge for Coin Collecting and GSA's Fun With Money patch.
ANA's immediate past president and current board member, Walt Ostromecki, handled for the 12th year the Kid's Activity Zone on the 91-table bourse floor.
In addition to the always popular 10-stop treasure hunt with this year's theme "The U.S. Nickel From 1883 to Date," he introduced three new program activities at the show:
All kids who participated went away with numerous coin and currency prizes, supplied by the ANA, Ostromecki and several coin show dealers.
Show Chairman Ed Fisher commented, "We are always excited about Walt coming on his own nickel to handle the youth activities at our yearly show. He brings such passion and enthusiasm about numismatics which he graciously shares with all who stop by the Kid's Zone." Bourse Chair Scott Loos said, "There was plenty of foot traffic on the bourse all three days. Almost every dealer reported better than expected sales, which is most likely due to the steady rain all weekend." Attendance topped 800.
Several coin dealers commented favorably on the show:
During the Saturday evening open PNNA board meeting and dinner, exhibit chair Eric Holcomb announced the competitive exhibit winners. (See the exhibit results.)
The show also served as an introduction for the new PNNA logo, which appeared on the cover of The Nor'wester (see above) in both black-and-white and color versions. The logo was designed by artist Tim Garcia based on the PNNA's 75th Anniversary medal design by former U.S. Mint Designer Thomas D. Rogers.
The next PNNA/WCC fall convention is scheduled for October 20-22, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
Local Host Club: Willamette Coin Club website.