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WILLAMETTE COIN CLUB/

PACIFIC NORTHWEST
NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
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

Convention Report

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!

Convention Dates/Times:

  • Dealer/exhibitor set up and Early Bird entry:
    Friday, October 7, 3:00 - 6:00 PM.
    Saturday, October 8, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.
    Sunday, October 9, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

  • Public show hours:
    Saturday, October 8, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
    Sunday, October 9, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Other convention information:

  • Approximately 90 local, regional and national coin dealer tables. See the 2016 dealer list.

  • Located adjacent to Lloyd Center Mall and just a few blocks from the Oregon Convention Center.

  • Admission was $2.00 per day. Children under 12 were free.

  • "Early Bird" admission was available for a fee.

  • As usual, the show was in a room connected to the hotel's parking garage, immediately across the street from the main hotel entrance.

  • Free copies of the fall 2016 convention edition of The Nor'wester were available.

  • There was a collector exhibit area, on the side of the room near the entrance. The PNNA chief judge and experienced exhibitors were available to consult. Competitive exhibit awards were reinstated at the fall show in 2010, and have been continued. See the exhibit page for more information, and see the exhibit results.

  • There was the popular Young Numismatist (YN) treasure hunt. (See details below.)

  • Boy and Girl Scout programs See scouting page.

  • Hourly door prizes!

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:

  • FREE 10-stop youth Numismatic Treasure Hunt, for both Saturday and Sunday (all day during show hours).
  • "World Currency - Country Name Match Challenge Activity" where youth could win/earn examples of foreign currency and build a starter collection.
  • A feature recently developed by the ANA Education Department called "Treasures In Your Pocket (TIYP)," which introduces youth in a hands-on format to identify, learn about and keep various error coinage (mint errors) discovered in rolls of coins - such as clips, off center strikes, double dates, mintmark placements, etc. This program is sponsored by the error coin association called CONECA.
  • The current TIYP program also provides a U.S. currency component involving the high or low offset printing of the green serial number on 1976 $2 Bicentennial banknotes.
  • Youth who participated in the TIYP activity received a free one-year ANA membership (with online version of The Numismatist magazine) valued at $15.

Photos

Left: The line waiting outside the show to get in on opening day. Right: A father and son participating in the Foreign Currency Challenge match. (See story below.)

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:

  • A World Currency Challenge, where youth earned world bank notes for each correct nation to currency match. (Also see photo above at right.)
  • Two of the ANA's newest fun and educational youth programs: "The Dollar Game," an online learning activity involving the $1 coin that was developed by ANA Education Director, Rod Gillis; and "Treasures in Your Pocket," an error coin treasure hunt search through rolls of coins, which was developed by ANA Numismatic Educator Sam Gelbard.

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:

  • Olympia, Wash., coin dealer Dennis Reed stated, "Sales at this show were the best I have ever experienced in quite a long while. That included both highend circulation collector coins as well as slabbed certifieds."
  • Dealer Glenn Schinke from southern California noted, "This was my best show here in years for sales. It seemed everyone who stopped by my table bought something!"
  • Steve Ellsworth of Clifton, Va., echoed Schinke's sentiment adding, "The Pacific Northwest is brimming with hobbyists seeking to add numismatic material to their collections."

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.