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APRIL 12-14, 2013

Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. So.
Tukwila, WA

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PNNA Spring Convention Report - 2013

The biggest annual coin show in the Pacific Northwest, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA) and now in its 13th year in Tukwila, was once again a big success, with strong attendance despite an unexpected dip in bullion prices on the opening day of the show. Total three-day paid attendance was 1,087 with 348 Friday, 544 Saturday and 195 Sunday. See the convention program with dealer list (PDF file).

In addition to bourse activity, there were exhibits, awards, numismatic theater and club meetings on Saturday, and a popular Young Numismatists (YN) program.

  • Some of the speakers and award winners are pictured below.

  • Juniors on the bourse floor were excited to have the opportunity to complete a set of numismatic items as part of the Young Numismatist (YN) "Treasure Hunt" game. Participation was excellent as always, with the program once again conducted this year by ANA VP Walt Ostromecki.

  • A Boy Scout workshop was conducted on Saturday by James Reinders.

  • There were four collector exhibits this year, all of which were quite interesting!

  • "Squished" or elongated cents were available as souvenirs, thanks to the PNNA's new machine!

  • See the 3rd Quarter 2013 issue of The Nor'wester (when available in June) for board and general membership meeting minutes.

Special thanks to Mike Labosier for serving as general chairman for the 2013 convention. This was Mike's last convention as chairman. Mike served in that capacity four years, from 2010 to 2013.

The PNNA is pleased to announce that the association's annual convention will again be held at the Tukwila Community Center, May 2-4, 2014. The new convention chairman is Kevin Charboneau.


PNNA 2013 Spring Convention Photos

Rick Schulz (right), PNNA Director and Puyallup Fair coordinator (among other activities), received the Bob Everett Memorial Award from PNNA president and award committee chairman Danny Bisgaard (left). Rick Schulz depicted in one of his other activities ... operating the PNNA's new elongating machine to make "squished" cents as souvenirs. And, yes, this is a hand-cranked machine!
Eric Holcomb (left), PNNA Editor/Webmaster and Editor of the ANA Club Rep publication MintMark, receives an ANA Presidential Award from ANA VP Walt Ostromecki (right). Mike Labosier (right) receives a PNNA Presidential Award from Danny Bisgaard (left). Mike served as general chairman of the spring convention for four years, from 2010 to 2013.
Del Cushing (right) accepts the PNNA's literary award for best club newsletter on behalf of the Boeing Employees Coin Club. Presenting the award is PNNA president Danny Bisgaard (left). James Free (right) accepts the PNNA's 2nd place literary award for best club newsletter on behalf of the Salem Numismatic Society. Presenting the award is PNNA president Danny Bisgaard (left).
This year's keynote speaker was Walt Ostromecki, who spoke about "Dumb Coins," which can have a couple different meanings including coins that don't identify the denomination or country of issue.
(See Walt's photo above giving an award to Eric.)
Larry Gaye gives a numismatic theater presentation on "Digital Photography for Beginners."
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PNNA Spring Convention Report - 2013 (cont.)

Convention Report by Walt Ostromecki


A sold out bourse of 85 tables from local, regional and national numismatic dealer booths, providing a wide selection of numismatics in all price ranges, awaited anxious visitors to the 64th annual PNNA Convention held April 12-14 2013. The show was again held at the Tukwila Community Center which is just outside the Seattle, WA city limits.

General Chairman, Mike Labosier, observed, "Over 1,100 people attended the show, with most dealers commenting that retails sales of collector coins was brisk. Rain also helped increase the overall three day attendance as did our advertising of our free Kid's Zone activities including a Treasure Hunt and America the Beautiful Quarter trivia game, a BSA Merit Badge Clinic conducted by James Reinders, several informative educational numismatic forums and an ANACS submission booth -- the latter of which did a booming submission business which may result in their decision to have an on-site grader at our 2014 convention."

Bourse Chairman, Scott Loos, a bourse dealer himself, said, "I have not seen such a public numismatic buying frenzy like this at our shows in a number of years. It is safe to say the disposable income woes from the 2009 recession appear to be over for the numismatic world."

Saturday offered the public a variety of educational forums and club meetings, youth activities including a ten-stop treasure hunt with a Lincoln cent coordinated by ANA VP Walt Ostromecki, and a 6:15 PM general PNNA membership meeting and awards ceremony.

The noon Numismatic Theater kicked off with a illustrated presentation by David Schmidt and Eric Holcomb highlighting ‘The Best of Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club Member Show-and-Tells’ covering about a ten year period. At 1:00 PM keynote speaker, ANA VP Walt Ostromecki, took center stage and provided two talks. First with ‘Dumb Coins,’ which was followed by ‘ANA-The Best Numismatic Education Value, Period.’

At 2:00 PM, PNNA past president and avid coin photography buff, Larry Gaye, provided the audience with a step-by- step guide and discussion on 'Digital Numismatic Photography for Beginners.' A 3:00 PM Colonial Coin Collectors meeting hosted by Buell Ish concluded the afternoon's educational programs.

PNNA President, Danny Bisgaard, opened the 6:15 PM general meeting and awards presentation. The Association has begun planning for its 75th Anniversary celebration in 2015. A proposed medal design was displayed and discussed. Other business included a number of committee reports and spirited discussion on the upcoming September PNNA hobby booth at the Puyallup Fair. Over 6,000 visitors passed through the PNNA numismatic hobby booth and exhibit during the 2012 event.

The PNNA award presentations followed. First up were the 2012 club newsletter literary honors. First place went to the Boeing Employees Coin Club, Terry Kamm, editor. Second place was claimed by The Salem (OR) Numismatic Society, James Free, editor. There was no third place award this year.

Eric Holcomb, Chief PNNA Exhibit Judge, announced the show exhibit winners. (See the exhibit results.)

The PNNA awarded two full ANA Summer Seminar scholarships, one adult and one youth, valued at $1,200 dollars each to budding numismatists in the Pacific Northwest area. The winners were Ron Engholm (adult) and Cannyn Morris (youth).

PNNA President Danny Bisgaard honored Mike Labosier with a PNNA Presidential Award. Labosier is the current PNNA Secretary and has faithfully served for several years as General Chairman of the spring (Seattle) convention. He is stepping down from the position following the 2013 show. The new Spring Convention General Chair will be Kevin Charboneau. (See photo of award presentation above.)

The PNNA's highest honor, the Bob Everett Memorial Award, given to honor individuals who have over the years displayed Mr. Everett's fairness, friendliness and dedication to the promotion of numismatics in the Pacific Northwest, was bestowed upon Rick Schulz. Schulz was cited for his dedicated and on-going volunteer efforts to increase numismatic awareness with the non-collecting public, efforts to set up a PNNA Club Representative Program similar to the ANA's, and his leadership and numismatic outreach efforts at the yearly Puyallup Fair PNNA hobby booth. (See photo of award presentation above.)

The highlight of the awards ceremony was the presentation of an ANA Presidential award plaque. ANA VP Walt Ostromecki, acting on behalf of President Tom Hallenbeck, made the presentation to longtime ANA volunteer, exhibit judge, Rep Program Regional Coordinator, numismatic theater speaker and webmaster and editor of MintMark (ANA Rep Program Quarterly Newsletter), Eric Holcomb. A surprised Eric was 'utterly stunned speechless in Seattle'! (See photo of award presentation above.)

The 65th annual PNNA Tukwila Show is scheduled for May 2-4, 2014. Show information can be obtained from chairman Charboneau at: For bourse information, contact Scott Loos

The PNNA-Willamette Coin Club fall show at the Portland (OR) Doubletree Hotel will take place October 4-6, 2013.