Welcome to the website of the Virginia Numismatic Association. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, encouraging and promoting interest in numismatics. VNA was founded in 1959 and has a membership of about 350 with 16 member clubs. We publish the quarterly journal, The Virginia Numismatist, and host an annual convention and coin show which includes exhibits, educational presentations, and youth activities.
The purpose of this web site is to provide information about VNA and its activities and other information of interest to the numismatic community.
The Virginia Numismatic Association will hold its 56th Annual Convention, Coin and Currency Show, September 26-28 (Friday and Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM). The dealers will be setting up on Thursday from 1pm-7pm. For the fourth year, we will be at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA.
The Youth Corner will be very active this year headed by John Philips and his volunteers. We have heard from at least five Boy Scout troops that are interested in the Merit badge program. Last year we had local home schooled groups and many youth that came out with family.
Have you ever put together an Exhibit? Try it this year! We are looking for a youth movement this year; you’re never too young or too old to exhibit. Contact Jack Hepler at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Saturday night’s banquet will feature guest speaker Steve Roach, Editor-in Chief of Coin World Magazine. The Banquet will be held at the Hampton Inn, at 7pm. For up to date information check the VNA website.
As of this writing we have 55 dealers, with 92 tables, and room for more, so spread the word! We have many returning dealers, along with some new dealers, so come out and say “HELLO” to old friends and make new ones! We will be in the center hall again, which has extra room and the concession stand!
The following Hotels are within walking distance of the Expo Center and are offering special rates. Hampton Inn $89 a night for a King or Queen Standard (VA Numismatic Association)
Homewood Suites $99 a night for a King Studio Suite (VA Numismatic Association)
Hilton Garden Inn $92 single/$101 double (Code EXPVNS)
There will be a raffle every hour, on the hour, starting at 11:00 am. The last drawing of each day will be for a gold coin! The prizes will be a variety of numismatic items, which will be predetermined, for each drawing. Tickets are $5 for a book of 6 tickets, which will be available at the door the days of the show, or they can be purchased from some of the VNA Officers at local club meetings or other coin shows. If you will not be able to make the show or catch up with us, tickets can be purchased by sending a check or money order, made payable to “VNA,” to Gregg Coburn, at PO Box 824, Bealeton VA, 22712.
If you’re available to volunteer during the show, please contact Gregg with when you can help and what you can do to make the convention a success. We are looking for Greeters, Educators for the youth and scouts or just giving a hand with setup or teardown.
Attention VNA Members, would you like to setup at a table on Sunday? $50 for a table/ $100 for a corner, table assignment at the discretion of the Bourse Chairman. Applications must be in the Chairman’s hands by 19 Sept. 2014 for verification of Membership or submit your membership app. and dues with your bourse application.
Hope to see you in Fredericksburg September 26-28, 2014!
This year our VNA convention dinner speaker will be Steve Roach, editor-in-chief of Coin World, the world’s largest coin hobby publication. Steve will speak about Ten Factors that are changing the way that we collect coins today (and how they may affect coin collecting in the future). Steve has been deeply involved with numismatics for more than 20 years with two years spent as a coin grader at ANACS, nearly three years at Heritage Auctions, and a stint as a “paintings specialist” at Christie's. Steve brings a rich understanding of our hobby, the coin market, unique personalities and exceptional objects that make collecting meaningful. He taught coin grading/authentication for the American Numismatic Association and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Appraisers Steve is a frequent speaker about legal issues and valuation of, rare coins and fine art.
Stamps: To expand the collector base attending the VNA show, we have invited stamp dealers to participate. Jack Ott, a long-time stamp dealer, will be at the show and would be pleased to appraise stamp collections in the hands of collectors and to make offers to dealers for stamps accumulated when buying coin collections.
CONVENTION EXHIBITS: One of the prime attractions at the VNA Convention in September will be the cluster of exhibits prepared by collectors. The exhibits offer historical and cultural insights into society – US, foreign, or ancient. They are attractive adjuncts to the coin show and attract many of our visitors. If you have interest in preparing an exhibit, contact Jack Hepler at email@example.com with the theme and some details about the exhibit you would like to display. You might even win an award!
The 56th annual VNA Coin Convention is right around the corner. At our VNA Board meeting on Sunday, July 27, we sought to tie up loose ends. We decided to add a theme to this year’s show – “Grandparents/Grandchildren: Sharing the Hobby Across Generations”. Commonly heard in conversations about the health of our hobby is the need to attract the young collector. Our theme accentuates that belief.
We are excited to announce our speaker for the banquet. He is Steve Roach, Editor-in-Chief of Coin World (see bio in the Editor’s Corner). We are confident his presentation will be entertaining and meaningful. Keep in mind we have limited seating for the banquet, so make your reservation early.
Later this month you will receive an envelope containing an information flier, ballot, and reservation form for the banquet. Please take the time to fill out the ballot which nominates officers and Board members for the VNA; and the banquet reservation form to reserve your seat.
We are also pleased to announce a volunteer for the position of Bourse Chairman. He is John Cunningham from the Fredericksburg area. He will succeed Gregg Coburn in this challenging but essential job. Gregg has promised to provide assistance through the transition period, but we are still looking for volunteers to assist John in carrying out his duties.
Please let me remind you again the success of our show relies in large measure on volunteers to perform or assist in the many tasks associated with the show. Simply stated, we cannot succeed without you. So do contact out bourse chairman, Gregg Coburn, to offer your help.
The VNA Coin Convention at Fredericksburg gets better every year. We expect to have plenty of dealers to fulfill your collector needs, a robust education program featuring a BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge, and exhibits. The Fredericksburg Expo Center is spacious and comfortable with plenty of free parking. So we hope you will plan to spend part of your September 26-28 weekend at the coin show. It will be fun.
Our next Board meeting will take place at 8:00 AM on Sunday, September 28 at the Expo Center. All VNA members are invited to attend. See you in Fredericksburg!
“As promised, the updated constitution and bylaws for the VNA have been completed and are posted on our website. It is more robust and inclusive than the document it replaced. We hope you will take the opportunity to read it.”
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