Pacific Coast Numismatic Society (PCNS homepage)

About PCNS

PCNS at the ANA ins SF 1915
  PCNS 1915 event. View 2015 event
PCNS exists to promote, develop, and foster Numismatics in all its branches along educational, historical, and scientific lines, and to provide opportunities for collectors to share in an organization of mutual interest and good fellowship.
  • History: PCNS was founded in 1915, by Farran Zerbe and a group of San Francisco collectors, when Zerbe came West to supervise the U.S. Mint Exhibit at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. PCNS hosted the ANA Convention in San Francisco that same year. At that time, there were no other coin organizations west of the Mississippi. Now in our second century, PCNS continues to be a gathering place for studious numismatists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Meetings: Our regular monthly meetings in San Francisco feature presentations on numismatic topics ranging from US coins, tokens, and medals to Ancient, Medieval, and Modern World coinage, currency, and exonumia.
  • Research & Publishing: PCNS has sponsored an annual Papers contest for numismatic writers for several decades, publishing the submissions to our members. PCNS Papers can now be read on this website:
    2012 Papers  |  2013 Papers  |  2014–15 Papers
  • Membership: Members receive information on our meetings, programs, medals, and copies of our publications. Many of the most illustrious names in numismatics have been members of the Society. Consider adding your name to the list.
We invite you to take part in the traditions of the first numismatic group of the American West!
CA Nonprofit Corp# C0447260

Meetings

All persons with an interest in numismatics are invited!

PCNS monthly meetings include an educational program about some area of numismatics. Members should consult The Bulletin for meeting details. The Bulletin is emailed to members, and then posted here as a PDF a few days before each meeting.



  • Next Event: Saturday Afternoon, June 25, 2016
    PCNS BBQ in Tiburon
    Details have been sent to members who prepaid for tickets by Monday, June 20th.


Future Meeting Dates

Wednesday Evenings (except June) — Board 7pm, Regular Meeting begins at 7:30 pm

  • June 25 2016, Saturday, BBQ Luncheon (There is no regular monthly meeting in June.)
  • July 27 2016
  • Aug. 24 2016
  • Sep. 28 2016
  • Oct. 26 2016
  • Nov. 23 2016 — Yes, the evening before Thanksgiving Day
  • Dec. 28 2016 — Holiday Celebration and election of officers

Remember… the fourth Wednesday is not always the last Wednesday of every month! There is no regular monthly meeting in June, when we hold the Annual PCNS Luncheon/Banquet. Contact us to check any meeting date.

Contacts & Officers

Board of Governors

PPIE 1915 ribbon
  • President: William Hyder
  • Vice President: Mary Lannin
  • Recorder: Stephen Huston
    Secretary-Treasurer
  • Governors:
            Jason Macario
            Bob Somers
            Ed Treuting
  • Past President: Herb Miles

PCNS officers operate under the PCNS Constitution & Bylaws, which are available, along with official Minutes, on our Documents webpage.


Email PCNS via the Webmaster
webmaster at pcns dot org

This is a volunteer position, so allow several days for a response.


PCNS Official Mailing Address

PCNS
PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147–5656


Online Payments

 Make online payments to PCNS via PayPal using this email account:
money at pcns dot org


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Membership

PCNS Logo on bronze medal

PCNS Invites You to Join

The Society welcomes and encourages membership by numismatists of all interests.
  • Membership requirements are stated in the PCNS Constitution: Any person of good character who is interested in the objects and activities of the Society and who agrees to abide by the rules shall be eligible for membership.
  • Dues are $20 per calendar year and must be submitted with your application.
    (see the Contacts section regarding online payments)
  • Dues include all new publications, monthly bulletins, meeting announcements, and any other rights of membership.

Applications for Membership

Use the PDF Application Form, or provide the following information with your $20 dues payment:
Full Name, Mailing Address, City, State, and Zip Code (or country and mailing code), your Email address (for receiving meeting notices & The Bulletin). Your Numismatic Specialty or Interest is optional, but please let us know how you heard about PCNS.

Send your completed application with $20 dues to:
PCNS
PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147-5656

Publications

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  • Monthly Bulletins
    The PCNS Bulletin is published monthly as an emailed PDF to inform members of current activities and meeting plans.
  • Annual Papers
    The Society issues its annual research papers to current members, and we are now making our Papers Publications available online:
    2012 Papers
    2013 Papers
    2014–15 Papers
    New papers are submitted annually via the PCNS Papers Contest, which is open to all numismatic writers, not just PCNS members. Please view the PDFs for Papers Rules and our Copyright Policy.
  • Occassional Publications
    Special publications are prepared and offered for sale to the public.
    Currently available:

The Old Streets of San Francisco:
  Early Street Names on Some Brass Tokens
 — by Jerry F. Schimmel

"Mr Schimmel, the expert in early trade tokens from San Francisco, takes us on a journey to selected stops in this city's history through these interesting bits of metal. The sites selected are on Streets that have been renamed or have disappeared altogether. Through the tokens that establishments on these streets used, we can hold a tangible reminder of what once was. Highly recommended for enthusiasts of San Francisco history as well as for collectors of tokens and exonumia." —  on-line book review

1993—First Printing, English, Cardcover (8.5 x 5.5 saddlestiched), 42 pages, Index of street name changes, illustrated: 21 tokens, 14 location photos, 9 maps. PCNS Monograph 1, ASIN: B0006PBHCO

Stock is extremely limited, and there are no plans to reprint this title. While our supply lasts, postpaid within the USA.

Order directly from PCNS at $15–@

Both mail and online payments and orders are accepted. (see Contacts section above for PayPal details)

Medals

PCNS 100th Anniversary — 1915–2015 Centennial Medal

Centennial Medal

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  • Designs
    Obv: PCNS 1915/2015 in fields of modified PPIE commemorative design
    Rev: PCNS Seal
  • Dimensions
    Octagonal 41mm (broadstruck)
  • Mintage
    Silver and Copper limited to prepaid orders, Brass to banquet sponsors and attendees.
    Silver     45
    Copper  43
    Brass     61
    All metals SOLD OUT