Pacific Coast Numismatic Society (PCNS homepage)

About PCNS

PCNS at the ANA ins SF 1915
PCNS-hosted ANA group at SF Mint during PPIE
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.

2015 is our Centennial Year!

  • 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. A full century later, 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. Recent papers can now be read on this website (2012 Papers & 2013 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!
California Non-profit Corporation No. C0447260


All persons with an interest in numismatics are invited!

PCNS 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: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
    Participation Topic: Share some pieces you are thankful for, or share a turkey!
  • Location:  San Francisco — Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123, in the SF Marina District. Entry at Buchanan & Marina Blvd. (Directions) Meetings are held in Bldg C; check the Fort Mason calendar posted in building entry areas for the room number. (Banquets are held off-site)
  • Date:  4th Wednesday of the month, which is not always the last Wednesday (exceptions will be posted here.)
  • Time:  Regular meetings start at 7:30 pm and last about 11/2 hours. Regular meetings are preceded by a Board of Governors meeting at 7pm in the same room. Everyone is welcome to attend both!
  • Show-and-Tell topics: always your choice, but items with any connection to the topic, however tenuous, are especially encouraged, along with early PCNS memorabilia, PPIE goodies, and SF history items. Bring new acquisitions if nothing else fits.
  • Prize Drawings: coins, tokens, medals, paper items — who knows what will be on offer.
  • Admission is Free!
  • Free Parking is available: Fort Mason charges $2/hour for parking in their inner lot, but entirely Free parking is available in the public Marina lot adjacent to Fort Mason's paid lot.
  • Everyone is welcome!

Remember… the fourth Wednesday is not always the last Wednesday of the month! Meetings near holidays may be rescheduled. There is no regular monthly meeting in June, when we hold the Annual PCNS Banquet. Contact us to check any meeting date.


Board of Governors

PPIE 1915 ribbon
  • President: Herb Miles
  • Vice President: Dan Hipple
  • Recorder: Bill Hyder
  • Governors:
            Jerry F. Schimmel
            Ed Treuting
  • Past President: Stephen Huston (a.k.a. the webmaster)

PCNS officers operate under the Constitution and Bylaws.

PCNS Official Mailing Address

PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147–5656

Online Payments to PCNS

Use PayPal to make payments to PCNS at:
money at pcns dot org

The PCNS Webmaster can be reached at:

webmaster at pcns dot org

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

Please notify the PCNS Webmaster if any link or page on this website does not display as expected. is an HTML5 site which requires javascript enabled in a reasonably up-to-date web browser. If you report a problem, include info on your operating system and browser versions.


SF City Hall after the Earthquake and File

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.
  • 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.

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


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  • Monthly Bulletins
    The PCNS Bulletin is published monthly as an emailed PDF to advise members of current activities nd meetings.
  • Annual Papers
    The Society issues its annual research papers to current members, and we are now making our 2012 Papers and 2013 Papers available online. 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–@
PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147-5656


PCNS 100th Anniversary 19152015 Centennial Medal

Centennial Medal

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  • Obverse: PCNS 1915/2015 in fields of modified PPIE commemorative design
  • Reverse: Seal of PCNS (new high-relief die)
  • Dimensions: Octagonal 41mm
  • Mintage limited to subscription orders received by June 30, 2015.
    This ordering deadline has passed, and orders are closed.
  • Medal delivery to prepaid subscribers was completed in September 2015

1000th Meeting Medal (issued July 24, 1999)

Portrait of F.ZerbePCNS Seal reverse

  • Obverse:  Bust of Farran Zerbe, small signature on shoulder: DUREK. Lettering around: 1000TH MEETING – JULY 24, 1999 / • PACIFIC COAST NUMISMATIC SOCIETY •
    Lettering in left field: FARRAN / ZERBE / FOUNDER / 1915
  • Reverse:  Official Seal of PCNS (1975 die)
  • Edge: Plain, Medallic Art Co. abbrev. incuse: MACO
  • Dimensions:  Octagonal, 40mm edge to edge, 42.5mm point to point
  • Mintage:  5 gold, 200 bronze, and 200 silver (of which 136 were distributed and 64 were melted).
    This medal will not be restruck, but a few bronzes are still available.
  • Bronze Medals: $12 per medal (postpaid within the USA). Send full payment with your order to PCNS.