Seattle Numismatic Society

SNS is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington.
Address: Seattle Numismatic Society c/o Scott Loos, PO Box 2210, North Bend, WA 98045, Ph. 425-831-8789.
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Welcome to the SNS!

The Seattle Numismatic Society (SNS) is a vibrant local coin club serving the Seattle and greater Puget Sound region. The SNS was founded in 2003 by the merger of the former Seattle Coin Club and the former University Coin Club. The SNS welcomes all numismatists persons who study, collect, or deal with coins, paper money, tokens and medals.

The SNS is proud to present, our home on the World Wide Web! This site is updated at least monthly to bring you accurate and up-to-date information about numismatics in the Seattle area. SNS members are also available to help answer your questions about numismatics. Please don't hesitate to ask us a question or to contribute information for possible use on this site!


SNS News Items

Seattle and University Coin Clubs Merge

The Seattle Coin Club and the University Coin Club elected to merge in January 2003 to form the Seattle Numismatic Society (SNS). Both clubs had a final meeting and holiday party in December 2002 before the merger.

Members and guests present at the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Numismatic Society on Thursday, January 16, 2003. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
The Seattle Coin Club was founded in 1936, and the University Coin Club was founded in 1960. Although the UCC met near the University of Washington, it was not affiliated with the university. The merged club is a member of the American Numismatic Association, with the Seattle club's old membership number, C-5592.

Meeting Date & Location

SNS meetings were previously held in the social room of Queen Anne Manor (basement), 100 Crockett Street, (Queen Anne Hill), Seattle, WA at 7:15 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of most months. (Note: new date is 2nd Thursday; see below.)The meeting location changed beginning in February 2019, due to the difficulty of getting to Queen Anne in evening traffic.

New meeting location and date: Room B at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168. This is also the venue for the annual PNNA spring convention. The new meeting time is 7:00 p.m., with the room opening at 6:00 p.m. Meetings must end by 9:00 p.m. The second Thursday of each month is the new regular meeting day. Please see the calendar page, and mark your calendar accordingly.

The club is returning to year-round meetings, effective November-December 2019. There is an off-site banquet, usually each February (but not in 2019). Banquet information can be found on the banquet page.

Club Officers / Contacts

Initial officers of the new club were selected at the January 16, 2003 regular meeting. The current club officers and contacts are listed on the officers page. Also see the club president's message.

Membership / Bylaws

Although many of our members are experienced collectors, beginners are encouraged to join the SNS and participate in all of our club activities. Click on the "Memberships" button for more information.

See the Seattle Numismatic Society bylaws. | See previous SNS news headlines.


SNS Club Information / Events

What is our charter? Per the SNS bylaws, Article II, "This organization is formed for the mutual benefit of its members. Each member will exert every effort towards the advancement of numismatics, and towards making the organization a success by obtaining new members." In doing so, the SNS contributes to the mission of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA) to "promote, extend, and protect the interests of numismatists and numismatic activities throughout the Pacific Northwest and to foster and encourage the study of numismatics in all its forms."

What do we do? In addition to maintaining this web site, the SNS publishes a monthly newsletter, has monthly meetings (except in November and December), an annual banquet and promotes numismatics through special programs, activities and awards. SNS members participate in the numismatic display at the Puyallup Fair Hobby Hall each September.

Current and Upcoming Club Events:

  • Speakers Wanted! If you would like to be a speaker at a future SNS meeting (or know someone who would), please contact Lisa and Scott Loos at, or contact Rick Schulz.

  • Next Club Meeting! Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Tukwila Community Center. Display topic: "Foreign tokens." Also the holiday potluck and gift exchange is slated to return this year (after no December meeting last year).

  • See SNS calendar or the newsletter for more information.

  • See SNS monthly newsletters (password required).

  • Also see the SNS calendar, the SNS banquet page, and the SNS picnic page.

  • Also see the club president's message.

  • See the PNNA Homepage and PNNA Calendar for information about such exciting events as the PNNA annual conventions in Tukwila and Portland, National Coin Week, ANA Summer Seminar, and the two annual ANA conventions (National Money Show and World's Fair of Money).

Completed Club Events:

  • The November 14, 2019 club meeting topic was "Ships without sails."

  • The October 10, 2019 club meeting topic was "South America." Rick Schulz discussed a variety of topics including the upcoming PNNA/WCC coin show in Portland, the recently completed Washington State Fair and the upcoming South Hill Coin Club show. He also gave an educational presentation on "Coin Club Membership Benefits." A busy meeting for Rick!

  • Washington State (Puyallup) Fair. The PNNA was at the Fair this year from September 11-22, 2019 (except closed on Tuesdays), and the display was in the Pavilion. See the PNNA website for more information about the coin display. The PNNA sponsors the annual coin exhibit, with assistance from several local coin clubs including the SNS. No volunteer is knowledgeable about all aspects of numismatics if your question wasn't answered or if you were unable to attend the Fair, please e-mail your question to, and it will be directed to a local expert. The PNNA's Hobby Hall coordinator is Rick Schulz.

  • The September 12, 2019 club meeting topic was "Shipwreck coins, etc." Business discussions included revenue generation, such as coin shows and membership dues; also community outreach programs such as flyers.

  • The August 8, 2019 club meeting topic was "Fish."

  • The July 11, 2019 club meeting topic was "Flags," and the club also began having auctions. Rick gave a discussion on collection security.

  • The June 13, 2019 club meeting display topic was "Altered Coins."

  • The May 9, 2019 club meeting display topic was "Continents," and the speaker was Rick Schulz, on a topic to have been announced.

  • The April 11, 2019 club meeting program was not announced in advance.

  • The March 14, 2019 club meeting program was "So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions (including the 1905 Lewis & Clark and the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expositions)" by Jeff Shevlin. This meeting was held at the Tukwila Community Center, the club's new meeting location, and the site of the PNNA convention, March 15-17, 2019.

  • The February 28, 2019 program was Bill McKivor speaking on "The Town that had no idea where it was" (which sounded like one of Bill's usually rather interesting talks)!

  • Board Meeting! Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Billy Baroo's restaurant at Foster's Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave. S., Tukwila WA. Topic: the future and fate of the Seattle Numismatic Society. According to Rick, "As you may know, recently we held our first board meeting in a looooong time. It was very productive and very encouraging that there are members that truely want to keep our club active and vital. Besides settling on a meeting location and date we also discussed more ways to get our brand out there into the numismatic community. We also discussed the need for a new newsletter editor and Bill McKivor stepped up to do the honors. At the time of the meeting Bill had some issues with his computer so he cautioned that it might be a month or so before he's up and running. Now it is our job to help Bill out by feeding him content for the newsletter. If you've ever thought about writing a short article about your collection or some other aspect of the hobby, now is the time. Lets all help Bill all we can."

  • The January 17, 2019 program was to have been announced.

  • See previous SNS news headlines.

The SNS suggests that you also visit the American Numismatic Association
and the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association sites.
The SNS ANA Club Representative is Scott Loos.

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Updated 11/15/2019 by J. Eric Holcomb, SNS Webmaster