Seattle Numismatic Society

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President's Message

President's Message by SNS president Rick Schulz.

April 2018 - Well, here it is already. April showers time, income tax time, NBA playoffs, first month of baseball, and May flowers just around the corner. The Seahawks have a new kicker and a new backup QB and the draft is coming up. Days are getting longer though you may not have known it because of the gloomy rainclouds that have descended upon our fair corner of the world. Moss and lawn are fighting for dominance and both need to be mowed. And the world of numismatics continues to roll along.

Have you got any plans for celebrating National Coin Week? The PNNA awards cash for the best (club) exhibits. If you are planning to set up a display take some pictures and write a brief narrative and send it to the PNNA. (Check out the PNNA website for more info.) Your effort could mean a hundred bucks for our treasury!

Speaking of the PNNA, I saw a lot of familiar faces at their Convention and show last month. All reports suggest it was a pretty darn good show. I hope you all got a chance to go. Don't you know. (sorry)

Our April meeting is coming up this week. After a one-month change of venue we will be back at the Queen Anne Manor this Thursday, April 19 at 7:15 p.m. I hope you all have a chance to join us. This month's Table Topics theme is the Seattle Worlds Fair since the 21st of this month marks 56 years since the Fair first opened in 1962. I know we have a lot of members old enough to have gone to the Fair. Join us and tell us your favorite Fair story.

It's signup time for the Washington State Fair. I'll have a schedule available for all who want to volunteer. If you can't make it to the meeting but still want to sign up for a shift at the Fair, email me at or call me at 253-535-0690.

Do we want to do a Seattle Numismatic Society Day at the Fair again this year? Last year our effort was a bit disorganized. If we can cover a day we can use the opportunity to get the word out that we exist as a coin club. Last year we managed to get a couple new members who learned about us at the Fair. Let's do it again.

That is all the tidbits I have for this month. Here's hoping we all see each other at the upcoming April meeting. I'll be looking for you!

March 2018 - It is approaching spring again, a time when old men's fancy lightly turns to thoughts numismatic (My apology to Mr. Tennyson). Hopefully, some of the young men and women in our collecting community will also have thoughts numismatic. Now is the time of year that coin shows, local and national, really start to ramp up.

For our area, the biggest show of the year is just days away, the PNNA's 69th Annual Convention and Show. I know a number of our membership will be there working as volunteers or manning a table as a dealer or helper. Several will be there Thursday the 15th for setup. It is for this reason that we've decided to hold the upcoming SNS meeting at the Tukwila Community Center - the site of the show. Here's a chance for some of you to beat some of the awful Seattle traffic. Our meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in what will be the hospitality room for the show. It is located on the opposite side of the center from where the show is held. I hope you all can make it.

Whether or not you make it to our meeting Thursday evening, do come to the show sometime Friday through Sunday, March 16-18. Our collecting community can only thrive if we participate. The PNNA brings things to the Northwest that we don't normally see. If you only go to a few local shows a year you probably notice you tend to see a lot of the same stuff. The PNNA draws dealers from outside our region, from as far away as the East Coast who often bring pieces new to our area. Even if you don't buy, you might just learn something.

Have you taken all your friends to a coin show yet? Are they still your friends? Good. If you have friends or family you'd like to introduce to collecting the PNNA show is a great place to start. Kids always have a good time with the treasure hunt. and Walt Ostromeki will be there to guide kids (of all ages) through the magical kingdom of coins. Older folks with different collecting interests are encouraged to seek our numismatic items that fit their hobby as cross collectables. A Civil War buff would certainly be interested in Civil War tokens. A collector of seafairing memorabilia could put together a fine collection of ships on coins, tokens, medals and currency. The possibilities are endless. And, who knows, some of your friends might just join you at the next coin club meeting.

I hope I'll see you, and your friends, at our meeting and at the PNNA show.

November 2017 - Seattle Numismatic Society is a club in crisis. I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but it is true. Seven or eight years ago when I started coming to SNS, the attending membership was robust, by local standards, with as many as 25 or more at meetings. We had an healthy mix of older collectors and dealers, youngish collectors and dealers and even a YN or two coming to our monthly meetings. Over the past couple years we've witnessed a steady decline in attendance to the point where in the past year we are lucky if we see eight or nine members at a meeting.

This trend has been a frequent topic of conversation at recent meetings. The consensus is that we are an aging club with very few new members joining. Also, we've lost a few members who have passed on. I believe all of this to be true, but not the whole picture. In the years I've been associated with SNS I do not remember any effort to get our name out there to the collecting public of Greater Seattle. We do have a web page, thanks to Eric Holcomb who keeps it updated, and Eric also makes sure our club info is current on the PNNA web page. Aside from that we have very little contact with the public. I believe it is time for us to become more proactive. All aspects of our club need to be evaluated:

  • Day and time of our meetings. Is there a better day? Should we start the meeting earlier?
  • Meeting location. Is it too hard to get to in the evening? Is it now too small? Should we consider a location outside of Seattle (Tukwila, Edmonds, Bellevue)?
  • Activities. Take advantage of opportunities to spread the word about SNS. Be better prepared for SNS day at the Puyallup Fair. Have club info handouts available for local shows and at area coin shops.
  • Coin Show. Should we put on a Seattle Numismatic Society Coin Show? It wouldn't have to be in the Seattle city limits.
  • Greater digital presence. Should we have a FaceBook, Twitter, etc, presence?

What do you think? I'd like to hear your thoughts on these topics and any other ideas you might have. I'd also like to ask everyone - Is there a specific reason or reasons why you are not making our monthly meetings (traffic, weather, darkness, time, conflicts)? Is there anything we can do to get you back? Please email any comments or questions to or, better yet, come to a meeting and tell us what you think.

At the last meeting we agreed to start implementing some new ideas and policies that we hope will bring some members back to our monthly meetings and maybe interest new people into giving us a try. First, we know we have some members that do not like to drive after dark and/or in stormy rush hour traffic. To address this issue starting next year, summer, 2018, we've decided to change the months we take off, July and August to December and January. Also, we are going to make up some fliers and take them around to local coin clubs so at least they know we have meetings and can advise their customers that there is an organization called Seattle Numismatic Society. Finally, at least for the next six months or so, we will remain at Queen Anne Manor. We'll see how it goes.

Seattle Numismatic Society, formerly Seattle Coin Club, has been around for more than eighty years. It will not fail on my watch.

President's Message by SNS president Scott Loos.

September 2013 - I hope everyone had a great summer! Now it is back to our regular monthly meetings. First off, my summer went well. I attended the ANA summer convention in Chicago, Ill. The attendance was moderate and the activity seemed to be down a bit from previous years.

All in all, it was a great showing for the Pacific Northwest: Larry Gaye from the Willamette Coin Club and PNNA received an ANA Presidential award and the ANA medal of Merit; Katie Reinders, also from PNNA and WCC, received ANA YN of the year as well as YN best in show exhibit. Her father, James, received the ANA Outstanding Adult Advisor. SNSí own Joe Boling received the ANA Exemplary Service Award.

We had our SNS barbeque in early August. Many thanks go out to Dennis Stevens for coordinating and hosting. The food was plentiful, the weather cooperative and the company was delightful.

SNS Elections are coming soon. Please think about helping out in one of the officer positions or serve as a board member. To operate effectively, the club needs your active participation.

I hope to see many of you on the 19th. Thanks, Scott.