Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists
The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is a non-profit educational state organization founded in 1978 consisting of individuals and coin clubs throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States.
PAN is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association. The association is dedicated to promoting the hobby of coin collecting through coin shows, lectures, seminars, a published journal, and an electronic newsletter.
Our primary focus is learning the art, history, and world cultures through coinage, medals, and paper money.
John Mercanti Views His Latest Finished Coin Design for First Time
Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) President and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) member Tom Uram received a FedEx package and wanted retired U.S. Mint 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti to be the one to open it during his visit to the PAN Fall Coin Show on Friday October 28, 2016.
John and his wife Marianne were sitting at the PAN book signing table when Tom approached and asked if he wouldn’t mind because he would surely be interested in the contents. John carefully peeled away the packing and was surprised to see that it was the delayed release Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 Bimetallic Coin from The Perth Mint that he was contracted to design. Mr. Mercanti had not seen his finished creation.
Only a few firms had the coin available for sale and Tom was able to acquire this one from a German company. John and Marianne were quite drawn to how beautiful the finished product had turned out.
John has been doing work for the Perth Mint since his retirement from the U.S. Mint. He remarked how delighted he has been at the popularity of his wedge tailed eagle designs on previous silver coins from Perth. The look on Mr. and Mrs. Mercanti's faces was wonderful to catch. The majestic eagle perched in a .999 gold centerpiece with the .999 silver border includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, the 2016 year-date and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark was beyond his expectations with a commanding elegance, simplicity, and beauty. The bi-metal coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination on the obverse.
PAN invited John to be a guest at the coin show to honor his American Silver Eagle design on the 30th anniversary of the popular silver bullion coin. As with any birthday celebration, it is very nice to open a package and PAN was fortunate to be the venue for the birthday surprise. Just to be clear, Tom kept his coin. There is a limited mintage of only 750 and they are pricy. The Perth Mint has put out a very creative product in the bi-metal silver and gold and clearly recognizes John Mercanti’s artistic talent. There are some available through larger coin companies and distributors. The cost for the 1/2 oz silver, 1/2 oz gold coin is somewhere in the $1,700 USD range.
PAN Convention - It's Showtime!
We are now days away from our October 27 - 29 PAN Fall Coin Show and Convention. This issue will focus on the highlights.
Retired U.S. Mint 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti (View Designer's Profile) will be visiting us again. He will be on the show floor on Friday Oct. 28 to sign autographs and sign copies of his popular book, American Silver Eagles - A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program. This year is the 30th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle coin that features John’s Eagle design on the reverse. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get a selfie and an autograph. John will also be the guest speaker at our Friday evening banquet to be held at the beautiful LeMont restaurant.
There is still time to attend. We are encouraging local coin clubs to invite enough club members to have their own club table at this fine event. Some of the clubs have done so.
Retired U.S. Mint 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti will be our guest speaker. He has always presented wonderful topics in the past at our conventions. This time his focus will be some of the inside stories of his many years at the U.S. Mint culminating with the honor of his personal involvement in the creation of the American Silver Eagle Coin. The 30th anniversary of this significant coin is the theme of our 2016 Coin Show.
PAN is also delighted to present at the banquet our Dealer of the Year Award to Alan Stullenbarger. Alan is the founder of CoinZip.com and has taken a very active role in supporting PAN for the last few years. He has promoted PAN on his coin information website. He is the creator and facilitator of our PAN Auctions that has steadily increased in popularity. His website skills have been incorporated in our own PAN website.
We are proud to have him as part of our PAN family.
The beautiful LeMont restaurant on Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington has plenty of room for us. The city view is spectacular. There is valet parking or a very large open lot across the street. The service and cuisine are exquisite. Menu choices include Fillet Mignon, Salmon, Crab Cakes, and Chicken Bruschetta. Cash Bar.
Numismatic Authors Share Their Knowledge
Four award-winning numismatic authors will appear as guest speakers at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Fall Coin Show, Thursday through Saturday, October 27–29, 2016. Clifford Mishler, Douglas Mudd and Dennis Tucker are featured in the PAN Lecture Series, a free program starting Friday at 1:00 p.m. In addition, John Mercanti will speak at a dinner Friday evening.
The show will be held at the Monroeville Convention Center outside Pittsburgh.
John Mercanti, retired chief engraver of the United States Mint, is the author of American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program, recently released in its third edition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of American bullion coinage. In addition to dozens of other coins and medals, Mercanti designed the reverse of the American Silver Eagle. He will be on the bourse Friday, October 28, to autograph copies of his book. He will also be the featured speaker at the PAN banquet Friday evening at the LeMont Restaurant, a Five-
Diamond venue overlooking Pittsburgh’s skyline.
Lecture Series speaker Clifford Mishler is the retired CEO of Krause Publications, a leading publishing firm in antiques and collectibles. He has written and edited numerous standard references and other books during his long professional career. His most recent book for Whitman Publishing is Coins: Questions & Answers, now in its fifth edition. Mishler will discuss “Numismatic Publishing: Past, Present, and Prognostication.”
Speaker Dennis Tucker has been the publisher at Whitman Publishing since 2004. He serves as the numismatic specialist of the U.S. Treasury’s eleven-member Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Tucker is the author of the best-selling American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date. He will speak on “Hidden Profits in Modern U.S. Mint Silver and Gold Medals.”
Speaker Douglas Mudd, curator and museum director of the American Numismatic Association’s Edward C.Rochette Money Museum in Colorado Springs, served as manager of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection from 1991 to 2004. He is a published author, most recently of All the Money in the World. Mudd will discuss “The Olympic Games: History and Numismatics.”
In the show’s competitive collector exhibit area, PAN president Tom Uram’s award-winning five-case exhibit of American Silver Eagles will be on display.
The Clarion - Fall Issue Mailed
Our journal was mailed out to all PAN Regular Members last week. It is 60 pages with the feature article about the Carnegie Hero Medal.
PAN member Matt Campbell was fortunate to purchase a very early silver version of this beautiful award on eBay. The medal was sent to NGC to be graded and it is the only silver one that they have ever received. The reverse was inscribed with the name Ivah Coles.
Matt did some research with the help of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission and uncovered the story behind the award recipient. This rare silver Carnegie Hero Medal will be on display at the PAN show. The complete story of the medal discovery, Ivah Coles, and the recognition ceremony that took place in a small town in Macoupin County, IL is a seven-page article in this issue of the Clarion. Join PAN to receive a copy.
2017 PAN DUES
You can help us keep our costs down
One of the best ways that you can help PAN save costs is to send us your dues before we mail notices in January. This will help us with the printing, envelopes, and postage expenses that we incur. It adds up quickly at .55 to .60 per member.
This past year broke our membership record again with 633 members for 2016. You can mail us a check or money order payable to PAN or you can save postage by going to the PAN website www.pancoins.org Just click the membership tab then join PAN button. We’ll know it is your renewal by your name and address. You can also leave us a message in the notes window. This is a handy feature if there is a change of address or a gift membership for someone else. Start 2017 off right with an upgrade to Life Member, $200. Thanks for your support.