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. 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. PAN is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association.
Attendance: PAN only counts customers that register and pass through the door. We do not count dealers, helpers, PAN volunteers or others associated with our show. These are real numbers.
PAN President and CCAC member Tom Uram received a FedEx package and wanted retired U.S. 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti to be the one to open it. It turns out it was the soon to be released Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 Bi-metal Coin from The Perth Mint that John designed. Mr. Mercanti had not seen his finished creation until he pealed off the bubble wrap and opened the box. He was awestruck at how well it turned out! John has been doing work for the Australian mint since his retirement. He is delighted at the popularity of his wedge tailed eagle design. The look on Mr. and Mrs. Mercanti's faces was wonderful. PAN invited John to be a guest at the show to honor his American Silver Eagle design on the 30th anniversary of the popular silver bullion. 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. They are delayed as yet from the Perth Mint. There are some available through some of the large coin companies. The cost for the 1/2 oz silver, 1/2 oz gold is somewhere in the $1,700 range. John will have to buy his own.
Dennis Tucker publisher of Whitman Publishing, LLC whose books are widely read in the hobby made a book donation to the John Burns Reference Library at the recent PAN Fall Coin Show and Convention on Friday October 28th after his presentation at the PAN Lecture Series. His latest book titled American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date is beautifully done and illustrated. He shares years of research and unique perspective in a colorful exploration of these amazing pieces of Americana. We are always delighted to receive a book donation from the author to continue to enhance the library.