NENA Announces 2015 Medal

The NENA medal for 2015 features John Farrar, Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard between 1807 and 1836. He, with Nathaniel Bowditch, made a failed attempt to build an observatory at Harvard, something not accomplished until the 1850s. Farrar kept records of weather observations while Hollis Professor, and concluded that a hurricane was a “moving vortex” following the Great September Gale of 1815. More information about him is available at

NENA honors Professor Farrar with this year’s medal, featuring his picture superimposed over a hurricane symbol, with appropriate annotations. The medals will be produced in two finishes, antique bronze and nickel. The set of two is available for $25.00 with pickup at the convention. Please add $3.00 for postage and handling if you want them mailed to you. Address orders to NENA; PO Box 21; Oxford, MA 01540. Email queries may be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Medals from previous years are also available – email your requests to the above address.

The 71st NENA Convention is on 14 November this year, and is held in conjunction with the NH Coin and Currency Expo, 13-14 November at the Center of New Hampshire (Radisson Hotel) in Manchester. See the website for schedule, details, discount coupon and hotel reservations.



President’s Message September 2015

Presidents Comments

By William Harkins

On Saturday, June 13th, 2015 the New England Numismatic Association held a number of events in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo June 12- 13, including our Club Table, The Young Numismatist program, Exhibits and meeting. The Y.N. Program was headed by Richard Hand with the assistance of George A. Bilodeau Jr.; the program attracted approximately fourteen youngsters and eight adults. The exhibits featured eight non-competitive club exhibits, plus two additional non-competitive exhibits for a total of fourteen cases of displays. Clubs that participated were NENA, Boston Numismatic Society, Collectors Club of Boston, Currency Club of New England, Nipmuc Coin Club, Mansfield Numismatic Society, Worcester County Numismatic Society and the Eisenhower Doubled Die Coin Club.

We would like to thank all those that helped make this a successful event including Ernie Botte and EBW Promotions for providing the exhibit space and meeting room for our event; Richard Hand and George A. Bilodeau Jr. for their work with the YN Program. We would also like to thank the dealers for their support and the generous donations of coins, medals, tokens and supplies for our Y.N Program.

Plans are now being finalized for our 71st, Conference and Convention. The event will be held on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo November 13th,-14th, at the Radisson Hotel/ Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. This year’s program will include the John Kittredge Young Numismatist Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation. Other highlights of the Convention will include Educational Presentations, Exhibits, What is it Table and our Annual Meeting that will include the election of officers.

 The current Slate of officers up for election/re-election is as follows: All Directors at Large; Please note that Robert Hewey will not be seeking re-election leaving his seat open. State Director for Connecticut; State Director for N.H. and State Director for Rhode Island; State Director for MA, (Open); State Director for VT, (Open) and State Director for Maine (Open). We are now accepting nominations for all positions. If you wish to be put on the ballot or would like to nominate someone please contact William Harkins by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to: NENA, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888.

 We now meet via conference call to save on travel expenses and time and only meet about six times a year for an hour or so on Saturday mornings.

 We look forward to seeing our members so please visit the club table and say hello. This will also be a good time to view the exhibits and to pick up this year’s medal set.

 If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we may better serve you, please let us know.


William Harkins


A Call to Exhibit


The New England Numismatic Association is now seeking exhibits for November’s New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo, November 13-14. The exhibit competition will take place on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.

The New England Numismatic Association is now accepting applications for this year’s Exhibits Competition. The competition will take place during our 71st Conference and Convention on Saturday, November 14th at the Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.

One of the strengths of NENA in the past has not only been the numismatic bourse at the conventions but the education of fellow numismatists and the public through speakers, club meetings and exhibiting. Last year we had nine Exhibitors that included one Y.N. Exhibitor. As an incentive to get more Y.N. involvement in our Exhibit Program all youngsters under the age of 18 will receive a free one year Junior Membership for submitting an application and placing an Exhibit during this year’s Exhibit Competition.

Exhibiting is a wonderful way of sharing, educating and imparting your knowledge to fellow numismatists and especially the public. The beauty of an exhibit can encourage others to collect similar material or may be attractive to people because of the numismatic knowledge people may learn. Exhibits can be competitive or Non-Competitive and set up not to compete but to show or impart numismatic information to the public. There is always a need for exhibits and they truly complement a good numismatic show.

Below please find a copy of the Exhibit Rules and Application. The Application needs to be filled out letting the Exhibit Coordinator (s) know the time of arrival one is going to set up the exhibit. All exhibitors have a deadline to fill out and send an application with the title and numismatic area of exhibiting, and the Exhibits have to be set up by a certain time so that cases can be locked and judged. An exhibit would consist of a title, numismatic items and usually but not necessarily numismatic information. Numismatic information usually enhances an exhibit especially if the exhibiting is to be competitive with judging. On request NENA will provided the use of a display case if one is needed.

Awards will be presented at the NENA Annual Meeting based on the overall rating of the Judges. The Best of Show award will be presented to the exhibit which has the highest overall rating and will receive an engraved pewter tray and a prize award of a 1/10 ounce gold Eagle.

The People’s Choice Award will be decided by ballots cast by exhibit viewers and will receive an engraved plaque with a NENA medal affixed to it, also a 1oz. Silver Eagle.

Junior Applicants under age 18 will also be eligible to receive a Y.N. Award Plaque for First, Second or Third Place. In addition the First Place Y.N. will receive a one ounce Silver Eagle. All Exhibitors will receive a NENA Exhibitors medal.

Everyone has expertise in some collecting area, so if you are looking for a way to share this then exhibiting can be a wonderful way of doing it. NENA is always looking for people to set up and display an exhibit. If you have never set up an exhibit before notify NENA and we can help you. It is always a great learning experience.

For more information including rules and application scroll down to rules and application below or request a hard copy by mail:

Send to: NENA EXHIBITS, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888

 Sample Exhibit


 Sample Exhibit




 Exhibit Rules and Application

 New England Numismatic Association

 New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo

71st Conference and Convention

Saturday, November 14th, 2015




All Members of NENA in good standing and who submit a standard NENA exhibit application by November 6th, 2015 will be eligible to exhibit. NENA reserves the right to accept or reject any exhibit.


Competitive categories are:

United States Coins

 Foreign Coins

Ancients (before 1300) and Medieval

 Paper Money

 Tokens and Medals


 Miscellaneous (items not covered by above)

 Junior (under age 18 [any material])

 Non-Competitive: An Exhibitor may enter only one competitive exhibit. Non-Competitive exhibits will be accepted on a space-available basis at the discretion of the Exhibit Chairman.

 The Exhibitor will designate the exhibit category on his application; however, the Exhibit Chairman, after conference with the Exhibitor, may transfer the exhibit to the proper category.


A competitive exhibit may have any number of cases with the following limitations. Preference will be given to exhibits of three cases or less. Larger exhibits will be approved if space is available after smaller exhibits are approved. Under no circumstances will large exhibits be approved after application deadline. Small exhibits may be approved after the deadline if space is available. NENA will provide up to three cases when requested on the application but no cases will be provided for late applications. NENA cases are 33 1/2"x21", inside. Additional cases must be supplied by the Exhibitor provided external dimensions are no more than 34"x22".

A non-competitive exhibit may comprise up to three cases. Other conditions for competitive exhibits apply.

No special locations, electrical connections, lights or special gimmicks will be permitted. NENA will provide supplemental lighting for all exhibits, if necessary.


All material shall be the property of the Exhibitor. Exhibitors shall not violate any government regulation or display forged, spurious or counterfeit material in a competitive exhibit. Such material in a non-competitive exhibit, for educational purposes, shall be clearly identified as such.

A competitive exhibit shall not be the same, or substantially the same, as an exhibit that has previously been awarded a First Place at a previous NENA convention.


Exhibits must be set up prior to 10 AM on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. Exhibits may be set up between 10AM to 6 PM on Friday November 13th, and between 9AM and 10AM on Saturday, November 14th. Exhibits may not be removed until after Awards Presentation. Exhibits must be removed before 5 PM on Saturday, November 14th.

All material shall be prepared, set-up and removed by the Exhibitor unless prior arrangement has been made, in writing, with the Exhibit Chairman to appoint one person as agent for the purpose of set-up, removal and acceptance of any award bestowed on the Exhibitor.


 All exhibitors will lock their cases in the presence of the Exhibit Chairman and give him the key. Once the case is locked, it cannot be opened by the Exhibitor until the exhibit is removed.

During judging, if necessary, the Exhibit Chairman may open an exhibit case in the presence of two or more judges to examine the contents more closely. After such scrutiny, the case will be re-locked. No liability of any kind shall be attached to such performance.


Each exhibit will be judged by at least two judges appointed by the Exhibit Chairman. During judging, all Exhibitors are excluded from the exhibit area. Judging will take place from 10 AM until 12 Noon on Saturday November 14th. Judges shall use the approved NENA Exhibit Rating Sheet and complete one sheet for each exhibit assigned. The Exhibit Chairman shall determine the overall rating for each exhibit by adding the ratings from each Judge and dividing by the number of Judges rating the exhibit.

The Judges’ decisions are final and there will be no appeals of any kind.

Each Exhibitor’s rating sheets will be available for view by the Exhibitor after the Awards Presentation and before removal of the exhibit.


Awards will be presented at the NENA Annual Meeting based on the overall rating of the Judges.

Best of Show award will be presented to the exhibit which has the highest overall rating.

The People’s Choice Award will be decided by ballots cast by exhibit viewers.

Best of show will receive an engraved tray and a prize award of a 1/10 oz. gold Eagle.

People’s choice will receive an engraved plaque with a NENA medal affixed to it, also a 1oz. Silver Eagle

Y.N. Awards

. First place, .Plaque and a 1oz. Silver Eagle

. Second Place .Plaque

.Third Place Plaque

All Exhibitors will receive a NENA Exhibitors medal.


The New England Numismatic Association, the convention committee, EBW Promotions LLC, including employees and contractors and/or the meeting facility, shall not be responsible for any loss, damage, or injury that may occur to Exhibitors or their property from any cause whatsoever, prior, during or subsequent to the period of the convention. The Exhibitor expressly releases the above named entities from, and agrees to indemnify same and hold harmless against any and all claims from such loss, damage or injury.




Exhibit Application

New England Numismatic Association

New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo

71st Conference and Convention

Saturday, November 14th, 2015


Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________State: ___________________ Zip: _______________

Phone (Specify day, evening, or both): _______________________________________________



I, the Exhibitor/Guardian/Agent, understand and agree to abide by the exhibit rules of the New England Numismatic Association which are incorporated herein by reference.

Signed: __________________________________ Exhibitor Date: __________________

Signed: __________________________________ Parent/Guardian Date: __________________


I, Exhibitor, hereby assign ______________________________ as my agent to set up and remove my exhibit and to receive any award presented for my exhibit.

Signed: __________________________________ Agent Date: __________________



TITLE OF EXHIBIT: ____________________________________________________


Category (Please Check One):

___ U.S. Coins ___ Foreign Coins ___ Beauty

___ Ancient/Medieval ___ Paper Money ___ Junior

___ Tokens & Medals ___ Miscellaneous ___ Non-Competitive


How many cases does your exhibit comprise? _________________________________________

Do you want a NENA case for your exhibit? __________________________________________

Will you use your own case(s)? ____________________________________________________

If yes, outside dimensions: ________________________________________________________

Estimated Time of arrival for setup (day and time): _____________________________________


For complete rules see website ( ) or request a hard copy by mail:

Send to: NENA EXHIBITS, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888




The New England Numismatic Association Mission Statement

The aims and purposes of the Association shall be set forth in the agreement of the Association as follows:

 To encourage and develop the appreciation and understanding of numismatics in the New England states and elsewhere; To encourage and enforce, when necessary, the highest ethical standards of behavior of our members; To conduct courses of study in the art and science of numismatics; To edit and publish various forms of numismatic literature; To give and sponsor lectures, exhibitions, displays and functions pertaining to the appreciation and understanding of the art and science of numismatics.


NENA Exhibit Sampler

  • A nice exhibit of animal themed banknotes.
  • An exhibit of New Hampshire Police Department medals
  • An exhibit of medals designed by the renown Swiss medalist Antoine Bovy
  • An exhibit honoring JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination
  • An exhibit of NENA items from past conventions.