NENA Announces 2017 Medal

The NENA medal for 2017 features two four-masted schooners: the Luther little and Hesper . The medal marks the 100th anniversary of the building of the schooners and pays tribute to New England’s rich maritime history.

The medals will be produced in two finishes, antique bronze and antique silver color. The set of two is available for $25.00 with pick-up at the convention. Please add $3.00 for postage and handling if you want them mailed to you. Address orders to NENA; PO Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888. 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 73rd NENA Conference and Convention will be held on November 4th in conjunction with the NH Coin and Currency Expo, November 3-4 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown/Center of New Hampshire, Manchester.


Sketch Draft of Medal   Photo of Luther Little and Hesper hulks in 1996
Medal Concept   March, 1969 Photo

The Luther Little and Hesper were built in Somerset, Massachusetts. The 204 foot long Luther Little, launched in 1917, and the 210 foot long Hesper, launched in 1918 were built by Crowninshield Shipbuilding.

These two four-masted schooners were mainly cargo carrier coastal/deep water vessels. The Luther ran aground in 1920 while in Haiti. The Hesper ran aground in 1925 while entering Boston harbor. Both ships were salvaged and continued in service.

Frank Winter purchased both ships and the Wiscasset and Quebec Railroad in 1932 for a Boston-to Wiscasset coal and lumber enterprise. The business failed, Frank Winter died shortly thereafter, and the ships were abandoned in 1936 at Wiscasset, Maine.

The derelict ships became a popular tourist attraction for travellers using U.S. Route 1 passing through Wiscasset. The four masts of the Hesper were removed in 1940. The ravages of time, vandals, souvenir hunters and a 1995 storm toppled the masts of the Luther Little leaving mainly a pile of debris. In 1998 the remnants of the ships were demolished and went to a local landfill.

All that remains of the 100 year old history of the Hesper and Luther Little are photos and the memories of the travellers who happened to stop and admire these two vestiges of the American wooden sailing ship era in New England. (Photo above dated March, 1969)

Luther Little and Hesper history by Robert Maisch


President’s Message, October 2017

Presidents Comments

By William Harkins

I would like to start by thanking you, our members, for your support through your membership and donations to our programs. This is your organization and in order to make it successful we need your participation. Whether you fill a vacancy on our board, submit a news article, place an exhibit, bring a child to our Y.N Program or just drop by the club table during one of our events and say hello, it is important to the success of our organization. I am also asking our members and clubs to promote our organization and help bring in new members. Please show your support by attending this year’s Conference and Convention.

Plans are being finalized for our 73rd, Conference and Convention that will be held on November 4th in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo, November 3-4, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. Plans include the John Kittredge Young Numismatist Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation. Other highlights of the Convention will include Educational Presentations, Competitive Exhibits, Exhibiting Workshop, ANA information booth, Club Table, and What-is-it Table. Our Annual Meeting will include a brief talk related to this year’s medal design, along with awards and the election of officers. 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 and vote on the exhibits and to pick up this year’s medals set.

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we may better serve you, please let us know. You may email directly by clicking on contact us or by mail NENA, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888.


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 2-4. The exhibit competition will take place on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel, Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH.


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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.