On Saturday, November 14th, 2015 the New England Numismatic Association held their 71st Conference and Convention in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo November 13th-14th, 2015. This year’s program included the John Kittredge Young Numismatist (YN) Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation. Other highlights of the Convention included our Club table, “What is It Table”, ANA information table, Exhibits and our Annual Meeting.
The Young Numismatist program was held from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and was headed by Richard J. Hand Jr. with the assistance of Diane Zuck and George A. Bilodeau Jr. This year’s program was very well attended with approximately thirty five children including a group of boy scouts. The program is free and provides an informative and fun learning experience for the youngsters and their parents, with the children receiving coins and other numismatic prizes for their participation.
The “What is it Table” was set up adjacent to our Club Table where several volunteers including Richard Ziegler, Robert Hewey and Robert Hess answered questions and helped identify coins and other numismatic items that were brought to the table.
This year’s exhibits were outstanding we had seven exhibitors that included one Y.N. with sixteen cases total. There were three Non-Competitive Exhibits including a two case exhibit set up to highlight NENA and advertise the Annual meeting and six Competitive Exhibits. Donat Charron won Best of Show with a three case exhibit on “Sally Kirka” and received an engraved tray and 1/10 oz. Gold Eagle; Michael Viens took Second Place with his three case exhibit on “The Medals of The Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary “and received an engraved plaque and a one ounce Silver Eagle; Michael Viens also received the People’s Choice Award for his three case exhibit on “The Medals of The Massachusetts Bay Tercentenary” and was given an engraved plaque and a one ounce Silver Eagle.
Christopher Bilodeau received the John Kittredge 1st Place YN Award for his exhibit on “Coins and Medals in Plastic” and received an engraved plaque and a one ounce Australian Horses coin. Christopher also received a one year NENA membership for placing a YN Exhibit.
All exhibitors received a NENA medal with the NENA logo on one side and Exhibitor/2015 engraved on the other side. The committee gratefully appreciated the time taken by the three Judges to evaluate the exhibits and each judge was given a NENA medal with NENA logo on one side and Judge/2015 engraved on the other side.
The Annual Meeting took place from 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. and was open to members and non-members alike. The meeting started with a presentation by Bob Hess related to this year’s medal and Professor John Farrar titled “A Tale of Two Hurricanes”. This was followed with the Annual Business Meeting that included the Awards and the elections for Officers. The Worcester County Numismatic Society and their Y.N. Chair Mark Matys were presented with an Educational Award in recognition of their outstanding Young Numismatist Program; Robert Fritsch and Robert Hewey were presented with a “Dedicated Service Award” for their many years of service and dedication to this organization.
The Elections were held resulting in the following: State Directors, Connecticut, George A. Bilodeau Jr.; New Hampshire, Robert Drew; Rhode Island, Richard Lavimodiere; Massachusetts, Terry O’Conner; Maine, Vacant; Vermont, Vacant. Directors are Michael Viens, Donat Charron, Robert Hess, Mel Petty and Jim Rolston.
We then held the drawings for the door prizes that included a 2015 Silver Eagle and a 2015 NENA Medals set.
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; The Kittredge Foundation for their generous support of our YN Program; Richard Hand, Diane Zuck and George Bilodeau 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 YN Program.