77th Anniversary Conference Announcement


The New England Numismatic

Association 77th Anniversary

Conference and Convention


NENA 77th Conference and Convention Meets October 2nd

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, the New England Numismatic Association will hold its 77th annual Conference and Convention in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Ample parking is available at the Center of New Hampshire Parking Garage, with an entrance off Elm Street.

There will be a NENA Club table where “experts” are available to help you identify and estimate the value of your numismatic items. Also available are applications for NENA membership, publications and opportunities to buy this year’s convention medal. The theme for this year’s medal is “Woodsides to Steelsides,” honoring New England’s shipbuilding legacy and picturing the “Luther Little” four-masted schooner built in Somerset, MA, and the four-stacker destroyer “U.S.S Crowninshield” built in Bath, ME, both built in the early 20th century.

Due to Covid, the Young Numismatist program normally part of the conference events will not be held this year. However, there will be a place at the NENA table where youngsters will be able to pick up “Goodie Bags” full of coins, coin supplies and reading materials and ask questions of the NENA members at the table.

Numismatic Exhibits have been prepared for your viewing pleasure and education. Stop by and vote for your favorite.

The mission of the New England Numismatic Association is “to encourage and develop the appreciation and understanding of numismatics and the collection of coins and medals; to conduct courses of study in the art and science of numismatics, to give and otherwise sponsor lectures, exhibitions, displays and functions pertaining to the appreciation of the art and science of numismatics.”

For additional information go to the NENA website at


NENA Announces 2021 Medal

2021 Nena Medal Obverse

NENA’s 2021 Convention Medal was designed by Robert R. Maisch.

Pictured (top)is the 4- masted schooner Luther Little under full sail with the bow wash showing that these ships were the speedsters of the era. The Luther little was built in the Crowninshield Shipyard, Somerset, Massachusetts in the early 1900s. Pictured (lower vessel) is the 4-stacker destroyer, U.S.S. Crowninshield (DD-134) buith at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine in the same time frame as the Luther Little. The ship was named in honor of Benjamin Williams Crowninshield, former Secterary of the Navey 1814-1818. With a top speed of over 35 knots the destroyers earned the title “Greyhounds of the Sea”.


These one and a half inch medals are produced in two finishes, antique bronze and antique silver color .  The set of two is available for $25.00 plus $4.00 for postage and handling.  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 for a compleate listing.


NENA Special Offers

 What Has NENA Done for You Lately?

 Our members are either collectors, dealers, or, possibly, both. We all have a stake in supporting one another in order to fully enjoy our hobby or business. A base of collectors without qualified dealers to buy from would soon wither as would those dealers who staked a good portion of their life’s assets in their stock that was bought to please the collector. Introducing one to the other is a major goal of this association’s challenge.

 Another goal is to open lines of communication to let other members know what we think is important or amusing with this wonderful numismatic whimsy. Submit your article to NENA News and share that information with hundreds of other members!

 We sponsor a Young Numismatist forum twice a year in conjunction with the New Hampshire Coin and Currency Expo. We strive to give youngsters the basics of coin collecting, something that they will hopefully be able to build on as they mature. Their two-hour class has often reached an attendance of close to 50 YNs. This year a club in Connecticut will be boosting some YNs (not even from their own club) with financial help to attend. We hope other clubs will be able follow that example.

 We sponsor competitive exhibit competitions at the conventions with winners chosen from various categories.

 We currently are updating the unpublished manuscript by past member Robert Heath on Massachusetts Tercentenary Medals. This is in its final stages after many years of researching and rewriting the manuscript. This will bring a wealth of information to collectors of Town Medals.

 More recently we have been actively working to establish a new coin club in the sea-coast region of New Hampshire.

 We are currently appealing to both our collector and dealer members to submit articles to NENA News, the quarterly publication currently doing double duty as a newsletter to our members and a venue for advertisers and authors. As a bonus, this effort has produced informative articles for our members to explore.

 In the works is a program that will recognize local club members for their productive involvement within their clubs or within the framework of NENA.

 Becoming involved in this fraternity of collectors and dealers requires some work, physical and financial. Our members can help by sharing their thoughts and submitting articles in our publication. Dealers are not excluded from doing the same but also are encouraged to include us in their advertising budget. All members are asked to offer personal assistance to serve NENA when the need arises. There is no paid staff so everything we do will be done by volunteers like you. If you enjoy your hobby please support NENA so we can help make it more interesting and profitable for you. Our vision is to have an organization where any member will feel at home, be able to express his views, share his knowledge with others, either in person or in the pages of NENA News.

 If you think you fit this profile and would like to help this regional organization in some way either now or later please contact our president, Bill Harkins to see where you could be of help with some project NENA is currently involved with now or coming up in the future. He may be reached 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.

NENA is currently offering a number of specials to encourage increased participation in NENA and furtherance of its goals.
Check back here from time to time as we plan on adding to the list of specials.

Sign New Members / Save on Dues!

If your club can recruit Four (4) first time NENA applicants (not renewals) your club membership will be waived for one year.

For every four (4) new applicants your club will be credited with one year’s membership.
If your club already is a life member you may offer one member a paid up 1-year membership.

This offer good through December 2018.

Please  fill out and submit a membership application for each new sponsored member
along with a check for the proper amount ($15.00 ea) to:

c/o William Harkins
P.O. Box 2061
Woburn, MA 01888


Advertise in Four Issues - Save on Dues!

To Our Advertisers!

As a way to show our appreciation for your advertising dollar, we would like you to become a NENA member at no cost to you.

We will gladly consider you to be a paid-up member once you return a signed application blank. That is a $15 value for you at no charge.

If you already are a NENA member you will be credited with one year of paid dues once the four ads have been paid or contracted for. If you already are a “Life Member” you may assign this benefit to a prospective new member along with his/her submission of a membership application.

For proper processing or further information submit to: John Ferreri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 860-429-6970


Submit an Article—Save on Dues!

We are always in need of interesting articles to print in the NENA News journal. Papers on coins, medals, paper money, tokens and other mainstream numismatic subjects are welcome.

A large article would be from 3-6 pages and a small, up to 2 full pages, both with some illustration.

An editorial board will edit your submission for appropriateness and when it gets selected to appear in the News you will be credited with one year of paid dues. If you are not yet a member please submit or request a copy of a membership application.

Offer valid for paid up member’s first article only! Submit online only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The NENA Exonumia Challenge

Every medal has a story to tell. By their very nature, medals are created to mark an event, person, group, commemoration or be just beautiful art. Coins were made to be spent, but medals are where the author can find a universe of excellent subjects for writing.

That is the purpose of this challenge. If you request a medal by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , one will be sent to you by NENA Past President Bob Fritsch from his box of excess medals. In return, you would be expected to write an article of about one page about the item taken from the box. The article would then be submitted to the NENA News for publication. Both Bob and the NENA News editor will be happy to assist the novice author in creating the article. 

This challenge was created for a variety of reasons. Bob buys medal lots at auction, and there are plenty of leftovers after removing the pieces that fit into his collection, and this is a way to deplete the surplus items. Bob would also take the box to Boston area coin clubs and offer any item therein to anyone who desired one. Every editor who has ever done a numismatic publication is always in need of good articles. And collectors get a medal for their collection, get to research it and share the story with fellow collectors. These collectors get their work published and may find a new facet of the hobby that brings its own rewards. Everyone wins.

This challenge has been operating through various clubs around the nation, including Central States Numismatic Society, California Exonumist Society, Women in Numismatics and FUN There is plenty of material to keep the box well-stocked. You have everything to gain by trying your hand at THE NENA EXONUMIA CHALLENGE.

For additional information, phone John Ferreri @ 860-429-6970.

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.