74th Conference Recap

Highlights from our 74th Conference and Convention

On Saturday November 10th, 2018 our activities included the John Kittredge Young Numismatist Program sponsored by NENA and the Kittredge Foundation, the Club Table where visitors could purchase this year’s medals and pay their dues, the Exhibits Gallery, and the Annual Meeting that included the awards and election of officers.

The Young Numismatist program was held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and was headed by Richard J. Hand Jr. with the assistance of Chris Sobiesiak, Richard Ziegler, Donat Charron and Jen Reynolds. This year’s program was very well attended with approximately sixty Y.N’s including a group of Boy Scouts from Troop 27, Woodstock, CT. The scouts and troop leaders were sponsored by the Mansfield Numismatic Society, whose generous donation made it possible for the scouts to attend the YN program.

 Young Numismatists  Stanley Chu
Young Numismatists focused and interested

ANA District Representative Stanley Chu

addressing the group of Y.N’s











  This year’s exhibits were outstanding; we had ten exhibits with a total of seventeen cases. There were two Non-Competitive exhibits including a two case exhibit that highlighted NENA’s history and a two case exhibit on Henry Opukaha’ia. We also had for junior exhibitors from the Nashua South High School Coin Club. The junior exhibits were all one case and included an exhibit on “Iceland Kroner” 1st place; “New England 50 States Quarters” 2nd, place; “Pennies of the World”3rd, place and “2009 Lincoln Cents” runner-up. First, Second and Third place junior exhibitors received a NENA Plaque with a NENA medal affixed to it. The junior exhibitors all received an exhibitor’s medal, a one year NENA membership and were given numismatic prizes courtesy of their club advisors.

 Donat Charron won the Eliott Goldberg Best of Show Award for his exhibit on “Westward Journey” and received an acrylic plaque and a 1/10 oz. Gold Eagle; Franz Hoerzer took Second Place with his exhibit on “Specimen Bank Notes” and received an engraved plaque and a one ounce Silver Eagle; Robert Fritsch took third place with his exhibit on “Going to Hell” (Michigan that is!) and received an engraved plaque. We also had a nice exhibit on “Abraham Lincoln”. Donat Charron received the People’s Choice Award for his exhibit on “Westward Journey” and was given an engraved plaque and a one ounce Silver Eagle. All exhibitors received a once silver coin for placing an exhibit. The committee gratefully appreciated the time taken by the three Judges to evaluate the exhibits and each judge was given a medal for their efforts.

 The Annual Meeting took place from 3:00- 4:00 P.M. and was open to members and non-members alike. The meeting started with a brief talk by Bob Hewey on “Henry Opukaha’ia”. This was followed with the Annual Business Meeting that included the Awards and the election of officers. A Presidential Award was presented to C. John Ferreri for his dedication to this organization and the outstanding work he has been doing including his efforts in obtaining articles and advertising for the newsletter. We then presented the exhibit awards and thanked everyone for their time and efforts with the exhibits. 

Donat Charron   C. John Ferreri

Donat Charron receiving the Eliott Goldberg

“Best of Show Award” for his exhibit Westward Journey

C. John Ferreri proudly displays his Presidential Award














The Elections were held resulting in the following changes to our Board: Yale Lansky was elected to the position of Vice President, taking over the seat that was previously held by Richard Ziegler. Bim Finemore was elected to the position of State Director for Maine, taking over the seat that was previously held by Peter Jordan. We express our thanks to Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Jordan for their service to this association.

 We then held the drawings for the door prizes that included a 2018 Silver Eagle and a 2018 NENA medals set.

 We would like to thank all those that helped make this a successful event including our board, committees, volunteers and members; Ernie Botte and EBW Promotions for providing the exhibit space and meeting room for our event; The Kittredge Foundation and Mansfield Numismatic Society for their generous financial support of our YN Program; The dealers for their generous donations of coins, medals, tokens and supplies for the Y.N’s.



NENA Announces 2018 Medals

The NENA medal for 2018 features Henry Opukaha'ia. The medal marks the 200th anniversary of Henry Opukaha'ia's death and the 25th anniversary of the return of his remains to Hawaii. In his memory, the New England Numismatic Association (NENA)and the Big Island Coin Club ( have issued a joint medal in his honor.  The medals are two inches in diameter and are produced in two finishes: antique bronze and antique silver color. Both medal finishes share a common obverse while thereverse of the of the antique bronze features NENA's logo and the reverse of the antique silver color features the logo of the Big Island Coin Club.

The set of two medals is available for $25.00 with pickup at the convention. Please add $3.00 postage 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 74th NENA Conference and Convention will be held on November 10th in conjunction with the NH Coin and Currency Expo, November 9-10 at the Manchester Downtown Hotel/Doubletree by Hilton, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. See the website for schedule, details, discount coupon, and hotel reservations.


2018 medal obverse    2018 medal obverse
Medal Obverse
  Medal Obverse
NENA medal reverse   Hawaii medal reverse
NENA Reverse   Big Island Coin Club Reverse

Henry Opukaha'ia: A Link Between Hawaii and New England
By Bob Hewey

Henry Opukaha'ia was born in about 1792 to a royal family in the Kua region of the big island of Hawaii (not far from the recent volcanic eruption!). Around 1803, Henry’s parents and siblings, and later his aunt, were killed as part of the war that eventually resulted in the uniting of the Hawaiian Kingdom under Kamehameha I. When he was about fifteen years old, in 1807, he decided to leave Hawaii and found a merchant ship’s captain who was willing to take him on.

While on board this ship, Henry was befriended by a Yale College student, Russell Hubbard, who taught Henry some spoken English and the alphabet. The ship finally landed in New Haven in 1809. Because of Henry’s friendship with Hubbard, the Reverend Doctor E.W. Dwight, President of Yale, agreed to teach Henry to read and write. During this instruction Henry learned about Christianity and rejected the idol worship of his ancestors. Henry was a fast learner and an avid reader and writer.

After New Haven, Henry continued his education with the Mills family, first in Torringford (now part of Torrington, Connecticut) and then in Andover, Massachusetts where Henry confessed his Christian faith in public, completing his conversion. He decided he wished to return to Hawaii as a missionary. Toward the end of 1816 Henry accompanied a Reverend Perkins, an agent of the Board of Foreign Missions, to solicit donations for the benefit of the Foreign Mission School in Amherst, Massachusetts. Partly because of Henry’s presence, donations were much greater than usual.

When the Foreign Mission School moved to Cornwall, Connecticut in May 1817, Henry followed, and continued his studies with the goal of bringing Christianity to Hawaii. But sadly, he fell ill in early 1818 and died on February 17 of that year at the age of 26. Before he died Henry was reported to have said, “Oh! How I want to see Hawaii! But I think I never shall. God will do right. He knows what is best.” Henry was buried in the Congregational Church yard in Cornwall.

A few months later, a small book by Rev. Dr. Edwin W. Dwight was published as “Memoirs of Henry Obookiah” including many of Henry’s own letters and diary entries. On October 23, 1819, inspired by Henry Opukaha’ia’s life as narrated in the book, fourteen missionaries left Boston on the brig Thaddeus. They arrived in Hawaii five months later and began their work of bringing Christianity to the Hawaiian people.

In 1992, Deborah Li’ikapeka Lee, a distant cousin of Henry had a vision that he wanted to have his remains returned to Hawaii. With the help of friends, relatives and officials in Hawaii and Connecticut, she arranged to have his skeletal remains exhumed, which were still intact. The remains were placed in a koa wood casket and flown to the Big Island on July 26, 1993. On August 6, 1993 he was reinterred on the grounds of the Kahikolu Church in Napo’opo’o overlooking Kealakekua Bay. There were ceremonies in both Cornwall and Hawaii, led by Rev. David Hirano, United Church of Christ Connecticut Conference minister, and Hawaii native.

Though many have said that the arrival of the missionaries in the islands was a mixed blessing for the Hawaiian people and their culture, there is no doubt that Henry Opukaha'ia forged a link between New England and Hawaii that has lasted for centuries.

The year 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Henry Opukaha'ia's death and the 25th anniversary of the return of his remains to Hawaii. In his memory, the New England Numismatic Association (NENA) and the Big Island Coin Club have issued a joint medal in his honor.

"Memoirs of Henry Obookiah by Edwin D. Dwight, Revised Edition, complete with new epilogus and pictures of his return to Hawaii", Copyright 2012, Women's Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands.

“United Church News, CONNtact edition” Vol. 9, No. 7 September 1993.




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.