75th Conference Recap

Highlights from our 75th Conference and Convention

On Saturday, October 5th, 2019 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 10:00 AM to 12:00 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 36 young numismatists and parents. The program 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.

This year’s exhibits were outstanding we had 11 exhibits with a total of 22 cases. There were three Non-Competitive exhibits including a five case display that highlighted NENA’s history, a two case exhibit by Arthur M. Fitts III that highlighted various numismatic awards that he has received over his many of service to the numismatic community including his award for being inducted into the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame and a one case exhibit on the Ediville Railroad. We also had four junior exhibitors from the Nashua South High School Coin Club. The junior exhibits were all one case and included an exhibit on “Czech Crowns”1st place; “Ben and Jerry's” 2nd place; “Silver Eagles” 3rd place and “Eisenhower Dollars” 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 “Massachusetts Town Medals” and received an acrylic plaque and a 1/10 oz. gold eagle; Robert Fritsch took second place with his exhibit “Gone Maine Machines” and received an engraved plaque and a one-ounce silver eagle; Robert Risi took third place with his exhibit on “Error Coins” and received an engraved plaque and a silver eagle; Michael Bruni was the runner-up and received a silver eagle. Robert Risi also received the People’s Choice Award with his exhibit on “Error Coins” and was given an engraved plaque and a silver eagle. All exhibitors received an exhibitor’s medal. 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 Fritsch on “New England’s Narrow Gauge Railroads”. This was followed by the Annual Business Meeting that included the Awards and the elections for Officers. A Presidential Award was presented to Yale Lansky for the work he has done in bringing NENA to tax-exempt status as a federal 501 (c) (3) corporation and the additional work he has done with the Newman Numismatic Portal in getting our older issues of NENA News posted to the site. In absentia, James Ralston also received a Presidential Award for his dedication and many years of service to the New England Numismatic community including the work he has done over the past year or two trying to organize a new coin club in the Portsmouth area. We then presented the exhibit awards and thanked everyone for their time and efforts with the exhibits.

President Harkins thanked our Board members for their service. New candidates James Simson and Kevin Winn were introduced and thanked for stepping forward as candidates and willing to serve on the board. The Elections were held resulting in the following changes to our board: James Simson was elected to the position of State Director for Vermont. Kevin Winn was elected to the position of Director at Large. Director and Webmaster Mel Petty and Director at Large Jim Rolson have stepped down from their positions. We thank Mel Petty and James Rolston for their service to this association.

We then held the drawings for the door prizes that included a 2019 Silver Eagle and the 2019 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.

William Harkins presenting Yale Lansky with a Presidential Award


NENA's History


In 1940, there was no organized regional numismatics in this country. Since 1860, most of the larger cities had formed groups of interested collectors who met together to promote their hobby. In 1891, the varied memberships of these urban clubs joined together to form the American Numismatic Association (A.N.A.) and assembled in convention once a year to take a national and, considering Canada and Mexico, an international view at the broad needs and interests of numismatics.

The gap between the national association and the city societies was regional. Its absence was recognized by the more astute numismatists concerned about the rapid develo0pment and expansion of coin collecting. Nonetheless, the gap was left unfulfilled for 50 years.

At last, Shepard Pond, a leader in national as well as Boston numismatic circles, devoted his efforts to the promotion of a regional gathering of those New Englanders having a mutual interest in numismatics. He had long advocated the ideal of such meetings and, in 1941, his efforts bore fruit. Under his chairmanship, the "First New England Numismatic Conference" was called to order on May 23rd at the City Club of Boston with 50 dedicated New England collecors present. It was an evening meeting and dinner held under the auspices of the Boston Numismatic Society and had for its objective the discussion and resolution of the many regional problems attendant upon the sudden growth of the hobby of collecting. It was, as its name indicated, a "Conference of New England Numismatists."

From this beginning sprang organized regional numismatics as we know it nationally today and, from this beginning, sprang the "New England Numismatic Association." Sadly Shepard Pond passed away unexpectedly on May 28th, 1945.

It took five years for the seed that Shepard Pond had planted to put forth its tender leaves, for Fate had decreed that other hands than his should nurture it.

On July 20, 1946, the "Second New England Conference" was sponsored by the Boston Numismatic Society at the Copley Plaza in Boston. It began at 2:00 PM Saturday afternoon and concluded with a Banquet at 6:00 PM. As an inducement to those New Englanders interested in acquiring specimens as well as knowledge, a coin auction was added to the program.

The attendees at this second conference, chaired by Henry Schumacher, recommended that such gatherings should be made an annual affair and Horace Grant invited the next one to be held in Providence.

Accordingly, in 1947, over 100 New England numismatists assembled in Rhode Island. Here, as the Third Conference, the plant so carefully nurtured through six long years at last blossomed. The New England Numismatic Association burst into bloom, was baptized and entered upon a long and beneficial growth, devoted to promoting the interests of Numismatics in New England and to holding a conference annually in some one of the various cities of New England. Officers and State Directors were elected and the location for the next year's conference chosen.

Since that time, a NENA conference has been held each year.

Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, Northampton, Pittsfield, Boston, Manchester, N.H. and Providence have hosted their fellow New England Numismatists and in 1975 the 31st Conference was held in Boston.

Through these years, NENA has developed and matured. In 1948, at Worcester, the NENA News was established and a Course opened. In 1949, at Springfield, the first NENA Medal was struck, or rather stamped, on large cents. In 1951, at New Haven, the length of the conference was extended to two full days of activity and in 1952, at Boston, the tercentenary of the Pine Tree coinage was commemorated by our conference.Since then a medal has been struck to commemorate each conference.

from the 30th Annual Conference and Convention booklet, revised 2015

Today the New England Numismatic Association continues with Shepard Pond’s vision of promoting a regional gathering of New Englanders with a mutual interest in numismatics. During our annual conference and convention we hold a number of events including a free Young Numismatist Program where the children learn the fundamentals of coin collecting, and receive coins and other numismatic related items for their participation. Other events include Educational Talks, Club Table, Exhibits Competition and our Annual Meeting. We also participate in a second show annually where we provide a Young Numismatist Program, Club Table, Exhibits and Meeting.

Our mission 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 and understanding of the art and science of numismatics.

Our goal is to function as a true regional numismatic association by promoting the ANA and getting members involved with their local clubs and activities such as National Coin Week.

For more information write to New England Numismatic Association, P.O. Box 2061, Woburn, MA 01888.


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.

NENA Announces 2019 Medal

2019 Nena Medal Obverse2019 Nena Medal Reverse

NENA’s 2019 Convention Medal was designed by Robert R. Maisch and pays tribute to New England's Two-Footer Railroads.

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 $3.50 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 complete listing.

More information about Two-Footer Railroads in New England.


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.