The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is a non-profit educational state organization founded in 1978 consisting of individuals and coin clubs throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States.
PAN is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association. The association is dedicated to promoting the hobby of coin collecting through coin shows, lectures, seminars, a published journal, and an electronic newsletter.
Our primary focus is learning the art, history, and world cultures through coinage, medals, and paper money.
PAN President Tom Uram Reappointed to CCAC
PAN President Tom Uram was recently appointed to another four-year term to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA18) issued a pleasant and unexpected press release from his congressional office to recognize Tom’s reappointment.
The congressman took a little bit of social media heat when it was posted from those that think the house members should devote all their time and effort to the top issues facing the country but we at PAN were delighted to see our association president get such a distinguished shout out.
Congressman Murphy is an avid proponent of mental health issues that affects so many Americans today. He works tirelessly to address PTSD for our returning military personal and fights for legislation to treat those with many different mental health problems.
What is the CCAC? Here is an excerpt from the committee’s website, www.ccac.gov:
The CCAC was established in 2003 by Congress under Public Law 108-15 to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on the themes and designs of all US coins and medals. The CCAC serves as an informed, experienced and impartial resource to the Secretary of the Treasury and represents the interests of American citizens and collectors.
Another new appointee to the CCAC this year is the famous NBA basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Mr. Abdul-Jabbar fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Steven Roach. Kareem is an avid coin collector and became interested in numismatics based on his love of history and his study of Alexander Hamilton. His main collecting interest is 19th-century U.S. gold coins.
We at PAN are excited about Tom’s reappointment. He has been able to bring us some very good speakers to our PAN Conventions through his contacts and interactions while serving on the CCAC. We will see what future guests Tom invites to attend the PAN coin shows.
The PAN Auction is live now. More items are added each week. Lot viewing is also available at the PAN Spring Coin Show on Thursday May 11 and Friday May 12 with the bidding ending Friday at 5:00pm. Lot pick up is available on Saturday May 13. Winning lots will also be mailed for those that will not be able to attend our coin show.
The auction can be viewed from the PAN website www.pancoins.org by clicking the icon or tab on the home page. The lots can also be viewed by going to the CoinZip.com website and clicking the “PAN Auctions” icon.
CoinZip.com manages our auction. There is a 10% buyer’s fee that is donated to PAN. The auction is a vital part of our fundraising. Please have a look at the items and place a bid to help us out. There are many very affordable and wide varieties of items in the auction. Below are some of the lots that are up for bid.
2017 PAN DUES – Help Us Keep Our Costs Down
We were a bit behind getting our dues notices out for the 2017 calendar year. Your PANeNEWS editor has turned the task over to our new membership chairman Rob Throckmorton. The transition has delayed us but the notices continue to be sent. It is our hope that you will renew. To a number of our PANeNEWS recipients we invite you to become a member of our association. We are collector based and have no paid staff so the dues money goes back into promoting numismatics and to help share knowledge and information. Regular membership comes with our print journal The Clarion that is mailed three times per year. It is produced in a large format style and in full color.
Membership apps can be printed from our website or you can join online. Simply go to pancoins.org and click the membership tab.
PAN Receives Educational Grant
PAN received a $3,000 grant from the Washington County Community Foundation, Inc. The grant money was derived from the Harold & Enes Hockett Fund to be used for PAN’s ongoing numismatic educational programs. We are very grateful to the foundation for these funds to help us through 2017. The WCCF has been a supporter of PAN programs in previous years.
All of our funding is used to promote numismatic education for children and adults. We do not have a paid staff and rely on volunteers and the kindness of foundations to help us financially through the year.
PAN has also been fortunate to also receive donations from long time life members. We have had plaster sculptures from retired U.S. Mint engraver John Mercanti donated to be used for our banquet auction with all proceeds going to PAN. We have had wonderful support from a number of people and organizations over these many years and we are very appreciative of such generosity. Donations to PAN can be made through the PAN website pancoins.org by clicking the Donate to PAN tab.
Uram Announces Candidacy for ANA Board of Governors
Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists President Thomas J. Uram is announcing his candidacy for the 2017 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors
Tom Uram is a lifetime resident of Western Pennsylvania. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business and Finance. Tom is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry. As a financial representative, he concentrates on charitable giving, life insurance, long-term care and IRAs for his clients.
Tom’s numismatic interest started in 1971 when his Uncle Mitch introduced him to Gordon Doddrell of the Pittsburgh Coin Company. Tom joined the George Washington Numismatic Association at the same time and in several years was the first junior member to be elected to the board of directors as club secretary. In 1974, Tom joined the American Numismatic Association as a life member.
Tom has frequently exhibited at coin shows, and his first exhibit as a junior was at the American Numismatic Association in 1976 in New York. As a junior, he worked with Florence Schook in junior projects as well as serving as a Page at numerous national shows. Tom also participated in The David R. Cervin Roman Coin Project that the American Numismatic Association sponsored. Today Tom’s exhibits often receive first place awards at many national coin shows.
He has participated in and encouraged many National Coin Week projects. He has been President of the George Washington Numismatic Association since 1998, and in 2010, Tom designed and promoted a medal commemorating the Bicentennial of the City of Washington Pennsylvania. He was also the front person for organizing the creation of the Papal Medal by U.S. Mint engraver Don Everhart that commemorated the Pope’s visit to Washington D.C. in September of 2015. Tom is a frequent speaker at local coin clubs to talk about the Historic Two Cent Piece, how to exhibit coins at shows, and many other numismatic topics.
In addition to the American Numismatic Association and George Washington Numismatic Association, Tom is a member of Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society (one of the oldest numismatic societies in the country), Central States Numismatic Association, Florida United Numismatists, The Sphinx Society, the North Hills Coin Club, and the South Hills Coin Club. Tom is a life member of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and its current President. In 2011, he was certified as an ANA Exhibit Judge, and has enjoyed the opportunity to judge at many national conventions since then.
Tom has served as the District Governor for Rotary District 7330, and he’s currently on the Board of Directors for the Washington County Community Foundation and the Washington Hospital Foundation. Tom also serves on the Finance Committee for the Immaculate Conception Church, and he is the former Board President of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Tom and his wife, Lynn, reside in Eighty Four, PA.
2016 PAN Dealer of the Year Award
The 2016 PAN Dealer of the Year Award was presented to Alan Stullenbarger of CoinZip.com at the annual PAN banquet at the LeMont restaurant last October.
Alan has been a very active supporter of PAN. His company manages the PAN Auction with all the buyer’s fees going to PAN. Alan is also one of the partners of the Battlefield Coin ShowsTM that produce some great shows in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The September Gettysburg show is one of the best. PAN Board Chairman Don Carlucci and PANeNEWS editor Pat McBride presented Alan the recognition award. He is in great company with predecessors Gus Serementis of Acropolis Coins and ANA Governor Steve Ellsworth of Butternut Coins. We are committed to a partnership with our dealers and are very cognizant of their contributions to the hobby.
The recipients are not chosen lightly. They exemplify the combination of servicing the collector’s needs, the longevity of the hobby, and the importance of serving the clubs and organizations that are the heart and soul of the numismatic community. Congratulations to Alan. Well done!