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 (ANA). 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.
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Get Abe Lincoln & Ben Franklin to the ANA World’s Fair of Money
The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and PAN Secretary Patrick McBride (Benjamin Franklin re-enactor) have created a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring renowned Abraham Lincoln actor, Dennis Boggs, to the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money to be held at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois on August 10 – 14, 2021.
The money generated will cover Dennis’ fee, airfare, hotel stay, etc. This fund drive was originally created for the 2020 Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money that was canceled due to COVID-19. The money raised was rolled over to this new “Get Abe to Rosemont” fund drive. Between GoFundMe and private donations, we have raised $1,900 USD. Our goal this time is to raise more than $4,000 so that we can also help old Ben Franklin to get to Rosemont.
Lincoln and Franklin have appeared together previously charming the young and old alike with their wit, humor and historical tales. They have together attended the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention in January of 2020 and the last ANA World’s Fair of Money in August of 2019. Many dealers, vendors, and attendees enjoyed posing for photos with these grand historical figures, but most importantly, the children whose eyes lit up and tongues tied in the presence of Mr. Lincoln (www.MeetMrLincoln.com) or Dr. Franklin (www.FranklinAlive.com) was priceless. Imagine being 10 years old and able to tell your teacher that you met President Lincoln or Dr. Franklin… or BOTH! What is a more wonderful gift than giving to our children the desire to learn through living history? Young collectors are the future of the coin business, and we encourage you to make a donation.
Small amounts are encouraged. Ten dollars each from 200 donors will easily reach our goal. Please consider a $5 Lincoln note or a $100 Franklin note to get these engaging characters to Rosemont this summer. Mailed donations are also gladly accepted. All monies are deposited into our PAN Foundation 501(c)(3) account and are tax-deductible. Make checks payable to:
1985 Lincoln Way
Suite 23 #225
White Oak PA 15131
The internet GoFundMe platform is popular and easy to use. All of the money raised goes to the stated cause with no processing fees. The platform will encourage donors to leave a tip that will go to sustain the platform service. You are able to tip zero money if you choose or any dollar amount other than the 10% the GoFundMe platform suggests.
For more information, contact PAN Secretary Patrick McBride at [email protected] or (412) 973-3525.
Support the 2021 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Bill
The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is calling on all fellow coin collectors to contact their United States Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the H.R. 3757 commemorative coin legislation.
This House Bill will require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the minting of the Morgan dollar and the Peace dollar and shall mint and issue not more than a total of 500,000 one dollar coins of which shall weigh 26.73 grams; have a diameter of 1.500 inches; and contain not less than 90 percent silver. Coins minted under this Act shall be issued in uncirculated and proof finishes.
PAN President and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) Chairman Thomas Uram and fellow CCAC member Michael Moran came up with the idea of the recreation of these popular silver dollars in 2021. Production of the Morgan dollar, which was at one time the workhorse of American industry, came to an end in 1921 and the new Peace dollar, commemorating the declaration of peace between the United States and the Imperial German government, debuted that same year.
The sale price of the coins has yet to be determined. The important aspect of this program is that 40% of the surcharges will be used to support numismatic education and will be administered by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) as required by law. The surcharges that have traditionally funded many causes and projects over the history of commemorative coin programs will actually be used to support numismatics for the first time ever. It is high time that the collectors that have financially supported these past programs will now reap a benefit within our own collecting community!
We are asking all numismatic organizations to support this effort and urge all of their members to contact their Congressional Representative. One hundred eighty-nine members of the House of Representatives are needed to co-sponsor this Bill to make these coins a reality. Collector support is essential to get this legislation into law. More information is available at www.PANcoins.org.
Find Your Representative by Zip Code at ziplook.house.gov.