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About PCNS

PCNS exists to promote, develop, and foster Numismatics in all its branches along educational, historical, and scientific lines, and to provide opportunities for collectors to share in an organization of mutual interest and good fellowship.

PCNS hosting the ANA at the SF Mint in 1915
 PCNS hosted the ANA's 1915 visit
 to the San Francisco Mint during PPIE

PCNS was founded in 1915 by Farran Zerbe with a group of San Francisco collectors, when Zerbe came West to supervise the US Mint Exhibit at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. PCNS hosted the ANA Convention in San Francisco that year. At that time, there were no other coin organizations in the American West.

PCNS continues to be a gathering place for studious numismatists in the greater San Francisco Bay Area — and beyond.


PCNS monthly meetings feature presentations on numismatic topics ranging from US coins, tokens, and medals to Ancient, Medieval, and Modern World coinage, currency, exonumia, and San Francisco tokens and history.

Meetings moved to Zoom due to Covid early in 2020, and now we continue on Zoom so that all members may attend and take part in our live meetings wherever they are located.

PCNS programs are available as online videos from Spring 2020 to the present. We also keep an archive of our back issues of The Bulletin and Meeting Minutes with records of past activities and programs.

Research & Publishing

PCNS sponsors an Annual Papers Contest for numismatic writers, publishing the submissions on this website for everyone to read.

Papers from 2012 through 2023 are now available to read online.


PCNS members receive meeting invitations, programs, Papers, and advance notice of new medals and publications, including the monthly Bulletin. Many illustrious numismatists have been PCNS members. Consider adding your name to that list.

We invite you to take part in the traditions of the first numismatic group of the American West!