Pacific Coast Numismatic Society (PCNS Official Website homepage)

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 1915 ANA at the Old Mint
  PCNS hosted the ANA's visit to
  the SF Mint during PPIE (1915)

  • History: 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 same 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.
  • Meetings: Our 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 history. Recent programs are now available online as videos.
  • Research & Publishing: PCNS sponsors an annual Papers contest for numismatic writers, publishing the submissions on this website for everyone to read. Papers available to read online are listed by the year submitted:
    2012  |  2013  |  2014–15  |  2016  |  2017  |  2018  |  2019
  • Membership: Members receive meeting invitations, programs, medals, and copies of our publications. 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!
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Everyone with an interest in Numismatics is invited!

PCNS monthly meetings include an educational program about some area of numismatics. Members should consult The Bulletin for meeting details. The Bulletin is emailed to members, and then posted here as a PDF in the week before each meeting.

Some of our meeting programs are recorded, and those videos may be viewed online.

PCNS monthly meetings continue online:
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March 24, 2021

  • Wednesday Evening at 7:30pm
  • Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Robert A. Jesinger
  • Topic: So-Called Dollars and the William H. Warner & Bros Co. of Philadelphia
  • Exhibits: Topical items are always encouraged, but any new acquisitions or special items you want to share with us are welcome. Exhibits are entirely your choice, so surprise us!
  • Information about PCNS meetings is provided in The Bulletin, which is updated here during the week before each meeting.
  • Specific meeting information for joining via Zoom at the time of the event will be distributed to members via email the day before each meeting. Members should email the Webmaster for meeting details if they don't get an email by the evening of the day before the Meeting.

Future Meeting Dates: 2021

Meetings will be held ONLINE until further notice. Watch here for details as they become known.

  • Mar 24, 2021: Robert A Jesinger on So-Called Dollars and the William H. Warner & Bros Co of Philadelphia
  • Apr 28, 2021
  • May 26, 2021

PCNS monthly meetings are held on the 4th or last Wednesday of each month, except when we hold our Annual Summer BBQ/Banquet. Contact us to check any meeting date. We update the listing on this webpage with date, topic/speaker, and location details as soon as they become known.


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PCNS Invites You to Join

The Society welcomes and encourages membership by numismatists of all interests.
  • Membership requirements are stated in the PCNS Constitution: Any person of good character who is interested in the objects and activities of the Society and who agrees to abide by the rules shall be eligible for membership.
  • Dues are $20 per calendar year and must be submitted with your application.
  • Dues include all new publications, monthly bulletins, meeting announcements, and any other rights of membership.

Applications for Membership

Mail the Application Form (PDF), or provide the following information, with your $20 dues:
Full Name, Mailing Address, City, State, and Zip Code (or country and mailing code), your Email address (for receiving meeting notices & The Bulletin). Your Numismatic Specialty or Interest is optional, but please let us know how you heard about PCNS.

Send your completed application with $20 dues to:

PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147-5656

Or use this button to pay current year dues online:


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  • Monthly Bulletins
    The PCNS Bulletin is published monthly as an emailed PDF to inform members of current activities and meeting plans.
  • Annual Papers
    The Society issues its annual research papers to current members, and we are now putting our Papers online. Papers available to read online by year:
    2012  |  2013  |  2014–15  |  2016  |  2017  |  2018  |  2019
    New papers are submitted annually via the PCNS Papers Contest, which is open to all numismatic writers, not just PCNS members. Please view the PDFs for Papers Rules and our Copyright Policy.
  • PCNS Constitution, Bylaws, Minutes, etc. Click Here
  • Occassional Publications
    Special publications are prepared and offered for sale to the public.
    Currently available:

The Old Streets of San Francisco:
  Early Street Names on Some Brass Tokens
 — by Jerry F. Schimmel

"Mr Schimmel, the expert in early trade tokens from San Francisco, takes us on a journey to selected stops in this city's history through these interesting bits of metal. The sites selected are on Streets that have been renamed or have disappeared altogether. Through the tokens that establishments on these streets used, we can hold a tangible reminder of what once was. Highly recommended for enthusiasts of San Francisco history as well as for collectors of tokens and exonumia." —  on-line book review

1993—First Printing, English, Cardcover (8.5 x 5.5 saddlestiched), 42 pages, Index of street name changes, illustrated: 21 tokens, 14 location photos, 9 maps. PCNS Monograph 1, ASIN: B0006PBHCO

Stock is extremely limited, and there are no plans to reprint this title. While our supply lasts, postpaid within the USA.

Order directly from PCNS at $15–@

Both mail and online payments and orders are accepted. (see the Payments section above)

Contact PCNS about becoming a member to received new publications as they are issued.


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Pay by Mail

Make checks or money orders payable to: PCNS

PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147–5656

Pay Online

To make a purchase or pay dues online, visit our Orders Page and make your selection.

You can also make online payments to PCNS from your PayPal account or by Credit Card via our PayPal email account:
money at pcns dot org

Make a secure PayPal payment to PCNS at

The PCNS PayPal account is a permanent address — independent of changes in officers.

All online payments to PCNS are processed through PayPal's secure payment portal, not our own website. The links above and on our Orders Page take you to PayPal's payment portal before you enter any payment data.

Contacts & Officers

2021 Board of Governors

BBQ Attendees
2019 PCNS BBQ group snapshot
Looking forward to some future BBQ….
  • President: Jason Macario
  • Vice president: < sede vacante >
  • Secretary: Charlie Catlett
  • Treasurer: Stephen Huston
  • Governors:
            Bob Somers
            Ed Treuting
            Paul Turner
            Dan Hipple (Past President)

PCNS officers operate under the PCNS Constitution & Bylaws, which are provided on our Documents webpage.

PCNS Official Mailing Address

PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147–5656

Email PCNS via the Webmaster
webmaster at pcns dot org

This is a volunteer position, so allow several days for a response.

The PCNS postal box and email address are permanent — independent of changes in officers.

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