(Note: the PCNS Constitution is used in conjunction with the PCNS By-Laws in the governance of the Society.)
Article I - NAME AND OBJECT
- The name of the organization shall be the PACIFIC COAST NUMISMATIC SOCIETY, hereinafter referred to as the Society.
- The object of the Society shall be 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. The Society shall also promote coin collecting among the general public, but none of its activities shall be for pecuniary profits.
Article II - MEMBERSHIP
- 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.
- The membership of the Society shall consist of Active Members, Honorary Members and Fellows. In addition, the titles of Sponsor, Distinguished Member, Silver Member and Gold Member may be awarded as provided for in Sections 4, 7, 8 and 9.
- Active Members shall be those persons elected to membership as prescribed in the By-Laws of the Society. They shall have the right to vote and hold elective office as hereinafter provided.
- Sponsors of the Society shall be Active Members who in addition to their annual dues make a monetary contribution to support the work of the Society, the amount to be established by the Board of Governors. Sponsorship shall be acknowledged in the publications of the Society.
- Honorary Members shall be those individuals not already members of the Society but whom the Society deems worthy of recognition. Such individuals may or may not be numismatists, but must be prominently engaged in an activity that relates to numismatics.
- Fellow of the Society shall be a special title of honor and distinction granted by the Society to a member or non-member who has published significant original research in the field of numismatics.
- Distinguished Members shall be those members recognized for outstanding and dedicated service to the Society over a period of years.
- Silver Members shall be those members who have achieved 25 years of continuous membership.
- Gold Members shall be those members who have achieved 50 years of continuous membership.
Article III - OFFICERS
- A minimum of four (4) of the possible seven (7) elective officers, as described in Article VI of the By-Laws, shall be elected from among the Active members in good standing.
- Farran Zerbe, Founder of the Society (deceased 1949) shall remain on the roster as Honorary President with Membership Number 1.
- The elective officers shall be chosen by ballot at the December meeting and shall serve for a period of one year or until such time thereafter as their successors shall have been duly qualified and elected. They shall take office at the meeting at which they are elected.
- Appointive Officers, Chairmen of Committees, and Committee Members shall be named by the President, as hereinafter provided, and they shall serve for the calendar year current or until their appointed task has been completed.
Article IV - MEETINGS
- All regular meetings of the Society shall be held in the City and County of San Francisco, California, on a date as set forth in the By-Laws and at a place and time deemed suitable to the needs and conveniences of the Society.
- Special meetings may be held at such time and place as the occasion may require provided all members are duly notified.
Article V - REVENUE
- The principal revenue of the Society shall be derived from dues as provided for in the By-Laws.
- Other sources of revenue may be developed from activities of the Society.
- The revenues of the Society shall be used solely for expenses incurred in the conduct of its meetings and activities, and promoting the objects of the Society as set forth in Article 1, Section 2. hereof.
Article VI - GOVERNMENT
- The governing power of the Society shall be vested in a body to be known as the Board of Governors (the Board), which shall consist of the elected (or appointed) officers as enumerated in the By-Laws and the Immediate Past President of the Society. Each person who serves as an officer is entitled to one vote when in attendance. The Board shall meet at least once per month, and it shall submit the minutes of its proceedings to the next Regular Meeting of the Society.
- Any member of the Society in good standing may attend these Board meetings and may participate in any of its discussions.
- Any action of the Board of Governors must be subject to review and revisions by the Society as a whole at any regular meeting whenever such action may be deemed necessary. The Board of Governors may refer any matter that it deems proper, to the membership for action.
- The Board may, when urgent matters arise, confer and make decisions outside of scheduled meetings using email, provided all members of the Board receive equal notice of the question(s) under consideration and are allowed at least 48 hours to prticipate in the email discussion and vote. All actions of the Board made via email must be reviewed for confirmation at the next meeting.
Article VII - AMENDMENTS
- This revised Constitution may be amended only at a regular meeting of the Society by a two-thirds vote, provided the proposed amendment has been read at a previous meeting and all members have been given due notice of the regular meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be voted upon.
- All amendments receiving favorable action by the Society become effective immediately upon official announcement of the result of such vote by the Presiding Officer.
Article VIII - EFFECTIVE DATE
This revised Constitution takes effect December 28, 2011, and supersedes the Constitution previously in effect since April 25 1990.