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 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 of San Francisco, the Pacific Coast region, 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.
Program Videos & Awards
PCNS monthly programs are viewable as online videos from Spring 2020 to the present. Starting in 2024, PCNS presents awards for Best Presentation of the previous year. All you need do is present a program at a PCNS monthly meeting to be eligible for consideration.
Research & Publishing
PCNS sponsors an Annual Papers Contest for numismatic writers, publishing the submissions on this website for everyone to read. PCNS Papers from 2012 through 2023 are currently available to read online. The 2024 Papers Contest deadline is the April PCNS Meeting,
PCNS members receive meeting invitations, programs, Papers, and advance notice of new medals and publications, including monthly issues of The Bulletin. Many illustrious numismatists have been PCNS members. Consider adding your name to that list with a PCNS membership.
We invite you to take part in the traditions of the first numismatic group of the American West!