Pacific Coast Numismatic Society (PCNS 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 members receive Centennial Membership award from ANA President Jeff Garrett
  PCNS President William Hyder receives the ANA Centenary Award
  for PCNS from ANA President Jeff Garrett (August 2016)
  • History: PCNS was founded in 1915, by Farran Zerbe and a group of San Francisco collectors, when Zerbe came West to supervise the U.S. 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 San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Meetings: Our regular monthly meetings in San Francisco feature presentations on numismatic topics ranging from US coins, tokens, and medals to Ancient, Medieval, and Modern World coinage, currency, and exonumia.
  • Research & Publishing: PCNS has sponsored an annual Papers contest for numismatic writers for several decades, publishing the submissions to our members and on this website:
    2012 Papers  |  2013 Papers  |  2014–15 Papers  |  2016 Papers
  • 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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All persons with an interest in numismatics are 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 several days before each meeting.

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  • Next Event: Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Afternoon PCNS BBQ
    Advance Ticket Purchase required by June 17
    Details sent to ticket purchasers
  • There is no Wednesday Night meeting in June!

Future Meeting Dates

4th or last Wednesday of the Month — Board meets at 7pm on the same evening before the Regular Members Meetings which begin at 7:30

  • June 24, 2017 — Saturday Afternoon BBQ, details TBA — adv. tickets required — Buy Tickets Online Now
  • July 26, 2017 — Bill Hyder will speak on: So-called Dollars of Century 21 (Seattle Worlds Fair)
  • Aug. 23, 2017 — TBA
  • Sep. 27, 2017 — Michael Wehner will speak on a topic TBA
  • Oct. 25, 2017 — TBA
  • Nov. 29, 2017 — Numismatic Book Sale (this meeting falls the week after Thanksgiving)
  • Dec. 27, 2017 — Annual Holiday gathering

Remember… the meetings are not always the last Wednesday of every month! There is no regular monthly meeting in June, when we hold the Annual PCNS Luncheon/Banquet. Contact us to check any meeting date.

Payments, Contacts & Officers

2015 Officers
  PCNS Centennial Committee & Officers — 2015
  List of PCNS Past Presidents 1915–2015

Board of Governors

  • President: William Hyder
  • Vice President: Dan Hipple
  • Recorder: Stephen Huston
  • Governors:
            Jason Macario
            Bob Somers
            Ed Treuting
  • Past President: Herb Miles

PCNS officers operate under the PCNS Constitution & Bylaws, which are available, along with official Minutes, on our Documents webpage.

Email PCNS via the Webmaster
webmaster at pcns dot org

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

PCNS Official Mailing Address

PO Box 475656
San Francisco CA 94147–5656

Online Payments

 Make online payments to PCNS via PayPal using this email account:
money at pcns dot org

Or click this to start a secure PayPal payment to PCNS —

 Visit our Orders Page to select a current offering

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PCNS Logo on bronze medal

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.
    (see the Contacts section regarding online payments)
  • Dues include all new publications, monthly bulletins, meeting announcements, and any other rights of membership.

Applications for Membership

Use the PDF Application Form, or provide the following information with your $20 dues payment:
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


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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 making our Papers Publications available online:
    2012 Papers  |  2013 Papers  |  2014–15 Papers  |  2016 Papers
    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.

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


PCNS 100th Anniversary — 1915–2015 Centennial Medal

Centennial Medal

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  • Designs
    Obv: PCNS 1915/2015 in fields of modified PPIE commemorative design
    Rev: PCNS Seal
  • Dimensions
    Octagonal 41mm (broadstruck)
  • Mintage
    Silver and Copper limited to prepaid orders, Brass to banquet sponsors and attendees.
    Silver     45
    Copper  43
    Brass     61