From: John and Nancy Wilson, ANA National Volunteers
We want to thank General Chairman Marion Kendrick, Assistant Chair Joe Au Franz, and Security Chair Greg Hunt, along with the officers and members of the Hawaii State Numismatic Association (HSNA - https://hawaiicollectibles.org/), and the Honolulu Coin Club for providing the American Numismatic Association (ANA – www.money.org) with a free table at their 53rd Annual Coin Show. Attached is a photo of some of the club members who helped at the convention. The show was held at the beautiful Hawaii Convention Center in the Maui Ballroom (carpeted and well lit) on September 23 – 25, 2016. The theme for this year’s show was, “Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration.” The show featured a 60 dealer bourse with over 75 dealers from Hawaii and the Mainland. Registered public attendance was 1100 for the three day event. Admission is always free at this coin show and parking is only $10. Coffee and donuts were provided daily for the dealers and coin show workers. The club members manage public and dealer registration, the coin club table and set up and break down the show. The Honolulu Police Department handled the security which was excellent.
Before the show started 100 overprinted FRNs (HSNA) were placed in circulation in Oahu. The first to redeem at the show received a $500, the second a $200 and the third a $100 Coin Show Gift Certificate(s) for redemption at the show. Dave Harper Editor of Numismatic News had an excellent blog on this promotional effort by HSNA (http://www.numismaticnews.net/buzz/hawaiis-idea-spread). The show which featured an hourly door prize drawings. They had one for adults and one for juniors and is always very popular. Past ANA Vice-president Patti Finner held Boy Scout Coin Collecting Merit Badge clinic on Saturday and Sunday. Over both days 25 scouts, who included one Cub Scout received their merit badge. Patti also handled the YN table which always has great numismatic items for the juniors.
Two very interesting limited edition collectibles (numbered one to 100) were also produced for the show by club member Michael Mochizuki. The first was a 6-coin elongated type set (1941 Cent, 2016 Cent, Nickel, Dime, Hawaii State Quarter and USS Arizona Medallion. The second was an encased three coin set (1941 Cent, 1943 Steel Cent and 2016 Cent commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. All were individually numbered. Both sets sold for $15 each and information on the events was included with each set. We don’t know if they sold out or not?
A limited edition Commemorative Panda issue(s), produced by the China Mint and featuring HSNA – 2016 on the commemorative. They were limited to one per person and three to the dealers who had tables. We are not sure if the Panda’s allotted for this show sold out or not. Well done numismatic exhibits were also part of the show. Everyone who attended the show received a special elongated coin featuring the USS Arizona Memorial. They ran out of these elongated coins.
Our ANA table was located in the bourse area and the flow of traffic was pretty steady. We signed up 20 new members for the association. Many of the dealers still were set up and dealing after the closing hour of the show on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon we also ran out of The Numismatist and many other things we brought for the show. A special thank you to dealer Coleman Foster from Austin, TX for his $100 donation to the ANA for the shipment of the coin show kit. Honolulu, Hawaii is a fabulous location to have a coin show or just to visit. Great weather, tons of things to do, Waikiki beach, Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Village, reasonable to moderately priced hotels, many nearby restaurants and the HUGE three level Ala Moana Shopping Center three blocks away. Mahalo (meaning thank you) again HSNA and the HCC for the ANA table. Next year’s show will be held at this same location on October 20 – 22, 2017.
Yours in Numismatics,
John and Nancy Wilson