The Michigan State Numismatic Society

ANA Exhibit Judge Refresher Training Friday April 7 3PM-4:30PM Macomb Room

The American Numismatic Association Exhibit Committee approved a requirement early this year that current ANA Judges take a class room training refresher once every five years.  The decision was made to better ensure that the slight changes made in the judging standards have been communicated to all active judges.  And, also so that the ANA judging leadership can provide insight on recent events in the exhibit judging field.  

The refresher requirement is simple.  Current ANA Judges will need to take the class room session to recertify by 2021.  However, the ANA Exhibit Committee requests that active exhibit judges attend a ninety minute refresher class as reasonably quickly as possible.  Current ANA Judges are NOT required to perform apprentice judging as part of the re-certification process.

The first opportunity for MSNS Convention attendees to take this classroom session will be 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Friday April 7 in the Macomb Room.  The target audience are ANA judges that want to recertify and anyone else that is interested in gaining a thorough understanding of the exhibit judging process.  All are welcome to attend and there is no charge. The session will be led by MSNS President Brett Irick who is also the ANA Judge Certifier and an ANA Assistant Chief Judge.

We will not be performing new ANA Judge certification during the MSNS Spring Convention due to the smaller size of the spring exhibit area presenting few opportunities meet the minimum number of exhibits required for certification.  The next currently scheduled opportunity to become a certified ANA Exhibit Judge will be during the ANA World’s Fair of Money which will be held in Denver, Colorado August 2 – 5, 2017.  

James Zylastra - Fascination with African Primitive Money  Friday April 7 11AM - 12AM  Macomb Room

Dany Rothfield - Michigan National Banknotes  Friday April 7  1PM - 2PM   Macomb Room

James Zylstra is shown posing with a recent acquisition called a liganda.  The liganda is a prestige item of primitive money from the Topoke tribe on the Lomami River the the Democratic Republic of Congo.  James enjoys promoting primitive money through speaking, writing and exhibiting.  He hopes to have a book ready to publish by the end of the year.  He has a sense of identity with African primitive money after spending time in Nigeria from 1974 to 1978.  He and his wife now divide their time between Florida and Michigan.

Upon returning from Nigeria in 1978, James Zylstra had several items that were very odd but curious.  Several years later he became interested in primitive money from Africa.  This led to the old box of “stuff” from Nigeria.  It was a pleasant surprise.  The cultural background of primitive money will be presented, followed by the uses of primitive money.  A question and answer period will follow.  Forty or so primitive money items will be on display for your inspection.  An authentic manila will be given away to an audience member

Ken Potter - An Extended Introduction To Minting Errors and Varieties  Friday April 7 2PM - 3PM Macomb Room


Ken Potter will present a lecture on how errors are logically categorized into three "divisions" within the "Planchet, Die and Striking areas of the minting process known as the PDS System.   Examples of a number of each of the main divisions such as Clips, Laminations and Split Off Clad Layers for the Planchet Division; Doubled Dies, Overdates and Die Clashes for the Die Division; and Off Centers, Double Strikes and Off Metal Strikes for the Striking Division will be shown in Power Point with narration by Ken Potter. Some actual examples of the error-variety coins and Mint tooling (dies, collars, hubs, punches, etc.) will also be present for viewing.  This will be followed by a question/answer period.

About the speaker, Ken Potter.  Ken Potter is an Error Variety Specialist, an author and photographer, with featured articles in Coin World, Numismatic News, Canadian Coin News and various other numismatic publications.  Mr. Potter is also the editor of Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties.

A presentation about the history behind this National Banknotes series, the different types of the banknotes, and much more that will answer many of your questions regarding the series. This will also include a presentation of a collection of eleven unique Michigan National Banknotes.

Dany has been collecting coins since the 1980s. He started collecting Michigan National Banknotes in 2003. He has built a large collection of National Banknotes--about 160 large Michigan National Banknotes, about 225 small Michigan Banknotes, and about 75 non Michigan National Banknotes.  Dany is very involved in Numismatics. He has served in different capacities in various clubs, and loves exhibiting in many coin shows.

April 7 Speaker Times and Descriptions

Bill Brandimore - Building a 13 Colonial Paper Currency Collection     Saturday April 8 1PM - 2PM Macomb Room

Bill Brandimore is a nationally recognized currency authority who writes a monthly column for the Banknote Reporter.  He is also serving as president of the Paper Money Collectors Society, a club and publication with national circulation.  Bill's interest and knowledge of currency spills over to his dedication and enthusiasm for the currency collecting hobby as will be evident in this current seminar.

April 8 Speaker Times and Descriptions

Paper Money Collectors (Meeting and Video) 10:00AM - 11:15PM

Macomb Room

Young Numismatics  Program 11:30 - 12:45

Macomb Room

John H Twist - Two Cent Pieces     Saturday April 8 2PM - 3PM Macomb Room

The Two Cent Piece, introduced in 1864 and minted for only nine years, is one of the shortest US series.

Wildly popular at its introduction, it’s acceptance waned quickly after 1865 at the introduction of the shield nickel.  The Two Cent Piece is the first coin to carry the motto “In God We Trust.”  It’s also one of only three US coins that does not bear Liberty, a person, or an animal. 

Come learn about this fascinating, easily collectible set from John Twist of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who had the PCGS “All Time Finest” Two Cent set in 2009.  He will regale you with stories of the Two Cent’s birth and introduction, of James B Longacre and Salmon Chase, of the Civil War and government ineptitude, as well as grading and a study of the coin itself.