The Michigan State Numismatic Society

David Bleicher - Kennedy Half Dollars - The coin you only thought you knew  11am-12pm Macomb Room


  Kennedy half dollars are unique in many ways.  It is perhaps the best example of American nationalism affecting coinage.  Never before or again would the  decision to create a coin be made so suddenly, new coins introduced so swiftly, or a design that should have been minted for at least ten more years get replaced so abruptly, all revolving around public sentiment toward an assassinated president.  

     Join David Bleicher as we examine the coin’s timeline, from its inception, design, and minting, along with its varieties, collecting, and the impact the Kennedy half dollar had on coin collecting.  This presentation is a great start for newer to intermediate collectors, yet interesting enough to surprise the advanced collector.  Dust off your Kennedy album and prepare  to get re-introduced to a coin you only thought you knew.  

Ernie Nagy - The Satire of  Hard Times Tokens  2pm -3pm Macomb Room

Hard Times Tokens were issued during the era of Andrew Jackson.  This presentation will explore the

economic environment which resulted in the need for coin substitutes; and the political environment which shaped

the taunting mottos and legends on these pieces.  If you appreciate both numismatics and history,

you will enjoy learning more about Hard Times Tokens.     

Convention Schedule

Thursday, November 22nd

Dealer Packet Pickup   4:00pm –  7:00pm Dealer Registration Desk

Dealer Set-Up              4:00pm –  7:00pm Expo Hall

Friday, November 23rd

Dealer Set-up/Packet Pickup    8:00am – 10:00am Expo Hall

Exhibitor Set-up                        8:00am -  10:00am Exhibit Area

Public Registration            10:00am  -   6:00pm Registration Desk

Bourse & Exhibits             10:00am  -   6:00pm Expo Hall

David Bleicher: Kennedy Half Dollars - The coin you only thought you knew.  11am – 12pm Macomb Room

MichTams Meeting 1pm – 2pm Macomb Room

Ernie Nagy: The Satire of Hard Times Tokens 2pm – 3pm Macomb Room

Les Rosik - The Circulating Coins of The Second Republic of Poland from 1923-1939  1:00-2:00 PM Saturday Macomb Room


Saturday, November 24th

Dealer Set-up                  8:00am– 10:00am Expo Hall

Exhibit Judging               8:00am  Exhibit Area

Public Registration       10:00am – 6:00pm Registration Desk

Bourse & Exhibits         10:00am – 6:00pm Expo Hall

Paper Money Collectors Meeting 10:00am – 11:15am Macomb Room

Young Numismatists Program 11:30am – 1pm Macomb Room

Lester J. Rosik: The Circulating coins of the second republic of Poland from 1923 – 1939 1pm – 2pm Macomb Room

Jeff Paunicka: Advanced Currency Collecting 2018 2pm – 3pm Macomb Room

Dany Rothfeld: Errors on Small Size US Bank Notes 3pm – 4pm Macomb Room

MSNS Board Meeting  - 6:30pm  –  9:30pm  Macomb Room Saturday Evening.

Sunday,  November 25th

Dealer Set-Up       8:00am – 10:00am Expo Hall

Awards Reception 9am - 10am Reception Area

Public Registration    10:00am – 3:00pm Registration Desk

Bourse and Exhibits   10:00am –   3:00pm Expo Hall

CSNS Educational Seminars

Peter Huntoon: A Path to Building a World Class National Bank Note Collection 10am – 11:30am Macomb Room

Bob Campbell:  How to Detect Artificial Toning, Artificial Frosting, and Re-Proofing. 11:30am – 1pm Macomb Room

Bob Campbell: How to make a Rare Coin Deal.  1:30pm – 3pm Macomb Room

Peter Huntoon: Creation of Money during The Great Depression: the Greatest Tectonic Shift in Federal Currency in the U.S. History.  3pm – 4:30pm Macomb Room

This presentation will give a historical and numismatic perspective of the Warsaw Mint and how the Warsaw Mint Managed to Start Minting Polish Coins Once Again After Poland Regained It’s Independence, After World War I.

I will discuss what happened to the Warsaw Mint during the 123 years of POLAND’S captivity and which coinage was minted by the Warsaw Mint during the captivity years. 

My presentation will also show which Foreign State Mints were contracted out by Poland to Strike Polish Coins during the early years of 1923-1925 of the Second Republic of Poland. 

I will also show the Circulating Coins of Poland and discuss the Non-Circulating Coinage of Poland during The Second Republic of Poland from 1923-1939. 

Dany Rothfeld - Errors on Small Size U.S. Banknotes  3:00-4:00 PM Saturday Macomb Room

This power point presentation will show how our currency is printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP).  We will also discuss some of its history.

It will show various error notes from my collection.  The presentation will explain how these errors occurred.

Questions can be asked at any time.

Jeff Paunicka - Advanced Currency Collecting 2018      2pm -3pm Macomb Room

The currency marketplace is a dynamic set of pricing tools, collecting strategies and resource buying guides. It is constantly changing which means, unless your involved day to day with the market, your missing something that can cost you in the long run. This presentation is designed to review the fundamentals of currency collecting yet identify the advanced tools to use and key tips in the market that will help you build a winning collection and save you while doing so. If your seriously into collecting currency, you need to experience this presentation. It will be a valuable 45 minutes you do not want to miss.

1, Fundamental Review

Valuable Resources - no money to burn

Collecting Vs Accumulations

3 R’s - Read Research Resources

Currency Valuation Parameters

2. Resources - our tools

Publications - Advertising/Editorials/Players

Auctions - Heritage, Stacks & Bowers, eBay, Knight

Trade Shows - Large, Regional, Local

Software - Track & Price

Face to Face with Collectors

Dealer Discussions


Professional Organizations PCDA, SPMC

3. Discussions By US Type

4. Specific Market Considerations

5. Application to your needs

6. Quiz