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SCNA holds 39th annual convention

SCNA’s YN Award winners were (front row, left to right) Myriam Saldarriage, first place, and Addie Robison, honorable mention; and (second row, left to right) Rachel D’Hoore, second place, and Andrew Grischuk, third place. Also shown, in the back row, left to right, are Mack Martin, YN exhibit coordinator, and Bob Hartje, YN program coordinator.

Image courtesy of South Carolina Numismatic Association.

The South Carolina Numismatic Association held its 39th annual convention and coin show at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C., Oct. 28 to 30.

Greg Stowers, outgoing president of the SCNA, cut the ribbon at the Friday morning opening ceremony. The Greenville and Parker Coin Clubs provided volunteers and helped stage the event alongside the officers of the SCNA.

The bourse offered 99 tables with more than 70 dealers, and more than 1,000 collectors attended the show, according to the SCNA. Dealers reported lively sales, with gold and silver bullion leading the way, although collector coins were not far behind, the show sponsor reports.

A Young Numismatist program was spearheaded by Bob Hartje on Saturday morning, Oct. 29, and two adult programs were presented in the afternoon the same day. During the latter programs, Randy Campbell of Independent Coin Grading Service gave a talk titled “5 Ways to Make Yourself a Better Coin Grader” and Tony Chibbaro offered a PowerPoint presentation on “The Numismatics of Fort Sumter.”

Several SCNA members were acknowledged at the Sunday morning banquet, including Arthur Darr who received the Numismatist of the Year award for his ongoing support of young numismatists throughout the state. This was the fourth year that Darr hosted the YN table at the convention.

The Myrtle Beach Coin Club was recognized as the Club of the Year for its “fine work in the Pee Dee area of the state,” hosting two coin shows each year and donating much of the proceeds to local charities. SCNA Literary Awards were presented to Ernie Turnes of Myrtle Beach and Robert W. Ross III of Wilmington, Del. Both authored articles for the association’s newsmagazine, the SCanner.

Exhibit award winners were as follows: senior best of show, Dennis Schafluetzel; senior second place, Mack Martin; junior best of show, Myriam Saldarriage; junior second place, Rachel D’Hoore; junior third place, Andrew Grischuk; and junior honorable mention, Addie Robison.

The 2012 convention will mark the SCNA’s 40th anniversary and will be held Oct. 26 to 28.

The South Carolina Numismatic Association is a nonprofit organization and has more than 300 individual members and 12 member clubs. It hosts a yearly convention and publishes a journal, the SCanner, three times a year. For more information, visit or call a club representative at 803-530-3668. ¦

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