Regaridng Alan Roy's question about the Retail Coin Dealers Association,
Fred Michaelson forwarded links to some sources of information from the internet. I wrote the following summary.
Google Books lists a 44-page item titled
"Retail Coin Dealers Association Convention: June 4, 5, 6, 7, 1964 : Riverside Hotel, Reno, Nevada" It lists the authors as Hank Bieciuk, Inc, Northen Nevada Numismatic Association. But it doesn't actually have the content of the book (which sounds like a convention program). An internet search for the authors turned up no more information.
An eBay auction has an example of the same token/medal that Alan Roy illustrated in his query last week:
1960 RCDA Retail Coin Dealers Association Copper-Bronze Coin-Token
Google Books search turned up a reference in the November 1984 issue of The Rotarian, the magazine of the Rotary International organization. It's found in a coin ad for "The Numismatic Guild" of New York. The headline is "We're selling a 3-Piece, $100 Solid Silver Dollar set for only $69... and you get an extra silver dollar FREE with each set ordered within 30 days!" The ad brags that "The Numismatic Guild, dealers in rare coins for over 35 years, is a member of the prestigious Retail Coin Dealers Association and our president is a lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association."
So we don't know a lot more than when we started, but that 1964 convention program may hold some clues about the organizers. Does anyone recognize the name Hank Bieciuk? The 1984 ad indicates that the RCDA was around for at least 20 years. Were there more conventions, or did it exist in name only?
The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) web site states it was founded in 1955. Why two coin dealer associations? There's probably some interesting history behind this. Can anyone help?
To visit the Professional Numismatists Guild web site, see:
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: RETAIL COIN DEALERS ASSOCIATION
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