Bob Fritsch submitted this question about a group of young numismatists in the 1960s and 70s.
This wooden nickel recently popped out of the hopper and I am trying to find information about the club. A quick Google search showed that Paul Johnson was its Director at one time. His reply to my inquiry was:
“The Junior Numismatic Correspondence Club of America was created in the late 1960s by a group of junior coin collectors. They issued a monthly publication for a number of years. The club was primarily for juniors and run by juniors.
“I became involved back then as a Junior myself. They had up to a couple of hundred members until the club folded in the late 1970s. I met some of the members at the 1976 ANA convention. I don't really know if any those organizers of the club are still involved with numismatics today.
“I still have copies of the JNCCA publication called The Inkspot. The wooden nickel was made to make some money for the club.”
My question to E-Sylum readers echoes Paul’s second paragraph: Are there any former members still involved in the hobby, and what can they reminisce about the club?
Great question! I don't think I've ever heard of this organization, or seen their publication. Do we have any other former members out there?
Paul Johnson adds:
I have discovered a quantity of the JNCCA publications. In 1972 they issued a special "5th Anniversary" issue of The Inkspot.
On the cover are the officers:
President - Lester Giroux
V-P - Dennis Hak
Sec - Treasurer - Kevin Angley
Chairman of the Board of Gov. - Fred Wersan
This particular issue has a full page of the JNCCA history written by Dean Hansell who was the organizer
of JNCCA in 1967. The Inkspot was printed on a mimeograph machine. A complete list of members were
included in this issue.
Honorary Members included James Johnson of Coin World, Albert Kramer, Maurice Gould and Chester Krause of Numismatic News.
I actually joined in 1971 and my number was R-94.
There was an article by Fred Wersan about JNCCA. He mentions that a meeting of the club took place at the 1969 ANA convention.
Bob Fritsch adds:
Isn’t it amazing what a wooden nickel can start?
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