E-Sylum Feature Writer and
American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this
article on Junior Coin Clubs. Thanks!
What was the First Junior Coin Club?
This week I worked on revising the history for my local coin club, the Northwest Coin Club. I
came across a clipping that claimed credit for formation of the first junior coin club. I wonder if
that claim is correct.
The Northwest Coin Club was organized in Minneapolis on February 10, 1934. Almost
immediately, the club applied for membership in the American Numismatic Association. General
Secretary Harry T. Wilson sent a card acknowledging the application on May 22, 1934. The club
became member #4517.
At the 1935 ANA Convention in Pittsburgh, invitations for the 1936 convention were presented
by Detroit, Hartford, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The infant Northwest Coin Club of
Minneapolis was selected to host the 1936 convention.
The August 19, 1936, article in the Star Tribune reported on the formation of the first junior coin
club in the United States. President of the senior club at the time was Oce Curtis, owner of the
Curtis Hotel. He knew how to get his name and photo in the paper to promote the upcoming
It is interesting that three of the four junior members shown had the same last name. Robert
Dailey was the oldest son, Thomas was the middle child and Marie was the youngest. The
Minneapolis Junior Coin Club installed an exhibit of foreign coins at the 1936 ANA
I have not found any other reference to the Dailey family or the Minneapolis Junior Coin Club in
the club archives after 1936. A new Minneapolis Junior Coin Club was admitted to the ANA as
member 24645 in 1955. I have not found records for them either.
Was this a legitimate attempt to form a junior coin club or just a promotional stunt? I don't
know. Is there any junior club that can claim an earlier beginning?
Great question! Can anyone tell us about other early Junior coin clubs?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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