It's been a while since we've run a subscriber profile, and with the American Numismatic Association elections coming up, some candidates have been sharing their biographies. Here's one on my longtime friend Pat McBride of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists. In the photo he's off-duty in his Ben Franklin persona.
Patrick McBride is most recognized as Living American History interpreter, Dr. Benjamin Franklin. He has collected
U.S. Coins since 1962. He joined the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) in 1984 and is currently the
association Secretary, PAN Coin Show and Convention Coordinator, Social Media director, and PAN Website
Administrator. He is keenly aware of all aspects involved in producing a major coin show.
Pat is a regular member of the American Numismatic Association (1203161). His Military Payment Certificates
(WFOM 1989) and Byzantine Coins (NMS 2019) exhibits have received American Numismatic Association first
place awards. He received the ANA Presidential Award (2015), Glenn Smedley Award (2019), Good Fellow Award
as 2019 National Money Show Chairman and the Adna G. Wilde, Jr. Memorial Award for Exemplary Service on
August 2022. He contributed the rare early issues of The Numismatist to help complete the ANA's Numismatist
digital archive. Pat is a charter member #19 of the recently created George F. Heath Society. He currently chairs
the ANA Fund Development Committee.
Patrick founded the John Burns Memorial Reference Library that has traveled to past ANA Conventions, Central
States Convention and PAN Coin Conventions. He was the estate administrator for deceased (2014) numismatic
literature dealer John Burns.
McBride is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, one of the oldest numismatic societies in
the country. He created a beautiful non-competitive exhibit of the society's history to commemorate the
society's 100-year anniversary as an ANA club. Pat is a member of Roundtable Trading, Society of Paper Money
Collectors, FUN, CSNS and the 1715 Fleet Society.
McBride was an avid supporter of the H.R.6192
1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act and worked aggressively
to see the Morgan and Peace dollar coins become a reality.
Patrick has been a small business owner for over 50 years, and has a comprehensive understanding of finance,
scheduling, time management, employee concerns and customer satisfaction.
Between his business background, his numismatic knowledge, and his love of history, Mr. McBride brings a broad
perspective to the ANA Board of Governors.
Pat and I go back a long way. He's like my big brother in the hobby. He's been an absolute workhorse for the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and helped build the PAN shows into one of the top regional shows in the country. Every show seems bigger, busier and more vibrant than the one before. Whenever someone asks me for advice on running coin clubs and shows, I tell them, "You need to talk to Pat McBride."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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