Shows & Seminars

The Maryland State Numismatic Association is dedicated to attaining knowledge and fulfillment in numismatics. Since MSNA’s founding in 1972, members have supported many efforts to spread numismatics through Maryland starting with the publication of NUMISNOTES in 1972.

Educational Seminars

Once a year, normally in the fall, MSNA sponsors a free educational seminar open to the public.  This seminar consists of a number of speakers talking on a variety of numismatic related subjects. This seminar was held with varying degrees of success until 2002.

Starting in 2009, MSNA has sponsored the MSNA Distinguished Lecture Series held during the late spring edition of the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Expo. MSNA Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual event where prominent members of the numismatic community share their knowledge and experiences in numismatics. Continue reading →

Shows and conventions

MSNA held its first convention on May 5-6, 1973 at the Pikesville Armory. The MSNA Convention, also called the Atlantic Rarities Coin Exposition (ARCE), brought a significant coin show to Maryland through 2008 when it was eclipsed by the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Expo.


During the MSNA Conventions and ARCE Shows, MSNA has sponsored exhibits by members and others sharing their knowledge, research, creativity and collections with attendees of the show. Exhibits are educational displays on every area of numismatics from ancient coins and artifacts, tokens and medals, world coins, to modern United States coins and paper money. The individual creativity is rivaled only by the quality and variety of the items on display.

Since 2009, MSNA has sponsored exhibits at the early spring edition of the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Currency Expo. Exhibition competition uses open judging (no categories) to allow all exhibits to be in maximum competition with each other.  The awards include a Best of Show Award, Master, and Superior.  Appreciation awards are given to all other exhibitors who display exhibits. Continue reading →