California State
Numismatic Association


The California State Numismatic Association strikes commemorative medals for each of its semi-annuam conventions. The medals usually feature historical and cultural aspects of California. The medals bear a common reverse, featuring the seal of the California State Numismatic Assiciation. The limited mintage medals are offered for sale three versions: one ounce .999 fine silver, Golden Bronze and Oxidized Bronze.


  • 1 ounce .999 fine silver $17.00
  • Golden Bronze $2.00
  • Oxidized Bronze $3.00
  • Set of all three metals $20
  • PLUS POSTAGE (1 medal 60c, 2 medals 83c, 3 medals $1.06 to US addresses)



    Joyce Kuntz

    CSNA Medals Coordinator
    697 Scripps Drive
    Claremont, CA 91711-2640
    Make checks payable to CSNA (sorry, no on-line ordering yet)

    114th Convention Medal

    Lick Observatory-Mount Hamilton

    The 114th Convention of the California Numismatic Association was held in San Jose, California on January 16-18, 2004 in conjunction with the San Jose Coin Club’s 36th Annual Coin and Stamp Show. To celebrate the convention, the CSNA produced a medal featuring the Lick Observatory, overlooking San Jose on Mount Hamilton about 20 miles from the city center.

    James Lick was a carpenter with a few years of elementary school education who immigrated as a young man to Pennsylvania. He was born in 1796 in South America. He later came to Baltimore, where he produced pianos for the wealthy, and accumulated a little money for himself. In 1848, he went to California at the start of the Gold Rush, and with the advantage of fluency in Spanish, the principal language, he acquired real estate bargains from Lake Tahoe to Santa Catalina Island. He parlayed his holdings into a considerable fortune. At his death in 1876, the lifelong bachelor left his fortune as endowments for various charities and scientific endeavors. $700,000 (an enormous sum equivalent to more than ten million dollars today) was left to build the world's largest telescope.

    The telescope was placed in a new observatory on Mount Hamilton, and when it was completed in 1888, the 26-inch dark refractory was a scientific marvel that enable astronomers to see stars never seen before. The Lick Observatory was turned over to the University of California upon its completion, and it is today run from the Santa Cruz Campus of the University, just over the hills seaward from San Jose. The observatory is now equipped with the latest in high-tech equipment and is used by a great many people.

    A 1909 postcard by Britton & Rey was used as the basis of the design of the medal, with the moon and some stars added to the sky to show the focus of the work done by the observatory. Kevin Akin of Riverside, who has done two other CSNA medals, produced the design. The reverse of the medal shows the CSNA logo, incorporating a map of California.

    113th Convention Medal

    200th Anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

    The 113th CSNA Medal was produced for the California Numismatic Association Convention and Show that was held in Arcadia, California on August 23rd and 24th, 2003. The 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is the theme for the medal and was designed by Kevin Akin. One side of the commemorative medal bears the emblem of the CSNA, as used for many years on CSNA medals. The obverse (displayed above ) is inscribed “Lewis & Clark Bicentennial“ and shows the young Native American woman Sacagawea pointing the way west to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Sacagawea’s son Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau is on a carrying-board on her back, and her husband Toussaint Charbonneau stands behind her. In the background is the Columbia River, and the whole scene is superimposed on a map of central North America. The route of the Corps of Discovery from Saint Louis to the Pacific Ocean is shown traversing the continent, with the end points marked by stars. California is outlined at the left, and another star marks Arcadia, site of the coin show. The members of the Corps of Discovery are shown dressed in the working clothing used on the expedition, and carrying long-rifles of the type used for hunting on the journey. The dates at the top of the medal, 1803-1806, mark the assembly and conclusion of the expedition at Saint Louis. The miniscule initials KDA of medal designer Kevin Akin are beneath the boots of Meriwether Lewis.

    112th Convention Medal

    Chinese Join The California Gold Rush

    The 112th CSNA convention medal honors the Chinese who joined the California gold rush. The medal design was a join effort between Joyce Kuntz, Joel Anderson and Lila Anderson. It is based on an 1850’s illustration of Chinese miners by Charles Christian Nahl. As reports of the discovery of gold in California in 1848 filtered into China, thousands of Chinese left home on a miserable two-month journey by ship across the ocean for “Gum Shan,” the “Gold Mountain.” The Chinese population in California soared from less than 100 in 1848 to over 25,000 in 1852, making them the largest group of foreigners in the mining region.

    111th Convention Medal

    Pony Express * Opens The West

    The 111th CSNA Medal was produced for the California State Numismatic Association Convention and Show that was held in Arcadia, California on August 24th and 25, 2002. The official convention medal was designed by renowned artist Alex Shagin based upon an idea of Dr. Tom Fitzgerald, depicts a rider, doffing his hat as he departs the station where he has had a quick meal and a change of horses. Seen in the background is another rider departing in a different direction as the express service kept its promise of a speedy and safe delivery of the mail. At the top, to the right, is the station that provided the horsemen a place to refresh themselves and get a little rest if time permitted. The station also housed the horse needed to provide fresh mounts and the men who lived there to tend the animals and provide supplies. The inscription at the top reads "PONY EXPRESS * OPENS THE WEST" The inscription at the bottom announces the convention, the Golden State Coin Show and the date "AUG 2002 ARCADIA".

    110th Convention Medal

    Wells Fargo Sesquicentennial 1852 To 2002

    The 110th CSNA Medal was produced for the California State Numismatic Association Convention and Coin Show that was held in Concord, California on February 15, 16 and 17, 2002. The medal shows the Wells Fargo registered trade mark minus two horses. The original "Mark" has six horses. With permission from Wells Fargo to crop out a team of horses, Designer Nancy Jo Stanley, developed this design to commemorate Wells Fargo’s Sesquicentennial and the CSNA 110th Convention.

    109th Convention Medal

    50th Anniversary-Korean War 1950-1953

    The 109th CSNA Medal was produced for the California State Numismatic Association Convention and Coin Show that was held in Arcadia, California on August 24, 25 and 26, 2001. The official medal was designed by Dr. Thomas F. Fitzgerald, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. The medal bears a facing portrait of President Eisenhower in the center. Surround the president, are the obverse and reverse designs of the two commemorative silver dollars described in the Numismatic Glass Article with the inscription "Lest We Forget."

    108th Convention Medal

    Science Presenting Steam and Electricity

    The 108th CSNA Medal was produced for the California State Numismatic Association Convention and Show that was held in Fresno, California on February 17th and 18th 2001. The official convention medal was designed by General Chairman Bill Febuary. Bill is an enthusiastic collector of US Currency, so it was only natural to choose a design that tied in with the theme of the show, which was "Early US Currency." In 1971, Fresno hosted the CSNA’s 48th Convention and Coin Show and used the vignette from the $1 US Educational note on its medal. It was a beautiful medal of "History Instructing Youth," so Bill decided to use the $2 Educational Note design for the 108th show.

    107th Convention Medal

    The Friendly Desert Turtle

    The 107th CSNA Medal was produced for the California State Numismatic Association Convention and Coin Show that was held in Arcadia, California on August 26th and 27th 2000. The desert tortoise is a source of endless curiosity to visitors of California’s southeastern deserts. Few person, young or old, who have stopped to view or examine this patient animal, can suppress a feeling of wonderment, when they learn that the tortoise has existed on in virtually its present form for millions of years.

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