Dec 012014

On Saturday, August 11th, 2018, Women in Numismatics is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their general membership meeting of 2018 at the ANA Words Fail of Money Show with a presentation by Charmy Harker * of Frank of Irving Calif..

For almost 20 years, Charmy has been hunting and collecting all kinds of things made with or using pennies. Her most favorite type of penny exonumia are the pieces made by prisoners and soldiers during the 1930’s and 1940’s – from teapots (or kettles) to mugs, to frying pans, to pins and other charms and jewelry pieces.  Charmy’s presentation will discuss the history behind these handmade penny creations and will show all the various types of charms and pins that soldiers and prisoners made during the 1930’s and 1940’s using pennies.

“Exonumia” means “outside the category of coins” and includes numismatic items that are not intended to circulate as money, such as tokens, medals, badges, encased and elongated coins, counter-stamped and engraved coins, and other similar items.


  • *Biography of Charmy Harker

Charmy acquired her passion for coins late in life after inheriting a group of coins from an aunt.  Not knowing anything about coins, she chose one type of coin – Indian cents – and learned everything she could about them. She eventually turned her passion into a fulltime business known as “The Penny Lady®,” dealing in all things pennies.  She has created her own website, and sets up at most of the major coin shows around the country:

Charmy is a member of numerous specialty coin clubs and currently serves as President of Women in Numismatics (WIN).  She also Chairs the ANA’s Dealer Relations Committee and received the ANA Presidential Award in 2014.  Charmy has given several presentations at the ANA Summer Seminar, the Southern and Norther California Numismatic Associations, and various clubs.  She has written numerous articles for coin publications, including a cover article for the ANA’s “The Numismatist.”  She also regularly publishes a photo travel-blog about her experiences as a dealer at coin shows.

Charmy’s numismatic exhibit, “Penny Potpourri – a Collection of Penny Creations,” has won top honors, including Best of Show and People’s Choice awards at numerous coin shows throughout 2014-2015.


Jul 182013

Women in Numismatics is pleased to announce that their General Membership Meeting will occur on Friday, Aug. 16, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Room 11 of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.  Neil Shafer will be our special presenter, giving a talk on Short Snorters and Famous Names of World War II.  Neil hales from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a prominent dealer and teacher of numismatics, specializing in world paper money and World War II items.  His jokes and puns are funny and provide comic relief to his presentations, which are always excellent!  We will also hold a brief business meeting prior to Neil’s presentation. We look forward to seeing you!  For more information, contact Cindy Wibker at or Kathy Freeland at

Jan 092013

Women in Numismatics, an organization founded in 1991 to enhance networking opportunities for female numismatists, will hold a membership meeting in conjunction with the 74th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society, according to Convention General Chairman Kevin Foley, who said, “The WIN meeting will take place at 8:30AM on Thursday, April 25, the opening day of our convention. It will feature a program by Mequon, Wisconsin dealer Andrew Kimmel, of Paragon Numismatics. A member of a number of numismatic organizations, including the Professional Numismatists Guild, the National Silver Dollar Roundtable, the Florida United Numismatists, as well as CSNS, Kimmel began his numismatic career in 1987, specializing in toned dollars, attending coin shows and opened his own office in 1991. Kimmel’s topic will be “The Ten Best Ways to Waste Your Money in Numismatics”.

Kimmel said of his program, “While I always like to entertain, as well as educate my audience, my topic for the WIN meeting is one that participants in the numismatic marketplace tend to bury their heads in the sand about. Our unregulated marketplace is full of traps and pitfalls to snare the unwary – and especially the uneducated.  I’ve never ceased to be amazed at how many people will spend rather substantial amounts of money on numismatic items of various kinds without taking the rather obvious and basic step of learning before buying.”

Women in Numismatics publishes its own membership journal, Winning Ways, three times per year and maintains a website, Membership information is available on the website.

The CSNS convention will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, located at 1551 North Thoreau Drive, roughly ten miles to the northwest of O’Hare Airport, adjacent to the I-90 freeway in close proximity to the Woodfield Mall. The convention will feature two Heritage Signature Sales, one focusing on rare coins and the other on collectable paper money. Lot viewing will get underway on Tuesday, April 23, with the first auction session taking place on Wednesday, the same day as the Professional Preview and Early Bird Day. There is no admission charge during the public hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Renaissance offers free parking to both overnight guests and day visitors.

Rooms are available at the Renaissance at a special rate of $147 by calling the hotel at (847) 671-6350 and mentioning rate code “CENCENA”. CSNS Secretary Jerry Lebo, Bourse Chairman since 1998, will once again serve in that capacity. Dealers interested in booth space can contact him via e-mail at, or General Chairman Kevin Foley at

Additional information about Heritage and its auctions can be accessed at Complete details for the 74th Anniversary Convention can be found at

Dec 052012

In conjunction with the 58th Annual FUN Convention, WIN (Women In Numismatics) will be holding a general meeting on Saturday, January 12, 9:00 AM in Room S230G at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

Guest speaker is FUN President Tony Swicer.  His program is called “Numismatic Reminiscing” and he will share some interesting and funny stories about experiences at coins shows from the early 1980’s to the present.

Tony Swicer, FUN President
Tony Swicer, FUN President