Sep 122015

Kari Brower was recognized by ANA President Walt Ostromecki as a ‘Point of Numismatic Light’ during the April 16th meeting of the Ocean County Coin Club (OCCC) in New Jersey. The meeting featured a free public educational outreach program and salute to the ANA’s National Coin Week as well as a special tribute honoring member, Kari Brower, a dedicated and knowledgeable East Coast and ANA hobby supporter-volunteer of more than forty years. Handling the award presentation on behalf of ANA President Ostromecki was OCCC Past President and retired ANA Regional Coordinator, Jim Majoros. Kari Brower, a resident of Brick, NJ, was cited for her long standing commitment and service to the New Jersey and surrounding area coin collector community. Additionally, she was credited with enhancing the numismatic experience of and sharing the fun of the numismatic hobby with countless others. “She has had a most profound influence and impact on, from behind the scenes, both adult and young budding hobbyists for over forty years,” noted Ostromecki in his accompanying letter which was read aloud before assembled club members and visitors alike during the presentation ceremony by Majoros.

What is even more awesome about Kari Brower’s numismatic accomplishments and exploits over forty some years is the fact she does not drive and never has. WOW! Now, that’s what you call a passion, a deep rooted driving force within oneself to make a concerted effort to share the joy of the numismatic hobby of numismatics despite an obstacle —something which can certainly be recognized ‘as above and beyond the call of duty’! Kari Brower is a pro-active ANA life member, an avid published numismatic writer, deeply involved WIN member of at least twenty years and an experience numismatic exhibitor –and more over a now recognized ‘ANA Point of Numismatic Light’. Kari Brower 04-2015 Photo 1- Kari Brower (R with award in hand) receiving her ANA Point of Numismatic Light recognition certificate from Jim Majoros (L) as a number the newer and younger OCCC members look on.

Sep 122015

Darling, Can You Spare a Dime? How Victorians Fell in Love With Pocket Change

By Lisa Hix February 9th, 2015   

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A young Victorian woman stands on a beach and stares out past the crashing waves, far out into the ocean, wondering where her sweetheart is now. His ship sailed months ago, and he’s not due to return for years. She has no way to hear his voice saying he loves her. The only comfort she has is the coin in her hand. She runs her fingertips over his initials engraved on one side and forget-me-nots on the other, and she feels soothed. (More)

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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.