Numismatists to unite in Santa Maria

April 26, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins, Young Collectors

By Jennifer Best. April 26th, 2013 (

Numismatics may be embedded in the human genome, if the Giorgi-Nash family lineage is any indication.

Linda Nash of Santa Maria first discovered the joy and beauty of coin collecting at the knee of her father, Albert Giorgi of Nojoqui. Her own son, 24-year-old Michael Nash, has become a collector in his own right.

Then again, the coin-collecting habit may be a contagion. Linda’s husband, Jerry Nash, has also gotten involved in the family hobby.

“I’ve always liked the history of the coins and the detailed artwork. That fascination with coins, particularly those from the 1800s and early 1900s, always stays with me,” said Linda, president of Santa Maria Coin Club.

Decades of collecting has provided the Nash family a healthy smattering of coins with a particular eye toward early American pieces. Some of them, and other local collections, will be on display Saturday, April 27, when coin collectors, appraisers and sellers from throughout California descend upon Santa Maria for the Santa Maria Coin Club Coin & Collectible Show. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elwin Mussel Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave. Admission is free.

“If you have a collection that Grandma left you, bring it in and have it appraised for free. This is your best bet to find out what they’re worth,” said Jeanne Taylor, a club member and private collector.

The show will also include sports trading cards, casino chips, Beanie Babies and other collectibles.

The semi-annual event is sponsored by Santa Maria Coin Club which was established in 1957 and remains the only coin club on the Central Coast, Nash said.

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