American Conchologist is the official publication of the Conchologists of America. It is a well-illustrated quarterly journal of conchology, containing scientific articles, first-hand accounts of collecting spots, books reviews, advertisements, shell club news, COA Trophy winners, shell show schedules, convention news and a wealth of information about mollusks--land, marine, freshwater and fossil.



Do some reading in the online American Conchologist Library. Here you'll find many articles on mollusks and shelling, reprinted complete from the pages of recent issues of our journal.


Subscriptions are free with membership in Conchologists of America, a worldwide organization devoted to education about mollusks and the interests of shell hobbyists and enthusiasts everywhere. To join COA, and receive American Conchologist each quarter, complete our membership application and mail it to us, along with your annual dues. To learn more about membership send an email to the Membership Director, Debbie Freeman (


American Conchologist accepts advertising about shells for sale or trade, shell books and art, and shell related items. For information on rates and advertising requirements, or on advertising inserts, contact the Advertising Manager, Amelia Ann Dick ( or the Editor, Tom Eichhorst (


All COA purchases should be made through the Membership Director Karlynn Morgan ( You may print out our special ORDER FORM (PDF file) if you have an Acrobat PDF Reader, or you may write and specify what you need. Send a check (on a U.S. bank) payable to COA and your order to:

Membership Director Karlynn Morgan
3098 Shannon Drive
Winston Salem, NC 27106-3647
Back Issues of American Conchologist

Back issues of the COA quarterly journal, American Conchologist, are available at $5.00 per issue. Filled with articles on shells, shell trips, personalities in the shell world, events, collecting and exhibiting methods...they are an excellent resource.

COA Pins

Lovely enamel pins for members and collectors. White ground, gold lettering and trim, adorned with the COA Logo shell, a Neptunea in gold, white and red. New pins with the revised logo will be available July 1998 at an increased price. If you don't have one of these historic pins, now is the time to order yours. They are available for $5.00 each.