Judging from the crowd on the bourse floor, and despite both
temperature and humidity in the 90s, the attendance at this year’s International Paper Money Show in Memphis,
Tenn., appeared to surpass that of last year. Dealers were uniformly
satisfied with the business done in a new room at the Cook Convention
Center, and the more than 170 cases of exhibition material were an eye
opener. Particularly noteworthy was one on the “Signatures on Small
Size National Bank Notes.”
The speakers series, an aspect of the show that sets the Memphis
event apart, attracted a steady audience to its dozen presentations
over two days. They ran from a minimum of about 20 minutes to as long
as an hour and a quarter, with a question and answer session following
each. Subjects included counterfeiting, military currencies, food stamps,
world paper and, of course, a number of
categories of United States paper money. Included among the
presenters were Neil Shafer, Peter Huntoon, Joseph Boling, and Benny
Bolin. Coin World will be offering highlights from these in the weeks ahead.
Those who could not make it to the Memphis show have an option to
partake in at least the educational part of the event. Excerpts of
each of the lectures are available for viewing on CoinWeek.com. The
entire 9½-hour lecture series is available on a series of DVDs. To
order, contact CoinWeek.com at 908 Audelia Road, #200-330, Richardson,
TX 75081; phone the supplier at 800-876-2320; or email David Lisot at email@example.com.
Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Memphis show. The
show’s owner, Lyn Knight, has already said that a number of special
events are planned in celebration.
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