It’s both an end and a new beginning. The old adage “all good things
must come to an end” took on a new meaning June 2 with the expected
disclosure that the 40th International Paper Money Show would be the
last held in Memphis, Tenn. The next one will be in Kansas City, Mo.,
from June 7 to 11, 2017, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.
When the idea of a show dedicated exclusively to paper money was
proposed by Mike Crabb in the mid-1970s, there were some skeptics —
but not for long. The “First Paper Money Convention,” sponsored by the
Memphis Coin Club, opened on June 4, 1977, and it quickly became a
fixture, rivaled in the world of currency collecting only by the fair
in Maastricht, Netherlands.
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Lyn Knight bought the show from the Memphis Coin
Club several years ago and instituted improvements in programs,
appearance, and management. Unfortunately, Memphis lost its status as
a airline hub at about the same time, and it has become an excessively
costly and time consuming journey for many attendees.
Kansas City will be easier to get to and will be a pleasant surprise
to those who don’t know it well. It has been called the “Paris of the
Plains” and the “City of Fountains,” and consistently ranks among
the most beautiful and livable cities in America. It is home to major
league sports, world class museums and shopping, and fine dining. Many
students of the genre even posit that the barbecue offered in Kansas
City is far superior to that in Memphis.
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