Ten lectures over a span of two days were, as usual, a feature of the
40th Annual International Paper Money Show in Memphis June 3 to 4. The
presentations, nearly all of which were before a well-packed room, ran
a gamut of topics, and all were recorded.
“Out of China,” by Joe Boling, described the fraudulent Chinese
currency being produced there and offered a visual diagnostics lesson
on how to detect them. Ray and Steve Feller offered a look at the
consequences of the inflationary currency issued in Greece after the
Italian conquest and the Nazi occupation of 1941. “Revolutionary Bonds
of China’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen,” presented by Roger Urce and Howard
Daniel, discussed the role the bonds played in Sun’s early 20th
century efforts to establish China as a republic after almost three
centuries of Qing dynasty rule. Dave Frank’s “Allied Prisoner of War
Scrip of World War II” provided a glimpse at the scrip issued in
prisoner of war camps.
The world of United States paper currency was well represented.
“When the Kids Take Over National Banks,” by Steve Carr, gave a peek
at national banks as family businesses and some of the good and not so
good things that happened within these institutions as they passed
from one generation to the next. Carlson Chambliss made a presentation
on what he says is the correct print run data for small-size $500 and
$1000 Federal Reserve notes. Lee Loftus offered an insight into the
very rare large-size $5,000 and $10,000 Federal Reserve notes of 1918,
while Jamie Yakes did the same for small-size series of 1928 and 1934
gold certificates. Finally, Shawn Hewitt provided an update on the
Society of Paper Money Collectors Obsolete Data Base Project in which
the SPMC is establishing a website to account for all U.S. obsolete
currency issues. The presentations concluded with an American Bank
Note Co. film showing the process and equipment involved in fulfilling
currency, stamp and securities orders.
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