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December 26th, 2017

The featured presentation at the Show is “When Stamps and ‘Folding Coins’ Were All The Rage.” Jerry Fochtman, whose exhibit on the topic won last year’s United States Paper Award, is the presenter.

There was a brief period in the Numismatic history of the United States when Congress authorized the use of stamps and ‘folding coins’ as a medium of exchange for goods and services. This talk will introduce you to what led up to this period in our history. It will reveal what private businesses and government did in response to the needs of the country. The presentation is ideal for collectors of United States Coins and Paper, collectors of Confederate Numismatics, and those interested in how civil upheaval affects money. It includes topics a student of history may find of interest and wish to pursue to learn more.

The presentation is at 1:00 pm on Saturday.

On Friday at 2:00 pm we’ll have the always interesting “Numis-Profs” question and answer session. A panel of acknowledged experts in different areas of collecting will answer your inquiries, whether broad or specific. The answers are sometimes very different than expected. The experts often take the opportunity to provide extra insight, sometimes in an amusingly informative way. While this years’ panel is still being finalized, last year the panel was comprised of the president and vice president of the prestigious American Numismatic Association, and the top expert on coin grading from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

Educational exhibits will be on display throughout the Show. These display case based presentations, allow for viewing at your pace. This year’s show includes confirmed entries in six competitive categories: U.S. Coins, U.S. Paper, World Coins before 1500, World Coins after 1500, World Paper, and Tokens & Medals.  We may add others as the deadline for submissions approaches. To ensure a fair competition we cannot announce the specifics of any exhibit. However last year’s entries can provide an idea of the range of what you may see at this year’s event.

Last year the Best in Show Award went to “Operation Bernhard-Nazi Counterfeit of British Notes”. The People’s Choice Award, as voted by our attendees, went to “Lady Liberty” a display based on the centennial of the Mercury Dime, Standing Liberty Quarter and Liberty Walking Half Dollar. To understand  the range of topics consider that “Grading Roman Republic Coins”, “Mexican Horse Pesos”, “Coinage in Medieval Italy”, “Twenty Cent Pieces”, “Houston Transportation Tokens”, “Seated Liberty Dollars”, “O.P.A.- WWII Rationing” and “Heads or Tails” were just some of the exhibits. This range means you are sure to see plenty that interests you. And your vote will help determine the People’s Choice Award winner.

Finally we’ll have a very different kind of display in a different part of the Convention Center. Through the cooperation of the National Museum of Funeral History, located in Houston, we will display “The Money Casket “. This acrylic final resting place was used in the marketing of acrylic encapsulated items during the 1970’s. In displaying over $600 in embedded, uncirculated coins it challenges the maxim, “You Can’t Take It With You”.

The dealers offerings may be at the heart of our Show. But there’s a lot more to see at The Houston Money Show.