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Memphis Brings on the Speakers
By Bank Note Reporter
May 22, 2013

The speaker series at the 2013 Memphis International Paper Money Show, June 13-16 at the Cook Convention Center, is shaping up to be bigger than ever, according to Peter Huntoon, who provided the detailed descriptions below.

The featured speaker is Lee Lofthus, who will present never-before-revealed details about the issuance of the fabled $10 Series of 1933 Silver Certificates. David Hollander will present the featured National Bank Note state of the year: Alabama.

Joseph Boling
Counterfeit Large Size Nationals

Nineteenth century counterfeit detectors contained pages of descriptions of spurious national bank notes. They emphasized diagnostics that could be seen with the naked eye. Boling will show a number of examples, pairing the diagnostic features of the fakes alongside the genuine. This presentation will be of value to both collectors and dealers.

Steve and Ray Feller
New discoveries from WWII camps, Internment camp monies of the USA.

R. Shawn Hewitt
Large Size Replacement National Bank Notes, 1903-1920

Star notes were not used to replace defective national bank note sheets. Instead, makeup sheets with identical serial numbers as the defective were made to replace misprints. Hewitt will demonstrate how to identify the makeups used on large size nationals between 1902 and 1920.

David Hollander
Featured State
Nationals from the Heart of Dixie - Alabama

Alabama nationals and her banks are profiled: types, rarities, survival, condition and anecdotes. This richly illustrated presentation is a unique insider’s view of the national bank note issues from this key southern state.

Peter Huntoon
The Murky Transition to Post-Date Back National Bank Notes

The changeover from Series of 1882 date to value backs and Series of 1902 date to plain backs has vexed researchers and collectors from day one. Treasury documents discovered in the National Archive tell us just what happened. The protocols to be followed were simple, it’s just that the results seemed messy and complicated!

Lee Lofthus
Featured Speaker
Series of 1933 $10 Silver Certificates – the view from inside the United States Treasury

Rapidly colliding silver policies doomed the fabled Series of 1933 from the moment the first of them were being delivered to the U.S. Treasury. Newly unearthed Treasury documents reveal that far fewer of them entered circulation than our catalogs tell us. Rare vintage photographs will illustrate the fantastic story of the people and policies behind these notes and, for the first time in numismatics, Lofthus will reveal exactly where they circulated.

Larry Schuffman
Patriotism, Pride and Propaganda – Financing the War to End all Wars

This is a behind-the-scenes view of how the U.S. Treasury worked in league with the media to whip a sleepy public into patriotic frenzy and how that frenzy helped to finance the war through the sale of Liberty Loan Bonds and War Savings Stamps, the U. S. Treasury’s first discount security.

Joel Shafer
Japanese Paper Money of World War II

See first-hand discovery pieces and rare types of Japanese currency from the World War II era. You’ll gain a perspective on the multiplicity of issues that emerged during this critical era in our history from common to rare.

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James Simek
Series of 1929 Nationals-Collecting Outside the Box

There is a huge universe beyond collecting small size nationals by location. The possibilities are rich and endless. Names, numbers, signatures, bank titles, vice president and assistant cashier notes, replacements and much, much more.

Tom Snyder
Life and Commerce on the Mississippi River

We’ll get on the Mississippi River at Muscatine, Iowa, look at its national bank notes and pearl button industry, then float downstream to other note-issuing ports viewing the cultural geography along the way until we disembark at the mouth of the delta. Cotton is everywhere; the catfish and shrimp are delicious!

Roger Urce & Howard Daniel
IIIOSS/CIA Paper Money for Thailand & Laos

Work of the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, with the Free Thai and Lao movements during WWII resulted in paper money in MPC/AMC formats for both. The Thai paper was issued in 1946 but only patterns of the Lao paper money were printed in 1948. There was intrigue here as OSS and later CIA agents worked for the independence of the Southeast Asian colonies but were thwarted by politicians higher up the food chain.

Jamie Yakes
Classic Mules and Late-Finished Plates

Discover these popular small size varieties from the 1930s and 1940s, which encompassed all denominations and classes of the Series of 1928, 1934 and 1935. How to spot them, why they were made and how they differ from normal notes. There is technical significance and rarity here. That’s why collectors covet them!

“The talks have something for everyone from beginner to seasoned specialist,” said Huntoon. “Just another great reason to put Memphis on your calendar June 13-16.”

The show’s public hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14-15, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16. For more details, visit

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