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Memphis place to be in June

This article was originally printed in Bank Note Reporter.
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Memphis is always the place to be for paper money collectors in June and this year is no exception. The International Paper Money Show, scheduled for June 12-15 at the Cook Convention Center, is shaping up to be a premier event.

A stellar auction of top rarities, including a couple of discovery notes, a bourse of nearly 200 vendors, nearly 200 cases of educational exhibits, meetings of major hobby organizations, and educational forum presentations by top experts make this show a hot spot for all serious collectors.

Lyn Knight Currency Auctions’ Memphis sale begins on Thursday, June 12, with Colonial, Continental and obsolete notes, highlighted by 30 proofs and a run of Florida notes. Small-size U.S. notes include $500 and $1,000 Federal Reserve Notes and Gold Certificates.

Friday, June 13, is world paper night with lots that span the globe, including many interesting notes from South America.

Saturday, June 14, is U.S. type note and National Bank Note night. Nearly 1,000 lots of NBNs are topped by two newly discovered rarities.

Featured are a $1 No. 1 from Hillsborough, N.H. with Jeffries-Spinner signatures and a Maysville $10 Red Seal from the state of Oklahoma, not the territory.

A large offering of Missouri NBNs will cross the block along with those from Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, and the Steve and Marilyn Michaels Collection of more than 200 ladies named on National Bank Notes.

Among large-size type there are 220 notes, beginning with Fr. 1 and 1a Legal Tenders, and highlighted by a set of Rainbows of 1869 from the $1 to the $50 graded PCGS VF 35. Circulated scarce and tough type notes are also up for bid.

On Sunday, June 15, Neil Shafer’s “Money of the People” collection will go on sale. Shafer, a regular columnist for Bank Note Reporter, will be offering his collection of local issue notes.

All auction sessions will be held at the Sheraton Memphis, Ballrooms 1-4, 250 N. Main St., across the street from the convention center. For additional information and to view lots, visit

Educational exhibits are a big part of Memphis and this year’s main attraction is the Dr. Richard Bode Collection of notes from approximately 200 countries, dating from the Ming Dynasty through modern polymer notes. Non-competitive exhibits, headed by exhibit chairman Mart Delger, which have become a mainstay of Memphis, will also be available for viewing.

On Friday and Saturday, educational forum director Peter Huntoon has a stellar listing of presentations planned. Topics range from Civil War money, the 1928E king of the $1 Silver Certificates to collecting Series of 1934 $5 Silver Certificates.

Dealer/exhibitor setup is slated for Thursday, June 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The bourse is open to the general public Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An Early Bird badge for entry into the Thursday Dealer/Exhibitor setup is $75. Public admission price is $20 for a Family Show Pass or $7 for one day per person. A $5 discount coupon can be obtained at

For show details visit or contact show chairman Doug Davis, telephone 817-723-7231 or via email at

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