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FUN Show - SPMC meeting Sat Jan 7 - 8:30AM - 10AM Room 216

Please join us at the FUN SPMC meeting Saturday January 7, 2017, 8:30AM till 10AM in Room 216.  Pierre Fricke will talk about Confederate money and all will discuss events of the show and other paper money topics!  http://www.funtopics.com/fun-convention.html  Pierre Fricke

SPMC Meeting at FUN Orlando - Saturday 8:30 AM EST Jan 10, 2015

Please join us at the SPMC meeting at the FUN Convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FLA. The meeting will be in Room W224F, 8:30 AM EST, Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Wendell Wolka will be the speaker on the SPMC's Obsolete Database Project.

SPMC meeting at ANA Chicago - Saturday 9AM CDT

Please join us at the SPMC meeting at the ANA Chicago show at the Convention center in Rosemont, ILL. The meeting will be in Room 41, 9AM CDT, Saturday, August 9, 2014.  Wendell Wolka will be the speaker on  preparing to sell a large collection.

Pierre Fricke

Strongest Memphis Show in a Few Years!

A flurry of activity marked our preparation for the International Paper Money Show in Memphis Tenn. this year (2014).  This was my first year as President of the Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC) going into Memphis. Several activities needed to be planned and I thank the board for their enthusiastic support and efforts. Additionally, a string of very successful shows in the spring precluded the Memphis show which forced me to spend quite a lot of time catching up working up all of the new purchases.

SPMC Breakfast Tickets Printed - They are really special this year...!!

The year of the 150th anniversary the d*mnyankees burned Atlanta :-) .... Pierre

Central States Show – Fun and Profitable!

Central States Show – Fun and Profitable!

Joyce and I headed to the Chicago Illinois Central States Numismatic Society Convention in late April for the third time. Our debut was in 2012 where we were part of the 150th anniversary Civil War forum. There I presented an introduction to Confederate paper money to a large crowd, had a lot of fun and had a great show.  So we’ve returned each year since and plan on an expanded presence at a corner table in 2015.

American Numismatic Association Show – Chicago; August 2013

Joyce and I set up at the World’s Fair of Money ANA show in Chicago, Ill. This is the largest show of the year and, while focused on coins, has become quite a significant currency show as well. There would be a lot to do at this show with having a corner table, various club meetings including a significant Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC) meeting, and a major auction of Fugio coppers, as well as CSA and obsolete paper money. We flew in on Saturday to get situated, view auction lots, and visit friends at the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) show.

Memphis – Lots of Action Amongst Paper Money Enthusiasts

I always enter June with great anticipation of the Memphis International Paper Money Show. This year was no exception, though for the first time, my company’s annual trade show was scheduled in the same week!  Luckily that show was mainly centered earlier in the week, with Memphis centered closer to the weekend – so I attended both. This heavy schedule precluded me from building an exhibit for the first time in many years, but I hope to return to the exhibit arena in 2014.

The "finest" Confederate note?

Added a picture of the "finest" (well, maybe) Confederate note! A T-9 PF-12
PCGS Superb Gem New 68 PPQ! See below... There is only one other 68 PPQ CSA note
I know of, the T-66 that sold at the Knight 2012 Memphis auction for $4600. It
had super red color, but not these margins. PMG's highest is 67 EPQ (I've seen
several of those, not quite up to this).

Pierre Fricke


FUN Show 2013 was a lot of Fun!

We flew down to Florida the weekend before the big show to escape the cold of New England. We were well greeted by days that were mostly in the low 80s! Joining long time friends in a town outside of Orlando, we caught up with current goings on and prepared for the show. The first order of business was to register ahead of the crowd and look over the fairly extensive offering of Confederate notes.