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Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

by Special to WorthPoint (06/10/14).

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The IPMS Show has been held in Memphis (the Paper Money Capital of the World) since 1977.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at this year’s International Paper Money Show (IPMS) slated for June 13-14 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis.

“The Dr. Bode Collection offers a fascinating look at the world we live in, using banknotes from around the world, past and present, to show how people interact and influence one another,” said Doug Davis, Bourse Show chairman of the IPMS. “Where else can you see a 100-trillion-dollar banknote from Zimbabwe, or view money showing gorillas, lions, turtles, sharks and peacocks?”

The International Paper Money Show has been an annual numismatic event since 1977, always held in June and always in Memphis (sometimes called the Paper Money Capital of the World). The show has nearly 200 vendors, buying and selling paper money from many countries, plus nearly 200 cases of educational exhibits offering excellent materials and historical background.

Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with special guest speakers every hour from start to finish, also both days. The initial speaker (on Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m.) will be Shawn Hewitt (“Before There Were Stars”). The final talk (on Saturday, at 4 p.m.) will be given by Jamie Yates, whose topic will be “Collecting Series of 1934 $5 Silver Certificates.”

Friday’s guest speakers will also feature Joseph Boling (“The Fakes Outnumber the Originals”), Carlson Chambliss (“Survival of Small Size Gold Certificates”), Peter Huntoon (“Civil War Money”), Tom Snyder (“Life and Commerce on the Mississippi River, the upper half”), and Wendell Wolka (“Enemy at the Gates—Civil War Scrip Issuers of New Orleans, 1861-1862”).

This Zimbabwe banknote for $100 trillion will be on display at the IPMS Show in Memphis.

This Zimbabwe banknote for $100 trillion will be on display at the IPMS Show in Memphis.

Saturday’s speaking lineup will include Ali Mehilba (“Replacement Notes From Around the World”), Steve Carr (“First Names on National Bank Notes”), Lee Lofthus (“The 1928E Note: King of the $1 Silver Certificates”), Neil and Joel Shafer (“Money of the People”), and Ray and Steve Feller (“The Latest Discoveries From the Eastern European Ghettos of World War II”).

Experts in nearly every field will be on hand, ready to offer appraisals and opinions on coins, paper money, postcards and related topics, such as Confederate history and the Civil War. The show boasts the largest display of U.S. and worldwide banknotes in America. Admission is $7 each day per person ($5 off with ad or coupon). A family show pass is also available, for $20.

The Cook Convention Center is located at 255 North Main Street in Memphis. The show is being held in the East Hall. To get to the Convention Center, take I-240 north to I-40 west to exit 1-A at 2nd Street. The preferred show hotel is the Memphis Sheraton Downtown, at 250 North Main Street, but rooms there were nearly all filled at press time. Other accommodations are nearby.

Prior to 1977, the only show that was of interest to currency dealers and collectors was the annual American Numismatic Association convention. But that event was expensive to attend, and was really designed by and for coin collectors. The paper money crowd had little else, until the IPMS (now known simply and affectionately as “Memphis”) came along in 1977.

“Memphis” was different from the start, with dealers bringing special material that would keep collectors excited for weeks preceding the event and well into the summer afterward. Now, each year, the biggest and the best currency collectors make the trek to Memphis to share their passion for paper money and enjoy the educational events, the meetings, the SPMC breakfast, the bourse floor, the auctions, the exhibits, the camaraderie and, of course, the point of it all, the banknotes.

The International Paper Money Show is owned and managed by Collectible Properties, based in Overland Park, Kansas. For information about the 2014 International Paper Money Show, call 817.723.7231, email to Doug@MemphisIPMS.com or visit the IPMS website.


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