With a record 250 booths hosting approximately 400 dealers expected, the Money Show of the Southwest was set to open its bourse Thursday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 3. The show was to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, as the 54th annual show hosted by the Greater Houston Coin Club.
The wholesale portion of the show for dealers and early birds was set for Thursday morning. The two-day professional development seminar for educators, known as “Coins in the Classroom,” was to be held in association with the show Friday and Saturday. This free, club-sponsored program is designed to teach educators how to use money as a tool to enhance mathematics, social studies, language, arts and economics lessons.
Saturday was to be “educational day,” with presentations from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Award-winning author and speaker Michael Fuljenz of Universal Coin & Bullion was to speak about “The Coin & Bullion Market Today,” Sergio Sanchez, an expert on currency, was to present “Grading Currency” and Dennis Boggs, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, was to talk about “History and Numismatics.”
Saturday also was to be Kids Day, which features events such as the Treasure Chest Grab and Put-a-Penny-in-a-Slot, a coin folder race challenging children to take 1-cent pieces and place them in the proper dated slots, after which they are encouraged to take the folders home and continue collecting.
The show planned displays of numismatic items and a record number of 60 competitive exhibits. There were to be competitors in all eight of the exhibit classes. Trophies were to be given to winners in each class and a cash prize was to be awarded to the exhibit judged “best of show,” using the American Numismatic Association criteria. There also was to be a cash prize for the “people’s choice” exhibit.
The Money Show of the Southwest is the nation’s largest show put on by an all-volunteer coin club. The proceeds of the show are primarily spent on programs for children and teachers of children.