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First-rate speakers heading IPMS

The International Paper Money Show has lined up a stellar group of speakers at its June 7-10 Kansas City show.


It is a veritable who’s who put together by Peter Huntoon, whose articles appear in every issue of Bank Note Reporter.

There will be 11 presentations over two days on Friday and Saturday.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Steve Carr starts things off with “Inside Kansas Nationals—One amazing tale on top of another.”

The Army National Bank, the Kansas banker killed by the Dalton gang, two Kansas banks that issued exactly one sheet of a given variety – and these are just the warm ups.

At 11 a.m. Roger Urce talks about “Japanese Colonial Issues for Taiwan.”

Japan exercised influence over Taiwan during the latter part of the 19th century through World War II. All the colonial currency issues will be illustrated and placed into historic context with emphasis on the World War II emissions.

Noon brings Robert Calderman and his “Cherry Picking 101: How to score amazing notes without breaking the bank.”

Rarity lurks in the shadows, so those armed with knowledge own the field. You will learn that you don’t have to be rich to amass a credible and valuable collection. The focus will not be limited to small-size U. S. type note varieties but instead will range to large-size as well as Confederate issues.

Joe Boling takes the floor at 1 p.m. with “How fakers messed up their products – laziness or ignorance.”

Counterfeiters have demonstrated many times that they don’t understand the subtleties of the notes they are copying – or don’t care. You will see many examples of naked-eye diagnostics for identifying bad notes even from poor images. No magnification required!

At 2 p.m. Jerry Fochtman presents “Dr. Daniel W. Valentine – postage and Fractional Currency & half dime pioneer.”

Valentine (1863-1932) was a numismatic luminary whom you should get to know because he laid the foundation for our knowledge of postage and Fractional Currency in 1924. His life will be revealed as his numismatic story unfolds, including his efforts to protect his family. This talk is accompanied by an exhibit of Valentine’s personal items.

At 3 p.m. Pierre Fricke walks attendees through “Counterfeit Confederate money made in the Union.”

The fascinating history of counterfeit Confederate notes that were made in the Union during the Civil War, either as souvenirs or counterfeits designed to disrupt the Southern economy, will be revealed. Notable are those of Samuel Upham and Winthrop Hilton, but there were smaller operations in Kentucky, St. Louis and other places.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday will be Carlson Chambliss speaking about “Philippine emergency paper money, 1941-1945.”

The outbreak of war in December 1941 resulted in an enormous need for currency of all forms in the Philippines. The BEP-printed paper money and the silver coinage soon went into hiding. Most of the emergency money was officially authorized by President Manuel Quezon, but there were many local issues.

At 11 a.m. Bill Brandimore’s “Collecting small-size Federal Reserve notes with an emphasis on $5s” will be presented. Mr. Brandimore is another long-time contributor of Bank Note Reporter.

Fathom the depths of series, varieties and rarities in the longest-running class of small-size U. S. currency. Don’t be surprised if you get a heavy dose of examples from Minneapolis, the toughest district to collect, because its emissions generally were/are the smallest.

At noon Steve Feller and his daughter Ray offer “Overprints on World War II Currency.”

Enjoy examples from across the globe of overprints used to monetize wartime currency and/or to acknowledge an emergency situation coupled with warnings about contemporary counterfeits of them.

At 1 p.m. Jamie Yakes explains “R & S experimental $1 1935A Silver Certificates.”

This will be the first release ever of the complete story of the R & S experimentals – the most collected of all the U.S. currency paper experiments – gleaned from the Federal records left by those who implemented the experiment. Learn for the first time the composition of the experimental papers and what was learned.

At 2 p.m. Peter Huntoon reveals “New Deal Money, the creation of money during the Great Depression.”

The Roosevelt Treasury caused the greatest tectonic shift in Federal Currency ever to occur in order to rescue the collapsed American economic system during the Great Depression. Emergency currency, demonetizing gold, monetizing unlimited silver and much more – this is the story of all of it.

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• The Standard Catalog of United States Paper Money is the only annual guide that provides complete coverage of U.S. currency with today’s market prices.

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