By Steve Carr
Lat weekend, I attended the International Paper Money Show in Memphis. This show, which began as a local club show, has been going to forty years. Present were many foreign and United States currency dealers. There were also several auctions, going from Thursday night until the middle of this week. Another group will be held next week
I enjoy Memphis. It is still like a small town show, where everyone seems helpful. There was also a bunch of desirable notes there, as well as coins and supplies. Something for everyone!
I started my show by giving an hour talk on “When the Kids Take Over,” three Kansas National Bank stories about banks where the kids took over from Pop. The talk was well received and I hope to do another one next year. But more on that later.
I also found a dream note. About a year ago, I did a blog about a note that got away, and it had my birthday as the plate date. That note had some holes and sold for more than I wanted to spend. I passed on the note. But then I had buyer’s remorse. Where will I find another, I asked myself.
A good friend helped set the show up and had a great opportunity to scope out the Kansas Nationals that were there. He took me around the bourse floor and at our second stop, there was my note, in a PMG VG 10 net holder (not that I cared about the holder). There were some internal tears and the note was well circulated, but I knew right away I was going to buy it. It was a $5 Series of 1882 Brownback on the Citizens National Bank of Minneapolis, KS, charter #4932. And as clear as day, there was the plate date, November 3. I had found (to me) an acceptable birthday note!
I also got to examine an uncut sheet of 3X$10-$20 notes from the National Bank of Chetopa, charter #11374, This sheet was one of the later ones issued, and as far as I knew, it was the only uncut sheet on the bank. At least none are in the current censuses. The sheet had a tear at the top, several vertical folds, and some paper aging.
I mentioned earlier that I was looking to do at talk next year at this show. It will definitely be a lot easier. The show is moving to Kansas City next year. I can give a talk and still sleep in my own bed! That’s a true blessing!