Since its inception in 1977, the International Paper Money Show is known only as “Memphis” to the fraternity of collectors and dealers that cherishes this time-honored tradition as the granddaddy of our hobby. Until 1977, the only show that captured great interest for currency dealers & collectors was the annual ANA convention, an expensive event by all standards that was designed by and for coin collectors. Memphis was different from the start with dealers bringing special material that would keep collectors excited for weeks preceding the event well through the end of the summer.
The biggest and the best of all currency collectors have made the trek to Mecca – I mean Memphis – to share their passion for paper money. It is that passion and the treasure hunt for notes, educational events, meetings, SPMC breakfast, bourse floor, auctions, exhibits and camaraderie that keep collectors coming back. The bourse was packed at the Rivermont in 1977 and everyone in attendance can tell you to this day what has made Memphis so special to them.