Greater Houston Coin Club
The Greater Houston Coin Club was founded in September 1955, the year known numismatically for the "double die" Lincoln Cent. GHCC was incorporated on June 14, 1971, and is a life member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA #24824) and the Texas Numismatic Association (TNA #C-7). The GHCC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public charitable organization with all proceeds used to promote the education and study of Numismatics.
The Greater Houston Coin Club is organized exclusively for educational purposes, and in the furtherance of this purpose, to promote the study of numismatics through educational and scientific means.
Its objectives are:
- To advance numismatic knowledge through educational, historical, and scientific means
- To assist and promote greater interest in numismatics
- To aid its members through the study, acquisition, and exhibition of numismatic material
- To assist or encourage all other worthy numismatic causes
Visitors are welcome at the GHCC's monthly meeting. If you are interested in what we do, or would like to try us out, or if you are from out of town and find you will be in Houston, then please plan on joining us for the evening.
The Greater Houston Coin Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every third (3rd) Thursday of each month at the Houston County Community College, Eagle Room, at 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway.
HOUSTON MONEY SHOW
THE 61ST HOUSTON MONEY SHOW
JANUARY 19-20, 2018
Lonestar Convention Center
9055 Airport Rd
Conroe, TX 77303
For more information contact Jack Domurat at (832) 610-5313 and email@example.com
2017 Francis Townsend Award
Mike Greenspan (below, left) presents Gail Brichford (below, right) with a permanent memento for winning the annual Francis Townsend Award. The Townsend Award is given annually to a club member or couple who distinguish themselves by providing outstanding service to numismatics and the GHCC.
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1st International Convention of Historians and Numismatists
In 2016, club member Ricardo de Leon Tallavas was chosen to represent his country and the Greater Houston Coin Club as a representative to the 1st International Convention of Historians and Numismatists.
Mr. Ricardo de Leon Tallavas; photo courtesy Jack Domurat, GHCC
At our March 2017 meeting Ricardo gave a slide presentation of his travels during this historic trip to Bolivia. Ricardo recalled first hand how the local people greeted their group with warmth and a sense of celebration. Their arrival was well publicized, and they were met with celebration and welcome wherever they visited. Ricardo recalled his visit to the Mint of Potosí, which minted most of the silver shipped through the Spanish Main. Ricardo and his group were also fortunate to be able to visit the mines from which silver was extracted.
Assisting Ricardo during this presentation was club member David "Chuck" Bianchi, who provided history on several Potosí Mint coins and then displayed several of these coins for the membership to view.
Mr. Chuck Bianchi; photo courtesy Jack Domurat, GHCC
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Scenes from a Show
The following pictures, graciously shared with us by Greater Houston Coin Club President Jack Domurat, were taken at the 60th Houston Money Show between December 1 and 3, 2016. Congratulations to all who earned their merit badges and won awards from the club!
Attendance was high to earn Boy Scout merit badges. Photo courtesy Greater Houston Coin Club (GHCC).
From L to R: Don Kagin, John Schuch, & Gary Adkins. Photo courtesy GHCC.
Rick Ewing (L) accepts Best in Show Award from Exhibit Chairman, John Barber.
A youngster enjoys his opportunity at the Treasure Chest Grab. Photo courtesy GHCC.
Jerry Fochtman (L) accepts an exhibit award from John Barber. Photo courtesy GHCC.
GHCC member John Barber shown presenting one of several door prizes. Photo courtesy GHCC.
Gail Brichford - 2016 Francis Townsend Award winner. Photo courtesy GHCC.
Gail Brichford, winner of the 2016 Francis Townsend Award, shown with previous award winners. Photo courtesy GHCC.
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Big Announcement Concerning 61st Annual Houston Money Show
At the 60th Houston Money Show held on Dec. 1-3, 2016, it was made public in a letter addressed to each dealer that the next (61st) Houston Money Show would be changing its date and location.
Part of the announcement stated:
"In trying to sustain an environment that will best suit dealers, patrons, and our club, we are pleased to announce a change in the venue and date for our next show. We will be relocating to The Lone Star Convention Center, 9055 Airport Road, Conroe, Tx. 77303. This location is north of Houston, just past The Woodlands. The date of the show will be January 19 & 20, 2018. (set up will be the 18th from 2-6pm).
We will be leasing the entire building which includes a 120 table bourse, plenty of free parking for all, FIFI at no cost, plenty of extra classrooms for use, concession, easy loading and unloading, close to I-45, and plenty of room to sit, relax, and socialize. Also, the GHCC will provide free shuttle to and from designated local hotels & motels.
We are excited about this change. We hope many of you will be pleased and share our excitement."
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November News Highlights
The GHCC would like to acknowledge club member Ricardo de Leon Tallavas, who recently became a citizen of the United States. The club is very proud to have Mr. Tallavas as a member, and offers a hearty congratulations!
For a November treat, GHCC member Jack Palovic (below, left) treated club members to homemade ham & beans. Cheryl Domurat provided garlic bread, and members Gail Brichford, Mike Greenspan, Eve Barber and Gerry Hickey provided cookies for dessert.
This was a big hit with all the members. A big thanks to all who helped, especially to Jack.
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GHCC RECEIVES 50 YEAR AWARD FROM ANA
The Greater Houston Coin Club was recently presented a 50 year membership award from the American Numismatic Association.
The award was presented on August 12, 2016 at the World's Fair of Money which was held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
GHCC president Jack Domurat and treasurer Claude Mathes were in attendance and accepted the award on behalf of the club.
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Greater Houston Coin Club's 2016-2017 Officers
The Greater Houston Coin Club recently gathered past and present officers for photo shoot. The GHCC meets every third (3rd) Thursday of each month at the Houston County Community College, Eagle Room at 1010 West Sam Houston Parkway. If you collect coins or want to start, drop on by. You'll make friends with passionate collectors and grow your collection and knowledge base.
(L) Past President- Gail Brichford & (R) Director- John Trout.
Officers (l-r): Jack Domurat-President, Claude Mathes-Treasurer, Bill Watson-Vice President, & Rick Ewing-Secretary
Directors & Officers (l-r): Melvin Neal, David 'Chuck' Bianchi, Larry Reitsema, Jack Domurat, Claude Mathes, Bill Watson, Rick Ewing, John Barber, Mike Greenspan, & Barbara Prinsen
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GHCC Member & Holocaust Survivor John Zanders Mesmerizes Membership
March 9, 2016
Coin collecting attracts people from all around the globe with many varied backgrounds & interests. As many coins are associated with fascinating stories, so do some members of all clubs have life stories which seem a little extra special.
The Greater Houston Coin Club is proud to have as a member for over 50 years Mr. John Zanders. John is 90 years young, speaks four languages, and with an astonishing memory can relate a lifetime of unlimited experiences.
At the GHCC January meeting Mr. Zanders spoke to our club membership about his early years in Nazi Germany and his memories as a holocaust survivor.
Being Jewish and born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1925 gives Mr. Zanders a very personal and powerful view of the Nazi rise to power in the 1930s.
He spoke of his upbringing during this turbulent period of history. His memory is crystal clear regarding how the Nazi regime segregated the Jewish people in restaurants and schools.
With proper paperwork in hand to travel to the United States in just 10 days, John and his father were arrested and taken away by an SS officer on November 11, 1938.
Subsequently, John was released because he was too young to be arrested, and John's father was given a 10-day pass to leave Germany after a high-ranking officer recognized him as a former exemplary solider under his earlier command. He told John's father that he was the best solider he had, despite stories that Jews couldn't make good soldiers.
When John and his father got off the boat in New York, John's uncle was waiting to welcome them.
John has had several careers in his lifetime. At one point, he was a coin dealer. Now he is a coin enthusiast and an active member of the GHCC.
We are most proud to have John Zanders as a member of the Greater Houston Coin Club.
--Jack Domurat, GHCC