Greater Houston Coin Club

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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

Monthly Meetings:

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

Lone Star Convention Center

9055 Airport Rd. @FM 3083

Conroe, TX 77303

For more information contact Jack Domurat at (832) 610-5313 and jackurat@sbcglobal.net


Recent NEWS.....

 

GHCC Presence at the Texas Numismatic Association Convention

6/13/2017

A successful annual coin show was recently concluded in Arlington, Texas. Crowds were solid, dealers generally pleased, and public activities were improved. Also, several members of the Greater Houston Coin Club attended and participated in the activities at the Texas Numismatic Association (TNA) Convention.

Competitive exhibits had a big rebound from recent years with the new leadership of Judy and Gary Dobbins as Co-Chairs. Best of Show was won by John Barber of the GHCC with his "Seated Liberty - From First to Last" exhibit. The public also voted this exhibit as the most popular at the show.

Other exhibit winners from GHCC members included Eve Barber's "Caballito Pesos of Mexico 1910-1914" exhibit.

At the same awards ceremony, the TNA leadership recognized GHCC member John Barber as its Governor of the Year for 2016. This award is based on educational efforts by the recipient in spreading numismatic knowledge by giving presentations around the state of Texas to coin clubs and non-numismatic organizations.

Eve Barber receiving a class award for her exhibit from Gary Dobbins. Photo courtesy Jack Domurat and GHCC

Eve Barber receiving a class award for her exhibit from Gary Dobbins

John Barber receiving the TNA Best of Show exhibit award from Judy and Gary Dobbins

John Barber (center) receiving the Best of Show exhibit award from Gary and Judy Dobbins (exhibit co-chairs)

John Barber receiving the TNA Governor of the Year award from Debbie Williams (TNA President). Photo courtesy Jack Domurat, GHCC

John receiving the TNA Governor of the Year award from Debbie Williams (TNA President)

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Coins in the Classroom

5/30/2017

On Tuesday, May 23, Conroe Independent School District's Collins Intermediate School welcomed Mr. and Mrs. John Barber to hear a presentation on "U.S. Five Cent Coins - First to Last". The presentation was part of a continuing series by the Greater Houston Coin Club's Speakers Bureau.

The 105 students in the combined fifth grades at Collins Intermediate came well-coached by teacher/coordinator Ms. Dana Smith and efficiently filled the center section of the library, allowing all to see the images from the installed large projector on a large screen. The 35-minute Power Point presentation was followed by general questions for 10 minutes, touching on coins already in students' collections and some recent news reports on fresh discoveries of 1943 bronze Lincoln Cents.

Eve Barber and John Barber of the GHCC give a presentation at Collins Intermediate School. Photo courtesy GHCC

John Barber (R) and a representative of Collins Intermediate School. Photo courtesy GHCC

In order to check who had been listening well (almost all!), Mr. Barber gave an oral quiz composed of numismatic facts that had been showcased in the presentation. Students with the first right answer were rewarded with take-home coins based on the answers.

At the conclusion of the "Five Cents" presentation, Eve Barber took the floor to describe the GHCC's Coins-for-As report card reward program. At the end of each marking period from third grade through high school graduation, students are encouraged to submit copies of their report card and in turn receive real collectible coins. Some students have been returning to the program for 10 years, with over 40 visits.

A copy of the new edition of A Guide Book of U.S. Coins (the Red book) was presented to the library to serve as a resource for interested students.

The GHCC sponsors the annual Houston Money Show, scheduled for January 19-20, 2018 at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe. It is the largest annual coin show in the Houston area, and we are looking forward to a successful 61st convention.

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The Greater Houston Coin Club recently inducted its directors and officers for 2017-18. Left to Right: Jack Domurat (President), Claude Mathes (Treasurer), Rick Ewing (Secretary), John Barber (Director), Bill Watson (Vice President), Directors Larry Reitsema, David "Chuck" Bianchi, Gail Brichford (Past President), and Melvin Neal (Director). Absent from the photo are Directors John Trout and Mike Greenspan.

President Jack Domurat (Left) presents a certificate to Gail Brichford honoring his 70th year as an ANA member. Gail will be formally honored by the ANA at its award banquet, which takes place during the upcoming World's Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado.

President Jack Domurat (Left) presents member Melvin Neal a certificate honoring his recent acceptance as a life member of the Greater Houston Coin Club

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2017 Francis Townsend Award

4/10/2017

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.

Mike Greenspan (L) presents Gail Brichford (R) with a permanent memento for winning the annual Francis Townsend Award.

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1st International Convention of Historians and Numismatists

4/10/2017

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.

The GHCC's Ricardo de Leon Tallavas gives a presentation about his experiences at the 1st Intl. Convention of Historians & Numismatists at the march 2017 club meeting

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.

GHCC club member David "Chuck" Bianchi assists Mr. de Leon Tallavas with his presentation about the 1st Intl. Convention of Historians & Numismatists at the march 2017 club meeting

Mr. Chuck Bianchi; photo courtesy Jack Domurat, GHCC

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Scenes from a Show

12/19/2016

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!

Boy Scouts Merit Badge program, 2016 Houston Money Show. Photo courtesy GHCC

Attendance was high to earn Boy Scout merit badges. Photo courtesy Greater Houston Coin Club (GHCC).

Don Kagin, John Schuch, & Gary Adkins - Houston Money Show. Photo 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. 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

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

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

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 - 2016 Francis Townsend Award winner. Photo courtesy GHCC.

Gail Brichford winner of 2016 Francis Townsend Award shown with previous award winners. 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

12/1/2016

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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GHCC RECEIVES 50 YEAR AWARD FROM ANA

anamembershipThe 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.

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(L) Past President-  Gail Brichford & (R) Director- John Trout.

 

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Officers (l-r): Jack Domurat-President, Claude Mathes-Treasurer, Bill Watson-Vice President, & Rick Ewing-Secretary

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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

3/9/2016

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

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