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
Lone Star Convention Center
9055 Airport Rd. @FM 3083
Conroe, TX 77303
For more information contact Jack Domurat at (832) 610-5313 and [email protected]
Scenes from the 61st Annual Houston Money Show
Put a penny in a slot – youth activity
A view of the bourse floor
YN Andrew Chipman had the experience of being a dealer for a day.
High school coin club field trip.
High school students setting up their exhibits
Featured educational speaker, Jerry Fochtman
Scouts Merit Badge Class
Chairman Melvin Neal during opening ceremonies.
Rick Ewing (L) accepts the Barney Loebe exhibit award from John Barber.
Exhibit winner Andrew Chipman (L) accepts award from John Barber
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Gail Brichford Earns 70 Year Award from ANA
Gail Brichford, longtime active member of the GHCC, recently celebrated a personal milestone. Gail was recognized for his 70 years of membership in the ANA. ANA President Jeff Garrett recognized Gail during the awards banquet held during the ANA convention in Denver. Gail was happy to have four club members present to share this memorable occasion.
(L-R): Jack Domurat, Cheryl Domurat, Gail Brichford, Eve Barber, and John Barber
Youngest Ever Presenter at GHCC
At the July meeting of the GHCC, Paul Robinson, who is 10 years old and going into fifth grade, very ably gave an educational presentation entitled “The New British Round Pound”.
Paul is the youngest YN to ever present at a club meeting. Paul began collecting at age five when his dad brought home some coins from England. His knowledge & enthusiasm were evident in his presentation. His main interest lies in the history & economic situations in which his coins were issued.
Paul also donated a round pound to the club auction. He asked that the proceeds be given to the Coins for A’s program.
The entire membership was impressed with Paul’s presentation, and his coin earned $20 for the CFA program.
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GHCC Presence at the Texas Numismatic Association Convention
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
John Barber (center) receiving the Best of Show exhibit award from Gary and Judy Dobbins (exhibit co-chairs)
John receiving the TNA Governor of the Year award from Debbie Williams (TNA President)
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Coins in the Classroom
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.
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
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