The Michigan State Numismatic Society

Sunday,  December 1st

Dealer Set-Up               8:00am – 10:00am Expo Hall

Awards Reception        9:00am -  10:00am Reception Area

Public Registration    10:00am  – 2:30pm Registration Desk

Bourse and Exhibits   10:00am  – 3:00pm Expo Hall

Thursday, November 28th

Dealer Packet Pickup   4:00pm –  6:45pm Dealer Registration Desk

Dealer Set-Up               4:00pm –  6:45pm Expo Hall

Friday, November 29th

Dealer Set-up/Packet Pickup    8:00am – 10:00am Expo Hall

Exhibitor Set-up                        8:00am -  10:00am Exhibit Area

Public Registration                 10:00am  -   5:30pm Registration Desk

Bourse & Exhibits                  10:00am  -   6:00pm Expo Hall

Jeffrey R. Paunicka MBA- Currency Grading Outline   Saturday  1:15PM - 2:15PM Macomb Room

As the paper money collectors demand for quality notes has tightened, select few raw notes are entering the marketplace that need a grade to be assigned. . Being able to grade, even at the most fundamental level is essential. Being off by one grade level can be a costly error. Even graded notes from reliable firms can be off. We are all humans and we all make mistakes.  This presentation covers the techniques used to examine and assign a grade to raw paper money. Plus, to give the collector a sound understanding of what Third PartyGrading firms provide and what they do not. Both a highly graphical lecture and hands-on workshop formats are used in this presentation. The Drill Down approach in the workshop section makes it easy for the collector to understand the quality levels from one grade to another in an easy format. This is a first class presentation put together with over a half entury of experience that will be invaluable to the currency collector in putting together a quality portfolio of paper money

Jeff Paunicka has been active in numismatics for over 50 years specializing in Paper Money. His

presentations have been given all around the county and have included convention events such as Florida United Numismatist (FUN), the American Numismatic Association (ANA, Illinois Numismatic

Association (ILNA), Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS), Central States Numismatic Society

(CSNS), Chicago Coin Club (CCC) and dozens of clubs in the Midwest.

His memberships include the: Professional Currency DealersAssociation (PCDA) International Banknote Society (IBNS). American NumismaticAssociation (ANA) Central States NumismaticAssociation (CSNA) Chicago Coin Club (CCC)

Illinois NumismaticAssociation (ILNA) -Governor Indiana State NumismaticAssociation (ISNA) Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC) Florida United Numismatists (FUN)

His current project is authoring a reference and historical guide to the Bahamas Monetary System and currency. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana and a B.S. from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio.

Dave Gelwicks - National Banknotes from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Friday 1PM - 2 PM Macomb Room

Dave’s collecting interests of copper and iron mining paper, scrip and national currency began while he attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. He has accepted a challenge to complete a book on Michigan’s copper and iron script which commenced under the guidance of Ms. Judy Davis and Mr. Chester Krause. Dave has authored articles for PMCM’s The Ragpicker and the SPMC

Paper Money magazine.

Dave has presented at a few local coin/currency clubs in Michigan, is a member of  the Paper Money Collectors of Michigan, the Society of Paper Money Collectors, the Michigan State Numismatic Society and the Central States Numismatic Society. He has won various exhibit ribbons from both the MSNS and CSNS including the Wally Lee Award at the 2010 MSNS.




By Dave Gelwicks

This presentation will concentrate on national banknotes from Michigan’s upper peninsula. The author will present multiple varieties, denominations and charters of these somewhat elusive collector’s items. Highlights will include two Lazy Dueces and a Charter 9509 banknote from L’ANSE.

Bill Anderson  LM-668 - CWT Store Cards of Michigan Towns & Cities    Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:15AM Macomb Room

This presentation will examine the driving forces behind the creation and widespread adoption of the privately produced cent tokens, known as Store Cards, by local merchants during the U. S. Civil War.  With a focus on Michigan towns & cities where these tokens were used and a look into where the tokens were produced and their important impact on daily commerce.

Bill Anderson has collecting and studying U.S. copper coinage for over 60 years, and is a past MSNS Board Member.  Currently, he is President of the Jackson Area Coin Club.

Dave Finkelstein - The Mint and Coinage Act of 1792 Friday 11AM-12 PM Macomb Room

The Mint and Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 specified that silver coins were to contain 1485 parts silver and 179 parts copper alloy, or 89.24+% silver and 10.76-% copper.  Documents stored at the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration reveal that with the approval of Mint Director David Rittenhouse, Mint personnel produced most of the 1795 silver coins to a standard of 90% silver and 10% copper.

With funding from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society and support from Heritage Galleries, modern chemical analysis methodologies were used to determine the true chemical compositions of 1794 and 1795 United States copper and silver coins.  Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy and X-ray Fluorescence analyses have provided the physical evidence to confirm that the Mint violated the silver coin standard of the Mint and Coinage Act.

About The Presenter

David Finkelstein is a full-time coin dealer and member of most specialty numismatic organizations. For the past 30 years, he has researched the employees, operational procedures, workflow, technologies, implementation standards and die-preparation procedures of the first U.S. Mint (1793-1836).


Paper Money Meeting 2:15PM - 3:15PM

Mich-Tams Meeting 3:30PM - 4:30PM


Young Numismatists Program 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Macomb Room


MSNS Board Meeting 6:30PM - 9:30PM Macomb Room,

Saturday, November 30th

Dealer Set-up/Packet Pickup    8:00am – 10:00am Expo Hall

Exhibitor Set-up                        8:00am -  10:00am Exhibit Area

Public Registration                 10:00am  -   5:30pm Registration Desk

Bourse & Exhibits                  10:00am  -   6:00pm Expo Hall


Al Raddi – Topical Collecting: An Albert Einstein Example  Saturday 3:00PM - 4:00PM Macomb Room

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This presentation uses coins, medals, and tokens depicting Albert Einstein to explore the methods and joys of creating a topical collection. Unlike collecting a series defined by someone else, e.g. the maker of an album or the writer of a guide book, topical collecting puts you in charge, motivates you to learn about the topic and opens the door to accumulating other items that relate to the topic.

Al Raddi is a retired social worker who enjoys collecting and writing about coins, medals and tokens as well as stamps, postcards, magazines, railroad timetables and comic book art. He is a member of the Michigan State Numismatic Society and is active in the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America as well as his local coin club, the Huron Valley Numismatic Society. Al lives in Milford, MI with his wife Julie and their golden