We are always looking for people to give presentations or coin clubs that want to meet or hold meetings. Please contact us for more information.

Friday – All meetings and the auction are in the Webster Room

Friday – May 5 – 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
BCCS and LSCC Joint Meeting and Educational Program

The Barber Coin Collectors’ Society (BCCS) and the Liberty Seated Collectors Club (LSCC) are pleased to announce that they will hold a joint regional meeting on Friday at the New Hampshire Coin Expo, in Manchester NH. In addition to the meeting, the clubs will have Club Tables on Friday and Saturday, complete with exhibits, information about the clubs, and a place to discuss Seated and Barber coinage. Members and visitors alike are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting and visit the Club Tables on the bourse floor.

Gerry Fortin, President of the LSCC will also be giving a presentation titled “The Many Faces of Seated Liberty”.
Hosted by John Frost, Director of Education for LSCC.

Friday – May 5  – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pierre Fricke

The United States Demand Notes of 1861








Before the Civil War, the US did not issue paper money (save for a period in the War of 1812). The US minted coins and the banks issued bank notes presumably backed by gold to circulate as a medium of exchange. When the Civil War broke out, the United States found a need to fund a much greater budget and started with the Demand Notes of 1861. These notes in denominations of $5, $10 and $20 were backed by gold and could be redeemed upon demand – hence their name. These notes were soon replaced as people held a distrust of the paper money, especially during wartime.

We will explore what these notes are, how they functioned, how to collect and present value.

The Mysterious Confederate Fantasy Notes of 1862









By mid-1862, there were numerous printers and engravers of paper money printing a wide variety of designs of Confederate Treasury notes. This plethora of designs led to a counterfeiting spree and scare. Most of the counterfeits were of genuine notes, but some were made up designs with unknown origins.

In this talk, we will discuss two of the most well-known fantasy designs that Grover Criswell gave type numbers to and promoted them as Essay notes. We will explore different theories and discuss the current market and position within collections of Confederate fiscal instruments.

About Pierre Fricke 
I collect Confederate paper money, Southern States paper money and other Confederate items, 1860’s Large Type Federal paper money, as well as Fugio coppers by Newman variety. I built and sold a collection of U.S. large cents illustrating many different colors of the copper coins. I have completed my Confederate paper money variety, Confederate bond, and contemporary counterfeit Confederate paper money collections. I also completed a 1796 large cent collection by Sheldon variety.

I have written numerous books on Confederate paper money including the standard catalog for the series – “Collecting Confederate Paper Money“.
I am President of the Society of Paper Money Collectors, a longtime member of Early American coppers, ANA, PNG, PCDA, NENA, FUN and others.
I am a contributor to “A Guide Book of United States Coins” aka the “Red Book”.
I am also a dealer in Confederate and Obsolete paper money, half and large cents, Fugio coppers, and Civil War dated US coins and currency.

Friday – May 5 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rare Coin and Currency Auction by Mint Products Auctions

Join in on the fun, add to your collection or just watch hundreds of thousands of dollars in coins sell right before your eyes. Preview will take place during the show at the Mint Products Auction table (look for their banner) until 3 PM. The live auction will take place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (est).  Over 500 lots of US and Foreign coins and currency will be offered. For more information, pick up a catalog at the show, or visit their website,

Bidders who do not attend the sale in person may pick up lots won on Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Mint Products table in the main room.


Saturday – May 6 – 10:30 am-12:00 pm
John Kittredge Young Numismatist Program – NENA (Webster Room)

One of the most popular programs at the show. The children will learn about collecting, how to hold coins, how to grade coins, and overall just have fun. Lots of freebies courtesy of NENA and our dealers.

Saturday – May 6 – 12:30 pm-2:00 pm
Coin Grading – Charles Browne, Former Grader for PCGS (Stark Room)

This one hour session will go into
1. How to look at a coin

  • A. Using the right kind of magnifier
  • B. Choosing the right lighting conditions
  • C. How to assess the coin for problems

2. Discussion about original coins and what that actually means

  • A. Original “skin”
  • B. How marks and scratches can change a grade of a coin, ie: grading
  • C. How positive or negative color can affect the grade and value of a coin
  • D. Other areas in regards to original coins and their relation to value

3. What is coin doctoring and what is it all about, and how doctored coins play a part in determining values.

  • A. How doctored coin are treated when offered for grading

4. What are PQ coins and a general discussion of the 70 point Sheldon scale

  • A. Where does the mint state scale actually begin
  • B. Discussion of what the correlation is between a barely used coin and a new coin with problems.

5. Discussion on the grading of early American coin or early foreign coins and how grade is determined.

  • A. Early minting methods and how they must be taken into consideration when determining grade
  • B. How early coins are given the benefit of doubt for grade versus more contemporary coins.

The one hour class will end with an open discussion about coins from the audience for another 30 minutes.

Charles Browne has been a full time dealer in coins since late 1974. A collector of coins since age 8 in 1958 he is still an active collector of certain world coins today.

Charles was one of the very first graders for PCGS in 1986. During the times of employment with PCGS, he has graded in excess of 5 million coins, let alone probably millions of others during the course of business over the years. He has personally attended and or participated in several hundred rare coin auctions including Garrett, Eliasberg, Pittman and Floyd Starr sales among others and has a reputation as a knowledgeable, honest world class grader.

Charles has been a member of the ANA since 1976 and is member number 610 of the PNG.

Over the  years, Mr. Browne has been a volunteer instructor at the ANA summer seminar, instructing Advanced Grading and Problem Coins (doctored coins etc., not counterfeits).

He has resided in New England for most of his life and currently resides in Southern New Hampshire.

Saturday – May 6 – 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
Civil War Strategies & Tactics – Current Events and Civilian Protocols – David Taylor Moore (Webster Room)

David uses Battles and Leaders from the Civil War, as examples of how not only learn about, but also from history, in order to protect yourself, family, property, and finances from theft or destruction employing information, technology, and common sense.

This session, David discusses;

General Lee’s Lost Orders 191 found by a US private at Antietam (Sharpsburg, MD), which could have ended the Civil War 2-years earlier.

Taken from Moore’s Civil War: Strategy & Tactics (c) 2017.

David Taylor Moore is the author of Moore’s Civil War Reference, a day-by-day chronological listing of America’s Civil War, which took over 15 years to complete and contains 8,000+ landscaped pages, now in its 9th Edition. David adds about 250-pages of new information, each year. David will also be bringing copies of his books for signing and purchase.

David teaches Meteorology, College Composition, American History, Topics in Applied College Math, Selling on eBay, Civil War: Strategies & Tactics, and other courses at White Mountains Community College (WMCC) in Berlin, NH.

David has a unique way to include audience participation in his stand-alone lectures, which he never repeats.