This coming weekend will be the 18th Annual MPCFest. This is a very different, one of a kind annual event! First it is held in the Holiday Inn Express in Port Clinton, OH. Second this is an intersection of numismatic interest and military interests. About 45 collectors attend. It is hosted by Fred Schwan. Friday is a bourse with about 16 dealers and meetings by a bout a half-dozen specialty groups to show recent finds and discuss what they have discovered. The Bourse on Friday is free to the public. Saturday there will be about 30 presentations by attendees on topics that must include military and numismatics. I expect that presentations will be about items like Liberty Bonds, Defense Bonds, War Bonds, Victory Bonds, Military Payment Certificates (MPC thus the MPCFest), Allied Military Currency, Occupation coins and banknotes and postage stamps, chits and tokens and scrip from internment camps and POW camps and concentration camps, ration tokens, and much, much more. . Sunday is an auction of Military/Numismatic related items. Proceeds from the auction are used for scholarships to the ANA Summer Seminar to take the Military Numismatics class. Also there is a reenactment of a Military Pay Call. Everyone who participates is paid in MFC, Military Fest Certificates. Everyone also receives a challenge token or two during the event. I always have a great time at this event. The images attached are two that I will be talking about. Participating in the full fest is $250 to $300 depending on your accommodations. But that fee includes two nights in the hotel and six meals.
you may have heard already but the 1 million dollar coin (face value) worth around 4.5 million was stolen this past week from a museum in Germany. a couple of guys took a ladder to a window went in and then came out with a few million dollars literally!