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Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club

TLCC is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Washington.
Address: Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club c/o David F. Schmidt, PO Box 11192, Tacoma, WA 98411, phone 253-565-6565.
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Welcome to the TLCC!

The Tacoma-Lakewood Coin Club (TLCC) is a vibrant local coin club serving the South Puget Sound region, including the cities of Tacoma and Lakewood. The TLCC was founded in 1988 by the merger of the former Tacoma Coin Club and the former Lakewood Center Coin Club. The TLCC welcomes all numismatists persons who study, collect, or deal with coins, paper money, tokens and medals.

The TLCC is proud to present, our home on the World Wide Web! This site is updated at least monthly to bring you accurate and up-to-date information about numismatics in the Tacoma area. TLCC members are also available to help answer your questions about numismatics. Please don't hesitate to ask us a question or to contribute information for possible use on this site!


TLCC News Items

Welcome! See meeting and coin show info below and see our calendar for upcoming club events.

TLCC coin shows! See below for 2016-2017 shows. The spring show was held on March 26, and the fall show is scheduled for October 22.

New Meeting Date! Beginning in May 2015, club meetings returned to the GLMHC facility (Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, 9330 59th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA), however, the meetings are now on the 3rd Tuesday instead of the 1st Tuesday of each month except July. In February, March and April 2015, club meetings had been held at the Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

New Show Location! Beginning with the April 4, 2015 event, TLCC semi-annual coin shows are held at the Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA. Dave Schmidt's coin shows also take place at the same location, beginning with The Holiday Coin Show on November 22, 2014.

See the PNNA calendar for more upcoming coin shows (including the annual PNNA conventions in Tukwila and Portland), and see "Club Information" below for regular TLCC club meetings.

TLCC Library List! (PDF file) Members may borrow materials subject to club policies.

Recent Meeting Programs:

The September 20, 2016 club meeting featured a Video Quiz coordinated by Rick Schulz.

The August 16, 2016 club meeting likely featured an ANA Anaheim convention report, and possibly another program as well.

At the June 21, 2016 club meeting, members and guests heard from Tim Smith of Elemetal, an international precious metals company that melts, mints, sells, ships and stores around the world. It was very interesting to see another side of the metals market.

At the May 17, 2016 club meeting, Jim Worley spoke about his "slab" collection.

The April 19, 2016 club meeting featured "World Coin Identification," a 20-question program first presented by Eric Holcomb at the Bend Coin Club of Central Oregon. How did you do?

At the March 15, 2016 club meeting, Rick Schulz presented a quiz based on the "Red Book," focusing on a single U.S. coin denomination. Club members were told to prepare for a challenge!

At the February 16, 2016 club meeting, Mary Herem spoke on "Cuban money."

At the January 19, 2016 club meeting, President Dave spoke on topics including the reception and review of the display at the Museum of Finance called "Worth its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up" on November 19th in New York City. Also introduced was an overview of the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the Numismatic Museum at the National Museum of Costa Rica.

The December 15, 2015 meeting featured the annual holiday party (Holiday Feast or Extravaganza by Mike and Bonnie Zagorin); also raffle drawings and club elections. The club officers list will be updated.

The November 17, 2015 club meeting program was to have been announced.

The October 20, 2015 club meeting featured Mike Zagorin, who gave a program about one of his favorite subjects - Petra (which, for those who don't know, is located in the modern-day country of Jordan).

See sample exhibit items from TLCC regular meetings.
These are items members bring each month for "show & tell."

See previous TLCC news headlines. | See the TLCC memorabilia catalog.


TLCC Club Information / Events

What is our charter? Per the TLCC bylaws, Article II, Section 1, "The purpose of this club is to promote interest in numismatics, through a sound program of education and fellowship, as a non-profit association." In doing so, the TLCC contributes to the mission of the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association (PNNA) to "promote, extend, and protect the interests of numismatists and numismatic activities throughout the Pacific Northwest and to foster and encourage the study of numismatics in all its forms."

What do we do? In addition to maintaining this web site, the TLCC publishes a monthly newsletter, has monthly meetings, holds two annual coin shows, and promotes numismatics through special programs, activities and awards. TLCC members participate in the numismatic display at the Puyallup Fair Hobby Hall each September.

Current and Upcoming Club Events:

  • Final Weekend! Washington State (Puyallup) Fair Sept. 2-25, 2016 (closed on Tuesdays) The PNNA sponsors the annual coin exhibit in the Hobby Hall, with assistance from several local coin clubs including the TLCC. No volunteer is knowledgeable about all aspects of numismatics if your question isn't answered or if you are unable to attend the Fair, please e-mail your question to or, and it will be directed to a local expert. The PNNA's Hobby Hall coordinator is our own Rick Schulz!

  • TLCC Regular Monthly Meeting, Oct. 18, 2016. Club meetings are back at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, 9330 59th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA, but on the 3rd Tuesday. Program: To be announced. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. before the 7:00 p.m. meeting. Also see the TLCC calendar for future club meetings.

  • New Date! TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 56th SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, October 22, 2016, Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

  • TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 57th SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, March 25, 2017, Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

  • TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 56th SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, October 21, 2017, Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

  • Also see the TLCC calendar.

  • See the PNNA Homepage and PNNA Calendar for information about such exciting events as the PNNA annual conventions in Tukwila and Portland, National Coin Week, ANA Summer Seminar, and the two annual ANA conventions (National Money Show and World's Fair of Money).

Completed Club Events: (See "News Items" for regular meeting programs)

Please visit the TLCC memorabilia catalog! (Updated 4/25/2014)

The TLCC suggests that you also visit the American Numismatic Association
and the Pacific Northwest Numismatic Association sites.
The TLCC ANA Club Representative is Ron Ahre.

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Updated 9/21/2016 by J. Eric Holcomb, TLCC Webmaster