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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.

"Hello and welcome to the Tacoma–Lakewood Coin Club. We are currently in our 60th year and would love to have you join us. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month – all the directions are here on the website (calendar page). We also invite you to our bi-annual Coin Club Shows at the Tacoma Elks – Fun for all – Keep on Collecting!" - Todd, TLCC President.

TLCC coin shows! See below for 2017 coin shows in March and October.

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.

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.

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 June 20, 2017 meeting featured Steve Campau, owner of the Renton Coin Shop. His topic was: "eBay vs. Coin Shop - Why you should do more coin business with dealers and less on line."

The May 16, 2017 meeting featured Dave Schmidt, speaking about "Heraldic Art Medallions."

The April 18, 2017 meeting featured guest speaker and token and medal dealer Mike Patton. He spoke for about 45 minutes about "Washington tokens and medals," and had a nice display. He is very interesting and a great presenter - fun and knowledgeable!

The March 21, 2017 meeting featured C.R. Roberts, who as always gave a great presentation, this time on his world travels.

The February 21, 2017 meeting featured Dave Schmidt again; this time he talked about "what other items of interest to collect."

The January 17, 2017 meeting featured Dave Schmidt, talking about his trip to Florida for the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) annual convention.

The December 20, 2016 meeting featured the annual holiday party (Holiday Feast or Extravaganza by Mike and Bonnie Zagorin); also prize drawings and club elections. The club officers list has been updated.

The November 15, 2016 club meeting featured a talk on "National Bank Notes" by Tom Tullis. Also see Tom's article in the 2nd Quarter 2016 edition of The Nor'wester, published by the PNNA.

The October 18, 2016 club meeting featured a special "Show & Tell" about "What You Collect!" As described by Rick Schulz, "Remember when you first became a member of TLCC and the president at the time asked you to introduce yourself and asked what you collect? You mumbled a few interests and that was the end of it. You were never asked again. Well, our program for October will give another chance. We are going to have a more in depth "Show & Tell" so you can show off what you are passionate about. If your thing is Indian Head cents, show us a sample and tell us what got you interested in the small 19th century coins. If you have a thing for pre-war Korean trade tokens (are there such things?), tell us something about them. Show and tell us what gets the juices flowing for you. Who knows, you might find a kindred spirit in the room or you might get someone else excited about what you collect. You might find a home for your duplicates. Come and find out what your fellow collectors collect."

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.

See sample exhibit items from TLCC regular meetings.
These are items members bring each month for "show & tell." Although photography of selected items unfortunately ended after Jan. 2015, many excellent numsimatic items from the 2002-2015 time period are available to view.

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:

  • Also see the TLCC calendar for future club meetings and events.

  • TLCC Regular Monthly Meeting, August 15, 2017. Club meetings are back at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, 9330 59th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA, but on the 3rd Tuesday. Speaker: Brian Wagner, about "Shield & Liberty Nickels varieties." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. before the 7:00 p.m. meeting.

  • Washington State (Puyallup) Fair – Sept. 1-24, 2017 (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 The PNNA's Hobby Hall coordinator is our own Rick Schulz!

  • TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 58th SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, October 7, 2017, Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

  • TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 59th SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, February 17, 2018, Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

  • TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 60th SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, October 6, 2018, Tacoma Elks Lodge #174, 2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, WA.

  • 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 6/20/2017 by J. Eric Holcomb, TLCC Webmaster