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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 upcoming 2019 coin shows. Please note the change in location, and also change in date for the February show.

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 on the 3rd Tuesday instead of the 1st Tuesday of each month except July.

New Show Location!! Beginning with the February 23, 2019 event, TLCC semi-annual coin shows are held at Cheney Stadium, 2502 S Tyler 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 November 20, 2018 meeting program was the "Todd and Dave Show," featuring their recent trip to Boston where they participated in an all-day seminar on tokens and medals with an all-star cast! According to Todd, it was a "symposium by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Medal Collectors of America. Very cool day of bumping shoulders with the elite of medal collecting in the U.S."

The October 16, 2018 meeting was scheduled to have a talk by Norm Mikat about his customers over the years and their unique interests, however Norm was unable to make it, so there was a substitute program.

The September 18, 2018 meeting featured a talk by Jon McDaniel on "So-Called Dollars," plus a quiz on various expositions in the U.S. by Dave Schmidt.

The August 21, 2018 meeting featured Dave Schmidt and Tom Tullis, reporting their tales of the "The City of Brotherly Love," after attending the ANA World's Fair of Money in Philadelphia, Pa.

The June 19, 2018 meeting featured Steve Campau, owner of the Renton Coin Shop. His topic was "Coin Grading" or something related.

The May 15, 2018 meeting program was "Coin Collecting, 1936" by Tom Tullis, who used The Numismatist magazines from that year to talk about collecting back then. Should have been fun!

The April 17, 2018 intended meeting program was delayed, and was instead presented in May.

The March 20, 2018 meeting program was "Anything But Coins," chaired by former club president Ron Ahre. This was an opportunity for club members to showcase their other hobbies.

The February 20, 2018 meeting featured club member Ken Fialkowski speaking on "World and U.S. Currency."

The January 16, 2018 meeting featured a special auction of 25 "club items."

The December 19, 2017 meeting was a special monthly meeting for the TLCC 60th Anniversary Celebration. The location was the Tacoma Armory/Broadway Center for the Arts, 715 South 11th St. The program featured a banquet with prime rib buffet dinner and guest of honor Greg Rohan from Heritage Auctions. See the TLCC Invitational Holiday Card.

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 sends a monthly email notice to members, 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 Washington State (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, December 18, 2018. Club meetings are at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare, 9330 59th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA, on the 3rd Tuesday. Program: Annual holiday party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. before the 7:00 p.m. meeting.

  • New Date and Location!
    TACOMA-LAKEWOOD COIN CLUB 61st SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, February 23, 2019, Cheney Stadium, 2502 S Tyler St., Tacoma, WA

  • Washington State (Puyallup) Fair – Aug. 30-Sept. 22, 2019 (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 62nd SEMI-ANNUAL SHOW, October 5, 2019 (tentative), Cheney Stadium, 2502 S Tyler 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 12/3/2018 by J. Eric Holcomb, TLCC Webmaster