Chicago Coin Club

The Chicago Coin Club is a group of collectors interested in all aspects of numismatics. With one exception, we meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm. Note the earlier time! You are always welcome to join us and learn with us.

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The objective of the club is to pursue numismatic knowledge through the study and research of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and other related items and the sharing of this information through monthly meetings, dialogue, and the publication of literature.

The Chicago Coin Club was founded in 1919 and has continued uninterrupted for over 90 years.

The Chicago Coin Club does not buy, sell, or offer opinions as to the price or grade of a coin. The Club’s operating revenues come from annual dues paid by members, bequests, contributions, and gifts. All expenditures are for operating expenses or for the advancement of numismatics.

Any person interested in numismatics is eligible for membership.

For additional information about the Chicago Coin Club, you email:
Carl F. Wolf
or write:
Chicago Coin Club
P.O. Box 2301
Chicago, IL 60690

Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm.

Except for the December banquet, our current downtown meeting space is at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd floor meeting room. Plymouth Court is located between State and Dearborn Streets; Plymouth is a short street, going south from Jackson. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.

In addition to our monthly meetings downtown, we also meet at some local shows. In February or March we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition (CPMX). In March or April we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). And we usually meet at Central States when their convention is nearby. The photo-ID and pre-registration security measures are not needed for attending our meetings at CPMX, CICF, or ANA and Central States when they are in town.

April 9, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bruce Perdue on Encased Coins
An “encased coin” is a coin forcibly inserted into a metal (usually aluminum) ring, then placed into a press that squeezes the ring to hold the coin tight. On one side, the press adds advertising slogans like “Keep Me and Never Go Broke.” On the other side, advertisers place their name and address. For 10 years, Bruce Perdue studied encased coins and collected over 650 different pieces. Normally numismatists see only encased Lincoln cents inside a round disk. However, members who attend this talk will see a variety of encasement shapes including bears, bells, chamber pots, and arrowheads. His collection also includes encased large cents, Buffalo nickels, quarters, half dollars, and even a silver dollar!

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 12, 2014 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Constantin A. Marinescu on Transforming Victory from Pagan Goddess to Christian Symbol
Romans frequently put the allegorical figure of Victory on their coinage. Her winged figure appears holding a wreath, a palm, and sometimes a shield. Constantin Marinescu will trace the development of Victory inscribing a shield in Roman coinage and art. He will tell the story of how Romans employed the shield to fine tune the message of victory, how it changed as Roman military victories decreased, and became more focused on civic commemorations. Constantin will show the appearance of the Victory motif into the Christian era where she increasingly becomes associated with Christian symbolism despite her pagan origin. This paved the way for the introduction of the angel, a truly Christian image.
Constantin is a professor of art history and collector of ancient coinage. Everyone attending this unique presentation will come away enlightened to the interrelationship of art, history, religion, and numismatics.

At the end of our CICF meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 26, 2013, Saturday - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) convention, which is held at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speakers: Donald H. Kagin and David McCarthy on The Saddle Ridge Hoard
Rare coin experts Kagin’s Inc. brought to collector’s attention the recent treasure find of over 1,400 U.S. gold coins with a face value over $28,000! The hoard was discovered on private property in California’s gold region and is believed to be the greatest treasure ever unearthed in the U.S., with an estimated value in excess of $10 million! Kagin’s Inc., the nation’s oldest family owned numismatic firm, was chosen to conserve and market this unique treasure. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear Donald Kagin and David McCarthy tell the story of how and when they came to be introduced to this hoard. One seasoned numismatist called it “… one of the best stories in the history of the hobby!” Set aside the convention dates of April 24-26 and visit the show. Arrangements are being made to display a portion of the hoard at the Convention and you want to be sure to see it.

Programs from Past Meetings

Club Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter is called the Chatter and is mailed to all members at the beginning of each month. Here is the current issue.

Upcoming Special Events

The 2011 and 2013 ANA summer conventions were in Chicago — the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, to be exact. We were the host club, and we are the host club again this year when they return to the Stephens Convention Center August 5-9.

Past Special Events

A one-day ANS/CCC Symposium was held on March 27, 1996. The program consisted of ten original papers by outstanding numismatic scholars from the Midwest and the curatorial staff of the American Numismatic Society. A 7 PM dinner was separate from the symposium. All events took place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago, on March 27, 1996. This was the headquarters hotel for the Chicago International Coin Fair, held from March 29-31, 1996.

We celebrated the club’s 90th Anniversary with medals and a banquet in 2009.

The one-thousandth meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was honored with a banquet dinner meeting in April, 2002, held on Saturday night during CICF, at the show's hotel (a new location for 2002). Mark Wieclaw chaired the planning committee.

The club hosted the annual summer convention of the American Numismatic Association at the Rosemont Convention Center in 1999 and 2011. They will be back this year, and in the next two years, before meeting in other cities; check their schedule of future conventions, to see if they will be close to you.

Special Projects

One of the items honoring the 800th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club, on September 14, 1985, is the book Perspectives in Numismatics. Its 19 manuscripts cover many aspects of numismatics: Sear on Roman Coinage, Lhotka on Medieval European Coinage, Newman on Maryland's Dollar Denominated Paper Money, van Beek on Jetons, and Pearlman on the Hobby are only some. So far, the text from 18 of the manuscripts are avaible online. The illustrations will be brought up from the original artwork where possible, so the illustrations will take some time.

From 1989 through 2011, the club prepared a handout for all attendees at the meeting held in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair, under the general heading of Odd and Curious Money. In 1996, the club started a similar handout for the meeting in conjunction with the Chicago Paper Money Exposition, with each handout looking at a bank from the Chicago area. Although the handout is free to each attendee, extras are available for sale.

The club is pleased to host an online numismatic library containing works in HTML to make viewing more flexible and searching possible. Please send comments, questions, and requests to us and include library as part of the subject line.

Club Items for Sale

Some medals and handouts are still available. See the order form for pricing and availability.


American Numismatic Association
Life Membership 7
1999 Convention Host Club
Central States Numismatic Society
Life Membership 150
Illinois Numismatic Association
Life Membership 132


To become a member of the Chicago Coin Club you must attend a meeting and fill out and submit an application along with a membership fee of $20 ($10 for Junior membership).

A 1st reading of your application will be held at this meeting for membership approval.

A 2nd reading will be held at the next monthly meeting, following publication of your name in the club newsletter. Upon membership approval, applicant will become a member. Applicant not required to be present at 2nd reading.

Comments and questions are always welcome. These Chicago Coin Club pages are created and maintained by Paul Hybert, with design advice from Mike Metras.