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 13, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Deven Kane on Bull and Horseman Jital Coinage of 750AD-1300AD
In eastern Afghanistan about 750AD, coins appeared showing a strong design of a humped bull lying on the ground on one side and a horseman with a spear on the other side. Initially minted from high purity silver, the coins were popular and accepted far and wide. Over the next 600 years this design would spread to northern India and eventually as far away as Persia. Join Deven as he covers this unique series of coinage, called Jitals, from its origins to its adoption by the Turks, Mongols, and Islamic kingdoms. Everyone attending this program will come away with insight into cultural diffusion and shall see the bull and horseman design on these coins evolve to satisfy the iconoclastic urges of religion until the coin was eventually replaced.

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

April 16, 2016 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Show up early and ask around — it appears our meeting will be across the street from the convention Center, in the Convention Hotel, the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Bruce Bartelt on Wild and Exotic Beasts: Animals on the Coins Celebrating Rome’s Millennium
Romans celebrated the 1000th anniversary of their city in 248 AD. Emperor Philip staged lavish spectacles including the display of wild and exotic beasts brought to Rome from all corners of their vast empire. Examples of this menagerie are depicted on a series of Roman coins struck to commemorate the games that marked the beginning of a new era. Be sure to attend this meeting as Bruce provides an examination of these coins and the animals they portray. Everyone will gain insights into the propaganda efforts that promoted the accomplishments of Emperor Philip, plus the historical and cultural context in which Romans viewed animals as a source of entertainment.

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

April 30, 2016 - 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.
Featured Speaker: Mark Borckardt on Discovery of the Reverend Dr. James McClure Coin Collection
James McClure began coin collecting as a boy circa 1860 and maintained his interest up until his death in 1932. The collection lay untouched in Chicago safety deposit boxes for 84 years and in January came to the attention of Heritage Auctions.
The Reverend Doctor James Gore King McClure was born in New York in 1848 and relocated to Lake Forest, Illinois in 1881. He served as a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest until 1905 when he accepted a position as president of Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary.
Highlights from his impressive collection include a 1794 silver dollar, 1796 and 1797 half dollars, 1836, 1838, and 1839 Gobrecht dollars in Proof-63 and Proof-64 grades, a Gem 1895-O Morgan dollar certified MS65+, a 1921-S half dollar certified MS66, and many more exquisite pieces any collector would be proud to own. His collection also held a substantial collection of Civil War storecards including a couple hundred red and brown gem examples. Heritage will auction the collection in June at the Long Beach Expo.
Be sure to attend this program and hear Club Member Mark Borckardt tell the story of the collection’s discovery, the rarities it holds, and how the collection remained in the same holders and coin trays assembled by Rev. McClure. This promises to be a fascinating presentation and those who attend will look inside a numismatic time-capsule and come away with insights into what coin collecting was like 84 years ago. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

March 9, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Stanley E. Campbell on Numismatics in Cuba Since the Trade Embargo of 1962
From his position with Rockford Urban Ministries, Stanley Campbell obtained religious visas and traveled to Cuba eight times since 1990. During the visits he contacted local numismatists and discovered Cubans were only allowed to "trade" coins, currencies, and collectibles, not “buy-and-sell.” Of course, every Cuban considered U.S. dollars as a fair and legal “trade.” Stanley also toured Havana’s Numismatic Museum showing Cuba’s numismatic eras from the 16th century to date. Mr. Campbell also has a collection of money substitutes/volunteer bonds given to those who helped harvest sugar and coffee. Diplomatic relations are changing and some members probably anticipate traveling to Cuba soon. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear Mr. Campbell relate his numismatic experiences, tell where collectibles can be found, what to expect, and how to survive.

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.