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.
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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.
March 7, 2015 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX),
which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on WWII Civilian Camp Money of North America
The U.S. and Canada established many WWII civilian camps to hold enemy aliens and citizens thought to be a threat. Many camps had their own issue of money. This talk will focus on the paper and token currencies of these camps. Some of the more famous locations covered include Ellis Island (New York), Crystal City (Texas), Alva (Oklahoma), Minidoka (Idaho), and Bismarck (North Dakota). Ray and Steve Feller are the foremost researchers of this numismatic field and delivered many presentations regarding “Concentration Camp Currencies.” This talk will focus on “Civilian Camp Currencies of North America.” This field has not been well documented and those who attend can expect to hear stories of new site discoveries, additional issues, symbolism behind the designs, etc. Everyone will leave with the knowledge that no matter how disparate the circumstances, mankind always has the need for money. Steve received the financial support of Central States Numismatic Society to research the work on this subject.
At the end of our CPMX meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.
March 11, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker:
David Greenstein on
Coin Grading in the Age of Plastic
Coin value is typically based on rarity and the grade. Generations of dealers and collectors learned the skill of coin grading by studying bare coins. Over the past few decades third party grading, encasement with stickers has led many to believe they no longer need to know how to grade — it is already done for them. While this is primarily in the American coin market, it is becoming more common in world coins, paper money, and even ancient coinage. Join David as he tells the story of his journey of learning from masters how to grade coins and how collectors must still grade coins encased in plastic.
Programs from Past Meetings
Our monthly newsletter is called the Chatter and is mailed to all members at the beginning of each month. Here is the current issue.
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.
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.
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.
Some medals and handouts are still available. See the order form for pricing and availability.
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.