|Volume 65 No. 2
Sorry for the delay in providing ordering details for the
items related to the club’s centennial year, including:
medal, August dinner, and special Red Book.
We are waiting for final prices for all items, so that we
would issue only one order form.
Paul Hybert, editor
Minutes of the 1200th Meeting
The 1200th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held Wednesday,
January 9, 2019 at the Chicago Bar Association Building,
321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago, with 42 members and
4 guests: Joe Cardillo, Amy Belair, Matt Smith, and a friend
of Loren Miller.
Members began to gather at 5:30 PM for a social time and cash
bar to honor the occasion.
Appetizers and small sandwiches were available compliments of
William Burd, Chicago Coin Company.
Many members began sharing numismatic material, renewed
acquaintances and watched a PowerPoint presentation created
by Lyle Daly in continuous loop honoring Club history.
A professional photographer was present capturing candid shots,
plus photos of current Officers and Board, past-presidents and
a large group photo.
President Rich Lipman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM,
delivered a welcome address, and spoke of the momentous
He also called for separate rounds of applause of gratitude
to Mark Wieclaw, Chair of the 100th Anniversary Committee,
William Burd, generous host of the evening’s appetizers,
and Lyle Daly who created the PowerPoint presentation running
a continuous loop during the social hour.
Jeffery Rosinia gave a toast to a Century of Numismatic
Knowledge, to the members before us, to the members present
and to the members who will follow.
The Minutes of December meeting were approved as published
in the Chatter.
Steve Zitowsky delivered the Treasurer’s Report showing
December revenue of $4,001.00 and expenses of $3,259.84.
A motion was passed approving the report.
Steve then delivered the Treasurer’s Report for 2018
calendar year showing $13,729 in revenue and $8,911 in
A motion was passed approving of this report.
The Secretary gave first reading to the membership application
of Joe Cardillo.
An announcement was delivered that the April 24-27, 2019
Central States Numismatic Association Convention would have
less exhibit space than in previous years.
Application forms were available and members were encouraged
to submit their reservation soon.
Elongated 1919 Walking Liberty half dollar were donated by
William Burd and given only to the 46 who attended the meeting.
Extras are not offered for sale.
Lyle Daly gave everyone a 2.25” x 3.5” brass
plaque with photo chemically etched image.
President Lipman thanked everyone who made a success of the
December 12th Annual Banquet.
Club’s 100th Anniversary Committee:
Mark Wieclaw, Chairman, announced a Committee Meeting,
Wednesday, March 6, Connie’s Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave.
Dinner at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.
Attendees should contact Mark (firstname.lastname@example.org) so
arrangements can be made.
Gibson’s Steakhouse will cater the banquet which will
be held at Gibson’s or the connecting Double Tree Hotel.
New information of the medal will be presented at the February
A special edition Red Book will be given to everyone attending
the August Anniversary Banquet at the ANA Convention.
Extra copies are available for $17.50 each by pre-order only.
The CCC Hall of Fame is progressing as planned with a new
announcement each month.
Rich Lipman, Host Chairman of the 2019 Chicago ANA Convention
Committee, reported an upcoming meeting of Committee on
January 15 at the offices of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
77 W. Washington St., 13th Floor, Downtown Chicago.
Second Vice President John Riley individually introduced the
25 exhibitors who participated in the Mega-Show-and-Tell.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:52 PM.
Carl F. Wolf,
Show and Tell
Items shown at our January 9, 2019 meeting,
reported by John Riley.
showed a circulated 1852 $1 Liberty gold coin designed by
James Longacre that has been in his family since the 1930s.
His maternal grandfather Crim helped a family move from
one small Kentucky town to another in about 1932 (he had a
Model T truck), and the coin was his compensation.
The existance of the tiny piece is a marvel to have survived
the Great Depression for a farm family in rural KY and all
of the life struggles that followed — a government
recall on gold, a world war, school lunches to buy, tuitions
to pay, and children and grandchildren to support.
Kept in tissue paper in a small iron bank, the little coin
would inspire an 8-year old child to start collecting coins
showed two coins:
His first gold coin was purchased from a seller in Chile who
disappeared from eBay the next day.
Deven received the piece in the mail, and a surface analysis
showed 56% gold and 29.5% silver content — which is
typical for this gold dinar of the Kushan Empire (India),
circa AD 350-375, the first Indian dynasty to make gold coins.
King Kipunada is shown standing, sacrificing over an altar,
on one side, while goddess Ardoxsho is shown seated on the
A lovely stephanophoric type tetradrachm of Aiolis, with the
head of Amazon Kyme, from after 190 BC is a favorite acquisition.
The other side shows a prancing horse with a one-handled cup
below the raised foreleg, all within a laurel wreath.
Struck on a large flan in a fine style, this EF coin is from
Deven noted that every so often you fall in love with with a
coin from the protrait to the attitude and “moxie”
that the depicted horse exhibits.
And then you get carried away in the bidding!
Although he had accumulated many US coins over the years,
told us that but it was not until sitting next to Jeff Rosinia
while working at Chase in the late 1990s that he considered
As a result of that association he has reaped the benefit of
knowledge and friendship in the club for 20 years.
Lyle’s “Genesis” coin, an 1861 English
Penny from the collection of his grandfather, Daniel C Daly.
Beholding such an old and unusual coin was a significant early
memory as a child!
A high grade 1787 Fugio cent, the so called Franklin issue due
to the Franklin-inspired ”Mind Your Business” motto
(Lyle recalled receiving a Red Book from his mother in 1963,
and being drawn to the prominently placed early U.S. colonial
A lovely high grade 1912 Barber quarter dollar acquired from
longtime CCC member Chet Poderski in May, 2002.
Many of the members fondly remembered Chet selling items at
An 1899 Series Hunkpapa $5 Silver Certificate acquired at the
Illinois Numismatic Association show from Bruno Repka in
showed two items:
The first printing of the first edition (1947, published
1946) of the “Red Book,” A Guide Book of
United States Coins by R.S. Yeoman, autographed by R.S.
Yeoman in the 1980s at Bob’s request, in ballpoint.
The first printing can be distinguished by “the
scarcity of this date” on p. 135, corrected in the
second printing to “the scarcity of 1903 O.”
The first coin illustrated in the first Red Book: the
Sommer Islands Shilling, ex Loye L. Lauder Collection
(William Doyle Galleries auction, Dec. 15, 1983, lot 112).
showed two coins.
An Athenian tetradrachm, circa 5th century BC —
Mark’s favorite coin.
A vertical test cut in the body of the owl on the reverse
is not very distracting, and it simplifies tracking this
This actual piece appeared twice in print: in the book
Abe Kosoff Remembers, and in Kosoff’s column
in the August, 1967 Coin World, where he wrote about
this coin and design.
While in Las Vegas in 1975, his parents bought a souvenir
— an 1899 Indian Head cent.
This was his first coin from before 1900 and, for awhile,
he did not believe he would ever have another coin that old.
Mark joined the CCC around its 800th meeting, and he
mentioned the learning, teaching, and many friendship
opportunities the club has provided to him over the years.
showed three of her favorite items.
The Nathan Eglit book Columbiana, The Medallic History of
Christopher Columbus And The Columbian Exposition of 1893,
with history and information on almost 600 tokens and medals
of the great fair.
An aluminum token from the fair featuring the Michigan
Logging Company’s Logging Camp and depicting a
”Champion Load of Logs” on a horse-drawn wagon.
A U.S. Isabella 25-cent piece from the Columbian Expo.
Melissa talked about the design of this coin and the efforts
by the Board of Lady Managers to have this coin offered as a
souvenir of the festival.
showed two Swedish pieces acquired after returning from a
month-long study visit to Scandinavia:
A large 1897 two Kronor of Oscar II in silver, commemorating
the 25th anniversary of reign.
An 1803 ¼ Skilling of King Gustav IV Adolf, in copper.
The simple design is very elegant.
brought 2 walrus tusks estimated to be 150+ years old.
He told the story of Greenland Settlements in 1327 AD using
520 tusks to pay six years of taxes to the King of Norway.
The Catholic Church levied on the settlements, in 1274 AD and
1311-12 AD, a tithe payable “in kind” (i.e. walrus
tusks) to be converted by Flemish merchants into silver and
gold for easy shipment to Rome to fund their Crusades.
The indigenous people of Alaska and Canada brought walrus
tusks into Hudson Bay Company where every store treated them
showed two items:
A “Hawaii” overprinted $20 bill from 1942,
obtained in circulation while Jim worked at a bank in the
early 1970s — it whetted his appetite for researching
and collecting, and Jim explained how the notes were
designed to be immediately devalued in the event the
Hawaiian Islands fell during WWII.
A high grade and scarce 1909-S Lincoln cent with
“V.D.B.” designer initials, which was obtained
via a sentimental monetary gift from his late mother to
spend “however he wished.”
The coin was redesigned without the designer’s
initials after a scant 484,000 examples were released from
the San Francisco mint — a result of the public
outcry over their bold prominence.
provided a brief presentation on the similarities and
differences of Flowing Hair Half Dollars of 1794-95.
The dies were made by hand, punching in each letter,
digit, star, and device, with variations in relative
On the obverse, typical variety diagnostics involve the
relative positioning of a star point to either a hair
curl, bust tip, or dentils.
On the reverse, the number and locations of berries
within the wreath are typically used to identify the
Half dollars were the most abundantly made silver coins
by the early U.S. mint.
showed two personal treasures.
A beautifully framed C.C.C. Presidential Award presented
to her by Carl Wolf on December 11, 2002 during his
tenure as President of the Club.
A recent Numismatic News article in which member
Cliff Mishler features her participation in the Illinois
Numismatic Association’s Fall show.
Cliff had chatted with Sharon at her table where she was
selling some items, including a souvenir card (pictured
in the article) issued years ago by a Savings and Loan,
showing types of 20th century U.S. nickels.
Originally acquired with her husband Kevin, who had
worked as a bank examiner for the U.S. government, this
little item found a new home.
showed some U.S. cents.
Two 1998 Lincoln cent varieties resulting from mixing
proof and circulation strike dies.
On the reverse: the AM letters of “America&rdquo
are close on the proof die while farther apart on the
dies for circulating coins.
Both coins were nice circulation finds.
An early U.S. large cent, dateless (180_, maybe 1802)
and in “Fair” condition.
James noted that low grade specimens are now receiving
more popularity due to “lowball” condition
encapsulation and increased competion for set completion.
showed examples of Railroad Bonds, beautifully and
ornately engraved by the American Banknote Company, with
coupons still attached.
The Escanaba Iron Mountain and Western Railroad Coupon
Bond ($1000 in shares), printed 1890.
A mortgage loan Coupon Bond of The Blue Ridge Railroad
($1000), printed 1852 and paying 7%.
The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Coupon
Bond ($5000), printed 1917.
showed a hometown favorite — an Illinois and Michigan
Canal $10 “broken banknote” issued by the Branch
State Bank at Chicago.
Significant local history and familiar signer’s names
are daily reminders as he lives close to the Canal.
Dale explained the serial numbering methods of these rare
local notes and the personalities behind the note’s
Marc Charles Ricard
spoke on a favorite numismatic item — an exceeding
rare original copy of the antiquarian book, A Medallic
History of Napoleon Bonaparte translated from French
by Ann Mudie Scargill, and printed in London in 1820.
Marc described his passion for numismatic literature, an
offshoot of his father’s fabled coin collecting
legacy, and the 20+ year search for an original copy of
the volume culminating with the exciting phone call he
received from the European book specialist who was finally
able to secure it for him.
showed two of his favorite pieces of U.S. gold, beauties
in their classic ”eye appeal” and as stores
A 1901-S Liberty Head $10 eagle, his oldest gold coin.
A 2009 High Relief $20 double eagle (John Mercanti,
engraver) recapturing the famous Augustus St Gaudens
Standing Liberty design of 1907-33.
This is his newest gold coin, delivered from the mint,
and found on his doorstep one day when returning from
showed three of his favorite pieces U.S. currency.
A 1764 three-pence Pennsylvania note, signed by Thomas
Wharton on the front, and printed by B. Franklin and
D. Hall in 1764 according to printing on the back.
Rich elaborated on Benjamin Franklin’s early
career as a printer in colonial Philadelphia, prior
to the American Revolution.
A $20 Compound Interest Treasury Note of the 1864 series.
The back includes a table showing the future values
payable by the government at various periods after
issuance, from 6 months up to 3 years.
A $10, series of 1873, First National Gold Bank note
of Stockton, California, with a golden tint vignette
of a pile of contemporary circulating U.S. gold coins
on the back.
showed a favorite piece from his collecting passion of
U.S. large cents: a 1799 one-cent (Sheldon variety 189)
in Fine-12 condition.
A very rare coin purchased in 1989, this well struck
coin has porous surfaces.
David noted the difficulty in finding one with a clear
showed two paper items.
An 1810 printing of a letter from Treasury Secretary
Albert Gallatin to the House of Representatives, containing
a summary of U.S. Mint accounts for 1809.
Imagine, one year of mint financials summarized on 6 printed
pages: three pages for routing and introductory details, and
three foldout pages for Statements A through C.
An undated Bulletin #1 of the Chicago Numismatic
Society, the predecessor of the Chicago Coin Club.
Consisting of only a single small page from two club officers
(the Censor and the Secretary), it gives the desired format
of the coming year’s meetings, and gives a preview of
the February meeting.
The year of issue can be narrowed down because the February
meeting will be on Friday, February 7.
[A check of a calendar website shows 1902, 1908, and 1913
are possible — Editor]
showed items for the 500th meeting of the club in September
1960, and stated that those medals have two things in common
with our 100th Anniversary Medal: they both have an unusual
shape and both depict the Chicago Water Tower.
A set of the barrel-shaped medals issued for the 500th
meeting, in gold, silver, and bronze.
The only set of aluminum pieces with finishes imitating
gold, silver, and bronze.
This set was produced to show the membership; 50 orders
were needed to proceed with production of the aluminum
set, and when they could not obtain enough orders the
set was dropped.
The obverse die used to produce these medals.
After striking the 500th meeting medals, the dies were
placed in the Club archives.
Three years later, the obverse die was auctioned off with
the idea of using the proceeds to rework the reverse die
for production of an award medal.
Unfortunately it was never reworked and is missing from
The obverse sold for $37.00 (approximately $300 in
today’s money) to member Richard Peterson.
Many years later Rich Hartzog purchased it from Peterson.
In 2018 Bill purchased it from the Hartzog estate.
Bill announced that he is donating it to the Club and
placing it back into the archives.
prefaced his presentation with the question, “Which
country was the first to recognize the sovereignty of the
young United States?”
James provided a brief overview of 230 years of cooperative
and trusted relations with MOROCCO.
He then showed a high grade silver 1953 Moroccan 200-franc
piece with bilingual legends, dual date, and a Pentagram
This piece has it all for collectors: history, symbolism,
value, and aesthetics.
presented on a theme of currency and coins with similar
designs, but different denominations or countries.
A 2011 Serbian 20-dinara note with basically the identical
design as on the 2000 Yugoslavian issue — the
difference between the notes is the country’s name
change, as a result of the Balkan Wars.
Two Cap & Rays Mexican silver crowns, dated 1883 and
1903: this design type was used on the 8 reales coin from
1824 until 1897, with a similar design used on the 1 peso
coin from 1898 until 1909.
showed two of his favorite coins.
A well-worn 1858 Canadian large cent minted in Britain
— the first year of issue and notable as from
before the 1867 Confederation.
A circulated 1907 Indian one-cent coin that captivated
his imagination for its age and simple idealized design.
started by reaching back in history.
Membership cards from 1962, the year in which he was born,
for his dad’s membership in the Syracuse (New York)
Numismatic Association and Empire State Numismatic
Association, along with articles about his presentations
at meetings and for encouraging members to “bring
coins to show,” and wooden nickels from the
Syracuse Numismatic Association 30th anniversary in 1962.
A recent acquisition for its historical context and its
attractiveness: a U.S. 1799 Draped Bust dollar
encapsulated as VF35 by PCGS.
With this recent purchase, his collection now reaches
back to the 18th century.
showed some favorite pieces from his native Nicaragua.
A collection of provisional cobs from soon after
Nicaragua’s independence from Spain in 1821
became available in a recent Daniel Sedwick auction,
and Ricardo was able to obtain an 1824 4 Reales
imitation piece as well as a 1 Real and a ½
The catalog of the auction — a highly useful
reference to the significant and necessarily crude
silver pieces of the era.
You can email to John a description of what you will
show at a meeting, to give him a start on this write-up.
Send it to email@example.com.
Minutes of the 2019 Chicago ANA Convention Committee
January 15, 2019
The third meeting of the 2019 ANA Convention Committee
met January 15, 2019 in the offices of Harlan J. Berk,
Ltd., 77 W. Washington, 13th Floor, Downtown Chicago.
Host Chairman Richard Lipman called the meeting to order
at 6:00 PM with Mark Wieclaw, Sharon Blocker, Lyle Daly,
Dale Lukanich, Dale Carlson, Harlan Berk, Elliott
Krieter, Scott McGowan, John Kent, Richard Hamilton,
Jeff Rosinia, and Carl Wolf in attendance.
The committee gave a warm round of applause and thanks
to Harlan Berk for providing the meeting space, dinner,
Rich asked the Secretary to create a contact list for
distribution among the committee members.
Volunteer Report by Carl Wolf:
Volunteer forms made available to every committee member.
Completed forms are arriving and expect more to arrive
in the new year and at the PCDA Convention (March 14-17)
and the CSNS Convention (April 24-27).
Mass emails going out soon to all volunteers at past
Chicago ANA Conventions.
Will hold meeting with Bill Burd who is sponsoring golf
shirts for the volunteers.
Page Committee Report by John Kent:
Recently spoke with Sam Gelberd, ANA Education Coordinator.
Received electronic copy of the convention page application.
Committee members were asked to help get the applications
out to YNs.
Youth Committee Report by Scott McGowan & Richard
This is the former Scout Committee and covers all youth
Contacting local Scout BSA councils and received positive
Forms for BSA approval of merit badge clinic ANA are
being submitted and require BSA approval before we can
promote the clinic.
Got a list of local certified merit badge coin collecting
Contacted Gene Freeman who has a supply of the
Club’s collecting patch that needs the 2019
Money Talks Committee Report by Mark Wieclaw:
Spoke with Sam Gelberd, ANA Education Coordinator,
who said expect 16-18 speakers.
Report on the Club’s 100th Anniversary
Celebration at the ANA Convention by Mark Wieclaw
& Sharon Blocker:
Contract with Gibson’s Steak House is incomplete
with minor points to be answered.
Planning for 125 people.
Reservations not accepted, but anticipate $84/person
cost and $100/person charge to help offset banquet
Showed an electronic image of the 1.5” bronze
medal for every banquet attendee.
Expect to send image and cost details to the CCC Board
for final approval.
General Reports from Rich Lipman, Chair:
Jennifer Ackerman reported the Club will receive 110
daily and 20 weekly parking vouchers.
The ANA handles all social media.
Plan Visits to Local Coin Clubs.
Asked Elliott Krieter, Assistant Chair, to prepare and
issue a list of coin clubs to visit.
Offering to help with visits: Jeff Rosinia, Mark
Wieclaw, Dale Lukanich, and John Kent.
Future Committee Meetings:
Offices of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., 77 W. Washington,
13th Floor, Downtown Chicago.
6 PM, Third Tuesday of Every Month through July 16,
Next Meeting: February 19, 2019.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 PM.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
Chicago Coin Club
Our 1201st Meeting
||February 13, 2019, This will kick off our second hundred years of meetings.|
At the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd floor meeting room.
Please remember the security measures at our meeting building:
everyone must be prepared to show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.
— The 2018 Canadian Viola Desmond Commemorative $10 Bill
The arrest and trial of Viola Desmond is credited with
publicly bringing to light the racial segregation
that existed in Canada.
This is the third (in the modern era) in the series of
commemorative bills issued by The Bank of Canada.
This talk will not only discuss the life of Viola Desmond
but also show the unique security features of this bill.
The 2018 $10 Viola Desmond bill has been nominated for
Bank Note of the Year by the International Bank Note Society.
Unless stated otherwise,
our regular monthly CCC Meeting
is in downtown Chicago
on the second Wednesday of the month;
the starting time is 6:45PM.
||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Dale Lukanich on The 2018 Canadian Viola Desmond Commemorative $10 Bill|
||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
||PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention
at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare, 5550 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
Admission is $5 good from 1pm on Thursday through Saturday.
||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention,
which is held at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare, 5550 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
||ANA’s National Money Show
at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
||80th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society
at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL.
There is a $5 per day admission charge, but admission is free for CSNS Life Members.
For details, refer to their new website,
||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the CSNS Convention,
which is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
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|Lyle Daly||- First V.P.|
|John Riley||- Second V.P.|
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|Carl Wolf||- Secretary|
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