|Volume 65 No. 10||October 2019|
It is that time of year again. Although your 2019 dues are good through December, 2019, please pay your 2020 dues before the start of 2020.
Check the outside of your printed Chatter. A slip of yellow paper stapled outside the cover indicates that, according to our records, you have not paid your dues for 2020. Please mail the dues to the address on that slip, or bring them to our next meeting. For members who are notified by email when a new Chatter issue is available, the email stated if you have not paid your dues for 2020.
The club auction is scheduled for 7PM, near the start of the regular November club meeting. In the past few years, club related material (and Chicago area numismatic items) have had the best results. Some printed material also has shown good results. Please consider using the club auction to dispose of the numismatic items you no longer need.
We have a number of popular items already consigned, but we have space for a few more items. Please contact Bill Burd at Chicago Coin Company to discuss what material would complement the existing lots.
You can place a reserve on each lot, and there is no commission charged to either the buyer or seller. Auction lot viewing will be held before the meeting starts, and again briefly before the auction starts.
The November Chatter will contain a list of all auction lots that are known to us by Tuesday, October 22. You can e-mail your list to either Paul Hybert or Bill Burd by Tuesday, October 22. Bring your lots with you to the November meeting, or you can ship your items to Bill Burd by Tuesday, October 22 if you will not be at the November meeting.
Chicago Coin Company
6455 W. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
If you have questions, Bill can be reached at 773-586-7666.
The 1208th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President Rich Lipman at 6:45 PM, Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago with 29 members and 3 guests: Amy Ceisel, Matt Smith, and Laurence Edwards.
A moment of reflection was held in memory of those who died as a result of the attack on New York’s World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.
Session I & II of the August minutes were approved as printed in the Chatter. A detailed Treasurer’s Report showed $12,412.00 in revenue, $24,368.15 in expenses, and $30,220.11 in assets. A motion was passed accepting the report.
The membership application of Laurence Edwards received a first reading. Following the second reading of the membership applications of: Jim Paicz, Mitch Ernst, Rosana Uskali, Arthur Schattke, Pierre Fricke, Craig Eberhart, Kathy Freeland, Michael T. Shutterly, James M. Uram, Madeline Rodriguez, Alan Flint, and Tyrone Galtney, a motion was passed accepting them into the Club.
Lyle Daly introduced Deven Kane, who delivered a program Journeys into Abstraction - The Evolution of Indo-Sassanian Coinage in Early Medieval India. Following a question and answer period, Deven was presented with an ANA Educational Certificate and a personally engraved Club speaker’s medal suspended on a neck ribbon.
Second VP John Riley announced the evening’s 13 exhibitors.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 PM.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
presented by Thomas Uram,
to our August 17, 2019 meeting.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) does not regularly advise the government on the topics for future coinage – the items to be honored by U.S. coins and medals are the subject of laws, decided by Congress and approved by the President. The CCAC’s primary purpose is to review designs for coins and congressional gold medals. Although the enabling legislation is explicit on the topic to be honored, and might list the legends the coins are to bear, the stautory requirement for the design is commonly vague, along the lines of “emblematic of” the item being honored. When the design is specified in legislation, the CCAC does not have to choose from a wide range of concepts.
The designs reviewed by the CCAC can come from a range of sources, including Mint personnel, the more than 27 artists in the Mint’s Artist Infusion Project, and the group which had lobbied Congress for the coin. The time frame for each project varies, with a looming deadline obvoiously limiting their options. But the CCAC has sent back all designs and said, “Try again.” A Congressional gold medal usually has a short design cycle, so the design is usually heavily influenced by a family member of the honoree, with the CCAC offering suggestions. Also involved are Mint personnel, who look at a design with an eye toward manufacturability.
Eleven people serve on the committee. By law one must be specially qualified in numismatics, another on numismatic curating, one must be an expert in medallic arts, one an American historian, and four are recommended by the House and Senate leaders; the remaining three are ordinary citizens. To give us feel for the task facing the committee, Tom handed out a five-page example of what the committee sees.
These were the proposed reverse designs for the Apollo Lunar Landing 50th anniversary commemorative from earlier this year. The obverse design was stated in the legislation, so the committee had to review only the reverse designs. One page held each design in multiple sizes, from a 7-inch diameter rendition to show all details, through a 3-inch diameter suitable for a 5-ounce silver piece, through the sizes for the classic silver dollar and half dollar, down to the size for the gold $5. We realize that judging two-dimensional drawings of three-dimensional obects is not the perfect situation, but it is faster and less expensive than judging sculpted pieces. These were artistic designs – but legislation said only one design, not a set or series, would be used, so multiple good designs would be dropped. The chosen footprint design was the only design to mention the Mercury and Gemini predecessor programs to Apollo.
The committees and groups that propose or back a medal or commemorative are known as stakeholders. The stakeholders can propose actual designs to Congress in addition to organizing support for the basic idea. Once legislation is passed and designs are ready for review, the stakeholders’ feelings and preferences for each design are inputs to the CCAC. Keeping the diverse groups engaged during the process is one way of achieving the best possible accuracy in the final items. Tom mentioned that one of the final touches for the Basketball design – the upcoming third curved coin, for the Naismith Museum – was what he called tasteful colorization; limited colorization, of possibly the rim and netting, had been discussed during meetings. Since Tom’s talk, the final design shows no colorization, but the mint director is on record as saying that colorization can be considered.
Tom concluded the presentation by going back to legislation. The mint cannot lobby Congress for new coin designs, and neither can the CCAC. But clubs and the public can lobby Congress, and Tom mentioned some of the latest developments regarding the proposals for Morgan and Peace dollars, dated 2021, to honor the upcoming hundredth anniversary of the post World War I coinage in 1921. This is House Bill H.R. 3757, which is being publicized in a number of numismatic venues.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|PCDA Convention||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our September 11, 2019 meeting,
reported by John Riley.
Reminder: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Date:||December 11, 2019|
|Time:||6:00PM Cocktails (cash bar),
with hors d’oeuvres complements of Chicago Coin Company.
7:00PM to 9PM Dinner and Meeting
|Location:||Tom’s Steak House, 1901 West North Avenue, Melrose Park.|
The cost is $45.00 per person, and reservations are required.
Make your reservation either by mail or at any of our meetings
Pay electronically (see the Chatter Matter page for details) or
make your check payable to Chicago Coin Club,
and either bring it by our December meeting,
or mail it to P.O. Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690.
• A choice between four entrees is planned: Tom’S Top Sirloin Butt Steak (12 ounces); Charcoal Broiled Chicken Breast; Center Cut Pork Chops with Apple Sauce; Fresh Filet of Atlantic Salmon.
• All entrees include: salad, russet potato, cheese and chive sauce, and rolls and butter.
• Please make your entree selection now – when sending in your payment of $45 per person, please let our Treasurer know if you want: BEEF-CHICKEN-PORK or FISH.
• The deadline for reservations is November 29, 2019.
• Since this is the last month of 2019, there will be a special dessert in honor of the club’s 100th anniversary. We hope you can attend this event which will mark the close of the 100th anniversary year.
|Parking:||Plenty, and free.|
|Program:||The speaker is Mark Wieclaw, on The Thrill and Joy of Collecting … Anything! See the December Chatter for details.|
|Agenda:||Award Presentations. Everyone who attends will get a chance to win a 1/10-ounce American Eagle gold coin or one of two proof Silver Eagles!!!|
|Date:||October 9, 2019|
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.
|Featured Program:||James M. McMenamin
— Tokenism – A Fifty Year Adventure in Numismatics
In 1969, a young college sophomore and novice coin collector travelled abroad to study in France. The family with whom he lived, learning of his interest in numismatics, gave him a small box of “jetons,” as they called them. The student had no idea what they were, why they were made, or where they came from. Some looked medieval; several were clearly from later centuries. What the young student learned over the course of the next fifty years will be summarized in his presentation.
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.
|October||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - James M. McMenamin on Tokenism – A Fifty Year Adventure in Numismatics|
|November||13||CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker|
|December||11||CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker - Mark Wieclaw on The Thrill and Joy of Collecting … Anything!
At Tom’s Steakhouse, 1901 West North Ave, Melrose Park. Please let us know your entrée choice – BEEF, CHICKEN, PORK, or FISH – when you pay, $45 per person. Reservations must be in by November 29th.
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