|Volume 66 No. 7||July 2020|
A recent Press Release from the ANA announced the “suspension” of the summer convention in downtown Pittsburgh scheduled for early August. Although ideas are likely circulating on where and when the ANA’s replacement convention will be held, a full replacement show, with all the traditional activities, seems unlikely. A number of companies have announced their own replacement shows, but they appear to be small with a dealer-to-dealer focus.
The ANA’s spring show in Phoenix in March, 2021 is still planned, as is the 2021 summer convention planned for Rosemont, Illinois in August, 2021.
We seem to be adjusting to our online meetings. Attendance would have been higher if not for problems encountered by some members. A recent entry level PC should provide acceptable real-time video and audio – just remember, the newer the better. Also, acceptable performance will require a good network connection. Instead of guessing at a minimal data rate, I suggest you verify your device can play some online videos in real time. Our page of instructions, to participate in our online meetings, has links to YouTube videos on using the Webex service we will be using. If you have no problems with those videos, there is a good chance you will have no problems with our meeting.
An email will be sent to all members a day or two before our regular July meeting, containing an invitation (as a link) to participate in our July online meeting. If you received an invitation to a prior online meeting, you should receive an invitation to our July online meeting. If you did not receive an invitation to a prior online meeting, email the club secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org and request an invitation.
If you could not connect to a prior online meeting, please email the Club Secretary with as many details as you can remember. A club member will help you resolve the issue.
Paul Hybert, editor
The 1217th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President Richard Lipman at 6:45 PM CDT, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Due to the pandemic shutdown, the meeting was online with 34 members and guests. As the meeting progressed, additional members joined and reached 40 at 7:10 PM.
The May minutes were approved as appeared in the June Chatter, as posted on the Club’s website. Elliott Krieter gave a restated April treasurer’s report showing $80.00 in revenue, and an additional $100 room rent bringing expenses to $144.76. The May treasury showed $60 in revenue and no expenses. The report was approved.
The membership applications of Sanjeev Kumar and Joe Conte received second reading and a motion was passed accepting them into the club.
The Secretary had correspondence with the Chicago Bar Association and they will not reopen their building before August 1. The club should expect the July and August meetings to be online.
Lyle Daly introduced Jeff Amelse who gave the featured program The Visigoth Gold Tremisses Series as Illustrated via Ruth Pleigo ‘Falsifications.’
Second VP John Riley announced the evening’s 7 exhibitors.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 PM CDT.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
by Jeffrey Amelse,
presented to our June 10, 2020 meeting.
The Goths were barbaric German tribes that moved west during “The Great Migration.” The Visigothic Kingdom occupied what is now southwestern France and the Iberian Peninsula from the 5th to the 8th centuries. Their coinage was mainly of small gold tremisses, typically about 15 mm in diameter and weighing 1.4 grams. Several thousand die varieties of bonafide tremisses were minted. Since little information about them was available until recently, they were easy to forge. Thus, several thousand different forgery varieties are also known to exist. Both real and forgery varieties are listed in a recent two-volume set by Ruth Pliego Vasquez of the University of Seville. It would now be impossible to put together a set of real coins from all rulers both because of cost and scarcity. I have assembled a collection of over 50 “falsifications” that represent most of the rulers. Most are catalogued in Ruth’s books and most are pretty scarce themselves. I have a few that are not even listed. It is a neat series because many of the portraits are abstract, comical, almost cartoon-like.
The Visigoths were pagans who converted to Christianity. Only a handful of Visigoth churches survive. Pictures were shown of a few that I was able to visit in Portugal and just across the northern border into Spain.
Forgeries of most of the emperors, and from several of the numerous mints, were shown. Two coins of Gundemar were shown from very similar, but different, dies. One of my coins of Gundemar from the Ispali mint is believed to be genuine by tying the dies to a picture in Pliego’s book.
CORRECTION: I presented several coins of King Wittiza that I had incorrectly stated showed clashing at three different die rotations. Thanks to Bob Leonard for the following clarification: “I think that the “clashing” you identified at 3 axes is actually ghosting, i.e., failure to fill the die completely due to high relief on the opposite die. This is very common on medieval coins struck on thin planchets. I don’t see how the same die can be clashed three times.” Sorry for the mistake. I still have a lot to learn from members of the club, which is why I am sorry I had not discovered CCC years ago.
Rodrigo (AD 710-711) was the last Visigoth king to control the entire Iberian Peninsula before the Moor invasion. While strolling down an ancient Roman street in the Portuguese city of Viseu, I came across a depiction of one of his coins on the window of a small museum. Rodrigo is believed to be buried in the current cathedral of Viseu, which dates back to the 1700s, per the chronicles of several clergymen written at the time of the cathedral construction.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.||Kedzie Koins Inc.|
Items shown at our June 10, 2020 meeting,
reported by John Riley.
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|Date:||July 8, 2020|
|Time:||6:45 PM CDT (UTC-05:00)|
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|Featured Program:||Dale Lukanich —
Joliet Currency (Hometown Cash)
This is a small (due to time) numismatic story of some of the currency used in Dale’s hometown of Joliet, Illinois. Dale hopes this presentation will inspire others to discover the history in their hometowns. No matter the size or population, every town has a history, including a numismatic history. It might be only a merchant “good for” token, but there is a story behind it. The Joliet in which Dale grew up is much better in his memory than the Joliet of today. People in his father’s and grandfather’s generation remember a better Joliet than Dale knew. A wise man once said, “Change is inevitable, progress is not.” World, national, and local conditions have changed over the years – some were good and some were bad – that history is what made us. The good history we build on. Hopefully, the bad history makes us change direction. Look into the past of your hometown. See what you can find. Share that information, your story. We would love to hear your story. After all, we “Learn by Teaching.”
Unless stated otherwise, our regular monthly CCC Meeting is online during the Covid-19 isolation era on the second Wednesday of the month; the starting time is 6:45PM CT.
|July||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Dale Lukanich on Joliet Currency (Hometown Cash)|
|August||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|September||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - James McMenamin on to be announced|
|September||10-12||Illinois Numismatic Association at Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477 (north of I-80, east of Harlem Avenue; enter Convention Center Drive from 183rd Street). Admission is free — for details, see http://www.ilnaclub.org.|
|October||14||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|November||11||CCC Meeting - Program to be determined - Member Auction if we meet in person, or a Featured Speaker if we meet online|
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