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 PCDA, or ANA and Central States when they are in town.
August 13, 2019 - CCC Dinner Banquet - Featured Program:
Clifford Mishler on
Joining the Select Legacy Leadership Ranks of Enduring Numismatic Clubs
The presentation will offer reflections and observations on the heritage and roles played by the local coin clubs that have prospered and contributed to the growth and development of organized numismatics from the late 1800s to today. What are the mileposts that have been achieved by those, like the Chicago Coin Club, who have successfully prevailed through the generations? What are the prospects for the future? Is there, or isn’t there a commonality where success is concerned? Through your membership, you’ve had the good fortune to be on board to enjoy a measure of what has certainly turned out to be an enjoyable ride for most.
Reception starts at 6PM, and dinner at 7PM; at Gibsons Steakhouse, located across River Road from the convention center in Rosemont. The event has been sold out for weeks.
At the end of our banquet meeting in Rosemont, we will recess and reconvene at our Saturday meeting at the ANA convention.
August 17, 2019 - CCC Meeting - noon at the American Numismatic
Association (ANA) Convention, which is held at the Stephens
Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL.
No admission charge for anything on Saturday.
Featured Speaker: Tom Uram on Insights and Inner Workings of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Chicago Coin Club member Tom Uram serves as Chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, established in 2003 by Congress to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs of all US coins and medals. 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 members recommended by the House and Senate leaders. The remaining three are ordinary citizens. Open to all convention goers, this meeting will provide insight into the workings and discussions when selecting a design. Tom will specifically cover the recent committee recommendation for the Mint to strike 500,000 one dollar coins in 90 percent silver commemorating the centennial of the Morgan and Peace dollar. Those who attend will come away knowing how an average coin collector can play a role in getting Congress to support a new design popular with the numismatic community.
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 2013, 2014, and 2015 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 when ANA returns to the Stephens Convention Center on August 13-17, 2019. We expect to be the host club again when ANA returns to the Stephens Convention Center on August 10-14, 2021.
2019 is the official 100th anniversary of the Chicago Coin Club; in celebration of this milestone we have a long list of activities we hope you can enjoy, including:
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 a number of years since 1991. They hold their conventions in cities around the country; 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.
In honor of the centennial of the Chicago Coin Club, the club created a Hall of Fame to recognize some of the prominent numismatists among its ranks over the past century. Twelve inductees form the Inaugural Class, with one member announced each month during 2019. After the inaugural class of twelve has been named, the criteria for future membership shall be developed, along with all of the other tasks in support of this endeavor.
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.