Chicago Coin Club

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, with support for online attendees. 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.

For additional information about the Chicago Coin Club, you email:
Scott McGowan at
or write:
Chicago Coin Club
P.O. Box 2301
Chicago, IL 60690

Monthly Meetings

As of February 22, 2022, our regular monthly meetings, in downtown Chicago, are in-person with support for remote participants. Read our Online Meeting page for the equipment you will need and instructions on receiving the address and password for remote participants. It will take some time to prepare yourself, so start now!

We meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45pm CT.

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. 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 ANA and Central States when they are in town.

July 10, 2024 - 6:45 PM CDT (UTC-05:00) - CCC Meeting (In-person, supporting remote viewers) - Featured Program: Tyler Rossi on The Medal as a Political Vehicle
This presentation will look at and discuss a variety of minting errors. This talk will cover the political satire of Bernd Göbel’s art and medals. A well-known sculptor, Göbel was born in the central German city of Halle (Salle) in 1942 during WW2. Particularly well known in Germany, he also has an international reputation. In fact, in 2000 Bernd Göbel became an honorary member of the ANS as well as being the first German national to receive the ANS’s Sandford-Saltus Prize. After a lifetime of producing various statues, public monuments, block prints, and medals Göbel is still known for his biting social commentary.
Participation in an online meeting requires some advance work by both our meeting coordinator and attendees, especially first-time participants. Please plan ahead; reread the latest instructions on the day before the meeting!

August 10, 2024 - Noon CDT (UTC-05:00) - CCC Meeting (In-person only) 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: Dr Nathan T Elkins, Deputy Director at the American Numismatic Society on Coins and the Colosseum: How Coinage Illuminates the Greatest Amphitheater
The Colosseum is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Rome, and one of the most intensively studied structures from antiquity. Archaeology and its architecture tell us much about the engineering that was necessary to complete this massive venue and to carry out its lavish spectacles. What we know about the games in the Colosseum largely derives from literary sources, such as Martial’s Book of Spectacles. A perhaps less obvious source of information about the Colosseum and its games is the Roman imperial coinage, as the amphitheater appeared on coins in the reigns of Titus (in 80 CE), Domitian (in 81 CE), and Severus Alexander (in 223 CE), as well as on medallions of Gordian III (in 244 CE). Its modern restorations were commemorated on papal medals and the iconic monument is featured on Italy’s five euro-cent coin. Recent studies of the representations on coins, in tandem with literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence, have shed light on how the Colosseum and its construction was a key component of political representation and even offer compelling evidence for emperor worship in the Colosseum. Such work proves that there is still much to learn about even the most famous ancient monuments.

At the end of our ANA meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular August meeting in downtown Chicago.

August 14, 2024 - 6:45 PM CDT (UTC-05:00) - CCC Meeting (In-person, supporting remote viewers) - Featured Program: Melissa Gumm on A Brief History of Commemorative Coins
This will give a general overview of the history of commemorative coins, with a focus on the modern $5 gold coin: define what a commemorative is, share characteristics of the $5 gold coins, and point out details required on all US coins. Tthe stories of several of the different events, places, or people commemorated on these modern $5 gold coins will be covered.
Participation in an online meeting requires some advance work by both our meeting coordinator and attendees, especially first-time participants. Please plan ahead; reread the latest instructions on the day before the meeting!

Programs from Past Meetings

Club Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter is called the Chatter and is mailed to all members at the beginning of each month. Here is the current issue.

Upcoming Special Events

The 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2021, and 2022 ANA summer conventions were in Chicago — the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, to be exact. We were the host club, and we will be the host club again when ANA returns to the Stephens Convention Center on August 6-10, 2024. A 2024 non-numismatic things-to-do listing of area events and activities is available online.

Volunteers are needed during the show. Duties include wearing a bright, provided shirt while answering attendee questions and helping at various stations. A four-hour shift should be scheduled ahead of time; the major perk is a free parking pass for that day. An “online sign-up form” must be submitted well before the show, so that an “Ambassador” polo shirt can be obtained in the correct size and style.

Past Special Events

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.

2019 was the official 100th anniversary of the Chicago Coin Club; in celebration of this milestone we had many activities we hope you enjoyed, including:

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.

Special Projects

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.

Late in 2023 the club started a Coins for “A”s program, for CCC-member Young Numismatists.

Club Items for Sale

Some medals and handouts are still available. See the order form for pricing and availability.


American Numismatic Association
Life Membership 7
Central States Numismatic Society
Life Membership 150
Illinois Numismatic Association
Life Membership 132


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.