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|Chicago Coin Club
|Volume 47 No. 3
The 985th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order on February 14, 2001 at 7:03PM by President Carl Wolf.
A motion was made, seconded and passed, to revise the passage in last months' minutes that reads "at the Chicago Paper Money Show and the Chicago International Coin Fair" to read "at the Chicago Paper Money Show", deleting "and the Chicago International Coin Fair". The minutes were then approved.
Secretary /Treasurer Lyle Daly gave a treasury report as follows:
|TCF Checking Account
|Dreyfus Money Market
|Bank One CD
|Bank One CD
First Vice President Robert Feiler introduced Drew Michyeta as the featured speaker. Drew spoke on the Franklin Mint series of Postal Commemorative Medals. The silver medals are packaged with a cancelled companion stamp, commemorating the same topic.
Drew reviewed medals and stamps commemorating the Bicentennial of the United States, A Decade in Space, C.A.R.E., San Francisco Cable Cars, Yellowstone, Glass Blowing, Silver Working, Harry S. Truman, Mt. McKinley and promoting Planned Parenthood and the Prevention of Drug Abuse.
Robert Feiler thanked Drew for his presentation.
Second Vice President Don Dool introduced the following individuals, who presented material during the meeting's Show and Tell:
The 986th meeting will be held at the Chicago Paper Money Expo at the Ramada Hotel, 6600 N Mannheim, in Rosemont on March 3rd at 1 PM. The speaker will be Chester Krause who will discuss Mining Scrip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We will recess and reconvene Wednesday March 14th at 7pm. CCC Souvenir cards will be available.
The 987th meeting will be held downtown onednesday April 11th at 7pm. We will recess and reconvene at the Chicago International Coin Fair at the Ramada Hotel, 6600 N Mannheim, in Rosemont on April 28th at 1 PM. The speaker will be David Hendin who will discuss Biblical Coins.
Jeff Rosnia urged club members to participate in the design of the state quarter.
Carl Wolf presented a Columbian Half-dollar counter stamped CCC 1933. This was received from the estate of Helen Carmody-Lebo for authentication by the club as club exonumia. Minutes from meetings lend credence to this being an activity and product of the Chicago Coin Club.
Lyle Daly was asked to research memorial donations made to the ANA Memorial Library in memory of members who passed away in 1999. Arthur C. Allen, Harry Flower, A. Charles Swanson and Albert Ivan passed away in 2000.
A board Meeting will be held Wednesday February 21st at the Hickory Pit Restaurant 2801 S Halstead. On the agenda:
Jeff Rosinia sought signatures to keep the Terra Museum in Chicago. He asked for clarification on club policy for the endorsement of candidates for ANA office. Club policy is to endorse members only.
A motion was made, seconded and passed, to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 PM.
Respectfully submitted by Lyle Daly
Drew Michyeta started his presentation by stating that instead of a lecture, he was hoping for more of an open discussion format. He encouraged the membership to participate during his talk to share reminiscences about the events depicted on the covers.Drew had acquired this collection of First Day Covers a while back; each cover was addressed to the original purchaser. A sterling silver medal formed the main part of each cover's cachet. Containing about 0.75 oz of silver, the proof medals shared a common reverse design of an eagle above a shield, bearing the number within the series along with the title of the stamp and the issue location.
These medals were produced by the Franklin Mint for a group known as Postmasters of America. The start of this series coincided with the release of the first commemorative stamp issued by the USPS; previously, the Post Office Department had been led by the Postmaster general, a Cabinet-level appointee of the President. Only commemorative stamps were included in this series.
Drew started with the first cover in this series, honoring the US Bicentennial Commission; the medal pictures a drummer boy, fife player, and flag bearer. The Decade of Space Achievement was shown next; that medal pictures a lunar scene with Apollo 15, a Lunar Rover, and two astronauts. Drew considered this medal the most beautiful of this series.
After a list of covers was distributed, the members started requesting specific covers. Although the meeting was taking place on Valentine's day, the first request was for the Campaign to Prevent Drug Abuse issue. Not an easy topic to show on either a stamp or a medal. While Drew read the paragraph with that issue, members made comments and observations. That proved to be the format used for the rest of of the presentation. The 25th Anniversary of C.A.R.E. made some members remember how they had helped their parents form CARE packages for Europe after WW II.
The Historic Preservation, San Francisco Cable Car also jogged some memories, and there followed a brief diversion into other cities which had (or still have) cable cars. The Yellowstone National Park produced a good laugh when Drew, reading the provided text, mentioned "semi-tame grizzly bears." The Family Planning initially brought some chuckles when the text mentioned that the earth's then population of 3.5 billion was expected to double by the year 2000 unless changes were made; we did better there (just passed the 6 billion mark) than with drug abuse, was the concensus of the audience.
The next topics had some numismatic tie-ins. The Colonial American Craftsmen, Glass Blowing mentioned how the first glass works in English-speaking colonial America was formed in Jamestown to produce bottles. But bottles were not needed; it later reopened to make glass beads for trade with the Natives. The Silver Working description started an animated discussion with its assertion that plain silverware had been used as a medium of exchange; the members could concede its possible use as a store of value, but knew of no sources for such a claim -- we want references and bibliographies.
After reviewing the Harry S Truman Memorial issue, the program concluded with the Mt. McKinley National Park which produced a number of reponses: a strong feeling by some that the rack of a caribou was pictured on the body of an elk; and the park's and mountain's name have been changed to Denali, meaning great one in the local language. (That is an appropriate name considering how the mountain is visible from much of Alaska; the name McKinley was given, so the story goes, by a Gold Standard supporter to annoy his Free Silver neighbors.)
Everyone contributed comments while Drew led us through a fun and, at times, raucous trip down memory lane. Our members are certainly not bashful.
Forgot to include the scale in the lower-left corner of most images, with the tics spaced 1 mm apart. Because the brightness and contrast were manipulated on a computer, the coloring of a coin's image differs from the coin's actual coloring.
|The March meeting will consist of two sessions; the first session will end with a recess (instead of an adjournment), and we will reconvene for the second session at our usual venue.
|CCC Meeting (session #1)
- 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition,
which is held at the Ramada O'Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker - Chet Krause on The Mining Scrip of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
|CCC Meeting (session #2) - Harlan Berk on
|Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) convention, Indianapolis, IN.
|The April meeting will consist of two sessions; the first session will end with a recess (instead of an adjournment), and we will reconvene for the second session at the CICF.
|CCC Meeting (session #1) - Featured Speaker - Louis Jordan on Recent Discoveries on John Hull and the Massachusetts Mint
|CCC Meeting (session #2)
- 1pm at the annual Chicago
International Coin Fair held at the Ramada O'Hare Hotel.
Featured Speaker - David Hendin on Biblical Coins: 1st Century BC - 2nd Century AD.
|26th Annual Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) at the Ramada O'Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Manheim Road, Rosemont, IL. Admission is $5.
|CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Steve Feller on Bank Notes from the Vault
|Charles J. Ryant, Jr.
|Robert D. Leonard, Jr.
Membership dues of $10 for the year 2001 are now due. You may either bring the amount to a meeting or send a check, payable to the Chicago Coin Club, to our mailbox:
|CHICAGO COIN CLUB
|P.O. Box 2301
|CHICAGO, IL 60690
Those members for whom we have no record of dues payment for 2000 will find a note enclosed with their April issue of the Chatter.
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