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|Volume 48 No. 10||October 2002|
Congratulations to club member Clarence Wills on his 50 years of membership in ANA, as announced at the recent convention in New York. On a sadder note, it has come to our attention that former member Larry Natta passed away July 4th. Larry was editor of the Chatter 1981-82 and will always be remembered for putting out the first typeset issues of the Chatter.
Finally, a reminder that the annual member auction will be during our November meeting. Although lots are accepted up to the start of the auction, you have less than three weeks to send in the list of any items to be auctioned to guarantee that your lots will be included in the November Chatter, which I will try to send out earlier than usual. For details, see the announcement later in this issue.
Paul Hybert, editor
President Carl Wolf called the 1005th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club to order on September 11, 2002 at 7:00PM. The meeting was held at 1 Bank One Plaza.
A motion was made seconded and approved to accept the August meeting minutes as they appear in the Chatter.
Secretary/Treasurer Lyle Daly gave a treasury report as follows:
|Dreyfus Money Market||$1852.43|
|Bank One CD||1445.73|
|Bank One CD||1440.48|
|TCF Checking Account||1788.99|
A motion was made seconded and approved to accept the treasurer's report. President Carl Wolf noted that it was the 1 year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the WTC and Pentagon. He asked the membership to stand for a moment of silence.
There were no guests present.
First Vice President Robert Feiler introduced Dr. James McCormick and his presentation of Microscopic Images of Coins and Paper Money Produced by J. B. Dancer. Dr. McCormick is a collector of vintage scientific equipment. He noted the common theme among all collectors in their desire to have precious things to show and a desire to discover and add information that others have overlooked. Dr McCormick shared an interesting perspective on the entertainment value of the slides, noting that the slides came to be valued for their esthetic appeal rather than their ability to impart scientific knowledge.
Robert Feiler thanked Dr. McCormick for his presentation and awarded the featured speakers medal & and the educational certificate to him.
Second Vice President Don Dool announced there were 11 show & tell presenters:
The ANA 90 Year Membership Certificate, received at the New York convention of the ANA, was on display.
President Carl Wolf noted that members Sharon Blocker and Bruno Repka gave presentations at the ILNA convention on September 7th.
Lyle Daly advised the membership that letters were sent to members with membership dues in arrears. The names of those members who do not respond were Bierly, Doran, Grundy-Noble, Holmer, Kitchen, Raff, Schmidt, Simek, Walsh and Williams. Membership was asked if they were aware of any extenuating circumstances associated with these members. No unusual circumstance were noted, the recommendation is to drop their names from the membership roll in November if dues are not received.
Bob Feiler advised the membership of the cost for the Year End Banquet. A motion was made seconded and approved to hold the banquet at the Alpine Banquet House in Hillisde.
President Carl Wolf advised the membership that the items in the club's safe deposit box that were designated as duplicates and non related material were available for viewing. The Board recommended that this material be auctioned off at the November meeting. The Board further recommended the Auction Committee, which has not been formed, be empowered to determine what material will be included in the November 2002 auction and what should be held in reserve for future auctions. A motion was made seconded and approved to auction off the material as recommended by the Board.
President Carl Wolf advised the membership that the club's archives include bank statements that date back to the mid 1980's and old copies of the Numismatist. The board recommended that bank statements 8 years or older could be destroyed and old copies of the Numismatist be distributed to any interested club member. A motion was made seconded and approved to destroy the records and give away copies of the Numismatist as recommended by the Board.
Carl Wolf advised membership that the Board recommended that a separate membership account be set up for life membership dues. Lyle Daly suggested the Dreyfus account be closed due to the difficulty in updating signatures and the low interest rate. The funds from that account could be used to establish the life membership account. A motion was made seconded and approved to create a life membership account and closing the Dreyfus account.
Carl Wolf advised the membership that in accordance with the by laws he has appointed a nominating committee chairman, Bill Burd to establish a committee to search for candidates for the 2003-2004 term. Steve Zitowsky and Mike Metras will also serve on the committee. In accordance with the by laws, Carl will also serve on the committee. The Board concurred with this.
Given the exodus of members all further business was tabled.
Member Mark Weiclaw alerted members of precious metal bars that simply give a weight. He encountered a silver bar that turned out to be silver plated.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Lyle Daly
Presented by Dr. James B. McCormick to our September 11, 2002 meeting.
We are not alone! The impulse to collect and study small items is by no means limited to numismatists. The study of an apparently obscure item often produces questions, and the search for answers to those questions can lead to other questions, or sometimes to an entirely new collecting area. Our speaker, Dr. McCormick, used one of his collecting areas to show some aspects of nineteenth century life.
J.B. Dancer of Manchester, England came from a family tradition of Sunday afternoon lecturers as entertainers; they provided enlightenment as entertainment. As an instrument manufacturer (among other skills), he made thermometers, scientific glassware, kaleidoscopes, microscopes, and primitive projectors. Dr. McCormick showed us pictures of primitive projectors in his collection - these pre electric age items used a flame as the light source. The weak flame from a gas light system kept the lecture setting intimate and the audience small and involved, while the strong lime light allowed for a larger audience. A collection of projectors quickly lead to a collection of slides, and the oldest slides shown to us had biological subjects. A small frog on one, and the nymph, caterpillar, and butterfly stages of development on another. These were not images on the slides, but the real things mounted on the slides.
The search was for interesting and beautiful items, to be classified and studied later; the main interest was in beauty, not in value. The intended audience was Britain's upper class.
The reduction of a picture onto a small object was popularized once the dagurreotype process for image making was used widely in the 1840s. But that process used no negatives, so multiple "prints" were not possible (think of modern day instant cameras; if you want three photos of something, you must take three pictures with your camera). In addition to using the dagurreotype process, Dancer used the collodion process after its 1851 invention; the fine grained negatives allowed production of multiple prints. In modern terms, his materials had an ASA rating of about 1.
Viewed with a magnifying glass or under a microscope, Dancer produced over 300 hundred items during his career, typically keeping production under 100 of each. After his death, his daughter issued another series. Others copied either his slides or techniques.
Dr. McCormick found a catalog of Dancer's slides after he had started his collection of Dancer slides; another major resource on Dancer is the Ransom Library at the University of Texas. The existence of items in the catalog, but not his collection, helps drive his collecting impulse. There are three serious collectors of Dancer's material in the world today, and their concern about their material's authenticity should be familiar to all numismatists. Dancer's signature appears in many of his images, and some of his pieces have unique characteristics; for instance, his copy of Raphael's Madonna and Child is reversed, while his competitors produced a correct version. For the 1862 International Exhibition in Paris, Dancer produced a slide with 85 portraits of the Kings and Queens of England since the conquest. The numismatic items on slides included notes from France, England, and Prussia. The actual image on the slide measures about one-eighth of an inch on each side, so an image of an engraving was an excellent way to show off the quality of Dancer's process and materials.
Just as the Gallery Mint today makes reproductions of early U.S. coins while remaining as true as possible to the original technology and processes, some people in the late twentieth century made microscopic photographs using Dancer's techniques and processes. Dr. McCormick concluded by showing images, made by DiDonato, of U.S. paper money, including some Educational notes.
Each image has a scale in the lower-left corner, 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 club auction is scheduled for 7PM, at 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. Please consider using the club auction to dispose of the numismatic items you no longer need.
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 Friday, October 25. You can either bring your lots with you to the November meeting, or you can ship them to Bill Burd by Friday, October 25. If you will bring your lots to the meeting, please send your list to Paul Hybert by Friday, October 25.
Chicago Coin Company
6455 W. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
3301 S. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60616
The annual Banquet will be held at the Alpine Banquet Haus located at 11141 West Roosevelt Road (at Wolf Road), Westchester, IL 60154. Phone 708-409-8640.
We will have the Alpine Banquet Haus from 6:00 PM until 10:30 or later at our discretion. The cost is $20.00 per person and members are encouraged to bring family, friends and neighbors. Checks should be made out to the Chicago Coin Club, and may be given to Lyle Daly or mailed to the club's mail box, P.O. Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690.
The location is very easy to get to and there is ample FREE parking only a few feet from their front door. There will be an open cash bar with a knowledgeable bartender.
The dinner meal will be served family style and consists of:
The owner and chef is European trained and has worked for Hotel Nikko, Ritz Carlton, the Whitehall, Mayfair Regent International and Chez Paul. The banquets many of us have attended there in the past have always been very professionally done and the cuisine is excellent.
submitted by Bob Feiler
President Carl Wolf called the Chicago Coin Club Board Meeting to order on September 3, 2002. The meeting was held at Connie's Pizza. Those present were Carl Wolf, Don Dool, Jeff Rosinia, William Burd, Phil Carrigan and Lyle Daly.
The items in the club's safe deposit box that were designated as duplicates and non related material were reviewed by all present. The Board recommended that this material be auctioned off and displayed at the September meeting. The Board further recommended the Auction Committee, which has not been formed, be empowered to determine what material will be included in the November 2002 auction and what should be held in reserve for future auctions.
Phil Carrigan stated that the club's archives include bank statements that date back to the mid 1980's and old copies of the Numismatist. The board recommended that bank statements 8 years or older could be destroyed and old copies of the Numismatist be distributed to any interested club member.
Carl Wolf recommended that a separate membership account be set up for life membership dues. Lyle Daly suggested the Dreyfus account be closed due to the difficulty in updating signatures and the low interest rate. The funds from that account could be used to establish the life membership account. The board agreed and recommended a life membership account and closing the Dreyfus account.
Lyle Daly advised the Board that letters went out to all members with delinquent dues. The names of those members who do not respond will be reviewed with membership to determine if any extenuating circumstances are associated with these members. If no unusual circumstance is noted, the recommendation is to drop their names from the membership roll in November.
Don Dool advised the Board that liberal grading for show and tell has resulted in the majority of exhibitors receiving Honorable Mention (HM) for the Cabeen Award. He recommended the current rule that HM be given to all exhibitors within 20% of the first place score be revised to 10%. Don also recommended that the grading sheet be revised to include grading criteria. The Board agreed and will recommend these revisions to the membership.
Carl Wolf advised that he is working on a 3 tier email distribution list that members could sign up for. Roughly stated, one tier would receive all email, another would be for club issues only and a third would be for essential communications. The Board recommended this should be proposed to membership.
Carl Wolf advised the Board that in accordance with the by laws he has appointed a nominating committee chairman, Bill Burd to establish a committee to search for candidates for the 2003-2004 term. In accordance with the by laws, Carl will serve on the committee along with 2 additional members. Carl also noted that Paul Hybert wishes to continue as manager of the club's web site but would like to step back from the position of Editor of the Chatter.
Carl Wolf proposed the club host a benefit for the ANA Money Museum. This could be done at a future show. Carl proposed a reception with wine and appetizers for $100 per person. The Board recommended this be discussed with membership.
The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Lyle Daly
|Date:||October 9, 2002|
Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: give a club officer the names of all your guests prior to the meeting day; and everyone must show their photo-ID at the security desk.
|Featured speaker:||Donald Tzvi Ariel - The Invention and Dissemination of the Idea of Coinage|
Mr. Ariel is head of the coin department of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem and will be in Chicago to dismantle the special exhibit on the Byzantine gold hoard at the Field Museum of Natural History. (And no, he will not bring all 750 coins for show and tell.)
|October||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Donald Tzvi Ariel on The Invention and Dissemination of the Idea of Coinage|
|November||13||CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker|
|December||11||CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker to be announced|
|November||5||Scott E. Douglas||1996|
|November||8||Brian A. Heil||1981|
|November||11||J. Vincent Swift||1991|
|November||13||Michael B. Doran||1999|
|November||24||Jeffrey F. Bernberg||1975|
All correspondence pertaining to Club matters
should be addressed to the Secretary and mailed to:
CHICAGO COIN CLUB
P.O. Box 2301
CHICAGO, IL 60690
|Carl Wolf||- President|
|Robert Feiler||- First Vice President|
|Donald Dool||- Second Vice President|
|Other positions held are:|
|Lyle Daly||- Secretary Treasurer|
|Paul Hybert||- Chatter Editor|
|Phil Carrigan||- Archivist|