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Chicago Coin Club
Volume 51 No. 1 January 2005

Survey Enclosed

Please fill out the survey included in the middle of many of the printed Chatters; an addressed stamped envelope is included with each survey. The topic is the club meetings, so some of the more distant members were not sent a survey.

Minutes of the 1032nd Meeting

The evening began at approximately 6:00PM with a social hour and the opening of the silent auction.

President Mark Wieclaw called the 1032nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club to order on December 8, 2004 at 7:04PM. The meeting was held at the Alpine Haus Banquet Hall. This was the annual banquet.

After outlining the program for the evening Mark asked Richard Hamilton to provide an invocation before dinner. Dinner concluded at about 8:00PM. Lyle Daly announced the closing of the silent auction at 8:15PM.

First Vice President Robert Feiler introduced the speaker for the evening, Thom Cicchelli, the designer of the Illinois state quarter. Thom offered insights and personal experiences from the design competition for the reverse of our state quarter and the subsequent work with the US Mint. First Vice President Robert Feiler thanked Thom and presented him with the featured speakers medal and an ANA educational certificate.

Due to the late hour President Wieclaw in a sagely fashion requested a motion to hold an abbreviated business meeting. A motion was made seconded and passed to abbreviate the meeting. Minutes were not approved and no Treasurer’s report was read.

Second Vice President Jeff Rosinia announced the results of the Cabeen award. This award is given to members who receive the highest ratings in the monthly “Show and Tell”. Robert Leonard received an honorable mention. His average annual rating was within 10% of this year’s winner. Soon to be past president Mark Wieclaw was an extremely close second place recipient. Member Chuck Jacobs received first place.

Mark Wieclaw then asked Bob Leonard to step forward and called the nominees for office for the 2005-2006 term to come forward. Bob Leonard then swore in Robert Feiler as President, Jeff Rosinia as First Vice President, and Lyle Daly as Second Vice president.

Mark Wieclaw made a brief closing statement after handing the gavel over to Robert Feiler. Mark acknowledged the tireless efforts of member Carl Wolf for his unwavering commitment and support of the Chicago Coin Club. All present agreed and offered well deserved round of applause. Mark further stated that numismatics is a wonderful hobby. The coins and currency are intriguing; however the real treasure is the friendships that we develop. The year 2004 saw new members come and losses within the numismatic community. Mark reminded us to treasure friendship.

Joel Reznick briefly addressed the club and advised he will be moving to Florida. He echoed the sentiments that Mark had conveyed and expressed his fondest regards to the club and membership. He will keep us present in mind.

New President Bob Feiler requested a motion to adjourn. A motion was made seconded and passed to adjourn.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

As a post meeting note, the silent auction raised $634 for the Chicago Coin Club. Thanks to all of you who participated. Generous contributions from members Mark Wieclaw, Bob Feiler, Bill Burd, Chuck Jacobs, Joel Reznick and guests KL Daly, Hal Burke and Nancy Maczka deserve special thanks.

Respectfully submitted by Lyle Daly

The Electronic Numismatist

Dr. George Heath started The Numismatist (initially called The American Numismatist) in the fall of 1888. In 1891 the American Numismatic Association was founded and The Numismatist was soon adopted as the official publication, an honor the magazine still holds to this day. Complete year sets from the first twenty years do not appear often at auction, and when they do appear they realize strong prices. Years ago the ANA re-issued the articles from the first ten years in a single volume, but that does not appear very often on the market.

Some club members are working on their own complete sets, while some other members have only the more readily available issues starting from around 1930. Although the idea of producing an electronic version has been kicked around for a number of years, nothing has been produced. Until now, that is.

The club recently received an announcement from Jorg Lueke, that he will be making available the issues from 1888-1963 in electronic form. He has converted, bookmarked, and indexed onto .PDF files the first six volumes of the Numismatists issued from 1888-1893 into the first compilation of material called The Electronic Numismatist. Subsequent volume sets are planned in the following schedule:

Vol 7-16 (1894-1903) Apr.2005
Vol 17-26 (1904-1913) Jul.2005
Vol 27-36 (1914-1923) Oct.2005
Vol 37-46 (1924-1933) Feb.2006
Vol 47-56 (1934-1943) May.2006
Vol 57-66 (1944-1953) Aug.2006
Vol 67-76 (1954-1963) Nov.2006

Although each set normally sells for $29.95 for web download, a special price of $19.95 per set is offered to all members of the Chicago Coin Club. A summary of the project can be found at:

The following is a sample page.

Our 1033rd Meeting

Date:January 12, 2005
Time:7:00 PM
Location:Downtown Chicago
At the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), 321 S. Plymouth Court, in the Albert F. Holfeld Room on the 5th floor.Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must show their photo-ID at the security desk.
Featured speaker:Greg Goodrow - Vietnamese Cash Coinage, 968-1945

Greg Goodrow has collected Vietnamese artifacts since 1980; nine years ago he began to specialize in collecting their coinage. His talk will cover the beginnings of Vietnam’s cash coinage, types of cash coins, influences from China and the historical significance surrounding different rulers. Greg will also offer clarification on the many tributary names assigned to the country. Contemporary counterfeits on the market and current literature will also be covered.

Important Dates

January 12 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Greg Goodrow on Vietnamese Cash Coinage, 968-1945
February 9 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
March 9 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
March 18-20 11th Annual Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX) at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday.
March 19 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition, which is held at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced.
April 13 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 22-24 29th Annual Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont. Admission is $5.
April 23 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Holiday Inn O'Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced

Birthday and Year Joined

February 2 Tillie Boosel
February 9 Steven G. Zitowsky 1991
February 16 Donald H. Dool 1998
February 25 Walter Pershke 1968
February 27 Ronald Martino 1991

Chatter Matter

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Club Officers

Robert Feiler- President
Jeff Rosinia- First Vice President
Lyle Daly- Second Vice President
Directors:Phil Carrigan
Carl Wolf
Steve Zitowsky
Mark Wieclaw
Other positions held are:
Bill Burd/Carl Wolf- Secretary
Steve Zitowsky- Treasurer
Paul Hybert- Chatter Editor
William Burd- Archivist