Minutes of the 1054th Meeting
The 1054th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order October 11, 2006
by President Robert Feiler at 7 PM at Dearborn Center, 131 S. Dearborn, Downtown Chicago.
There were 16 members and 1 guest, Andrew Donnelly, present.
The September Minutes were approved as published in the Chatter.
The Treasurer’s report was deferred until October.
The secretary reported receiving William Noble’s (Grundy) application for life membership.
It was reported that general inquiries into Club membership is on the rise.
First V.P. Jeff Rosinia introduced the featured speaker, Andrew Donnelly,
who delivered an updated version of his paper Tetrarchic Mint Control, 284-324 AD
originally given at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Following a question and answer period, Jeff presented Andrew
with an American Numismatic Association educational certificate and an engraved club medal.
Second V.P. Lyle Daly introduced exhibitors for the evening:
WILLIAM BURD: a Chicago Coin Club invitation to the 1920 Chicago ANA convention held at the Art Institute;
DONALD DOOL: an undated Dinero of Philip III struck by the Catalonian city of Granollers,
a charity token issued about 1550 from the Refectory of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Tournai,
an undated XII pfennig issued by the city of Unna located in North Rhine Westphaia,
an 1822-3 8-reales from provincial Peru;
ROBERT LEONARD: 5 numismatic and numismatic related books recently purchased
during a visit in Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria that included
The Illyrians to the Albanians, National Museum of Archeology,
Bulgaria’s Medieval Coins, 9th – 15th Century, plus three catalogs with Cyrillic text;
ROBERT FEILER: ancient Roman coins from the reigns of Diocletian (284-305 AD),
Aurelian (270-275 AD) and Constantius II (324-337 AD);
MARK WIECLAW: Government seal, strapping and case that holds 500 silver eagles,
ancient Roman denarius showing Faustina Sr. (141 AD), Caracalla (posthumous),
Septimius Severus (193-211 AD) and Philip I (244 AD);
EUGENE FREEMAN: 1976 100 franc from Central African Republic,
1978 100 franc from Central African Empire,
and an 1854 U.S. Half Dollar from Hashop’s Drug in Texas a seller of Wolf Brand Chili;
WINSTON ZACK: 6 high grade Lincoln cents in PCGS slabs;
JASON FREEMAN: a “Good Luck” token from Philippines with an elephant motif,
an African Wildlife 1-oz. silver coin from Zambia with elephant,
and a “Vote Republican” spinner with an elephant image;
LYLE DALY: an admission ticket to the 1932 Republican National Convention in Chicago printed by the American Bank Note Company,
an article regarding the Monopoly board game going cashless,
a key ring charge plate from the mid-1930s from the J.L. Hudson Co. Detroit, MI,
and several anonymous issues from the Roman Empire showing Roma, Romulus, and Remus.
Under old business members were reminded to make reservations for the December 13th banquet
to be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago.
Jeff Rosinia and Lyle Daly reported that the meeting site at Chase Bank is okay,
but the environment is continually changing.
Jeff and the Secretary volunteered to put out some inquiries to other institutions,
including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Robert Leonard reported progress on the 2007 souvenir card on cigarette money.
No reports were given on the safe deposit box inventory or the video tape conversion.
During a brief discussion on reviving the Coin Discussion Group it was suggested
the Club consider holding the sessions at different Chicago area coin dealers.
William Burd reported 44 items already on the auction list for the November meeting.
Most are from the William Pettit estate and includes a number of coin club medals.
Lyle Daly volunteered to conduct a silent auction at the December banquet.
President Feiler appointed a nominations committee consisting of William Burd,
Steve Zitowsky, Carl Wolf, and Robert Leonard to present a slate of officers for the December election.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
Show and Tell
Items shown at our October 11, 2006 meeting.
showed an item gien to him by a friend:
an invitation from the Chicago Coin Club to the ANA meeting
at the Art Institute in August, 1920.
showed some more undated coppers acquired at the ANA in Denver.
A coin of Phillip III from Granollers.
The legend only mentions the name Phillip;
last month, Don showed a coin of the same ruler with a different legend error.
A charity token, from supposedly around 1550, from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Tournai.
However, this piece does not match any of the nine designs listed in Eklund.
A 12 pfennig piece from the German city of Una.
The designs are simple: the city arms on one side,
and the denomination, XII, on the other side.
A silver 1822 8 reales Peru Libre provisional piece.
Don has all but one of the copper (lower denominations) provisional pieces,
and he pointed out that this piece might have been issued
under San Martin as Protector of Peru.
showed some books he had acquired during his recent trip through Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria.
A book of numismatic finds from the southwest part of Macedonia.
Most text is in Macedonian (using the cyrillic alphabet) with some parts in English;
most plates are black and white plates, but some are in color.
A coin catalog from Bulgaria of medieval coins, 9th to 15th century.
Written in Bulgarian, the softcover book is out of print;
it cost Bob $30.
Also from Bulgaria, a 1992 softbound book of coins of Mesembria.
It has muddy loking plates, captions in Bulgarian and French,
with summaries in French, English, and German.
The book cost only 65 cents;
the result of years of inflation, of the local currency, on the original price.
The Illyrians to the Albaians,
written in English, is a hardback book printed on coated paper.
There are only a few coins mentioned,
but Bob highlighted the odd and curious aspect of some items;
124 small bronze axe heads are pictured.
They are about three inches long, and date from about 2200 B.C.
Over 100 hoards of them have been found.
A soft cover history book from the National Museum of Archaeology
shows some similar items:
amber pieces (originating in the Baltic area) recovered from 6th century B.C. tombs,
and hoards of small axe heads and sickles.
showed three Roman coins with interesting reverses:
A coin of Diocletian, with a radiate bust obverse and
the emperor receiving victory from Neptune on the reverse.
A coin of Aurelian as Augustus with a radiate bust obverse and
the emperor receiving victory from Neptune on the reverse.
Constantius II, the son of Constantine the Great, as Caesar
with two soldiers and two standards on the reverse.
started by updating us on the latest sealing techniques
as used for shipping some U.S. mint products.
Instead of the lead seals shown us in the past,
Mark showed the plastic strapping used on the box holding 500 silver eagles.
The most recent shipment had “West Point” imprinted on the strapping
along with the “Aug 18” date,
while no printing had appeared on previous shipments.
His more serious exhibits were two postomous issues and
then two issues that are identifiable to a single year.
A denarius honoring Faustina, who had died early in her husband’s reign.
The reverse legend of Eternity surrounds a simple rendition of a star (a dot with eight rays).
A denarius honoring Caracalla, issued by Elagabolous.
The word Magna in the legend indicates a postumous issue.
Septimius Severus celebrated the tenth year of his rule with a rare reverse,
which dates this piece to 202.
A sestertius of Philip honoring his ascension can be dated to 244.
moved here from Texas some years ago,
and he managed to work Texas into two of his exhibits:
While living in Houston (late ’70s, early ’80s),
he visited a foreign exchange house looking for coins from Gabon.
He found these 100 Franc and 50 Franc coins,
coins that cost him all of 24 cents and 12 cents, respectively.
For a brief time, the Central African Republic
changed its name to Central African Empire.
Eugene acquired a nice high grade circulated example of the only coin so marked, dated 1978,
from the same exchange house.
Examples of this coin are usually either well worn or uncirculated.
A similar piece from the Paris mint, different in only the date and the name of the country:
1976 and Central African Republic.
A can of Wolf Brand Chili,
the second most popular brand of chili in the U.S.
even though it is sold only in Texas and the immediate surrounding areas.
The chili was originally sold from a wagon in front of Hashop’s Drug;
when that store was torn down, Eugene was able to buy some coins
that had been pulled from circulation.
Eugene showed one of the coins, an 1854 U.S. half dollar,
making it the oldest coin that he knows where it was last spent.
always liked U.S. cents, especially Lincoln Memorial cents.
He showed us some of his proof and mint state
coins in PCGS slabs.
showed pieces bearing elephants:
A 2000 Zambia one ounce .999 silver piece
with a face value of 5000 Kwacka (equivalent to $10 U.S.).
A worn Philippine Rattan Furniture good luck charm
featuring an elephant reading a book.
A Vote Republican spinner with an elephant head,
bearing a “The New Deal Spends — Who Pays? You”
showed a range of items:
A ticket to the 1932 Repulican National Convention in Chicago,
printed by the American Bank Note Company.
Herbert Hoover won the nomination, but lost in the general election.
A magazine article stating that the play money in the Monopoly game
is being phased out in Britain,
to be replaced with plastic to make it more realistic.
A metallic key ring charge plate from the mid 1930s,
good at the J.L. Hudson store in Detroit.
Our 1055th Meeting
|Date:||November 8, 2006|
At Dearborn Center, 131 S. Dearborn, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6A (right off the elevator lobby).
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 and register at the guard’s desk.
Although the deadline for listing lots in the Chatter is past,
you can still bring your lots with you to the November meeting.
In the past few years, club
related material (and Chicago area numismatic items) have
realized 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
Please find elsewhere in this issue of the Chatter
a listing of all auction lots
that were known to us by Tuesday, October 24.
Annual Member Auction
Here are the lots known to us by October 24, 2006.
The auction will be held near the start of the meeting,
after a short time for lot examination;
consignments are accepted until the auction starts.
Material consigned by the W. Pettit estate:
CCC history of leather money with attached leather token #089.
Given out at the 843rd meeting on April 8, 1989.
CCC history of Swedish plate money with attached replica.
Serial #242. Given out at the 854th meeting in March, 1990.
CCC history of stone money with attached replica.
Serial #087. Given out at the 866th meeting on March 9, 1991.
CCC history of axe money with attached replica.
Serial #063. Given out at the 878th meeting on March 21, 1992.
CCC history of clamshell money with attached clam shell #051.
Given out at the 889th meeting on February 27, 1993.
CCC history of bark cloth money with attached bark cloth #086.
Given out at the 903rd meeting on April 16, 1994.
CCC history of Chinese knife money with replica #127.
Given out at the 914th meeting on March 25, 1995.
Medal “For Merit of Exhibit” to be awarded
at the ANA 75th Anniversary Convention held in
Chicago and hosted by CCC in 1966.
Reverse of this medal is engraved SPECIMEN and is believed
to have been given to one of the committee members as a sample.
Bronze. Issued by Medallic Art Co.
Medal “Excellence of Exhibit Chicago Coin Club 1956” reverse is blank.
Bonze. Medallic Art Co.
Illinois Sesquicentennial Medal. Contains 4 ounces of silver.
Housed in a hard plastic holder in the shape of Illinois.
CCC 800th meeting medal “What’s Past is Prologue”.
September 14, 1985. 2 pieces – one in bronze and one silvered.
CCC 500th meeting medal. Obverse “Chicago - 1960” with skyline.
Reverse “41 Years – 500 Meetings” with Club logo.
Barrel shaped. Bronze.
Token. Obverse “Central States Numismatic Society” around map
of member States.
Reverse “CSNS 37th Anniversary Convention Chicago April 30th - May 2nd”
with CCC logo in center with “1776 our Nation’s 200th Year 1976”.
Medal. Obverse “Moritz Wormser” with his portrait.
Reverse “President of the American Numismatic Association 1924”.
Medallic Art Co. Bronze.
Token “75th Anniversary DIA-ANA Convention 1891-1966 Chicago Coin Club”.
Elongated on a 1919-S Lincoln Cent.
“Chicago Coin Club 819th Meeting April 4, 1987 CICF”.
Discoverers Medal commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Chicago Coin Club 1919-1994.
Bronze. Number 54 of 165 issued.
Small tri-fold pamphlet titled The Story of the Illinois PROVISIONAL Sales Tax Tokens.
Includes a token from Carbondale. Not dated but printed before zip codes.
Illinois Sesquicentennial Medal. Contains approx 1 ounce of silver. 1818–1968.
Medal. Obverse - Rovelstad’s I Will figure surrounded by
“CCC 50th Anniversary 1919–1969”.
Reverse - constellation of stars surrounded by “Chicago Coin Club
Docendo Discimus”. Bronze.
Same as #20 above. Silver. Serial #822.
Token. CCC 600th Meeting January 8, 1969.
Lincoln Medallion. Obverse “Lincoln 1809-1865.
Reverse “CSNS 1965–1865 April Centennial & Convention”.
Includes a list of events in April of 1865 including the assassination of
Token. Obverse – “Central States Numismatic Society 17th Convention”.
Reverse “Heart of America Numismatic Association 1934–1959 25th Anniversary”.
Medal. Roosevelt University – Numismatic Education Program Inaugurated September 29, 1965.
2 pieces – one base metal and one silver clad proof.
Issued by the Franklin Mint.
Morton Grove Coin Club memorabilia – 2 elongated coins, one silver dime and one cent
commemorating the spring coin festival of May 1969.
Another set titled Season’s Greetings 1974.
Also, a good luck token dated 1975 and a pocket knife key chain dated 1981.
Token. “Morton Grove Coin Club - Education thru Numismatics - Founded 1964”.
Uniface. Also a Lead trial strike of the same token.
Also a tiny token with crude engraving “MGCC” and opposite side “1980”.
Token. Obverse “Chicago Numismatic Society”.
Reverse “In Commemoration of the 50th Monthly Meeting March 6, 1908”.
Token. Obverse “Chicago Numismatic Society Souvenir Masonic Temple Presidential Greeting
at Opening Reception New Rooms May 3rd 1907”.
Reverse includes a list of rare US coins and their values.
Token. Obverse “Chicago Coin Club”.
Reverse “One Hundredth Meeting June 1, 1927”.
Token issued by Charles H. Lipsky advertising his desire
to purchase Illinois trade tokens.
Token is stapled to an advertising cardboard. 2 pieces.
Four different tokens from the Central States Numismatic Society
23rd Annual Convention in Chicago 1965.
Bus Tour Tokens good for “One Fare”.
Token. Obverse “Central States Numismatic Society – 23rd Annual Convention – 1965 Chicago”.
Reverse “My Fair Lady Banquet – Souvenir”.
Same as 33 above.
Token “The Town House Sheridan Rd. Cor. Morse Ave. – Chicago”.
Reverse “Silver Anniversary 1.00 good for food & drinks”.
North Shore Coin Club Tenth Anniversary Token 1958–1968.
Engraved “Educational Award” – “W. Pettit”.
12 miscellaneous Morton Grove Coin Club tokens and elongateds from the 1970s to 1990.
11 miscellaneous tokens and elongateds from various private individuals and coin companies.
Rarcoa, Leonard Stark, Rich Hartzog, Hamilton Mint, Charles Lipsky and Grant Schmalgemeier.
10 miscellaneous tokens from various coin clubs including Calumet, ILNA, North Shore, Elgin
and Oak Park.
11 miscellaneous tokens and medals.
Six pieces of the Illinois Sesquicentennial medals (four are duplicates).
Others include the 1982 National Collectables Exposition;
Mount Prospect Golden Anniversary in 1967;
Grayville, Illinois Centennial token dated 1955;
bus token for the Chicago and Calumet District;
and a TWA blue Chip Service token.
Brass Membership Card issued in 1913 and 1914 by the Chicago Branch 1 American Numismatic
Obverse “Chicago Branch 1 – American Numismatic Association - Membership Card”.
Reverse “Receipt for Dues 1914 – Issued to Member No. 39”.
A scarce piece. The only one I have seen. Issued only for two years 1913 and 1914.
Material from the archives of the Chicago Coin Club.
Correspondence from various coin dealers and clubs to C. Sam Carlson.
Majority from the 1930s.
Includes, B. Max Mehl, Edgar Adams, Bolender, Elder, Scott, Kenneth Lee, and others.
Over 35 items.
This correspondence was donated to the club by the family of Carlson
after his death in September of 1978.
(Several items on CCC stationary were also donated and remain in the club
The American Numismatic Association Centennial History 1891–1991,
by Q. David Bowers, 2 volumes, First Edition 1991, 1744 pages. Hardcover, like new.
Glass ashtray “Welcome to 1965 CSNS Wonderful World of Numismatics”.
||CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker|
||CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
Birthday and Year Joined
||Allen H. Meyer
||Brian C. Stubbs
||Kevin J. Blocker
||Phillip J. Carrigan
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
|Robert Feiler||- President|
|Jeff Rosinia||- First Vice President|
|Lyle Daly||- Second Vice President|
|Other positions held are:|
|Carl Wolf||- Secretary|
|Steve Zitowsky||- Treasurer|
|Paul Hybert||- Chatter Editor|
|William Burd||- Archivist|
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