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Volume 53 No. 1 January 2007

Minutes of the 1056th Meeting

The Annual Banquet of the Chicago Coin Club was held December 13, at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago with 31 members and guests in attendance. Hors d’oeuvres served during the cocktail hour were compliments of Steve Zitowsky and Bill Burd. The meeting was called to order by President Robert Feiler at 7 PM and Richard Hamilton delivered the invocation.

The unopposed slate of officers were elected by acclamation and sworn in by Clifford Mishler. Officers for 2007-08 are: President Robert Feiler, First Vice-President Jeff Rosinia, Second Vice-President Lyle Daly, Archivist Bill Burd, and Directors: Eugene Freeman, Elliot Krieter, Carl Wolf, and Mark Wieclaw (Immediate Past President).

Bill Burd presented the Annual Cabeen Awards for monthly exhibits to: Lyle Daly, first place; Mark Wieclaw, second place; and Honorable Mention: Don Dool, Robert Feiler, Eugene Freeman, Robert Leonard, Winston Zack, and Steve Zitowsky.

Lyle Daly introduced the evening’s speaker, Clifford Mishler, Iola, WI. Cliff is the Chairman of the 2007 Annual Convention of the American Numismatic Association held in Milwaukee. Cliff delivered an entertaining talk comparing the 1950 ANA Convention held in Milwaukee with the cost of living then to now. Of the 460+ convention-goers in 1950, nearly all attended the banquet, and 80 were members of the Chicago Coin Club. Cliff closed his remarks with an invitation for every member to attend the 2007 event on August 8-12. Lyle Daly presented Cliff with an engraved speaker’s medal and an ANA Educational Certificate.

Carl Wolf showed a small blanket made from the WWII concentration camp uniform of Joe Sochon, his father-in-law. The blanket included Mr. Sochon’s original political prisoner patch and his serial numbers from two camps embroidered on each side.

Robert Feiler presented the Club with 200 metallic cards showing a reproduction of the rare 1914 membership card from the American Numismatic Association Branch No. 1, the Club’s predecessor. The opposite side of the 3.5” X 2” card appears like a membership card and is suitable for engraving. The replica was produced at Mech-Tronics, suburban Melrose Park.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

To the Members of the Chicago Coin Club,

I wanted to publicly thank the members of the Chicago Coin Club for the 2007 Cabeen Award. It means a great deal to me as it was awarded to me by a remarkable group of numismatists for whom I have tremendous respect. I am doubly grateful to the members for both the award and the education I have received over the years from this same group of individuals. Without your scholarship and example I would not have been enabled to participate in the monthly presentations.

Thank You,
Lyle Daly

Description of Donated Membership Cards

The membership cards are made from .020” thick 1/2 hard brass material. The engraving on both sides of the card was produced using the photo chemical etching process that used Hydrochloric acid to eat away or etch selected areas or images.

The brass sheets were cut or sheared down from 4 foot X 8 foot sheets to a manageable size of approximately 8” X 11”. These brass sheets were then mechanically cleaned and passed through a laminating type machine that used heated rollers to apply a coating of blue photo sensitive (resist) material that resembles blue saran wrap.

An Auto Cad engineering software system was used to create the layout of the photo tool, which in turn was generated on a laser photo plotter. The reverse was developed using a scan of the 1914 membership card that was in the November club auction. The coated sheets were then placed into a photo master (tool) that in turn is placed into an ultra violet (co-light) machine that exposes the photo master image onto the coated brass sheet. The next step involved a developing/processing machine that does the preliminary image etch.

The last step was passage through the conveyorized machine used for brass, copper, phospher bronze and beryllium copper. The combination of the acids and speed through the machine caused the selected images to be etched from both sides of the sheet.

The final steps were soaking the sheets to remove the remnants of the riston, and then snipping the parts out of the sheets.

Bob Feiler

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Our 1057th Meeting

Date:January 10, 2007
Time:7:00 PM
Location:Downtown Chicago
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.
Featured speaker:Rich Hall - U.S. Type I Liberty Head $20 Gold Coins

Type I $20 gold coins are also known as “No Motto” double-eagles. Minting for general circulation began in 1850 as a direct result of the California Gold Rush and ended in 1866 at the end of the Civil War when the motto “In God We Trust” was added to the reverse. Rich will tell the diverse role this coin played in history and include stories from the California Gold Rush, shipments lost at sea, the “Panic of 1857,” and the Civil War. He will cover some of the minting varieties and other items of interest to collectors.

Important Dates

January 10 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Rich Hall on U.S. Type I Liberty Head $20 Gold Coins
February 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
March 9-11 12th Annual Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX) at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday.
March 10 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Expo, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - William “Pete” Fulkerson on History of National Banking in Southern Illinois, 1863-1935.
March 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 11 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 27-29 30th Annual Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday.
April 28 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago 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

Chatter Matter

All correspondence pertaining to Club matters should be addressed to the Secretary and mailed to:

P.O. Box 2301

Club Officers

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

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