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Volume 54 No. 12 December 2008

2009 Membership Dues

If you have not yet paid your 2009 Chicago Coin Club membership dues, please do so now: $20 for each individual member, $30 for an individual member with a spouse who is an associate member, or $10 for a junior member. Send a check to the club’s post office box:

P.O. Box 2301

Minutes of the 1079th Meeting

The 1079th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held November 12, 2008 in the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago. President Robert Feiler called the meeting to order at 7 PM with 13 members and 1 guest, David Greenstein, present.

The October Minutes as printed in the Chatter were approved as published. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky was absent, but sent a report showing October income of $205.00, expenses of $317.16, leaving total assets of $13,072.65 which is in Life Memberships $2,630.00 and Members’ Equity $10,442.65. There were no questions and the report was approved as read.

A motion was made and passed to accept the application for membership of Simon Harries (no. 1154) following a second reading. The application for membership of David Greenstein received a first reading.

The program for the evening was an auction organized by William Burd. It featured a number of CCC memorabilia from long-time member Clarence Wills and from the estate of Charles Minard. Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. donated for auction a MS67 1999-P Delaware Quarter and a PF67 1959 Franklin Half Dollar.

A report was given on the December banquet at Marcello’s Restaurant and a number of attendees paid the $35.00 per person.

Mark Wieclaw announced the next meeting of the 90th Anniversary Committee as November 19th at the Emperor’s Choice Restaurant, 2238 S. Wentworth in Chinatown.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Sincerely Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

Seasons Greetings from California

Hi everyone. Wow, I just realized as I began this that I’ve have been associated with you at the Chicago Coin Club since before 1990! I think I finally joined the club in 1992 or 1993 when I had a guilty conscience for taking several CICF giveaways from you and giving nothing back. It has been a wonderful experience knowing and being associated with you all these years. Even though I have been rather scarce the last five years, I have been able to keep in contact with some of you. Actually I think I have been totally absent from the CCC meetings. During that time I have lived in several places including Germany and now California, for another month.

My wife and I are about to leave on another of our pilgrimage walks. On New Year’s Day, we will begin walking east. We are walking from our front door across the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic. And when we get there we will take a container ship to Portugal where we will continue our walk across Europe to Jerusalem. We expect to take nine months walking to the east coast and another nine months in Europe. Check out our new web journal at We plan on keeping everyone up to date on our progress publishing something new every few days as we travel. There are a lot of Starbucks with wi-fi across the country and I’ll have a small netbook computer. Leave us a comment now and then on

If you happen to be driving along Rt 66 in the Southwest in the winter, the Santa Fe Trail or the Missouri River in the spring, or the Mississippi or I&M canal in early summer and see two walkers, it might be us. Please stop. We’ll exchange a few stories. We currently plan on being in Woodstock sometime in July.

This year I finished writing Germany to Rome in 64 days: Our Pilgrimage, a narrative of our walk from southern Germany to Rome in 2006-7. If you are interested, click on the link to my books on

Petra and I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous new year. I wish I could be there to enjoy the club banquet with you but we are busily preparing to walk and storing our goods.

Mike Metras, late November 2008,

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Auction Results
November 14, 2007

These are the realized prices for the lots listed in the November Chatter; eight additional lots were consigned just before the auction.


Chicago Coin Club 90th Anniversary Committee
Minutes of November 19, 2008

The third meeting of the Chicago Coin Club’s 90th Anniversary Committee was held November 19, 2008 at the Emperor’s Choice Restaurant, 2238 S. Wentworth, in Chicago’s Chinatown. Chairman Mark Wieclaw called the meeting to order at 5:50 PM with eight others present: Kevin and Sharon Blocker, William Burd, Steve Zitowsky, Elliot Krieter, Marc Stackler, Robert Feiler and Carl Wolf.

Sharon Blocker distributed a hand-out on banquet costs at the Giannotti Italian Restaurant, 4926 N. River Road, Schiller Park. A family-style dinner would cost $34.00-$36.00, and ordering off the menu would be $61.00. Using the same quantities as used for the 1000th meeting, Sharon also investigated the cost of printing invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards, etc. which came to $455.00.

Carl Wolf reported on his investigation on holding a series of educational lectures on “Lincoln in Numismatics.” Telephone calls to the numismatic press and associations revealed no group is making any such plans, so there would be no conflicts. He reported conversations with the Chicago History Museum (CHM) and how they are considering the proposal of holding the event at their Museum. Three numismatic books dealing with Lincoln will be published in 2009 and everyone was hopeful that the authors could attend the event. Nine photographs of the Lincoln statue designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and located east of the CHM were passed around and the committee expressed a strong inclination to use this image on the 90th Anniversary Medal.

Mark Wieclaw reported on further conversations he had with David Hendin as a prospective speaker at the Club’s meeting held in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair.

Robert Feiler reported on his investigation into private mints. Mint Masters quoted a die charge of $1000-$2000 for a rectangular medal, plus $12-$20 each striking charge for a brass medal and $7-$8 (plus silver spot) for a silver medal.

It was the consensus of the committee that if positive news is not delivered from the CHM by the December 17th, then all planning should go into a celebration at the CICF, April 25, 2009. Mark Wieclaw was also instructed to make a commitment to David Hendin as the premier speaker, either at the afternoon meeting or the evening banquet. The idea of holding a “Lincoln in Numismatics” seminar at the Mid-America Coin Show, July 11, 2009 was also discussed.

The next committee meeting will be December 17th at the same location.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary

Our 1080th Meeting

Date:December 10, 2008
Time:6PM to 7PM Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
7PM to 9 PM+ Dinner and Meeting
Location:Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 312-654-2560. Ample free parking is available in their parking lot. If public transportation is taken, it’s just east of the North Avenue subway stop on the CTA Red Line.

Dinner starts with Italian Mozzarella Salad with Red Onion, Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Black Olives, and Pepperoncini served with Homemade Italian Dressing. Entrees are: Teriyaki, BBQ, Garlic Oregano or Batter Dipped Broasted Chicken; and Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini with Roasted Garlic, Basil, and Tomato Sauce. Side dishes are: Grilled Seasonal Vegetable Medley, and Double Baked Potatoes with Sour Cream and Scallions. Home-made sweets fresh from the bakery make up dessert.

The cost is $35.00 per person and reservations are required. Make your check payable to Chicago Coin Club, P.O. Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690. If time is short, e-mail your reservation to, or call 773-878-8979 during workdays and make arrangements to pay at the door.

Please make reservations as early as you can so we can plan for an appropriate room size.


Ronald Guinazzo on Treasure Hunting in England
Ron Guinazzo is a semi-professional treasure hunter and estimates finding over 100,000 coins over the past 25 years! He has traveled to Mexico, Greece and Italy looking for artifacts and this October he will make his 8th trip to England to explore and investigate the lands around Colchester, 2 hours northeast of London. Colchester is the oldest recorded city in Britain and was the capitol of England until the Romans invaded around 43 AD. During these visits Ron has found Celtic gold coins, Roman Bronzes, hammered silver coins (sceats) from King John, a partial bronze axe (850 BC), plus various buttons from the Tudor Era. Join us for a wonderful and entertaining program filled with stories of finding lost treasures! Ron promises to bring enough of his English finds to fill two exhibit cases!

Agenda: Award Presentations
Election of club officers

The Nomination Committee of Mark Wieclaw, Bill Burd, Steve Zitowsky and Carl Wolf reported the slate for the 2009-10 term which will be voted on at the December meeting: President Jeffrey Rosinia, First V.P. Lyle Daly, Second V.P. Elliot Krieter, Archivist William Burd, Directors: Eugene Freeman, Marc Stackler, Carl Wolf and Robert Feiler (Immediate Past-President).

Important Dates

December 10 CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker - Ronald Guinazzo on Treasure Hunting in England
January 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Mark Wieclaw on The Bank Notes of the Central Bank of Brasil, Cruziero Issues 1942-67
February 11 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Warren Schultz on to be announced
March 6-8 15th 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 7 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 - to be announced
March 11 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 24-26 34th 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 25 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
May 13 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced

Birthday and Year Joined

January 2 Al Sawyer 1999
January 12 Elliot Kreiter 2004
January 16 Michael Metras
January 26 Jennie Sochon 1982

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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