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Volume 54 No. 10 October 2008

Minutes of the 1077th Meeting

The 1077th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held September 10, 2008 in the Chicago Bar Association Building, 231 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago. First Vice President Jeffrey Rosinia called the meeting to order at 7 PM with 19 members present.

The August Minutes as printed in the Chatter were approved as published. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky announced the opening of a certificate of deposit with $2,800.00 to hold life membership funds. The balance sheet report was approved showing August income $300.00, expenses $97.40 and total assets $13,586.20. The Treasurer answered several questions concerning the “no interest checking,” and intermittent billing from the CBA for room rent.

Eugene Freeman delivered a featured presentation Metal and Porcelain Notgeld, 1917-1930, which led to an active session of questions and additional comments. Jeff Rosinia presented Gene with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club medal. Future meeting programs through February 2009 were announced.

Jeff Rosinia drew attention to the new Club-owned LCD projector made possible by the anonymous donations of 3 members. Elliot Krieter received a round of applause for his investigative work and reports on which model would work best at the Club’s monthly meeting and also in a large conference room at a coin show.

Second Vice President Lyle Daly introduced the evening’s 9 exhibitors. DONALD DOOL: miscellaneous notgeld & MPC from WWII and a complete set of Mercury dimes; ELLIOT KRIETER: an 1880CC and 1884CC Morgan dollars from the Chester Poderski estate; STEVE ZITOWSKI: official gilt medal from 1915 Panama-Pacific Expo, an enameled lapel pin made from an 1883 Hawaiian quarter, a Russian wire money gold kopek (1676-82), and a mysterious elongate(?) from San Diego; MARK WIECLAW: 3 notgeld made from aluminum foil, 2 notgeld made from shoe leather, a coin showing a 1977 Kennedy half dollar obverse with a British large penny reverse, and a 1973 Kennedy half dollar made to hold a fold-out knife; ANDY PLIOPLYS: Soviet Union banknotes showing correct monetary expressions from each of the their 17 Republics; MARC STACKLER: report on the recent Mexican Numismatic Society Convention, 6 SUD 2-reales from 1812 and a 20 peso polymer banknote; RICHARD LIPMAN: from a recent trip to Denmark a set of coins honoring H.C. Andersen and 5 of his well-known stories, 20 Kroner coin and a medal from Legoland; ROBERT LEONARD: books A Guidebook of U.S. Tokens and Medals, and The Coinage of the Crusaders and the World of Islam with magnificent enlarged color photographs; ROBERT WEINSTEIN: German notgeld in zinc, iron, aluminum and porcelain (1918-1923).

Under business a report was given on the recent Illinois Numismatic Association Convention in Tinley Park where member Donald Dool was awarded Best-In-Show for his exhibit on Kipper und Wipper Era Coinage.

A letter was put up on the screen from Brenda Bishop, ANA Meeting Services Manager, inviting the Chicago Coin Club to serve as host club to the ANA 2011 Convention. A motion was made and unanimous passed to accept this offer. A brief discussion was led concerning the Club’s responsibility to submit to the ANA our choice of a General Chairman.

Mark Wieclaw, Chairman, announced the first planning meeting of the 90th Anniversary Committee. It will take place September 17 at Connie’s Pizza, 2373 S. Archer. Those who plan to have dinner were asked to show up at 6 PM and the meeting will begin at 7 PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

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Show and Tell

Items shown at our September 10, 2008 meeting.

  1. Don Dool started with WW II souvenirs brought back by his uncle:
  2. Elliott Krieter showed two pieces acquired at a recent auction of some material from the Chet Poderski estate.
  3. Steve Zitowsky showed a medal, and then three pieces recently acquired from a small antique show junk box:
  4. Mark Wieclaw showed some Notgeld and some odd things:
  5. Andy Plioplys showed bank notes from the Soviet Union, and pointed out the correct expression of the denomination appears in each of the official languages (and alphbets) of the Soviet Union. Andy showed us the 1 through 25 ruble notes of the 1947 series, the 1 through 100 ruble notes of the 1961 series, and the similar designs of the 1 through 100 ruble notes of the 1991 series. That was around the time of the breakup of the Soviet Union — Lithuania had declared its independence on March 11, 1990. The smaller denominations in the 1991 series no longer use the languages, while they still appear on the 50 and 100 ruble notes. The transition from the non-Russian languages is complete by the 1992 series.
  6. Marc Stackler spent the first week of September in Mexico City, attending the convention of the Mexican Numismatic Society. The convention started with a cultural program (including a trip to Oaxaca) and ended with numismatic events. Marc showed us the convention program, the catalogs from the two auctions, and then some acquisitions:
  7. While on a recent trip to Denmark, Richard Lipman acquired these:
  8. Bob Leonard showed some recently acquired books:
  9. Robert Weinstein was the last exhibitor to show metallic and porcelain Notgeld to complement the evening’s featured program.

Minutes of Chicago Coin Club
90th Anniversary Committee Meeting

The first meeting of the Chicago Coin Club’s 90th Anniversary Committee was held September 17, 2088 at Connie’s Pizza, 2373 W. Archer Ave., Chicago. Chairman Mark Wieclaw called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM with four other members present: Kevin and Sharon Blocker, William Burd and Carl Wolf. Five additional members volunteered for the committee, but could not make the meeting. They were: Elliot Krieter, Lyle Daly, Steve Zitowsky, Jeff Rosinia and Robert Feiler.

A decision was made to follow the format of past anniversary celebrations by holding a banquet in conjunction with a multi-day coin show. Dates discussed included the Chicago Paper Money Expo, March 5-8, 2009 and the Chicago International Coin Fair, April 23-26, 2009. Since March weather can be inclement the CICF in April was favored. Kevin Foley, the Show Manager, will be contacted.

Past anniversary celebrations were reviewed and a number of well-known speakers were discussed. Mark, Bill and Carl volunteered to contact prominent out-of-town numismatists for availability.

It was pointed out that 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and a discussion followed on the possibility of using his image on an anniversary medal. The high price of silver and gold was also discussed and the committee recognized a potential problem with poor sales should a steep decline in precious metal pricing take place after receiving the medals.

Mark announced the plan to hold committee meetings the third Wednesday of every month with the next meeting tentatively scheduled for October 15, 2008. The possibility of holding it in Chinatown was discussed.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:39 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary

Call for Club Auction Lots
November 12, 2008

The club auction is scheduled for 7PM, at the start of the regular November club meeting. We already have an impressive consignment of club material from the Charles Menard estate. In the past few years, club related material (and Chicago area numismatic items) have had the best results. Some printed material also has shown good 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 Tuesday, October 28. You can either e-mail your list to Paul Hybert by Tuesday, October 28 if you plan to bring your lots with you to the November meeting; or you can ship your items to Bill Burd by Tuesday, October 28.

Bill Burd
CCC-A Dept.
Chicago Coin Company
6455 W. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60638
Paul Hybert
312-791-9001, evenings

If you have questions, Bill can be reached at 773-586-7666.

Our 1078th Meeting

Date:October 8, 2008
Time:7:00 PM
Location:Downtown Chicago
At the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd floor meeting room. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk. A few blocks west of the CBA building is the Ceres Restaurant (enter the Board of Trade building from Jackson at LaSalle, then enter the restaurant from the lobby) with standard sandwiches, burgers and salads for members who want to meet for dinner.
Featured speaker:Sharon & Kevin Blocker - Cuban Coinage, 1980-Present

In 1962 Fidel Castro instituted a communist government in Cuba. The resulting embargo by the U.S. contributed to a shortage of hard currency. In the 1980s the Havana Mint raised money for the national coffers by producing a large variety of coinage designs for collectors. Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins shows page-after-page of one, five, ten, twenty and fifty peso coin designs. Members of the Cuban Numismatic Society, the Blockers hold a large collection of these coins. Attend this program and give your opinion on the quality of engraving art by Cuban engravers and weigh in on how well the designs appeal to collectors.

Important Dates

October 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Sharon & Kevin Blocker on Cuban Coinage, 1980-Present
November 12 CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker
December 10 CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker - Ronald Guinazzo on Treasure Hunting in England

Birthday and Year Joined

November 2 Alexander Basok 1998
November 3 John Riley 2004
November 5 Phyllis Johnson 1987
November 8 Brian A. Heil 1981
November 9 Eric Schmidt 2007
November 24 Jeffrey F. Bernberg 1975
November 27 Robert Feiler 1994

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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