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Volume 55 No. 1 January 2009

Minutes of the 1080th Meeting

The 1080th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club took place at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave. The annual banquet and election meeting was called to order by President Robert Feiler at 7PM with 27 members and guests in attendance. A motion was made and passed to accept the November Minutes as published in the Chatter and to adopt an abbreviated agenda for this meeting.

Following an invocation by Richard Hamilton, President Feiler thanked the following members who were all given a warm round of applause: Steve Zitowsky, Banquet Chairman; Sharon & Kevin Blocker, Mark Wieclaw and Bill Burd for complimentary hor d’oeuvres; Sharon & Kevin Blocker for the room deposit and complimentary dinner for the speakers.

A motion was made and passed to accept David Greenstein as a member following the second reading of his application. Following the dinner course, Jeff Rosinia surprised his wife, Kathy, with a birthday cake and led everyone in singing Happy Birthday!

First V.P. Jeffrey Rosinia introduced the evening’s featured speaker Ron Guinazzo who delivered a program Treasure Hunting in England. Following a question and answer period, Ron received an engraved Club medal and an ANA Educational Certificate.

Jeffrey Rosinia presented the 2008 Cabeen Exhibit Awards. Recipients were: First Place, Mark Wieclaw; Second Place, Marc Stackler; Honorable Mention, Steve Zitowsky and Lyle Daly. Honorable Mention also went to Robert Leonard, Robert Weinstein, and Winston Zack who were unable to attend.

The slate of officers nominated to serve for 2009-10 was passed unanimously. They are: President Jeffrey Rosinia, First V.P. Lyle Daly, Second V.P. Elliot Krieter, Archivist William Burd, Directors Eugene Freeman, Marc Stackler, Carl Wolf, and Immediate Past President Robert Feiler.

A raffle conducted by Carl Wolf of nine blind wrapped gifts brought in $119.00 for the general treasury. In a surprise display of enthusiasm, guest speaker Ron Guinazzo also put two hammered copper rose farthings into the raffle. Both were struck during the reign of King Charles, 1634-36 AD and found during Ron’s treasure hunts.

The last act of President Feiler was to turn over the meeting gavel to incoming President Jeffrey Rosina and call the meeting adjourned at 9:19 PM.

Following adjournment the members socialized, viewed the two cases filled with artifacts found by Ron Guinazzo, and enjoyed a short holiday trumpet serenade from Jeff Rosinia.

Sincerely Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

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Chicago Coin Club 90th Anniversary Committee
Minutes of December 17, 2008

The fourth meeting of the Chicago Coin Club’s 90th Anniversary Committee was held December 17, 2008 at Connie’s Pizza, 2372 S. Archer Ave., Chicago. Chairman Mark Wieclaw called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM with seven committee members present: Kevin and Sharon Blocker, William Burd, Jeff Rosinia, Elliot Krieter, Marc Stackler and Carl Wolf.

Carl Wolf reported on the investigation of holding a series of educational lectures on Lincoln in Numismatics at the Chicago History Museum (CHM). The CHM responded to the CCC’s general proposal and declined to make it part of their year-long anniversary celebration of Lincoln’s birth. The CCC could still hold a program but would need to rent a seminar room, etc. which would probably require a sponsor. The committee felt the program’s concept was a good idea, and agreed that it would require work, planning, and a co-sponsor. Several good suggestions were raised and will be pursued.

However, the committee felt the Club needs to make concrete plans soon and not miss the opportunity to honor the anniversary at the April Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). Authorization was given to Sharon Blocker to make reservations for Saturday evening April 25th at Giannotti Italian Restaurant, 4926 N. River Road, Schiller Park at an anticipated cost of $38 per person. Invitations with RSVP cards, etc. were also authorized. Mark Wieclaw reported on correspondence with David Hendin, the banquet speaker.

Trays of medals were passed around to much discussion. Some time was spent explaining the difference between the die-struck and die-cast method of creating a medal. Carl Wolf presented an initial proposal on a high-relief, three-dimensional, die cast 2” x 4” x ¼” solid brass medal with tooling $800-$900 front, $600-$700 reverse. Running charge of $34.50 each for 100, or $32.00 each for 250. Consecutive numbering cost of $1.75 each, plus a $10 engraving set-up charge for the entire order. Production time would be about 4 weeks after approval of art. Sterling silver and gold medals would be very difficult to produce with the die-cast method.

Carl was asked to make an additional proposal at the next meeting on die-struck bronze medals, the cost to also issue a limited number of sterling silver and gold, and include a proposal to create a bronze process set.

Members reached consensus on the following features of an anniversary medal:

The next committee meeting is scheduled for January 21, 2009 at Connie’s Pizza.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary

Our 1081st Meeting

Date:January 14, 2009
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:Mark Wieclaw - The Bank Notes of the Central Bank of Brasil, Cruziero Issues 1942-67

Brasil has been plagued by rampant inflation for decades. This presentation deals with the period from 1942 to 1967, when the notes were valued in Cruzeiros. What is interesting is the variety of hand signed and machine signed notes, twelve denominations, three different printing companies, and a few other oddities. Emergency issues at the beginning of this period, as the Mil Reis was on it's way out, and emergency issues toward the end when the New Cruzeiro was being introduced, make for challenging collecting.

Important Dates

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

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

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

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