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Volume 55 No. 6 June 2009

Editor's Notes

Member Joe Boling disagrees with part of what Jerry Nelson of the Chicago Fed said when he addressed our April meeting; Jerry mentioned there have been only one counterfeit $2 and one counterfeiter of the $1 since 1862. Joe referred me to two references: Dickerman’s 1894 United States Treasury Counterfeit Detector that mentions a number of counterfeit $1 and $2 notes, and the November 1948 edition of The National Counterfeit Detector that mentions no less than 20 counterfeit $1 notes.

Jerry based his information on a conversation, a few years ago, with three of the Secret Service staff who pick up any found counterfeit notes every Friday. Maybe they concentrate on the current activity and forget about the old. Or, maybe, the sorting machines have never been “trained” on the older counterfeits. During the next ANA convention in Chicago, some collectors of small-size counterfeit notes should put together a nice assortment to test the Fed’s sorting machine!

Paul Hybert

Minutes of the 1085th Meeting

The 1085th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held May 13, 2009 in the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago. President Jeffrey Rosinia called the meeting to order at 7 PM with 28 members and 2 guests, Brenda Bishop and Patrick Mullen.

The April Minutes printed in the Chatter were approved as published. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky reported April receipts $5,191.00, expenses $12,525.71 and total income minus $7,334.71 leaving total assets of $14,642.35 which is in Life Memberships $2,390.00 and Members’ Equity $12,252.35. The Treasurer reported the big expense increase due to 90th Anniversary medal and banquet costs.

Seven applications for membership received second reading and all were elected into membership. They were Kevin Dailey, Daniel Pelc, Marc Charles Ricard, David Bynum, Zoujun Dai, Dale Lukanich and Jeffrey A. Amelse. The application of Patrick Mullen received first reading.

The Club’s General Chairman of the 2011 ANA Convention, Robert Leonard, introduced the featured speaker, Brenda Bishop, Colorado Springs. As the Convention Coordinator/Meeting Services Manager of the American Numismatic Association, Brenda covered the responsibilities of the host club and spoke of the committee posts that need to be filled.

Second V.P. Elliot Krieter introduced the 16 exhibitors. DAVID GUMM: included booklet, rolled out coin memorabilia from CCC 90th Anniversary & $500 Federal Reserve Note; ROBERT LEONARD: April , 2009 issue Catholic Historical Review, book Means of Exchange, 3 cut Abbasid ¼ dirham 775-800 AD; EUGENE FREEMAN: 2 Coins of All Nations errors & a 1992 Indian 5 Paise striking error; ANDY PLIOPLYS: Aug 12, 1920 issue of the NY Times covering Mr. Ponzi for whom the Ponzi Scheme was named; MARK WIECLAW: 2 silver denari (71-73 AD) of Roman Emperor Vespasian, CCC past memorabilia; MARC RICARD: 1965 3 medal set from Central States Numismatic Society convention in Chicago & 1991 Red Book with signatures from 100th ANA Anniversary Convention in Chicago; NICK WEISS: a selection of church offering finds including wheat cents and international coinage; RICH LIPMAN: Geo Caching coin & Nicaraguan currency w/evolving designs; CARL WOLF: separately framed Katanga Cross & elephant tail hair money; ROBERT FEILER: 6 U.S. notes with red seals; Bill BURD: 1 of only 5 surviving copies of Constitution & By Laws of the American Numismatic Association, 1891 including committee members, charter members and their addresses; PHIL CARRIGAN: ANA & CSNS auction catalogs & badges; STEVE ZITOWSKY: Swiss transportation token (1876) & possible bridge token (1835); ZOUJUN DAI: U.S. military 25-cent token, 1951 Big Nickel Sudbury Canada & 1886 1-cent Sultanate of Brunei; STEVE HUBER: 10 certified crowns; LYLE DALY: Maundy coins, Byzantine coinage & Canal Bank Notes.

Under Old Business, Mark Wieclaw announced a wrap-up meeting for the 90th Anniversary Committee to be held Wednesday May 20th. President Rosinia also announced he will call a meeting of the Board during June. President Rosinia announced that the Secretary had a supply of 90th Anniversary Medals for sale plus Club issued souvenir education cards from the Chicago International Coin Fair meeting.

Under New Business serial no. 001 of the bronze 90th Anniversary Medal was handed over to William Burd, Club Archivist, to be preserved with past Club memorabilia.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
Hosting an ANA Summer Convention

presented by Brenda Bishop
to our May 13, 2009 meeting

Brenda, the ANA’s Meeting Services Manager (Convention Coordinator), started by summarizing some of the new things the ANA is developing for the conventions, then she covered the traditional convention tasks and any changes to them. Most in attendance had either worked or attended the previous ANA conventions at Rosemont (1991 and 1999) or had attended some recent ANA conventions (Milwaukee in 2007), so maybe we pulled her away from properly introducing the ANA summer convention to those who had never attended.

The first thing to know is that the ANA summer convention is the biggest coin show in the US. From Wednesday morning until early Sunday afternoon, there will be speciality club meetings, speakers on a range of topics, and the largest group of dealers. The final thing to know is that it cannot run without volunteers. There is a group of national volunteers who show up every year, pitching in as needed; there will also be many local volunteers, arranged by local coin clubs.

The ANA has tried a join-a-local-coin-club program at some recent conventions. A few local clubs have space near the bourse entrance to help publicize their club; staffing the table during the entire show is a big commitment for each club. Sometimes a sponsor can be found to pay the first year’s dues to a local club. The ANA is moving towards an admission charge for non-members; an admission charge for the public (ANA members, school and scout groups as well as children 12 and under will be admitted for free) will begin with the summer 2009 convention in Los Angeles.

A two-day class, for some fee, has been held on the Monday and Tuesday before some recent conventions. Popular topics have been grading and authentication, but local input for the classes is welcomed. The idea is to bring some of the Summer Seminar experience to a more convenient location. The contracts for 2011 have not been signed so the venue and dates are not official, but Rosemont in August appears to be likely.

After announcing that only one position for 2011 has been filled so far — Bob Leonard as General Chairman — Brenda tried to cover all of the empty positions and what each entails. Of course there will be an Assistant Chair. For Exhibits, we could probably use three people to help find exhibitors by going out to other clubs and using their contacts; and plenty of workers are needed for setup and takedown. Another three people will be needed for running the Numismatic Theater, to introduce speakers and handle any room and equipment issues. Although we locals like to hear the big out-of-town speakers, it was pointed out that the out-of-town visitors look forward to the local content for something new to them.

The Page Chair handles all page scheduling, the Scouting Chair usually works with the local scouting programs to implement some clinics, and the Patron Chair solicits donations for educational programs. The Registration Chair needs as many as 20 people, 3 or 4 at a time, to assist in the registration area; not to work behind the booths, but to guide the visitors and to assist the first timers who do not know what to do. The Volunteer Chair keeps the volunteers happy, reschedules any whose plans have changed, and knows where the volunteers are needed at any time. Volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the convention so volunteer stints of 2-4 hours at one time will be appropriate.

If you would like to be involved in convention planning, Bob Leonard wants to hear from you. Email him with your interests and availability for 2011, and mention any work for previous conventions or other relevant experience. (Form his address from “Robert Leonard [use only his initials] Winnetka at Aol dot com” by dropping spaces.) Or send a letter in care of the club’s P.O. Box. Bob is working on some ideas, and would like to hear of new ideas as well as better ways of delivering the usual features. Do not wait for 2011 to say, “You should have done it this way!” Tell us now!

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Show and Tell

Items shown at our May 13, 2009 meeting.

  1. David Gumm started with a rave review for the club banquet and the distributed brochure on club history— read it! Then he started with items passed out at the 90th anniversary banquet:
  2. The previous week, Robert Leonard attended the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He showed two books he acquired there:
  3. Eugene Freeman showed some items from around the world.
  4. Last month’s description of the Madoff account statements shown by Andy Pliopolys included doubts as to their being part of the fraud. A recent television program on the scandal showed the same types of statements, removing any doubts about the pieces shown to us. Then on to the current items:
  5. Mark Wieclaw showed some items acquired at CICF, and then some coin club items from his collection:
  6. Continuing the convention theme was Marc Ricard with:
  7. Nick Weiss showed some items that his daughter, who works at a church, recently found among the offerings. A 1979-S Anthony dollar, 17 Lincoln cents from the 1930s to 1950s, a French, Irish, and two other countries’ coins, and an assortment of new and well worn Vietnamese currency.
  8. Richard Lipman started with some items acquired during a recent trip to Madrid.
  9. Carl Wolf showed two frames of primitive money for display:
  10. Bob Feiler showed examples of US Legal tender Bills with the seal and serial numbers printed with a red ink.
  11. Another person showing an ANA item was Bill Burd with Publication #1, the Constitution and By-laws, dated 1891. One of only five known examples, a copy of the chipped and brittle original was passed around for viewing. It contains 18 pages of text and 12 pages of advertising. The text includes committee members as well as the 61 charter members with their addresses.
  12. Phil Carrigan also showed some convention material:
  13. Steve Zitowsky showed two unlisted transportation tokens from Switzerland:
  14. Zaijun Dai showed a range of items:
  15. Steve Huber showed a number of certified crown-sized coins, including:
  16. Lyle Daly showed a range of items:

Our 1086th Meeting

Date:June 10, 2009, First session
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:to be announced

Date:June 27, 2009, Second session
Time:1:00 PM
Location:At the MidAmerica Coin Expo, which is held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173. (That is on the east side of Roselle Road, just north of I-90; no interchange there, so check a map.) Show parking is free. No admission charge for our meeting, look for signs to the meeting room.
Featured speaker:to be announced

Important Dates

June 10 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
June 26-28 28th Annual MidAmerica Coin Expo at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday.
June 27 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the MidAmerica Coin Expo, which is held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
July 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Steve Feller on to be announced
August 12 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced

Birthday and Year Joined

July 4 Joe Falater 2009
July 7 Robert Van Rzyin 2009
July 12 Flemming Lyngbeck Hansen 2000
July 13 Gerard Anaszewicz 1981
July 19 John R. Connolly 1997
July 19 Richard S. Hamilton 1986
July 24 Dat Nguyen 2009
July 26 Jeffrey A. Amelse 2009
July 27 David Simpson 1980

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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