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|Volume 55 No. 11||November 2009|
The 1090th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held October 14, 2009 in the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago. President Jeffrey Rosinia called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM with an attendance of 24 members and 5 guests, Curtis Clay, Martin Aguilera, Syed Yousef, Teresa Thompson and Louis Sands.
The September Minutes printed in the Chatter were approved as published. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky reported September receipts $15.00, expenses $882.64 and total income -$867.64, leaving total assets of $14,771.06 which is in Life Memberships $2,390.00 and Members’ Equity $12,381.06. He pointed out $604.25 in the expense column was for tooling and die charge for the new Award and Speaker Medal modeled after the 90th Anniversary Lincoln Medal.
Martin Aguilera and Syed Yousef submitted applications for membership which received first reading.
President Rosinia introduced the featured speaker Robert Kool who delivered a program Coins Recently Excavated at Crusader Castle Vadum Iacob. Following a question-and-answer period President Rosinia presented Mr. Kool with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club medal. Mr. Kool, Senior Curator in the Coin Department from the Israel Antiquities Authority, was in Chicago participating in a DePaul University symposium dealing with the Crusades. A warm round of applause was given to Club member Dr. Warren Schultz, Professor of History, who organized the DePaul event and secured Mr. Kool as the evening’s speaker. Curtis Clay was also presented with a speaking certificate and medal for his September presentation.
Ten members presented exhibits. ROBERT LEONARD: two Crusader deniers and three books dealing with primitive money. DONALD DOOL: four 19th century bronze coins from Mexico & S. America. MARK WIECLAW: eight piece 1967 Haitian proof set, a Mexican 5-peso cut-out, Lincoln cent souvenir from Illinois Numismatic Association convention & a .999 silver medallion from Lionsixx. DAVID GUMM: U.S. 1809 half-cent & Q. David Bower’s book The Strange Career of Dr. Wilkins. RICHARD LIPMAN: Hershey Chocolates medallion. ZOUJUN DAI: 3 & 5 kopejeks from Tannu Tuva. ROBERT WEINSTEIN: silver drachm of Indo-Greek King Antaialkidas from 135-125 B.C. NICK WEISS: Byzantine coins found in an antique store. WARREN SCHULTZ: book History of Modern Israeli Coins with dated inserts. CARL WOLF: framed amber trade beads.
Under old business Robert Leonard, General Chairman of the 2011 ANA Convention, reported the appointments of Mark Wieclaw as Assistant Chairman and Paul Hybert as Exhibits’ Chairman. It was announced that the November program will be an auction that promises to be large. Arrangements made for a larger room will probably move the meeting to the fourth floor. There will be a large number of books so members were encouraged to bring extra tote bags. Members did not want to reschedule the November 11th meeting when President Rosinia announced that second Wednesday meeting coincides with Veteran’s Day.
The December 9 meeting will be the Annual Banquet at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago. A motion was passed to charge $35.00 per person. A call was made for donations to cover pre-dinner appetizers.
Adjournment was at 8:50 PM with the next meeting to be held at 6:45 PM on Wednesday November 11th with the annual auction as the program.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
presented by Robert Kool
to our October 14, 2009 meeting
Robert Kool, the senior curator with the Coin Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was in Chicago for a conference at DePaul University. One of his interests is archaeological reflections of money circulation in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.
The presentation started with a recent image, taken from the side with an elevated perspective, of a low, flat-topped hill located in a bend of a blue river. There is green vegetation on a rocky lanscape. No man-made objects can be identified, so determining the scale is hard. Some straight edges and general shapes appear in the terrain. This is not some overgrown industrial site along the south branch of the Chicago River. The river is the Jordan, the Golan Heights are off that way, and Galilee is over there.
The archaeological project started fifteen years ago as the excavation of an unknown crusader castle. It was identified as Vadum Iacob, which is latin for Jacob’s Ford. Details are availale at http://vadumiacob.huji.ac.il. Construction of the castle had started in October, 1178, and Saladin, 60 miles away in Damascus, saw this as a provocation. He led his army and the castle quickly fell, on August 29, 1179. The attack was documented by both sides, and there is archaeological evidence for a bloody battle; in addition to a few large weapons, hundreds of arrowheads were found. Other aspects of the site, such as the presence of building tools, are known only from the archaeological record.
During excavation in 2007 of a 1½ meter square area of the courtyard at the southern end of the castle, four human skeletons were found. The bodies were partially burned, and around them were burned beams; below them were the remains of small animals, suggesting they died in an animal pen. Historical records have the bodies of 800 dead defenders being thrown into the castle’s well; it that is true, then the bodies found elsewhere in the site are where they fell and were covered by rubble during the attack. The usual custom was for the victors to strip the dead of weapons and valuables. Robert pointed out some combat wounds on some of those remains, giving our meeting the air of a forensic investigation. Adding to the mystery was what appeared to be a spring high under one of the arms. They were the rims of a stack of coins; further digging produced a snake-like roll of coins similar in shape to coin clumps found in other hoards.
A total of 160 deniers were found — that was a coin of silver billon (an alloy of less than 50% silver). One was an Antioch denier of Bohemond III, 1163-1201, while all the others were of Amaury I of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1163-1174; they have the legend AMALRICUS REX DE IERUSALEM. Large billon hoards are rarely found; when found outside of the territory of the Latin Kings, they usually are of a later type. (A hoard recently found in Syria contained 4,000 coins, but only six Amaury deniers; no pictures are known of that hoard that was dispersed quickly.) These coins lead Robert to ask many questions, from about the last minutes of the battle, to the daily use of money. A large sum of money on a corpse demonstrates the speed of the defeat. The exact identity of the purse’s owner will never be known, but knowing how much it was it could help narrow the field. At equivalent to about four gold dinars, 400-500 kg of wheat, 8 sheep, 55 kg of cotton, or 4 simple tunics were some of the items mentioned by Robert.
The denier was the principle type circulating at the castle. From this hoard and other single finds at the castle, Amaury coins were virtually the only coins in circulation. The coins of Baldwin, an earlier ruler, had been recalled and recoined. Making use of this hoard, another from March, and a number of individual pieces, Robert has identified 130 obverse dies so far. Using the accepted number of 15,000 coins per die leads him to an estimated total circulation of 2 million pieces. These are indications of a central administration that was strong and had money, which has not been the generally accepted view of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Robert concluded with a table of various monetary statistics from earlier and contemporary European kingdoms, as well as from modern nations — per capita circulating amounts, and such. He hopes to gain a better understanding of the kingdom through his continuing research of the monetary evidence.
|Bowers and Merena Auctions||Chicago Coin Company|
|Krause Publications||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our October 14, 2009 meeting.
Here are the lots known to us by October 27, 2009. The auction will be held near the start of the meeting, after a short time for lot examination; consignments are accepted until the auction starts.
Consignment from estate of Chet Poderski (former CCC Member):
Consigned by Bill Brandimore:
Consigned by Robert Leonard:
Donated to the club by Harlan Berk:
Consigned by Carl Wolf:
Robert D. Leonard Jr.
It is heartening to see the enthusiasm expressed by members of the Chicago Coin Club to host the premier event in American numismatics — the ANA World’s Fair of Money — in Rosemont in 2011. Everyone is eager to show the hobby what a great club we have, and to make the 2011 ANA convention the best ever!
There are many opportunities to make your mark, as chairman or co-chairman, if you have the time, or as a committee member and helper at the convention itself. Available chairmanships are listed below. Note that every appointed chairman must be a member of the ANA.
Honorary General Chairman — open (to be discussed by the committee chairs)
General Chairman — Bob Leonard
Assistant General Chairman — Mark Wieclaw
ANA Ambassadors (“Registration”) Chairman — open
Numismatic Theatre Chairman — open
Numismatic Theatre Assistant Chairman — open
Pages Chairman — open
Collector Gallery (Exhibits) Chairman — Paul Hybert
Collector Gallery (Exhibits) Assistant Chairman — open
Scout Workshops Chairman — open
Scout Workshops Assistant Chairman — open
Activities Chairman — open
Patron Chairman — open
Medal Chairman — open
Outreach/Local Transportation Chairman — open
Branding (“Gear”) Chairman — open
Noncompetitive Exhibits Chairman — open
Chicago Volunteers Manager (“Volunteers Chairman”) — open
While I have shown the committees as having a Chairman and an Assistant Chairman, the recent Milwaukee convention used two Co-Chairman positions for those requiring more than one person, and in their opinion it worked out well. I don’t believe that this experiment has been repeated for later conventions, but am willing to leave this decision to the members of each committee.
In years past, the Registration committee had a lot of work to do in ensuring that each attendee had the proper materials ordered and received the correct badge and ribbons. This function has now been taken over by national volunteers and ANA paid staff, which is certainly an improvement because there is no learning curve for the local people. New in 2009 is the charging of admission to non-ANA members. There were a few rough edges at the Los Angeles convention, where this concept was launched, but I’m sure that the ANA will have everything running smoothly by 2011.
The result of this change is that the old “Registration” committee now has the responsibility of identifying and greeting all public attendees and directing them to the appropriate booth: ANA members who preregistered, ANA members who did not preregister, non-ANA members who must pay admission or join the ANA, and non-ANA members entitled to free admission (Scout and school groups only). They are now ambassadors for the American Numismatic Association, directing visitors to the show entrance from the parking lot and Stevens Center entrances, pointing out the correct booth to obtain a badge, and responding to questions about admissions, show hours, location of exhibits, etc. One or two ANA Ambassadors will be stationed inside the bourse area itself, to assist anyone who seems confused. This will be a big committee, maybe 20 people or more, to ensure that at least three people are available at the entrance at all times. Members of this committee will be the face of the ANA to the general public, and their patient and friendly attitude will insure that every attendee comes away with good feelings about the ANA and the Chicago Coin Club.
The Numismatic Theatre Chairman is responsible for soliciting proposals for Numismatic Theatre presentations well in advance of the convention. (This should be fun, because our club is not lacking for people who can present good, original programs well, but of course speakers are not limited to our area, and good speakers from across the nation should be contacted also.) But the chairman is relieved of drawing up the actual program schedule and Numismatic Theatre Guide, which is done by ANA headquarters. An Assistant Chairman and at least one backup member are needed, so that every presenter can be properly introduced and honored with an ANA Educational Certificate (and gift from the Chicago Coin Club, if the members approve).
The Pages Chairman is responsible for inviting Young Numismatists age 11-17 (in 2011) to serve as pages for the convention (mailing done by the ANA). At the convention, the chairman supervises the pages, ensuring that all ANA rules are followed.
The ANA has renamed the Exhibits area the Collector Gallery. Paul Hybert, who was our Exhibit Chairman in 1999 and who is an ANA exhibits buff to boot, has agreed to assume this responsibility again for 2011. He needs an Assistant Chairman (or Co-Chairman) and two other members for his committee. It is not too early to start planning your exhibit for 2011!
The Scout Workshops are an important part of every ANA convention, and the Scout Workshops Chairman works closely with ANA headquarters to organize them, both for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The ANA provides appropriate flyers for distribution to local Scout councils. This is a big job, and the Chairman will need an Assistant Chairman.
The Patron Chairman is responsible for seeking donations to the ANA in support of the convention.
The Medal Chairman will solicit ideas from members of the Chicago Coin Club for the design of the Official Convention Medal, by the deadline of February 1, 2010 (sic), and forward them to ANA headquarters. Since the ANA produces and pays for the medal, their decision as to design is final.
One problem that held down attendance at the 2009 Los Angeles convention was that “the convention was held in a remote area and parking there was very expensive.” Sound familiar? This could describe the Stevens Center. Consequently, I propose to appoint an Outreach/Local Transportation Chairman, whose committee will be charged with visiting local (and not-so-local) clubs, boosting the convention and explaining the situation, and urging them to organize car pools or even charter vans (not at ANA expense, however) to minimize parking costs. The admission charge for non-ANA members would be mentioned too, and prospective attendees advised to join early to avoid the lines at the admission booths. Public transportation is available for the Stevens Center, and this committee would also be charged with getting the word out on that.
In recent years, host club members have identified themselves by wearing distinctive clothing, usually specially-colored dress-type shirts. I don’t know what the Boston committee is doing, but tricorn hats have been mentioned. If they go with shirts, though, we are beginning to run out of bright colors. The Branding (“Gear”) committee would be charged with coming up with a way for us to be recognized at a glance, be it black shirts and pearl gray fedoras, stovepipe hats, beauty-contest type sashes, or whatever. (ANA approval is required, mainly for logo usage but also to coordinate with the overall convention theme.)
While the duties of the Collector Gallery Chairman are spelled out by the ANA for the competitive exhibits, I am thinking of appointing someone to focus on noncompetitive exhibits (other than those of the ANA itself, Smithsonian Institution, American Numismatic Society, and certain dealer exhibits, which will be handled exclusively by ANA headquarters). I hope to bring several blockbuster exhibits to Chicago, in several categories. The Milwaukee ANA convention featured the incomparable Chester L. Krause collection of Wisconsin paper money, never to be seen again since it has been dispersed at auction. I’d like to bring similar exhibits here, ones that will never be placed in competition because of excessive rarity and/or privacy/security concerns.
This will require a knowledgeable and patient negotiator able to ferret out these potential exhibits, estimate size and other special requirements, and obtain advance approval from ANA headquarters. This person might also need to arrange for exhibit construction (Chet told me that the cases for his exhibit cost him over $30,000) and insurance (neither the ANA nor the Stevens Center provide any insurance for exhibits, though the ANA could probably facilitate contacts with sources of exhibit insurance). The Noncompetitive Exhibits Chairman would also work to ensure that these exhibits are suitably publicized.
Finally, with so many workers, we will need a Chicago Volunteers Manager (“Volunteers Chairman”) to recruit good, dependable workers and manage schedules so that everyone knows each day where he or she is to be at any given time. This position would be responsible for our local volunteers only, not the National Volunteers who do their own coordination. It calls for an outgoing, persuasive (yet discriminating) person to assist the General Chairman in obtaining volunteers, and also someone who can run appropriate scheduling software on a laptop at the show, providing everyone with their daily assignments.
This list is somewhat fluid, and some positions may be found to be duplicative and capable of being combined with others. Please look it over and let me know your preferences as soon as possible — the choice assignments will go quickly!
(Bob can be reached through email@example.com.)
|Date:||December 9, 2009|
|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.|
The evening’s hors d’oeuvres and dinner menu will be detailed in the December Chatter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Dr. Jennifer Tobin on The Coinage of Mithrapata of Lycia: Evidence of Dynastic Struggles in the Fourth Century B.C.
|Date:||November 11, 2009|
At the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 4th 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.
Although the deadline for listing lots in the Chatter is past, you can still bring your lots with you to the November meeting. In the past few years, club related material (and Chicago area numismatic items) have realized the best 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.
Please find elsewhere in this issue of the Chatter a listing of all auction lots that were known to us by Tuesday, October 27.
|November||11||CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker|
|December||9||CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker - Dr. Jennifer Tobin on The Coinage of Mithrapata of Lycia: Evidence of Dynastic Struggles in the Fourth Century B.C.|
|January||13||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Paul Johnson on Canadian Colonial Tokens|
|December||6||Allen H. Meyer||1990|
|December||7||Brian C. Stubbs||1980|
|December||26||Kevin J. Blocker||2000|
|December||31||Phillip J. Carrigan||1989|
All correspondence pertaining to Club matters
should be addressed to the Secretary and mailed to:
CHICAGO COIN CLUB
P.O. Box 2301
CHICAGO, IL 60690
|Jeffrey Rosinia||- President|
|Lyle Daly||- First Vice President|
|Elliot Krieter||- Second Vice President|
|William Burd||- Archivist|
|Other positions held are:|
|Carl Wolf||- Secretary|
|Steve Zitowsky||- Treasurer|
|Paul Hybert||- Chatter Editor|
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