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Volume 56 No. 6 June 2010

14 Months until ANA in Chicago

The minutes of the recent Organizing Committee meeting appear later in this issue. One more meeting will be held prior to ANA in Boston in August, giving us one last chance to plan our presence there. Unfortunately, those visiting Boston will miss our club’s eleven hundredth meeting.

This just in — the ANA Board of Directors unanimously approved Charles J. Ricard as the Chicago 2011 Honorary Chairman! The board also approved the Chicago Coin Club as the Host Club for the 2011 convention.

The main page for our organizing committee is Follow links from there to find the latest information from the show chair as well as from the various committee heads.

Book Signing

Club member Robert D. Leonard, Jr will be signing copies of his book from Whitman Publishing, Curious Currency. Bob is known to club members as the author of the annual club handouts, distributed at CICF, that detail examples of odd and curious money. With this book, Bob presents this area to a larger audience. The book signing will be at the Book Stall at Chestnut Court, located at 811 Elm St., Winnetka, IL on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. There is limited parking in front of the store, with a Village lot about half a block away; all parking is FREE in both places.

Minutes of the 1097th Meeting

The 1097th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held May 12, 2010 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 18 members and one guest, Greg Greene.

A motion was passed to approve the April Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky reported April income of $607.50, expenses $552.38 and total assets of $14,695.93 which is in Life Membership $2,150.00 and member equity $12,545.93. Treasurer Zitowsky reported the sell out of the Club’s CPMX souvenir sheet showing a $10,000 Federal Reserve Note.

It was reported additional “Cowry Shell Money” souvenir sheets from the recent CICF meeting were available for sale at the meeting. A round of applause was given Robert D. Leonard, Jr. for writing and putting together the souvenir sheet. Bob announced an upcoming book signing at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, on Wednesday, June 23, 7 PM for his new book Curious Currency.

In the absence of First V.P. Lyle Daly, Second V.P. Elliot Krieter introduced the featured speaker, Jeffrey Amelse who delivered Trier, Germany: The Roman City and Roman Mint. Following a question and answer session, Elliot presented Jeff with an ANA Educational Certificate and a Club engraved speaker medal.

Elliot Krieter introduced the ten exhibitors for the evening. DONALD DOOL: Exhibitor medal and award from 2010 CSNS convention, plus 3 Argentinean coins & a medal; DAVID GUMM: 1826 N1-R2 AU50 Large Cent, 1925 Australia half-penny & Standard Catalogue of Encased Postage Stamps by Bowers; DALE LUKANICH: Illinois & Michigan Canal notes & bond coupon; MARK WIECLAW: half Stater from Lydia 560-546 BC, 2001 Gibraltar 5 Crown, 1972 Presidential campaign medal; ROBERT WEINSTEIN: 1845 Chicago Hamilton & White merchant token, and 3 Indo-Greek and 1 Indo-Scythian coins; ROBERT LEONARD: farm collective tokens from Kristenstad, TX, Waco, TX and Alaska; CARL WOLF: framed tok from Siam, 1615-1937; STEVE ZITOWSKY: 1943 & ’44 CCC Bulletins & 5 European Federation coins; STEVE HUBER: 3 South African 5-Shillings and 2 German Talers; and JEFF ROSINIA: 2008 5-piece Somali 3 dimensional geometric coins.

It was announced that Central States Numismatic Society is offering the Club a complimentary booth and invitation to hold a regular meeting at their April 27-30, 2011 show in Rosemont. A motion was passed to accept their offer.

Greg Greene submitted an application for membership which received first reading.

Robert Leonard, Chairman of Chicago’s 2011 ANA Convention, spoke briefly on organizing the various committees and announced there will be a May 19th meeting of committee chair people, 5:30 PM at Harlan J. Berk’s Offices. Members were requested to submit their names as local volunteers.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:58 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
Trier: The Roman City and Mint

presented by Jeff Amelse
to our May 12, 2010 meeting

Sometimes, a business trip can include more than business. That was the case when a project allowed Jeff to spend some weekends in Trier, the oldest city in Germany. His trip report included photographs of the sites, of some coins displayed there, and some of the coins in his personal collection. But first, he set the historical stage.

By 50 BC, Julius Caesar had conquered the Treveri tribe during the Gallic Wars. The city of Augusta Treverorum was established on September 23, 17 BC. Most of the ruins still prominent today date from the third century AD. Diocletian established the Tetrarchy in 293, dividing the Roman Empire into East and West. In the West, it was when Maximian was emperor with Constantius I Chlorus as caesar that Constantius I Chlorus established Trier as his capital.

The generally accepted years of operation for the Trier mint are 294-395, 408-413, and circa 430. A number of mint marks were used at Trier, including SMTR, TR, TRE, TROB TRPS; they first appeared on the coins of Diocletian who ruled from 284-305. But some believe that the coins of Postumus (260-268), although lacking those mint marks, are from Trier, even though Postumus resided in Cologne. Maybe a monograph is coming soon?

A photo of Trier at dusk, looking over the city from the beautiful grounds of his hotel, the Berghotel Kockelsberg, started a quick tour of the old sites in modern Trier as of December, 2009. The most recognizable symbol of Trier is the gate, Porta Nigra, from the old north wall, the only one of the city’s four gates still standing. Its facade appears on an elongated 5 pence coin that Jeff has as a souvenir. The Amphitheatre is another Roman ruin; the low wall survives, as does the subterraneum area accessible by steps. Spectators sat on the berms surrounding the low wall.

The “Roman bridge” across the Mosel is in good shape; the metal railings and light posts are recent, the brick arches were hard to date from the photographs, but the stone block piers might have material from the span first built around 200. It was customary to throw coins from the bridge when leaving town — many recovered coins are in the town museum, along with some dies, too!

The remains of the Barbera Baths cover a large area, perhaps equal to two football fields. They were built on the orders of Constantine I, the son of Constantius I Chlorus, but before they opened, Constantine I defeated Maxentius at Malvern Bridge in 312, and established his new capital at Byzantium (renamed to Constantinople). The main hall of his old palace in Trier now is part of the Constantine Basilica. The old palace fascinated Jeff as an engineer — how did they heat it? A page from a small book detailing the palace provided the answer: heated floors, with smoke stacks inside the walls providing even more heat.

The Trier hoard of gold coins was discovered in September, 1993 while preparing a site for a parking lot. A copper kettle held 2,650 aureii, representing 29 emperors and empresses; 96% were from Rome, and 4% from Lyon. The two earliest were of Nero, from 63 or 64; most (71.5%) were of Nero, Vespasian, and Titus; last were of Septimus Severus (193-196). They are believed to have been buried during the civil war between Septimus Severus and Clodius Albinus in 196-197.

As for coins minted in Trier, Jeff showed photos of pieces in his collection. He started with one from Diocletian (284-305) with the GENIO POPULI ROMANI reverse legend that means “Genius of the Roman People.” A coin of Galerius as Caesar (293-305) and one of Maximinus II Daiia (270-313) used the same reverse style. The Christian inspired Chi-Rho reverse is a popular theme among collectors, and Jeff showed a coin of Magnentius (350-353) with it. Constantine I (306-337) had converted to Christianity on his death bed, so his coins bear the usual gods and allegorical figures on the reverse. Among the reverses shown were: SOL INVICTUS COMITI, the head of Sol, the head of Mars, a Camp Gate, BETA TRANQUILLITAS (Blessed Peace), Two Victories, Victory Advancing over Captive, and Trophy with Two Captives.

A coin of Crispus (317-326), a son of Constantine I, also used the Beta Tranquillitas reverse. Jeff showed us the specialized book Beta Tranquillitas, Trier 321-323 by Dieter Alten and Carl-Friedrich Zschucke, a study of just one reverse type from one mint. The last shown coin was struck in 325-326 and features St. Helena, the mother of Constantine I. Jeff concluded by showing an oversized souvenir medal of Constantine  I that he acquired in Trier, but it was not even close to the oversized reproductions of Roman coins that are mounted atop pedestals located throughout the grounds of the Barbera Baths.

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Show and Tell

Items shown at our May 12, 2010 meeting.

  1. Don Dool showed a range of recently acquired items:
  2. David Gumm showed a range of items:
  3. Dale Lukanich showed examples of obsolete currency:
  4. Mark Wieclaw showed a range of items:
  5. Bob Weinstein started with three Æ coins from the Kushanas, a northern-Indian dynasty that ruled from long ago.
  6. Robert Leonard showed tokens of the 1930s from three collective farming communities:
  7. Carl Wolf showed his latest effort in the area of framed primitive money — a silver ingot, called a Tok, from Siam. Although made from 1615-1758, they circulated as money from 1615-1937. This is one of the styles of lower-grade circulating silver; no refining of the silver was used.
  8. Steve Zitowsky started with items from the recent Central States show in Milwaukee:
  9. Steve Huber noted that, sometimes, coins in mint, proof like, and proof condition can be hard to tell apart, except when arrayed side by side.
  10. Jeff Rosinia showed a set of three dimensional $1 pieces acquired at CICF. Marked as Somalian and dated 2008, these base metal pieces are shaped as pyramid, cylinder, cone, square, and sphere.

Second Meeting of the ANA 2011 Convention Host Committee

May 19, 2010

Meeting called to order at 5:45 by General Chairman Bob Leonard. Meeting was held in the offices of Harlan J. Berk, 77 W. Washington, Chicago. Also in attendance were Mark Wieclaw, Paul Hybert, Bob Weinstein, Carl Wolf, David Simpson, Bill Burd, and Harlan J. Berk. Mr. Leonard observed that he had sent an e-mail reminder of this meeting, but through an error on his part committee members did not receive it.

In answer to a question, Mr. Berk said that the No. 1 1892 Columbian half-dollar exhibit from the Field Museum will be shown in Rosemont, not at the museum.

Mr. Leonard distributed a five-page report on his findings relative to the 2010 Fort Worth National Money Show, which he attended.

While there he went to one activity, a barbeque and a tour of the Fort Worth BEP facility. This was so successful — the ANA felt that it energized the dealers and collectors in attendance for the convention opening the next day — that they are considering having a similar event prior to every ANA convention. Committee members suggested a tour to the Field Museum in 2011, which could easily accommodate 1,000 people for tours and food service. Mr. Berk will talk to his contacts at the museum.

There was discussion of show timing. There will be a pre-show, with the regular show bourse ending on Saturday, August 21. This may be problematic if the banquet is held Saturday night, as people may have left already. The club will observe how the banquet is handled in Boston.

There was a consensus that the 2011 show sponsorship levels should be raised. Mr. Leonard will recommend to ANA that the levels range from $100 (minimum, Bronze) to $5,000 (new category, Diamond).

Mr. Berk noted that the food at the Rosemont venue is not great. Harlan J. Berk proposed that the Committee make arrangements with local fine restaurants, in consultation with him, to provide menus to dealers and permit delivery of meals directly to tables in the bourse, i.e., without relying upon pages. This would need to be set up in advance and special badges issued to the delivery people. It was also suggested that the ANA Convention Department negotiate with the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center to provide better, healthier food service than is usual there.

Mr. Leonard asked the committee to consider adding the Illinois Numismatic Association as an additional Host or Honorary Host organization, and possibly some local coin clubs as Honorary Host clubs also. The committee agreed to take this under consideration, depending upon the level of interest from these organizations. Mr. Wolf distributed volunteer forms to take to local coin clubs. He is confident we can get 75-100 volunteers from his present contacts.

Mr. Simpson delivered the report of the Medal Committee. The latest from ANA is that it is working on a late summer schedule, presumably to get the proposal out to a designer. This should enable the medal to be ready well before the convention, so the medal can be used in advertising. Mr. Simpson says he will keep track of medal progress to avoid unpleasant surprises.

The committee discussed providing a medal to speakers at the Numismatic Theatre — at Chicago Coin Club expense — of which we would need around 30. No conclusion was made about the medal, whether to engrave, or whether to present the medals to others as well. Carl Wolf volunteered to investigate options and costs. The final decision will be referred to the Numismatic Theatre Committee (not in attendance because of the meeting notice error).

Regarding publicity, Brenda Bishop of ANA has Chicago pins available for promotion at the Boston convention, which Mr. Leonard will accept and bring to Boston. The 2010 Boston convention committee put out an informative newsletter to distribute at shows. The first issue is at and two more issues are planned before the convention. Mr. Simpson graciously agreed to look at it with an eye toward doing one for Chicago.

Mr. Leonard talked to a representative of the Smithsonian Institution about bringing a peerless Russian numismatic exhibit to Chicago. They are willing to do this, but requested a large donation. Mr. Berk will call Jim Elman to enquire whether such donations might be forthcoming from Russian specialists. The Smithsonian and ANA are also doing a numismatic showcase at the 2011 show, as at other ANA shows. Mr. Berk will approach the Smithsonian about exhibits, and will also talk to Larry Shepherd at ANA.

Mr. Burd from the Branding Committee showed sticker mockups to promote the 2011 show. Members preferred one that highlighted “2011” rather than “ANA.” Cost for 1,000 of these stickers is $100 or a bit more. Also suggested were larger stickers to be placed on numismatic publications, and calendar cards. Mr. Leonard will see if ANA wants to do the latter, and promote other events besides the 2011 show. Advertising on volunteer shirts was discussed. There was a consensus that advertising on the shirts wasn’t a big issue.

Mr. Burd presented the Chicago Coin Club with a $500 check as a donation for the Chicago Coin Club’s unreimbursed expenses in connection with hosting the 2011 World’s Fair of Money®. Members thanked Mr. Burd for his thoughtfulness and generosity. The plan is for the CCC to account for committee funds in separate books.

Mr. Burd also offered the use of his numismatic library for committee meetings, by prior arrangement.

Mr. Hybert presented the Exhibit Committee report. He talked about exhibits ideas, and the committee discussed how to attract more exhibitors.

The committee warmly thanked Mr. Berk for hosting the meeting and for providing delicious food and beverages.

The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 PM Wednesday, July 21, at Mr. Berk’s office.

Meeting adjourned at 7:42 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
David Simpson

Our 1098th Meeting

Date:June 9, 2010
Time:6:45 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:Michael S. Gasvoda — Medallic Works of Giovanni da Cavino & Other Paduans

Italian medalist and goldsmith Giovanni da Cavino (1500-1570) derives his fame from engraving dies and striking pieces that closely imitate ancient coins, particularly ancient Roman sesterces. His clever imitations still fool modern collectors. Cavino spent his entire career in Padua, Italy and many Pauduan artists copied his artistic style. Be sure to make this meeting as Mike Gasvoda tells the story of Giovanni da Cavino, shows examples of his medals and offers comparison to genuine coins.

Important Dates

June 9 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Michael S. Gasvoda on Medallic Works of Giovanni da Cavino & Other Paduans
July 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
Aug 10-14 ANA Annual Convention - Boston. Are you going? Remember to submit a trip report!
August 11 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced

Chatter Matter

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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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