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Volume 57 No. 5 May 2011

3 Months until ANA in Chicago

The ANA has not posted their Exhibits Rules and Applications for the August convention as we go to press. But by the Central States show, here are some unofficial changes (to unofficial details) that we had heard:

All of that is unofficial. The Exhibit Application and Rules should appear on the ANA web site by mid-May. The number of available cases might be small, so check the ANA web site often, and send in your completed Application as soon as you can.

Editor's Notes

This issue is very large and a little late — April was a very busy month for the club! What did not fit in here will be in the June issue which also might be late, as I will be out of town from May 10 through May 31. The submission deadline for the June issue is 6pm on May 31.

Paul Hybert

Minutes of the 1108th Meeting

Session I of the 1108th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held April 13, 2011 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 19 members and 1 guest, Cynthia Tibbs.

A motion was passed to approve the January Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky reported February income of $322.00, expenses $445.24 and total assets of $16,234.23 held in Life Membership $1,910.00 and member equity $14,324.23. A question was asked about the $500 donated and earmarked for miscellaneous ANA convention expense. A motion was passed to approve both reports.

Five membership applications receiving second reading: Ricardo Sequeira and the Rodriguez family of Noel and Carmen Cruz, and their daughters Carmen Noel and Oliva. A motion was passed to accept them into membership. The application of Cynthia Tibbs received first reading.

Robert Leonard, General Chairman of the ANA Convention, reminded committee members of the upcoming April 20th meeting at 6 PM in the offices of Harlan Berk, 77 W. Washington, Suite 1320. Carl Wolf reported assisting availability of members wishing to exhibit at upcoming coin shows. A motion was passed to donate the Club’s remaining 800th meeting medals as favors for the ANA Convention Friendship Luncheon.

First V.P. Lyle Daly introduced the featured speaker & member Marc Stackler who delivered a program The Currency of Mexican Revolution – The Constitutionists. Following a question and answer period, Lyle presented Marc with an engraved CCC speaker’s medal and an ANA educational certificate. Lyle also announced Gene Freeman will be the featured speaker at the May 11th meeting.

Members were reminded of Session II of the 1108th meeting in three days, April 16th, held in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair in Rosemont, with featured speaker Daniel Frank Sedwick who will speak on Columbian Republic Gold Coins. Then Session III will be held April 30th at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention with Wendell Wolka the featured speaker on How German Electors Broke with the Holy Roman Empire as seen through 16th Century Coins and Medals of the Reformation.

Elliott Krieter introduced the nine exhibitors for the evening. STEVE ZITOWSKY: 2 rappen Zurich Canton Switzerland; MARK WIECLAW: 3 denari of Roman Emperor Caracalla & $20 silver leaf Liberian certificate; STEVE AMBOS: 1908 Dragon Dollar; NOEL RODRIGUEZ: 4 pieces of paper money, including a cancelled $10,000 U.S. gold certificate; KURT HYDE: 3 U.S. cents, including a 1793 U.S. chain cent in poor condition; ROBERT LEONARD: 3 Community Dollars & 10 Balboa from Panama; GERARD ANASZEWICZ: 3 Medieval coins from Lithuania; RICHARD LIPMAN: 3 pieces of error U.S. currency; and LYLE DALY: four medals, including a French shooting medal and a plaque struck by Medalic Art Company in 1937 honoring Augustus St. Gaudens.

Robert Feiler announced a Civil War Show on Saturday, April 16th at the DuPage County Fair Grounds in Wheaton.

The meeting was recessed at 9:00 PM, to be re-convened at 1:00 PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair, Rosemont on Saturday, April 16.

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Session II of the 1108th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held April 16, 2011 in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. Second Vice President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM with an attendance of 37 members and guests. A motion was passed to adopt an abbreviated meeting agenda.

Robert Leonard, General Chairman of the ANA Chicago Convention encouraged everyone to attend the August 16-20 World’s Fair of Money event across the street in the Donald Stephens Convention Center. He made available the convention newsletter and introduced Paul Hybert, Exhibits, Phil Carrigan, Numismatic Theatre, and Carl Wolf, Local Volunteers.

Marc Stackler, CCC Director, introduced featured speaker Daniel Frank Sedwick who delivered a program on Colombian Republic Gold Coins. Following a question-and-answer period, Marc presented Daniel with an ANA Educational Certificate and a Club engraved medal.

Everyone in attendance received a souvenir card telling the story of Trade Wind Beads. Cards also included several examples of 800-year old trade wind beads. It was announced this was the 25th year the CCC issued a souvenir card for the CICF dealing with primitive money. A warm round of applause was given Robert Leonard who authored 24 of the cards.

Session II of the 1108th meeting was recessed at 1:50 PM, to be called to order at 1 P.M. on April 30th at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention, Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.

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Session III of the 1108th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held April 30, 2011 in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society Convention, Donald Stephens Convention Center, 5550 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. President Jeffrey Rosinia called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM with an attendance of 41 members and guests present. Among the guests were: Karen Jach, James Davis, William & Doris Rau, Peter Levin, David Lisot, Kathy Freeland, John Schroeder, George Fritzgerald, Robert Fritsch, Leon Saryan, Dany Rothfeld & Walter Ostromecki.

A motion was passed to adopt an abbreviated meeting agenda. Five new applications for membership received first reading: William Rau, James Davis, Walter Ostromecki, Karen Jach and John Schroeder.

Featured speaker and Club member Wendell Wolka, Greenwood, IN, delivered a program Numismatics of the Reformation, 1517-1555. “How German Electors Broke with the Holy Roman Empire as Seen through 16th Century Coins & Medals of the Reformation.” Following a question-and-answer period, an ANA Educational Certificate and a Club engraved medal were presented to Wendell.

Robert Leonard, General Chairman of the ANA Chicago Convention, encouraged everyone to attend the August 16-20 World’s Fair of Money to be held in Hall F of the same center. He made available the convention newsletter and introduced Phil Carrigan, Numismatic Theatre, and Carl Wolf, Local Volunteers.

Session III of the 1108th meeting was adjourned at 1:50 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
19th Century Chicago Exonumia

by Robert Weinstein
presented to our March 9, 2011 meeting

Chicago produced a variety of exonumia during the 19th century. These items include merchant storecards and good fors, medals and tokens celebrating expositions, conventions, monument erections, and just about everything else. Many items can be had for reasonable prices. Some items are so rare they almost never show up in the market.

Burbank and Shaw Dry Goods and Hamilton and White Dry Goods produced the first tokens bearing a Chicago address. Both tokens bear the date 1845. The Burbank and Shaw tokens are quite common and are available in high grades. There are some variants available such as thick planchet and a silvered version. There is also a much rarer Burbank and Shaw token dated 1846, and a mule of the 1845 Obverse with an 1846 reverse. The Hamilton and White is poorly made, normally in poor condition, and hard to find.

An undated token was struck for merchant C.N. Holden about the same time as the dated pieces. This token has several varieties. Struck in brass with smooth or reeded edge, silvered brass, and copper. There are also a number of mules with merchants from other cities. The brass with either edge type is quite common and easily acquired in mint state. C.N. Holden held public office as an alderman in 1855 and treasurer in 1857. Also in 1857 he became one of the first trustees of the University of Chicago.

About a decade later two Chicago merchants had tokens struck of the type with an eagle surrounded by the merchants’ name on the obverse. This type of token was struck in large numbers for many merchants in the U.S. The token for Baker and Moody Hatters has a pictorial reverse of a hat. The other token was for Pearson and Dana Shoes. Both tokens have several varieties and there are mules with merchants from other cities. The basic brass with smooth edge is very common and can be had in mint state for a reasonable price.

A large number of Chicago merchants had tokens struck of the Civil war type. Most of these are common but there are a few scarcer types. Many of these tokens were struck in both copper and nickel. The nickel tokens are much rarer. One of the prolific producers of Civil War tokens was S.D. Childs of Chicago. Childs came to Chicago in the 1830s and produced tokens and medals into the early 20th century.

After the fire of 1871, prominent Chicagoans determined to rebuild the city and make it one of the great cities of the U.S. In 1873 Chicago hosted The Interstate Industrial Exposition. This event was to show how Chicago was an industrial center fully recovered from the fire only two years before. It was held until 1875 and the Elgin watch company produced medals in white metal each year. In 1876 the Expo center hosted the Centennial Exposition. A medal similar to the Elgin medals was produced by Gunthers candy. The site of the exposition center was where the Art Institute is today.

The Pioneer Wagon Works of the West produced a number of tokens in the 1870s. The first were tokens in brass and white metal, showing the factory on the obverse and a wagon on the reverse. The next token issued was copper and had the same basic design but reflects the change in ownership from Schuttler to Schuttler and Hotz. These are followed by an aluminum token of similar design but the right-side wheels appear tilted. A new die was produced to correct the problem with the wheels. There is also a series of tokens of the first type issued for various agents around the country.

Many large aluminum tokens were produced in the 1880s and ’90s when the metal became cheap to produce. Some of these are wonderful pictorial pieces. The American Terracotta & Ceramic Co. token has a high relief portrait of a crying baby on the obverse. This token is very rare and sought after. A token from the Chicago Herald celebrates Tom Roe’s bicycle tour from San Francisco to Chicago. It has the image of Tom Roe standing next to his big wheel bicycle on the obverse. One of the best pictorials is on the token for Hartley’s Studios. The obverse shows a rooster holding a gun standing over a dead rooster. Both this token and the Chicago Herald token are nearly impossible to acquire.

Easier to find are the Royal Tailors with a leaping tiger, the commemorative of the unveiling of the Grant monument with a portrait of Grant, and the Armory First Infantry I.N.G. Chicago with an image of the new armory building.

The end of the century saw a number of storecards produced. Most of these are in nickel or German silver. Some, like the Willoughby and Hill and Grand Central clothing, are very common even in mint state. Others like the brass token from Waldron’s Prescription Store are known from only a few specimens. The most common tokens of the ’90s are those issued by Hannah and Hogg. This was seller of alcoholic beverages with several locations. The tokens all have thistles on the obverse. The early tokens are scarce but the later series is quite common and contains numerous die variants.

This has just been an overview of what is available in 19th century Chicago exonumia. A good reference for those just starting to collect this material is 19th Century Illinois Exonumia by Joseph Schmidt. This is TAMS journal V17 #6 Dec 1977. It can be hard to find. The other option is The Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900 by Russell Rulau. This is a newer reference and contains information not in Schmidt. As with all areas of collecting it is best to educate oneself before buying expensive pieces. Mint state examples of common tokens often are priced well above their rarity and demand level. On ebay, you can often find rare items being sold at bargain prices by sellers unfamiliar with what they are selling.

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
The Currency of the Mexican Revolution — The Money of the Constitutionalists under Venustiano Carranza

by Marc Stackler
presented to our April 13, 2011 meeting


The Mexican Revolution took on 3 phases. The first phase was November, 1910 until May, 1911. In 1910 Porfirio Diaz was president, having ensured his re-election over the past 30 years. Francisco Madero led the first phase of the revolution and toppled Diaz from power. Madero became president in 1911. Madero himself was removed in a military coup in February, 1913, igniting the second phase of the revolution. Among those opposing the military government was Venustiano Carranza, then governor of the State of Coahuila.

Currency Issues

Monclova, Coahuila – May 28, 1913 – Constitutionalist Government
Carranza soon issued currency. Over the next 3 years, he attempted (unsuccessfully) to establish a national currency and reform the banking system. He claimed exclusivity — his was the sole, legitimate currency of the revolutionary government. The first issue in May 1913 was 5,000,000 pesos backed by assets of the State of Coahuila. It was entitled “Constitutionalist Government of Mexico.” The denominations were 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100: series A – F. The design was relatively simple black ink on white paper (front), and green (1,5,10,20) or orange (50, 100) on the back.

Chihuahua, March 30, 1914 - Constitutionalist Army
His next issue in March 1914 was entitled “Constitutionalist Army of Mexico.” The vignette is the Mexican/Aztec tale of the eagle with the serpent atop a nopal cactus in the lake at Tenochtitlán (the Aztec “discovery” of Mexico City). A seal to the right declared Carranza the “Primer Jefe” (First Chief) of the army.

Mexico City, September/October 1914 – Provisional Government
In July, 1914, Villa defeated the federal forces, and in August the military dictatorship went into exile. Carranza rode victoriously into Mexico City at the end of August. Soon afterwards, his government began issuing some of the most commonly recognized currency of the Mexican Revolution. The first issue in September was 100 pesos, followed in October by 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 pesos. The top/middle of the note said “Mexico” with the date. The issue was entitled “Provisional Government of Mexico.” The center vignette is of the same eagle with the serpent in the lake. Liberty is seated to the left.

The government also issued “cartones” (small, rectangular cardboards) in denominations of 5, 10, and 20 centavos. They were undated (but issued in 1914), and had an overprint stamp with the letters GCM superimposed on each other: “Gobierno Constitucionalista [de] México.”

In October, 1914, the victorious revolutionary factions held a convention in Aguascalientes, where they selected a compromise candidate to be president. Carranza “resigned” and moved his government to Veracruz. This marks the start of third phase of the revolution.

Conventionist Revalidation of Carranza Currency (1914-1915)
The Conventionist Government (as they were called, from the Convention of Aguascalientes), rather than issue its own currency, revalidated (REVALIDADO) the first Carranza Mexico City issue. These notes say Mexico and the 1914 date, but have REVALIDADO By Decree, etc., printed diagonally in red on the front.

Veracruz, December 1914 and February 1915
Carranza, in Veracruz, issued his own currency using the same design as Mexico City, September-October 1914, except that the city said Veracruz and the date was now December 1914. The denominations were 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. He continued with a second issue in 1915, adding a 2 pesos denomination. There were also cartones issued in Veracruz with a different design than Mexico City.

Mexico City, República Mexicana / Gobierno Constitucionalista, American Bank Note Company Issue (“Infalsicables”), July 1915
In July, 1915, General Obregón (supporting Carranza) took Mexico City for the final time, and the Carranza government moved back. A new issue, contracted with the American Bank Note Company, was entitled “República Mexicana, Gobierno Constitucionalista.” These handsome, multicolor notes were in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. Different vignettes represent iconic figures from Mexico’s past. The government planned to amortize prior notes at a rate of 100:1. However, by this time Mexico suffered from hyperinflation. These notes did not circulate widely.

Mexico City, May 1, 1916 – Provisional Government of Mexico
Carranza’s final issue was May, 1916. The only denominations were 1 and 2 pesos. The issue immediately failed. All Mexican paper currency, at whatever discount, ceased to circulate by the end of 1916.

Collecting the Currency of Carranza

From a meager start of $5,000,000 pesos in May 1913, the provisional government issued about $500,000,000 pesos over the course of 3 years. There are oceans of them. All are readily available. These notes are interesting in context of the history of the Mexican revolution, and are among the fascinating (and many rare) private, military, municipal and other governmental issues of that time.

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
Colombian Republic Gold Coins

presented by Daniel Frank Sedwick
to our April 16, 2011 meeting

A collector of US coins in his youth, by the late 1970s Dr. Frank Sedwick had expanded his interests to include Colombia where, towards the end of his career as a college professor of Romance Languages, he led trips with student groups. His numismatic career concentrated in Latin America, especially shipwreck coins as well as the post-colonial gold coins of Colombia. Before his death in 1996, he wrote many articles and two books: The Gold Coinage of Gran Colombia was published in 1991, and The Practical Book of Cobs is in its fourth edition.

This presentation by Daniel Frank Sedwick started with a view of two facing pages of a 1970s reference book; the pages are covered with small, penciled-in notes covering a wide range of information, such as: what exists, what does not exist, dealers, and his inventory (price and provenance). All twelve pages of Colombian material in that reference are covered with notes — in pencil, not ink, to allow for corrections.

One way to build a collection is to buy a nice piece, put it away, and repeat. Frank built his collection with patience, skipping pieces that were not nice enough, too highly priced, or otherwise not right at the time. He did not intend for his collection to be complete, but rather representative, realizing that new discoveries were (and still are) being made; his notes aided him in identifying the new and rare pieces among the offered. With Frank’s collection to be auctioned on April 26, 2011, Daniel showed us selections from the collection, and told us what they represent. But first, a map of Gran Colombia showed the source of these coins — encompassing the current countries of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama. The name on the coins changed during the 19th century, as the government changed and areas broke off to form separate countries.

Lot 256 is an 1838 8 escudos from Popayán, República de Colombia. This possibly unique piece is controversial because it is of the type minted from 1822-1836 in the 0.875 Spanish colonial fineness. But a number of changes had been introduced in 1837: the name of the country changed to República de la Nueva Granada, the gold fineness changed to 0.900, and denominations changed to pesos.

Lot 322 is an 1862 1 peso from Medellin, Confederación Granadina, the first year for this mint, during which it also minted a 5 pesos coin. Different sources show the number of known pieces as either one or two. Frank’s 1991 book lists two: this one, and the one illustrated for many years in Krause (having a solder mark in the center of the reverse). However, this coin has repair marks on the reverse — this is the Krause coin, now repaired, meaning there is just one specimen known! Except that there was an undamaged specimen in the Norweb collection, so we are back to two specimens.

Lot 331 is a classic trophy in the Colombia gold series. An 1859 20 pesos from Bogatá is another example of the short Confederation coinage (1858-1862). This popular one-year type is the largest gold coin from the Confederation period.

Lot 347 is an 1885/74 2 pesos from Medallin, Estados Unidos de Colombia. From 1878 to 1913, Colombia minted only three denominations of gold coins: the 2 and 5 pesos in 1885, and the 10 pesos in 1886. These were minted only in Medellin, and all used reworked dies originally dated 1874. This was a time of economic difficulty, with the coins using only 0.666 fine gold; that fineness is marked on the dies, over the die’s original indication of 0.900. Their current rarity is due to the small mintages and heavy melting — these were coins that nobody wanted, at a time when few collected Colombian coins.

Two 20 pesos dated 1873 were shown. Lot 379 is a pattern (trial strike) for Medellin, with ESSAI appearing on both the obverse and reverse. Uniface gilt bronze specimens were struck in Paris (home of the die engraver, Albert Barre); an obverse and a reverse were fused together at the mint to produce this piece of double thickness. Lot 386 is the circulating piece struck in Popayán; this was made from local dies and has a design similar to the pattern, but not as artistically rendered.

The last item shown was Lot 409, a 1921 5 pesos from Medellin, República de Colombia, with a large bust of Bolivar on the obverse. This was a semi-bullion series; when this piece was acquired, the consensus was that about 100 were made of this date and type, with about 10 known. Since then, collectors have heard that a bank in Venezuela released 13 in the early 1990s. While this collection will be auctioned by the time you read this, the references that resulted from it will remain in our libraries, providing a solid foundation for future study.

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Show and Tell

Items shown at our April 13, 2011 meeting.

  1. Steve Zitowsky showed an 1842-D 2 rappen from the Zurich canton; this was the era of Swiss cantonal coins, before the 1849 union of the cantons. The piece is made of billon, and it has the Zurich coat of arms as well as the D mintmark for Zurich; it also has a dot below the D mintmark, making it an unlisted variety.
  2. Mark Wieclaw started with a modern item, and ended with three ancient coins.
  3. At a small coin show in Ohio, Steve Ambos acquired two items:
  4. Noel Rodriguez showed a range of US paper:
  5. Kurt Hyde showed US cents acquired years ago:
  6. Robert Leonard started with an FBI press release, from the Charlotte office, identifying Bernhard NotHaus as a Domestic Terrorist. If that is true, then Bob was a victim of “domestic terrorism,” seeing as how he had purchased Liberty Dollars at prices much lower than their current worth. Bob showed pieces that he had acquired in recent years, some of which he had shown us before:
  7. Gerard Anaszewicz showed three medieval Lithuanian coins from the mid-late 1300s to the early 1400s. These are anonymous coins from the time of two rulers. These are well-worn pieces.
  8. After reminding us of the three print tasks for US paper money (back, front, and seal and such), Richard Lipman showed paper currency errors.
  9. Lyle Daly showed four medals:

Eighth Meeting of the ANA 2011 Convention Host Committee

April 20, 2011

Meeting was held in the offices of Harlan J. Berk in Chicago. Attending were General Chairman Bob Leonard, Carl Wolf, Paul Hybert, David Simpson, Eugene Freeman, Harlan Berk, Richard Lipman, and Mark Wieclaw.

The meeting started at 6:17. Mr. Leonard and committee members expressed their thanks to Mr. Berk for the meeting room, supper, and parking vouchers.

The committee first discussed the Friendship Luncheon. Mr. Wolf will check with Lu Anne Freeman for her suggestions on giveaways for up to 50 mostly female participants. The committee set a tentative budget of $250, and will look also for donated items.

Details are being finalized for the Numismatic Theater speakers’ medals, which will be donated by the Chicago Coin Club. The committee suggested to Mr. Wolf that two extra medals be ordered in case of joint presentations. He will ensure that the medals are available when needed.

Mr. Leonard reported that there remain copies of the first Convention Newsletter, which can be used at the Central States show. He had asked ANA if it can also bring 100 color copies to distribute from an ANA booth (which was done). The second newsletter is scheduled for mid-May. It will include recent convention news and host committee updates. Committee chairmen are asked to have input to David Simpson by May 5, particularly names of confirmed speakers.

Mr. Berk passed out Patron donation forms. He reported that there were already two donations at the new, higher level of $5,000, both members of the 2011 Chicago Committee. He will be signing a letter to all past patrons and ANA board members, and will be individually contacting some possible donors. He was optimistic about donation prospects.

Mr. Wolf, for the Chicago Volunteers Committee, said he had a firm 70 volunteers signed up, and was hoping to get to 100. ILNA will be doing a letter asking for volunteers, and a Wisconsin group has been solicited. Mr. Leonard and Elliott Kreiter will be attending coin club meetings in search of more volunteers. There was discussion of giving a parking voucher to volunteers. The committee is talking with ANA about having a central location to coordinate volunteer activities. ANA has offered use of a storage room and will provide Mr. Wolf with a key. Hopefully there will also be a centrally located table. There should also be a table for the pages.

There was no report of the ANA Ambassadors Committee.

The ANA charges $150 for a club table. The 2011 ANA Convention Committee recommended that the Chicago Coin Club purchase a table.

Mr. Leonard noted that he, Mr. Wolf, and Mr. Wieclaw will be having a Chicago area meeting with ANA representatives on April 26.

For the Branding Committee, Mr. Wolf reported that the ANA is still in negotiations about getting a sponsor for volunteers’ shirts. There was some discussion about volunteers’ minimum hours needed to get a shirt, or whether to make second shirts available for distribution or purchase. It was proposed that volunteers work a minimum of three hours to qualify for a shirt (perhaps less for Saturday), and those working a minimum of three days could receive a second shirt. A second shirt could also be offered for sale.

Mr. Hybert noted that the Exhibit applications were still not available, but are hoped to be available by the end of April. June 17 is the deadline for submitting applications. The committee ran through names of those they know who might exhibit.

The medal decision is in the hands of the ANA. Mr. Leonard had written ANA to express displeasure with delays and medal design choices, but it now appeared that the ANA was on track to get the 2011 design announced in the June Numismatist. Medal Committee Chair Mr. Simpson passed around copies of two designers’ concepts. He will contact ANA (Andrew Dickes) to get status and offer any additional approval expected.

Mr. Berk contacted ANA Curator Doug Mudd on Noncompetitive exhibits, and Mr. Mudd will call Mr. Berk back later to begin planning for the display of these exhibits.

There was no report from the Numismatic Theatre Committee or the Outreach/Local Transportation Committee.

Pages Co-Chairman Mr. Lipman observed that pages would be up to age 22, due to a concern that schools will be in session at the time of the convention. He was looking into getting some additional identification, such as a button or sticker, for the pages.

Mr. Freeman reported progress on Scout Workshops, particularly in contacting Boy Scout leaders. The plan is to have two workshops on Saturday from 12:00-2:00, with the possibility of another if needed. He was advised he can spend up to $150 to print and mail color informational fliers. All Scouts will receive a free six-month membership in the ANA, and the Girls Scouts receive their Fun with Money patch free, he reported.

Mr. Berk announced the good news that the ANA will pay for a hotel room for Mr. Leonard and Mr. Hybert. This action considerably improves the Host Committee budget.

Mr. Leonard reported an Activity update. Currently there is just the Friendship Luncheon, the opening dinner at the Shedd Aquarium, and an event at the Field Museum. There will also be a Saturday night end-of-show banquet.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00, beginning with dinner at Mr. Berk's office, 77 W. Washington St., Chicago.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05.

Respectfully submitted,
David Simpson


Bob Leonard

Yes, only three Chicago ANA Committee meetings remain before the Greatest ANA Coin Convention Ever! While many things have come together, there is still a lot for us to do to prepare properly. The ANA convention team came out for the Central States convention, and in conversations with them most of my concerns have been alleviated, and I am very impressed with their plans for the World’s Fair of Money(R). Some innovations were tested at the National Money Show in Sacramento to great success and will appear here too.

What this means to us is more volunteer opportunities. I have been afraid that many of our ANA Ambassadors would get bored after awhile saying the same thing over and over, but if that should happen they can switch over to one of the new areas. Long-time ANA convention attendees know that many booth holders have drawings for a gold coin, subscription to a coin paper, etc. Larry Shepherd has figured out a way for the ANA to make money out of this: he is adding a Sponsored “Prize Area” with a prize wheel, so that attendees can spin the wheel and win a prize (maybe just a plastic magnifying glass or coin folder, but presumably more valuable stuff too), with the Sponsor collecting names for future contact. We’ll need a minimum of four volunteers there during show hours.

New too is a Kids Zone, with coin identification fun and the starting point for the Treasure Trivia tour. We’ll need six volunteers Tuesday through Friday and eight on Saturday.

The upshot is that we really will need 100 volunteers, or close to it, and we are somewhat short of that. Let Carl Wolf know if you can spare some time during the show, even if not a full two or three hour shift — you may well have more fun than the prize winners and the kids. It could be the highlight of the entire convention for you!

I spoke also to Bob Brueggeman, who will provide security for the convention, as he has for many conventions over a long period of time. He said that he would consider some sort of training for volunteers, to help us spot security issues and address them properly. I will follow up as the convention approaches.

Rhonda Scurek, ANA Convention Manager, promised to provide a desk for Carl Wolf to use as a meeting place and “office.” She advised that she will host the usual daily meeting of the Chicago ANA Convention team from 7:45-8:00am. This daily meeting proved very valuable at last year’s convention in Boston, and I am glad to see it continue.

Ready or not, here it comes! Let’s get ready!

Minutes of the Chicago Coin Club Board of Directors

April 27, 2011

The April 27, 2011 meeting of the Chicago Coin Club Board of Directors was held at Connie’s Pizza, 2372 S. Archer, Chicago, IL. President Jeffrey Rosinia called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM with the following in attendance: Elliott Krieter, Marc Stackler, Eugene Freeman, Steve Zitowsky and Carl Wolf.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 PM with the next Board Meeting scheduled for May 25, 2011.

Sincerely Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary

Our 1109th Meeting

Date:May 11, 2011
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:Eugene Freeman — Encased Postage: Stamps as Money

Encased postage was issued by several companies during the American Civil War, but it was also issued as emergency money by other countries, in various forms, during the 20th Century. For prolonged use, protection of the stamp was important. Different issuers have used different means to accomplish this.

Important Dates

May 11 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Eugene Freeman on Encased Postage: Stamps as Money
June 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
July 13 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced

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
Elliott 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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