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Volume 59 No. 5 May 2013


April Was Busy!

The ANA headquarters is busy preparing for the National Money Show in New Orleans in May, and then it must prepare for Summmer Seminar — so your application for Exhibiting or Money Talks in August might not produce an immediate response. The CCC had four meetings in April — this issue has a writeup on only the presentation at our first meeting — writeups of the presentations at our meetings at CICF and CSNS will appear in the June issue.

Member Phil Carrigan, in addition to assisting the local Money Talks committee, found time to be elected to a six-year term on the College of Lake County Board of Trustees. Congatulations!


Minutes of the 1132nd Meeting

Session I of the 1132nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held April 10, 2013 in the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago. President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM with an attendance of 25 members and 2 guests, Laurie Sherman and the evening’s speaker, Tim Kyzivat.

A motion was passed to accept the March Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky reported March revenue of $477.00, expenses of $377.94 and total assets of $20,830.98 held in Life Membership $1,430.00 and member equity $19,400.98. A motion was passed to approve the report.

The application of Loreen (Laurie) Sherman (1212) received first reading. The applications of Roger Urce (1210) and Mark Anderson (1211) received second reading and a motion was passed to accept them into membership.

Mark Wieclaw, Host Chairman of the 2013 ANA Chicago Convention, announced the next Committee Meeting Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6 pm, Offices of Harlan J. Berk, 77 W. Washington, Suite 1320, Downtown Chicago. The ANA Convention Kick-Off Event on August 13 is a rooftop party at Beyond the Ivy overlooking Wrigley Field. The event is limited to 200. Over 80 tickets are sold and Mark urged members to sign up soon.

The Secretary distributed a list of talking points for members when they promote the ANA Convention to collectors, especially those who have never attended the event. Trial strikes of the “Money Talks Presenter” medal and Commemorative medal were shown. A sample royal blue neck ribbon with a nickel silver medal was shown to illustrate the final appearance of the “Money Talks Presenter” medal.

If 10 (minimum) or more commemorative convention medals were ordered in fine silver, the Club’s cost would be approximately $103.00 each. After a poll of those in attendance showed 9 would purchase in advance this medal for $125.00, it was agreed to offer this to “members only” for a limited period.

Following announcements of upcoming future programs, First VP Rich Lipman introduced the evening’s featured speaker Tim Kyzivat who spoke on Series 1929 National Bank Notes from Towns along U.S. Route 66. After a question and answer period, Rich presented Tim with an ANA Educational Certificate. The engraved Club medal did not arrive and will be mailed.

Second VP Marc Stackler introduced the evening’s 11 exhibitors. STEVE ZITOWSKY: fragment of the 4.5 billion year old meteorite that burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia Feb 15, 2013; ROBERT WEINSTEIN: 9 elongated coins; EUGENE FREEMAN: coins from Guatemala, Italy, and Central African Empire; PHIL CARRIGAN: dry goods token and counterstamped U.S. 2 cent coin; DARREN HOOPER: tin can with 31 original rolls of 1959 U.S. Lincoln cents; RICH LIPMAN: U.S. notes with radar, super radar, descending, or solid serial numbers, plus Israeli notes showing important personages; JIM DAVIS: Elgin’s Pioneer Statue medals and coin from Zamunda referred to in the movie Coming to America; ROBERT D. LEONARD, JR: 7 coins showing St. George; DALE LUKANICH: uncut sheet North Carolina colonial currency & Taiwan 2000Y gold coin in mislabeled holder; MARK WIECLAW: 2 ancient coins of Cleopatra VII, an aureus of Caracalla, and a facing-left heads-or-tails token; ROBERT FEILER: 33½ cent obsolete note, advertising shell coin, Morgan dollar on a belt buckle, & advertising card.

The meeting was recessed at 9:14 pm and will re-adjourn at 1 pm, Saturday, April 20th at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL.

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Session II of the 1132nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held April 20, 2013 in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM with an attendance of 42 members and guests.

A motion was passed to follow an abbreviated version of the regular meeting. The application of Todd Ballen (1213) received a first reading.

2013 ANA Convention Host Chairman, Mark Wieclaw, spoke of the upcoming American Numismatic Association Convention held August 13-17, directly across the street at the Donald Stephens Convention Center. Those wishing to make a proposal to speak at the Money Talks portion of the event were encouraged to see Dale Lukanich. Those wishing to take promotional material back to their local clubs, were told to see the Secretary.

First V.P. Rich Lipman introduced featured speaker David Michaels from Heritage Auctions. David appeared dressed as a Roman centurion and delivered a program titled Adlocutio: The Emperor & His Army of Roman Coinage, 50BC-450AD. David spoke of the role a centurion played in the army and explained the different features to his armor. He showed a series of ancient Roman coins showing images of the emperor addressing troops wearing the same armor. In some instances the coins showed images of weapons carried by David. Following a question and answer period, Rich presented David with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club speaker’s medal.

When the meeting ended, many members were photographed with David.

The meeting recessed at 2:10 PM and will reconvene 2:00PM Thursday, April 25, 2013 in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society Convention, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

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Session III of the 1132nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held Thursday, April 25, 2013 in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society’s 74th Anniversary Convention, Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM with an attendance of 56 members and guests.

A motion was passed to follow an abbreviated version of the regular meeting. The application of Mark Borckardt (1214) received a first reading.

First V.P. Richard Lipman introduced Mark Borckardt from Heritage Auctions, who moderated a panel discussion on Lost and Found: The Walton 1913 Liberty Head Nickel. Panel participants included: publicist Donn Pearlman, retired Coin World editor Beth Deisher, and Paul Montgomery, V.P. of American Metals exchange, who was president of Bowers and Merena in 2003 when the nickel was rediscovered. They were also joined by George Walton’s nephew, Ryan Givens, Walton’s niece, Cheryl Myers, and her husband, Gary Myers. Bette Givens, another Walton niece, was privately presented a certificate and medal at the meeting’s end.

Present to video this unique program was David Lisot of Cointelevision.com & Coinvideo.com of Richardson, TX.

Following a question and answer period, V.P. Richard Lipman presented every panel participant with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club speaker’s medal.

A special round of applause was given to Mark Borckardt for putting together the panel. Everyone was invited to attend the Walton nickel auction at the 7 pm session that day.

The meeting recessed at 3:24 PM, to be reconvened 1:00 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the same event.

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Session IV of the 1132nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held Saturday, April 27, 2013 in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society’s 74th Anniversary Convention, Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM with an attendance of 36 members and guests.

A motion was passed to follow an abbreviated version of the regular meeting. The membership applications of Michael Morrissy (1215) and Steven J. D’Ippolito (1216) received first readings.

Mark Borckardt from Heritage Auctions spoke on The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel. Mark related the auction result of the Walton specimen and retold the story of the nickel’s rediscovery after 40 years. A large portion of the program was Mark’s detailed explanation on how a respected numismatic firm misidentified the coin in 1963 as having an altered date led to several questions and discussions. At the conclusion, Mark was presented with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club speaker medal.

Recognition was given to relatives in attendance: Walton’s nephew, Ryan Givens, Walton’s nieces, Bette Givens and Cheryl Myers with her husband, Gary Myers.

The meeting adjourned at 1:40 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary


Speaker’s Wor[l]d
Series 1929 National Bank Notes From Towns Along U.S. Route 66

by Tim Kyzivat,
presented to our April 10, 2013 meeting

There are many ways to collect — as the collector, you decide upon the theme and scope — use your imagination, and follow what has meaning for you. Not so long ago, Tim started his collection of notes from towns along Route 66; his first goal was one note from each state, and then fill in. He limited himself to Series 1929 National Currency Bank Notes; these notes bear the name of the issuing bank, providing a direct link to towns along Route 66. His experiences on Route 66 started much earlier. With his new driver’s license in 1962, he helped his father drive his grandfather’s 1960 Chevy from Chicago to Tucson, following Route 66 from Chicago into Texas before turning off for Tucson. In December of 1969, fresh out of Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he and his wife drove a 1964 Corvair from Chicago to his new duty station near Barstow, California. And back to Chicago in 1971.

Route 66’s eastern end was in downtown Chicago, a few blocks from the club’s current meeting place; the western end was at the Pier in Santa Minica, California; it passed through eight states. For midwesterners, this was the main highway to the west in the 1930s. The road figured prominently in Steinbeck𓆉s The Grapes of Wrath and in many Dust Bowl stories. Among its affectionate nicknames were “The Mother Road” and “Road of Second Chance.” Having completed his overview of the road, Tim started talking of the towns with banks that had issued notes.

Starting with Chicago, we saw a $5 note of The National Bank of the Republic of Chicago. Berwyn (a $5) and Riverside followed, then onto Joliet (a $20) in Will County, and Gardner (a $10) before mentioning Dwight, Pontiac, and Normal — towns notable for prisons, universities, other state-run institutions, and the first Steak & Shake. Springfield, one of the two state capitals on Route 66, was represented by a $10 of the Illinois National Bank. Next was a $10 from which has one of the largest annual Route 66 festivals.

For St. Louis in Missouri, we saw a $20 from The Boatmen’s National Bank of St. Louis; Tim called this a good evocative bank name, what he favors when faced with a large town with a number of banks that had issued notes. A few more Missouri towns were mentioned before a $10 was shown from Joplin, and then onto Kansas. Before rerouting decreased it, the road covered only 13 miles in Kansas— of the three small towns along that stretch, only two, Galena and Baxter Springs, had note issuing banks. This can be the hardest part in forming a Route 66 bank note collection. Next was Oklahoma, with five towns possible for the collection, of which Oklahoma City was the largest. Tim told of taking Route 66 through the city, no bypass then, in slow traffic at midday with a temperature of 105 degrees — and he smiled! But he has no Oklahoma notes yet.

The way across Texas went across the sparsely populated panhandle, so only three towns are needed: Panhandle is appropriately named, Shamrock has a piece of the Blarney Stone, and we saw a $10 from Amarillo. Three towns are needed for New Mexico, and all three of them sounded familiar; we saw a $5 from Albuquerque and a $5 from Gallup. In general, it is more difficult to find notes from the towns farther west. Of the three towns needed for Arizona, and we saw a $10 from Winslow; that town was mentioned in a 1970s song by the Eagles, “Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona …” Concluding the way west was a $20 note from Los Angeles, one of seven possible towns for this collection; this was from The Hollywood National Bank of Los Angeles.

Although Route 66 is the best known of the U.S. Routes, there were other routes around which a collection can be built. As Tim mentioned at the start, there are many ways to collect.


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Show and Tell

Items shown at our April 10, 2013 meeting,
reported by Marc Stackler

  1. Steve Zitowsky showed a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. It is about 4.5 billion years old. It fell on 15/Feb/2013 with an initial mass of 11,000 metric tons and measured about 55 feet across. It entered the earth’s atmosphere at around 18 KM/sec (40,000 miles per hour), and exploded in an air burst over Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, at a height of 23.3 KM (14.5 miles). Almost 1500 people were injured, and 7200 buildings were damaged. Steve’s fragment is barely the size of Jefferson’s head on the nickel. A photo has been posted at www.facebook.com/chicagocoinclub.
  2. Bob Weinstein presented several elongated coins.
    1. One cent: 1910 GAR Encampment, Atlantic City.
    2. One cent: 1912 Louisiana State Fair.
    3. One cent: 1916, Banking House of the Cumberland Trust.
    4. One cent: 1933 Century of Progress Lama Temple.
    5. One Canadian (large) cent: 1933 Travel & Transport Building
    6. One cent: 1940 NY World’s Fair Perisphere and Trylon
    7. One Canadian (small) cent: 1939 NY World’s Fair, Mayor La Guardia
    8. Civil War Token(!): 1939 NY World’s Fair Administration Building
    9. Soviet 15 Kopeks: 1964-65 NY World’s Fair, Vatican Pavilion
  3. Eugene Freeman showed us 3 scarce coins.
    1. Guatemala 1 Real dated 1773, mintmark G. It was struck prior to the earthquake of the same year that destroyed the city and mint. Mintmarks on subsequent Guatemala coins were NG (Nueva Guatemala), for the new city that was built. The old city was abandoned.
    2. Italy, 2 Lire dated 1860. In the most recent Krause catalog this coin has been reclassified as from Emilia. Prior catalogs state the coin being from Tuscany. The coin is an early, proposed design for unified Italy. Its legend says VITTORIO EMANUELE RE ELETTO (King Elect; as opposed to King of Italy).
    3. Central African “Empire” 100 francs dated 1978. You may know the country as the Central African Republic, but for a brief time the “president” (by virtue of a coup) named himself emperor of his “empire.” No shortage of ego, there. It is a very scarce issue, as few were minted that said “empire.”
  4. Phil Carrigan presented 2 items.
    1. A Loveday brass token, slabbed NGC, once owned by Steve Tanenbaum. Tanenbaum was the dealer killed relatively recently in Brooklyn while crossing the street, having been struck by a speeding getaway car. On the back of the slab are notes presumed to be Tanenbaum’s.
    2. An 1865 2-cent coin stamped: GREAT FIRE BOSTON NOV 9 1872, commemorating the fire of that year.
  5. Darren Hooper talked about 2 items.
    1. A tin can with 31 rolls of 1959-D Lincoln cents, which he plans to search for re-punched mintmarks.
    2. A Time magazine article speculating on the end of the US cent.
  6. Rich Lipman presented several pieces of currency:
    1. US $1 Federal Reserve notes with serial numbers being radar, super radar, descending, and solid 8s (8 representing “good luck” in Asia).
    2. A cut-out 1-agora (Israeli) that has been gold-plated.
    3. Israeli notes (1958 half-lirah, 1968 5-lirot) with biblical vignettes, and 1970s notes with various gates of Jerusalem.
    4. Modern polymer Israeli notes — quite striking.
  7. Jim Davis told us about three items.
    1. 1935 Pioneer Memorial Medal with Illini reverse.
    2. 1960s Pioneer Memorial Medal with I WILL reverse.
    3. A “Zamunda” 5 Pound coin, from the movie Coming to America. On the obverse is a crowned Eddie Murphy. Beat that, Central African Empire!
  8. Bob Leonard presented 6 coins depicting St. George.
    1. Byzantine electrum Aspron trachy, John II, 1118-1143. Here St. George is wearing a tunic, and there is no dragon.
    2. Byzantine half-tetarteron, Manuel I, 1143-1180.
    3. Antioch follis, Roger, 1112-1119, Kaffa.
    4. Banco San Giorgio, Genoa, copper Follera, 1453-75.
    5. Russia 2 Kopeks, Catherine II, 1763.
    6. Great Britain, silver crown, Queen Victoria, 1890.
    7. The last 2 coins show him slaying the dragon. Bob mentioned that the Catholic Church may have doubts as to St. George’s feats or even existence, discounting any notion of the dragon. What?!! The Vatican must not be streaming Game of Thrones.
  9. Dale Lukanich showed 2 items, each interesting in its own way.
    1. A 3-note, uncut sheet of colonial currency (debentures) from 1771 North Carolina in denominations of 2 shillings 6 pence, 1 pound, and 10 shillings. The sheet is graded MS66. Needless to say, it is as nice as the day it was printed and signed.
    2. A 1976 Taiwan 2000 Yuan gold coin slabbed by NGC and misattributed as a 1000 Yuan coin.
  10. Mark Wieclaw presented these items.
    1. Roman Syria, Antioch, 48/47 B.C. bronze (AE22) with a portrait of Zeus and a small counterstamp of Cleopatra VII (yes — that Cleopatra).
    2. A smaller bronze with a portrait of Cleopatra VII circa 32/31 B.C.
    3. An aureus of Caracalla, 211 A.D., considered unique. The reverse design shows Roma leading the emperor into Rome. On all other known examples, the emperor alone is riding into the city. The design was meant to commemorate Septimius Severus’ return from Britain to Rome.
    4. A head/tails copper token where the bust faces right (usually it would be facing left).
  11. Bob Feiler ended the evening with several odd and curious items.
    1. A 33 1/3 cent Alabama & Chattanooga Railroad obsolete bill. It is considered extremely rare. Bob also showed a book, Interesting Notes by Roger Durand, that depicts the note he just showed.
    2. A replica of a $20 gold piece dated 1776, probably created for the 1876 Centennial, with a “shell card” advertisement on the back for Libby, Butcher of NY. They were manufacturers and importers of millinery items.
    3. A belt with an 1889 Morgan dollar buckle, still in its original box from the 1960s.
    4. An advertising card for the Gillette Lunch Room Restaurant, located at 389½ W. Madison Street, Chicago, perhaps circa 1890s. On the back of the card was the menu. Great stuff.

Minutes of the 2013 Chicago ANA Convention Committee

April 17, 2013

The ninth meeting of the 2013 Chicago ANA Convention Committee was called to order by Assistant Host Chairman Bill Burd, 6 pm, Wednesday April 17, 2013 at Connie’s Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL.

The following members were present: Robert Feiler, Steve Zitowsky, Eugene Freeman, Phil Carrigan, Sharon Blocker, Richard Lipman, Paul Hybert, and Carl Wolf.

  1. Committee Reports:
  2. Bill Burd, Budget Report
  3. Promotion:
  4. Bill Burd, in absence of Harlan Berk, Restaurant Guide
  5. Special Exhibits World’s Fair in Chicago
  6. Miscellaneous:
  7. Next Meeting, May 15, 2013, 6 pm, offices of Harlan J. Berk, 77 W. Washington, Suite 1320, Downtown Chicago

Bill Burd was given a warm round of applause for paying the evening’s dinner tab and the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary
Chicago Coin Club


Our 1133rd Meeting

Date:May 8, 2013
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. Nearby parking: South Loop Self Park, 318 South Federal Street; that is two short blocks west of our meeting site. Note: Their typical rate of $29 is reduced to $6 if you eat at the Plymouth Restaurant, 327 S. Plymouth Court (next to our meeting site at the CBA), show them your parking ticket, and ask the restaurant for a parking voucher. The restaurant offers standard sandwiches, burgers, and salads for members who want to meet for dinner. Another before-meeting favorite of some members is the Ceres Restaurant, located inside the Board of Trade Building, at LaSalle and Jackson.
Featured speaker:Elliott Krieter - Virtual Money


Important Dates

Unless stated otherwise, our regular monthly CCC Meeting is in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of the month; the starting time is 6:45PM.

May 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Elliott Krieter on Virtual Money
June 12 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
July 10 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced

Chatter Matter

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CHICAGO COIN CLUB
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Club Officers

Elliott Krieter- President
Richard Lipman- First Vice President
Marc Stackler- Second Vice President
William Burd- Archivist
Directors:Steve Ambos
Robert Feiler
Dale Lukanich
Mark Wieclaw
Other positions held are:
Jeffrey Rosinia- Immediate Past President
Carl Wolf- Secretary
Steve Zitowsky- Treasurer
Paul Hybert- Chatter Editor
Robert Feiler- ANA Club Representative

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