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Volume 60 No. 1 January 2014


7 Months until ANA in Chicago

With this year’s convention being held earlier in August than in past years, we hope to see more Young Numismatists on the bourse, in the meetings, and in the exhibit area. Our club has no YN members, but many of our members also are members of local clubs that have YNs in attendance — if you have any YNs who exhibit or make presentations at your local club, please encourage them to consider exhibiting at the ANA convention this August. The ANA web site has pages on building an exhibit, and also has the application and rules for exhibiting at the 2013 convention — very little of the details will change for 2014. Remember, August 5-9! Email any questions and comments to chatter_editor@yahoo.com and someone from the local committee will respond.


Minutes of the 1140th Meeting

The 1140th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was the Annual Award Banquet. The event was held December 11, 2013 in the Green Room at Foodlife in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave. Mezzanine Level, Chicago. Members began to arrive as early as 6 PM to visit the many food stations. The meeting was formally called to order at 8 PM by President Elliott Krieter with 32 members and guests present. A motion was passed to adopt an abbreviated agenda.

Richard Hamilton delivered an invocation. The applications of membership of Dennis Gorman and Mike Clark received second reading and a motion was passed to accept them into the Club. The application of Melissa Morsi received first reading. First V.P. Richard Lipman received a round of applause for suggesting the banquet location.

Rich introduced the evening’s featured speaker, Mark Wieclaw, who spoke on Brookgreen Gardens: Art, Nature, Numismatics. Following a question and answer period, Rich presented Mark with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club medal.

Second V.P. Marc Stackler presented Cabeen Exhibit Awards for outstanding exhibits in 2013. Bronze Honorable Mention went to: Dale Lukanich, Robert Feiler, Eugene Freeman, and Robert Weinstein; Second Place Silver was awarded to Mark Wieclaw; and First Place Gold to Richard Lipman.

Member Brett Irick was visiting from Detroit and spoke of his involvement in arranging participation by the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association at the 2014 Chicago ANA Convention. He also summarized several upcoming numismatic events in the Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ontario area.

Jeff Rosinia conducted a raffle with large chocolate coins as prizes, then surprised his wife Kathy with a birthday cake and candles.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM. As an annual tradition, Jeff Rosinia brought a pocket trumpet and serenaded the group with a lively version of Jingle Bells.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary


Speaker’s Wor[l]d
Brookgreen Gardens: Art, Nature, Numismatics?

a presentation by Mark Wieclaw,
to our December 11, 2013 meeting

Brookgreen Gardens is the world’s largest statuary garden, so that covers the Art and Nature in the presentation’s title — the works by artists who designed U.S. coinage explains the Numismatics. After the August 2012 ANA convention in Philadelphia, Mark and his wife drove to South Carolina to visit Brookgreen Gardens; many of the program’s slides came from that trip. The first slide was of the cover of the June, 1981 issue of The Numismatist, and featured the Fighting Stallions sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington which is located at the garden entrance. That issue was one of the first that Mark received as an ANA member, and he finally visited!

Brookgreen Gardens was established by the Huntingtons in in the early 20th century. Archer M. was the stepson of a railroad magnate, and Anna Hyatt was a scultor; together, they founded 14 museums, 2 state parks, and many other institutions. Four old rice plantations (one was named Brookgreen) were bought and combined to form a warm-weather getaway spot. It also was intended as a showcase for scultures. Mark showed us Anna’s early plan for the garden — the pathways form the shape of a butterfly — and a current map shows some of the orginal idea. He considers an admission ticket, costing $14 and good for 7 days, a great value.

Anna Huntington sculpted mostly animals, but she also sculpted one of the six Diana sculptures in the garden; a slide of this was among the slides of sculptures of mythological figures set among the lawns and vegetation of the gardens. Some sculptures are surrounded by a flower bed, while others are set in a fountain or a pond. There are more than 1,000 pieces in the garden, with the smaller pieces moved around. Some show some humor, such as the somewhat recent Eat More Beef by Sandy Scott — it is the sculpture of a mature pig. The buildings contain hundreds of smaller statues, some too delicate to be placed outdoors. Pieces are constantly being added to the permanent collection, while some pieces are on temporary loan. Regional history also is covered — one case holds plantation tokens, used by sharecroppers to purchase goods at a plantation store. Other cases hold medallions, some made there, that are for sale. That was a nice introduction and overview, but what about the numismatic artists?

The Hermit Crab, a 1991 bronze medallion for Brookgreen Gardens, by Don Everhart led off the works by numismatic artists. Between 1995 and 2005, Don’s designs were used on 21 US coins: first spouse, state quarters, commemorative dollars, and circulating coins (Jefferson nickel obverse, and the Professional Life Lincoln Cent reverse. We quickly saw a group of children around a flag pole by Glenna Goodacre (Sacajawea dollar obverse), a large circular plaque by Chester Martin (1992 White House dollar), a boy riding a porpoise by B.F. Hawkins (1936 Wisconsin half dollar), and a sculpture by Charles Keck (1915 Pan-Pacific gold dollar, 1927 Vermont half dollar, and the 1936 Lynchburg half dollar). Two works by Gertrude Lathrop, a small dog named Bosie and a white heron, were followed by her two coin designs (1936 Albany half dollar and 1938 New Rochelle half dollar). Sculptures and commemorative coin designs by Brenda Putnum, Robert Aitken, and Chester Beach followed, and Mark showed Daniel Chester French’s Benediction even though French never designed a US coin — but he did create the Minuteman statue shown on the 1925 Lexington-Concord half dollar, not to mention the seated Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial which appeared on the Lincoln Cent reverse starting in 1959.

The designers of circulating coins were more familiar to us, and we saw works by Anthony de Francisci (Peace Dollar), Hermon A. MacNeil (Standing Liberty Quarter), Adolph A. Weinman (Winged Liberty Dime, and Walking Liberty Half Dollar), Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Indian Head $10 Gold and Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold), Laura Gardin-Fraser (many commemorative coins, including her much praised design for the 1032 Washington Quarter that was finally used, in 1999, on the $5 Washington Death Bicentennial), and James Earle Fraser (Indian Head / Buffalo Nickel). Some of the shown sculptures were smaller versions, but still from the original workshops, of the monumental sized famous original bronzes that are in other museums and collections. Mark was impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, and highly recommends a multi-day visit. Brookgreen Gardens is open year-round, and the garden plants change with the season, but April and May might present the best weather.


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Minutes of the 2014 Chicago ANA Convention Committee

December 4, 2013

The second meeting of the 2014 Chicago ANA Convention Committee was called to order at 6 PM by Host Chairman William Burd on Wednesday December 4, 2013 in the offices of Harlan J. Berk, 77 W. Washington, Suite 1320, Downtown Chicago.

The following members were present: Paul Hybert, Steve Zitowsky, Mark Wieclaw, Robert Feiler, Eugene Freeman, Jeff Rosinia, Elliott Krieter, Marc Stackler, Rich Lipman and Carl Wolf.

Harlan Berk was unable to attend the meeting, but provided dinner from Reza’s Restaurant and parking vouchers.

  1. William Burd reported:
    1. Rhonda Scurek, ANA Director of Conventions, and Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director, will be at the committee’s next meeting January 22.
    2. The ANA Staff is busy planning the Atlanta Convention, but will have more to report at the January meeting.
  2. Committee Chairman Reports:
    1. Ambassadors Carl Wolf
      1. Plans to begin recruiting after January 1 and expecting about the same number of volunteers (80).
      2. Volunteers are ready to sign up because we provided them with shirts that fit, plus they were provided with parking vouchers.
      3. Beginning to think of ways Floor Captains along with 10 volunteers can specialize in some activity, such as: serving at key locations and passing along specific information of the day’s activities.
      4. Other committee members were invited to submit ideas.
    2. Scouts Eugene Freeman
      1. Continues to receive good feedback from suburban Scout leaders and is expecting them to return with a larger contingent.
      2. Still working on changing the hours for the merit badge program which went from 10 AM 1:30 PM in 2013. This left little time for scouts to spend on the bourse floor or exhibits.
      3. Trying to reach Rod Gillis, ANA Education, to discuss ways to improve the program.
    3. Pages Richard Lipman
      1. No news to report, but knows that the ANA is working at resolving several minor issues.
    4. Money Talks Mark Wieclaw
      1. They report receiving firm commitments from several numismatists who will submit in-depth presentation proposal
      2. Trying to resolve the lack of good signage in 2013
      3. Hoped signs could be placed on exhibits telling convention goers when and where the exhibitor would speak on the subject, but was told that signage in the exhibit area was prohibited.
      4. Was told that the ANA is working with the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association and may recruit 4 6 speakers on Canadian numismatics.
    5. Collector Exhibits Paul Hybert: Nothing to report
  3. Speakers’ Medals Carl Wolf
    1. Reported the cost is the same to produce medals for every Money Talks presenter in 2013, with the exception of engraved letters and freight.
    2. The Committee favored the idea of a bright copper without antique finish and asked to see some samples at the next meeting.
    3. After reviewing the costs between 100 or 250 commemorative medals, the committee favored the 250 offer.
    4. The Committee favored the idea of holding back approximately 25 of each commemorative medal, to put into a package offer at or after the 2015 convention.
  4. Hotel Lodging Bill Burd
    1. No specific report
    2. Committee Chairmen were told to be ready to submit names and dates so the ANA could make reservations.
  5. Budget Bill Burd: still open but expect Rhonda to have the figure in January.
  6. Other - General discussion on interesting program ideas
  7. Tentative Upcoming Meetings:
    1. Asked all chairman to set aside the third Wednesday of every month through July.
    2. January 22, 2014 at a site to be determined as the ANA Staff will attend.
    3. February 19, 2014 at the offices of Harlan J. Berk.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary
Chicago Coin Club


Minutes of the Chicago Coin Club Board of Directors

December 18, 2013

The December 18, 2013 meeting of the Chicago Coin Club Board was held at Connie’s Pizza, 2373 South Archer Ave., Chicago, IL.

President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 7:06 pm with the following members present: Bob Feiler, William Burd, Mark Wieclaw, Paul Hybert, Carl Wolf, Steve Zitowsky, Rich Lipman, and Mark Stackler.

Treasurer Steve Zitowsky answered several questions concerning the Club’s finances.

After a discussion the Board passed the following motions to present to the general membership for approval:

As 2014 is the Club’s 95th Anniversary year, everyone favored a special event to mark the occasion. A variety of ideas were presented and President Krieter agreed to appoint a committee of three to pursue this and report back in early 2014.

It was reported that featured speakers are scheduled for the Club’s first four meetings in 2014.

Everyone was in favor of holding another joint dinner meeting with the New York Numismatic Club at the 2014 ANA Convention. Carl Wolf agreed to speak to Mark Anderson about a meeting format, a joint medal striking, etc.

Mark Stackler announced the Club’s Facebook page now has 142 followers. A general discussion was held around the length of time some speakers spend during their exhibit presentation at regular meetings.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 PM.

Sincerely,
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary


Our 1141st Meeting

Date:January 8, 2014
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:Jeffrey A. Amelse — Collectables from Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition

Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World. During the event’s six month run,=2C 27.5 million people were lured to see its glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology, and people from around the world. The event was also a bonanza for collectors! Be sure to attend this presentation as Jeff Amelse explains the collectability of entrance tickets modeled after fractional currency and printed by American Bank Note Company; the first U.S. commemorative coin, the Columbus half dollar; the first U.S. coin with the portrait of a woman, Queen Isabella I quarter; plus numerous medals and tokens that fill several books. Elongated coins were also introduced. Back then, fair goers handed over their own coin which was elongated. Although most of the coins were U.S. of small value, there are examples of U.S. silver halves and dollars, international coins are also found, and, although they are scarce, elongated U.S. gold coins also exist!
Jeff invites members to bring to the meeting their Columbian Exposition material. This doesn’t have to be your main exhibit. Just lay the material out on your table and when called upon stand up and briefly describe what you have. If you can, please make a list and submit it to the Secretary. This is not to be published with your name, but the ANA Convention Committee might decide, if we have enough, to put together several exhibit cases at this summer’s ANA Convention.


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.

January 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Jeffrey A. Amelse on Collectables from Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition
February 12 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Eugene Freeman on Love Tokens: Their History and Collectability
March 7-9 20th Annual Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX) at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday. For details, refer to their website, http://www.cpmxshow.com.
March 8 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Expo, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
March 12 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 9 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 11-13 39th annual Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Admission is $5 for Friday and Saturday; free on Sunday. For details, refer to their website, http://www.cicfshow.com.
April 12 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
April 24-26 75th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. Free public admission. For details, refer to their website, http://www.centralstates.info/conv.html.
April 26 CCC Meeting - 1pm at the CSNS Convention, which is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
Featured Speaker - to be announced

Chatter Matter

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

http://www.ChicagoCoinClub.org/

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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