|Archive available at http://www.ChicagoCoinClub.org/|
|Volume 60 No. 7||July 2014|
The details for the convention are being finalized and announced by ANA. Their web site is being revised, so your old bookmarks might no longer work — but the http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com and http://www.money.org should still work. I hope you have made plans to attend the convention, and will try to partake of as many of the offerings as possible.
Remember, August 5-9!
The 1146th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held June 11, 2014 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 31 members and 3 guests: Chester Donati, Chuck Prock, and Joe O’Donnell from Coin World.
A motion was passed to accept the May Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky gave a detailed report on May revenue of $720.00, expenses of $1,398.55 total assets of $24,616.14 held in Life Membership $2,110.00 and member equity $22,506.14. A motion was passed to accept his report.
The application for membership of Adam F. Olszewski received a second reading and a motion was passed to accept him into the Club. The application of Chuck Prock received first reading. With regret it was reported that Quentin Burrows and Mike Radojcic will not renew their membership.
The Secretary announced correspondence notifying the Club that Nicholas Brown (1177), has passed away. The Secretary read the names who have unpaid 2014 dues and have not responded to three separate letters. They include: Michael Morrissy (1216), Dennis Hoelze (1209), Ernst Armstrong (1195), and William Rau (1190). A motion was made and passed to drop their name from the rolls.
Under Old Business:
Under New Business:
The Secretary introduced Chester Donati who delivered a program Security for Home and Business. Following a question-and-answer period, Chester was given a warm round of applause. The Secretary forgot to pack the engraved medal and ANA Educational Certificate, and promised to mail them the next day.
Marc Stackler, Second V.P., introduced the evening’s 11 exhibitors. ROBERT LEONARD: 12” segment of red-feather money from Santa Cruz Islands. EUGENE FREEMAN: 1818 half real from San Antonio and 1828 50 centimes Haiti. JAMES DAVIS: 1891 Swiss medal from 700th Anniversary of Bern, 1919 one rupee from India, and 2001 $10 coin from Liberia with American eagle hologram. DAVE CROOKS: 2 gold coins from Saddle Ridge Hoard; RICARDO SEQUEIRA: a 1894-S $20 gold coin from Saddle Ridge Hoard, a Mexican 8 reales and 3 Nicaraguan commemorative coins. DALE LUKANICH: two Federal Reserve Notes and seven National Bank Notes. STEPHEN HUBER: two double talers and two single talers from Germany. BOB FEILER: cigar box labels showing gold coins, and 1930 Lincoln cent pop-outs of an Indian Chief. RICHARD LIPMAN: 3 international notes featuring scientists, a toilet token, and an apothecary weight. MARK WIECLAW: a sea-turtle stater (480-446 BC) and a land-turtle stater (445-431 BC), both from Attic Desina, then a brockage denarius of Julius Caesar, 46 BC. CHESTER DONATI: U.S. baseball coin in $5 gold and $1 silver.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:26 PM. The next meeting will be 6:45 PM, Wednesday, July 9 at the same location.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
a presentation by Chester Donati,
to our June 11, 2014 meeting
The Busybody “Visual Surveillance System” was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. A set of mirrors, mounted on the outside of a window frame, allowed a person to see who was along the outside of a building, all while remaining safely inside. After showing us an image of a modern take on that device, Chet showed another device from the 1700s — a watchman clacker, used to wake up citizens during an emergency or fire. Moving into the 1800s, we saw a Holmes Alarm Telegraph circa 1852. This first burglar alarm featured a ringing bell, and used wires above buildings to carry a signal to a central office. Sounds like a telephone system, except telephones had not been invented yet. Chet noted that Alexander Graham Bell, after inventing the telephone, rented Holmes’ wires during the day — from 6AM until 6PM, the wires were used for phone calls, and used for alarm signals from 6PM until 6AM.
Artifacts from the 1920s included an OWL Pay Alarm — insert a dime, pull a lever, and then you could turn ON your alarm — and an ADT / Western Union call station — press the button to summon an ADT messenger from the Western Union office. ADT started in the messenger business, as American District Telegraph. We saw photos of central stations, starting with the late 1800s and ending with a recent view inside Chet’s business, DMC Security Services, Inc. Things are always improving. In the last forty years, the ultrasonic motion detectors have gone from large units that needed dedicated wires, to smaller than a pack of cigarettes and communicating wirelessly.
With the exonumia and collectible parts covered, Chet waded into aspects of modern security. First came the statistics on home burglaries, then came some facts, and then some suggestions. The program concluded with some security considerations for people attending a coin show. Two million home burglaries are reported each year in the US. The months with the most breakins are July and August; February has the fewest breakins, and not just because it has the fewest days. Most burglaries occur during the day, when there is less of a chance of the burglar’s finding someone home. About 85% of breakins are committed by non-professionals — desperate people looking for small and expensive items that can be quickly converted into cash. Their tools can be as simple as screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars, and hammers; many windows have only a latch, not a lock, but a screen can be silently cut in an instant.
Many breakins are a crime of opportunity. Maybe it was an inviting house — easy access, with good cover — or maybe it was just carelessness — something as simple as not locking a door or window. A successful burglar tries to fit in; he could carry a clipboard and walk right up to the door, knock on it, try the door handle to see if it is unlocked, and have a one-sided conversation such as, “Hi, glad you are home, here are the papers we should …” while walking through the door — all appearing very normal to the casual passerby. Or maybe he would turn away, just to place a quick kick on the door; a cheap lock or frame, and he is in. Most breakins are through the front door.
A heavyduty deadbolt with a one-inch bolt is good, but make sure the strikeplate is securely fastened to the frame. When a burglar enters, he will first look for possible exits. A lock that needs a key to open it from the inside could help trap a burglar, but some building codes ban them as a safety (fire) hazard. If all the trades contractors at a new house were given keys, changing the door locks could make sense. Sliding glass doors have their own vulnerabilities and security enhancements, but anything is only as secure as its installation. Chet told of visiting one house where the homeowner had wanted the door to slide open the other way; the installer obliged by taking it, out spinning it around, and installing it the desired way — Chet walked outside, had the homeowner lock the latch, and then Chet lifted the door out of its frame!
Commonsense appeared a number of time in the program. It is important to know your neighbors, so they can watch your place, and you can watch theirs. Although you might want to proudly show the shipping box, from your large television, on garbage day, it might be better if you cut it into small pieces. Alarm systems also were covered — your insurance company might give a discount if you have an alarm, but remember, the system keeps tracks of when it was turned on! Find out the amount of coverage actually provided by your insurance policy — the standard amount is small, maybe one to two thousand dollars. Are you covered while travelling to and from coin shows? While travelling, remember to be aware of your surroundings; maintain a low profile, and remove those show badges as soon as you can! There was more to this program than is covered in this short report, and there is more to security than could fit into this presentation; luckily for us, Chet provided a handout covering alarms, safes, and more.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|CPMX & CICF||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our June 11, 2014 meeting,
reported by Marc Stackler
June 18, 2014
The eighth meeting of the 2014 Chicago ANA Convention Committee was called to order at 6:00 PM by Host Chairman William Burd on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in the offices of Harlan J. Berk Ltd., 77 W. Washington, Downtown Chicago. The following members were present: Steve Zitowsky, Dale Lukanich, Marc Stackler, Jeff Rosinia, Eugene Freeman, Elliott Krieter, Robert Feiler, Mark Wieclaw, Paul Hybert, and Carl Wolf.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
Chicago Coin Club
The Club would like to extend their sincere appreciation to those who gave their support to the success of our 95th Anniversary celebration.
|Gold||(Those who donated $500 or more)|
|Americana Coin & Jewelry||William A. Burd|
|Chicago Coin Co., Inc.|
|Silver||(Those who donated $100 or more)|
|Kevin & Sharon Blocker||Dale Lukanich|
|John Connolly||Jeff Rosinia|
|Kevin Dailey||Thomas Uram|
|Brett Irick||Carl Wolf|
|Richard Lipman||Steve Zitowsky|
|Copper||(Those who donated $20 or more)|
|Jeff Amelse||Richard Hamilton|
|Mark Anderson||Robert D. Leonard, Jr.|
|Robert Feiler||Scott McGowan|
|Robert Fritsch||Andrew Michyeta|
|Gregory Gajda||Chris Patton|
|Date:||Wednesday, July 9, 2014|
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 $33 is reduced to $9 if you eat at the Plymouth Restaurant, 327 S. Plymouth Court (next to our meeting site at the CBA) — show the restaurant your parking ticket, and ask 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:||David Greenstein — Coin Doctoring and Conservation — The Great Debate|
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.
|July||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - David Greenstein on Coin Doctoring and Conservation — The Great Debate|
|August||2-4||PNG/ANA Numismatic Tradeshow. Admission by invitation or $6; details on the PNG Events Calendar at http://www.pngdealers.com/|
|August||5-9||ANA in Rosemont, at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Admission is free for ANA members — for details, see http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com.|
|August||6||Chicago Coin Club 95th Anniversary dinner, in Rosemont. This is not a full meeting — it is a social event for members and guests: $50 per person, reception starting at 6PM, and dinner starting at 7PM. Full details, including the speaker, will be announced.|
|August||9||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the ANA convention,
which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
|August||13||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
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
|Elliott Krieter||- President|
|Richard Lipman||- First Vice President|
|Marc Stackler||- Second Vice President|
|William Burd||- Archivist|
|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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