Chatter


Volume 62 No. 8 August 2016


Editor’s Notes

It seems that a number of club members will be in Anaheim for the ANA convention. Whether you wonder what is being exhibited this year, or you want to verify that your exhibit was accepted. please look at the online listing of Collector Exhibits, now available at http://www.chicagocoinclub.org/events/2016/ana/ex/all_by_cl.html

These are all of the expected exhibits, with the usual disclaimer that a few might not make it if real life happens.

Paul Hybert, editor


Minutes of the 1171st Meeting

The 1171st meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held July 13, 2016 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 24 members and 4 guests: Anne Anaszewicz, Aaron Berk, Pamela Berk, and Mabel Wright.

A motion was passed to accept the June Minutes as published in the Chatter. With the absence of Treasurer Steve Zitowsky, First V.P. Marc Stacker gave a detailed financial report for June showing $0.00 in revenue and $213.00 in expenses, total assets of $28,609.45. A motion was passed accepting the report.

President Krieter announced that he and Jeff Rosinia were shopping for a new digital projector and were narrowing their choices.

Jeff Rosinia and Carl Wolf presented an art proof of a hexagonal die-struck medal with the Club logo colorized, which met with the membership’s approval.

Steve Ambos reported that the Board approved moving the Annual Banquet to January 11, 2017 and holding it at The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams, Downtown Chicago. Details will follow, but the cost including gratuities will be about $50 per person.

First V.P. Richard Lipman introduced featured speaker Harlan J. Berk who delivered a presentation Civic Mint: Athens’ First Tetradrachms, 520-500BC. Following many questions, Harlan was presented with an ANA Educational Certificate.

Second V.P. Marc Stackler announced the exhibitors. JEFF AMELSE — 10 and 50 Korun Czech currency, and 500 rupee from India. DALE LUKANICH — Netherlands Antilles 10 Guilden, 250 Guilden, and three pieces of U.S. obsolete currency. LYLE DALY — four coins of Justinian I, 1974 medal for French Notaries, and items found in pocket change. RICHARD LIPMAN — bank notes from Canada and Australia, plus U.S. “First Spouse” gold coin of Nancy Reagan. MARK WIECLAW — massive silver 5-oz. eagle with neck chain, 1976 Bicentennial medal issued by Calumet Numismatic Club, and ancient Greek coins from Calabria, Tarentum, and Cnossus. ROBERT FEILER — 2004-P Jefferson nickel struck in copper, examples of “magician coins” which were altered to show double reverse or double obverse designs. GERARD ANASZEWICZ — 8 postcards with numismatic themes. DEVEN KANE — coins from the Napoleonic Kingdom of Erturia, Mughal India, and 12 jitals. JEFF ROSINIA — reminisced about attending recent ANA Summer Seminar.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:14 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,
Carl Wolf, Secretary


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Show and Tell

Items shown at our July 13, 2016 meeting,

  1. Jeff Amelse and his wife recently visited Prague. They are members of the Chicago Art Deco Society, and were interested in seeing the Art Nouveau in Prague: quite wonderful. It is the city of Alphons Mucha, known for his posters of Sarah Burnhardt. He also designed the Municipal House, and designed some Czech currency.
    1. Jeff brought a few Moucha notes (which he bought there): 10 Korun; two 50 Korun, one of which was a perforated specimen.
    2. He also displayed some pictures of Moucha-related Prague.
    3. Jeff was also in India for 5 weeks, and he brought a 500 rupees (worth $8) note from his travels.
  2. Dale Lukanich showed six pieces of paper money, while he described his trip to the Memphis Paper Money Show. (The show will move from its long-time Memphis venue to Kansas City.) Dale spoke with dealers about slabbed vs not slabbed. Slabbing is a big preference for selling in the US and China. Europeans generally prefer unslabbed notes.
    1. Two Netherlands Antilles 10 Guilden 1986. 1 slabbed and 1 raw.
    2. A 250 Guilden from Netherlands Antilles dated 1986.
    3. Three ($1, $3, and $4) pieces of obsolete currency issued by the United States Exchange Company payable in Portland, Maine. Fewer than 125, each, of these notes are known to exist.
  3. Lyle Daly brought in a diverse set of items for our meeting.
    1. He started out with Justinian I (born 482, died 565, and reigned 527565), who is known for:
      1. Reclaimed a great portion of the Western Roman Empire.
      2. North Africa, Sicily, Rome and Italian states.
      3. Blossoming of Byzantium — Hagia Sophia.
      4. Uniform revision to the Corpus Juris Civils, which is still a model of civil law in many countries.
    2. Obverse of medal by R Andrei (1974).
      1. Medal Notariat Francias / Caisse Des Depots French Notaries — Cash Deposits.
      2. Why on a medal for French Notaries?
        • Misunderstood the role of the French Notaries.
        • French Notaries are similar to contract attorneys here in the US, and are responsible for funds requiring special protection such as tax exempt savings, escrow accounts, and public sector retirement funds.
    3. Three coins of Justinian.
      1. 40 Nomia “M” minted in Constantinople in the 27th year of his reign, 555AD.
      2. 20 Nomia “K” minted in Nicomedia in the 23rd year of his reign, 520 AD.
      3. 10 Nomia “I” minted in Antioch in the 23rd year of his reign, 520AD.
    4. For fun, Lyle still watches his pocket change and showed two coins and a note “countermarked” (graffiti) received in circulation:
      1. 1976 cent countermarked with the state of Louisiana.
      2. 1974 D half dollar “This coin is a bomb.”
      3. Series 2009 $1 note from the San Francisco Federal Reserve with Washington made up as “The Joker.”
        • “I never plan my day… the term premeditated creates such a stir in the courtroom.”
  4. Rich Lipman showed us 4 items.
    1. Australia $5, with a vignette of Sir John Franklin. Franklin was a 19th century British explorer who led some difficult arctic expeditions before becoming Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania, and later died, with all members, on an ill-fated arctic expedition.
    2. Canada, $20 Bank of Commerce, 1935, with vignettes of classical deities.
    3. Canada, $20 Star Trek, .9999 silver, 2016.
    4. Nancy Reagan “First Spouse” coin, 2016 W. The last of the First Spouse series.
  5. Mark Wieclaw, decked out with a 5-oz silver eagle hanging from a massive chain around his neck, displayed 4 coins and tokens.
    1. Encased cent [BU 1933 Lincoln] from the B&O Railroad exhibit at the 1933 Chicago Century of Progress World’s Fair.
    2. A copper medal, about the size of a one cent piece, issued by the Calumet Numismatic Club from East Chicago, Indiana for the U.S. bicentennial in 1976. The C.N.C. is the oldest coin club in Indiana, founded in 1939.
    3. A silver litra (¾ of a gram) from Calabria, Tarentum circa 275-250BC with a scallop shell on the obverse and a dolphin on the reverse.
    4. A bronze AE 23-28mm from Cnossus, Crete circa 30BC. The obverse features a crocodile standing with jaws open. On the reverse is the prow of a ship.
  6. Robert Feiler brought in a mint error and several altered “magician” coins.
    1. 2004-P Jefferson nickel with keel boat reverse that appears to have been struck in copper. There are remnants of nickel in the center of the obverse and reverse. Was this stuck from a strip of unclad metal at the mint?
    2. Washington Quarter with hollowed out reverse. Is this half of what will become a magician’s or double-reverse quarter?
    3. eight assorted examples of double-obverse and double-reverse coins, along with a brief explanation of the manufacturing technique used to produce them.
      1. Hollowed out reverse 25¢ and 50¢.
      2. 1962 Jefferson nickel double-obverse.
      3. Jefferson nickel with double-reverse.
      4. An 11¢ coin? Reverse of dime set into the reverse of a Lincoln cent.
      5. Lincoln Cent with double-reverse.
      6. Kennedy 50¢ double-reverse.
      7. 1968 Washington quarter double-obverse.
  7. Gerard Anaszewicz showed eight numismatic-themed postcards. He collected them during visits to antique stores and malls. The dates below refer to the postcard, not the building.
    1. Philadelphia Mint (second), 1937.
    2. Denver Mint, 1910.
    3. Denver Mint (with a view of Colfax Ave.).
    4. San Francisco Mint.
    5. Philadelphia Mint (first) — line drawing.
    6. Drawing of an early coining press that would have been used in the first mint.
    7. Early (ca. 1792) US coins.
    8. Early 20th Century Mexican coins, beautifully embossed. Nearly all were from the 1905 coinage reform.
  8. Deven Kane showed a range of coins.
    1. A silver 10 lire (39.25g) from Florence, 1807, of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Erturia under regency of 1803-1807. The Kingdom of Etruria (Regno di Etruria in Italian) was a kingdom between 1801 and 1807, and it made up a large part of modern Tuscany. It took its name from Etruria, the old Roman name for the land of the Etruscans. The kingdom was created by the Treaty of Aranjuez, signed on 21 March 1801. In the context of a larger agreement between Napoleonic France and Spain, the Bourbons of Parma were compensated for the loss of their territory in northern Italy (which had been occupied by French troops since 1796). Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, ceded his duchy to France, and in return his son Louis I was granted the Kingdom of Etruria (which was created from the Grand Duchy of Tuscany). To make way for the Bourbons, the Habsburg Grand Duke of Tuscany, Ferdinand III, was ousted and compensated with the Electorate of Salzburg. Originally the Duchy of Tuscany, Etruria had been ceded to the Bourbons in 1801 in the person of Charles IV’s eldest daughter and her Italian consort. Outside the Treaty of Aranjuez, Spain also secretly agreed to retrocede the Louisiana territory (over 2 million square kilometers) back to France in order to secure the Kingdom of Etruria as a client state for Spain; Louisiana was first ceded by France to Spain in 1763 at the end of the Seven Years’ War. Louisiana was duly transferred to France on 15 October 1802, after the signing of the Treaty of Aranjuez. Napoleon subsequently sold Louisiana in the Louisiana Purchase on December 20, 1803, in order pay for his French armies during the War of the Third Coalition. The first king (Louis I) died young in 1803, and his underage son Charles Louis succeeded him. His mother, Maria Luisa of Spain, was appointed regent. Both are pictured on the coins. Unhappy with their administration, Napoleon annexed the territory, the last non-Bonaparte Italian kingdom on the Peninsula. The king and his mother were promised the throne of a new Kingdom of Northern Lusitania (in northern Portugal), but this plan was never realized due to the break between Napoleon and the Spanish Bourbons in 1808.
    2. A 1658 dam, a small Indian copper coin, issued by Murad Bakhsh. The dam was first introduced by Sher Shah Suri during his rule of India between 1540 and 1545, along with the Mohur, a gold coin, and the Rupiya, a silver coin. Murad was the youngest son of Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal. When the four sons of Shah Jahan went to war in 1658, Murad, then governor of Gujarat, proclaimed himself Emperor. He then decided to support his older brother Aurangzeb and his troops played a decisive role in the battle that won Aurangzeb his crown. Soon after, Aurangzeb had Murad arrested while Murad was intoxicated. Murad had begun his reign by murdering one of his ministers and Aurangzeb, posing as the defender of justice, tried Murad for the murder and had him executed in 1661.
    3. Twelve jitals based on the Rajput bull and horseman design, from north India before the Muslim conquest. One of the coins is a silver drachm of the Chauhan King Ajayraja, inspired from a different series of coins. As Deven indicated in his presentation a few months back, jitals started in Afghanistan in the 8th century and over the next 5 centuries spread over a region ranging from Persia to South India before being replaced. These are part of a group lot Deven recently acquired.
  9. Jeff Rosinia ended the evening with his reminiscence of attending the recent ANA Summer Seminar. There, Jeff took a class on Numismatic Exhibiting. He also acquired books, one of which he presented to Carl Wolf. The other book, Numismatic Tribute to Einstein, was written by Harry Flowers, a former CCC member.

Our 1172nd Meeting

Date:August 10, 2016
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 $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. Members start arriving at 5pm.
Featured Program:Dale Lukanichto be announced
Visit our web site for details on this program.

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.

August 9-13 ANA in Anaheim, California this year, so we can relax and play tourist — for details, see http://www.worldsfairofmoney.com.
August 10 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Dale Lukanich on to be announced
September 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Jeff Rosinia on to be announced
September 22-24 ILNA 57th Annual Coin & Currency Show at the Holiday Inn-Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Road, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Details, including hours and events, is available at http://www.ilnaclub.org

Chatter Matter

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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

Club Officers

Elected positions (two-year terms):
Elliott Krieter- President
Richard Lipman- First Vice President
Marc Stackler- Second Vice President
William Burd- Archivist
Directors:Steve Ambos
Melissa Gumm
Dale Lukanich
Mark Wieclaw
Appointed positions:
Jeffrey Rosinia- Immediate Past President
Carl Wolf- Secretary
Steve Zitowsky- Treasurer
Paul Hybert- Chatter Editor, webmaster
Robert Feiler- ANA Club Representative

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