|Volume 62 No. 12||December 2016|
Session I of the 1175th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held November 9, 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 18 members and 1 guest, Katherine France.
A motion was passed to accept the October Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky gave a detailed financial report for October showing assets of $29,026.87. A motion was passed accepting the report. The Treasurer announced he is collecting reservations of $55 per person for the January 11, 2017 Annual Banquet at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL.
The membership application of Katherine France received first reading. Following the second reading of Tom Babinszki’s application, a motion was passed accepting him into membership.
President Krieter reminded the Board of an upcoming meeting 6 PM, Wednesday, November 16, at Winberie’s Restaurant in Oak Park, IL.
It was announced that the Club will staff a table and hold a meeting at the upcoming PCDA National Coin and Currency Convention. The dates of show are November 17-19 and the Club meeting is 1 PM, Saturday November 19. The featured program will be given by Clifford Mishler, David Harper, and Joel Edler and cover “Remembering Chet Krause & His Contributions.”
First V.P. Rich Lipman introduced featured speaker John Riley who spoke on “WW II Numismatics on the U.S. Home Front.” Following a question and answer period, John was presented with an ANA Educational Certificate.
The President announced the Nomination Committee of Bill Burd, Jeff Rosinia, and Robert Feiler is still seeking a member in good standing to fill the slot of Second V.P.
Second V.P. Marc Stackler announced the evening’s exhibitors. ROBERT LEONARD – five 19th century Sephardic Jewish tokens of the West Indies. MARK WIECLAW – an ad for 2016 slabbed silver eagle commemorating Chicago Cubs World Series win, enlarged hand carved wooden Native American/Bison nickel, and a Roman denarius issued 68-69 AD. ROBERT FEILER – 53 elongated coins in a mini album. RICHARD HAMILTON - $1000 bond of the Woodruff Sleeping and Parlor Coach Company. DEVEN KANE – coin of Leo VI and 1850 6¼ centimes of Faustin I of Haiti. RICH LIPMAN – 2 slabbed modern Swedish notes, a $10 refunding certificate from 1879, a $5 series 1902 banknote from Jackson Park National Bank, and a coin from Niue with a design featuring “artificial intelligence.” DALE LUKANICH – 1944 French 1000 francs note and a $2 bank note from the Merchants and Drovers Bank, Joliet. JEFF ROSINIA – WW II coin sets in plastic holders, an assortment of 1942 nickels in silver and nickel, and shell case coins.
The meeting was recessed at 8:43 PM and will reconvene 1PM, Saturday, November 19 at the PCDA Show in Rosemont.
Session II of the 1175th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held Saturday, November 19, 2016 in conjunction with the National Coin & Currency Convention, Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. President Elliott Krieter reconvened the meeting at 1:00 PM with 16 members and 5 guests: David Harper, Joel Edler, John Schwartz, Tom Synder, and Dale Lagerman.
Members were reminded that annual dues could be paid to the Treasurer, Steve Zitowsky.
The featured program was delivered by Clifford Mishler, David Harper, and Joel Edler who spoke on “Remembering Chet Krause and His Contributions.” Following a question and answer period, each speaker was presented with an ANA Educational Certificate.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:12 PM.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
by John Riley,
presented to our November 9, 2016 meeting,
This is an appropriate topic for two days before Veteran’s Day. Collecting World War II items is likely a familiar theme with many of us whose collections benefitted from our relatives and friends who set aside odds and ends from their travels. Those of us who started collecting in the 1960s and ’70s know first-hand what “steel pennies,” “war nickels,” and “Hawaii overprint” notes are, from occaisionally finding them in pocket change.
It was, and is, always a thrill to find something unusual like that, and it started many a young collector down the road.
The second world war profoundly decided the direction every country in the world would take for the rest of the 20th century, so it stands to reason, in a micro sense, that our collecting interests would follow. As I look at many of the different items I enjoy (the U.S. colonial era in the Philippines and the International Community in China, especially) — it is easy to draw the collecting lines to WWII.
This topic was proposed to me partially because of recent publicity given to war-era coinage substitutes, patterns, and errors that are appearing in the numismatic press and at auction. My thanks to Fred Schwan of World War II Remembered and the Military Payment Certificate Fest (MPC Fest) in northern Ohio for his time and information along the way. Fred alluded to some new publishing, in the near future, on many of these topics. There is new information due to such things as metal scanning analysis which now can be done on the hobbyist level – allowing identification of the different alloys used in the 1942 Cents.
When I mentioned this talk, Fred reinforced the obvious – You have only a half hour on the topic? You need a MONTH! So I will do my best to stay on the topic of U.S. issues relative to WWII. It is hard to separate, though – where does the 1944 Belgian 2 franc steel coin fall? (Is this how the U.S. 1944 steel cents were produced?) How about Allied Occupation issues produced here by the U.S. mint?
Roger Burdette was recently featured in a Numismatic News article about the intact glass pattern coin. It is unique as such, but a fractured piece also is known. This is an example of wonderful research after all these years – this piece was produced by the Blue Ridge Glass Co. Patterns in Bakelite are beter known and obtainable; these also fracture easily. Examples are on my bucket list, but I do have the original Colombian 5 centavos (a U.S. Mint product) from whose obverse the obverse pattern die was based.
Heritage had a recent headline auction that featured 1944 steel cents, a less affluent cousin to the 1943 copper cent. We all know steel pennies and war nickels, but the back stories are not as familiar:
There is weird stuff that appears at times, such as the planchet strips (from which the planchets for steel cents had been punched) and stories of how they had been used in wooden trusses for buildings, or how this example had been saved from being used that way, or how that example was salvaged when an old building had been torn down. When no official records are available, stories can enter our memory and be passed along. Maybe the planchet strips were dumped into San Francisco Bay?
The Hawaii overprints of early 1942, and the North African notes from late 1942, were created so that they could be devalued quickly, should the need arise. At least that was the theory; the need never arose, so we do not know how well it would have been carried out. There must be many stories about Allied Military Currency occupation issues, how they were introduced, used, and withdrawn or swapped out with newer issues. The U.S. mints produced coins, many with mintmarks, for more than 40 countries, but those stories are for another day.
Each short snorter tells its own story, from a one-piece Navy Transport Service on a 20 peso 1942 Philippine note, to a classic short snorter of a long strip held together tape. What story does this tell: Okinawa in late June, 1945 on a $1 Silver Certificate overprinted Hawaii, with handwritten Japanese characters?
The propaganda notes dropped on Japan and Germany also have stories to tell. The annual MPC Fest in Port Clinton, Ohio provides a total immersion in this field, similar to ANA’s summer seminar but taken to the next level. Total Enjoyment.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|PCDA Convention||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our November 9, 2016 meeting,
November 16, 2016
The Chicago Coin Club Board met November 16, 2016 at Winberie’s Restaurant, 151 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL. President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 7 PM with the following members present: Marc Stackler, Rich Lipman, Steve Ambos, Steve Zitowsky, Melissa Gumm, William Burd, Dale Lukanich, and Carl Wolf.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:03 PM.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
Here are the lots known to us by October 29, 2016. The auction will be held near the start of the meeting, after a short time for lot examination.
Consignment from Bill Burd, all Chicago Coin Club Medals.
Consignment from Sharon and Kevin Blocker
Consignment from Melissa Gumm
Consignment from Dale Lukanich of “So Called Dollars”
|Date:||January 11, 2017|
|Time:||6PM to 6:45PM Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
6:45PM to 9 PM+ Dinner and Meeting
|Location:||Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Avenue, Chicago.|
|Menu:||The main course will feature chicken and pasta bowls served family style, the cost is $55.00 per person, and reservations are required. Make your reservation either by mail or at our meeting in December. Make your check payable to Chicago Coin Club, and either bring it to our December or January meeting, or mail it to P.O. Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690. Please make reservations as early as you can so we can plan for an appropriate room size.|
|Program:||The program format has not been decided. It might be traditional and have a featured speaker, or there might be an extended social gathering, or we might try something else. See the January Chatter for details.|
|Date:||December 14, 2016|
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.
You can place a reserve on each lot, and there is no commission
charged to either the buyer or seller. Auction lot viewing will
be held before the meeting starts, and again briefly before the
Please find elsewhere in this issue of the Chatter a listing of all auction lots that were known to us by Tuesday, October 29.
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.
|December||14||CCC Meeting - Club Auction now in December - no featured speaker|
|January||11||CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet now in January - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|February||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|March||2-4||PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Admission is $5 good from 1pm on Thursday through Saturday. Details at http://www.pcdaonline.com|
|March||4||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention,
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||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|March||9-11||ANA’s National Money Show at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Details at http://www.money.org/NationalMoneyShow|
|April||6-8||Chicago Coin Expo which is held at the Cultural Center in downtown Chicago. For details, refer to their website, http://www.coinexpo.org.|
|April||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|April||27-29||78th 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||29||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the CSNS Convention,
which is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
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
|Elected positions (two-year terms):|
|Elliott Krieter||- President|
|Richard Lipman||- First Vice President|
|Marc Stackler||- Second Vice President|
|William Burd||- Archivist|
|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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