|Volume 62 No. 7||July 2016|
This issue is mailed a little earlier than usual because of my summer vacation, so the details on featured speakers are lacking. I will also miss our July meeting, but the August Chatter will be produced on the usual schedule — we hope someone will write a summary, of the featured program at our July meeting, for the August Chatter.
I also will miss our August meeting because I will be in Anaheim for the ANA convention. I will not be our only member there, so I look forward to some trip reports for the September Chatter.
Paul Hybert, editor
The 1170th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held June 8, 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 23 members and 4 guests: Deb Kurtz Augsburger, Jennifer Mayster, Tom Dewing, and D. Michael Andre.
A motion was passed to accept the May Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky gave a detailed financial report for March showing $1,271.00 in revenue and $337.42 in expenses, total assets of $28,822.45. A motion was passed accepting the report.
President Krieter announced that the Board considered two designs for a new speaker’s medal and had unanimously recommended a hexagonal die-struck medal with the Club logo colorized. After a discussion, a motion was passed to strike the medal in nickel-silver with multi-colored logo and spend up to $2,700.00 for the die and approximate 3 year supply.
It was announced that Chicago Coin Company and Niles Coin Shop each donated $500.00 toward the cost of a new digital projector for Club use. After a discussion on different models, a motion was passed to spend up to $1,500.00.
The recent passing of Walter Perschke, member 842, was announced and the membership stood for a moment of silence.
First V.P. Richard Lipman introduced featured speaker Leonard Augsburger who delivered a presentation The Newman Numismatic Portal: What It Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do for Collectors. Following many questions, Leonard was presented with an ANA Educational Certificate and engraved Club medal.
Second V.P. Marc Stackler announced the exhibitors. RICHARD HAMILTON: 3 silver coins with animal images. PHIL CARRIGAN: 2 slabbed 1829 bust dimes. ROBERT LEONARD: 5 coins from Byzantine Emperor Justin I, 518-527 AD. STEVE ZITOWSKY: 7 different coin weights. MARK WIECLAW: 5 items including a $5 gold coin folder, 2 didrachms, and elongated coins. DEVEN KANE: a coin issued 1650 to celebrate peace in Nuremberg, and 3 coins honoring women rulers. ROBERT FEILER: token from Virgil Brand collection showing 6-masted schooner, plus tackle salvaged from a Lake Michigan wreck. DALE CARLSON: 3 2016 Illinois Shawnee National Forest quarters showing slight differences. LYLE DALY: a medal commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and a telegram from Nov 1945 announcing his father’s impending army discharge. RICHARD LIPMAN: a 5-cent Imperial Reply Coupon from British Honduras, notes from New Zealand and West Samoa, and an erroneous legend on a token.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 PM.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
a presentation by Len Augsburger,
to our June 8, 2016 meeting
The Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) is the latest numismatic endeavor of Eric P. Newman of St. Louis, Missouri. Its goal is to be a comprehensive online numismatic reference library, with a focus on American numismatics, and available to collectors and the public on a free and forever basis. The website www.NewmanPortal.org has been available to the public since only December, 2015, and already it holds over 250,000 pages from over 6,000 documents. Its physical home is in the library on the campus of the Washington University in St. Louis which, for the last 10 years, has been the home of the Newman Money Museum.
Our speaker, Len Augsburger, has been employed as the project coordinator since May of 2015. Robert Manley is employed as the full-time scanning manager, and there are many students doing the actual scans of the documents. Another full-time scanner works at the American Numismatic Society in New York, scanning items in their collections. For the rest of the program, Len visited the website and also used slides of screen shots to illustrate the site’s current capabilities. Under the Library tab, a visitor can select from a number of areas, including books, people, periodicals, and archives. The Periodicals page lists many items alphabetically by title, and Len followed the link for the C4 Newsletter. The resulting page started with a paragraph about the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, and followed that with a list of years from 1993 to 2011. Selecting 2000 resulted in the front page, as a small icon, and a two-line description for each of the four issues from 2000. Selecting the first icon took him to the Spring, 2000 issue, which he was able to page through. A number of clubs have provided NNP with complete sets of their journals, usually excluding some of the most recent years. When they scan periodicals, they try for completeness. Mention was made of the site’s search engine, which can search all text on the site — they hope to allow a limited search, by title or year or other aspect, in the future, but their main emphasis now is on scanning more documents.
When making documents available to everyone on the Internet, copyrights must be respected. Old books and magazines from before the 1920s are out of US copyright protection, as are any US government publications, so these can be presented without worry. The recent club journals presented on the Portal are there because the copyright holder gave permission. Pete Smith gave permission for his numismatic biographies to be presented on the Portal, and they can be found under the people tab of the library.
Under the archives tab, Len showed us material of the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society, including hand-written ledgers from the 19th century — a wonderful view into the early history of that group. Other items scanned, either recently or expected soon, include the Burdette Johnson invoices and the Eric P. Newman correspondence.
Under the auctions tab, Len is trying for completeness from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He showed us two of the named and priced Chapman catalogs — named and priced means that someone wrote in the name of the successful bidder, along with the winning bid, for each lot. Multiple copies of an item could be presented if each has interesting annotations. Early plated and important catalogs are very collectible and can be pricey — Len sometimes is asked if its value will fall once it is available online for free — Len thinks not, at least for the level of a plated Chapman catalog with annotations. The ANS Library is providing many of the early catalogs for scanning.
Under the books tab, a visitor can find Mint Reports, Counterfeit Detectors, and other items that now are in the public domain. Many of the current works are still under copyright, so unless the owner’ permission is obtained, the Portal wll scan it and add its content to the search engine, but will not show the complete text, only a brief part around the search term, to give the searcher an idea of the context. This is how Google and some other search engines handle works still under copyright.
Len spent the rest of the presentation on recent additions and efforts for 2016. The Portal added a copy of the 1864 “Mrs. Marshall” Catalogue of Coins — although the book is seldom encountered, it has been mentioned in the numismatic press. Her husband died in 1850 in California, on the gold rush, but she added to the collection, and exhibited it at Delaware County (New York) fairs. A 1999 article in the Asylum, the journal of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, showed Marshall among the buyers listed in some contemporary named auction catalogues. The Asylum is among the journals on the Portal, and readers of the Esylum (the free emailed weekly newsletter of the NBS) are treated to reports on the latest additions to the Portal. Material need not be old and obscure for it to be added to the Portal. The US Mint recently provided about 80 pages of documents, including proposed designs, for the 2017 American Liberty High Relief $100 gold coin. This coin will use the first African-American interpretation of Miss Liberty. Len is trying to find a way for the Portal to have access to the National Archives & Record Administration, to scan primary ledgers and records from the early US Mint.
Crowdsourcing is when a website uses members of the public to perform tasks. The Portal is looking into offering such a capability; to show us what is possible, Len showed us two examples. The Smithsonian has thousands of proof sheets of paper money, but no descriptions. A page on their website shows a picture of an item, along with a number of empty text boxes where a visitor can enter the bank’s name, location, and details about the notes. The TokenCatalog.com site offers visitors the chance to identify tokens, and Len showed us the start of the listing of tokens from Illinois — there are 17,564 tokens from Illinois so far. For these sites to be accurate, there must be a way to check the work by others, and and allow changes — but the same can be said about sites that use a computer program to convert a picture of a page of text into text that can be indexed, searched, and copied.
The Portal looks for interesting items to add — books, catalogs, journals, and even videos. Contact them if your group has material it wishes to make available to everyone at no charge.
Walter “Bud” Perschke passed away May 20, 2016. He joined the Chicago Coin Club in October 1968 and became member 842.
Walter was born February 25, 1939 in McHenry, IL, attended Lane Tech, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. He was a professional numismatist, finance columnist for Chicago Daily News, had an Emmy-nominated TV show “Ask an Expert” and appeared regularly on PBS’s “Wall Street Week.”
Walter was an internationally renowned numismatic expert and business man. He owned for 35 years, what is considered the finest certified example of the 1787 Brasher, Punch on the Wing, gold Doubloon. He also owned for 30+ years the unique 1783 Nova Constellatio, Type II quint pattern.
A memorial service will be held 6 PM, June 26 at Unity Church in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome Ave., Chicago.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|PCDA Convention||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our June 8, 2016 meeting,
|Date:||July 13, 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.
— to be announced
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||13||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|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 - to be announced|
|September||14||CCC Meeting - Featured Program - 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|
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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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