|Volume 62 No. 10||October 2016|
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The 1173rd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held September 14, 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 1 guest, Craig Teichen.
A motion was passed to accept the August Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky gave a detailed financial report for August showing $1.44 in revenue and $1,849.00 in expenses, total assets of $26,509.89. A motion was passed accepting the report.
The members stood for a moment of silence honoring the memory of Chester Krause (1923-2016), founder of Krause Publications. It was announced that members Mark Borckardt and Leonard Augsburger received Numismatic Literary Guild Awards at the recent ANA Anaheim Convention. Marc received NLG’s highest honor, the Clemy Award. Leonard received Book of the Year Award on Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman which he co-authored with Roger W. Burdette and Joel Orosz.
The Secretary gave the first reading to the application of Craig Teichen. Announcements were also made on the upcoming Illinois Numismatic Association Convention and possible upcoming programs. A motion passed approving the Board’s decision to produce and make available 5-piece process sets of the hexagonal speaker’s medal. The sets can be ordered thru the October 12th meeting, and preorder only at $100 per set.
President Krieter announced the formation of the Nomination Committee of William Burd, Robert Feiler and Jeff Rosinia.
First VP Richard Lipman introduced featured speaker Jeff Rosinia who gave a talk on Feminism at the Fair: The Isabella Quarter which was his award winning exhibit at the recent ANA Anaheim Convention.
Second V.P. Marc Stackler announced the exhibitors. MELISSA GUMM – Columbian Exposition elongated nickel and magazine article with a woman’s perspective of the Fair. DAVID GUMM – 1816 US Large Cent. RICHARD HAMILTON – two international commemorative coins honoring felines. DALE LUKANICH – satirical political tokens and currency. RICHARD LIPMAN – Canadian Star Trek $200 gold coin, US currency sheets, and brochure on Chinese coinage. MARK WIECLAW – silver certificate, elongated coins issued by The Elongated Collectors for the ANA Anaheim Convention, and two ancient hemi drachms. STEVE ZITOWSKY – complete nine coin set of Colonia Eritrea coins. ROBERT FEILER – collection of elongated cents, box dollar, and Civil War patriotic token. LYLE DALY – a collection of ancient coins, and current US banknote with political counter stamp. DEVEN KANE – five ancient Roman coins showing empresses. ROBERT LEONARD – three electrum coins of Lydia (630-550 BC). JEFFERY ROSINIA – memorabilia from the ANA Anaheim Convention, and a Kennedy half dollar in a special holder honoring the birth of his granddaughter.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
by Jeffrey Rosinia,
presented to our September 14, 2016 meeting,
Coins reflect the people, places, and events in a nation’s history. The Isabella commemorative quarter, issued during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, is a tribute to Queen Isabella of Spain, but also to the advancement of American Women at the turn of the twentieth century. The World’s Columbian Exposition ranks as one of the greatest tourist attractions in all of American history, standing out for its innovations, attendance, and historical importance. At the time when the total U.S. population was estimated at 61 million, the fair drew over 27 million men and women visitors during six months.
The event showcased electrical lighting, and introduced millions of Americans to household sewing and washing machines. These new machines allowed women to free themselves from the time intense household chores traditionally considered “woman’s work.” These technological advancements paved the way for major cultural advancements. The Isabella quarter dollar reflects these changes.
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was a fair of firsts. The U.S. Mint introduced its first commemorative coins, and the first US coin to honor a woman. Elongated coins were first produced, seen, and made popular at the fair. The US Post Office offered its first picture postcards and commemorative stamps. A number of commercial products made their debut at the Chicago World’s Fair including Juicy Fruit gum and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.
As the Chicago lakefront was being prepared for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the national stage was being set for change. The construction of a Woman’s Building, and the planning of the Isabella Quarter, reflected the building of a new culture in America towards the appreciation and recognition of women’s contributions. The Board of Lady Managers had been formed at the insistence of famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who was determined that women should be represented in the administration of the World’s Columbian Exposition.
The Board of Lady Managers was chaired by Bertha Palmer, a wealthy and influential socialite. Allowing women to manage the project was a revolutionary idea at the time. Women were selected to manage the entire Woman’s Building project. As one of the few women architects of the time, Sophia Hayden designed the 80,000 square foot, two-story Woman’s Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition as her first professional project. Candace Wheeler supervised the interior decoration. Chicago art curator Sarah Tyson Hallowell worked closely with Palmer on the art exhibits and the large murals painted by impressionist Mary Cassatt.
The importance of the Woman’s Building project was the fact that for the first time the United States Congress had officially approved and funded a building designed by women, devoted to women, and managed by women at a national event. Or as a quote attributed to Berha Palmer wryly put it, “Even more important than the discovery of Columbus, which we are gathered together to celebrate, is the fact the General Government has just discovered women.”
Many women’s rights activists were featured speakers at the “World’s Congress of Women” held in the Women’s Building. Susan B. Anthony gave the opening address. Lectures and exhibits on women’s progress from primitive to modern times in the arts, crafts, sciences, education, and labor were included in 47 languages.
In August, 1892 Congress authorized the production of five million half dollar coins for sale during World’s Columbian Exposition. The Columbian Half Dollar was the first commemorative coin to be minted by the US Government. The first Columbian half dollar was struck at the Philadelphia Mint in November 1892. A total of 950,000 coins were minted in 1892. The Mint also struck 1893-dated Columbian Halves — a total of 4,052,105 1893 coins were produced, but 2,501,700 of the 1893 coins were later melted by the mint.
There were no initial plans to issue a souvenir quarter, but interest in the Columbian half dollar prompted the Lady Board of Managers to request that Congress authorize $10,000 in the form of a commemorative coin. The Board of Lady Managers wanted to have female motifs with a design by a woman. Eventually the final design was completed by Mint Engraver Charles Barber with influence by a female artist, Caroline C. Peddle.
The Isabella Quarter issued at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 was the first US coin to feature the portrait of an actual female, the first US coin to depict a foreign monarch, the first and only non-circulating commemorative quarter dollar, and the first US coin to depict a woman on both sides. The obverse depicts a crowned bust of Queen Isabella of Spain, who had funded Columbus’ voyages to the New World. The reverse contains the legend “Board of Lady Managers” and the image of a kneeling female working a spindle to represent women’s industry. The Isabella quarter’s design, approval, and introduction demonstrate the changing role of women in American society.
Both the commemorative half and quarters were struck by the Philadelphia Mint and were sold for $1.00 at the fair, and in banks and stores across the country. Because the half and quarter were sold for the same price, the Columbian Half outsold the Isabella Quarter. Of the 40,000 coins produced and provided to the Lady Board of Managers, 15,809 unsold coins were ultimately returned to the US Mint to be melted, leaving a net distribution of only 24,191 Isabella quarters.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|PCDA Convention||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our September 14, 2016 meeting,
|Date:||October 12, 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.
|Featured Program:||Tom Babinszki
— Enjoying Coin Collecting without Sight
Coin collecting assumes usable vision. However, this hobby can be fully enjoyed without sight, sometimes in non-conventional ways. Tom was born totally blind and started collecting coins when he was six. Collecting opened his view to history, cultures, and languages which later determined his passions in life. Be sure to attend and hear Tom discuss what it means to collect coins being totally blind, the aspects of the hobby that can be enjoyed, as well as a new initiative that can open perspectives for blind collectors as well as elderly collectors who are losing their eyesight. Make time in your schedule to attend this presentation which is guaranteed to be unlike any numismatic program you have ever heard or even expected to hear. Tom Babinszki built a center of entrepreneurship for blind and visually impaired people, and is currently employed as an accessibility advisor by IBM. This meeting is not to be missed.
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.
|October||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Tom Babinszki on Enjoying Coin Collecting without Sight|
|November||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|November||17-19||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|
|November||19||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
|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|
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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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