|Volume 62 No. 9||September 2016|
The 1172nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held August 10, 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 July Minutes as published in the Chatter. Treasurer Steve Zitowsky gave a detailed financial report for July showing $0.00 in revenue and $252.00 in expenses, total assets of $28,357.45. A motion was passed accepting the report.
President Krieter announced a new digital projector was purchased and would be in use later in the meeting. He also announced a Board Meeting, August 17, 6 PM, Winberie’s Restaurant, 151 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL.
With the absence of Steve Ambos, Mark Wieclaw reported details on the January 11, 2017 Annual Banquet to be held at The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams, Downtown Chicago. Cost $55.00 each, 6PM cocktails, 7PM dinner. Parking nearby $13 with Berghoff validation.
Featured speaker Dale Lukanich spoke on Coin Grading Services and provided twelve slab examples with the grade covered. Following a question and answer period, member Bill Bierly spoke of a slabbed coin he purchased through an online auction. However, when it arrived Bill discovered the coin was overstruck on another coin, but was totally missed by the slabbing service, the auction house, and any bidder who viewed the lot at auction.
Second V.P. Marc Stackler announced the exhibitors. JEFF AMELSE – 17 Newcomb varieties of 1817 U.S. large cents. ROBERT FEILER – a wide range of paper and metallic items. MARK WIECLAW – a variety of items, mostly from the Spanish-American War era. BILL BIERLY – Star Wars coin. DEVEN KANE – 5 coins issued from 182 thru 1867, with a common theme of women rulers. LYLE DALY – a Dec 3, 1905 handwritten letter, a note from a local bank, and 3 circulation finds. DALE LUKANICH – 1906 Barber dime from Rev. McClure collection. RICHARD HAMILTON – coins and photos of U.S. National Parks. PHIL CARRIGAN – 1800 US large cent.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 PM.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
a presentation by Harlan J. Berk,
to our July 13, 2016 meeting,
and in Anaheim at ANA on August 12, 2016
After providing us with a short background to the Persian Wars, Harlan turned his attention to the coinage of Athens.
In 547BC, Persia conquered the Greek cities of Ionia (what is now western Turkey). During the Ionian revolt that started around 513BC, Athens and some other Greek cities provided minor assistance to the Ionians. The revolt was crushed after some years, and Persia made plans to invade Europe (Thrace and Greece).
The German term wappenmunzen (for crest money) is the designation for the Athenian silver coinage minted from 545-520BC — they were the smaller denominations, and they remained in circulation even after they were no longer minted. Their designs were simple, with a single item (possibly heraldic) on one side and a geometric punch on the other. This was just before the introduction of the tetradrachm, the major trade coin for almost a hundred years, that today is commonly called the Athenian Owl. The large number of Owls minted resulted from a combination of events: the need to pay soldiers for the war with Persia, and the rich silver mines under Athenian control, first in Thrace and then near Athens.
The design elements of the Owl are well known: a bust of Athena on one side, and an owl, olive sprig, small crescent moon, and letters AOE on the other side. Not only were many coins minted with this artistic design, the design did not change and the quality remained high. Some precursors to the Owl were known, and 40 were plated by Charles Seltman in 1924 in his Athens: Its History and Coinage Before the Persian Invasion, where he attributed them to a “civic” mint, as opposed to a “temple” mint, that operated about 520-500BC. Harlan owned one example for a number of years, but for a proper study, it is better to examine the actual coins than to look at fine plates in an old book.
A collection of such pieces, formed from the 1950s to the 1970s, recently became available in a Munich auction and through private treaty. Harlan acquired and studied some of these coins. He distributed to the attendees his arrangement of twelve Athenian tetradrachms that end with the classic design recognized by numismatists. The other pieces show the evolution of the design, not just showing more skill in the engraving, but also improvement in the artistry and design. Although the bust of Athena shows only artistic improvement, the owl side shows a wide range of arrangements of the design elements in addition to changes to the elements. The early owlette and strange crescent moon yielded to a string of changes. The olive sprig started in the lower right corner, and we saw three-, four-, and five-leafed examples there and in its final home in the top left corner. A subtle change to the owl’s posture would be present on a few coins, only to undergo another change soon after.
These coins are not the few remaining pieces of a large issuance. Harlan believes that these coins were some of the patterns or experimental pieces that were made to see what worked and what could be improved. Harlan also showed us plates of coins from Rhodes and Larissa that end with their classic motifs, but go through a number of tweaks and changes to get there. The pattern coins of the ancient world appear to have been made quickly, with ideas tried and discarded along the way, with the quality improving as the design changes became smaller.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|PCDA Convention||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our August 10, 2016 meeting,
August 17, 2016
The Chicago Coin Club Board met August 17, 2016 at Winberie’s Restaurant, 151 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL. President Elliott Krieter called the meeting to order at 6:51 PM with the following members present: Rich Lipman, Steve Zitowsky, Melissa Gumm, William Burd, Dale Lukanich, and Carl Wolf.
Old business discussions included:
New Business Discussions:
The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 PM.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
|Date:||September 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.
|Featured Program:||Jeffrey Rosinia
— Commemorative Coins from 1892-93 Columbian Exposition
The first US commemorative coins were the Columbian half dollar and Isabella quarter. Jeff Rosinia just returned from the Anaheim ANA Convention where his exhibit on this subject received two high awards. Be sure to attend this meeting, hear the story of how the coins came to be and their promotion as fair souvenirs. During this time Bertha Palmer, the wife of Chicago real estate magnate Potter Palmer, served as the chairwoman of the Board of Lady Managers. Under her leadership they were charged with creating a pavilion to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world. Jeff will tell the story of how Bertha Palmer, as Chicago’s cultural leader, tastemaker, and de facto hostess for the exposition, successfully petitioned for the Isabella quarter, and how the reverse design is emblematic of women’s industry.
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.
|September||14||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Jeffrey Rosinia on Commemorative Coins from 1892-93 Columbian Exposition|
|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, are available at http://www.ilnaclub.org|
|October||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|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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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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