|Volume 64 No. 8||August 2018|
The 1194th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Downtown Chicago. President Richard Lipman called the meeting to order at 6:45 PM with attendance of 22 members.
President Lipman announced the passing of member Michael Metras. Robert Feiler and Steve Zitowsky gave short talks on Mike’s contributions and his numismatic specialties. The Club held a minute of silence in Mike’s memory.
The Minutes of the June meeting were approved as published in the Chatter. Steve Zitowsky delivered the Treasurer’s Report showing June revenue of $785.00 and expenses of $468.42. A motion was passed approving the report.
The membership application of Kazimierz Sebastian Gawel received a second reading and a motion was passed accepting him into the club.
It was announced that the Board voted unanimously via email not to have a Club table at the upcoming Philadelphia ANA Convention. Instead the Chicago 2019 Convention and our 100th Anniversary will be promoted at the ANA Future Conventions booth #600 staffed by member John Wilson and his wife Nancy.
Mark Wieclaw, Chairman, of the 100th Anniversary Committee, announced:
Rich Lipman, Host Chairman of the 2019 Chicago ANA Convention called on members to volunteer as workers, speakers, or committee members. He will be attending the upcoming Philadelphia ANA Convention and will speak with Jennifer Ackerman, ANA Convention Director.
Rich announced a CCC Board meeting, 6 PM, Wednesday August 1, at Connie’s Pizza, 2373 W. Archer Ave. Board members should email the Secretary of any subjects they wish to discuss and it will be put into the agenda.
First VP Marc Stackler announced the Club is seeking featured speakers for September and December. Interested speakers should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Marc introduced the evening’s featured speaker, Elliott Krieter, who gave a program An Introduction to Collecting Key U.S. Coins. Following a question and answer period, Marc presented Elliott with an ANA Educational Certificate and an engraved Club speaker’s medal suspended on a neck ribbon.
Second VP John Riley announced the 11 exhibitors. MARK WIECLAW: ancient Roman sestertius of Agrippina Senior. DEVEN KANE: a 1774 Russian silver ruble and an 1883 Hawaiian silver dollar. ROBERT LEONARD: photograph of Bob with Trygve Rovelstad, and three coins from the Barbarossa Hoard. RICHARD LIPMAN: three world banknotes. DALE LUKANICH: three British Mandate coins. LYLE DALY: an advertising note, a Roman bronze sestertius, and the surface coloring of copper cents. DAVID GUMM: 1793 U.S. Large Cent. WILLIAM BURD: a large 1939 CSNS wooden “Good For” token, and a convention program. STEVE ZITOWSKY: German ‘Coin’ cards, and a silver Papal States testone. ANDY PLIOPLYS: personal art creation including images of European silver ingots (grivnas). ROBERT FEILER: 1973 scrip from Virginia.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 PM.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
Michael Eugene Metras, age 75, passed away June 26, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM following a heart attack.
Mike was born January 16, 1943 in Watervliet, MI, moved to Woodstock, IL in 1953, attended Marian Central Catholic High School, and graduated from college with a degree in classical languages. Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in Phu Bai, Vietnam, and Asmara, Ethiopia. When he was discharged in 1970, he spent six months exploring East Africa and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Mike was employed as Service Manager for White Motors Co. and traveled extensively in Latin and South America. He was also employed by Computer Associates as a Technical Writer. When he retired he began to pursue a lifelong dream of traveling and writing, which began with a walk around Sicily.
Over his life Mike learned Swahili, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, and German which served him well on many pilgrimages. In 2003 he walked the 588-mile Spanish “Camino De Santiago De Compostela” (Way of St. James). He walked segments of this pilgrimage 4 more times and met the love of his life, Petra Wolf, an environmental engineer from Constance Germany. They married and embarked on a 14-year odyssey of travel and many pilgrimages, including: walks across America, walk from Germany to Rome, walk from Southern Germany to Jerusalem, and a 23-month, 5,300-mile walk from Southern California to Jerusalem which he recorded in the book Encounters on the Road to Jerusalem. In 2013 they began an internal spiritual pilgrimage to India.
Throughout all his travels, Mike still had time to be a numismatist. In April, 1992, he joined the Chicago Coin Club becoming member #1030. He served on the Club Board, authored and co-authored several of the Club’s souvenir currency sheets issued for the Chicago Paper Money Expo and was an active exhibitor. Some of Mike’s electronic publications and essays include: Ethiopia: Travels of a Youth, Mike’s Morgans, Trains on Currency and Stock Certificates, Money Meanderings: An Introduction to Numismatics, and Axum: Coins and Places. He was a member and web-master for the Hillside Coin Club and newsletter editor for the Elgin Coin Club. He will always be remembered as a knowledgeable numismatist willing to share, and friend to all.
Mike is survived by his wife Petra Wolf, two brothers, and three sisters. A celebration of his life was held July 15 in Santa Fe. True to the way Mike lived his life as a pilgrim, writer, traveler, and wanderer, he requested his remains be cremated and, in lieu of flowers, his friends should take someone they care about on a walk, long or short.
For information about Mike’s life, see his web sites PilgrimageCreations.com and WorksandWords.com
Members who contributed to his obituary include CCC members Robert Feiler and Steve Zitowsky.
Carl F. Wolf, Secretary
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|PCDA Convention||Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
Items shown at our July 11, 2018 meeting,
reported by John Riley.
|Date:||August 8, 2018|
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.
|Featured Program:||Paul Hybert
— Assayed at the Mint in 1818
In 1818, the US Mint assayed 16 types of large foreign silver coins which had been received at the mint. These coins were not among the usually-encountered coins in the US, and they did not have legal tender status. The weight and fineness of each coin is stated in the report and are assumed accurate, but some of the stated names and descriptions do not identify a unique type. Paul has tried to assemble the listed coins; join us to see if you agree with Paul’s opinions on which coins are listed.
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||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Paul Hybert on Assayed at the Mint in 1818|
|August||14-18||ANA in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this year, so we can relax and play tourist for one more year — for details, see http://www.money.org/worldsfairofmoney.|
|September||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Bill Burd on Chinese Chopmarked Coins|
|September||20-22||ILNA 58th Annual Coin & Currency Show at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL. Details, including hours and events, are available at http://www.ilnaclub.org|
|October||10||CCC Meeting - Melissa Gumm - Currency Backed by Gold Standard|
|November||14||CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker|
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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):|
|Richard Lipman||- President|
|Marc Stackler||- First Vice President|
|John Riley||- Second Vice President|
|William Burd||- Archivist|
|Elliott Krieter||- Immediate Past President|
|Carl Wolf||- Secretary|
|Steve Zitowsky||- Treasurer|
|Paul Hybert||- Chatter Editor, webmaster|
|Jeffrey Rosinia||- ANA Club Representative|
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