|Volume 66 No. 12
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Minutes of the 1222nd Meeting
The 1222nd meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called
to order by President Richard Lipman at 6:45 PM CDT,
Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
Due to the pandemic shutdown, the meeting was online with
34 members and guests.
The October minutes were approved without objection.
The treasurer’s report showed $400.00 revenue,
$168.64 in expenses, and was approved without objection.
Mark Wieclaw, representing the Nominating Committee that
includes William Burd, Melissa Gumm, and Steve Zitowsky,
gave their proposed slate of officers for 2021-2022.
Lyle Daly, President;
John Riley, First VP;
Melissa Gumm, Second VP;
William Burd, Archivist;
and Deven Kane, Mark Wieclaw, Carl Wolf, and Steve
Richard Lipman, Immediate Past President;
Scott McGowan, Secretary;
Elliott Krieter, Treasurer;
Paul Hybert, Chatter Editor/Webmaster;
Jeffrey Rosinia, ANA Club Representative.
Mark Wieclaw, representing the Medal of Merit Committee
that includes Jeffrey Rosinia and William Burd, announced
there will be a Medal of Merit awarded at the December
Mark Wieclaw reported the new Past President medal will
be delivered this month.
Elliott Krieter, Host Chairman of the August 10-14, 2021
Chicago ANA Convention, announced an upcoming meeting for
members who wish to be on the Convention Committee.
The meeting will take place online, 6 PM (post meeting
changed to 7 PM) Tuesday, November 18th.
The Secretary was instructed to email the membership.
John Kent announced there were education tables at the
recent Greater Chicago Coin & Currency Show in Tinley
He reported there is a club invitation to participate and
organize education at their shows in February and June
Mark Wieclaw announced Sharon and Kevin Blocker will
submit their annual $500 donation.
In past years this covered the next year’s dues of
the club’s junior members Jack Smith and Madeline
Rodriguez, plus the annual banquet costs for the featured
speaker and guest.
Since there will not be an annual banquet this year, the
remaining part of the donation will go into the general
Richard Lipman announced an online Board meeting, 6 PM,
Wednesday November 18, and asked board members to email
the secretary with issues for the agenda.
First VP Lyle Daly introduced the featured speaker,
Michael Kodysz, who delivered a PowerPoint presentation
Halley’s Comet: A Visual Record on Coins of
Following a question and answer period, Lyle announced
the December 9 program Chicago Coin Club’s
Impact on Early ANA Conventions.
Second VP John Riley announced the evening’s five
The meeting was adjourned at 8:46 PM CST.
Carl F. Wolf,
Show and Tell
Items shown at our November 11, 2020 meeting,
reported by John Riley.
showed an Irish “Gunmoney” crown of 1690 in
These base metal pieces were an issue of England’s
James II during the Williamite War in Ireland between 1689
and 1691, and were intended to be redeeemed for five
shillings in silver following a victory (that never came).
The term “gun money” came from the idea that
the coins were minted from melted down guns, however many
other brass objects, such as church bells, were also used.
In 1986, Mark paid a dealer $20 for this piece because he
liked the look of it – some quick research in the
pre-internet age provided some simple facts, so he decided
to acquire the other denominations of gun money –
but at the following CICF show, Mark was offered $200 for
This Crown was the impetus for his complete set of
seventeenth century Irish Gunmoney, which he has exhibited
at a number of conventions.
Among the valuable prizes the collection has won, Mark
ranks the one-week Summer Seminar he attended at ANA
headquarters as the most beneficial, for the treasured
friendships obtained in the course of pursuing numismatics.
In observance of the day’s Veterans Day observances,
showed a few paper money souvenirs saved by WWII troops
attending United Services Organization (USO) shows.
So-called “short snorter” notes initially were
saved by military aviators as informal crew travelogs of
countries visited in the course of their service.
The idea quickly morphed into keepsakes of a military unit
– whoever could not produce their note at later
gatherings had to pay for a round of drinks!
U.S. Philippines “Victory“ overprint note
(1944, one peso) signed by radio personality Joe E. Brown.
Brown toured a great deal in the Pacific and is one of
the more prolific signers seen today.
Brown’s entertainment style was a zany, outlandish
physical comedy and the servicemen must have been very
fond of him.
A 100-lira Allied Military Certificate (occupation money
printed in 1944 in the U.S. for use in-theater), signed by
Falkenburg was an American tennis star-turned glamour
actress who travelled with the USO to support the troops
– perhaps a “supermodel” by today’s
A series 1935 $1 blue seal Silver Certificate signed by
1940s radio star Garry Moore.
During the war years, Moore co-hosted a popular show and
was the foil and “straight man” to the great
Moore is remembered in the early television days for the
Garry Moore variety show where he launched the career of,
among others, Carol Burnett.
Many of us remember him as the genial host of “To
Tell The Truth,” a television game show long in
Bob Hope’s signature on a U.S.-printed Cuba 1-peso
silver certificate, series of 1938.
Comedian Hope, born in England in 1903, was the
“dean” of all U.S.O. troopers, and performed
in far-flung areas where the military served through his
Hope was honored late in life with a congessional gold
medal and proclomation making him an honorary veteran of
the U.S. Armed Forces.
Hope was also commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp after
Thanks for the Memories!
showed two Italian coins complementing the evening’s
An anonymous cast bronze/lead alloy Formatum, from Rome or
an uncertain Italian mint, circa 500-300 BC.
This example of transitional Roman “Proto Money,”
between AES Rude and AES Signatum and the first cast Roman
coins (the AES Grave).
One side has a scallop shell design while the other side
is plain; the piece is 39mm in diameter and weighs 112
Deven pointed out how the scallop shell design closely
resembles the luxury GuyLian Belgian Chocolates!
A 30 Soldi dated Anno IX (1801) in the French Revolutionary
calendar, struck at Milan.
This coin was issued by the second Cisalpine Republic
(1800-1802), which was restored after Napoleon drove the
Austrians out of Italy.
The reverse acknowledges the peace imposed by Napoleon.
showed a range of items.
A great article written by Chris Bulfinch and published in
the November 9, 2020 issue of COIN WORLD magazine,
detailing the Merrill’s Marauders Congressional gold
medal as well as the history behind the unit’s
actions in the China-Burma-India theater during WWII.
Lyle hopes to attend the upcoming presentation ceremony
in Washington, DC with his wife K.L., a key
“driver“ in making the Medal a reality.
Lyle’s Covid Cabin Fever project was a hobby-related
woodworking project: a well-made camera stand for
photographing his numismatic material.
Complementing the evening’s speaker, a Denarius of
Elagabalus issued in Emperor Marcus Aurelius’ image
and dating between 220 and 222 AD.
Lyle speculates the piece may have been among the silver
denari from the “Pristina Horde:“ nearly
perfect examples of some 10,000 Roman denari were
unearthed in 1979 near Pristina, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo)
and were issued during the reign of Severus Alexander.
The coins were intended as payment for military troops in
the northern Balkan Peninsula’s province of Illyricum.
An attractive example of a Folis of Justinian I –
Justinian has sometimes been known as the “last
Roman” due to his efforts to restore the western
His legacy includes the uniform rewriting of Roman law,
the Corpus Juris Civilis, which is still the basis
of civil law in many modern states, notably France.
Justinian’s reign also marked a blossoming of
followed an Irish theme:
A Five Dollars Promissory Bond, in the name of the Irish
Republic and dated March 17, 1866.
The bill was printed in the United States by the
Continental Banknote Company and signed by John Mahoney,
an American founder of the Fenian Society promoting the
cause of Irish independence from England.
The note features a portrait of Irish revolutionary
Theobald Wolfe Tone (1763-98) and is marked
“redeemable six months after acknowledgement of the
Independence of the Irish Nation.”
Rich noted the similarity, in timeframe, wording, and
intent, to U.S. Confederate States currency.
Another promissory note, a similar Continental Banknote
Company product and dated 1867, but for 10 dollars and
titled “National Bond of the Republic of Ireland.“
Rich pointed out that this note is interest-bearing, while
the slightly earlier five dollar note was not.
Signed by Irish nationalist and writer Michael Scanlon,
often referred to as the “Fenian poet.”
A Bank of Ireland one-pound note of 4-5-1937 for the
Munster & Leinster Bank, Ltd.
Often referred to as the “Ploughman’s Note“
for the beautifully engraved agricultural scene on the
front of the bill, with the reverse showing the Customs
House in Dublin.
Rich moted that this banknote was long considered a
rarity, but a large hoard was brought to auction in recent
years – choice examples are relatively available now.
This is the last exhibit listing written by John Riley.
Melissa Gumm will take over this responsibility starting
with our January, 2021 meeting.
(There will be no exhibits at our December meeting.)
You can email to Melissa a description of what you will
show at a meeting, to give her a start on this write-up.
Send it to email@example.com.
Minutes of the Chicago 2021 ANA Convention Committee
November 17, 2020
The first meeting of the Chicago 2021 ANA Convention
Committee was held online on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
Elliott Krieter, Host Chairman, called the meeting to
order at 7 PM (CST).
Attending: Jeff Amelse, Bob Feiler, Mike Gasvoda,
Paul Hybert, Deven Kane, John Kent, Denise Kitchen,
Elliott Krieter, Rich Lipman, Scott McGowan, Jim Ray,
Marc Charles Ricard, John Riley, Mark Wieclaw, Carl Wolf,
Melissa Gumm, and Steve Zitowsky.
Per the ANA website, the ANA Convention Dates are August
10-14, 2021 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center,
Since the Chicago Coin Club hosted several recent
conventions, Elliott spoke of the committees that need
Volunteers/Ambassadors: Scott McGowan, Chairman;
Jeff Amelse, Asst. Chairman.
Money Talks: Mark Wieclaw, Chairman;
Rich Lipman, Asst. Chairman.
Pages: John Riley, Chairman;
John Kent, Asst. Chairman.
Exhibits: Marc Charles Ricard, Chairman;
Paul Hybert, Asst. Chairman.
Scouts: Jim Ray, Chairman.
Activities: Does it still exist?
Patron: Comments made that the ANA is in charge of this.
Medal: Convention Medal or Club Medal?
Branding: If this is golf shirts for volunteers, Carl Wolf
has worked with the ANA and an approved dealer sponsor.
Carl announced the 100% cotton shirts volunteers loved
now come with matching masks.
Local Outreach: Local clubs are meeting online or not at
Club Meetings Welcome: Steve Zitowsky, Asst. Host Chairman.
Other subjects discussed:
Flyer table: keeping it in good order.
Activities: with ANA approval, Jeff Amelse would
investigate a Lake Michigan dinner cruise.
Next meeting: probably January 2021, giving the committee
7 months to plan.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.
Carl Wolf, Secretary
Chicago Coin Club
Minutes of the Chicago Coin Club Board
November 18, 2020
The Chicago Coin Club Board met November 18, 2020 via web
hosted video conference.
President Rich Lipman called the meeting to order at
6:00 PM with every Board member present.
At the December meeting:
John Riley will announce the winners of the 2020 Cabeen
Mark Wieclaw will announce the Medal of Merit recipient.
A discussion followed regarding the growing inventory
of engraved featured speaker medals and ANA Educational
It was decided to ship/mail all the 2020 material to the
speakers and award recipients.
The 2021 material will hopefully be presented at some
time during the year.
Lyle Daly and Elliott Krieter volunteered to help Carl
Wolf with the shipping.
Speaking on behalf of John Kent, Deven Kane led a
discussion on club education programs at the Greater
Chicago Coin & Currency Show in the February and
June 2021 events.
The board thought it a good idea, but decided not to
officially sanction the project until the Covid-19
Pandemic was over.
Mark Wieclaw announced that club life membership
acceptance had changed:
It currently appears in the By-Laws, Article II, Section
6, Life Membership will initially be assigned by a
committee of at least three (3) former Presidents of the
Chicago Coin Club, thereafter those who are members for
life shall comprise the committee…
An acceptance committee of the current 18 life members
Several years ago the Board decided it would be more
efficient for life membership applications to be
submitted for approval to the Board.
However, the By-Laws were never formally changed.
The Board proposed to change By-Law, Article II,
Section 6 to read: Life Membership applications will
be submitted to the Board for approval.
Life Membership shall be designated by placing the letter
“L” prior to the current membership number of
A suitable memento (metallic card, plaque, etc.) shall be
presented to all Life Members.
Article IX – Amendments, Section 2 states:
Alterations or amendments to this Constitution and By-Laws
shall be presented in writing and read at a regular
meeting but shall not be voted upon until the next regular
meeting and then, only after sending each member a copy of
the proposed alteration or amendment, at least 10 days
prior to the meeting.
When voted upon, a two-thirds vote of members present
Therefore this proposed By-Law change shall be announced
at the December 2020 meeting, then published in the
January 2021 Chatter issue.
At the January meeting the proposal will be discussed
and put up for acceptance of two-thirds of members
Lyle Daly led discussion:
Hall of Fame Policy – Board Approved.
Endorsement of Alden Scott Boyer for induction into Hall
of Fame – Board Approved.
Scott McGowan volunteered to handle press releases to
the numismatic community.
A Hall of Fame Souvenir Booklet was created as a
gift/souvenir for committee members and one for the club
Carl Wolf announced the inventory of hexagonal Featured
Speaker medals is low, plus the gold and silver plated
medals for Cabeen Awards are out-of-stock.
Current pricing arrived an hour before the meeting.
Carl was not able to put together an updated proposal,
but promised to email the board in the upcoming week.
The next Board Meeting is scheduled for February 17,
The meeting was adjourned at 7:23 PM.
Carl F. Wolf,
Our 1223rd Meeting
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||Carl Wolf —
Chicago Coin Club’s Impact on Early ANA Conventions
Since the American Numismatic Association (ANA) was
founded in 1891, Chicago Coin Club members played pivotal
Over the 42-years since Carl Wolf joined the club, he held
close relationships with many senior members.
These people were “there” many years ago and
they shared personal knowledge and experiences of the
events of the day.
Most were happy to have someone listen to their stories.
They related many unique experiences and observations.
It was all verbal – it never appeared in club
minutes or newsletters.
Recently Carl saw how a group of stories fit together like
a jigsaw puzzle.
But senior members had inadvertantly left out a key piece
of information that they just assumed everyone knew.
Join this online meeting and come away with new insight
into club history, and you may even see how parts of this
story played a major role in the lives of their
grandparents and great-grandparents.
Unless stated otherwise,
our regular monthly CCC Meeting is
online during the Covid-19 isolation era
on the second Wednesday of the month;
the starting time is 6:45PM CT.
||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Carl Wolf on Chicago Coin Club’s Impact on Early ANA Conventions|
||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - James McMenamin on Latin Monetary Union of the 19th Century|
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|Richard Lipman||- President|
|Lyle Daly||- First V.P.|
|John Riley||- Second V.P.|
|William Burd||- Archivist|
|Elliott Krieter||- Immediate Past President|
|Carl Wolf||- Secretary|
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