|Volume 68 No. 2||February, 2022|
The recent flareup of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 resulted in a last-minute cancellation of our January in-person meeting in downtown Chicago and made it online only. The February meeting will be online only.
Paul Hybert, editor
The 1236th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President Lyle Daly at 6:45 PM CST, Wednesday January 12, 2022. This was an online meeting only, due to the Covid Pandemic. Attendance at the meeting start was 30 members, and rose to 39 members.
Club Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report
The November and December 2021 meeting minutes were approved as published in the Chatter, both in print and on the CCC website.
Treasurer Elliott Krieter presented Treasurer’s reports for the November and December periods. November period: Income $1,856 (Dues, Banquet); Expenses $998.26 (Engraving, Club Electronics, Print and Postage); for a period Total of $1,098.74. December period: Income $2,287.00 (Dues, banquet, advertising); Expenses $3,084.45 (banquet, Corporate fee, Print and Postage, membership fee); for a period Total of -$797.45. Both reports were approved.
Secretary Scott McGowan performed the second reading of new member applications for Connor Cambria, Brandon Jansen, and Richard Jozefiak, calling for a membership vote which approved all as members.
Reminder: 2022 ANA World’s Fair of Money® Host Club meeting on January 19, 2022, at 7pm. Contact Steve Zitowsky to participate in the committee.
First V.P. John Riley introduced the Featured Program, Jeffrey A. Amelse on Barbarous Late Roman Coins.
Second V.P Melissa Gumm announced of evening’s ten exhibitors.
The next meeting will be on February 9, 2022. Lyle Daly adjourned the meeting at 9:05 PM CST.
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary
by Jeffrey A. Amelse,
presented to our January 12, 2022 meeting.
Barbarous coins were smattered throughout the Roman and into the Byzantine empires. Barbarous radiates became quite prolific between the reigns of Claudius II (AD 268-270) and circa 274 AD, when Aurelian banned the circulation of these small imitative bronzes throughout the Empire. It is likely that at least some of the barbarous radiates were produced after 274 AD all the way into the early 280s. Their value was most certainly not equal to official issues. They likely circulated locally and fulfilled the role of token coinage during periods of acute coin shortages. The barbarous radiates were produced by the eastern Gothic tribes. Hoards have been found in Northern France. A series of high-quality barbarous coins commemorating Constantine I the Great were produced in the UK. Other late Roman barbarous cons were produced by the Vandals in North African mints.
The presentation began with several examples of barbarous AE3 Constantine I coins likely struck by gothic tribes east of the Danube River, imitating the ‘Victoriae Laetae’ reverse with two Victories holding a shield or plaque over an altar. One has a very barbarous head of Constantine with a legend containing many of the letter I, and a barbarous reverse with Victories with comical broad rimmed hats. Several higher quality examples, one with a winged Victory reverse and one imitating URBS ROMA with the she wolf suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, commemorate the founding of Rome. Barbarous coins of Constantine’s sons and recent descendants were also shown, with many having reverses depicting the FEL TEMP REPATIO “fallen horseman” reverse. One very rare and very barbarous coin of Crispus was included, with the reverse degenerated into two soldiers fighting (instead of two standing Victories). This is only the second coin of this type seen by Alex Fishman of Ancient Coins of Canada.
The barbarous coins of Tetricus I and II included very rare examples of Tetricus I with a very barbarous priestly implements reverse and an amphora reverse. The Tetricus II coins included what is believed to be a bad misinterpretation of priestly implements that became two birds drinking from a vase, which is possibly unique. Examples of Tetricus II included both rare obverse and a reverse brockages. Numerous examples commemorating Claudius II with a flaming altar were shown, including a tiny 9 mm very barbarous example and a 10 mm coin with an eagle reverse.
Later coins of Magnentius, Gratian, Decentius, and Julian II from the 350s to 360s AD were of higher quality, but have obviously barbarous portraits.
Also exhibited were some extremely rare barbarous coins produced in Sri Lanka. It is believed that Roman traders brought demonetized and worn small Roman coins from the Roman Empire (where they had almost no value) all the way to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka the native coinage was crude, scarce, and the Roman coins probably carried a much higher intrinsic value than in Rome or India. It is not inconceivable that all the Roman coins encountered in Sri Lanka come from only a few (if not one) such shipment of obsolete Roman coinage, probably in the early 5th century. When more coins were needed (but not available), locally made imitations of these Roman coins were minted. The Sri Lankans obviously had no experience in minting coins. These are extremely crude, poorly made, and never found well-struck and in high quality. They are fascinating and unusual, showing stylized and misunderstood Roman designs.
|CSNS Convention||Chicago Coin Company|
|Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.||Kedzie Koins Inc.|
Items shown at our January 12, 2022 meeting,
reported by Melissa Gumm.
by Paul Hybert.
An article in the January, 2022 Chatter announced an online effort to encourage and support new exhibitors at area coin conventions, but an example page was not complete. An example of what can be achieved with an online webpage now is available at http://www.chicagocoinclub.org/projects/digital_exhibits/experiment1/
Please remember the intended audience is limited to the exhibitor and a few club members, with exhibiting experience, who volunteer to review a draft version of an exhibit and offer feedback to the exhibitor. The draft images are rough – good enough to read the text and see the general layout, but the image details (color, alignment, keystoning, and such) are imperfect. These webpages are used for quick feedback, not for permanent archiving. For a permanent record of an exhibit, images without any imperfections would be needed because the viewer’s gaze is quickly drawn to the imperfections. A permanent record would require a better setup than most exhibitors have available, making for a more time- and labor-intensive effort.
On each webpage, each case appears as a small image, but hovering the browser’s cursor over an item results in an enlargement of that item. As the cursor is moved over a different item, the prior enlargement is removed, replaced by an enlargement of the current item. This effect was inspired by how some past ANA Best-in-Show exhibits were preserved on the ANA website. But those images were perfect, requiring much effort and attention to achieve. The ANA’s work method could not continue at just one exhibit per year, so do not expect to see here that great level of image quality.
If you would like to use this online resource to help you develop your exhibit, please email me at my personal address or at the Editor’s email address. I would also like to hear from experienced exhibitors who would be willing to review any submitted exhibits.
January 19, 2022
Attending: Steve Zitowsky (Chair), Dale Lukanich (Asst Chair), Greg Gajda, Marc Ricard, Carl Wolf, Dale Carlson, Deven Kane, Mark Wieclaw, John Riley, Bob Feiler, Paul Hybert, Bob Leonard, Rich Lipman, Jeff Amelse, Scott McGowan, Mike Gasvoda, and Lyle Daly.
Committee Chair Steve Zitowsky opened the meeting at 7:00PM with opening remarks reporting communication with the ANA on various details surrounding ANA shows. The ANA concentration is currently on the National Money Show (NMS) March 10 – 12, 2022. Bob Leonard will be staffing the Future Shows table at the NMS and plans to promote the August WFoM show. Carl Wolf and Steve Zitowsky will staff the CCC table at the Central States convention in April 2022 and will promote the WFoM among other activities. Jennifer Ackerman, ANA events director, indicated that on March 13th, the day after the NMS, the ANA will go roaring ahead with the WFoM planning.
Money Talks: Mark Wieclaw reported that nothing has been released by the ANA yet. No deadline yet for applications.
Collector Exhibits: Marc Ricard reported there will be the full class of exhibits, but the location and layout in the convention hall is not yet confirmed.
Ambassadors: Scott McGowan reported the Ambassador form for 2022 has been emailed to all CCC members; we have five completed forms so far. To request an emailed Ambassador form, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pages: John Riley reported no information or sign-up form has yet been published.
YN/Scouts Workshop: Jim Ray not present, no report.
Members-at-Large: New CCC member Dan Shemwell has expressed interest in joining the committee.
Steve Zitowsky directed the next agenda item to discuss: the CCC at the National Money Show and what should be available for attendees. A list of items to help promote the August WFoM show was reviewed including: Rosemont and Chicago Chamber of Commerce brochures, restaurant list, shopping information, Baseball games during the WFoM week (Sox vs. Astros 15-18; Cubs vs. Brewers 19-20), museum list, and Ambassador form. Bob Leonard reported that the table is a Future Shows table, and we should concentrate the message and booth on encouraging attendance at the August WFoM and not include the Ambassador form. Ideas discussed included getting lists of current Broadway in Chicago theater shows (Dale Lukanich took the action), getting the list/map of the WFoM host hotels, and putting together a listing of other events and sports near the Rosemont convention center.
Steve reported that there will be no CCC medal issued for the 2022 show, but asked the committee about a show card. Mark Wieclaw offered to assist with the Show Card.
Mike Gasvoda reported that he had spoken to Constantine at the NYNC, and the NYNC is onboard for a joint dinner with the CCC if things are close to normal regarding the pandemic.
Mike also reported he had inquired to the ANA about a third day of Money Talks for Ancient Coinage, but has not yet heard back.
The committee discussed visiting area coin clubs to promote the WFoM after the weather warms up and also promote exhibiting at the show. Committee to revisit this in Feb/March. Bob Leonard added that in 2011 he visited many clubs with rolled out one-cent coins (elongated coins) to pass out, and spoke for 2-3 minutes on attending the WFoM show. This allowed all those at the meetings to have a numismatic gift reminder of the upcoming show.
Carl Wolf mentioned that acquiring the Parking Passes for the Ambassadors is a much-needed benefit. They can also be used to encourage area clubs to bring a carload of attendees to the show and have one or two volunteer part of the day to get free parking. Anticipated number of parking passes would be 125 daily and 15-20 weekly passes.
No information was available about the ANA Stipend for the CCC expenses.
Scott McGowan reported that Harlan Berk has offered his office space for future WFoM Host club committee in-person meetings, as was the case for 2019 and earlier shows.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:58PM.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
August 15-20, 2022 (Monday-Saturday)
Note: Sunday, August 14 may be a workday for some!!
Scott A. McGowan
Secretary, Chicago Coin Club
|Date:||February 9, 2022|
|Time:||6:45PM CST (UTC-06:00)|
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|Featured Program:||Rick Ewing —
Engraving Errors on Small Size U.S. Currency
Everyone is capable of the occasional mistake, and The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is no exception. Please join Chicago Coin Club member, current Texas Numismatic Association President, and A.N.A. Summer Seminar instructor Rick Ewing as he presents on known engraving errors on small-sized U.S. currency.
Unless stated otherwise, our regular monthly CCC Meeting is only online during the Covid-19 isolation era on the second Wednesday of the month; the starting time is 6:45PM CT.
|February||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Rick Ewing on Engraving Errors on Small Size U.S. Currency|
|March||9||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Deven Kane on How Numismatics Helped Rediscover a Forgotten Empire|
|March||10-12||ANA’s National Money Show at the Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Details at https://www.money.org/NationalMoneyShow|
|April||13||CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker|
|April||28-30||83rd Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. There is a $5 per day admission charge, a 3-day pass for $10, and (maybe) free admission for CSNS Life Members. For details, refer to their website, https://www.centralstatesnumismaticsociety.org/|
|April||30||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the CSNS Convention,
which is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - Tom Uram on 2021-22 Morgan & Peace Dollar 100th Anniversary Project: an “After-Action” Report
|May||11||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Dale Lukanich on Scrip Issued by Hiram Norton, a Self-Made Man|
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