|Volume 69 No. 2||February, 2023|
The 1248th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President John Riley at 6:45 PM CST, Wednesday January 11, 2023. This was a hybrid in-person and online meeting. Attendance at the meeting was 15 in person and 33 online, for a total of 48.
Club Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report
The December 2022 meeting minutes were approved as published in the Chatter, both in print and on the CCC website.
Treasurer Elliott Krieter submitted the treasurer’s report for both the November and December periods. November period income of $4,608.00 (Auction revenue, Dues, Banquet, Donation), expenses of $1,769.75 (Auction payout, room rent, Die cost), for a period total of $2,838.25.
December period income $1,460.00 (Dues, Banquet, Donations), expenses of $5,280.41 (Chatter expense, room rent, Banquet expense, Club registration fees), for a net loss of $3,820.41. Inquiries regarding the profitability of the annual banquet were raised, and it was clarified that banquet revenue is recorded over several month’s reports while the expense is recorded in one month’s treasurers report.
Guests and New Members
Four guests were reported: the three online guests of featured speaker Steve Feller were Ray Feller, Barbara Feller, and Heidi Berger; the in-person guest was Anne Anaszewicz.
After Steve Feller’s presentation on Confederate Quartermaster Stagecoach and Railroad Scrip, First Vice President Melissa Gumm indicated Steve would receive a Club Speaker’s Medal and an ANA education certificate.
Show and Tell
Second Vice President Deven Kane announced there were 10 Show and Tell presentations.
Bob Leonard added that the National Money Show will be a very large show, and recommended that CCC members consider attending. Deadline for the ANA hotel rate is February 6, 2023. Bob also referenced a recent mailing by the Central States Numismatic Society about updates to the 2023 convention, regarding bourse tables and meeting space, that will need review.
The next meeting will be February 8, 2023 at 6:00pm CST.
John Riley adjourned the meeting at 9:00pm CST.
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary
a presentation by Steve Feller,
to our January 11, 2023 meeting.
With images of a steam locomotive and an overloaded stagecoach, the title slide aptly introduced Steve’ presentation. With ten passengers seated on baggage atop the coach, with more baggage strapped off the back, and four horses in harness, it still must have been better than walking! That was followed by a closeup view of a note from Cherry Valley, Tennessee, dated Nov 5th 1862, with an idealized rendering of a stagecoach pulled by galloping horses – there is not even a small piece of baggage on top or strapped off the back to break the clean lines. Although Tennessee had seceeded, the eastern third had strong feelings for the Union.
The Quartermaster’s Department of the Confederate States had rules and regulations for how it did its job – the 200-page Regulations of the Confederate States Army for the Quartermaster’s Department including the Pay Branch Thereof, with an Index and an Appendix has detailed instructions, even for the types of travel accomodations for officers and enlisted men. The first example Steve showed us was an issued piece: issued on Mar 11, 1865, the fields are filled in with No. (4868), For (One) Seat, From (Albany), To (Quincy). The front’s printing shows it was issued at Albany, Georgia, and it is Payable Upon Presentation of This Coupon. The back has the handstamp of H.F. Hoyt, Treasury Agent; in ink along one side are PAK 13039 (the imprint of noted civil war philatelist Patricia Kaufman) and also RCA. The custom among stamp people is to indicate the provenance on the piece, and it also can serve as an authenticator’s mark. On a Google Map, Steve highlighted the current road from Albany, Georgia to Quincy, Florida, giving 85 miles as the distance and estimating the travel time at over 10 hours.
The South did not have an extensive rail network at the war’s start, and the facilities’ quality degraded during the course of the war. Steve estimated the typical speed as 5 to 8 miles per hour, for both stage and rail at the war’s start, but the rails ran even slower as the war continued. The South had more stage routes than rail routes.
Steve is aware of four examples of notes for travel from Albany to Quincy, all from early 1865. These paper items are for one-time use, and likely were discarded (paper recycled) after they had been turned in by the stage company, and government accountants had no further need for them. The front of the second shown example, using the same printed form, is marked by a handstamp of CAPT P.K. HINES A.Q.M. That A.Q.M. appears often, as either printed text or applied later; it stands for Assistant Quartermaster. Collectors leave various records of their specialized research – Mike McNeil wrote Confederate Quartermasters, Commissaries, and Agents – which can be invaluable to other collectors and researchers. Steve also mentioned Confederate Issuers of Train and Hoer Notes by Michael McNeil, which details the names signed and stamped on a set of notes; this information helps in decoding the faded, misapplied, and indecipherable names that modern collectors find on their notes.
The fourth example from this route uses a form different from that used for the other three; the printing on it shows it is from Augusta, Georgia, with Stage written in the space for the name of the used R.R. (for rail road). The sparse printing on the front includes “Payable at Government Rates.” The back has the issuing handstamp dated MAR 31, 1865, which was four days before the evacuation of Richmond and ten days before Lee surrendered his army to Grant.
Next shown was a Soldier’s Ticket from Greenville to Montgomery, both in Alabama, and about 45 miles apart. That was followed by one explicitly stating Railway Company, for travel from Grenada to Canton, both in Mississippi and about 90 miles apart. That was followed by a remainder (unissued) Soldier’s Ticket on the Richmond and Danville R.R. – the back of this item details its intended use: “This Ticket is issued on a requisition of the Assistant Quartermaster of the Confederate States at Richmond, Va., and will be paid for by the Confederate States, upon presenting this coupon.” A 100-share stock certificate from the 1880s of the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company, a major supply route during the war, provided a brief diversion from scrip before we saw a fully hand written piece for a trip to Danville with return, dated Oct 12, 1863.
Few of these were saved, and Steve urges collectors with any to send him a high-resolution scan (at least 300 dpi) to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve has not yet found a match between a listing in McNeil’s books and any validators of these pieces. The closest match is between E.V. Early, a Treasury Agent at Meridian, Mississippi, who authorized a trip from Canton to Oxford, both in Mississippi and about 140 miles apart, and E.J. Early who signed for interest on a $100 CSA note from Jackson, Mississippi on July 1, 1863.
This report does not cover all of what Steve presented. More details, and images, were presented in Steve’s article on pages 236-245 of the July/August 2022 issue of Paper Money, the journal of the Society of Paper Money Collectors.
|Chicago Coin Company|
|Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.|
|Kedzie Koins Inc.|
|Classical Numismatic Group|
Items shown at our January 11, 2023 meeting,
reported by Deven Kane.
A limited number of 2023 American Silver Eagles will be counterstamped with a 1250 Meeting stamp on one side, and the Club logo on the other side. Only pre-orders, at $60 each, will be accepted, and orders must be in by February 17, 2023.
We also can counterstamp one-ounce American Gold Eagles provided by members. The cost will be $50 for each piece, and the pieces must be delivered to Chicago Coin Company by February 10, 2023 — contact Bill Burd at (773) 586-7666.
The coins will be available at the March meeting, or you can pick them up at the CSNS show in April. Or we can ship the silver for $6.00 and the gold for $12.00.
Please send all payments to the Club, either at the P.O. Box or using Zelle — details in the Chatter Matter section.
|Date:||March 8, 2023 This meeting is in-person only.|
|Time:||5:45pm Reception with cash bar.
|Location:||Capri Italian Restaurant, 12307 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463.|
The cost is $35 if paid by February 28 – if you cannot pay
by the cutoff, let Bill Burd know via email (email@example.com) by
March 2, and pay $40 at the door.
Early commitments and payments are greatly appreciated.
There will be a cash bar for those wanting an alcoholic beverage.
Make your reservation by mailing your check (payable to Chicago
Coin Club) to P.O. Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690; or by paying
electronically (see the Chatter Matter page for details).
• Our family style dinner will start at 6:30pm, with a House Salad.
• Mostaccioli with marinara sauce, Chicken ala Capri, and Vesuvio potatoes will be served.
• Dessert will be Italian lemon ice.
|Parking:||There is a large free parking lot attached.|
The speaker is Robert Leonard, on The Lasting Contributions of Honorees of the Chicago Coin Club’s Hall of Fame.
In 2018 past president Robert Leonard suggested that the Chicago Coin Club institute a Hall of Fame to commemorate its centennial the next year. This was approved, together with a group of 12 honorees, from charter members to recently deceased, and Bob researched them and prepared citations for review. The final versions were released at a rate of one per month throughout 2019, and generated much favorable publicity for the club. Since then, five more people have been inducted. Bob will focus on their notable accomplishments and their service to the Club over the decades, with some personal anecdotes not included in the citations.
All attendees will recieve a souvenir card and elongated coin.
There will be door prizes.
• As of now, we plan on a Show-and-Tell session after the featured speaker.
|Date:||February 8, 2023|
|Time:||6:45PM CST (UTC-06:00)|
At the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd or 4th floor meeting room. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must be prepared to show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.
Because things can change between when this is written and we meet, please bring your face covering to the meeting – all attendees must follow the city’s and building’s rules.
This will be another attempt at a regular in-person meeting in the post-Covid-19 era. We will try for a better experience than in the past, but please be prepared for possible diifficulties.
|Online:||For all the details on participating online in one of our club meetings, visit our Online Meeting webpage at www.chicagocoinclub.org/meetings/online_meeting.html. Participation in an online meeting requires some advance work by both our meeting coordinator and attendees, especially first-time participants. Please plan ahead; read the latest instructions on the day before the meeting!|
|Featured Program:||Eduardo Garcia-Molina —
Small Change, Big Change: Researching Seleukid “Bottlecap” Bronzes at the American Numismatic Society
This talk is an account of Eduardo’s experience at the American Numismatic Society over the summer, as a participant in the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics. This will not only discuss his interaction with various aspects of the ANS, but also the research he undertook there that reexamines a peculiar numismatic phenomenon from antiquity: serrated, or “bottlecap,” coins minted by Seleukid kings in the second century BCE. Their peculiar shape has largely been regarded as simply a stylistic choice, but this talk aims to push against this notion and argue that form is congruous with function. He will discuss how his time at the ANS shaped his thinking when it comes to these serrated coins, and how even small bronzes can be an indicator of big change.
Unless stated otherwise, our regular monthly CCC Meeting is in downtown Chicago and also online on the second Wednesday of the month; the starting time is 6:45PM CT.
|February||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Eduardo Garcia-Molina on Small Change, Big Change: Researching Seleukid “Bottlecap” Bronzes at the American Numismatic Society|
|February||15||CCC Board Meeting - time and venue to be announced at February 8 regular meeting - Maybe in person, maybe online.|
|February||26||Will County Coin Club Show, to be held at the Weitendorf Ag Ed Center (Joliet Junior College), 17840 W. Laraway Road in Joliet, Illinois.|
|March||2-4||ANA’s National Money Show at Phoenix, Arizona. Details at https://www.money.org/NationalMoneyShow|
|March||8||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Robert Leonard on The Lasting Contributions of Honorees of the Chicago Coin Club’s Hall of Fame|
|April||12||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
|April||27-29||84th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. There is a $15 per day admission charge, a 3-day pass for $30, free for youth (17 and under), and free for CSNS Members. For details, refer to their website, https://www.csns.org/|
|April||29||CCC Meeting - 1pm at the CSNS Convention,
which is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be announced
|May||10||CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced|
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