Volume 69 No. 11 November, 2023

Minutes of the 1257th Meeting

The 1257th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President John Riley at 6:45 PM CDT, Wednesday October 11, 2023. This was a hybrid in-person and online meeting. Attendance at the meeting was 13 members with 22 online, including 1 guest, for a total of 35.

Club Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

The September 2023 meeting minutes were approved as published in the Chatter, both in print and on the CCC website. Treasurer Elliott Krieter presented the September period treasurer’s report stating income of $0 with expenses of $1,205.74 (E&O insurance, Chatter expense, Corporate Fee) for a period net of -$1,205.74. The report was approved by the membership.

New Members

Scott McGowan reported there were no new membership applications. One guest was present online, Mary Anne Tromisco, a guest of Kurt Hyde.

Old Business

  1. Dale Lukanich reported on the 2024 ANA World’s Fair of Money (WFoM) host club committee. The first host club meeting was held with all subcommittee positions filled. Committee meetings will be the first Wednesday each month until further notice. Planning for each subcommittee is underway.
  2. Reminder that the November club meeting will be our annual auction. Members are encouraged to attend in person; while the meeting will be both in-person and online, bidding on items can only be done in person.
  3. The December meeting will be our annual holiday banquet. It will take place at Capri Ristorante Italiano, located at 12307 S Harlem Ave, Palos Heights, Illinois 60463. Banquet cost is $40 if paid by December 5, and will be $45 if paid after. Make your reservation now by sending payment to the club. Use the ZELLE cash transfer app in your online banking to send your payment to – MAKE SURE to add your name and “2023 banquet” to the memo section.
  4. A call for reports from any other committees provided no new updates.
  5. Mark Wieclaw reminded members of the CCC polo shirt order deadline of October 15. Email Mark at – payments by check payable to Mark Wieclaw should be mailed to PO Box 451, Mokena, Illinois 60448. All shirt correspondence and payments are to be made directly with Mark.

New Business

  1. John Riley announced the NNP (Newman Numismatic Portal) is working on expanding outreach.
  2. Bob Leonard reported on the New York International Numismatic Show in January 2024. Bob said it is the best international show in the USA. Contact Bob if anyone is interested in further details on attending or sharing a room.

Featured Program

Marc Ricard presented an amazing in-depth look at Special and Limited Editions of A Guide Book of United States Coins i.e. The Red Book. He showcased various special covers and events these special editions were released for, including our very own Chicago Coin Club 100th anniversary Red Book.

Show and Tell

Second Vice President Deven Kane announced there were seven Show and Tell presentations.


John Riley adjourned the meeting at 8:52pm CDT.

Respectfully Submitted,
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
The Red Book Special Editions and Their Histories

a presentation by Marc Ricard,
to our October 11, 2023 meeting

A Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly called the Red Book, has been a part of coin collecting since 1947. This presentation concentrated on the Special Editions of the Red Book, with a few tangents for some of the “special” examples in Marc’s collection. He started with two slides providing a table of the Official Special Editions.

The Official Special Editions by Whitman Publishing
1987 95th Anniversary of the ANA (500 Copies Printed for ANA Banquet)
1992 100th Anniversary of the ANA (600 Copies Printed for ANA Banquet)
1997 50th Anniversary of the Red Book (1220 Copies Printed, 500 for ANA Banquet)
2002 ANA “Target 2001” Building Campaign (500 Copies Printed)
2002 SS Central America Recovery (Print Run Unknown, likely > 500 Copies)
2005 50th Anniversary of FUN (1100 Copies Printed for FUN Convention Banquet)
2007 116th Anniversary of the ANA Member Appreciation (500 Copies Printed)
2007 50th Anniversary of the Michigan State Numismatic Society (500 Printed for Banquet)
2007 1947 Tribute Edition for Red Book 60th Anniversary (Unknown, likely > 1000 Copies)
2008 ANA Milwaukee World’s Fair of Money (1080 Copies Printed)
2008 Stack’s Rare Coins (Print Run Unknown, likely >500 Copies)
2010 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Philadelphia Expo (2009 Copies Printed for Dealers)
2011 Boston Numismatic Society 150th Anniversary (Unknown, likely c. 250 Copies Printed)
2012 ANA/65th Anniversary of the Red Book (800 Copies Printed)
2013 American Numismatic Society (250 Copies Printed)
2015 Central States Numismatic Society (500 Copies Printed)
2016 ANA 125th Anniversary (Unknown Print Run, likely >1000 Copies)
2018 Numismatic Guaranty Company 30th Anniversary (Unknown, likely >500 Copies)
2020 Chicago Coin Club 100th Anniversary (250 Copies Printed)
2021 Philippine Collector’s Forum/100th Anniversary of the Manila Mint (250 Copies)

The listed items share some characteristics: they were issued by Whitman Publishing, they have special cover embossing, and hundreds of each were produced. Some were made for Whitman itself while, in other cases, an outside group paid Whitman to make them. The internals of a Special Edition are the same as for the regular edition of that year, although a few pages about the group might be added. But enough about generalities – Marc went into details starting with the first 1987 Special Edition.

But first, remember that a Red Book of the year listed on the cover is first available sometime during the prior year. If the honored event is late in a year, the related Red Book bears the year following the event; if the event is very early in a year, the related Red Book cover bears the year of the event. The 1987 Special Edition, honoring the 95th Anniversary of the ANA, was distributed to some of the banquet attendees at the 1986 ANA Convention in Milwaukee – there were more than 500 banquet attendees, so not everyone obtained one of the 500 printed. The front cover shows three notable Wisconsin numismatists: Henry O. Granberg, Chet Krause, and Richard Yeo. Marc told us a copy signed by Krause and/or Yeo is worth more than an unsigned copy. Collectors are … well … they collect things, and some might also like to have the banquet ticket or other souvenir of the banquet where the Special Edition was distributed.

The 1992 Special Edition honored the 100th Anniversary of the ANA, and was distributed at the banquet during the 1991 ANA convention. Marc’s copy was signed by some of the fellow banquet attendees – inside the front cover are signatures of Ken Hallenbeck, John Jay Pittman, Nancy and John Wilson, Ken Bressett, and others. The 1997 50th Anniversary of the Red Book Special Edition had 1,220 copies printed, with 500 distributed at the ANA’s 1996 New York convention banquet. This edition has a darker cover than usual, and an internal plate describes what this is.

The 500 copies of the 2002 ANA Target 2001 Campaign for Building Expansion were sent to donors. A second 2002 Special Edition, for the SS Central America, is one of the most common of the Special Editions.

The 1947 Tribute Edition for Red Book 60th Anniversary was one of three Special Editions of the 2007 edition; this is the only issue with a dust cover, and under the dust cover is a full facsimile of the first edition first printing 1947 Red Book. Another 2007 Special Edition was the 50th Anniversary of the Michigan State Numismatic Society, 1958-2008 which might be the only time a Red Book from a prior year was used.

The 2010 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Philadelphia Expo Special Edition was for the 2009 show, explaining why 2,009 copies were printed. These were handed out to dealers with tables; some dealers received multiple copies because they had multiple employees at their booth.

The 2015 Central States Numismatic Society Special Edition is one of the tougher issues toacquire now; most peolple who bought them still have them. The 2020 Chicago Coin Club 100th Anniversary Special Edition, produced for our club’s 100th Anniversary in 2019, was one of the first to have imprinting on both the front and back covers; our club’s objectives are listed on the back cover. This is another issue that is hard to find on the secondary market. Marc’s copy is signed by attendees at our meeting during the 2019 ANA convention.

Closing out the Special Editions was the 2021 Philippine Collector’s Forum / 100th Anniversary of the Manila Mint. One box of 24 was damaged and another lost, so about 200 were available. Early in the Covid-era, John Riley, then the Forum president and current CCC president, was worried he would have some boxes in his living room for a long time; an announcement in the E-Sylum soon resulted in a sellout.

In addition to the Special Editions, a number of Limited Editions are out there; Marc mentioned these, but did not show examples. The 2005 Limited Edition is bound in fine leather. The 2008 NLG Bash Limited Edition had a print run of 150 copies; an unsigned copy, still in shrink wrap, now might sell between $1,700 and $2,000, and a copy signed by Ken Bressett went for more. Marc also mentioned that some firms have overstamped Red Books on their own, giving Coin World as an example; they did it three times, with a Coin World symbol in the lower right corner of the front cover.

Presentation examples of the Red Book have a very limited number of copies, and many can be unique. Collections of these are formed gradually, partly by good fortune; they are cherished by their holders, until they find new owners. Marc showed us three examples from his collection. The inside front cover of a 32nd edition (1979) Red Book is inscribed “Best wishes to Chet Krause” and is signed R.S. Yeoman; the title page has the signature of Ken Bressett below the “Edited by Kenneth Bressett” line; this was given to Marc by Chet. The front flyleaf of a 35th anniversary edition (1982) Red Book is inscribed “Best wishes to Benjamin Stack” and is signed R.S. Yeoman. The front flyleaf of a Continental Currency 1988 Fugio 42nd edition (1989) Red Book has a printed decorated oval surrounding: the words "“Presentation Copy For,” the name Mike Kliman entered by hand on a pre-printed line, and the signature of R.S. Yeoman; this was signed soon before the death of Richard S. Yeo on November 9, 1988. Richard S. Yeo was known professionally as Richard S. Yeoman. He was a commercial artist who worked for the Western Printing Company in Racine, Wisconsin, in the Whitman Publishing Division for 38 years. He designed and published the first A Guide Book to United States Coins in 1946, (released in 1947), and continued as its publisher until his retirement in 1970.

“Fun” examples are known, but these also are single-run items. As an example, Marc offered the items produced by Ken Bressett and Dave Bowers as part of a contest to produce the most outrageous cover – supposedly, the exchanged versions included plaid and fur. Also, there are “underground” (counterfeit, pirated) editions from various countries.

Editions are known with various printing errors, such as the cover is up-side-down with respect to the pages; there are collectors of these, and some collectors have examples of almost all types of known errors. For more details about the Red Book and R.S. Yeoman, Marc uses and recommends A Penny Saved by Ken Bressett with a forward by Jeff Garrett. Red Book and Blue Book pricings are included in recent Red Books

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Show and Tell

Items shown at our October 11, 2023 meeting,
reported by Deven Kane.

  1. Melissa Gumm showed two items.
    1. A medal featuring a bust of Christopher Columbus wearing a cap on the obverse – to his left, the arms of Spain; to his right, the shield of the US; above, the words “Christopher Columbus; and below, the dates 1492-1893. The reverse features the Administration Building with the words “World’s Columbian Exposition Chicago.” A loop attachment at the top allows for it to be worn. By applying pressure to the top of the reverse, that side can be lifted to expose the enclosed photo of a woman; the interior is stamped sterling. While searching her material to prepare for this exhibit, Melissa found a picture of a seemingly identical box medal opened to partially show its enclosed photo of a woman; but that woman is wearing a large hat.
    2. A Guide Book of Modern United States Currency by Neil Shafer. When she first became interested in currency, she asked her dad if he had any currency books; they looked through his numismatic book collection, as he recalled he had a currency book. It was a 1965 edition which proved to be good reading and a great reference, becoming the foundation of her own library. Every year when she could attend the ANA show and see Neil she would think she should bring the book and have him sign it. The last time she had that thought was at the ANA awards gathering in 2022 when her dad received his 25 year ANA pin and Neil received his 70 year pin. If life has taught any lesson in the last several years it is, if you have an idea, act on it; you never know when the opportunity will be gone.
  2. Bob Leonard showed a range of items.
    1. Russell Rulau’s Latin American Tokens, 2nd edition, 2000, opened to a page of Peruvian Hacienda tokens. Bob directed our attention to an illustrated 1910 British farthing counterstamped with a script “D” (cattle) brand mark.
    2. A 1910 Barber dime counterstamped on obverse with that script “D” mark. This piece is a cherry pick from an Indiana antique mall, at the price of a damaged Barber dime, while returning home from ANA in Pittsburgh.
    3. An 1877 bronze 2 centavos of Peru, counterstamped on obverse with two “4” digits (a large 4 with a small 4 inside its triangle). With a “C M” counterstamp on reverse. Not in Rulau.
    4. The Student’s Manual of Ancient Geography, 1864, by Rev. W. L. Bevan, M/A., ed. by William Smith. LL.D.. Compiled from ancient authors, this would be a good starting point to compile a list of ancient cities prosperous during the Flavian Dynasty as possible candidates for undertypes for the Vandal(?) “42” counterstamps which Bob mentioned during his September show and tell (which is detailed in the October Chatter). (This book is probably online now, and might be available as print-on-demand.) Excavation reports, etc. could be looked at to compare the find profile to that for the counterstamped coins.
  3. Deven Kane showed a range of coins.
    1. As an update to his July show-and-tell (in the August Chatter), when he showed three coins from the Ghazna mint of the Khwarezemian Empire, a silver dirham of a Khwarizm Shah named Jalal al-Din Mangubarni (AH617-628 / AD1220-1231). The obverse legend cites the ruler in three lines, while the reverse cites the Abbasid caliph al-Nasir li-din Allah (AH575-622 / AD1180-1225) in three lines. Jalal was defeated by the Mongols decisively in spring 1221 in the Battle of the Indus, but to Genghis’ great disappointment, the Shah escaped to India. He remained a constant thorn in the Mongols’ side until he was assassinated by an unknown Kurd in the Mayyafarikin mountains in 1231. This coin is in the Ghazni style of Ala al Din Muuhammad of Kharezm (father of Mangubarni) and Genghis Khan. In July, Deven had shown a different style Ghazni coin of Mangubarni, with longer legends.
    2. An 1892 Shooting Festival bronzed copper medal of Glarus, Switzerland. On the obverse of this piece, graded SPECIMEN-65 by PCGS, a standing Helvetia points toward the sky and leans upon the Swiss shield; the reverse features a garnished coat-of-arms within a wreath.
    3. An 1814 silver smallpox/cowpox vaccine medal from the Paris Mint, with a diameter of 34mm. This medal was produced by the Vaccination Society in Paris to celebrate the cowpox vaccine, discovered by Edward Jenner in 1796, which successfully helped eradicate smallpox throughout the world. It has the distinction of being the first vaccine ever produced.
    4. A silver denarius of the Rome Mint, issued 161-164AD, with a draped bust of Empress Faustina Junior on the obverse. She was the daughter of Antoninus Pius and the wife of Marcus Aurelius. On the reverse, a standing Hilaritas holds a long palm frond and cornucopia. This is a lovely piece, with strong details and limited evidence of handling or rub; still quite lustrous and attractive.
    5. A silver denarius of Empress Lucilla, struck in Rome 164-169AD under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. A very young bust is used on the obverse, while the reverse shows a seated Concordia holding patera and cornucopiae. She was the daughter of Faustina Junior, and was executed on order of Commodus.
  4. Kurt Hyde showed items from the great German Hyperinflation of 100 years ago. The German mark lost value from the beginning of The Great War (WWI), starting in 1914. The downward spiral continued during the war and the post-war period, worsening dramatically in the early 1920s. The inflation hit a crescendo in the Fall of 1923 as the value of the mark, in terms of U.S. dollars, fell from its pre-war value of 4.2 marks per dollar (23.8¢) to approximately 4,200,000,000,000 paper marks for one US dollar. We, as collectors of coins, paper money, exonumia, etc sometimes discover that in addition to enhancing our collections, we become preservers of collectibles that document facts of historic value.
    1. A Fünfhundertmillionen (five hundred million) mark note, printed on only one side. That shows how fast the German government was printing money during the hyperinflation era.
    2. An Eintausend (one thousand) mark note overprinted to be an Eine Milliarde (one billion) mark note. Governments do this, but private citizens can be arrested and convicted if they do this.
    3. A Karl Goetz medal – Vater Staat (Father State) – of the Kienast-306 type. The obverse shows a man happy to have found a copper Pfennig (100th of a mark), with an inscription starting with: 10 Milliarden Mark Papier – Das ist 1 Kupfer Pfennig (10 billion marks paper – That is 1 copper Pfennig). The reverse shows a German man laboring under the authority of a French occupation soldier while his wife prays, surrounded by a repeating legend of …Ar Bete und Ar Bete und… which represents an endless cycle of prayer and work. Beten is German for “to pray,” and according to Gunter Kienast this is combined with a deliberate omission of the I in Arbeiten (German for “to work.”)
  5. While researching his I&M canal notes while preparing for his presentation in the ANS Long Table #154 (now available on YouTube), Dale Lukanich used the book Early Illinois Paper Money by R. Edward Davis. Of the 13 notes pictured, only two are I&M canal notes. On a tangent, he also looked up R. Edward Davis, the author. Born on January 20, 1878, he joined the Lane Tech High School (Chicago) faculty in 1914, and was the head of the Chemistry Department until his death on May 4, 1940; he authored the textbook Chemistry and You. Numismatically, he joined the Chicago Numismatic Society in 1910, and was a Charter Member of the Chicago Coin Club (randomly assigned member number 1). His term as President of CCC (1928-1932) was bracketed by two terms as CCC Secretary (1919-1928 and 1933-1936). He was Editor of the CCC Bulletin 1939-1940, and was elected President of CSNS in 1940. The 1940 August issue of the CCC Bulletin announced that the booklet Early Illinois Paper Money was published by Hewitt Brothers, Chicago. Dale showed his example of a $2 Branch State Bank at Chicago note issued at Lockport, graded 65PPQ Cross-Cut Cancelled by PCGS currency – it took Dale 15 years to realize that his note is the note shown in Early Illinois Paper Money. Dale concluded by showing Bolender’s 135th Auction Sale on October 16, 1940, naming the late R.E. Davis of Chicago as a consignor, and pointing out the lots listed under the heading Rare Obsolete Notes of State of Illinois – lot 1145 is for an 1839 $2 note of the Branch State Bank at Chicago to treas. Ill. and Mich. Canal, Lockport, signed, cancelled, Fine.
  6. Joe Boling started with a recap of his show-and-tell at the May meeting (which is detailed in the June Chatter), then gave us an update on artifacts from the currency conversion when the Ryukyu Islands reverted to Japan in 1972. The Japanese notes that were used in the actual exchange were the current ¥500, ¥1,000, ¥5,000, and ¥10,000 notes and did not have any special markings – or did they? Mention has been found in a government history that specially-numbered notes were used at the reversion conversion from dollars to yen. A Japanese numismatist’s website identifies a group of serial blocks that are isolated from the other issues of the period, and are considered to be the notes that were used to exchange for dollars during the week following reversion (15-20 May 1972). This is supported by their having been found in a contemporary collection accompanied by US notes marked in the manner used at the dollar registration preceding the exchange for yen. The reversion yen notes mostly have a leading Z in the two-letter block that starts the serial number, though some have that letter in the second position (it is a complicated group involving notes totaling more than 30 billion yen). Any yen carried to the States by servicemen returning from Okinawa in that period are likely to be from the special blocks, because all of the yen in the Ryukyus for the first several months after reversion were from those issues. They get into the collector market now as old collections are sold.
    1. ¥500 and ¥1,000 notes with a “ZZ” prefix to the serial number.
    2. A ¥1,000 note with a “YZ” prefix, which Joe had acquired at the Pittsburgh ANA in August in a foreign exchange dealer’s purchases, where it was acquired at essentially face value.
    Look for an article in an upcoming issue of the IBNS Journal with a table of the relevant blocks. Not all of the Z-prefix notes are from the reversion (only one printing plant was involved, and other plants used the letter in the normal numbering of these issues).
  7. Mark Wieclaw told the story of a bronze coin of Arcadius (383-408), an emperor of the late Roman or early Byzantine era. The usual reverse circular legend on this type of coin has GLORIA to the left of the figure of the emperor on horseback, with ROMANORUM to the right. The word ROMANORUM appears twice on the reverse of Mark’s coin, once on the left and once on the right (in the usual place). A close examination of the coin shows that this coin was double struck by two different dies of the same design, with the reverse die rotated 180° for the second strike; the obverse shows no sign of a second strike. Then Mark showed auction catalogues to tell the story.
    1. Auction #70 of Downie-Lepczyk, held on September 17-18, 1986. This illustrated coin is lot #5, identified as from Cyzicus and listed under the heading “Goodacre’s Byzantine Empire.” The provenance lists Ratto Sale lot 89; and the 1934 Sir Arthur Evans Coll, lot 2009.
    2. A reprint of the R. Ratto Monnaies Byzantines, where the coin is illustrated as lot 89. This is the Rodolfo Ratto Sale of December 9, 1930, in Lugano, Switzerland, where Sir Arthur Evans and Hugh Goodacre bid against each other. This bronze coin realized 25 Swiss Francs, while ancient gold coins realized about half that price.
    3. The Hirsch Auctions sale of October 3, 1934, of the Sir Arthur J. Evans Collection, held in Lucerne, Switzerland. Here it is listed with the ROMANORUM ROMANORUM legend, but identified as from Carthage.
    4. The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Royal Numismatic Society 1945 Parts I-II, contains an illustrated article by Hugh Goodacre where he tells of the Ratto and Evans sales. Although he ventures that “an engraver’s error” will not answer speculation as to its origin, he never states this resulted from an error in striking.
    5. The Hugh Goodacre collection sale by Christies (London) on April 22, 1986. Here the coin is relegated to a bulk lot, but it is described, in an addendum, as a rotated double strike and with a complete provenance since Ratto.


Annual Member Auction

Here are the lots in our member auction, now back at its regular November time. The auction will be held near the start of the meeting, after a short time for lot examination.

The auction will be called from our in-person meeting room, and all lots must be picked up when the auction ends – that is when all accounts must be settled, too. If you wish to bid but will not attend in person, please make arrangements with a fellow member: to bid for you, to pick up your won lots, and to pay for you. We do not know how well the remote-support capabilities of our meeting room would support remote bidders.

Consignment from David Simpson

  1. Chicago Numismatic Society Masonic Temple Meeting Room Token – May 3, 1907 brass 32.5mm.
  2. Chicago Numismatic Society/Chicago Collectors Club Token – undated circa 1907 brass 33mm.
  3. Chicago Numismatic Society 50th Meeting Medal – March 6, 1908 bronze 35mm, mintage 100 pcs.
  4. Chicago Numismatic Society Progress in Aviation Medal – 1910 bronze 50mm, mintage 200 pcs.
  5. Chicago Numismatic Society 100th Meeting Medal – May 3, 1912 bronze 30.5mm.
  6. Chicago Numismatic Society Annual Membership Medal – 1907, 22 stars, bronze 51mm.
  7. Chicago Coin Club 100th Meeting Medal June 1, 1927 – bronze 30.7mm.
  8. CCC 400th Meeting counterstamped Mexican Peso May 14, 1952, .720 silver, dated 1944.
  9. CCC Fall Festival Tokens – 1959, 1961, and 1962 brass, 3 pieces total.
  10. CCC 500th Meeting barrel shaped Medal (1960) bronze, mintage 246 pcs.
  11. CCC 500th Meeting barrel shaped Medal (1960) silver, mintage 84 pcs.
  12. CCC 50th Anniversary Medal (1969) bronze 57mm, mintage 182 pcs.
  13. CCC 50th Anniversary Medal (1969) silver 57mm, 3.09 ozt, mintage 111 pcs #664.
  14. CCC 600th Meeting Token January 8, 1969 brass 38.5mm, mintage 250 pcs.
  15. CCC 750th Meeting counterstamped 1919 half dollar dated July 8, 1981, mintage 67 pcs.
  16. CCC 750th Meeting counterstamped 1981 Kennedy half dollar dated July 8, 1981, mintage unknown.
  17. CCC 800th Meeting Janus Medal – Sept 14, 1985 bronzed copper 51mm, mintage 125 pcs.
  18. CCC 800th Meeting Janus Medal – Sept 14, 1985 silver-plated copper 51mm, mintage 125 pcs.
  19. CCC 800th Meeting Janus Medal – Sept 14, 1985 gold-plated copper 51mm, mintage only 10 pcs.
  20. CCC 75th Anniversary Plaquette – Discoverers – 1994 bronze, serial #035, mintage 165 pcs.
  21. CCC 75th Anniversary Plaquette – Discoverers – 1994 sterling silver 7.6 ozt, serial #006, mintage 36 pcs.
  22. CCC 80th Anniversary Plaquette – Pioneers – 1999 bronze, serial #035,mintage 105 pcs.
  23. CCC 80th Anniversary Plaquette – Pioneers – 1999 Sterling silver 7.27 ozt, serial #012, mintage 32 pcs.
  24. CCC 1000th Meeting Owl Medal – April 6, 2002 .999 silver 5 ozt serial #033 total mintage 100 pcs. (69 silver and 31 with highlights).
  25. CCC 1000th Meeting Owl Medal – April 6, 2002 .999 silver w/gold highlights 5 ozt serial #080.
  26. CCC Ceramic Medallion commissioned by Mark Wieclaw and given to members in attendance at the 1000th meeting. Mintage 100 pcs.
  27. CCC 85th Anniversary (2004) Encased Postage; an 85¢ “Good For” Token given to each attendee at the 85th Anniv. Banquet on May 1, 2004; and a souvenir ornament of Carl Wolf’ “Lifetime Achievement” Roast in 2007. 3 items total.
  28. CCC 90th Anniversary Standing Lincoln Medal (2009) bronze, serial #084, mintage 105 pcs.
  29. CCC – NYNC Joint Dinner (2013) bronze medal 38mm, serial #066.
  30. CCC 95th Anniversary (2014) Ferris Wheel Medal copper 51mm, serial #83, mintage 95 pcs.
  31. CCC 95th Anniversary (2014) Ferris Wheel Medal .999 silver – 51mm, serial #44 mintage, 95 pcs.

Donation to CCC from Sharon & Kevin Blocker

  1. Uniface unissued bronze award medal “Numismatics” 70mm struck by Medallic Art Co. NY.
  2. “Freedom America” medal issued by T. Johnson 1964 bronze 75mm struck by Medal Arts, Rochester, NY.
  3. Cuban Numismatic Association one ozt .999 silver medal commemorating their founding on Jan 9, 2004.
  4. ANA Exhibitors and Judges medals for World’s Fair of Money Conventions in Chicago 2014 and 2019. 2 pcs.
  5. American Numismatic Society 125th Anniv Medal (1983) bronze 90 x 110mm, serial #420 of 500.
  6. CCC – NYNC Joint Dinner (2013) bronze medal 38mm, serial #019 w/certificate and original box.
  7. CCC – NYNC Joint Dinner (2015) bronze medal 38mm serial #048 in original box.
  8. CCC 100th Anniversary Banquet Medal bronze 38mm serial #122 of 150 w/original box.
  9. Six Elongates commemorating CCC events: 900th Mtg 994 on half dlr, 1000th Mtg 2002 on cent and nickel, 90th Anniv 2009 on cent and 1919 buffalo nickel, 1200th Mtg 2019 on 1919 half dlr.
  10. Elongated 1919 Walking Liberty half dollar commemorating the CCC 1200th mtg on 1/9/2019.
  11. CCC 100th Anniv Banquet elongated 1919 cent, and a 1919 elongated half dollar (one of only 20 struck).
  12. CCC issued medals for Money Talk Presenters at the ANA Conventions in Chicago, 3 pieces total: 2013, 2014, 2015 w/ribbons.
  13. CCC 100th Anniversary Goodie Bag filled with many giveaways including a 1919 slabbed buffalo nickel, a rare edition Red Book, a lucky dollar with four 8s in the serial number, plus much more.
  14. CCC souvenir Lincoln Medal for the ANA Convention in Chicago 2013 in sterling silver 55 grams. 1 of 25.

Donation to CCC from Marc Stackler

  1. CCC 500th Meeting Barrel shaped Medal (1960) bronze, mintage 246 pcs – and – 800th Meeting Janus Medal bronzed copper, mintage 125 pcs.
  2. CCC 90th Anniversary “Standing Lincoln” Medal (2009) bronze, serial #021, mintage 105 pcs.
  3. CCC 90th Anniversary “Standing Lincoln” Trial Strike given to the 10 committee members.
  4. CCC – NYNC Joint Dinner (2013) bronze medal, 38 mm, serial #047 with certificate and orig box – and – a Ray Dillard Elongate.
  5. CCC 95th Anniversary (2014) Ferris Wheel Medal copper 51mm, serial #16, mintage 95 pcs.
  6. CCC 100th Anniversary Medal depicting the Chicago Water Tower and Buckingham Fountain (2019) copper, serial #68, mintage 200.
  7. US Eisenhower Centennial 1990 Proof Silver Dollar struck at the Philadelphia Mint.
  8. “Bob Colflesh for Governor” pin (circa 1934) – and – Order of the Eastern Star enameled pin; both from J. Henri Ripstra Estate, by repute.

Donations to CCC from various Donors

  1. Novelty $5 Note issued by and donated by the Central Nova Coin Club located in Truro, Nova Scotia serial #0000138.
  2. Perspectives in Numismatics book issued by the Chicago Coin Club in 1986. Donated by Bob Feiler.
  3. Two pieces of Encased Postage with write-up from the CCC 85th Anniv, along with two metal souvenirs from the 85th and 90th Anniv, and a 90th Anniv elongate. Donated by Bob Feiler.

Consignment from Bob Feiler

  1. Set of two counterstamped silver 1944 Mexican Pesos commemorating the CCC 400th Meeting May 14, 1952. In capital Plastic holder showing the obverse and reverse with the two counterstamps.
  2. CCC 1000th Meeting Owl Medal – April 6, 2002, .999 silver w/gold highlights, 5 ozt, serial #040.
  3. Nine piece custom framed Process Set of the Pioneers medal Commemorating the CCC 80th Anniv in 1999. Mintage of only 11 sets.

Club Material

  1. 1250th Meeting counterstamp Reverse Struck 2023 silver eagle. One of only 5 struck.
  2. 1250th Meeting counterstamp Test Piece on a 2010 silver Eagle. One of only 2 struck.
  3. 1250th Meeting counterstamped copper nickel buffalo round gifted by North American Mint. One of 6 struck.

Minutes of the 2024 WFoM Host Club Committee Meeting

October 4, 2023

The first meeting of the 2024 WFoM Host Club was called to order by Host Chairman Dale Lukanich at 7:32pm Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

In attendance were Dale Lukanich, Scott McGowan, John Riley, Dale Carlson, Steve Zitowsky, Mark Wieclaw, Greg Gajda, Bob Feiler, and John Kent.

All committee chairs have been filled as follows…

Position Name
Chair Dale Lukanich
Assistant chair Bob Feiler
Exhibits co-chair Mark Ricard
Exhibits co-chairs Dale Carlson
Money Talks Mark Wieclaw
Money Talks Rich Lipman
Pages John Kent
Pages John Riley
Scouts Jim Ray
Scouts Noah Graf
Ambassadors Scott McGowan
Ambassadors Greg Gajda
Committee Member Steve Zitowsky

Discussion of the annual joint dinner with the NYNC provided venue suggestions of Gibsons, Harry Careys, Hyatt Hotel, Carlucci’s, a skybox at the Chicago Hotdogs stadium in Rosemont. A souvenir card was discussed for the joint dinner that could include obsolete currency of Phenix Bank New York, NY issued by Illinois State.

Speakers Medals: do we have enough on hand or need to order. Committee to reach out to Carl for status.

We will need ideas for a Souvenir card for the Saturday CCC meeting at the show.

Mark Wieclaw reported on Money Talks, that there is no information published by the ANA yet.

Scott McGowan reported on Ambassadors that the form will be published within 30 days.

It was reported that Kedzie Koins will sponsor the ambassador shirts again. Dale and Scott to talk with Carl on shirt color ideas.

John Kent reported an update from Jim Ray on the Young Numismatists event and that a flyer for the event is in the works at the ANA with Sam Gelberd.

No details for Pages or exhibits yet.

Meetings will be the first Wednesday each month unless advised otherwise.

Next meeting is Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 7pm CDT.

Meeting adjourned by Dale Lukanich at 7:58pm.

WFoM Dates:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL
August 6-10, 2024 (Tuesday-Saturday)
Note: Sunday and Monday, August 4-5, might be workdays for a few!!

Respectfully Submitted,
Scott A. McGowan
Secretary, Chicago Coin Club

Preview of Our December Banquet
(1259th Meeting)

Date: December 13, 2023 This meeting is in-person only.
Time: 5:45pm (cash bar), with complementary hors d’oeuvres.
6:30pm Dinner.
7:30pm Meeting called to order.
Location:Capri Italian Restaurant, 12307 S. Harlem Avenue, Palos Heights, IL 60463.
Details: The cost is $40 if paid by December 5, and will be $45 if paid after. Early commitments and payments are greatly appreciated. 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 dinner will start off with Fried Calamari and Bruschetta, followed by a House Salad.
• The family-style dinner will be Mostaccioli with Marinara sauce, Chicken Capri, and Vesuvio Potatoes – special dietary requests can be honored.
• Dessert will be Italian Ice and Mini Cannolis.
Parking: Free parking – Valet parking available.
Program: The speaker is Raymond J. Dagenais, on United States Flowing Hair Half Dollars. The newly formed United States of America wanted passionately to be looked upon as a sovereign entity. One way to help establish the nation’s identity was to mint its own coinage. The Flowing Hair Half Dollar was the first half dollar produced to address this challenge.
Agenda: Award Presentations.

Our 1258th Meeting

Date: November 8, 2023
Time: 6:45PM CST (UTC-06:00)
Location: Downtown Chicago
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 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!
Member Auction: There is no commission charged to either the buyer or seller. Auction lot viewing will be held before the meeting starts, and again briefly before the auction starts. The auction will be called from our in-person meeting room, and all lots must be picked up when the auction ends – that is when all accounts must be settled, too. We will not accept real-time bids from remote attendees; they should make arrangements with a club member, who will attend in person, to act as their agent during the auction.
Please find elsewhere in this issue of the Chatter a listing of all auction lots that were known to us by Sunday, October 22.

Important Dates

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.

November 1 Meeting of the 2024 WFoM Local Host Committee – 7pm CDT start – online only. Email Host Chair Dale Lukanich at for details on joining this committee or meeting.
November 8 CCC Meeting - Club Auction - no featured speaker
November 15 CCC Board Meeting - online only - contact club secretary for access instructions.
December 13 CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet - Featured Speaker - Raymond J. Dagenais on United States Flowing Hair Half Dollars
Venue and other details to be announced.
January 10 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
February 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
March 13 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
March 14-16 ANA’s National Money Show at the Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Details at

Chatter Matter

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Club Officers

Elected positions:
John Riley- President
Melissa Gumm- First V.P.
Deven Kane- Second V.P.
William Burd- Archivist
Directors:Ray Dagenais
Mark Wieclaw
Carl Wolf
Steve Zitowsky
Appointed positions:
Richard Lipman- Immediate Past President
Scott McGowan- Secretary
Elliott Krieter- Treasurer
Paul Hybert- Chatter Editor, webmaster
Jeffrey Rosinia- ANA Club Representative


All correspondence pertaining to Club matters should be addressed to the Secretary and mailed to:
P.O. Box 2301

Or email the Secretary at
Payments to the Club, including membership dues, can be addressed to the Treasurer at the above street address.


Renewing Members Annual dues are $20 a year ($10 for Junior, under 18). Annual Membership expires December 31 of the year through which paid. Cash, check, or money order are acceptable (USD only please). We do not accept PayPal. Email your questions to Members can pay the Club electronically with Zelle™ using their Android or Apple smart phone. JP Morgan Chase customers can send payments to the Club via Quick Pay. To see if your Bank or Credit Union is part of the Zelle™ Payments Network, go to Please read all rules and requirements carefully.

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