Volume 70 No. 2 February, 2024

Minutes of the 1259th Meeting

The 1259th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President John Riley at 6:45 PM CST, Wednesday December 13, 2023. This was an in-person meeting only. Attendance at the meeting was 34 Members and eight guests, for a total of 42.

Club president John Riley welcomed all attendees to the annual Chicago Coin Club banquet and introduced club member Richard Hamilton to give the invocation.

Attendees then enjoyed a family style dinner of mixed greens salad, fresh bread, chicken vesuvio, baked mostaccioli, potatoes Vesuvio, lemon Italian ice, and cannoli.

Following the meal, John Riley gave a huge thank-you to the banquet committee of Bob Feiler, Bill Burd, and Mark Wieclaw. John also thanked CCC members Sharon and Kevin Blocker for their generous donation to the club which included covering the banquet cost of attending YNs. John recognized and thanked the Chicago Coin Company for providing the pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres of Sausage with onions and peppers and bruschetta; he also thanked Katie DeCosta for the beautiful banquet menu design and Richard Hamilton for the invocation.

John gave a review of some 2023 club highlights, which included some club members presenting educational programs at other numismatic organizations or events. The highlights mentioned were…

John remembered CCC members who passed YTD in 2023: David G. Gumm, Jeffrey Paunicka, and Douglas Baldwin.

Club Secretary Scott McGowan called for membership applications, informing the guests that anyone interested in joining the club could submit an application for reading that evening. There were no applications.

Scott also reminded that the banquet meeting agenda was an abbreviated agenda, meaning there would be no old or new business presented, and the review of November’s meeting minutes and treasurer’s report would be in January.

Featured Program

Raymond J. Dagenais presented a great program on United States Flowing Hair Half Dollars, the first half dollar minted by the US, including great information on the various die pairings.

Following the program, First VP Melissa Gumm presented Ray with a CCC speaker’s medal and ANA educational certificate.

Cabeen Award

The annual Cabeen award for excellence in presenting at the show-and-tell segment of monthly CCC meetings were presented for the 2023 year.

Chicago Coin Club Hall of Fame

Established for the club’s 100th anniversary, the CCC Hall of Fame recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to numismatics. The first year the club inducted one passed member per month. Since then, the committee reviews submissions for once per year induction; the inductees now include passed and living members.

The 2023 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Show and Tell

There was no show and tell, due to the annual banquet.

John Riley adjourned the meeting at 9:05pm CST.

Respectfully Submitted,
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary

Minutes of the 1260th Meeting

The 1260th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was called to order by President John Riley at 6:42 PM CST Wednesday, January 10, 2024. This was an in-person and online meeting. Attendance at the meeting was 11 members in person and 30 online, including two guests applying for membership, for a total of 41.

Club Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report

The November 2023 meeting minutes were approved as published in the Chatter, both in print and on the CCC website. December meeting minutes to be reviewed in February. Treasurer Elliott Krieter presented treasurer’s reports for both the November and December Periods.
November: Revenue $4,915.00 (dues, banquet, auction); Expenses $3,435.00 (banquet, insurance, auction); for a net of $1,480.00.
December: Revenue $1,070.00 (banquet, dues, gift, club sales); Expenses $2,401.02 (banquet, Chatter and meeting room expenses, Corp. filing fee) for a net of -$1,331.02.

New Members and Correspondence

Secretary Scott McGowan read two correspondences to the club. First, past member Zoujun Dai, now living overseas, indicated a new collecting interest in Chinese Coppers. Second, a letter to the club from the Latin School of Chicago about their program, for students in grades 9-12, on coins, coin collecting, and uncovering the magic of numismatics. They are requesting assistance or support on educating the students on ancient coins, US coins, visits to Chicago coin “sites,” and then some knowledge and practice on grading as an activity. Any club member interested in assisting should contact secretary Scott for the contact information of the course teacher.

Scott announced there were two applications for membership. Jayesh Shewakramani of Skokie, Illinois, who is opening a new bullion dealership this year, applied for membership. His collecting interests include American Eagles, Buffalos, and Englehard Bullion Rounds. Farhan Sardharia of Skokie, Illinois, who is also opening the new bullion dealership, applied for membership. His collecting interests include American Eagles, Buffalos, and Englehard Bullion Rounds. Both new members are referred by the secretary. The first reading for membership was completed for Jayesh and Farhan.

Old Business

  1. John Riley reviewed the December banquet and thanked all involved including committee Bill Burd, Bob Feiler, and Mark Wieclaw; Donors Kevin & Sharon Blocker and Chicago Coin Company; Invocation Richard Hamilton; and program Ray Dagenais. He gave special congratulations to new CCC Hall of Fame inductee Mark Wieclaw.
  2. The club congratulated Richard Hamilton for becoming the newest Life Member of the club.
  3. Dale Lukanich gave an update on the ANA 2024 World’s Fair of Money® host club committee, including the joint club dinner and the call for Ambassadors to help with staffing and other tasks. Dale also indicated the ANA will have tables at the Greater Chicago Coin and Currency Show in Tinley Park, Illinois February 22-24, and at the Will County Coin Show on February 25, to promote the 2024 World’s Fair of Money®.
  4. Club members were reminded that dues for 2024 are now due.

New Business

  1. John Riley called for a moment of silence for CCC member the Honorable James Flannery who passed in October, 2023 after reading a brief memorial to him. See the club obituary for Jim in the February Chatter.
  2. A call was made for Featured Speakers. Please contact Melissa Gumm with any interest or ideas.
  3. The club gave a round of applause at the announcement that CCC member Jeff Rosinia received the Numismatic Ambassador Award at the FUN show on January 5, 2024.
  4. John Riley distributed a beautiful 2024 Calendar titled “Sir Knight Andrew presents A Collection of Chicago Coin Club.” Each month’s page features an image of a medal issued by the club for a past event. This was created and donated by CCC member Andrew Michyeta. More calendars are available at the Chicago Bar Association meeting room during meeting times.

Featured Program

Dale Lukanich on Ole’s Dream: The 1925 Norse Medal. Following the program, First VP Melissa Gumm announced a CCC speakers medal and ANA educational certificate would be presented to Dale at a future date.

Show and Tell

Deven Kane announced the evening’s eight Show & Tell exhibitors.

John Riley adjourned the meeting at 8:35pm CST

Respectfully Submitted,
Scott A. McGowan, Secretary

James Patrick Flannery, Jr. (1950-2023)

Hon. James Patrick Flannery, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois passed on October 13, 2023, he was 73 years of age. Jim became member number 1056 when he joined the Chicago Coin Club in April of 1996.

From his early high school days at La Lumiere high school in LaPorte Indiana, Jim was a well-respected student and athlete. Jim was a member of the 1968 charter class at La Lumiere.

Jim earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973, and completed his J.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School in 1976.

Jim was admitted to the bar in 1976 and has been a judge since 1988; he was transferred to the Law Division in 1997. In 2014 he was appointed presiding judge of the Law Division and was last retained in the November, 2020 General Election.

Jim joined the Chicago Coin Club in April, 1996. His collecting passions included U.S. Coins, U.S. Paper Money, some foreign coins, and stamps.

Jim attended and volunteered as an Ambassador for several ANA World’s Fair of Money conventions in Rosemont, Illinois. Attending these conventions helped Jim to further his collecting interests.

In January 2019, during the CCC 100th anniversary year, Jim brought two items to the club’s monthly show and tell. First, a “Hawaii” overprinted $20 bill from 1942, obtained in circulation while Jim worked at a bank in the early 1970s – it whetted his appetite for researching and collecting, and Jim explained how the notes were designed to be immediately devalued in the event the Hawaiian Islands fell during WWII.

His second item, a high grade and scarce 1909-S Lincoln cent with “V.D.B.” designer initials, was obtained via a sentimental monetary gift from his late mother to spend “however he wished.” The coin was redesigned without the designer’s initials after a scant 484,000 examples were released from the San Francisco mint – a result of the public outcry over their bold prominence.

Jim is survived by his wife Carol Zigulich; daughter Joanne Z. (Michael Alpert) Flannery; grandchildren Brooklyn and Becksley; brother Patrick (Lynda) Flannery; and sister Maureen (late Dan) Pyne; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held in October. Expressions of sympathy can be directed through the Dalcamo funeral home at

Speaker’s Wor[l]d
Ole’s Dream: The 1925 Norse Medal

by Dale Lukanich,
presented to our January 10, 2024 meeting

This presentation on the 1925 Norse Medal will cover the history of the idea and process, the controversies, and the medals themselves. My first exposure to these medals was hearing about their thick and thin versions; I found that interesting, and decided to acquire them. And then I found out about the gold and bronze versions. Although it is properly considered a medal, it is often collected with the commemorative series, as well.

Ole Juulson Kvale was a Lutheran minister, a Minnesota congressman of the Farmer-Labor Party, and a proud Norse-American. Kvale was a member of the Norse-American Centennial Commission, which was to organize a 100th anniversary celebration of the Restauration’s voyage. Mr. Kval wanted the celebration preserved in metal as well as paper for further generations.

Restauration was a sloop built in 1801, in Hardanger, Norway; it became a symbol of Norwegian American immigration. On what is considered the first organized emigration from Norway to the United States, Restauration set sail from Stavanger on July 4, 1825, with 52 people aboard, many of them Norwegian Quakers. The ship arrived in New York harbor on October 9, 1825. Although individual Norwegians and their families had been living in this country since colonial times, this was the first organized immigration of a large group of Norwegians to the United States.

Kvale introduced a bill for a Norse-American medal in the House of Representatives on February 4, 1925. It was referred to the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures. On behalf of that committee, Kvale reported it favorably to the full House on February 10. In the report, Kvale stated that the 40,000 medals would be struck without expense to the government, and that Treasury officials supported the bill.

South Dakota Senator Peter Norbeck also introduced legislation for a Norse-American medal on February 5, 1925. It was referred to the Committee on the Library. On the 6th, that committee was discharged of responsibility for the bill and it was referred instead to the Committee on Banking and Currency. It was passed into law with the signature of President Calvin Coolidge on March 2, 1925.

Although a coin was desired, it was not realistic due to bad feelings from the Huguenot-Walloon half dollar issued in 1924; intended to honor the 300th anniversary of New Netherlands, the final design included busts of two Protestants from at least 40 years prior, and with no direct ties, to the settlement. Therefore, only passage of a medal bill was considered feasible before the rapidly approaching event.

A smaller controversy arose from the original round brass trial strikes which had the word “THE” in front of CONGRESS. Charles Moore, chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts, said that you would never write, “Authorized by The Congress of The United States of America.” The first “THE” was removed.

Both the obverse and reverse were designed by James Earle Fraser. On one side, the central motif is a Viking Chieftain walking forward in full regalia, carrying a shield with sword in hand, with a longship in profile in the background; NORSE AMERICAN CENTENNIAL is in an arc above the chieftain, while the dates 1825 and 1925 flank him. A longship, under sail and with oars deployed, is featured on the other side, above the date AD 1000, and below the “Authorized by Congress of The United States of America” legend mentioned earlier; astern of the longship is OPUS FRASER to identify it as a product of Fraser.

John R. Sinnock, chief engraver at the Mint from 1925 to 1947, wrote to James Earle Fraser regarding his design for this medal: “I have always greatly admired this medal. It certainly is the finest example that I know of in the handling or combining inscription with motif.”

All official medals were struck on octagonal planchets, with the the 30mm, 90% silver pieces struck first. There were 6,000 pieces struck on thin planchets May 21-23, followed by 33,750 pieces struck on thick planchets from late May until nearly mid-June, 1925 (2,000 of these would be melted). There were 100 90% gold pieces struck in early June, but 53 would be melted. The gold pieces were double struck, matte proof, with a reeded edge. Last to be made, starting late in November, were 75 large bronze pieces, 67mm in size, which were triple-plated with silver.

To complement these metallic items, the United States Post Office issued two stamps for the Norse-American Centennial. The 2¢ stamp shows a rendering of the Restauration, while the 5¢ stamp shows the reconstructed Viking ship that had been made in Norway after 1890, sailed across the Atlantic, and was displayed at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Although trial strikes and patterns are known today, maybe a few more pieces are waiting to be rediscovered. The best online source for more information on these pieces can be found in the Fall 1992 issue of The Centinel, the journal of the Central States Numismatic Society. Look for “The Norse American Commemorative Issues” by Anthony Swiatek. It is at

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Show and Tell

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

  1. Robert D. Leonard showed 13 British coins for Essequibo and Demerara. Essequibo is a region of Guyana in South America, formerly a Dutch Colony and later captured by the British. In 1814 it was awarded to Britain by the Treaty of London, and was merged with the Colony of Demerara to form British Guiana, though this name was not adopted at once.
    The boundary between the Republic of Venezuela and Essequibo has been disputed since 1835, and an 1899 arbitration award has not satisfied Venezuela, though the matter was considered settled in 1905. Venezuela renewed its claim in 1962, and has threatened military action now that huge oil deposits have been found in Essequibo.
    Beginning in 1809 the British issued copper and silver coins, on the Dutch standard, for Essequibo and Demerara. Bob showed a group of 13 pieces, dated 1809-1833, naming the two colonies. He had bought many of these at a Sotheby Parke Bernet auction in 1980, from a collection formed in the Caribbean area, and picked up a few more from other sources. After a while, he had difficulty finding more of these scarce coins, so it is not complete. The rare 1809 3 guilders is very worn, apparently a pocket piece, and did not sell in the initial auction; he bought it when it was reoffered.
  2. Lyle Daly showed bronze follis coins from 305-323AD, the prelude to the Byzantine Empire, and mentioned the struggles of the depicted leaders. The system of two emperors (Augusti), one in the east and one in the west, each with a deputy (Caesaria) who was next in line, worked fine until it did not.
    1. A follis of Diocletian from the mint at Heraclea. The reverse legend of this coin of the eastern emperor is GENIO POPV_I ROMANI.
    2. A well-worn follis of Maximian from an unknown mint. The reverse legend of this coin of the western emperor is GENIO AVGVSTI.
    3. A follis of Galerius (as Caesar under Diocletian) from the mint at Carthage. The reverse legend is GENIO POPVLI ROMANI.
    The abdication of Diocletian and Maximian in 305 resulted in Galerius (in the east) and Constantius (in the west) becoming emperors, with Galerius appointing Maximinus II (in the east) and Severus II (in the west) as caesars.
    1. A follis of Maximinus II (as Caesar under Galerius) from the mint at Alexandria. The reverse legend is GENIO CAESARIS.
    Following the death of Constantius near York in 306, Severus II expected to become emperor (in the west). But the army in Britan proclaimed Contatius’ son Constantine as emperor. And retired emperor Maximian elevated his son Maxentius to the position of emperor. Severus II was executed after his troops deserted to their former commander Maximian. Galerius (emperor in the east) proclaimed Licinius as emperor in the west in 308. Galerius died in 311.
    1. A follis of Licinius from the mint at Heraclea. The reverse legend is INOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG.
    2. A follis of Constantine from the mint at Cyzicus. The reverse legend is GENIO AVGVSTI (CH?).
    An alliance of Constantine and Licinius defeated all others by 312, leaving Constantine as emperor in the west and Licinius as emperor in the east. After uneasy years, Constantine defeated Licinius in 324, thereafter establishing his capital in the Roman city of Byzantium…
  3. Scott McGowan showed two sets of items.
    1. The 2023 Reverse Proof set of the Morgan and Peace Dollars. This set is the first time a reverse proof was issued for a Morgan and Peace dollar coin.
    2. Various items from the February 11, 2010 coin launch ceremony for the Lincoln Shield one-cent piece, which was held outside the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. Among the items were event photos, a coin roll with stamps and USPS cancel, t-shirt, and a coin with an error. Scott gave a stapled 2-by-2 holder with one of the coins to each in-person attendee at our meeting.
  4. After showing some Calvin and Hobbes comic strips depicting a visit to a doctor by a reluctant child, Deven Kane showed medals and coins with ties to medicine.
    1. An 1849 Belgian cholera epidemic silver medal, 59mm in diameter and weighing 68.31 grams; uncirculated, but cleaned. The obverse features a bust of Leopold I, while the reverse has a central standing personification of Belgium holding wreaths with, arrayed around her, a crouching lion, personification of science, and a female cradling children. The third cholera pandemic (1846-1860) was the third major outbreak of cholera to originate in India in the 19th century that reached far beyond its borders. In 1854, which was considered the worst year, the British physician John Snow identified contaminated water as the means of transmission of the disease.
    2. A 1795 60 schilling (Speciedaler) of Christian VII of Denmark, from the Altona Mint. Christian VII (1749-1808) was King of Denmark and Norway and Duke of Schleswig and Holstein from 1766 until his death in 1808. His reign was marked by mental illness and for most of his reign, Christian was only nominally king. His royal advisers changed depending on who won power struggles around the throne. From 1784 until his death in 1808, Christian’s son, later Frederick VI, acted as unofficial regent.
    3. An uncirculated 1822 King’s Cure Silver Medal of Frederik VI of Denmark. Frederick VI (1768-1839) was King of Denmark from 1808 to 1839 and King of Norway from 1808 to 1814, making him the last king of Denmark-Norway. For his motto he chose “God and the just cause” (Danish: Gud og den retfærdige sag) and since the time of his reign, succeeding Danish monarchs have also chosen mottos in the Danish language rather than the formerly customary Latin.
    4. An 1855 vaccine Medal of France, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Public Works during the Second Empire. The obverse legend is LA VACCINE / MDCCCIV, with Aesculapius taking under his protection the Venus de´ Medici, whose left arm is encircled by a bandage as the central motif; flanking it are a cow and a lancet with a tube of vaccine. The reverse has a circular and 6-line legendsurrounded by a composite crown. This medal was awarded to the health officer, Mr. Guillo. This obverse is a reuse of a medal of Napoleon I, dated 1804, so this type was used for Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, probably Charles X, and also Louis-Philippe. Vaccinia, commonly known as cowpox, is an infectious disease of cattle (Cowpox) and equines (Horsepox). In 1804, Napoleon founded the Society for the Extinction of Smallpox by the Spread of Vaccinia.
    5. A 1903 General Administration for Public Help Silver Award Medal of France. Awarded to Dr. Lannelongue at the Paris Hospital.
    6. An 1820 Luigi Galvani Silvered Bronze Medal; about uncirculated, but cleaned. Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) was an Italian physician, physicist, biologist, and philosopher, who studied animal electricity. In 1780, he discovered that the muscles of dead frogs’ legs twitched when struck by an electrical spark. Alessandro Volta, a professor of experimental physics in the University of Pavia, was among the first scientists who repeated and checked Galvani’s experiments. Volta coined the term “Galvanism” for a direct current of electricity produced by chemical action. Galvani’s report of his investigations were mentioned specifically by Mary Shelley as part of the summer reading list leading up to an ad hoc ghost story contest on a rainy day in Switzerland – the resultant novel is Frankenstein. Galvani’s name survives in everyday language as the verb ‘galvanize’ as well as in specialized terms using the word galvanic.
  5. Mark Wieclaw showed items related to Seattle’s iconic Space Needle landmark, which is a remnant of the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, a space age-themed world’s fair.
    1. A poster and still for the Elvis Presley movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair.
    2. The official medal of the fair, struck by the US Mint, issued in gold, silver, and bronze; designed and sculpted by George Tsutakawa. There were many other official medals, but none of them was struck at the US Mint.
    3. A 3⅛” x 5⅞” envelope used by Northwest Historical Medals Inc, out of Walla Walla, Washington, to distribute the medals.
    4. A numbered Visitor Certicate that was given to each viewer of a 35-ton wonder – 1,000,000 US silver dollars stored in a wire-mesh corn crib provided by the sponsor, Behlen of Columbus, Nebraska, a maker of farm and ranch equipment.
  6. Dale Lukanich showed a 1934 Fribourg Shooting Festival 5 Franc coin/medal. Fribourg is among the oldest towns in Switzerland. The first Fribourg shooting festival, in the late 15th century, used crossbows. Dale gave a brief history of Swiss regional and federal shooting festivals. The piece started as a coin worth 5 Francs, but it was good only until August 31, 1934; making it a coin that became a medal. Most pieces now suffer from extensive spotting (due to the original packaging).
  7. Noah Graf showed coins of two illegal countries.
    1. A 10 fenigow coin of the Regency Kingdom of Poland (1916-1918). This country was created by Germany and Austria-Hungary, from Russian territory under military occupation, to reconstitute the former Congress Kingdom of Poland (1815-1863) as a puppet state. These iron coins, minted in 1917 and 1918, had denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 20 fenigow (equivalent of the German pfennig). The coins have Polish legends and a crowned Polish eagle. All coins have an F mintmark (for Stuttgart, Germany).
    2. A 1 dinar coin of Nazi-Occupied Serbia (1941-1944). This country was created when Nazi Germany occupied and partitioned the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in April 1941. Most territory was given to Hungary, an Axis-allied Croatia, and Germany, but a small rump state of Serbia was created with the remainder. The coins minted in 1942 were in denominations of 50 para and 1 and 2 dinars, with a 10 dinar coin following in 1943. All coins were made of zinc and have a БΠ mintmark (for Budapest, Hungary).
  8. Joe Boling showed a past auction lot that had caught his eye, but he did not pursue – seven notes with signatures: five US $1 Silver Certificates and a Japanese 50 sen note attached to an Italian 50 lire note. Among the signatures identified by Joe were Ernie Pyle, Jimmy Doolittle, Dwight Eisenhower, Andre Kostelanetz (symphony conductor), H J Matchett (War Production Board), and Alex M. Prossoff. Alex Prossoff was among the entire population of Attu (in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands) who were deported to Otaru, Hokkaido Island, Japan after the Japanese military invaded Attu. This lot was in an auction where the lot was illustrated but the description gave no details; the lot went for $780 then, so whoever bought it was probably bidding for the Eisenhower and Doolittle signatures, and maybe for one or two of the others.


Minutes of the 2024 WFoM Host Club Committee Meeting

January 3, 2024 – 7:00pm CST

Attending: Dale Lukanich (Chair), Steve Zitowsky, Dale Carlson, Scott McGowan, Greg Gajda, Noah Graf, Bob Feiler, and Rich Lipman.

The meeting was slightly delayed until 7:15pm CST due to zoom meeting system email delivery issues. It was decided that for future meetings Dale would provide meeting links to CCC secretary Scott McGowan to email the committee using the secretary email instead of direct emails from zoom.

Dale Lukanich indicated he would communicate with the ANA about the host club stipend after the National Money Show has concluded in March.

The Joint CCC & NYNC dinner will be held at Gibsons Restaurant in Rosemont on Thursday August 8, 2024. Rich Lipman, Mark Wieclaw, and Bill Burd will work on the menu and advise.

Subcommittee Reports

Exhibits: Dale Carlson and Marc Ricard will work with ANA on details after the National Money Show in March.

Pages: It was noted that the Page application was posted on the ANA website section for the WFoM; the deadline is July 22, 2024. Page’s age limit is 22 years of age.

Young Numismatists: Noah Graf will meet with Jim Ray to coordinate the YN meeting at the WFoM and plan communications to scouting organizations and youth organizations for awareness. Scott will reach out to Gene Freeman in Texas about 2024 segments for the “Scouting at the ANA” program.

Ambassadors: Scott McGowan reported that a new “online sign-up form” was published to all CCC members by email; we are already receiving sign-ups. Ambassador shirts are being sponsored by Kedzie Koins. Scott will supply ANA with Ambassador shirt requirements in late June or early July. Scott indicated we should again recommend quantities of 100 Daily and 20 Weekly parking passes for the host club committee.

Money Talks: No details at this time

Steve Zitowsky reported that he will update the “Things to do in Chicago” list from the 2022 ANA WFoM about Chicago and Rosemont area non-numismatic events, attractions, and places – mainly intended for travelling companions of numismatists who attend the show.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm

Next meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 7:00pm CST; watch for the emailed invitation from the CCC Secretary.

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

Our 1261st Meeting

Date: February 14, 2024
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!
Featured Program: Mark WieclawThe American Arts Medallion program (1980-1984), Success or Failure
Mark will cover the reason for the program, the convoluted order system, and the artists that appeared on each medal. Mark will also add some personal experiences through his tenure working behind the counter at Gold Dust Coins.

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.

February 7 Meeting of the 2024 WFoM Local Host Committee – 7pm CST start – online only. Email Host Chair Dale Lukanich at for details on joining this committee or meeting.
February 14 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Mark Wieclaw on The American Arts Medallion Program (1980-1984), Success or Failure
February 21 CCC Board Meeting - venue to be determined
February 25 Will County Coin Club Show, to be held at the Weitendorf Ag Ed Center (Joliet Junior College), 17840 Laraway Road in Joliet, Illinois; 9:00am to 3:30pm.
March 13 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - Shanna Schmidt on to be announced
March 14-16 ANA’s National Money Show at the Broadmoor Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Details at
April 10 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be announced
May 2-4 85th 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,
May 4 CCC Meeting - 12pm at the CSNS Convention, which is held at the Schaumburg Convention Center. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker - to be determined
May 8 CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker - to be determined

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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


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