The Chicago Coin Club is a group of collectors interested in all aspects of numismatics. With one exception, we meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm. Note the earlier time! You are always welcome to join us and learn with us.
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The objective of the club is to pursue numismatic knowledge through the study and research of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and other related items and the sharing of this information through monthly meetings, dialogue, and the publication of literature.
The Chicago Coin Club was founded in 1919 and has continued uninterrupted for over 90 years.
The Chicago Coin Club does not buy, sell, or offer opinions as to the price or grade of a coin. The Club’s operating revenues come from annual dues paid by members, bequests, contributions, and gifts. All expenditures are for operating expenses or for the advancement of numismatics.
Any person interested in numismatics is eligible for membership.
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We meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm.
Except for the December banquet, our current downtown meeting space is at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd floor meeting room. Plymouth Court is located between State and Dearborn Streets; Plymouth is a short street, going south from Jackson. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.
In addition to our monthly meetings downtown, we also meet at some local shows. In February or March we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition (CPMX). In March or April we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). And we usually meet at Central States when their convention is nearby. The photo-ID and pre-registration security measures are not needed for attending our meetings at PCDA, or ANA and Central States when they are in town.
January 10, 2018 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker:
Deven Kane on
Uncoined Money – A Survey of the Ethnographic Money of South East Asia
Located along the sea trade routes between India and China, coins were not unknown in South East Asia. Native coinage may have started as early as the first millennium of the common era. Coinage disappeared in the tumult caused by the arrival of new peoples in the region. When money returned approximately 500 years later, it was in the form of exotic silver ingots with colorful names such as tiger tongue, leech, boat, bullet, and bracelet money. This continued until the introduction of regular coinage in the 19th century. Further south in Malaya, tin money made its appearance in the form of hat money and various animal shapes while also being coined into the small tin pitis of the local Sultanates and the large tin bastardos, soldos, and dinheiros of the Portuguese.
While the unusually shaped money of South East Asia is popular with many collectors, the coins and ethnographic money of the region deserve more academic attention – a process made tougher by its unfortunate history after the Second World War.
February 14, 2018 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker:
Robert D. Leonard on
Lesher Referendum Dollars – The Chicago Connection
Joseph Lesher successfully defied the government by issuing his own silver coins in 1900 and 1901, which are listed in the back of the 2018 Red Book on page 419. Bob will present a summary history of Lesher Dollars – including a Lesher Dollar treasure story – plus information on one of the issuers, an ex-Chicagoan who lived in Lake View and whose wife lived on the near South Side and – after he died – briefly in Austin. This man had offices on State Street downtown before moving to Colorado Springs. Bob dug into the Chicago street renumberings of 1909 and 1911 and will explain a little about that.
All but forgotten today, except by a handful of eager collectors, Lesher Dollars are well worth hunting for. To disguise the fact that they were actually private coins, they are labeled as “medals” and “souvenirs” with a “price” for the value, so their true status may be overlooked by antique dealers and flea market sellers. About 1800 were issued, but only 602 are known today – where are the rest?
Programs from Past Meetings
Our monthly newsletter is called the Chatter and is mailed to all members at the beginning of each month. Here is the current issue.
The 2013, 2014, and 2015 ANA summer conventions were in Chicago — the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, to be exact. We were the host club, and we are the host club again when ANA returns to the Stephens Convention Center on August 6-10, 2019.
A one-day ANS/CCC Symposium was held on March 27, 1996. The program consisted of ten original papers by outstanding numismatic scholars from the Midwest and the curatorial staff of the American Numismatic Society. A 7 PM dinner was separate from the symposium. All events took place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago, on March 27, 1996. This was the headquarters hotel for the Chicago International Coin Fair, held from March 29-31, 1996.
We celebrated the club’s 90th Anniversary with medals and a banquet in 2009.
The one-thousandth meeting of the Chicago Coin Club was honored with a banquet dinner meeting in April, 2002, held on Saturday night during CICF, at the show's hotel (a new location for 2002). Mark Wieclaw chaired the planning committee.
The club hosted the annual summer convention of the American Numismatic Association at the Rosemont Convention Center in a number of years since 1991. They hold their conventions in cities around the country; check their schedule of future conventions, to see if they will be close to you.
One of the items honoring the 800th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club, on September 14, 1985, is the book Perspectives in Numismatics. Its 19 manuscripts cover many aspects of numismatics: Sear on Roman Coinage, Lhotka on Medieval European Coinage, Newman on Maryland's Dollar Denominated Paper Money, van Beek on Jetons, and Pearlman on the Hobby are only some. So far, the text from 18 of the manuscripts are avaible online. The illustrations will be brought up from the original artwork where possible, so the illustrations will take some time.
From 1989 through 2011, the club prepared a handout for all attendees at the meeting held in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair, under the general heading of Odd and Curious Money. In 1996, the club started a similar handout for the meeting in conjunction with the Chicago Paper Money Exposition, with each handout looking at a bank from the Chicago area. Although the handout is free to each attendee, extras are available for sale.
The club is pleased to host an online numismatic library containing works in HTML to make viewing more flexible and searching possible. Please send comments, questions, and requests to us and include library as part of the subject line.
Some medals and handouts are still available. See the order form for pricing and availability.
To become a member of the Chicago Coin Club you must attend a meeting and fill out and submit an application along with a membership fee of $20 ($10 for Junior membership).
A 1st reading of your application will be held at this meeting for membership approval.
A 2nd reading will be held at the next monthly meeting, following publication of your name in the club newsletter. Upon membership approval, applicant will become a member. Applicant not required to be present at 2nd reading.
Comments and questions are always welcome. These Chicago Coin Club pages are created and maintained by Paul Hybert, with design advice from Mike Metras.