Chicago Coin Club

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.

For additional information about the Chicago Coin Club, you email:
Carl F. Wolf
or write:
Chicago Coin Club
P.O. Box 2301
Chicago, IL 60690

Monthly Meetings

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.

April 11, 2018 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Warren Schultz on Using Coins to Date The Thousand and One Nights
Whether called The Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights Entertainments, or some other title, many people are familiar with the story collection known in Arabic as Alf Layla wa-Layla. The frame-story of princess Scheherazade telling stories every night to prolong her life was first introduced to the wider world in 1704 CE, when Antoine Galland published the initial volume of his French translation and adaptation of the Nights. These tales are quite old and emerge from several traditions, and the earliest surviving manuscript fragment of what is recognizably part of the Nights dates from the 9th century CE. It consists of a single page, and is found here in Chicago at the Oriental Institute Museum. The next oldest surviving manuscript is much longer, containing 35 stories. This manuscript was used by Galland, and is preserved in the French National Library in Paris. A case could be made, not entirely tongue-in-cheek, for calling it the holy grail of Arabian Nights studies.
The date of this second manuscript, however, has been the subject of an intense debate amongst scholars of Arabic literary and folkloric traditions. The scholar who prepared a critical edition of this manuscript argued that it was a 14th-century copy of a now-lost version written down in the 13th century. This date, however, has been challenged on the basis of numismatic terminology found within the manuscript itself. It turns out that two of the stories in the manuscript refer to a gold coin called an Ashrafi dinar. This talk will walk you through the textual evidence in the manuscript and mesh that with the numismatic data of medieval Egypt and Syria – including examples of actual Ashrafi dinars – to illustrate how the later date is the only conclusion that stands up to scrutiny.

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting. (Although the club will have a table at the Chicago Coin Expo in downtown Chicago, we will have no meeting this year.)

April 28, 2018 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention, which is held at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Beth Deisher on The Ongoing War Against Counterfeit Circulating Coins, Collector Coins, and Bullion Coins
The United States is experiencing a pervasive invasion of counterfeit coinage at every level, including: circulating coins, collector coins, and bullion coins. As a Director of Anti-Counterfeiting at ICTA, Beth Deisher is on the forefront of educating agents within Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Secret Service to better enable them to bring counterfeiters and those who traffic in counterfeits to justice. Be sure to make time to attend this program and hear Beth give a behind-the-scenes look at how the U.S. Government is dealing with these criminal cases, how they are investigated, how ICTA assists, and how the collecting community can also help. Learn how the flood of counterfeiting flows with whatever collecting coins are popular at the moment. They also counterfeit the packaging, including plastic encapsulation, labels, mint holders, etc. Beth will explain the motive behind counterfeiting with ties to money laundering, illegal drug trade, terrorism, and human trafficking. With the turmoil in today’s world, almost certainly this problem will increase. We asked Beth to give a current up-to-date report, which means there will not be a handout. Be sure to bring a notebook and plan to come away with an eye-opening understanding of the forces at work against our community. Attendees will leave with an awareness that might very well save them from making mistakes costing thousands and thousands of dollars.

Programs from Past Meetings

Club Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter is called the Chatter and is mailed to all members at the beginning of each month. Here is the current issue.

Upcoming Special Events

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.

Past Special Events

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.

Special Projects

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.

Club Items for Sale

Some medals and handouts are still available. See the order form for pricing and availability.


American Numismatic Association
Life Membership 7
1999 Convention Host Club
Central States Numismatic Society
Life Membership 150
Illinois Numismatic Association
Life Membership 132


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.