Chicago Coin Club - Past Meetings


We meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. In February or March we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago Paper Money Exhibition (CPMX). In March or April we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). In June we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the MidAmerica Coin Expo.

The program for most meetings includes a featured speaker. Here are the highlights of past meetings:

2017

March 4, 2017 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Dennis Lutz on World Bank Note of the Year: Behind the Scenes
The IBNS Bank Note of the Year award is an initiative of the IBNS to recognize an exceptional bank note issued each year. Members nominate only those notes issued to the public, and must have artistic merit, design, use of color, contrast, balance, and/or innovative security measures. Dennis Lutz is the current President of the IBNS and will cover the history of this award that received recognition by Bloomberg Business Week Magazine with a featured article, “New Money.” Assisted by CCC Member and IBNS General Secretary Roger Urce, Dennis will show the 19 specimens nominated for the 2016 award and discuss reasons some are under consideration. Everyone in attendance will receive a ballot that will be compared with the IBNS member vote total. Guests are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the Chicago Coin Club or the IBNS to attend the meeting.

At the end of our PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.

March 8, 2017 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Wright on U.S. Coinage of or Around 1857
In 1857 the five U.S. mints produced 50 million coins. The coinage act of 1857 made two major changes to monetary law, concerning foreign coins (no longer legal tender) and copper coinage (cents and half cents). Be sure to attend this meeting and hear John Wright tell the numismatic history of 1857 and subsequent reforms over the next 15 years.
The program listed in the March Chatter has been rescheduled to our April meeting at the CSNS Convention.

February 8, 2017 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Deven Kane on Coinage of the Western Kshatrapas of Gujarat
From 35-415 CE large parts of Western and Central India were ruled by Indo-Scythian (Saka) rulers. They adopted the title Kshatrapa (derived from the Old Persian title viceroy or governor) and are today known as the Western Kshatrapas to distinguish them from the “Northern Satraps” who ruled around East Punjab and the area of Mathura. The Western Kshatrapas issued an extensive coinage in silver, copper, and lead. For much of their almost four centuries of rule they were the only issuers of silver coinage in India. Their coins are also the first dated coins in Indian history and the Saka Era is still used today as India’s official civil calendar. Coinage derived from Kshatrapa silver coinage continued for 250 years after the fall of the Kshatrapas.

January 11, 2017 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting at Marcello’s Restaurant (reservations are required)
We will try something new — a program of brief talks on our non-numismatic collections. Other members, visitors, and spouses would find this interesting. We will probably limit this to just 5-6 talks, so submit your subject idea as soon as you can for consideration. Please do not bring more than one piece. This idea is an outgrowth of Jeff Rosinia’s September presentation on the coinage from the 1892 Columbian Exposition. To accentuate the program Jeff showed a small, functioning, hand-operated, Singer Sewing Machine carried by their traveling salesmen. Jeff has agreed to bring to the banquet this amazing little machine, which is sure to interest engineers, machinists, and anyone who used a sewing machine. Another member has proposed to speak on antique fountain pen collecting. Submit your idea soon.

2016

December 14, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the December newsletter for a list of items consigned by November 29.

November 9, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Riley on World War II Numismatics on the U.S. Home Front
World War II lasted 1939-1945, but the United States did not enter until 1941. Every aspect of American life was impacted by this conflict, including our coinage and currency. Attend this meeting and hear John Riley tell the story of why steel cents were issued in 1943, the reason silver Jefferson nickels were minted 1942-45, why some U.S. currency was overprinted or stamped with a special colored seal, and about the “short snorters” made by U.S. soldiers. John Riley is an aficionado of the WWII numismatic experience and an attendee of the Military Payment Certificate Fest.

At the end of our regular November meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention meeting.

November 19, 2016 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Clifford Mishler, David Harper, and Joel Edler on Remembering Chet Krause & His Contributions
Chester ‘Chet’ Krause passed away earlier this year and will be forever remembered as one of the most influential figures in numismatics. Chet’s contributions to numismatics, his community, and the people who worked with him were more far reaching than many knew. Attend this meeting and hear three people, who knew Chet well, relate stories and tell of the impact Chet had on those around him. At the conclusion, audience members will be asked to share a story of how Chet’s work affected their numismatic or personal life.

October 12, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Tom Babinszki on Enjoying Coin Collecting without Sight
Coin collecting assumes usable vision. However, this hobby can be fully enjoyed without sight, sometimes in non-conventional ways. Tom was born totally blind and started collecting coins when he was six. Collecting opened his view to history, cultures, and languages which later determined his passions in life. Be sure to attend and hear Tom discuss what it means to collect coins being totally blind, the aspects of the hobby that can be enjoyed, as well as a new initiative that can open perspectives for blind collectors as well as elderly collectors who are losing their eyesight. Make time in your schedule to attend this presentation which is guaranteed to be unlike any numismatic program you have ever heard or even expected to hear. Tom Babinszki built a center of entrepreneurship for blind and visually impaired people, and is currently employed as an accessibility advisor by IBM. This meeting is not to be missed.

September 14, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Rosinia on Commemorative Coins from 1892-93 Columbian Exposition
The first US commemorative coins were the Columbian half dollar and Isabella quarter. Jeff Rosinia just returned from the Anaheim ANA Convention where his exhibit on this subject received two high awards. Be sure to attend this meeting, hear the story of how the coins came to be and their promotion as fair souvenirs. During this time Bertha Palmer, the wife of Chicago real estate magnate Potter Palmer, served as the chairwoman of the Board of Lady Managers. Under her leadership they were charged with creating a pavilion to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world. Jeff will tell the story of how Bertha Palmer, as Chicago’s cultural leader, tastemaker, and de facto hostess for the exposition, successfully petitioned for the Isabella quarter, and how the reverse design is emblematic of women’s industry.

August 10, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dale Lukanich on Coin Grading Services
Dale Lukanich will tell the history of coin grading, the evolution of slabs, the different services, the counterfeit slabs, plus what is driving the market. Members will also be able to view and offer an opinion on 30 slabbed coins with tape covering the grade.

July 13, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Harlan J. Berk on Civic Mint: Athens’ First Tetradrachms, 520-500 BC
For the first time, the first tetradrachms of the so called Civic mint will be placed in order of creation and defined for why they where actually struck, properly ordered and why the Civic mint never existed. In 52 years, Harlan had only one of these exquisite coins — until now. A Collection obtained in 1970 became available in a Munich auction and by private treaty. When in hand, these coins finally gave him the inspiration to do what is available now for the first time, rather than looking at two plates of a 95 year old volume. Be sure to attend and hear the story of the how experimental designs evolved in 520-500 BC into what is the most recognized ancient coinage. The Chicago Coin Club will be the first group to hear this presentation. Do not miss it.

June 8, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Len Augsburger on The Newman Numismatic Portal: What It Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do for Collectors
The Newman Numismatic Portal is the creation of a comprehensive online numismatic reference library, with a focus on American numismatics, and available to collectors and the public on a free and forever basis. Since June 2015 the project scanned over 6,000 documents from two different scanning centers. They also maintain databases of numismatic biography and terminology. Numerous regional and specialty collecting groups have partnered with the Newman Portal. Back issues of their journals are now text searchable and their value as research tools increases with the discoverability of the material. Be sure to attend this presentation by club member and project coordinator Len Augsburger — is a window into future numismatic research. The Newman Numismatic Portal is available at www.NewmanPortal.org

May 11, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Stanley E. Campbell on Numismatics in Cuba Since the Trade Embargo of 1962
From his position with Rockford Urban Ministries, Stanley Campbell obtained religious visas and traveled to Cuba eight times since 1990. During the visits he contacted local numismatists and discovered Cubans were only allowed to “trade” coins, currencies, and collectibles, not “buy-and-sell.” Of course, every Cuban considered U.S. dollars as a fair and legal “trade.” Stanley also toured Havana’s Numismatic Museum showing Cuba’s numismatic eras from the 16th century to date. Mr. Campbell also has a collection of money substitutes/volunteer bonds given to those who helped harvest sugar and coffee. Diplomatic relations are changing and some members probably anticipate traveling to Cuba soon. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear Mr. Campbell relate his numismatic experiences, tell where collectibles can be found, what to expect, and how to survive.

April 13, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Deven Kane on Bull and Horseman Jital Coinage of 750AD-1300AD
In eastern Afghanistan about 750AD, coins appeared showing a strong design of a humped bull lying on the ground on one side and a horseman with a spear on the other side. Initially minted from high purity silver, the coins were popular and accepted far and wide. Over the next 600 years this design would spread to northern India and eventually as far away as Persia. Join Deven as he covers this unique series of coinage, called Jitals, from its origins to its adoption by the Turks, Mongols, and Islamic kingdoms. Everyone attending this program will come away with insight into cultural diffusion and shall see the bull and horseman design on these coins evolve to satisfy the iconoclastic urges of religion until the coin was eventually replaced.

At the end of our regular April meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 16, 2016 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. Show up early and ask around — it appears our meeting will be across the street from the convention Center, in the Convention Hotel, the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Bruce Bartelt on Wild and Exotic Beasts: Animals on the Coins Celebrating Rome’s Millennium
Romans celebrated the 1000th anniversary of their city in 248 AD. Emperor Philip staged lavish spectacles including the display of wild and exotic beasts brought to Rome from all corners of their vast empire. Examples of this menagerie are depicted on a series of Roman coins struck to commemorate the games that marked the beginning of a new era. Be sure to attend this meeting as Bruce provides an examination of these coins and the animals they portray. Everyone will gain insights into the propaganda efforts that promoted the accomplishments of Emperor Philip, plus the historical and cultural context in which Romans viewed animals as a source of entertainment.

At the end of our CICF meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 30, 2016 - 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.
Featured Speaker: Mark Borckardt on Discovery of the Reverend Dr. James McClure Coin Collection
James McClure began coin collecting as a boy circa 1860 and maintained his interest up until his death in 1932. The collection lay untouched in Chicago safety deposit boxes for 84 years and in January came to the attention of Heritage Auctions.
The Reverend Doctor James Gore King McClure was born in New York in 1848 and relocated to Lake Forest, Illinois in 1881. He served as a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest until 1905 when he accepted a position as president of Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary.
Highlights from his impressive collection include a 1794 silver dollar, 1796 and 1797 half dollars, 1836, 1838, and 1839 Gobrecht dollars in Proof-63 and Proof-64 grades, a Gem 1895-O Morgan dollar certified MS65+, a 1921-S half dollar certified MS66, and many more exquisite pieces any collector would be proud to own. His collection also held a substantial collection of Civil War storecards including a couple hundred red and brown gem examples. Heritage will auction the collection in June at the Long Beach Expo.
Be sure to attend this program and hear Club Member Mark Borckardt tell the story of the collection’s discovery, the rarities it holds, and how the collection remained in the same holders and coin trays assembled by Rev. McClure. This promises to be a fascinating presentation and those who attend will look inside a numismatic time-capsule and come away with insights into what coin collecting was like 84 years ago. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

March 9, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dale Lukanich on An Historic Reign — The 2015 Canadian Commemorative $20 Bank Note
Queen Elizabeth II became Canada’s longest reigning sovereign on September 9, 2015. In recognition of this milestone, the Bank of Canada issued a commemorative bank note in Polymer. Dale will tell the story and show images of the blending of colorful designs with multiple portraits of the monarch and Canadian symbolism. Then the latest in security features was incorporated, such as: raised ink, metallic imprint that changes color, micro text, hidden numbers, and more. Those who attend this meeting will come away with insight into the future of all bank notes.

At the end of our regular March meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our meeting at CPMX.

March 19, 2016 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Roger Urce on China’s Post War Military Currency for Indochina Featuring Chinese Customs Gold Units
In 1945 Allied Powers divided Viet Nam at the 16th parallel. Japanese forces in the south surrendered to the British and in the north to China. Chinese officials began preparing by over-printing Central Bank of China bank notes with “Issued for Use in Viet Nam.” However, the drop of atomic bombs accelerated the Japanese surrender, leaving China with an insufficient supply of over-printed notes. Instead, China used an already large supply of their bank notes called Chinese Customs Gold units, notes which were used in the 1930s to pay custom duties. Be sure to attend this meeting as Roger Urce tells the story of these notes, the resulting effect on northern Viet Nam, the officials in this course of events, as well as illustrations of the currencies involved. Those who attend will come away with a deeper knowledge of the economic quagmire experienced by Viet Nam and their resentment of foreign intervention.
Souvenir Card: Everyone attending our meeting at the upcoming CPMX will receive a souvenir card about the Fort Dearborn National Bank of Chicago. After distribution at the meeting, the remaining cards will be sold for $5.00 each ($1.00 for postage if ordering by mail).

February 10, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Program: Marc Stackler on Banco Revolutionario de Guerrero
Paper money from the Banco Revolucionario de Guerrero is a popular but obscure series from the Mexican Revolution. Surviving examples are scarce at best. The bank was established in the State of Guerrero in October, 1914, by a group of generals loyal to Emiliano Zapata. It never got off the ground. Less than six months after agreement was reached to establish the bank, its currency was recalled. Come to our February meeting to hear about this colorful, short-lived series of paper money from the Mexican Revolution.

January 13, 2016 - CCC Meeting - Featured Program: David and Robert Greenstein on Anti-Money Laundering
Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, world cash transactions have come under intense scrutiny by the banking system and federal regulators. Combine this with the blurring lines between collectors and dealers, and what you end up with is a lot of confusion. Dave and Bob Greenstein work with Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. and will give some straight talk about anti-money laundering issues, the IRS Form 8300 (Report of cash payments over $10,000), what is cash, other definitions of the question, “Who is a dealer?” and much more.

2015

December 10, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting at Marcello’s Restaurant (reservations are required) - Featured Speakers: Mark Wieclaw and Jeff Amelse on Porcelain Coins and Medals of Germany
Germany’s Meissen porcelain production has a history more than 300 years old. Medal production began about 1820, and went into regular production on Meissen’s bicentennial in 1910. When hyper-inflation hit Germany after World War I, Meissen’s factories began to turn out porcelain coins. This subject is unfamiliar to many collectors. Those who attend this meeting should be prepared to see numismatic pieces rarely seen at meetings or coin shows. In addition to numismatic history, this program offers beauty, art history, and superb craftsmanship. Bring your spouse and interested guests. Everyone, including guests, will receive a porcelain coin or medal compliments of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
A cash bar opens at 6 PM, salad is served at 6:45PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. More details, including the menu, are available in the December Chatter.

November 11, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 27.

At the end of our regular November meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention meeting.

November 21, 2015 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Ray Lockwood on History and Development of Polymer Banknotes
Polymer banknotes are made from a special polypropylene and were adopted to thwart counterfeiting and stay in circulation longer, thereby reducing production costs. Collaborations and experimenting began in the 1960s, and the first patent was filed in 1973. Developing a suitable polymer that could be machine processed was only half the puzzle to solve. Scientists also needed to develop ink that would not smudge or wash off. Finally in 1980 the country of Haiti issued the world’s first polymer notes. Other countries followed and today nearly sixty countries use polymer or hybrid notes (mix of polymer and paper). As of 2014 at least eight countries were converted fully to polymer banknotes. Using examples from his collection, Ray Lockwood will tell the history and development of a new currency that few would have predicted 50 years ago.

October 14, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Leo Courshon on Different Grading Standards of Early American Copper Coinage
Early American Copper coins were produced using manually cut dies and screw-press machinery. This resulted in more strike qualities and grading ambiguities than any other U.S. coinage series. Over time, different grading systems developed and evolved. Today, collectors of Early American Copper coins must be proficient in three different grading systems: Commercial/Dealer Grading, Slab Grading, and EAC Collector Grading. Leo will tell how the systems evolved, then explain their differences and inconsistencies. He is a 30-year member of Early American Coppers club, and specializes in their grading system. Those who attend this program will gain insight into a numismatic specialty where nearly every coin is unique and each possesses its own beauty.

September 9, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Program: Extended Convention Reports and Show & Tell
There were many meetings and gatherings at the recent ANA convention in Rosemont, but no reports were submitted for the September Chatter! This meeting is our chance to go on record with what was fun, interesting, and remembered about the convention. There were many dealers with a range of items in the large bourse hall, so expect many new items to be brought to the meeting for Show & Tell.

August 15, 2015 - Saturday CCC Meeting - 1PM at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Dennis Tucker, Whitman Publishing on 2016 Guide Book of United States Coins, Deluxe Edition
The Red Book is the most popular and best-selling book in numismatics, with more than 23 million copies sold since 1946. The 2016 deluxe is an expanded edition — with 1504 pages and over three times the size of the regular edition. Be sure to attend this program and hear Dennis Tucker tell the story of how Whitman Publishing decided to put together this encyclopedic edition with more historical information, expanded grading instructions, enlarged illustrations, and a 400-page section featuring copper half and large cents.

July 8, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: François R. Velde on The Beginning of Coinage: An Economist’s View
Dr. François R. Velde delivered this presentation at “The Beginning of Coinage — New Discoveries and Research on Early Electrum Coinage,” a symposium hosted by the American Numismatic Society, November 2013. The significance of this numismatic event was the gathering of eminent historians, economists, and numismatists discussing coinage made of electrum, the alloy of gold and silver. The first electrum coins stand at the beginning of the numismatic history of the western world, but historians and numismatists are still puzzled by the who, what, and why of the economies and people that produced them. Be sure to make this unique numismatic program. Members will learn new insights and interpretations on the beginning of coinage against a backdrop of electronic images of the outstanding electrum coins from the ANS collection.

June 10, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Paunicka on Currency Doctoring Detection
The popularity of currency collecting continues to grow. Since the high-grade-banknotes command premium prices, collectors need to become educated on how to distinguish the genuine-high-grade-banknotes from the artificially-improved-banknotes. Be sure to attend this presentation and learn the many ways damaged and lesser-graded banknotes are passed on without the buyer’s knowledge. Jeff Paunicka has over 50 years of experience as a currency collector and dealer. His program includes ways to detect repair of damage caused by: water, solvent, PVC, bleach, acid, pressing, starch, and more.

May 13, 2015 - CCC Meeting - With Two Featured Speakers: Mark Wieclaw on Peter the Great Beard Tax Tokens
Czar Peter the Great of Russia was convinced his country was backward and needed to be more like western Europe. To bring about modernization, Peter decreed in 1705 that men shave off their beards or pay a tax. Peasants and clerics were exempt, but all other men who wanted to wear a beard paid an annual fee and needed to carry a token as proof of payment. The tax was levied according to rank, reaching a maximum of 100 rubles for wealthy merchants. Peter the Great is one of history’s most fascinating people and many books were written on his efforts to modernize Russia. Those who attend this program will see examples and hear the history of these unique numismatic tokens.

Steve Zitowsky on Platinum “Coins” Found in The Field Museum Collection
Steve Zitowsky is a 20+ year volunteer at The Field Museum in Chicago. Currently working in the Science and Education (Geology) Department, he recently discovered they hold platinum coins in their collections. Platinum was often discovered with gold ore, but it took years for technology to develop so that the “useless” metal could be efficiently refined, utilized, and valued as it is today. Although there are some examples of platinum used by ancient cultures, it was early 19th century counterfeiters in the Spanish colonies in the Americas who began to “mint” coins of platinum. This is a little-known era of numismatic history. Be sure to join us and hear the story of platinum’s first coinage.

April 8, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Rosinia on The Basics of Numismatic Exhibiting
The Chicago Coin Club motto, Docendo Discimus, is Latin for “We Learn by Teaching.” Our members clearly practice this, and it is the largest contributing factor in our strong verbal exhibits at monthly meetings. Putting together a case exhibit at a convention is another form of numismatic teaching. Jeff has plenty of experience with exhibiting, and is the perfect person to explain the basics. For years Jeff took notes on other winning exhibits and researched the internet for tips and guidance. This motivated him to build exhibits on Susan B. Anthony Dollars, Kennedy Half Dollars, First National Bank of Chicago Memorabilia, Coin Savers, March of Dimes Holders, etc. Everyone can expect to leave with a handout which will serve as a map to discover a new twist to “We Learn by Teaching.” If you have never put together a case exhibit, then time to try it. Remember — it is another form of numismatic teaching to add to your list of qualifications.

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 11, 2015 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: John Wright on Roman Coinage of 238 AD — The Year of Seven Caesars
Seven men served as Caesar in 238 AD, the darkest year in all Roman history. It was the beginning of a long period of instability made worse by a decline in the fortunes of the Empire and the gradual expansion of European enemies into Roman territory. Each appointment to rule was soon followed by assassination due in large part to the rivalry between the Senate and the praetorian guards. Each group felt it was their right to proclaim the new Caesar. The rapid transition took only four months, but they left behind coinage with the image of each ruler. Be sure to attend this unique presentation and hear the stories of revenge and intrigue played out while viewing images of the coinage.

At the end of our CICF meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 25, 2015, Saturday - 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: Robert D. Evans, Chief Scientist & Historian of the S.S. Central America Project, on Radiating Sun — The First U.S. Money Made in California — $50 Gold
The discovery of gold in California was perhaps the most significant event in our nation’s economic history. The massive amount of gold extracted from California’s hills and streams during 1848-50 was overwhelming. Local commerce quickly became a mess, all coins were in short supply, and citizens used measured gold dust to make everyday purchases. In 1850 the Federal Government sent Augustus Humbert to San Francisco to act as the United States assayer. His order — begin to issue standardized gold coins to stabilize the price of gold. Attend this meeting and hear stories of the wondrous and tumultuous Gold Rush Era. Bob Evans has studied many high-grade specimens of these gold pieces. A particular specimen in private hands, where the reverse side is engraved, not struck, might possibly be the “first” $50 gold piece made. This program covers a unique era of American history, discovery of gold and the issuance of large gold coins. Be sure to mark your schedule. You don’t want to miss it!

March 7, 2015 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on WWII Civilian Camp Money of North America
The U.S. and Canada established many WWII civilian camps to hold enemy aliens and citizens thought to be a threat. Many camps had their own issue of money. This talk will focus on the paper and token currencies of these camps. Some of the more famous locations covered include Ellis Island (New York), Crystal City (Texas), Alva (Oklahoma), Minidoka (Idaho), and Bismarck (North Dakota). Ray and Steve Feller are the foremost researchers of this numismatic field and delivered many presentations regarding “Concentration Camp Currencies.” This talk will focus on “Civilian Camp Currencies of North America.” This field has not been well documented and those who attend can expect to hear stories of new site discoveries, additional issues, symbolism behind the designs, etc. Everyone will leave with the knowledge that no matter how disparate the circumstances, mankind always has the need for money. Steve received the financial support of Central States Numismatic Society to research the work on this subject.

At the end of our CPMX meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.

March 11, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David Greenstein on Coin Grading in the Age of Plastic
Coin value is typically based on rarity and the grade. Generations of dealers and collectors learned the skill of coin grading by studying bare coins. Over the past few decades third party grading, encasement with stickers has led many to believe they no longer need to know how to grade — it is already done for them. While this is primarily in the American coin market, it is becoming more common in world coins, paper money, and even ancient coinage. Join David as he tells the story of his journey of learning from masters how to grade coins and how collectors must still grade coins encased in plastic.

February 11, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Marc Stackler on Counterfeiting During the Mexican Revolution
The Mexican Revolution took place from 1910 to 1917. It was a devastating but transformative conflict for Mexico. It started as a political revolution. Then in 1913 there was a military coup and subsequent revolt to reestablish the rule of law. In late 1914, after the defeat of the dictatorship, what little cooperation that existed between the victors broke down into a civil war. Two of the most iconic leaders, Pancho Villa and Venustiano Carranza, could barely tolerate each other. But the one thing they did even more than detest one another was issue piles of easily counterfeited currency. The result is a colorful journey through a turbulent time, featuring gambling dens, Texas cattlemen, seedy bars, and much more.

January 14, 2015 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on The Coins of New France
Join Eugene Freeman for a fascinating talk on French coins used in early North America. These are coins used in the French settlements of eastern Canada, Louisiana, Ohio River Valley, and the Mississippi River Valley which included Illinois. These coins were royally authorized, referenced in official documents, or found in hoards from that period. None mention French Canada, French Louisiana, or even French North America. At best, some of them say “French Colonies.”

2014

December 10, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: to be announced
The annual December Banquet will be held at Rosewood Restaurant, 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. More details, including the menu, are available in the December Chatter.

November 12, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 28.

At the end of our regular November meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our National Coin and Currency Convention meeting.

November 22, 2014 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the National Coin and Currency Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Doug Davis on Numismatic Crime: Developing a Tactical Mindset for Collectors and Dealers
Numismatic crimes are increasing. Collectors and dealers who stay current in their education and awareness of security risks can reduce the chance of becoming the next victim. Doug Davis founded the Numismatic Crime Information Center with a mission to serve as an international resource for collectors, dealers, and law enforcement in the education, prevention, and investigation of crimes involving numismatic material. Collectors will hear some of the latest methods criminals use and learn of new technologies available to prevent crime and help investigators solve crimes. We are fortunate to have Doug share his 30 years of experience in law enforcement and the numismatic industry. Those who attend will advance their education in crime prevention and learn their role with an investigation when crime occurs. Don’t miss this program!

October 8, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dr. Leon Saryan on Pre-Coinage Money in Armenia
Dr. Saryan is a leading expert on Armenian numismatics and will report the results of his ongoing investigation into bronze ring money used in ancient Armenia. He regularly consults with antiquity authorities in Armenia and published several in-depth papers on the subject. Dr. Saryan will also cover various objects believed to be used as a medium of exchange in Armenia during this prehistoric period. Dr. Saryan is the author of over 100 numismatic articles. He is a member of the ANS, ANA, and the Society for Armenian Studies, and an overseas member of the Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences. This is a unique opportunity for our members. Educational programs dealing with Armenia are rarely offered. Armenians trace their culture to the 6th century BC. Historically Armenia was bordered on the east by Iran and on the west by Asia Minor. Over 2,700 years Armenia served as the battleground for many invaders and contending empires including the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Romans, Byzantium, the Arabs, Seljups, Mongols, Tatars, the Ottoman Empire, Safavid Persia, and the Russians. Yet the Armenian people developed a distinct culture, original architecture, a national alphabet, and their own coinage.

September 10, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dr. Lawrence J. Lee on Archaeologically Recovered Coins from Fort Atkinson (1819-1827)
Fort Atkinson was the first U.S. government military post west of the Missouri River in what is now Nebraska. For a brief period it was the largest military post in America and an important “beacon of civilization” helping to open the Great American Desert. With a more rapid expansion westward than anticipated, the U.S. government was forced to reorganize their resources and Fort Atkinson was abandoned in 1827. Many years later, and after ten seasons of excavation, over a hundred coins and coin bits were recovered from the site. Dr. Lee’s numismatic study of these coins provides an insight into life on the Western Frontier. Be sure to attend this meeting and see numismatic artifacts that tell the story of how 1,000+ Easterners created an interconnected economy of fur trade and barter using coins from other countries, U.S. coins shipped direct from the Philadelphia Mint, and even a number of chopped U.S. coins apparently made under government sanction.

August 9, 2014 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Bob Hurst on Treasures from the 1715 Spanish Fleet
On July 31, 1715 a hurricane sunk 11 treasure-laden Spanish galleons off the coast of Florida, near present day Vero Beach. Over 1,000 people perished and a fortune in gold, silver, and jewels was lost. Spain recovered some of the treasure, but a great deal was left on the ocean floor. Coins are still recovered today almost 300 years later! This program is for those who love stories of finding lost treasures. Be prepared to see images of fantastic coins, and hear unbelievable recovery stories. Bob Hurst is from Florida, and purchased and sold these treasure coins for 20 years. His presentation includes photos of coins housed in the Florida State Museum Collection. Mark your calendar and be prepared to be amazed!

At the end of our ANA meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular August meeting in downtown Chicago.

August 13, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: to be announced

July 9, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David Greenstein on Coin Conservation and Doctoring: Black, White, and 51 Shades of Grey
Coin conservation and doctoring is a controversial issue among collectors. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear David Greenstein present both sides of the issue. Most members will probably agree with widely accepted practices and generally unacceptable practices. The controversy lies with the 51 shades of grey between. Since “original” coins trade at big premiums and “problem” coins trade at significant discounts, some people are motivated to increase the grade of their coins even if by deception. Join us for an evening of learning some of the nuances of detecting a coin with an altered surface, understand how PNG defines “doctoring,” and learn accepted blue ribbon coin care practices.

June 11, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Chester M. Donati on Security for the Home & Business
Unfortunately we hear too often the news that a collector or coin dealer was robbed. Every collector should be concerned about security at home, at a convention, and at work. Many of the ways used to protect yourself 10-20 years ago are now outdated. Be sure to attend this meeting and learn the new methods on how to return home from a show, ways to protect your family, what not to do, the importance of a police report, etc. It is important every collector stay up-to-date on vulnerabilities, security loop holes, and how gangs target their victims. Chester Donati has a long history in law enforcement, and is the President and Founder of the DMC Security Services in suburban Midlothian. Mark your calendar now. This is a meeting not to miss.

May 14, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Richard Lipman on Graffiti Twos: An Analysis of What People Have Written or Stamped on Two Dollar Bills
Rich Lipman has searched through thousands of $2 notes and found unique serial numbers and even some printing errors. However, he also found hundreds of bills with handwritten notes, graffiti, drawings, or rubber stamps. Like any good collector, Rich has categorized these notes. Join us this upcoming Wednesday night as Rich shows a selection of these notes and offers an analysis on the use of currency in professions of passion, political punditry, personal polemics, plus people, places, and paeans! All on two dollar bills.

April 9, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bruce Perdue on Encased Coins
An “encased coin” is a coin forcibly inserted into a metal (usually aluminum) ring, then placed into a press that squeezes the ring to hold the coin tight. On one side, the press adds advertising slogans like “Keep Me and Never Go Broke.” On the other side, advertisers place their name and address. For 10 years, Bruce Perdue studied encased coins and collected over 650 different pieces. Normally numismatists see only encased Lincoln cents inside a round disk. However, members who attend this talk will see a variety of encasement shapes including bears, bells, chamber pots, and arrowheads. His collection also includes encased large cents, Buffalo nickels, quarters, half dollars, and even a silver dollar!

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 12, 2014 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Constantin A. Marinescu on Transforming Victory from Pagan Goddess to Christian Symbol
Romans frequently put the allegorical figure of Victory on their coinage. Her winged figure appears holding a wreath, a palm, and sometimes a shield. Constantin Marinescu will trace the development of Victory inscribing a shield in Roman coinage and art. He will tell the story of how Romans employed the shield to fine tune the message of victory, how it changed as Roman military victories decreased, and became more focused on civic commemorations. Constantin will show the appearance of the Victory motif into the Christian era where she increasingly becomes associated with Christian symbolism despite her pagan origin. This paved the way for the introduction of the angel, a truly Christian image.
Constantin is a professor of art history and collector of ancient coinage. Everyone attending this unique presentation will come away enlightened to the interrelationship of art, history, religion, and numismatics.

At the end of our CICF meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 26, 2013, Saturday - 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 Speakers: Donald H. Kagin and David McCarthy on The Saddle Ridge Hoard
Rare coin experts Kagin’s Inc. brought to collector’s attention the recent treasure find of over 1,400 U.S. gold coins with a face value over $28,000! The hoard was discovered on private property in California’s gold region and is believed to be the greatest treasure ever unearthed in the U.S., with an estimated value in excess of $10 million! Kagin’s Inc., the nation’s oldest family owned numismatic firm, was chosen to conserve and market this unique treasure. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear Donald Kagin and David McCarthy tell the story of how and when they came to be introduced to this hoard. One seasoned numismatist called it “… one of the best stories in the history of the hobby!” Set aside the convention dates of April 24-26 and visit the show. Arrangements are being made to display a portion of the hoard at the Convention and you want to be sure to see it.

March 8, 2014 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Roger Urce on Culion Leper Colony Currencies
For millennia people incorrectly believed leprosy was a contagious disease and segregated anyone who suffered from it. So it was that the Philippine Government created in 1904 one of the largest leper colonies in the world on the remote island of Culion. No matter the circumstances, mankind has a need for money and the Culion Leper Colony was no exception. The colony no longer exists, but the coins and paper notes issued for the inhabitants remain with us today. Join Roger Urce as he tells the story of the Culion Colony and shows their unique coins and paper notes that were never allowed to circulate among the general population. Leper colonies existed worldwide, and those who attend this program can expect to hear stories and see examples of their currencies also.

At the end of our CPMX meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.

March 12, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dale Lukanich on Shopping for Ancient Coins in the Holy Land
Dale Lukanich just returned home after spending 11 days touring Israel. He traveled to Jerusalem, Tiberias, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, and many places in between. Throughout the trip Dale found a number of shops and peddlers selling coins. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear Dale’s perspective on their ancient coin market, the condition and availability of coins, merchandising, negotiating a purchase, etc.

February 12, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on Love Tokens: Their History and Collectability
A Love Token is a coin with a smoothed flat side(s), then hand engraved. Most tokens were engravings of initials; names and dates were also popular and the most scarce were sayings, prayers, and pictures. The coins were made as keepsakes and mementos from the giver to the recipient. Some bronze love tokens exist, but the silver coins,especially the 10 cent size, were most popular, probably because the engravings would oxidize and make the design stand out. Eugene Freeman and his wife LuAnn have collected love tokens for many years. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear the story of when love tokens first began, and how their use as an expression of love became very popular during the Victorian Era. Gene promises to show a great assortment with beautiful and artistic designs.

January 8, 2014 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeffrey A. Amelse on Collectibles from Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition
Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World. During the event’s six month run, 27.5 million people were lured to see its glittering showcase of architecture, culture, technology, and people from around the world. The event was also a bonanza for collectors! Be sure to attend this presentation as Jeff Amelse explains the collectability of entrance tickets modeled after fractional currency and printed by American Bank Note Company; the first U.S. commemorative coin, the Columbus half dollar; the first U.S. coin with the portrait of a woman, Queen Isabella I quarter; plus numerous medals and tokens that fill several books. Elongated coins were also introduced. Back then, fair goers handed over their own coin which was elongated. Although most of the coins were U.S. of small value, there are examples of U.S. silver halves and dollars, international coins are also found, and, although they are scarce, elongated U.S. gold coins also exist!
Jeff invites members to bring to the meeting their Columbian Exposition material. This doesn’t have to be your main exhibit. Just lay the material out on your table and when called upon stand up and briefly describe what you have. If you can, please make a list and submit it to the Secretary. This is not to be published with your name, but the ANA Convention Committee might decide, if we have enough, to put together several exhibit cases at this summer’s ANA Convention.

2013

December 11, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Brookgreen Gardens: Art, Nature, Numismatics?
Located just south of Myrtle Beach, SC, Brookgreen Gardens is the world’s largest statuary garden with well over one thousand pieces of art. Founded in the 1930s by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, the gardens are a wonderful combination of Art and Nature covering several thousand acres. Among these incredible pieces of art are statues designed by many of the talented artists who also designed our U.S. coinage. Works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, James Earle Fraser, Laura Gardin Fraser, Adolph A. Weinman, and many others are prominent throughout this beautiful outdoor museum. This presentation will show examples of both coins and sculptures of these talented artists.
The annual December Banquet will be held at foodlife Restaurant, on the Mezzanine level of Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611. Our room opens at 6 PM, and there is a cash bar. More details, including the menu, will be available closer to the meeting.

November 13, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 29.

At the end of our regular November meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our International Currency and Coin Convention meeting.

November 23, 2013 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the International Currency and Coin Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Mark B. Anderson on The Swedish Private Bank Note Era 1824 to 1906, with Observations on its Influence on the Creation of the United States Federal Reserve System
The Nation of Sweden has a long and rich economic and numismatic history. Mr. Anderson’s tale begins with the massive natural deposits of copper found in the Stora Kopparberg mine, proceeding to the famous “plate money” made from those deposits and the Palmstrych notes inspired by their inconvenience, the world’s first true bank notes. Despite the failure of the Palmstrych Bank, paper money as an instrument did not fade away, and Sweden experimented with a variety of approaches, including the country’s unsuccessful first effort to centralize money issuance and control. The ensuing period of 1824 to 1906, during which 31 regional banks’ currency issues flourished and then end is illustrated with notes from the speaker’s collection. Lastly, an interesting connection to the 1913 creation of the Federal System in the U.S. is detailed.

October 9, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Gerry Anaszewicz on Pictorial Images on Islamic Coinage
Most Islamic coins show only elaborate calligraphy as traditional Islamic belief forbids iconography. For 20 years, Gerry Anaszewicz has collected the few Islamic coins with pictorial images. Coins in his collection show images of animals, especially horses, birds, reptiles, flowers, signs of the zodiac, etc. Since die engravers worked under restrictions, whenever they created a pictorial scene, every ounce of their artistic talent was poured into their numismatic creation. There are also Islamic coins modeled after images and figures seen on the coins of ancient Greece and Rome. Join us for an evening of viewing coinage rarely seen at Chicago Coin Club meetings.

September 11, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speakers: Eugene Freeman and Robert D. Leonard, Jr. on Selling on EBay and Buying on EBay
Eugene has actively traded on EBay since 1997. Today he is a full-time coin dealer with a retail store on EBay. Gene will cover the first part of this program and relate how to sell on EBay with consideration of terms, strategies, and EBay policy.
Robert has actively traded on EBay since 1999 and has a 100% positive feedback. Robert will relate stories on how he found bargains because they were incorrectly listed in the wrong category or a misspelled description. He will also share his knowledge on spotting scams and counterfeits.

August 17, 2013 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Kevin Brown, on Serial Numbering on U.S. Paper Currency
We are fortunate to have as our featured speaker, Kevin Brown, Manager of the Marketing Division for the BEP since 2002. Kevin will give an in-depth explanation on the creation of Serial Numbers that appear twice on the face of all U.S. currency. Serial Numbers are not a group of numbers randomly assigned. Every Serial Number is a deliberate and unique combination of numbers and letters. Everyone attending will gain an understanding of:

Be sure to make this program. This is also a great opportunity to interact with a BEP official and receive answers to questions you have always wanted to ask about their operation.

July 10, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Wheelhouse on Difficulties at Assembling a Collection of U.S. Silver Three-Cent Pieces, 1851-1873
The silver three-cent pieces are the smallest of the U.S. silver coins. Unfortunately they had relatively small mintage numbers, plus their issue coincided with bad economic times and coin hoarding brought on by the Civil War. In 1873 the Government melted nearly the entire production of non-proof coins from 1863-1872. Today, this coinage series is a popular, but difficult, collecting series. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear Rob Wheelhouse share stories and detailed information that make collecting this U.S. coin series a struggle.

June 12, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Alexander Basok on Russia’s Copper Coinage System, 1723-1810
After signing a Peace Treaty with Sweden and the discovery of huge copper ore deposits in Siberia, Russia’s Peter the Great introduced a copper coin in 1723. The coin would reflect changes in Russia’s economy and trade, withstand the challenges of constant wars, but remain the same for almost 90 years. Be sure to attend this program as Alex tells how 18th century Russian way of life was dramatically changing, which contributed to this change in their monetary system.

May 8, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Elliott Krieter on Virtual Money
“Virtual Money” is digital currency first described in 2008. It is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system becoming popular among Internet merchants who want to reduce costs associated with credit card payments. With more and more people connected 24/7 and tied to an electronic device, this development was inevitable. What is it? Will it affect the issuance of coins and paper currency? Will it eventually affect our hobby and businesses? Elliott is one of our members with many years of experience in electronics, computer networks, and the internet. He has witnessed many new electronic concepts come and go. Be sure to attend this meeting and begin to learn more about the arrival of this new concept — virtual money. Victor Hugo (1802-1885) wrote, “One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.” Are we witnessing such an idea?

April 10, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Tim Kyzivat on Series 1929 National Bank Notes From Towns Along U.S. Route 66
In November 1926, U.S. Route 66 was established connecting Chicago to Los Angeles. This famous road started a few blocks from where the Club meets … on Michigan Avenue between Adams and Jackson where an historical plaque stands today. The road ran through eight states and served as the main thoroughfare for people migrating west during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Towns along the Route included St. Louis MO, Joplin MO, Tulsa OK, Amarillo TX, and Albuquerque NM. Tim Kyzivat assembled a collection of National Bank Notes issued in this era by banks along Route 66. Be sure to attend this meeting and see banknotes that now serve as reminders of a watershed era in American history when millons of desperate people traveled across America’s heartland in search of better life.
Maybe our CCC Glee Club will entertain us with a rousing version of Get Your Kicks on Route 66, a popular rhythm-and-blues song composed in 1946 with lyrics that follow the path of the highway. First recorded by Nat King Cole, today over 50 artists have recorded the song, including: The Rolling Stones, Brad Paisley, John Mayer, and The Manhattan Transfer.

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 20, 2013 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: David Michaels, Director of Classical Coins, Heritage Auction Galleries, on Adlocutio: The Emperor & His Army on Roman Coinage, 50BC - 450AD
Adlocutio in ancient Rome was an address by the Emperor to his massed troops. This was a frequent custom as witnessed by the large variety of coins that bear this reverse image. Generally the ceremony was performed when Roman forces were leaving on a campaign or returning after a victory. Adlocutio coin images carried strong symbolism and it was important that the Emperor’s style of uniform appealed to his troops. Those who attend will see the adlocutio image evolve between emperors from Julius Caesar through the fall of Rome.
This program will prove memorable, with David addressing the Club dressed as a Roman centurion to further emphasize the importance of the relationship between a Roman Emperor and his professional army.

At the end of our CICF meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 25, 2013, Thursday - CCC Meeting - 2PM 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.
Special education seminar, moderated by Mark Borckardt(of Heritage Auctions), on Lost and Found: the Walton 1913 Liberty Head Nickel
One of the ultimate American numismatic story coins is the George Owen Walton specimen of the 1913 Liberty nickel. Walton had a special holder made for his prized nickel, the same holder that contains the coin today, and he proudly displayed the coin at conventions throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s. He was traveling to a coin show in Wilson, North Carolina on March 9, 1962, when he lost his life in a terrible automobile accident 20 miles from his destination. All of his coins, including his 1913 Liberty nickel, where recovered in the brief case that held them through the accident. They were not scattered about the highway. That is a tale that grew in the telling. The coins were eventually sold for his estate, but the Walton 1913 nickel was returned to the family in 1963 as an altered date. Four decades later, the previous decision was reversed as a team of experts declared the coin to be the genuine 1913 Liberty Head nickel.
Mark Borckardt, Senior Numismatic Cataloger for Heritage Auctions will moderate the program. Reminiscing about their experience will be publicist Donn Pearlman, retired Coin World editor Beth Deisher, and Paul Montgomery, vice-president of American Precious Metals exchange, who was president of Bowers and Merena in 2003 when the nickel was rediscovered. Joining them will be George Walton’s nephew, Ryan Givens, Walton’s niece, Cheryl Myers, and her husband Gary Myers.
Upon conclusion of the program, members can move to the auction room where they may witness a new price record for a minor (non-precious metal) coin.

April 27, 2013, Saturday - 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: Mark Borckardt (of Heritage Auctions) on The 1913 Liberty Nickel
Mark Borckardt will present an extension of the Thursday afternoon program, including the results from the auction. The Chicago Coin Club holds the distinction of holding the first exhibit of a 1913 Liberty Nickel. It happened at the December 3, 1919 meeting. Then all five nickels were first displayed at the 1920 ANA Convention in Chicago at the Hotel Sherman, at the northwest corner of Randolph and Clark Streets. Two specimens rest in museums and three are in private collections. Don’t miss this program dealing with one of numismatics most desired and mysterious U.S. issues. The opportunity may never present itself again.

March 9, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Joseph E. Boling on Building a National Currency - Japan, 1868-1899
The last Shogun relinquished power in 1867. Emperor Mutsuhito, a teenager with experienced advisers, began to address many national problems. His reign would be known as the Meiji Era. Previously paper money was issued by clans, money changers, merchants, pawnbrokers, and village cooperatives, among others. In addition, the financial policies of the Western powers had stripped Japan of the gold that was needed for international trade. Attend this program to see how Japan developed a new monetary system to address her objective of remaining an independent state.

At the end of our CPMX meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.

March 13, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeff Amelse on Iberian Coinage of the Greco-Roman Period, 450 BC-37 AD
The Iberian Peninsula (Spain & Portugal) held much mineral wealth and agricultural lands. Phoenicia, Greece, Carthage, and Rome all traded with the Iberian tribes. The peninsula’s position between Africa and Gaul also made it a lynchpin for military invasions. This point was not lost on Carthage’s most famous military commander. Accompanied by a herd of war elephants, Hannibal launched his invasion of Italy from the Iberian Peninsula. Following his defeat, this region became a Roman province.
Jeff Amelse will take us through 5 centuries of Iberian coinage, from early Greek colony coins of 460 BC into the coins of Roman Imperators (Augustus through Claudius, 41 - 54 AD). Those who attend can expect to see large bronze coinage with incriptions changing from one ancient script to another. Over the 500 years, many new mints came about and the artistic style evolved from archaic Greek to Roman styles.

February 13, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Marc Stackler on Coinage of the State of Oaxaca: 1915-1916
In 1915 during the Mexican revolution, the State of Oaxaca declared itself “free and sovereign” in defiance of the revolutionary government. During the ensuing 9 months of “independence,” the state issued well over 100 varieties of coins, not to mention paper money, both state- and private-issued. This talk will focus just on the state coinage of this short but rich numismatic legacy.

January 9, 2013 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on Mint Marks of the Spanish-Colonial Mints
The New World was discovered in 1492 and with it came the awareness of vast silver and gold deposits. In Bolivia a virtual mountain of silver was discovered! Spain quickly took advantage of this new found wealth and began to mint coins as early as 1498 from the Island of Hispaniola. Over the next 322 years and from 12 or more mints, Spain issued shiploads and shiploads of silver and gold coins, in uniform styles. This series of Spanish Colonial coinage makes for a wide, rich collecting series, which strongly influenced the early coinage of the United States. Numismatists who collect coins from any (or every) country in the Western Hemisphere need to attend this program. Often, collectors have difficulties identifying the different Spanish mints. Eugene will discuss the different mint marks and their corresponding Spanish Colonial mints.

2012

We are returning our December banquet meeting to the traditional Wednesday evening.
December 12, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Robert Wallace on A Coin-Collecting American Boy in Rome
Robert Wallace’s father worked for the Baltimore Sun newspaper and in 1962 accepted a transfer to Rome. Bob was 12-years-old, already a coin collector, and Rome became his playground to explore. The open marketplaces, especially, held many wonders including pails of ancient coins unearthed by local farmers. Today, Bob is a Professor of Classics at Northwestern University and a visiting professor at several Italian universities. We are fortunate he will be in Chicago this December, as he divides living arrangements between Chicago and the south of France. Make your reservation early, guests are welcome, and be ready for a program that will take everyone back 50 years!
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago, 60610. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. More details, including the menu, will be available closer to the meeting.

November 10, 2012 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the National Coin & Currency Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Fred N. Holabird on The Casa Grande Improvement Co. and the Arizona Land Fraud
The stock fraud of the Casa Grande Improvement Co. is among the greatest of American business frauds! The story is largely forgotten, but dwarfs many recent financial scandals when measured in today’s dollars. James Addison Reavis (1843-1914) created a giant fraud that gave the illusion he owned the northern half of Arizona and part of New Mexico! He created official looking documents and cleverly inserted them into original Spanish land record archives in Seville, Spain. He married a purported descendent of the Peralta family, the land’s original claim recipient, and concocted a false claim of title which allowed him to garner exorbitant fees from railroad interests and the largest mining companies in Arizona. On the strength of his fabricated image, Reavis became the “Baron of Arizona.” He put all his interests into a corporate shell called Casa Grande Improvement Co. He made even more profit with the sale of company stock. His fraud was revealed in 1889 with the discovery of suspicious documents. Many lawsuits followed which clouded thousands of land titles into the 1890s. Be sure to attend this meeting and hear the fascinating story of James Reavis, his creation of fraudulent documents, his assumed image, and how his claim collapsed.
Fred Holabird is a respected scripophily authority and well-versed in Western historical exonumia. He is a principal in the highly regarded Holabird-Americana firm that specializes in purchasing, selling, appraising, and auctioning U.S. western Americana.

At the end of our National Coin & Currency Convention neeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular November meeting in downtown Chicago.

November 14, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 30.

October 10, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Gerard Anaszewicz on Russian Wire Money, circ. 1380-1533 AD
Russia was slow to accommodate commerce with a common form of money. In the late 14th century, ruling princes in many cities began to issue a form of coinage we call “wire money.” These small crudely struck coins were Russia’s first widely accepted coinage. Gerry has collected and studied these coins for 40+ years. Be sure to attend and hear the story of how the coins started out as rolled copper and silver wire, then cut into sections, annealed, and finally struck into coinage. Irregular shapes are the rule in this coin series and the Cyrillic legends are rarely complete. These coins seldom appear at shows and everyone at the meeting can expect to see some of the finest examples of this coinage.

September 12, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Darrell Luedtke on Wonderful World of Wooden Money
Darrell Luedtke has collected wooden money for nearly 40 years and built an award winning exhibit to educate collectors about this unique collecting specialty. Members who attend will see wooden money examples, such as Chinese tally sticks, Mexican hacienda tokens, German notgeld, and U.S. depression scrip. Be sure to be at this meeting and hear Darrell tie together the creation of wooden money against the background of historical events and individual stories. Darrell currently serves as President of the International Organization of Wooden Money Collectors and in 2010 authored Guide Book of Wooden Money.

August 8, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Quentin Burrows on New Laws Affecting Coin Dealers and Collectors
Municipalities across Illinois and other states are beginning to pass laws regulating the operation of coin dealers. Provisions may include requiring sellers to present identification, dealers to photograph the purchased material, up load the images onto the Internet, holding periods before the material can be sold, etc. Quentin is a member of the Club and a lawyer who is closely following this new development. Be sure to attend and hear just how these laws will affect collectors’ ability to buy and sell coins.

July 11, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David Greenstein on The Role of the Coin Dealer in the Digital Age
Without exception and on a daily basis, the Internet is affecting the lives of every member of the Chicago Coin Club. It has also affected the coin business. Numismatic information is readily available. Auction records, price guides, etc can be found with a few clicks of the computer mouse. There is so much information, the results can be misleading and problematic. Join us when David Greenstein delivers a PowerPoint presentation on how coin dealers and collectors can make sense and manage the mountain of numismatic information in the digtal age. There is more than one way to use digital technology in numismatics.

June 13, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Andy Rieber on Box Thalers
Box thalers originated in Europe. The thick German thalers were hollowed out to smuggle drugs, secret messages, covert maps, etc. Over time the hollowed out coins also became mementos and hand colored pictures connected by hinges were added, sometimes a short story was included. Government spies, however, continued to use hollowed out coins into the 20th century. In 1955, a paperboy discovered a hollow coin accidentally spent by a Russian spy. Oops! The film inside the coin provided enough information to collapse the entire network.
Come hear the fantastic stories. Come view numismatic material you’ve never seen and may never see again. Box thalers rarely appear on the market and sell quickly when they do. The artistry and fine workmanship in miniature used to create these historical souvenirs will give a new appreciation to numismatics.

May 9, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David Simpson on Crowns & Ryals of the Stuart Monarchs
The history of England’s House of Stuart can be seen through their coinage. However, before they became English Kings, they first were Scottish Kings. David Simpson’s 30 year collecting specialty is the coinage of the Stuarts as Scottish Monarchs. Be sure to attend and hear stories of political intrigue against a backdrop of England’s rise as a world power as seen through the evolution of their coinage from Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1567), James VI (1567-1625) of Scotland who became James I (1603-1625) of England, through Queen Anne (1702-1714).

April 11, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bill Bierly on “In God We Trust” on U.S. Coinage
“In God We Trust” on U.S. coinage came about during the Civil War when both the Union and Confederacy claimed God was on their side. Join us as Bill tells the story of the motto, how it evolved into its final form, and the citizens and government officials who campaigned for its adoption. To illustrate the story he will show U.S. pattern Half Dollars (silver and copper) and $10 Eagles (copper) from 1861 when the motto first appeared and began to evolve. He will also show transitional pattern coinage from 1863-65 that display the motto. The U.S. circulating coin where “In God We Trust” first appeared was the 2-cent piece of 1864. Visitors are welcome.

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 21, 2012 - 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.
Featured Speaker: Walter Ostromecki on Paranormal Images on Coins & Currency
Many numismatic issues show images dealing with the supernatural. Be sure to attend this meeting as Walter Ostromecki takes collectors on a numismatic tour of paranormal creatures and shows vampires, dragons, angels, devils, etc. on coins and currency. He will also explain why dragons depicted on bank notes in the eastern culture are depicted as benevolent, kind, friendly and often associated with good luck. Western culture, however, portray dragons as fierce fire-breathing, man-eating forces of evil and destruction. Attendees will also relive some of the legends and lore associated with paranormal forces seen in Saint George slaying the dragon, Count Dracula, Transylvania, the grim reaper, demons, ghosts, angelic hosts, etc. some vividly portrayed on Notgeld issues. The public is invited to attend.

At the end of our CSNS meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 28, 2012 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Program: The Story of Krause Publications’ Standard Catalog of World Coins
Putting together the Standard Catalog of World Coins is a giant project and a challenge. Gathering information is becoming more and more difficult. Editors of this catalog will share how they gather a massive amount of data, track down, and identify new issues. New discoveries are made every year with small issues from far away countries. In some cases the editors pass judgment if the issue is to be put into the catalog or not. The public is invited to attend.

March 10, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Neil Shafer on Scrip from the Financial Panics of 1893, 1907, and 1914
The collapse of railroad overbuilding set off the financial Panic of 1893. A failed attempt to corner United Copper Company stock triggered the Panic of 1907. The outbreak of World War I brought about a minor financial panic of 1914. In every instance, stock market prices plunged which set off a chain reaction. All funds were withdrawn from banks which led to their failure. Citizens hoarded coins and currency which closed many businesses. In response, business and individuals created scrip to keep commerce moving until consumer confidence returned. Neil Shafer is fond of saying “When a government cannot or will not supply enough currency to meet demand, then people step in and make it themselves.” Neil is a respected author and is currently researching this subject for a book now in progress. Join our membership at this educational program open to the public and hear the stories behind these financial emergencies and see examples of the resulting scrip.

At the end of our CPMX meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.

March 14, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Clifford Mishler on Irradiated U.S. Dimes from the 1950s & 1960s
The American Museum of Atomic Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, created a unique numismatic collectible during the 1950s & 1960s. Visitors to the museum presented a silver dime which was exposed to radiation. The radioactive silver had a 22 second half-life and the radioactivity decayed rapidly. After the dimes passed under a Geiger counter to register the radiation reading, they were put into plastic encasements, and given back to the visitor. All this was done to provide Americans with a demonstration on the principle of neutron activation. The irradiator went to the 1964 New York’s World Fair where visitors received their dime back in a special blue plastic encasement with an atomic logo. Some estimate the number of dimes exposed to radiation at 250,000 or more. Be sure to attend this program and hear Cliff tell the story of this unique collectible and dispel some of the theories and claims that have circulated in recent years.

February 8, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Leonard on Banker’s Marks Throughout History — Five Episodes From Antiquity to the 20th Century
From ancient times, bankers and merchants have examined the authenticity and value of the money they handle. At times, test marks have been made on coins, and at others, coins have been marked to confirm their worth. Examples will be shown from five episodes, including a portrait denarius of Julius Caesar, a rupee of Shah Jahan (builder of the Taj Mahal), and a U.S. Trade Dollar.
Ancient silver cons from India to Rome are often found with small marks in the form of symbols or monograms. Byzantine coins of Anastasius that were accepted at half their face value, after the weight of the copper coins was doubled. Ducats of western Anatolia of the mid-15th century occasionally occur with a variety of small test marks, all unpublished. Indian Shroff marks on silver and occasionally gold coins, from circa 1300 A.D. to the mid-19th Century. Chinese and other chop marks on silver dollars and other silver coins, from the late 18th Century to 1935.

January 11, 2012 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on The Little Half Sisters: U.S. Half Cents 1793-1857
Half Cent coins hold two records among U.S. coinage: they were one of the first coins struck and they were the lowest value coin struck. All were produced at the Philadelphia Mint from hand cut dies giving collectors a number of die varieties to find. Member Eugene Freeman will tell the story of US half cents, the four major types, and the commercial purpose they served. He will also explain why numismatists find it a challenge to collect all 8 business strikes of the Braided Hair type, even though the coin was issued from 1840-1857.

2011

Last year’s Saturday night banquet was so successful that we will hold it on Saturday this year.
December 10, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Michael Gasvoda on The Hunt Brothers’ Incredible Ancient Coin Collection
This is an entertaining and enlightening look at one of the greatest ancient coin collections to ever cross the auction block. The story is full of large personalities and truly special coins. Join Mike as tells how the collection was formed, the eventual sale and recent appearances of select coins at recent auctions. Mike will also share stories he was unable to do at the recent ANA Convention.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago, 60610. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 6:45 PM. The cost is $40.00 per person. More details, including the menu, are available online in our December newsletter.

November 9, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 25.

At the end of our regular November meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our ICCC meeting.

November 12, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the International Currency and Coin Convention, which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Pierre Fricke on History of Collecting Confederate Paper Money, 1865 to Date
Pierre Fricke authored the award-winning book Collecting Confederate Paper Money, which some call the most important Confederate paper money book published in the last 90 years. Fricke received input from over 150 collectors in putting together this book that systematically covers side-by-side comparisons of genuine versus counterfeits, grading and rarity. Respected numismatists claim collectors who read the first 100 pages will know more than the average casual collector or paper money dealer. Do not miss this meeting — it is an absolute must for every member even if you have no Confederate paper money in your collection. Fricke will sign books brought to our meeting.

September 14, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Fort Knox Gold Mine, Fairbanks, Alaska
Attend this meeting of the Chicago Coin Club and see a video of the Fort Knox Gold Mine, Fairbanks, Alaska. Mark’s niece, a geologist at the mine, supplied Mark with the video showing its current operation, mining the ore, crushing the rocks, and refining the gold.

August 10, 2011 - CCC Meeting
Just days before the convention starts, Mark Wieclaw and Carl Wolf will lead a discussion and call on specific members to share their past experiences at ANA Conventions and share how members can make the most out of the experience. Also, bring some cash! The medal struck by the Chicago Coin Club to commemorate the ANA Convention will be on sale for $20.00 each.

At the end of our regular August meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our ANA meeting.

August 20, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 10AM at the ANA, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: David T. Alexander on The Mysterious Demise of Art Medals in America
The high point of American art medals was between 1909 and 1995. During the early 20th century the Beaux-Arts movement brought medallic art design to high prominence among American sculptors. Organizations formed, sculptors joined, diverse art styles were submitted from classical to modernism and a panorama of beautiful American medals were issued. The list of artists who made up the organization rosters included every major American medalist of the era and several from other countries. However, the organizations ceased to exist in 1995 and took with them an 86 year tradition of creating unique American art medals. Join the members of the Chicago Coin Club as David Alexander tells the story of these organizations, showcases some of their fabulous medallic works and tells the story of their mysterious demise. David authored American Art Medals, 1909-1995, a 294 page book published in 2010 by the American Numismatic Society.

July 13, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Baumgart on Respectable Coin Photography
Be sure to attend this meeting of the Chicago Coin Club and learn how to take quality digital coin photographs to sell on EBay, keep for insurance records, or submit with articles for publication in numismatic journals, and without spending more than $200 on equipment. The program begins with a coin photo that is out-of-focus, has bad color, unsightly reflection, etc. In a series of steps the cause of each bad feature is explained, then corrected using simple techniques that are available with most very inexpensive cameras. Finally, John will spend time on lighting, the single biggest hurdle coin photographers must overcome to produce good photographs. Expect to hear how different lighting is required for worn coins, bronze or silver coins, proof coins, slabbed coins, etc. John is a semi-professional coin photographer in suburban Chicago.

June 8, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: three club members on Numismatic References & Books for Some Collecting Specialties
Each collecting specialty has its current reference works, its somewhat outdated works, and its no-longer-useful works. The references of three collecting specialties will be reviewed by three experienced CCC members: Indo-Scythian Coinage by Robert Weinstein, U.S. Paper Money by Noel Rodriguez, and Ancient Roman Coinage by Mark Wieclaw.

May 11, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on Encased Postage: Stamps as Money
Encased postage was issued by several companies during the American Civil War, but it was also issued as emergency money by other countries, in various forms, during the 20th Century. For prolonged use, protection of the stamp was important. Different issuers have used different means to accomplish this.

April 13, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Marc Stackler on The Currency of the Mexican Revolution - The Constitutionalists
In 1910, soon after the centennial celebration of Mexico’s War of Independence, the Mexican Revolution began. The 30-year dictator was forced into exile in 1911, and the leader of the revolution was elected president. In 1913, a military coup forced out the president and assassinated him. The northern state governors as well as other parties rose up against the military dictatorship. One of those governors, Venustiano Carranza, became the self-appointed leader of this second phase of the revolution. He issued the first currency of the revolution in the name of the constitutional government, about 5 million pesos. The presentation will cover the various issues of Carranza and the events surrounding them, ending with the collapse of the Mexican currency in 1916.

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 16, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Daniel Frank Sedwick on Colombian Republic Gold Coins
Join Daniel Frank Sedwick as he tells the story of how his father, Frank Sedwick, assembled a world-class collection of Colombian Republic gold coins. Over two decades, Frank methodically put together a collection of coins with the highest grade possible. Drawing on his professorial and scholarly background, he kept meticulous notes and discovered previously unknown rarities and varieties. Collectors found the history of Colombian gold coinage complicated. Frank removed much of the mystery when he published his findings in “Colombia and Its Gold Coinage” in January 1982 The Numismatist magazine and in the 1991 book The Gold Coinage of Gran Colombia.
Daniel Sedwick worked in partnership with Frank Sedwick until his death in 1996. Daniel is a dealer specializing in colonial coinage of Spanish America as well as shipwreck coins, and is a regular dealer at the Chicago International Coin Fair and contributing editor to various numismatic journals.

At the end of our CICF meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our CSNS meeting.

April 30, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) convention, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Wendell Wolka on How German Electors Broke with the Holy Roman Empire as seen through 16th Century Coins & Medals of the Reformation
Wolka is considered an expert on the political climate and intrigue of this transitional era of world history. Over the years, he has collected over 1,000 numismatic pieces from this historical period. Most often coins “reflect” history, but those who attend this program will come away with a new perspective on how coins “made” history. Mark your calendar to attend this not-to-be-missed program. Wendell Wolka is one of the hobby’s more entertaining speakers with an uncanny ability to reduce complex issues into simple terms. His programs are sprinkled with an appropriate amount of humor delivered with superb timing.

March 9, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Weinstein on 19th Century Chicago Exonumia
In 1845, little more than a decade after Chicago’s founding, the first two merchant tokens were struck. Through the remainder of 19th century a great variety of exonumia would be produced. Many were struck in Chicago by two of the nations major producers of tokens. Join Bob Weinstein for a look at the merchant tokens, medals and tokens struck for exhibitions and other events in 19th century Chicago.

At the end of our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CPMX meeting.

March 12, 2011 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Joseph Boling on Official Counterfeiting of Paper Currency
Joseph Boling will cover part of the history of state-sponsored counterfeiting of paper currency, usually issued during war-time. Those who attend will see photographs of actual counterfeit specimens and learn different printing techniques and security devices including their illegal replication. Boling presents an expanded five day program on this subject at the ANA Summer Seminar and this will be the first time this topic is presented at a coin club/convention program. Joseph Boling is an ANA Governor and co-author of World War II Remembered: History in Your Hands, A Numismatic Study.

February 9, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Zoujun Dai on Coin Collecting in China
A survey of numismatics in China that will cover a wide range of topics, from the popularly collected coins, the shops and shows where collectors buy coins, to the available resources that include internet forums, local coin clubs as well as the China Numismatic Society, reference books, and journals. The coins displayed in Chinese museums will also be mentioned.

January 12, 2011 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Paul Johnson on The Coinage of Roman Egypt
Beginning with the transition from coinage of the Ptolemys to that of Augustus, we will see the introduction to the denominations that lasted for three hundred years. We’ll discuss their unusual manufacturing process. Next, a survey of some of the reverse types that make these coins so popular with collectors. Some show the blend of Greek, Ancient Egyptian, and Roman themes. Others show themes that resonate with us today, like the signs of the zodiac.

2010

We could not reserve a spot on our usual second Wednesday of the month, so the banquet is on a Saturday night.
December 18, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: John Riley on Manila Bay’s Sunken Treasure
Prior to the Japanese capture of the Philippines in World War II, the Central Bank evacuated 73 tons of gold and silver coins to the U.S. Mint in San Francisco. However, 15.7 million silver coins (U.S. $7.85 Million) remained. For ten days in April 1942, crews dropped into Manila Bay thousands of boxes, each containing 6,000 silver pesos! Under the direction of their Japanese captors, Prisoner-of-War crews officially recovered only 2.5 million pesos. At the War’s end, the U.S. and Philippine Governments raised another 10.3 million pesos. To this day, there are approximately 2.5 million pesos unrecovered. Reader’s Digest first published this story in 1959, then Hollywood released it in the 1979 movie Pacific Inferno. Be sure to attend John Riley’s presentation and hear the story of a large treasure only partially recovered to this day.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago, 60610. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $40.00 per person. More details, including the menu, are available online in our December newsletter.

November 10, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 26.

October 13, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dr Patricia Okedengbe, Northwestern University Librarian on Cowry Shell Money
Dr Ogedengbe is Nigerian and traces her ethnic heritage to two groups in the Niger delta region, a region rich in natural resources. The region has changed dramatically since the mid 20th century when oil was discovered. Dr Ogedengbe will speak on the historic trade and commerce of the region and the use of cowry shells as money.

September 8, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Gold, a Precious Metal with a Size and Shape for Everyone
Since ancient times gold has been used as a store of wealth. Many people wear it, others use it as decor, and most hold it as a hedge against inflation and hard times. While this presentation will feature some ancient gold, the majority of pieces will pertain to current times beginning with the South African Krugerrand. The K-rand was introduced in 1967 as the first truly bullion piece and has spurred several other countries and private mints to produce various shaped and sized coins priced to fit most economic ranges.

August 11, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Amelse on Byzantine Bronzes: Basics and a Bit Beyond, Including Barbaric, Brockages, and Bashed (Errors)
The number of bronze varieties is pretty vast, so this will stick to a few basics such as denominations, set of the Anonymous Folles Varieties with a depiction of Christ, comparison of some barbaric issues to official issues, and a few brockages and error coins.

July 14, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert D. Leonard Jr. on French Billon Coinage in the Americas
Beginning in the Middle Ages, France had an extensive coinage in base silver (billon), and from 1640 through the 18th century certain issues were made specifically for use in New France and the West Indies. Two series in particular are listed in both the Canadian coin catalogs and the Red Book, 25th through 64th editions, and Walter Breen devoted 15 pages of his Encyclopedia to these issues. Some have been recovered from Indian sites in Illinois. Later issues were countermarked in many Caribbean islands for use during the waning years of piracy. Bob will discuss these issues and the references on them, and display a number of examples.

June 9, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Michael S. Gasvoda on Medallic Works of Giovanni da Cavino & Other Paduans
Italian medalist and goldsmith Giovanni da Cavino (1500-1570) derives his fame from engraving dies and striking pieces that closely imitate ancient coins, particularly ancient Roman sesterces. His clever imitations still fool modern collectors. Cavino spent his entire career in Padua, Italy and many Pauduan artists copied his artistic style. Be sure to make this meeting as Mike Gasvoda tells the story of Giovanni da Cavino, shows examples of his medals and offers comparison to genuine coins.

May 12, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Amelse on Trier, Germany: The Roman City and Roman Mint
Trier is Germany’s oldest city and was founded by Augustus about 16 BC. The Roman Empire was divided in 293 AD and the Caesar in the west, Constantius I, took up residence in Trier. His son Constantine I, who would go on to become Constantine the Great, also built a grand palace in Trier before becoming Emperor and moving the capital to Byzantium which later became Constantinople. A mint operated at Trier 294-395 AD, 408-413 AD and 430 AD. As an adjunct to business travel, Jeff Amelse spent several weekends in Trier, touring the coliseum, baths and bridges built by the Romans. Be sure to make this meeting and step back in time as Jeff shows photos of Trier’s Roman ruins, the coinage produced there and recovered even today around the city.

April 14, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speakers: Phil Carrigan, Marc Stackler & Don Dool on Standard Numimismatic Literature from Specialized Fields
Three speakers, 10 minutes each, all speaking on the standard numimismatic literature dealing with their collecting specialty: Barber Coinage & John Reich early silver Capped Bust half dimes, Mexican War of Independence (1810-21) & Mexican Revolution (1910-17), and International copper coinage (1481-1850).

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 24, 2010 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: John Burns on International Numismatic Literature

March 10, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Wallace on The Origin of Coinage in Ancient Greece
An illustrated presentation discussing why electrum coinage was invented in east Greece and Lydia in the late seventh century BC, then (ca. 580?) silver coinages spread in Greece, and then (ca. 560?) electrum coins vanished in favor of silver (or silver and gold bimetallic) coinages.

At the end of our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CPMX meeting.

March 20, 2010 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Lawrence Falater on Stock Certificates from Frauds, Scandals & Famous Bankruptcies

At the end of our regular April meeting in downtown Chicago, we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 24, 2010 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: to be announced

February 10, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on Colonial Coinage by Location
The program will be an overview of the collecting of U.S. Colonial Coins. We will cover some of the basic history, general types and sources of the coins, methods of collecting, and grading criteria.

January 13, 2010 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Paul Johnson on Canadian Colonial Tokens
Britian did not supply copper coins to its colonies, creating a need for the six colonies that became Canada to create their own. From the 1810s to the 1850s, these colonists had minted in Britain, the US, and in Canada itself, a fascinating assortment of tokens. These reflected both important events, like the War of 1812 and the Revolution of 1837, as well as the everyday life of farming and commercial fishing. Come discover why this once very popular, but now rarely collected, series is fun to collect.

2009

December 9, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Tobin on The Coinage of Mithrapata of Lycia: Evidence of Dynastic Struggles in the Fourth Century B.C.
The region known as Lycia, located in the SW corner of modern day Turkey, had a reputation in antiquity for fierce independence. Although conquered by Persia in the mid-6th c BC, Lycia maintained local autonomy thanks to the efforts of a dynasty, the Kherigans, who ruled from the city of Xanthus. During the nearly two-century rule of this family, Lycia was for the first time united politically, and a cultural identity emerged, recognized today in the numerous inscriptions in the unique Lycian language, in its singular architectural styles, and in its specialized system of coinage. During the early 4th century BC, however, the dynasty began to falter and Lycia fragmented, ruled temporarily by several small-time dynasts in various parts of the region. Ultimately this divided rule allowed stronger Persian control of Lycia. One of these dynasts was Mithrapata, who for a time ruled the eastern portion of Lycia. The Art Institute of Chicago’s recent acquisition of a coin of this leader provides a window into these troubled times. This talk presents the coin in its historical and art historical context, in order to ascertain who Mithrapata was, what were his aims and why his coins bear the type of images they do.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago, 60610. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $35.00 per person. Refer to the December Chatter for more details.

November 11, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the November newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 27.

October 14, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Kool, Senior Curator, Coin Department, Israel Antiquities Authority, on Coins Recently Excavated at Crusader Castle Vadum Iacob
The Crusader castle of Vadum Iacob (Jacob’s Ford) was built by the Knights Templar and destroyed within eleven months (Oct 1178 AD – Aug 1179 AD). The final attack, under the command of Saladin himself, left 800 crusaders dead and 700 taken prisoner. According to Muslim and Latin chronicles the castle was leveled and permanently abandoned within days. Over eight hundred years later archeologists excavated the site. Due to the castle’s history, every item found can be accurately dated. Among the material uncovered are coins which Robert Kool has examined. Although his findings are yet unpublished, he identified coins previously thought minted after 1179 AD. Be sure to attend this meeting. Come hear the fascinating story of the Vadum Iacob, its destruction, excavation and the numismatic history it is slowly revealing. For more information, go to http://vadumiacob.huji.ac.il and read about this research project, view photographs and computer reconstructions of the castle and its last days.

September 9, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Curtis Clay on The Sun God Elagabalus on the Roman Coins of the Emperor Elagabalus
Ancient coins are not merely illustrative of ancient history as known from ancient literary works and surviving inscriptions, but are themselves a primary source for ancient history, preserving for us many facts that would otherwise be unknown. To deduce history from coins, we have to know their chronology. For Elagabalus as for most emperors up to the mid third century AD, the original chronology of the coinage can be reconstructed on the basis of the datable imperial titles that are named on some coins, the progression of obverse titles and reverse types, and the relative volumes of issue of the various types, which may be deduced from the numbers of specimens that occur in several large published hoards.
The emperor Elagabalus (218-222 AD) is notorious for transporting the sacred stone of his sun god Elagabalus from Emesa to Rome and for trying to make Elagabalus the supreme god of Rome, while he himself served as the god’s chief priest, until he and his mother were murdered by the Praetorian Guard after a reign of less than four years. The goal of my paper is to show what the coins tell us about the establishment of Elagabalus as the chief god of Rome and about the emperor Elagabalus as chief priest of that god, compared to what we learn about the same matters from the ancient historians, chiefly Dio Cassius, Herodian, and the Historia Augusta.

August 12, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Feiler on Odd Denomination Currency
A collector of this material for 25 years, Bob will deliver a PowerPoint presentation on some of the pieces from his collection. Those who attend will see currency with a stated value of $1.25, $2.50, $1.75, 100-cents, etc! There’s a story behind each piece of currency and Bob will tell the story and share the financial curcumstances at the time the piece was issued.

July 8, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on The Most Curious Dr. John Leonard Riddell of New Orleans
Dr. John Leonard Riddell was a science lecturer, botanist, geologist, medical doctor, chemist, physicist, professor at Tulane, microscopist (the inventor of the binocular microscope), numismatist and melter at the New Orleans mint, an original owner of the Confederate half dollar when it was minted in 1861, Postmaster of New Orleans under Union and Confederate control, and once again, Union control, issuer of his own post office scrip and his own postage stamps, politician, a founder of the New Orleans Academy of Sciences, and science fiction author! Above all he was involved in various plots and nefarious schemes until the day he died in 1865. In this talk Steve will review the numismatic life of this Yankee transplant to antebellum New Orleans.

June 10, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speakers: a panel discussion on Numismatics as a Profession
Members from a range of numismatic businesses will form a panel that will start by answering some questions posed by the moderator. Etiquette, dos and don’ts, and buy-sell spreads will be some of the starting points, sure to lead into stories and anecdotes. Questions will be accepted from the floor, either expanding on the current point or starting a new point.

At the end of our regular June meeting we will recess and reconvene at our MidAmerica Coin Expo meeting.

June 27, 2009 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the MidAmerica Coin Expo, Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173. (That is on the east side of Meacham Road, just north of I-90; no interchange there, so check a map.) Show parking is free. No admission charge for our meeting; check signs for the meeting room.
Featured Speaker: A. Ronald Sirna on Toning on Coins
The unrivaled beauty and variety of toned coins amazes many collectors. Oftentimes, vibrantly toned coins command a premium. How did the color occur? Why did it form? Can toning be faked? Can collectors tell the difference between natural and fake toning? Should collectors care about artificial toning on the coins they buy?
Answers to these questions will be covered at the 1 PM meeting. Join Ron Sirna as he shares information on the naturally occurring toning process. He has studied toned coins for many years and will share his knowledge, experience and lessons learned on the subtle nuances of toned coins. He will also explain the primary motive behind induced toning — it covers surface flaws! Bring coins from your collection, come with questions and leave with an increased working knowledge on this numismatic specialty.
At the end there will be a drawing for Robert Campbell’s video cassette How to Tell Artificial Toning on Coins, donated by Sirna.

May 13, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Brenda Bishop on Hosting an ANA Summer Convention
Be careful for what you wish, for you might just get it. Now that the club will be the host club for ANA in 2011, Brenda, the ANA's Meeting Services Director (Convention Organizer), will be here to tell us what has changed since we last hosted in 1999, and to listen to our ideas. We will answer her questions, and she will answer our questions. Join Bob Leonard, the convention's general chairman, as we learn about the available opportunities.

April 8, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jerry Nelson on What’s New at the Federal Reserve Bank
He last spoke to us about the Federal Reserve System in September, 2005, when he also distributed some Fed pamphlets and shredded money. This time, he will no doubt touch upon the recent events in the economy and discuss the expansion of the money supply. After providing a brief introduction to the Federal Reserve, he is planning on spending most of his time fielding questions. Some hard money proponents will raise a few points. Please come prepared to ask questions; be prepared for a lively exchange.

At the end of our regular April meeting we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 25, 2009 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Hahn, Librarian of the American Numismatic Society, on Homer’s Thrinakia: The ANS Library, Sicilian History and Early Numismatic Literature
This talk will use Homer’s mention of the island “thrinakia,” identified as the island of Sicily, as a starting point to discuss the attraction of Sicily and in particular the numerous ancient sites that are preserved throughout the island. Like the three promontories of Sicily, this talk will have three points that discuss the ANS Library collections, Sicilian history, and early numismatic literature. Examples of early Sicilian numismatic literature will be drawn from the ANS Library in an effort to emphasize the rich and varied nature of the collections.

At the end of our CICF meeting we will recess and reconvene at our 90th Anniversary Banquet meeting.

April 25, 2009 - 90th Anniversary Banquet Meeting - 6PM Cash bar and reception, 7PM dinner, at Giannotti Italian Restaurant, 4926 N. River Road, Schiller Park (about 5 blocks south of the site of CICF). Reservations Required, $38 per person. Meal is family style — chicken, beef, and mostaccioli, plus salad and dessert.
Featured Speaker: David Hendin on Economics, History & Money in Judea & Early Christianity

March 7, 2009 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speakers: Tom Casper and Fred Schwan on U.S. Government Bonds
At the show, Tom Casper will have a 7-case exhibit of U.S. Bonds and related material from the Spanish-American War period to the present time. Tom will talk about Liberty Bonds (WWI) and, if time permits, advertising methods to sell Bonds during WWII. Fred will focus on a different area. Following this presentation by Tom and Fred, Tom will lead a sort of guided tour of the exhibit.

At the end of our CPMX meeting, we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting in downtown Chicago.

March 11, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert D. Leonard Jr. on The Currency of Syria in the Seventh Century A.D.
The bloody seventh century saw the assassination or execution of three emperors, two Persian kings, and three caliphs. In 601, the currency of Syria (including the modern countries of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine Authority, Jordan, and the Hatay region of Turkey) consisted of coins portraying the Byzantine emperor and featuring Christian crosses as part of their design. By 700, they had been replaced by coins bearing only inscriptions giving the declaration of faith of a religion that did not even exist in 601. During this period, Syria was swept by three wars, and its change in status — incorporation into Dar al-Islam — still affects us in 2009.
Bob will show historical maps, coin catalogs, and coins of the Byzantines, Sasanians, Sasanian-occupied Syria, crude copies of Byzantine coins issued under Arab occupation ("Pseudo-Byzantine"), Arab-Byzantine coins with Greek and/or Arabic inscriptions, coins showing the caliph, and finally reformed coins issued beginning in 697 with religious inscriptions only. Some of these issues have only recently been studied and are not fully described in the standard English texts. A handout giving a chronology of the seventh century, with numismatic bibliography, will be distributed.

February 11, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Warren Schultz on A Numismatic Mystery from Mandatory Palestine
The noted scholar of Islamic Art, L. A. Mayer, whose personal collection forms the basis of the museum now bearing his name in Jerusalem, was one of the curators of coins for the Palestine Archaeological Museum (now known as the Rockefeller Museum) during the British Mandate in Palestine. In that role, he was in the process of compiling a catalogue of coins of the Mamluk Sultanate (1250-1517) when the 1948 war broke out, and Mayer was separated from the museum and his manuscript. The subsequent history of the manuscript and the coin casts for the plates is rather interesting, and offers a neat case of forensic numismatics.

January 14, 2009 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on The Bank Notes of the Central Bank of Brasil, Cruziero Issues 1942-67
Brasil has been plagued by rampant inflation for decades. This presentation deals with the period from 1942 to 1967, when the notes were valued in Cruzeiros. What is interesting is the variety of hand signed and machine signed notes, twelve denominations, three different printing companies, and a few other oddities. Emergency issues at the beginning of this period, as the Mil Reis was on it's way out, and emergency issues toward the end when the New Cruzeiro was being introduced, make for challenging collecting.

2008

December 10, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting & Election of Officers (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Ronald Guinazzo on Treasure Hunting in England
Ron Guinazzo is a semi-professional treasure hunter and estimates finding over 100,000 coins over the past 25 years! He has traveled to Mexico, Greece and Italy looking for artifacts and this October he will make his 8th trip to England to explore and investigate the lands around Colchester, 2 hours northeast of London. Colchester is the oldest recorded city in Britain and was the capitol of England until the Romans invaded around 43 AD. During these visits Ron has found Celtic gold coins, Roman Bronzes, hammered silver coins (sceats) from King John, a partial bronze axe (850 BC), plus various buttons from the Tudor Era. Join us for a wonderful and entertaining program filled with stories of finding lost treasures! Ron promises to bring enough of his English finds to fill two exhibit cases!
Please make reservations as early as you can so we can plan for an appropriate room size.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago, 60610. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $35.00 per person. Refer to the December Chatter for more details.

November 12, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the current newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 28; many club items are included.

October 8, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Sharon & Kevin Blocker on Cuban Coinage, 1980-Present
In 1962 Fidel Castro instituted a communist government in Cuba. The resulting embargo by the U.S. contributed to a shortage of hard currency. In the 1980s the Havana Mint raised money for the national coffers by producing a large variety of coinage designs for collectors. Krause’s Standard Catalog of World Coins shows page-after-page of one, five, ten, twenty and fifty peso coin designs. Members of the Cuban Numismatic Society, the Blockers hold a large collection of these coins. Attend this program and give your opinion on the quality of engraving art by Cuban engravers and weigh in on how well the designs appeal to collectors.

September 10, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on Metal and Porcelain Notgeld, 1917-1930
Notgeld means “emergency money”” in German. Following World War I inflation escalated in Germany and in quick order the country was awash in emergency money issued by local governments and companies. Most issues were on paper, but metal issues of iron, zinc and aluminum were also produced. One respected source lists over 622 municipalities that issued metal notgeld. Member Eugene Freeman began collecting this material over forty years ago. This numismatic field is so vast the program will be limited to metal and porcelain issues only. A list of books and resources will be distributed for those who wish to learn more about the subject.

August 13, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dennis Ciechna on U.S. Paper Money Errors & Unique Notes
Error bank notes can be broken down into 24 categories. Member Dennis Ciechna does not have examples from every category, but over 30 years he has built a large collection of these unique notes. Many were found at the Lawndale National Bank and Dennis purchased some from his grandfather’s great friend, I.T. Kopicki, an early member of the Chicago Coin Club (member 124 and President 1947-48). Those who make the time to attend this meeting will see notes from $1 - $100 with errors such as print omissions, upside down printing, misprints, etc. and are sure to come away fascinated by this collecting specialty.

July 9, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert J. Leuver on U.S. Government’s Tryst with a Plastic Substrate for Currency
A former director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) will take us behind the scenes and discuss the BEP’s flirtation with a plastic substrate for U.S. currency, in place of Crane rag paper, 1978-1981. Consideration of two forays into plastic was realistic and serious. It will be interesting to speculate if the BEP can resume such tests after Rep. Silvio Conte’s (R-CT) “legislation” that the substrate for U.S. currency be produced by a U.S. manufacturer.

At the end of our regular July meeting we will recess and reconvene at our MidAmerica Coin Expo meeting.

July 12, 2008 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the MidAmerica Coin Expo, Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60173. (That is on the east side of Meacham Road, just north of I-90; no interchange there, so check a map.) Show parking is free. No admission charge for our meeting, which will be in the Utopia D room on the second floor of the convention center.
Featured Speaker: Ron Sirna on Indian & Flying Eagle Pattern Cents
James Longacre designed the Flying Eagle cent as a pattern coin in 1856 and the next year the U.S. Mint put it into circulation. Officials soon discovered the eagle’s head and tail relief would not strike up fully because they were directly opposite the wreath on the reverse. This set off a five year transitional period at the U.S. Mint where they experimented with different designs and metals. Sirna will show examples of the many pattern coins and tell the story of how the bronze Indian Head cent evolved from the copper-nickel Flying Eagle cent. Attend this program and understand how the 12-piece set (11 patterns and one regular issue) became so popular with collectors that the Mint reissued the patterns at various times, resulting in even more varieties. Sirna is also the Legal Counsel for the American Numismatic Association and will discuss some of the legal apects so prominent in the news for the last year.

June 11, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Feiler on Changed Coins
They started life as a coin, but have been changed into a wide range of articles. From the simple buttons, love tokens, and advertising counterstamps, to the more complicated lockets, knives, and scissors, Bob will show us examples from the dozen or so categories of items he has collected.

May 14, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Donald H. Dool on The Bronze Coinage of the French Feudal States
Louis XIV ruled France from 1643-1715 and transformed the government into an absolute monarchy, a foremost power in Europe and elevated French culture to a golden age. In the years just before this period twelve French States existed, each with its own coinage. Donald Dool collected their coinage for 15 years and wrote a number of articles on it and published in World Coin News. Join this meeting and see bronze coinage from these minor kingdoms with portraits of their kings and symbolism just prior to their envelopment into France. Principalities covered will include Dombes, Cugnon, Rethel, Orange, Montgelliard, Lorraine, Nevers & Rethel, Chateau-Renaud, Bouillon & Sedan, Phalzburg & Lixheim and Boislbelle & Henrichemont

April 9, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David Gumm on History of U.S. Large Cents, 1793-1857
Cents and half cents were the first coins struck for circulation under the authority of the U.S. government. Large cents were coined every year from 1793 to 1857 with the exception of 1815 when the availability of copper prevented production. Large cents made up the back bone of mint production and in the first year three separate designs were created. Attend this meeting and learn about the people responsible at the mint, the problems they experienced hiring quality workers, how malaria outbreaks closed the operation during August-September several times and the quest for quality refined copper that would hold up during the coinage production.

At the end of our regular April meeting we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 26, 2008 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Bruce Smith on Marco Polo’s Account of 13th Century Asian Money
When he was 17, Marco Polo (1254-1324) traveled to China and returned to Venice 24 years later. The account of Marco’s travels, published late in life, gave Europeans a firsthand view of Asia and stimulated trade with this far away land. Marco’s detailed description of what he saw comprises the most amazing chapters in anthropology, geography and natural history ever penned by a traveler. Included in this great travel narrative, Marco recounted the local money in use and how much was required for goods and services. He wrote that the currency of the Mongol realm was paper money made from the inner bark of mulberry trees and was universally accepted throughout the empire under penalty of death for refusing to accept it. Bruce Smith lived in China, traveled there numerous times and studied Chinese history and numismatics for 35 years. Come to this meeting and see numismatic illustrations from the 13th century that circulated in the lands traveled by Marco Polo. Tradition tells that Marco Polo’s last words were “I have not told half of what I saw.“ When this presentation finishes, members will know that Bruce Smith has not told half of what he knows about Asian numismatics!

March 12, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Lyle Daly on The Numismatic Legacy of Augustus Saint-Gaudens & Theodore Roosevelt
U.S. coin designs changed dramatically under President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09). His collaboration with the premier designer of the time, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, set into motion design changes across the spectrum of U.S. coinage. A licensed architect, Daly holds a deep interest in design and studied this era for many years. He will deliver a PowerPoint presentation that encompasses the story of preceding years, political atmosphere, the resistance of the U.S. Mint and the lingering aftershocks. In addition to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Daly will cover the coin designs of Bela Lyon Pratt (Quarter & Half Eagle 1908), Anthony de Francisci ($1 1921), Adolph Weinman (50¢ 1916), James Earle Fraser (5¢ 1913), Hermon MacNeil (25¢ 1916) and Victor David Brenner (1¢ 1909). Those who attend this meeting will come away a better understanding of how much energy and political determination it took to bring about a new era of coin designs that some numismatists consider the most beautiful ever issued.

At the end of our regular March meeting we will recess and reconvene at our CPMX meeting.

March 29, 2008 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on Silent Witness: Civilian Camp Money of World War II
Germany’s Third Reich developed camp scrip in 1933 for its first political prisoners. The Nazis forced prisoners to exchange their money for scrip created specially for the camp. The scrip held no financial backing and was worthless except for use at the camp’s canteen. As Nazi power spread across Europe so too did the number of internment camps, each with its own scrip. Some issues were given as a reward for extra work allowing inmates to barter for additional food. The scrip’s grotesque images and designs testify to the Nazis’ efforts to humiliate and dehumanize their victims.
The 500,000 people imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto developed a secret underground currency, separate from the Nazi’s camp money. Designed and printed by the prisoners this secret currency relied heavily on Zionist symbolism and probably were printed from linoleum plates.
After many years of research and collecting, Steve Feller wrote Silent Witnesses: Civilian Camp Money of World War II. The 168-page catalog issued in 2007 includes 775 color illustrations. In addition to Ghetto and Concentration Camp money, this book also covers scrip issued for Internment Camps and Displaced Persons Camps from Axis and Allied countries. Those who attend this program will come away with a sense of awe that some form of monetary exchange was a part of life, even in the darkest of times.

February 13, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Zitowski on A Millennium of Coins from the Papal States
In a survey of coins from the Papal States over the last thousand years, Steve will show how the coins describe the Western world of that age in the areas of economy, industrialization. and art.

January 9, 2008 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Roman Minting Errors
Error coins hold a special attraction to collectors. Currently minted U.S. coins make up the majority of errors seen at coin shows. Mark Wieclaw, however, has a collection of ancient Roman error coins. On two occasions in 2007 he exhibited several showing brockages, double-strikes, off-center strikes, etc. much to the enjoyment of members in attendance. Be sure to attend this meeting to see more of these error coins and hear Mark explain how they came to be made.

2007

December 13, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speakers: Leonard Augsberger and Joel Orosz on Images of the First Mint: The Numismatic Legacy of Frank H. Stewart
In 1792, the newly formed American government commissioned its first building — the United States Mint on Seventh Street in Philadelphia. Over one hundred years later, Philadelphian Frank H. Stewart purchased the now worn out property, attempted to preserve it as a historical site, and in the end bowed to the interests of commerce and razed the building in order to erect a functional factory for his rapidly expanding electrical business. But Stewart was not a mercenary businessman hell bent on destroying history in order to progress the future. In the wake of the first mint excavation Stewart left behind a thoughtful trail of images and artifacts, which until now have never been thoroughly investigated. In this presentation we revisit the iconography and relics that Stewart not only preserved but promoted with much vigor, greatly desiring that the history of the first mint be shared with future generations, reflecting the vision of the Founding Fathers in creating this, the first building of the United States.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $25.00 per person.

November 14, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
NEW LOCATION !!!! At the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court. Plymouth Court is a small side street, extending south from Jackson, between State and Dearborn streets.
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction. See the current newsletter for a list of items consigned by October 30; many items traced to J. Henri Ripstra are included.

October 10, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Stuart Kleven on Pre-Coinage Currency and Ancient Scale Weights
The presentation addresses the development of weight standards that lead to the use of coinage. Weight standards take on many forms and many different materials. Numerous photos of different weights will be shown. The relationship of weights to commerce and trade will be reviewed.

September 12, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dennis Ciechna on National Banknotes & Memorabilia from the Lawndale National Bank
Dennis Ciechna recently rejoined the Chicago Coin Club. As a youth Dennis was introduced to coin collecting by his grandfather, a close friend of I.T. Kopicki, a primary Club official for forty years. Kopicki was an officer of the Lawndale Bank, signed some of their National Bank Notes and is credited with giving the Club lifetime free checking. Kopicki also mentored young Ciechna, allowing him to come into the bank and examine rolls of coinage. Join Ciechna as he shares old photos of the Bank’s interior, the employees and its National Bank Notes.

August 15, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Marc Stackler on Coinage from the Mexican War of Independence, 1810-1821
Father Miguel Hidalgo initiated an insurrection against Spain on September 16, 1810. Independence was finally achieved in 1821 by General Agustin de Iturbide who became Mexico’s first emperor. When the war began the Mexico City Mint was the only mint in what is modern-day Mexico, but as insurgents began to cut the roads royalists were forced to open provincial branch mints to meet the needs of commerce. Insurgent forces issued their own coins which begin to show images reflecting a genuine Mexican culture. Marc Stackler has collected a wide range of Mexican coins for over 10 years and is a student of Mexican history. Join Marc as he tells the story of Mexican independence through their coinage and explains the significance of Mexico’s passage from a colony into an independent nation.

July 11, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Riley on Pre-World War II Token Issues from Shanghai
Following the Spanish-American War, American financial interests expanded into Asia. Shanghai became the center of an international community of businessmen, profiteers and mercenaries who tapped oil wells, pursued cheap labor, ran gambling houses, etc. Shanghai was a city of extremes with untold extravagance and abject poverty with a rapidly darkening specter of war about to wipe away their free-wheeling system. A student of Asian numismatics for many years, John Riley will share the history and tokens with U.S. connections issued during this era.

June 13, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mike Gasvoda on The Propaganda Coinage of Augustus, 27 BC - 14 AD
Mike Gasvoda is a respected collector of ancient Roman coinage and has put together a new presentation dealing with Roman Emperor Augustus and his propaganda coinage. Those who attend the meeting will hear how Augustus dominated Roman politics through coins that promoted his name, his titles, his divine right to rule, his military victories, buildings and temples he held sacred, etc. This propaganda was so effective it influenced coinage designs for centuries. Members will come away with an insight into this watershed period of Imperial Roman coinage.

At the end of our regular monthly downtown meeting we will recess and reconvene at our MidAmerica Coin Expo meeting.

June 23, 2007 - CCC Meeting - 11AM In the Mr. Lincoln Room of the DoubleTree Hotel which is across the street from the MidAmerica Coin Expo, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Paul A. Cunningham on U.S. Military Tokens: Civil War – Current
Military tokens have existed for as long as armies gathered and fought. With each war the primary use of tokens evolved. During the Civil War, military tokens purchased food, but by the time of the Viet Nam War, soldiers used tokens for gambling. Paul Cunningham is the leading authority on military tokens and authored three books on exonumia including the two-volume Military Tokens of the U.S., published in 1998.

May 9, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Wallace on Archaic Silver Coinages of the Thracian Tribes, ca. 550-480 B.C.
For nearly a century down to the mid-fifth century BC — and then abruptly stopping — several Thracian tribes (the Bisalti, the Edoni, the Orrescii, and the Derrones, in modern day Macedonia and Bulgaria) issued a large number of spectacular and extremely large silver coins: octodrachms and dodekadrachms, among the largest silver coins issued in the ancient world. A significant number of these coins have been found in hoards of Egypt and the Near East. The question for the evening is, why did these tribes strike these massive coins, but very few smaller ones, and why did the coins travel so far?

April 11, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on U.S. Standing Liberty Quarters, 1916-1930
Gene Freeman has collected and studied the Standing Liberty Quarter series for 30+ years. Designed by Hermon MacNeil, the coin’s first year of issue raised a moral problem due to Liberty’s exposed breast. The date also wore off quickly and was adjusted in 1925. Join Gene as he tells the story of this coin oftentimes overlooked by collectors. Gene will show examples of the major types, mintmark varieties, and the striking characteristics of the series.

At the end of our regular monthly downtown meeting we will recess and reconvene at our CICF meeting.

April 28, 2007 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Chuck Jacobs on Japanese One Yen Silver Pieces & Trade Dollars, 1870-1914
Chuck Jacobs will present a visual exploration of the history of Japanese crowns — one yen silver pieces and trade dollars — tracking their origin from monetized Mexican 8 reales pieces used along side primitive coinage during the late-feudal Ansei era (ca 1859), through domestically-minted, modern silver crowns in the Meiji and Taisho eras (from 1870-1904). The talk will showcase each coin — as well as its iconography — in the context of Japanese culture and history. The lecture will also delve into the various patterns, variations, and counterstamps. Along the way, learn how to date these coins, the significance of their imagery, and how to tell the “obverse” from the “reverse.”

March 10, 2007 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speakers: Clifford Mishler & Chester Krause on Wisconsin Paper Money
Chester Krause collected Wisconsin paper money for over 50 years and assembled an impressive collection in excess of 1,500 pieces. His collection will make up a 170-case exhibit at this summer’s American Numismatic Association convention in Milwaukee. Never before has such a large currency collection from a single state gone on exhibit anywhere. Everyone attending this meeting will hear Chet Krause show and discuss some of Wisconsin’s rarest issues and relate stories on building a single state collection second to none.

At the end of our meeting at CPMX we will recess and reconvene at our regular March meeting.

March 14, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David Baeckelandt on Chicago Financial Firsts
Despite its brand as the “Second City,” Chicago is, in fact, the birthplace of a vast array of financial innovations including modern accounting, modern investment banking practices, modern underwriting due diligence, and modern stock evaluation techniques. Chicago has spawned innovations in insurance, investment management theory and IPO's; personal finance and pensions; capital markets, charting, and commodities; and much more. At one point, in the early 1930s, Chicago’s dominance in practical and innovative finance was such that press reports cited serious discussions to relocate the NYSE to Chicago. Illustrating his arguments with certificates and financial documents from his collection, David Baeckelandt will chronicle the evolution of Chicago’s Financial Firsts.

February 14, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Paul Robertz on Distinguishing Fine Differences of Lower Grade Coins
Paul Robertz is a serious student of grading for many years and will cover the fine points of the lower grades. Although collectors are told to buy coins in as high a grade as they can afford, they still hold more lower-grade coins in their collections than Mint State grades. This is particularly true with collections of early American coinage. Robertz will use Barber coinage and Liberty Head nickels to illustrate the different degrees of wear and characteristics that assign a grade to a coin.

January 10, 2007 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Rich Hall on U.S. Type I Liberty Head $20 Gold Coins
Type I $20 gold coins are also known as “No Motto” double-eagles. Minting for general circulation began in 1850 as a direct result of the California Gold Rush and ended in 1866 at the end of the Civil War when the motto “In God We Trust” was added to the reverse. Rich will tell the diverse role this coin played in history and include stories from the California Gold Rush, shipments lost at sea, the “Panic of 1857,” and the Civil War. He will cover some of the minting varieties and other items of interest to collectors.

2006

December 13, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Clifford Mishler on 2007 Milwaukee ANA Convention
Cliff Mishler is a Club life member and deeply involved in the hobby for over fifty years. He is the General Chairman of the 2007 Milwaukee ANA Convention. Expect Cliff to take everyone on a nostalgic visit to the past when the ANA first visited Milwaukee in 1950 and take a glimpse at what the future holds for the upcoming convention.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $25.00 per person.

November 8, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 11, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Andrew J. Donnelly on Tetrarchic Mint Control, 284-324
This will be an updated version of his paper at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 4, 2006, benefitting from comments expressed during the question and answer session and further discussion with his advisor. At first glance, the coins of the Tetrarchy are hard to distinguish by emperor — they all seem to portray the same individual — but Donnelly’s studies of Roman Imperial Coins, (RIC, the standard catalog of the series) showed subtle differences in favored deities, depending on which ruler controlled the mint. This program should add greatly to our knowledge and appreciation of these common pieces, found in every collection of Roman coins.

September 13, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on How to Distinguish Different Precious Metals
The ability to identify preious metals has always been important, especially now with the increase in prices. Join us as Mark shows the commonly performed tests as well as what to look for.

August 9, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Winston Zack on 2006 ANA Summer Seminar
Club member Winston Zack was awarded a scholarship to attend one week of the ANA’s Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs in early July. It is not just five days on one topic; learn about the other special programs and educational opportunities available for two weeks in early July at ANA headquarters.

July 12, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on A Numismatic Look at German Occupied Guernsey and Jersey
The British Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey were the only bits of the British Isles to be occupied by Germany during WWII. The islands were occupied from 30 June 1940 until the day after VE day, May 8, 1945. This talk will focus on the various German and British currerncy issues in circulation during the occupation. Four distinct issues of money will be discussed. Original data from contemporary sources will be used. The presentation will be based, in part, on a research visit to the islands during February 2006.

June 14, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Philip J. Carrigan on Charles Barber and His Coins
Son of and successor to William Barber, Charles became the sixth chief engraver of the US Mint in 1880. He is well known for producing Barber dimes, quarter dollars and half dollars and less so for designing the Barber five cents.
Born in London and trained there under British engravers, he continued in the style of his father perpetuating the British flavour of mid nineteenth century US coins. Charles Barber is also responsible for making manufacturing corrections to the Saint Gaudens $10 and $20 gold coins. Additionally, he designed the Hawaiian 1883 coinage, several commemorative silver and gold coins and over fifty medals.
This presentation will emphasize the Barber circulating coins and current numismatic interest.

At the end of our regular monthly downtown meeting we will recess and reconvene at our Mid-America meeting.

June 24, 2006 - CCC Meeting - 11AM In the Mr. Lincoln Room of the DoubleTree Hotel which is across the street from the MidAmerica Coin Expo, which is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Jeff Garrett on The Smithsonian’s U.S. Gold Coins
Jeff Garrett is the co-author of the recently published book Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins - 1795-1933: Circulating, Proof, Commemorative and Pattern Issues. Published by Whitman Publishing (http://www.whitmanbooks.com), the book is receiving rave reviews from the collecting community. Every photograph is expertly photographed and some coins haven’t been publicly seen in more than two decades. Be sure to mark your calendar to attend this unique program. Jeff’s talk will concentrate on the gold issues in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Jeff Garrett owns Mid-America Rare Coins in Lexington, KY and is president of the Professional Numismatics Guild, Inc.. He is considered the top coin grader in the country, based on his winning the Professional Coin Grading Service World Series of Coin Grading in July 2005 during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in San Francisco. Garrett used those skills to provide grades for the entire Smithsonian gold coin collection.
Extra copies of the 650-page book that sells for $69.95 will be made available.

May 10, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Eugene Freeman on Money for Texas
This will be an overview of the numismatic issues related to Texas, including the Spanish, Republic of Texas, and Confederacy periods. The numismatic issues include coins, such as the 1817 and 1818 half reales (jolas) of San Antonio. They also include the paper money and bonds of the Republic of Texas, and the scrip of the Confederate State of Texas.

April 1, 2005 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Mike Gasvoda on Roman Imperatorial Coinage, Julius Caesar to the Naming of Augustus — 49-27 BC
This presentation covers the early part of Mike’s collecting specialty, the coinage of the twelve Caesars. Some members might know Mike for his articles in the Celator magazine.

At the end of our CICF meeting we will recess and reconvene at our regular monthly downtown meeting.

April 12, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Zarlenga on The Lost Science of Money
In his recently published book, The Lost Science of Money, Steve tells the story of how money was discovered, lost and rediscovered through history. It is a pattern that keeps repeating itself even today.

March 8, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Riley on U.S. Military Decorations
John’s interest comes from his older brother, David, who, in addition to writing Uncommon Valor on the medallic issues of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps, was the longtime webmaster for the Orders & Medal Society of America. As a Navy officer 1985-89, John found it an asset to be able to identify the more obscure awards and insignia that service members were entitled to wear.
Most coin collectors are familiar with A.A. Weinman’s “Mercury” dime and Walking Liberty half; we have known James Earle Fraser’s buffalo nickel since we were kids. Those two and the U.S. mint were central figures in the design of several classic U.S. military medals.
Examples of medals done by most of them and good reference material will be presented, along with some background perspective from George Washington’s clumsy cloth “Purple Heart” in 1782 to the service medal issued for the War on Terrorism.

At the end of our regular March meeting we will recess and reconvene at our meeting at CPMX.

March 11, 2005 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Gene Hessler on World Bank Note Engravers
Hessler’s topic reflects his newly published book The International Engraver’s Line that received a rave review in the February, 2006 issue of Bank Note Reporter (page 73). The 392-page book spotlights the lives and achievements of international master engravers and the world bank notes they designed. When reviewing the book, collectors will recognize familiar portraits, buildings and animal vignettes. Now the vignettes can be tied to the specific engravers who created them. The book is a lasting tribute to a dying profession and the talented men and women who excelled at it from the 18th century through today. This book follows Hessler’s The Engraver’s Line, a 400+ page encyclopedia highlighting the masters of engraving work done in the United States and published in 1993.
Gene Hessler is a recognized researcher, author of 350+ articles, editor and lecturer in the field of numismatics. He has served as curator of The Chase Manhattan Bank Money Museum in New York City, and the Mercantile Bank Money Museum in St. Louis. His other books include Comprehensive Catalog of U.S. Paper Money, U.S. Essay, Proof and Specimen Notes and An Illustrated History of U.S. Loans, 1775-1898. The search engine Google has 137,000 resulting references under Gene Hessler.

February 8, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert D. Leonard Jr. on Coin Collector Gone Bad: The Numismatic Frauds of Mark Hofmann, the Morman Murderer
He was a Boy Scout who started collecting coins in the 1960s by searching through rolls. A former Mormon missionary, he was a married man with four children. He had an I.Q. of 149. He contributed an article to the TAMS Journal. Yet he started altering coins to make rarities as a teenager, then went on to making fake mint errors (one of which realized $48,300 in a Goldberg auction in 2003, having previously been handled by Heritage), fantasy tokens, and counterfeit Mormon notes. When he overreached himself in his business of selling forged documents, he murdered two people with bombs and is now serving life without parole.
Bob Leonard will present details of the numismatic frauds of Mark Hofmann, gleaned from eight books written by those who knew him, his own article in the TAMS Journal, and the comments of John Ford and others. A list of known fakes will be distributed to those in attendance.

January 11, 2006 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dr. Andy Plioplys on Silver Currency Ingots of Northern Europe
At the April, 2004 meeting, Dr. Andy Plioplys gave an outstanding exhibit on the silver bars, called kapas, used as money in Lithuania from 1100-1300 AD. Since then, he has uncovered more information on this little known numismatic subject. With the help of the curators at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the American Numismatic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and private collectors, Andy received new information on other silver ingots that circulated 800-1450 AD throughout the Baltic region and along the Volga River area into Russia. He has also acquired what might be the only true Russian ingot in a private collection. Since his last featured talk before the club in August (Temporary Currencies of Lithuania), Andy gave a numismatic talk at the Balzekas Museum that resulted in an invitation to give a numismatic presentation at the 150th anniversary celebration of the Lithuanian National Museum in Vilnus, Lithuania. The event will be in April, 2006 and will include four days of talks dealing with Lithuanian numismatics. Part of Andy’s PowerPoint presentation will include information on Dr. Alexander Rackus, a Charter Member of the CCC and Past-President (1928). Dr. Rackus’ collection of Lithuanian numismatics makes up a large portion of the numismatic exhibits in the Balzekas Museum and the Ciurlionis National Art Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania.

2005

December 14, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Leonard Augsberger on The Baltimore Gold Hoard of 1934
In the fall of 1934, two poverty stricken teenagers discovered a hoard of thousands of U.S. gold coins buried in the cellar of an east Baltimore tenement. The coins, struck between 1834 and 1856, no doubt represented a Civil War era collection. Suffering the effects of the Great Depression, the city immediately broke forth in a wave of speculation and intrigue amid the lure of the buried treasure, including many who came forward to stake their claim and take away the treasure from the impoverished boys. Leonard Augusburger has conducted extensive research into this story and has an upcoming book on the subject. Join the Club at their annual banquet (reservations required) and hear of the families involved, the inevitable legal battle, the rumors surrounding the discovery and the sale of the gold pieces.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 W. North Ave., Chicago. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $25.00 per person.

November 9, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 12, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: David MacDonald on Overstruck Ancient Greek Coinage
David MacDonald has collected and studied overstruck ancient Greek coinage for at least 15 years. These unique coins were struck from 360 B.C. – 1 A.D. and can be found in the coinage of Massalia (France) on the west to the Indo-Greek empires of the east. It’s believed the coins were overstruck to increase their marketplace value and because it was cheaper than going through the entire process of melting the old coins. Little written material is available on this subject except for a few articles that appeared in obscure academic journals. MacDonald has published some 6-7 articles and has authored for publication a 220-page manuscript listing 156 overstruck coins.

September 14, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jerry Nelson on What’s New at the Federal Reserve Bank
Nelson retired from the securities brokerage business 13 years ago and began working at the Fed as a tour guide. First working two-days a week, then three days and finally drafted to work five days per week. Nelson is now in his ninth year as a full-time employee. The Fed used his talents in publications, database management and now in Public Relations. Nelson has addressed community banking conventions in the five-state region, represented the Fed at numerous municipal, state and federal functions and hosted central bankers from other nations, including China and Saudi Arabia.

August 10, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Sharon Blocker on Polymer Banknotes
Polymer note issue is rapidly growing with more countries joining the list of issuers. There are over 30 countries that issue the notes with the largest being Australia. The earlier notes are tougher to obtain, but a full set of polymer banknotes is within most collector’s budget. They are colorful, sturdy and fun to collect. Some countries are now completely using the polymer notes and the paper issues are becoming an item of the past. Banknotes printed on Tyvek&tm; were first used in the early 1980s with unsatisfactory results. Then in 1988 Note Printing Australia developed the world’s first polymer plastic banknote. Many countries (30 at last count) soon converted their paper currency to this new material. The polymer is made of a non-porous plastic with a specially developed protective coating. The notes stay cleaner and resist moisture and result in an average lifespan of 4-5 times longer than paper banknotes. The polymer material allows for a see-through window that foils counterfeiters from using photocopiers and scanners. Sharon will share her collecting experiences with polymer banknotes.

July 13, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Don Dool on German States Coins from the Kipper Era (1617-1623)
This program deals with the German coinage issued during the 30-Years War (1618-1648). Soldiers needed to be paid and large quantities of coins were issued at overvalued prices that was further complicated by mass forgeries. Then in 1619 rulers of larger states joined in the fraud with resultant inflation. In order to establish a coin’s worth it was laid on a specially made scale (Wippe) by a "tipper." If the coin was of full value, the Wippe tipped (German: kippen). Kipper money was outlawed in 1622 after Austria and later the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations rose up against it.

June 8, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Weinstein on Small Change: Epidemic Counterfeiting in 4th Century Roman Britain

At the end of our regular June meeting we will recess and reconvene at our meeting at the MidAmerica Coin Expo.

June 25, 2005 1pm in the Mr. Lincoln Room of the Double Tree Hotel, 5460 N. River Road, Rosemont (across the street from the 24th Annual MidAmerica Coin Expo held at the Donald Stevens Convention Center). No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: David Sundman on 19th Century 3-D Slides of the U.S. Mint
Stereo photography was a popular way to view images during the 19th century. It consisted of two separate photos that gave a 3-dimensional effect when superimposed and viewed through special glasses. David Sundman acquired a selection of stereophotos showing the U.S. Mint during the 1800s and has converted them into a slide program. David Sundman will lead this educational tour back through time when the Mint was striking Indian cents, Shield nickels, and Seated Liberty coinage. Those who attend will be given a special pair of viewing glasses and, while supplies last, a bag of popcorn.

May 11, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Chuck Jacob on Die-Struck Copper Coinage of China
China issued cast coinage in base metals for many centuries before the Christian era, but die-struck coins didn’t appear until 1888. Chuck’s presentation will concentrate on the 10-cash copper pieces. They were issued into the 1930’s and were equivalent to 1-cent. The central mint wasn’t the only issuer of the 10-cash coins. Many of China’s 35 provinces also issued these coins. Many varieties exist, with different dating systems and different dragon images. Those who attend will also see the coin’s design evolution as China went through the Boxer Rebellion (1900), the decline of the Ch’iang dynasty and the rise of the republic.

April 13, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Alex Moulinas on Coin Grading Perspectives
Professionally involved in numismatics since 1988, Alex Moulinas recently joined the international coin department at Harlen J. Berk Ltd.. Previously, Alex graded coins at the Numismatic Guaranty Corp (NGC) in Florida. Members attending this presentation will receive a greater understanding of the technical aspects in coin grading and how it equates to the retail market. Alex will explain what professional grading services look at and how they weigh each factor in a grade. General comments on strike, luster and cleaning will also be covered.

At the end of our regular April meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our meeting at CICF.

April 23, 2005 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare, formerly the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Clyde Hubbard on The First Coinage of the Americas, Mexico City 1536
With the rapid increase in commerce of New Spain after the conquest, the need for a mint became urgent. It wasn’t until May 11, 1535, however, that a royal cédula was issued, and the mint began operation the following year. Silver reales and copper maravedies, in eight denominations, were minted in the name of Carolus et Johanna (Charles I of Spain and Joan the Mad) as late as 1556. Mr. Hubbard will illustrate obverse and reverse of the major types and issues, and describe hoards of these coins, including a recent find in Cuba. Mr. Hubbard co-authored A Guide Book of Mexican Coins, co-authored the definitive study of 1824 eight reale coins and published in 1967 his first paper on the coinage of 1536.

Of interest to collectors of primitive money, every attendee receives a replica of Togo Stone Money accompanied by an original article giving the story of this little-known and fascinating currency. Since 1989, the CCC issued a primitive money souvenir with an original article to commemorate their CICF meeting. This 16th issue is written by CCC and IPMS member Robert Leonard.

March 9, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Douglass F. Rohrman on Exciting Changes at the American Numismatic Society
The American Numismatic Society (ANS) was organized in 1858 in New York City and has evolved into a preeminent national institution advancing the study of numismatics. Recently, the ANS moved to 96 Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan. The 35,000 square foot former bank building encompasses the world’s largest numismatic library (100,000 volumes) located on two full floors and a numismatic collection estimated at 800,000 pieces. Admission is free and the library and coin cabinet are open for research by appointment. Chicago attorney Douglass Rohrman sits on the Board of Trustees, the ANS governing body. Attend this presentation and hear about the new plans and programs on the ANS agenda.

At the end of our regular March meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our meeting at CPMX.

March 19, 2005 - CCC Meeting - 1PM at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Mark Anderson on Hard Times in a Small Town Bank
The First National Bank of Grantsburg, Wisconsin was founded in 1905 by Swedish immigrant H.A. Anderson, Mark’s grandfather. Join this presentation and hear the story of this bank, its relationship with Wisconsin’s agrarian economy and Anderson’s struggle to survive hard times and persevere with competing banks. Mark’s presentation will show rare numismatic souvenirs and family photos. Collectors attending this program will come away with a perspective and appreciation that every bank note has a unique history and a story with real people.

February 9, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on The Tetradrachms of Roman Egypt
The reverse designs will be emphasized during this program. Coins beginning with Nero and up through Numerian will be shown.

January 12, 2005 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Greg Goodrow on Vietnamese Cash Coinage, 968-1945
Greg Goodrow has collected Vietnamese artifacts since 1980; nine years ago he began to specialize in collecting their coinage. His talk will cover the beginnings of Vietnams cash coinage, types of cash coins, influences from China and the historical significance surrounding different rulers. Greg will also offer clarification on the many tributary names assigned to the country. Contemporary counterfeits on the market and current literature will also be covered.

2004

December 8, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Thom Cicchelli on The Illinois State Quarter Story
Thom Cicchelli, a local graphic artist, submitted the artistic concept for the design stuck on the Illinois State Quarter. Join Thom at the Chicago Coin Club Annual Banquet on December 8, 2004 and hear his story of the concept design and his experience in seeing it struck. Those who attend will come away with a greater understanding of the work that goes into a coin design from concept, all the steps of production and finally struck and issued into circulation.
The annual December Banquet will be held at Alpine Banquet Haus, 11141 W. Roosevelt Road, Westchester. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $25.00 per person.

November 10, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 13, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John vander Weit on Coins of Alexander the Great

September 8, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Richard Hartzog on Countermarked Coins

August 11, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Tom DeLorey on The Debate Over Modern Double-Die Coins

July 14, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Saul Needleman on Use of Jehovah on Coins and Medals
Dr. Needleman collected and researched for 25 years coins and medals that show Jehovah in Hebrew script. He discovered most were struck during a narrow time frame in history and were issued more for propaganda purposes than religious reasons. Dr. Needleman cataloged nearly 1,000 specimens and in 2002 published the only book known on this subject. Join us for an evening rich in the history Europe as it emerged from the Dark Ages and began a new course in their relationship with God.

June 9, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: William Bierly on U.S. Pattern Coinage
Pattern coinage is comprised of those pieces proposed for adoption as a regular issue, but not approved. The Coinage Committee of Congress must approve all coinage designs and many people believe that some of the finest works of our mint engravers was rejected. Join us for this fascinating numismatic talk on "what might have been." Member Bill Bierly will cover the history of pattern coinage through slides of famous patterns and reference books. Bill Bierly will also speak on his specialty: the "God Our Trust" and "In God We Trust" motto transitions on pattern coinage from the Civil War era. A handout will be provided for those who wish to learn more.

At the end of our regular June meeting we will recess and reconvene at our meeting at the MidAmerica Coin Expo.

June 26, 2004 3pm in the Mr. Lincoln Room of the Double Tree Hotel, 5460 N. River Road, Rosemont (across the street from the 23rd Annual MidAmerica Coin Expo held at the Donald Stevens Convention Center). No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured program: Face to Face with Famous Numismatists - Recollections by Q. David Bowers
Bowers is the author 40+ numismatic books and is the recipient of numerous literary awards. He served as president of the American Numismatic Association and the Professional Numismatists Guild and was bestowed with their highest awards. He has lectured at Harvard University and appeared on numerous television networks discussing his lifelong interest in rare coins.

May 1, 2004 - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker: Richard Giedroyc on Numismatic Issues from the House of Dracula and House of Frankenstein
Richard Giedroyc, a student of superstitious beliefs surrounding international coinage, will show and discuss facts and ancient customs of the numismatic issues from the Houses of Dracula and Frankenstein. Coins from the 14th – 16th centuries will be discussed for the House of Dracula. The Frankenstein family issued coins from the 9th through 20th century notgeld.
Giedroyc gathered stories on numismatic superstition for over thirty years and will soon release a book on the subject. Those who attend this unforgettable program will come away with a deeper understanding of these two notorious families and their hold on cultural lore.

May 1, 2004 - 85th Anniversary Banquet, 7pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. Dinner is buffet style; banquet tickets are sold on a reservation basis and are available at $39.
Featured speaker: Scott VanHorn on Coinage of the Late Roman Empire Seen Through it’s Portrait Type, 300 - 400 AD
Roman coinage portraits began to change with Constantine the Great. A study of the coins issued over the next 100 years shows subtle yet remarkable differences. Scott VanHorn will cover this historical era, point out changes in clothing, diadems, laurel wreaths, etc. and explain what each signifies. Those who attend will come away with an appreciation of the stories that can be told through observation of the small details on coinage.
VanHorn holds Master’s Degrees in ancient history and Latin and is near completion of his doctoral degree in Classical Studies at Chicago’s Loyola University. He is an ANS Summer Seminar Graduate, has presented papers at several international conferences, including the 13th International Numismatic Conference in Madrid, Spain. VanHorn joined the Classical Numismatic Group in January, 2003 and works with electronic auction lots.

May 12, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert J. Greenstein on The Coins of the Palestine Mandate, 1927-1947
The Palestine Mandate was born out of League of Nations agreements ending the First World War. It resulted in Great Britain receiving administrative powers over Palestine, in addition to other countries. The Palestine Currency Order of 1927 created a standard of currency based on the Palestine pound, divided into one thousand mils. The League of Nations mandate required the name of "Palestine" appear in three languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew. Coins were issues in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 mils from 1927 through 1947, but not struck with all possible year dates. In all, there were 59 different combinations of dates and denominations. The Palestine Mandate ended May 1948 with the creation of the State of Israel, but the coins remained legal tender through September 1948. In the Gaza Strip and Jordan they remained legal through 1951. Robert Greenstein is a life member of the American Israel Numismatic Association and has been employed in professional numismatics for over 30 years. Those who attend this program will come away with a snapshot view of a part of the world reaching from Biblical times through centuries of invasions and rule by nearly every major European and Asian empire.

April 14, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Andy Plioplys on The Early Coinage of Lithuania, 1100 - 1400 AD

March 10, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Connelly on $1.00 U.S. Coins from Eisenhower to Sacagawea

February 11, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on The Silver Drachms of Parthia
The ancient Kingdom of Parthia covered lands of what is today western Turkey, much of Syria and all of Iraq and Iran. The Parthian Kings issued coinage from the 2nd century B.C. through the 3rd century A.D. Mark Wieclaw has collected this series of ancient coins since 1981 and will cover the story of Parthian imperial portraits that imitated Roman coinage and how the reverse types are consistent with the Greek Seleucids who they displaced.

At the end of our regular February meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our meeting at CPMX.

February 28, 2004 - CCC Meeting - at the Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker: Allen Mincho on Illinois National Bank Notes

January 14, 2004 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert D. Leonard, Jr. on Crusader Gold Coins, 1096 to 1450 AD
This presentation will begin with a review of the history of the Crusades and the Crusader states throughout the Levant, then discuss the Islamic coins that served as prototypes and their Crusader imitations, still bearing the anti-Christian Muslim profession of faith! (These imitations were later banned by the Pope.) The curious cut gold series -- no complete coin is known, only cut pieces -- will be described, as will copies of later Western coins, including a newly-recognized series of imitation Byzantine coins issued at the time of the Latin Empire. Many of the actual coins discussed will be shown.

2003

December 10, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Dr. Susan Solway, Professor of Art History, DePaul University on Roman Coins Beyond Rome: Numismatic Passages into Medieval Art and Material Culture
Dr. Solway’s slide illustrated talk will cover the survival of Roman Coins in the Middle Ages and their numismatic "afterlife" in medieval art and material culture.
Small, portable, virtually impervious to decay, mass-produced and widely distributed over the Roman Empire, whose territory became the realm of the medieval world, Roman coins served simultaneously as vehicles for the persistence of the classical tradition and as raw material for physical and functional transformation into artifacts of medieval culture.
Dr. Solway will cover such topics including coin ornaments and jewelry, traditionally considered outside the realm of medieval art history and numismatics; the "reuse" via fashioning and refashioning of coins into Christian sacred objects; numismatic sources of medieval iconography; reverence of ancient coins and their medieval imitations as Christian relics, talismans and/or amulets; and pictorial translations of imperial profile portraits as political and propagandistic stamps of authority.
Everyone who attends Dr. Solway’s talk will come away with a new appreciation of the intersections between numismatics and art history!
The annual December Banquet will be held at Marcello’s Restaurant, 645 West North Avenue, Chicago. A cash bar opens at 6:30 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $45.00 per person.

November 12, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 8, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Weinstein on Indo-Sasanian Coinage
Indo-Sasanian coins were first issued about 550 AD by the Gujuras, a Hun tribe. Robert Weinstein will show these coins struck in Northern India for several hundred years and derived from a Sasanid Persian prototype. Designs were copied and the copies were copied, resulting in a rapid degradation of design. Some varieties are barely recognized when compared to the original type.

September 10, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Richard Hamilton on Stock Certificates from Illinois Railroads
The art of scripophily as shown on the stock certificates of Illinois railroads will be highlighted during this presentation. Mr. Hamilton has collected stock certificates for over twenty years and will show and discuss certificates from the Chicago Great Western Railroad, Chicago St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railway, Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, the Burlington Northern, and the Chicago Burlington & Quincy.

August 13, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mike Metras on Early Trains on Obsolete Currency
The first steam engine in the U.S. ran on Christmas Day in 1830 in Charleston, S.C.. Mike Metras will show the early development of steam engines as reflected on obsolete currency vignettes and other period pictures.

July 9, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Don Dool on Numismatic Finds of San Martin
Don dool recently returned from Argentina. While visiting, he acquired over 30 additional numismatic San Martin items. San Martin is a popular revolutionary, and is the Liberator of Argentina, Chile, and Peru from Spanish rule. Join Mr. Dool as he tells the story of San Martin through medals, numismatic catalogs, photos of monuments, catalogs, and newspapers.

June 11, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on Newly Discovered Facts about Confederate Coinage
For years numismatists thought they knew everything there was to know about Confederate coinage. But over the last decade new records have revealed that the Confederate government was in possession of dies and were striking U.S. coins. Feller has been a student of this coinage for many years and will tell this interesting story.

At the end of our regular June meeting we will recess and reconvene at our meeting at the MidAmerica Coin Expo.

June 28, 2003 - 11am at the MidAmerica Coin Expo, which is held at the Donald Stevens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL. No admission charge for our meeting.
Featured Speaker: Mark Borckardt, V.P. at Bowers & Merena Galleries on First Issues of the U.S. Mint
Mark is a leading authority on the issues of the first U.S. Mint and has served as an instructor at the ANA Summer Seminars. Details about this talk will be added here by June 11, but do plan on attending this presentation, just days before he teaches a one-week course in this area at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs.

May 14, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Clifford Mishler on Fifty Years of Perspectives in Numismatics
Under his leadership at Krause Publications for forty years, Clifford Mishler has been at the very center of the hobby. Join him at this club meeting as he tells what the hobby was like when he started fifty-three years ago, how it evolved through the years, some of the notable people he came to know and what they taught him. Expect him to wrap up the talk with where he thinks our hobby is headed.

April 9, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John Wright on 300 Years of Portraits of the Caesars as shown on Sestertii Coinage
John Wright is known for his collection and knowledge of U.S. Large Cents. But many don’t know that for over twenty years he has been collecting and studying Roman bronze coinage. Join him as he shows portraits of the Caesars as reflected on sestertii coins from Julius Caesar (44 BC) through Postumus (268 AD). The talk will include the history of how each came to the throne, what they did for/to the empire, and how each met his end.

At the end of our regular April meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our meeting at CICF.

April 26, 2003 - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Holiday Inn, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker: J. Graham Esler, Retired Chief Curator, Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum, on The Canadian Silver Nuisance, 1865-1870
By 1865 in Canada, U.S. silver coins traded everywhere at face value, except at banks and government offices. This is the story of how unscrupulous traders shipped large quantities of silver coins into Canada, traded them at full value, only to buy the coins back later from a government agency at a discount! Canadian citizens were paid in U.S. silver coins, only to have their bank deduct a percentage when it was deposited. Join Mr. Esler as he relates the details of this little known story, the hardships it caused the average Canadian and how the circumstances lead to the creation of Canadian’s first national currency.

March 12, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Louis Jordan on Role of Hogge Money in the Formation of the Sommer Islands Economy
One of the first coinages in the New World was issued showing a hog as the primary image. They were struck in 1616 in England for circulation in the Sommer Islands. For many years these extremely rare coins were thought to be tobacco receipts. But in the past 15 years more examples have been uncovered with metal detectors. Further study is beginning to reveal that they were a token coinage for the Sommer Island Company. They circulated for about 10 years in a very primitive island economy and were replaced by tobacco because of its intrinsic value.

February 12, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speakers: Phil Carrigan and Carl Wolf on Building and Maintaining A Numismatic Library
Many collectors will buy a $2,000 coin, but pass on the purchase of a reference book even if it was written by the dealer selling the coin. This presentation will develop an approach to establishing a numismatic library based on the individual’s collecting interests. It consists of having current reference books, but should include subscribing to auction catalogs and fixed price lists, both current and earlier issues. Just as important is maintaining the collection of books and protecting it from damaging environmental effects and poor storage. Discover the biggest culprits to your library and learn how to make custom covers for your magazines and rare books.

At the end of our regular February meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our meeting at CPMX.

February 22, 2003 - 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition (CPMX), which is held at the Holiday Inn, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker - Douglas Ball on Role of State Bonds on the Economic Development of the United States, 1800-1900
Through much of the 19th century the United States experienced a dramatic increase in its population that required the building of massive public works and infrastructure projects. Many banks were chartered and state governments issued numerous bonds to underwrite the building of canals, turnpikes and railroads. Join Mr. Ball as he shows examples of these bonds, tells how they originated and explains how they played a significant role in the building of the country.

January 8, 2003 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Kevin Dailey on French 20 Francs, the First Euros
After reviewing the various French rulers that appear on the coins, Kevin will examine the similar-sized gold coins that it spawned in other countries, including the United States.

2002

December 11, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Chinese Snuff Bottles
This presentation will take a look at snuff bottles produced in the middle to late 19th century. We will see a variety of materials, from Agate to Jade to Rhino horn, along with the incredible designs carved into each of the bottles.
The annual December Banquet will be held at the Alpine Banquet Haus, 11141 W. Roosevelt Road, Westchester. A cash bar opens at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $20.00 per person.

October 9, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Donald Tzvi Ariel on The Invention and Dissemination of the Idea of Coinage
Mr. Ariel is head of the coin department of the Israel Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem and will be in Chicago to dismantle the special exhibit on the Byzantine gold hoard at the Field Museum of Natural History. (And no, he will not bring all 750 coins for show and tell.)

September 11, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Dr. James McCormick on Microscopic Images of Coins and Paper Money Produced by J.B. Dancer
In the late 1800s, J.B. Dancer produced microscopic images of many items; using them as sales aids for his microscopes. Dr. McCormick’s research has resulted in a book about J.B. Dancer and his work. Join us for this most unusual and entertaining talk and slide presentation.

August 14, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Alex Basok on Steps of the Investigative Numismatist

July 10, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Andrius Plioplys on Lithuanian Banknote Proofs from the 1920s
In anticipation of an impending war, a briefcase containing proof material was secreted behind a masonry wall. Join us for the intriguing story of their discovery in the 1990s, and how the items made their way to Chicago.

June 12, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Mark Wieclaw on An Almost Complete Perspective on Numismatics
Different people bring different goals and perspectives to our hobby. Join us as a past president of our club looks at the hobby from his views as a collector, coin dealer, club officer, and a show organizer.

May 8, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Bruno Rzepka on The Art of Steel Engraving
From picking up paper money overseas to make a short snorter (signed by Jack Benny and Carol Landis) while in the U.S. Navy, to many years first as a tool and die maker and then inspector, to his collaboration with Jim Grebinger on the error section of Donlon’s book on small size currency, Bruno has the experiences to make a wonderful talk. Join us!

April 6, 2002 - Session 1 of the 1000th CCC Meeting at 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont. Admission to the meeting is free, but admission to the show is $5. Featured Speaker: Steve Album on The Development of Islamic Coinage, 650 - 1250 AD
Today newspapers and television showcase many Islamic history programs. But what most coin collectors don’t know is that Islam did not strike distinctive religious coins during its early years. For the first seventy years Islamic coins imitated the Byzantine and Sasanian coinage. Everyone is invited to attend the meeting and hear Album tell the story of this unique time in history. He published A Checklist of Islamic Coins, now in its second edition, and is currently a senior fellow at Worchester College, Oxford, England and in this position he began publishing the first of ten volumes of a Sylloge of Islamic Coins in the Ashmolean (Museum) in 1999. Volume 2 of this impressive work has just been printed and is now available.
For the fourteenth successive year the Chicago Coin Club will also present every attendee with an educational card dealing with some area of primitive money. Researched and written by Robert D. Leonard, Jr., the 2002 issue will cover Gold Dust Currency and each souvenir card will include genuine gold dust. History is sprinkled with stories of gold dust being used as money including California in the 1850s, Georgia in the 1830s and as recently as the 1980s in the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil. Perhaps the most enduring example is the gold dust system used for over 1,000 years by the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, Africa. Only 150 copies printed and extra copies will be sold for $5.00 + $1.00 for postage.

April 6, 2002 - Session 2 of the 1000th CCC Meeting at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont. Featured Speaker: Dr. Ute Wartenberg, Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society, on Owls to Athens - The Dollar of the Ancient World
Formerly the Assistant Keeper and Curator of Greek Coins at the British Museum, Wartenberg wrote the book After Marathon - War, Society and Money in Fifth-Century Greece. In it she describes the political and economic world of ancient Greece, under the leadership of Athens, as reflected in their coinage. Athenians referred to their coins as "owls" because of the common reverse design showing an owl, the symbol for Athena the patron goddess of Athens. Those who attend this presentation will enjoy the slides of these magnificent and miniature masterpieces from the British Museum and the ANS cabinet.
Banquet tickets are sold on a reservation basis and are available at $45. A cash bar will open at 6 PM, and the banquet will start at 7 PM.

March 13, 2002 - 999th CCC Meeting - Featured speaker: Sharon Blocker on I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Although her railroad collection started about 20 years ago with paper items such as postcards, books, and other exonumia, the collecting bug bit again when Sharon encoutered railroad themed world currency at a currency show. She has since started a collection of world currency and coins with railroads on them. Sharon will take you around the globe and show you her examples of railroadania. The title "I’ve been working on the railroad" means that this collection is still a work in progress.

March 2, 2002 - 998th CCC Meeting at 1pm at the 8th Annual Chicago Paper Money Expo (CPMX), which is held at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont. Admission to the meeting is free, but admission to the show is $5. Featured Spaker: Fred Schwan on New Discoveries in Military Payment Certificates
Originally published in 1980, Fred Schwan’s Comprehensive Catalog of Military Payment Certificates just had its fourth edition released. So many new discoveries have been uncovered that it includes 108 additional pages over the third edition. Join us as Schwan will reveal new research and tell stories of these new findings. He is also donating three copies of his new book to be used as door prizes.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Chicago Coin Club will present everyone in attendance with a souvenir card dealing with Chicago numismatic history. This year the National Bank Notes of the First National Bank of Chicago will be covered.

February 13, 2002 - 997th CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Paul Hybert on Learning from U.S. Mint Reports
What were some of the big and small concerns of the Mint during its first hundred years? The original documents are available in a number of forms. This talk will start by introducing some of those forms, and then, by using some of those reports, show both the results of some decisions and the information that would influence later decisions. For example, we all know the Large Cents were replaced by the small copper-nickel cents in 1857; want to see an annual tally, from 1857 until 1863, of how many Large Cents ended up back at the mint for melting? (Oops, maybe that is a poor example.)

January 9, 2002 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Philip Carrigan on An Overview of Canadian and Maritime Numismatic Entities

2001

December 12, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Annual Banquet Meeting (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Reid Geisler on Error Coins
The annual December Banquet will be held on the 56th floor of the Bank One Plaza Building (formerly the First National Bank Building) at the "Mid-Day Club." Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar open at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $44.00 per person.

November 14, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 10, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Morgan Type Carson City Morgan Dollars

September 12, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Harlan J. Berk on Some Medals of the Roman Empire
Some examples of gold and silver medals were passed around while Harlan gave background on each and a general overview of Roman medals. (The scheduled speaker could not attend.)

August 8, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Donald Dool on General José San Martín, Liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru, as Depicted in Numismatics and Philately
A review of the life and achievements of one of the leaders of the Spanish American Revolutions.

July 11, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Leonard on American Fruit Picker Tokens from Coast to Coast
This covers the history of fruit picker tokens and tickets from the 1850’s until very recently, including the economic reasons why they were issued and the political reasons why they had to be discontinued. Bob has been collecting fruit picker tokens in a small way, off and on, since the early 1970’s. There are far too many tokens and tickets to show so the program gives the historical and economic basis for use in each state, illustrated by the most unusual and interesting tokens from it. Naturally, there is a great deal about the role of American railroads in the development of fruit growing, which led to the need for fruit picker tokens. If you have the least interest in railroading, labor legislation, immigration to America, or even agriculture, you will find this interesting.

June 13, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Tom DeLorey on 1943 Bronze Cents and 1944 Steel Cents
It is the talk he gave at the ANS’s Coinage of the Americas Conference in Baltimore on March 17. It is the history of the two related transitional errors, plus a previously unreported 1942 trial cent.

May 9, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Feller on Bank Notes From the Vault
In this presentation banknote enthusiast Steve Feller will tell of every collector’s dream phone call. It went something like this from the Coe College business office, "We were searching the vault and came across a tattered envelope with some old bank notes in it. Would you be interested in seeing them?" Was he?! After ascertaining that the first note in the bunch was a Continental Currency note of 1778 issued in Baltimore Steve’s appetitie was whetted. There were over a dozen interesting notes which will be described. They came from around the world. The rest of the story will also be told in which a folded letter in the vault from B. Max Mehl in 1932 led to the identity of the collector and his most interesting relationship to the college.

April 11, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Louis E. Jordan on Recent Discoveries on John Hull and the Massachusetts Mint
In May of 1652 Massachusetts Bay passed legislating authorizing the coining of silver three pence, six pence and shilling coins and appointed John Hull as mint master. In some hitherto unpublished ledgers John Hull made several entries concerning the mint. This new information provides insight on the location of the mint, gives information on various aspects of coin production including the "turn around time" to produce coins from silver, the actual weight of newly minted coins and how mint charges were calculated.

At the end of our regular April meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our meeting at CICF.

April 28, 2001 - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), which is held at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker - David Hendin on Biblical Coins: 1st Century BC - 2nd Century AD.

March 3, 2001 - 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition, which is held at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL.
Featured Speaker - Chet Krause on The Mining Scrip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

At the end of our CPMX meeting we will recess, and reconvene at our regular monthly meeting venue.

March 14, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Harlan J. Berk on The New Issues of Croesus and A Discussion on Signed Greek Coins

February 14, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Drew Michyeta on Franklin Mint Issue of Silver First Day Covers from the Period 1971 through 1975
Drew would like to make his feature presentation more of an open discussion and forum, encouraging the membership to participate during his talk to share reminiscences about events which were occurring during the same time period.

January 10, 2001 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dennis Fuller on Civil War Tokens and Related Items
Mr. Fuller has been actively collecting the tokens on and off dating back to 1971 when the items were affordable. An active member of the Oak Park Coin Club since 1977, Hillside Coin Club since 1996, and joined the Chicago Coin Club in 1997, he tries to attend as many Civil War shows as he can in the Chicagoland Area as well as the Annual Show in Mansfield, Ohio and Gettysburg, Pa during Fourth of July weekend. He has visited many Civil War Battlefields, including Gettysburg, Pa., Federicksburg, Va., Chancelorsville, Va., Manassas, Va., Antietam, Md. and Spotsylvania, Va.
He received his B.S. Degree in Accounting from Loyola University.

2000

December 13, 2000 - CCC Annual Banquet (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Steven Zitowsky on Love Tokens.
The annual December Banquet will be held on the 56th floor of the Bank One Plaza Building (formerly the First National Bank Building) at the "Mid-Day Club." Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar open at 6 PM, and dinner is served at 7 PM. The cost is $35.00 per person.

Love tokens are coins that have been hand-engraved with a name(s), initials and/or dates. A hole was usually made so it could be added to a piece of jewelry and most often was a gift a man presented to the love of his life. This might be his fiancee, wife or daughter.
Love tokens probably started in England during the 1700’s, but reached the peak of popularity during the Victorian Era. Most were produced on smaller silver coins like the dime, but some are found on larger silver and gold coins.
Early love tokens were probably engraved by the giver himself, but over time certain groups emerged as engraving specialists. This would be jewelers and county fair artists. A man parted from the woman he loved and with plenty of time on his hands oftentimes engraved elaborate tokens for his love. This was particularly true of soldiers waiting to be shipped out or hospitalized soldiers recuperating from wounds.
The Chicago Coin Club has secured a number of slides and examples of "Love Tokens" to present a program at the Banquet. If any member has examples to add, please bring them secured in a 2X2 or flip to show your table mates during dinner.
Members who bring "the love of their life" to share this romantic numismatic topic will be presenting them with an evening to remember.

November 8, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.
In the past few years, the material that generated the most interest was either related to the club or to Chicago-area numismatics. Now is a good time to consider consigning to the auction; details will appear in the October Chatter. We will be able to accept lots shipped to Chicago if that would be convenient for you.

October 11, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Tom DeLorey on A Workshop for Their Gain? - Modern Errors, Accidental or Not
What is going on at the mint? Not only does it seem that a new error piece hits the market every few weeks, but look at those errors. These are things that haven’t happened here before! Or have they? Join Mr. DeLorey as we try to understand what is happening at the mint.

September 13, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Cliff Priest on Stocks and Bonds Depicting Buildings and Scenes in Chicago
Will have stock and bond certificates that depict buildings and scenes in Chicago. Some are buildings that were envisioned and not built as depicted, while some are as they actually were. Several will be companies that rented space in a building BUT hinted they owned the building. Others will be scenes in Chicago.

August 9, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Saul Needleman on Chicago Century of Progress in Elongated Cents
Review some local history with us as we remember the World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1933, which was the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Chicago.

July 12, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Event: Kevin Dailey presents The Numismatic `Jeopardy’ Game
Similar to the television show, and similar to the World Series of Numismatics at the ANA annual convention, this evening should entertain as well as educate you (unless, of course, you know everything already). Teams will be formed at the meeting.

June 14, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Weinstein on The Coinage of the Sakas
Saka was the name by which the Scythians refer to themselves. These were a nomadic people who are first mentioned in history in the 8th Century BC as raiders and plunders of Greece, Persia, Egypt and Assyria. They were held together by a common language and culture that reached from Eastern Europe to the borders of China. Within numismatics perhaps the most commonly known Scythian subgroup was the Parthians. Join Mr. Weinstein as he shares with members examples of the diverse coinage from these people (300 BC - 300 AD) and gives an update on the latest research in Indo-Scythian numismatics.

May 10, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Feiler on Odd Denomination Notes and Scrip from the United States
Join us as Bob talks about a full range of odd denomination items from a $3 bill to ...

April 8, 2000 - 1pm at the Chicago International Coin Fair, which is held at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL
Featured Speaker - David L. Vagi on Some New Perspectives on Ancient Roman Coins.
The coinage of the ancient Romans is under constant reappraisal, as history, archaeology and numismatics are living sciences. New perspectives are fueled not only by archaeological discoveries, but also by the critical re-examination of existing knowledge. Having recently finished the two-volume book Coinage and History of the Roman Empire, David Vagi will share some of the most interesting perspectives of recent years. A variety of topics will be explored, including the Julio-Claudians, coin denominations and the purchasing power of coins in ancient times.

At the end of our regular meeting we will recess and reconvene at our usual meeting location on April 12.

April 12, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Don Dool on X-Ray Analysis as Applied to the Composition of Coins
Mr Dool will give a brief technical talk on the x-ray analysis of coins and the equipment used. He had coins suspected of being contemporary counterfeits and had them tested under that method. Join the members for his resulting analysis and gain insight into identifying counterfeits in your own collection.

March 8, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speakers: Bob Vandevender and Jim Hodgson on Small Size US Currency.
After an introduction and explanation of Grading Standards, we will show examples of the different grades of notes.
The main presentation will discuss the various types of small size currency (silver certificates, United States notes, etc.) and varieties such as mules, blocks, etc.. The talk will start at a midlevel discussion but can get as detailed in the subjects as listeners desire.

February 9, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Allen H. Meyer on Theft of Valuable Coins: Impact on Innocent Collectors.
This presentation is in response to Mr. Eric Newman’s summary of the ANS’s position on the theft of their coins, as he spoke to the ANA Convention in August. During and after that meeting, the concern of many of us collectors had to be the impact of the innocent purchase of coins or other objects of art which may have been stolen. Stolen not by the person from whom you purchased, but by some unknown person earlier in the chain of title. While not debating Mr. Newman’s presentation, which he considers fair and reasonable, Mr. Meyer’s purpose is to explore the role of an innocent buyer in this unfortunate mess and how it impacts upon us as collectors in Illinois.

At the end of our regular meeting we will recess and reconvene at the CMPX on Saturday, February 19.

February 19, 2000 - 1pm at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition, which is held at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL
Featured Speaker - Wendell Wolka, of Dublin, Ohio on Obsolete Bank Notes from the State Bank of Ohio
The State Bank of Ohio was chartered in 1845 and grew to forty-one Branches. The Bank prospered throughout its existence and unusual (for the time) safeguards assured that note holders never lost a single dollar. Three branches were closed and two withdrew from the bank in an orderly fashion. By 1864, all but two of the remaining thirty-six had converted to National Banks. The bank left behind a rich history that can be seen via its bank notes.
Wendell Wolka has researched the bank’s history at the Ohio State Archives for over five years. He has discovered long forgotten letters and documents that aided the maddening process of solving such diverse mysteries as the identity of the portraits on later issues and the number of bank notes that were printed, issued, and destroyed for each branch. This information also revealed interesting problems the Bank had with one of its printers as well as all of the original printing contracts.
Mr. Wolka has been a student of Ohio’s banking history and its diverse note issues for many years and will share a look at many excessively rare genuine, counterfeit, and altered bank notes. Join us for this in-depth talk that is certain to be entertaining and informative.

January 12, 2000 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mike Metras on Modern Ethiopian Coinage
Ethiopia introduced European style coinage in an effort to show themselves as a member of the modern world community at the end of the last century. This presentation reviews the coinage they introduced and how well it met that goal. You will also see other coinage and tokens used in Ethiopia since that introduction. These include the colonial coins of Italy and the East African Currency Board along with the ever-present and dominating Maria Theresa Dollar.

1999

December 8, 1999 - CCC Annual Banquet (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Unusual German Notgeld
The annual December Banquet will be held on the 56th floor of the Bank One Plaza Building (formerly the First National Bank Building) at the "Mid-Day Club." There will be a cocktail hour starting at 6:00 PM, folowed by dinner starting at 7:00 PM, and then an interesting talk. The cost is $33.00 per person, which should be mailed to the Club Secretary before the dinner.

Notgeld emergency money was produced from the beginning of the first World War to the end of 1923. In general, Notgeld was issued by various German cities as a means of raising money. The majority of issues were on paper in bright colors and depicting various scenes and designs. Notgeld was also maunufactured on substances other than paper. Mr. Wieclaw will show many examples of these including leather, rubber, coal and silk. This is a unique area of numismatics covering an historically important period of time. The events in Germany that lead to the issuance of Notgeld were also the events that caused Adolph Hitler to become involved in politics. Be sure to join us for this exceptionally interesting talk.

November 10, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 13, 1999 - CCC Meeting
After the scheduled speaker had to cancel, an extended show and tell session was planned.

September 8, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dr. Saul B. Needleman on Use of God’s Name, Jehovah, on Coins, Medals, Tokens and Jetons
Starting in 1517, European countries began to use "Jehovah" written in Hebrew on their coinage. It was a purely Christian concept with underlying political and economic motivations that culminated in the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Ruling monarchs tried to invoke the name of God to fit their own agenda and when it was over the face of Europe had changed completely. Dr. Needleman has been studying this subject for fifteen years and has completed a compilation of over 850 coins, medals and tokens issued between 1517-1817 that fit into this little known area of numismatics. Those who attend will see examples of these coins and come away with a new historical and numismatic perspective from the Age of Reformation.

August 14, 1999 - CCC Meeting held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association Convention in Room 4 of the Rosemont Convention Center at 1 pm. Featured Speaker: Eric P. Newman on The Sheldon U.S. Large Cent Theft
Dr. William H. Sheldon, considered by many as the foremost expert on early U.S. cents, did research at the American Numismatic Society (ANS) in New York City during a period beginning over fifty years ago while preparing his books on the subject. He died in 1977. It has been determined by the Superior Court of Los Angles, California and the California Court of Appeal (subject to further possible appeals) that Dr. Sheldon stole many early U.S. cents from ANS in a switching scheme, leaving inferior examples of the same variety in the place of stolen coins. By using data recently made available to the public, Eric Newman will relate some of the exciting details of Sheldon’s life and clandestine activities.

July 15, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on

June 9, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Louis Jordan on The Numismatic Collections of the University of Notre Dame Libraries
Louis Jordan, Librarian and Director of Special Collections at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on the University’s numismatic collections in general, and specifically on colonial and early US coppers. We will have a computer with an internet connection at the meeting to help view the on-line collections. The on-line collections start from the URL www.coins.nd.edu and a peek before the talk is encouraged!

May 12, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Warren C. Schultz on Ugly Mamluk Silver
Warren Schultz is an Assistant Professor of History at De Paul University. Extending from the 13th to the 16th centuries AD, the Mamluk Dynasty ruled the lands around the western Mediterranean. The large silver coins from this era will be shown, and some ideas of their usage in the Islamic world will be given.

April 10, 1999 - CCC Meeting held in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin Fair at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel at 1pm. Featured Speaker: ANA Museum Curator, Bob Hoge on Coins of a Flying Tiger, Marlowe Wegner
Mr. Wegner started collecting Chinese coins, from ancients to moderns, while serving in China with the Army Air Corp during World War II. His extensive collection has been donated to the ANA Museum. Join us as the Museum’s curator illustrates Chinese numismatics with this beautiful collection.

March 10, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Robert Leonard on U.S. Postage Stamps Used as Money
Postage stamps have been used as money in place of coins chiefly in Gold Rush California, during the Civil War, and during the Great Depression. Some of these were issued in little encasements by a variety of businesses for advertising purposes as well as to make change - among them the Tremont House in Chicago, one of whose proprietors later founded the Drake Hotel. Stamp money from all three periods, including rare encased stamps, will be displayed.

February 10, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Alex Basok on Coins of The Hermitage
Formerly the Russian Winter Palace but now a museum, The Hermitage in St. Petersburg is famous for its extensive and exquisite collections. Included among the numismatic items is a set of US coins presented by the US government in the eighteenth century. Plan to attend this meeting and learn much more about this fascinating collection.
At the end of our regular meeting we will recess and reconvene at the CMPX on Saturday, February 20th.

February 20, 1999 - CCC Meeting reconvenes at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition held at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel at 1pm. Featured Speaker: Art Kagin on A 70 Year Retrospective of Collections, Dealers and Numismania

January 13, 1999 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Tim Kyzivat on Chicago Broken Bank Notes
A slide retrospective of bank notes from former banks in the city, and from towns incorporated into Chicago.

1998

December 9, 1998 - CCC Annual Banquet (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Robert Feiler on Box Thalers
The annual December Banquet will be held on the 56th floor of the First National Bank building at the "Mid-Day Club." There will be a cocktail hour starting at 6:00 PM, folowed by dinner starting at 7:00 PM, and then an interesting talk. The cost is $30.00 per person, which should be mailed to the Club Secretary before the dinner.

Box thalers originated during the middle of the sixteenth century and were pricipally manufactured in the Augsberg and Nuremberg area of Germany. They were created by artisans who would hollow out these large size silver coins so that the sides would unscrew or snap open like a box. The interior could be used for a variety of purposes and would hold portraits, snuff, secret documents, personal mementos, etc. Robert Feiler has been collecting these unique and cleverly crafted pieces for a number of years and has a number of very attractice pieces to show. Recently he acquired a box thaler where its contents are a series of hand paintings on transparent mica. One is a full portrait of a lady and the rest are different parts of her wardrobe that fit perfectly over her - like a modern paper doll. His presentation promises to be particularly entertaining to our guests who are not numismatists. He’ll also show pieces from his collection of changed coins, which for the most part are a spin off of the box thalers.

November 11, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Club Auction
There will be no exhibits and no featured speaker due to the auction.

October 14, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dr. Joel J. Orosz on Early U.S. Coin Collectors (Pre-1840’s)
One of the earliest numismatic sales in the U.S. was held November 1, 1858. More than one book refers to this date as the beginning of our hobby in this country. They do not know that numismatists had already been active for more than a century. Dr. Orosz has researched these early collectors through historical periodicals and journals and has uncovered many fascinating stories of people like Rev. Andrew Eliot, Boston; Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere, Philadelphia; Rev. John Christopher, New York City; and Robert Gilmor, Jr., Baltimore. His well-written papers on this subject have received numerous awards due in large part to his ability to extract relevant information that is pertinent to today’s coin collectors.

September 12, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jack Huggins, Jr. on Building a Numismatic Exhibit
A case exhibit is another way to share numismatic information with other collectors and the general public. With the American Numismatic Association convention coming to Chicago next year, many members are expressing an interest in building exhibits. Jack Huggins has won a number of exhibit awards including Junior Best-of-Show at two consecutive ANA conventions and Adult Best-of-Show from Central States Numismatic Society. Presently, he is in charge of the exhibits for the Illinois Numismatic Association and the Central States Numismatic Society. He’ll share from his wealth of experience and tell what constitutes a good exhibit. He’ll also have a handout spelling out how exhibits are judged. If you want to know the who, what, where, why and how of exhibiting, then this is one talk you can’t afford to miss.

August 12, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Alexander Basok on Russian Coinage of the 1980 Olympics
During the late 1970’s collectors were bombarded with promotional advertisements trumpeting the fantastic investment opportunity of the Russian coinage for the upcoming 1980 Olympics. Advertisements promised twenty-eight uncirculated and twenty-eight proof coins. Eighteen years later evidence has uncovered many discrepancies including indications that over 150 different coins were issued and some with improper mintmarks. Mr. Basok has been assembling this story for his upcoming book on Soviet coinage and his presentation and story telling promises to entertain and educate. His original belief that there was more to this promotion than was meeting the eye and the way he went about gathering the information is an approach that all collectors can apply to their own areas of collecting.

July 8, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Dave Denis on U.S. Type Sets - Half Cent through the Nickel
Since nearly everyone in the Club started collecting U.S. coins, this meeting should be a special treat. For nearly sixty years Mr. Denis has been assembling and upgrading a type collection of U.S. coins. Complete type sets will be shown of the half-cents, large-cents, small-cents, two-cents, three-cent (nickel only) and the five-cent pieces (nickel only). Mr. Denis will cover the history of each coinage change and share some of his buying experiences in assembling this testament to U.S. coinage.

June 10, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bruno Rzepka, on U.S. Paper Money Errors
Last year the Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced over 10 billion pieces of paper money with only a .5% error ratio. Although today’s advanced technology has curbed the number of printed errors that reach the general public, years ago many slipped past inspectors and are quite collectible. Bruno Rzepka has been collecting error notes for over forty years and at one time amassed a collection of nearly 1,300 pieces. Join him as he shows a selection of errors that include: paper flaws, ink streaks, overprints, double denominations, blank sides, misalignments, mismatched serial numbers, etc. He’ll also cover the literature available to collectors of this material.

May 13, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Steve Feller, Ph.D. on Monies of WWII Concentration Camps
No matter what his circumstance, modern man has an inherent need for a medium of exchange. This was also true of the Nazi-ruled camps and ghettos during World War II. A least thirty camps are known to have issued their own scrip. The local ruling authority created some issues, and in others, the prisoners themselves designed and produced their own emergency currency. Mr. Feller has researched this subject for over twenty years, has studied the records in the archives of the United Nations and at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum and is considered a foremost authority of Holocaust money. Join him when he tells the story of this money and shows slides and examples of the diverse issues that include bank notes, coins, small change chits and food coupons, some printed on magazine scraps, post cards and other odd bits and pieces of paper. Those who attend his unique talk will leave with insight into this little known numismatic footnote from one of history’s most infamous events!

April 8, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Jimmy Kaczor on Illinois-Michigan Canal Bank Notes
During the 1830s government and business interests of the United States campaigned for big infrastructure improvements. Connecting Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River through a canal system was one of the projects that received widespread support. The canal’s eastern terminus was in Chicago, on the South Branch of the Chicago River, while the western terminus was in Joliet, on the Illinois River. Competition from the Railroads in the 1870s put Canal traffic into a steep decline. By 1880 it was operating at a very low level and by 1890 parts were filled in and returned to farmland. However, during its construction and operation, the Canal Company with the backing of the State of Illinois issued four different series of bank notes that were used to pay for materials and labor. Join Mr. Kaczor as he tells the story of the Illinois-Michigan canal and shows a complete set of their bank notes.

March 14, 1998 - CCC Meeting at the CICF (1pm starting time) at the Merchandise Mart Expo Center, 350 N. Orleans St., Chicago, IL
Featured Speaker: Jane I. Guyer, Ph.D. on "Primitive Money" in 19th Century Equatorial Africa
As an anthropologist, Dr. Guyer took up the study of African primitive currencies to better understand social and economic conditions. She is not a numismatist, but by studying how currency and the transaction process played a role in the relationships between people, Dr. Guyer drew insights into the local and regional social structure in the era before colonial rule. Equatorial Africa is one of the most complex regions of the world for scholars of indigenous currency systems. The many different societies of this area created their own copper, iron, raphia-cloth and shell monies, and European traders imported yet others. Dr. Guyer’s studies of the iron spear currency of Southern Cameroon included museum work and interviews with elders about manufacture and use in the past. Further questions about regional circulation led her to the comprehensive currency collection in the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. Those who join Dr. Guyer for this informative program will hear a program on primitive money told from a perspective rarely heard in numismatic circles.

February 21, 1998 - CCC Meeting at the CPMX show (1pm starting time) at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL
Featured Speaker: Douglas Ball, Ph.D. on U.S. Continental & Colonial Currency, 1690-1786
Continental and Colonial currency evolved in a chaotic fashion. Join Douglas Ball as he tells the story of how the international economy of our country developed with only modest cooperation of the thirteen different governments each issuing their own currency. A colony’s proximity to unfriendly Indian Territory had the largest single impact on a local economy with heavy military spending and resultant inflation. Those who attend this talk will leave with the knowledge of how the economic peculiarities of that time and its resulting impact is still with us today and is reflected in our Constitutional provisions and the NYSE. Douglas Ball is Vice-President and director of Research of the R.M. Smythe & Co., Inc., dealers of paper money, stocks, and bonds since 1880.

January 14, 1998 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mark Wieclaw on Photography with a 35mm Camera
Good photographs of coins cannot be achieved through the simple "point-and-shoot" method. Only by employing special techniques, plus having the right lens, the correct film, and proper lighting can you get good results. Mark Wieclaw has been taking coin photographs for ten years and delivered a program on this subject five years ago. Since then he has refined his techniques and developed new processes, especially in photographing coins in plastic housing. Those who attend will leave with a better appreciation of the narrow requirements needed and will gain the knowledge of how they can do it themselves. A handout will be available.

1997

December 10, 1997 - CCC Annual Banquet (reservations are required) - Featured Speaker: Joel Reznick on Figurals
Production of figurals began in the late 19th century as an advertising medium where actual manufactured products were produced in miniature form. Joel Reznick has collected these unique and charming items for 15 years and has amassed a collection of 125 pieces of which he will show a part through a series of slide. Made from base metals, these die struck or cast pieces were masculine in nature and were commonly worn on a gentleman’s watch chain or attached to a key ring. Some were serial numbered and were a limited edition, or used in a registered program where the customer would receive the figural in exchange for his name and address. Join us at our annual banquet and learn about this little known subgroup of numismatics.

November 12, 1997 - CCC Annual Auction
This is the evening of our annual auction and there will be no exhibits. We have been promised that a large collection of past club medals will go up for sale, and if last year’s auction was any indication, the bidding could get pretty exciting. Please bring in your material or send a list as early as possible so we can begin to accurately catalog it. Turn your material or list over to either Carl Wolf or Bill Burd. This is also a great time for you to donate material with the proceeds going to the Club.

October 8, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Leon A. Saryan on Medieval Coins of Cilician Armenia, 1080-1375 AD
For most of the 13th century, Cilician Armenia was a primary trade center of the Middle East. During this period the Armenians played an important role in the Crusades. Dr. Saryan has studied and collected the coinage of this period for over twenty years, has traveled to Armenia four times and used historical manuscripts of the era to research his findings. Join him as he shows the copper, silver, and gold coins from this medieval culture and explains their historical background and significance in relation to the times.

September 10, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Paul R. Hybert on Numismatists on the Internet
Each week more coin dealers, auction houses, and private numismatists are added to the Internet. Join us as we go for a ride on the net visiting different sites including our own club’s home page, the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, plus some of the current auctions and fixed price lists being offered by coin dealers. If time warrants, we’ll also visit the sites of private collectors who have a specialized interest. One site even offers a bibliography and critical review of numismatic literature. We’re fortunate that our meeting room is equipped to display an enlarged image of the computer screen on the wall, so there won’t be any need to crowd around a small display. Those who attend will leave with a handout of popular Internet addresses and will learn how to quickly retrieve in-depth and unfiltered information to keep abreast of current events.

August 13, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bruce W. Smith on Knife and Spade Coins of Ancient China
Best guesstimates put the beginnings of Chinese knife and spade coins as early as 900 BC, making them the earliest money manufactured by man. Chinese authors have written about these unique numismatic antiquities for over 1000 years, but gained little notice from western collectors until the late 1800s. Bruce Smith has been a serious student of this subject for 30 years, has traveled to China several times and lived there for a year. Join him as he shows examples from his collection and shares with members the inscriptions on these coins and how they fit into a system of weights and denominations.

July 9, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Michael S. Gasvoda on The Mount Vesuvius Atonement Series of Roman Coinage
Mount Vesuvius erupted August 24, 79 A.D. and buried the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum. Convinced this was a result of their gods’ anger, Romans instituted a number of programs to appease them. This included a series of eleven coins struck under Emperors Titus (79-81 A.D.) and Domitian (81-96 A.D.). Mr. Gasvoda will show the coins from this series that marks one of the greatest natural disasters of all time and explain the symbolism and significance of each.

June 11, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: John D. Wright on Collecting U.S. Large Cents
Large cents were minted from 1793-1857 and were among the first coins struck under authority of the United States Government. As a foremost expert in this field, Mr. Wright will tell the history of large cent collecting, cover how the series is broken down into three groups, show fascinating pieces and varieties within each group, and discuss some of the methods of collecting these unique pieces of American history. Here is what he said eleven years ago on the topic.

May 14, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Anthony Swiatek on Artificial Toning of Coins
Beautifully toned coins in high grade can be highly desirable and often times they command higher prices. But, what you don’t know can hurt you, especially if the toning is hiding something. The most common reason artificial toning is added is to disguise surface damage, a lower grade, etc. and therefore the coin’s value is falsely increased. Using slides Mr. Swiatek will share his many years of experience and show us the difference between original and artificial toning.

April 5, 1997 - CCC Meeting at the CICF show (1pm starting time) at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street.
Featured Speaker: William Spengler on Cowrie Shells as Money in Asia & Africa, & Their Imitations
Cowrie shells began their use as money thousands of years ago and they continued to be used well into the nineteenth century. They were a primary means of exchange in Asia and Africa, particularly in those countries bordering the Indian Ocean. Mr. Spengler will cover these unique money forms and tell just how their values varied. Cowries have been so popular that imitations also have been manufactured for thousands of years, and Mr. Spangler will show examples of imitations made of gold, silver, bronze, bone, ceramic, and sea shell.

March 12, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Mike Metras on Axum Coins and Places.
Those attending this talk will see coins of ancient Ethiopia tied into archeological sites of today. This will be an augmentation of Mr. Metras’ talk four years ago, but through video, with observations on this communication medium.

February 15, 1997 - CCC Meeting at the CPMX show (1pm starting time) at the Ramada O’Hare Hotel, 6600 N. Mannheim Road.
Featured Speaker: Ian A. Marshall on Replacement Notes of the World.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing replaces defective currency with Star Notes. Different security systems are employed by other countries to account for their replacement currency. Mr. Marshall will discuss this unresearched area of paper money collecting, show examples of world replacement notes, and list many rarities unknown to collectors.
The Chicago Coin Club will be presenting to everyone in attendance a printed sheet showing bank notes issued in 1852 by the Bank of Chicago. This collector’s item will be serial numbered and will include the history of the Bank of Chicago.

January 8, 1997 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Herb and Martha Shingoethe on Obsolete Bank Notes

1996

December 11, 1996 - Annual CCC Banquet - Feature: Best of 1996 Show and Tell

November 13, 1996 - CCC Meeting - Annual Club Auction

October 9, 1996 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bob Leonard on M. A. Abrahams and His Tokens.

September 11, 1996 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Saul Needleman on Non Judaic Use of Hebrew Words on Coins.

August 14, 1996 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Bob Weinstein on Ancient Indian Coinage.

July 10, 1996 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Brian Stubbs on Primitive Money.

June 12, 1996 - CCC Meeting - Featured Speaker: Harry Flower on The Saga of Gold.