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Chicago Coin Club Initiates Hall of Fame in Honor of Its Centennial, 1919-2019

Chicago Coin Club

By Chicago Coin Club ……
In honor of the centennial of the Chicago Coin Club, 1919-2019, the club has initiated a Hall of Fame to recognize some of the prominent numismatists among its ranks over the past century. Twelve inductees have been selected. One will be announced each month during its centennial year.

The Hall of Fame can be found on the club’s web page,

The Chicago Coin Club was organized in 1912 as American Numismatic Association (ANA) Branch No. 1, and reorganized under its present name in 1919. All are invited to join. To become a member you must attend a meeting and submit an application along with a membership fee of $20 ($10 for Junior membership). A first reading of your application will be held at this meeting, and a second reading at the next monthly meeting, following publication of your name in the club newsletter (you are not required to be present for the second reading). Upon membership approval, you will become a member.

Monthly Meetings

We meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm.

Except for the December banquet, our current downtown meeting space is at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, third floor meeting room. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.

In addition to our monthly meetings downtown, we also meet at some local shows. In February or March we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition (CPMX). In March or April we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). And we usually meet at Central States when their convention is nearby. The photo-ID and pre-registration security measures are not needed for attending our meetings at PCDA, or ANA and Central States when they are in town.

December 12, 2018 – CCC Meeting – Annual Banquet Meeting at Grand Lux Café (reservations are required) – Featured Speaker: Bill Bierly on How and When “IN GOD WE TRUST” First Appeared on U.S. Coins

Most Americans automatically assume the IN GOD WE TRUST motto always appeared on U.S. coinage. However, it did not start until 1864 and did not come about quickly. The real story on how this occurred was not well documented. This opened the door to much speculation and conjecture. Bill Bierly researched this subject for years and searched government archives, old letters, Civil War posters, and U.S. Mint documents. He assembled a history based on facts and put together a soon to be published book. Join the members at our Annual Banquet to hear this U.S. history story. Those who attend will also see images of beautiful pattern coins, which are coins not approved for release, but created for official design evaluation.

There is a full bar available for early arrivals, before 6:30, and a private bar from 6:30 to 9:00 – dinner is served at 7PM. The cost is $60.00 per person, and reservations are required. More details, including the menu, are available in the December Chatter club newsletter.


The objective of the club is to pursue numismatic knowledge through the study and research of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and other related items and the sharing of this information through monthly meetings, dialogue, and the publication of literature.

The Chicago Coin Club does not buy, sell, or offer opinions as to the price or grade of a coin. The Club’s operating revenues come from annual dues paid by members, bequests, contributions, and gifts. All expenditures are for operating expenses or for the advancement of numismatics.

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