Chicago Coin Club
ABOUT THE CLUB
The Chicago Coin Club is a group of collectors interested in all aspects of numismatics. The objective of the club is to pursue numismatic knowledge through the study and research of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and other related items and the sharing of this information through monthly meetings, dialogue, and the publication of literature.
The Chicago Coin Club was founded in 1919 and has continued uninterrupted for 100 years.
The Chicago Coin Club does not buy, sell, or offer opinions as to the price or grade of a coin. The Club’s operating revenues come from annual dues paid by members, bequests, contributions, and gifts. All expenditures are for operating expenses or for the advancement of numismatics.
Any person interested in numismatics is eligible for membership.
Our website is located at www.chicagocoinclub.org
- For additional information about the Chicago Coin Club, you email:
Carl F. Wolf firstname.lastname@example.org
- or write:
- Chicago Coin Club
- P.O. Box 2301
- Chicago, IL 60690
We meet monthly in downtown Chicago on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm.
Except for the December banquet, our current downtown meeting space is at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, 3rd floor meeting room. Plymouth Court is located between State and Dearborn Streets; Plymouth is a short street, going south from Jackson. Please remember the security measures at our meeting building: everyone must show their photo-ID and register at the guard’s desk.
In addition to our monthly meetings downtown, we also meet at some local shows. In February or March, we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago Paper Money Exposition (CPMX). In March or April, we meet at 1 pm on a Saturday at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). And we usually meet at Central States when their convention is nearby. The photo-ID and pre-registration security measures are not needed for attending our meetings at CPMX, CICF, or ANA and Central States when they are in town.
NEWSLETTER &/or PUBLICATIONS
Our monthly newsletter is called the Chatter and is mailed to all members at the beginning of each month.
Here is the current issue.
Contacting Your Editor / Chatter Delivery Option
The print version of the Chatter is simply a printout of the Chatter web page, with a little cutting and pasting to fill out each print page. The web page is available before the Chatter is mailed.
If you would like to receive an email link to the latest issue instead of a mailed print copy send an email to email@example.com. You can resume receiving a mailed print copy at any time, just by sending another email.
BECOME A MEMBER
To become a member of the Chicago Coin Club you must attend a meeting and fill out and submit an application along with a membership fee of $20 ($10 for Junior membership).
A first reading of your application will be held at this meeting for membership approval.
A second reading will be held at the next monthly meeting, following the publication of your name in the club newsletter. Upon membership approval, the applicant will become a member. The applicant is not required to be present at 2nd reading.
Richard Lipman – President
Marc Stackler – First Vice President
John Riley – Second Vice President
William Burd – Archivist
Other positions held are:
Elliott Krieter – Immediate Past President
Carl Wolf – Secretary
Steve Zitowsky – Treasurer
Paul Hybert – Chatter Editor
Jeffrey Rosinia – ANA Club Representative
Recent Club News
Chicago Coin Club Inducts Glenn B. Smedley Into Hall of Fame
The Chicago Coin Club announces that the eighth person to be inducted into its Hall of Fame is Victor D. Brenner medal cataloger, author, editor, and hobby leader Glenn B. Smedley.
His Hall of Fame citation has been published on the club’s Hall of Fame web page, Hall of Fame web page.
Twelve Hall of Fame inductees have been selected. Each of the remaining four will be announced at the rate of one per month, September through December, during the Chicago Coin Club’s centennial year, 2019. So far, the club has announced the induction of J. Henry Ripstra (December), Dr. Alexander Michaels Rackus (January), William Forrester Dunham (February), Virgil Brand (March), M. (Merrill) Vernon Sheldon (April), Lee F. Hewitt (May), and Harry X Boosel (June).
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Chicago Coin Club Offering Limited Edition Red Book
The Chicago Coin Club, in conjunction with Whitman Publishing, has released a special edition Red Book® A Guide Book of United States Coins. This special edition Red Book is just one of many ways the club is celebrating its 100th anniversary of being chartered as an official organization in 1919.
The Chicago Coin Club Red Book has a custom cover with the club logo and “Anniversary Edition 1919 – 2019.” The reverse cover lists the club’s Latin motto Docendo Discimus, meaning “We Learn By Teaching” – a reference to the educational aspect of the club’s programs, speakers and numismatic show-and-tell at each meeting.
Also listed on the back cover is the club’s objective:
“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 spine of the Red Book has a special “CCC 100” imprint. A special two-page bound insert outlines the club history starting with the Chicago Numismatic Society (CNS). A second numismatic group was added with the formation of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Branch No. 1. This was the result of a change in the ANA constitution brought forth at the 1912 Rochester, New York convention, which allowed for the formation of branch clubs. The Secretary of the Society, ever alert to promote the Chicago numismatic community, was the first at that convention to file an application for a charter, thereby entitling the Chicago group the honor of receiving number #1. The two groups were never officially affiliated, even though their membership overlapped considerably. How this history evolved into today’s 100-year-old chartered Chicago Coin Club can be further explored in this Red Book section.
This history continues up to the club’s 1,200th meeting on January 9, 2019, and its upcoming sold-out 100th Anniversary Banquet in August 2019 in conjunction with the ANA World’s Fair of Money®, the largest national numismatic convention that the Chicago Coin Club is serving as host club.
Finally, on page 445 the Red Book lists this special limited edition Chicago Coin Club book in the “Collectable Red and Blue Books” section showing the 250-book print run as one of the lowest limited editions with a Red Book value of $50 in VF and $125 in NEW condition.
This limited edition is expected to sell out fast. Pre-publication sales have sold 67% of the print run. The current book price is $20.00 (add $5.00/book for packaging & shipping)
Interested individuals can order a Chicago Coin Club Red Book
Pre-Paid orders will be accepted on a first come first serve basis and can be placed two ways.
Electronic Payment: Visit www.zellepay.com to see if your bank is part of the Zelle payment network. Your bank’s phone application must be on your smartphone and “location” enabled. The Club has registered Treasurer.ChicagoCoinClub@gmail.com with Zelle to receive payments. Complete the “What is this for?” message field with “CCC Red Book” and you full Name and Mailing Address. You have 200 characters in the MESSAGE section of ZELLE to add your name and address. You will be notified instantly via email that your payment was sent. The Club will receive your payment typically within minutes. However, the first transaction made on the Zelle Network could take two to three days. Books will be shipped after pre-paid orders are received.
By US Mail: Orders can be sent to CCC REDBOOK PO BOX 2301 CHICAGO IL 60690. All orders must be accompanied by payment.
13 oz 100th Anniversary Oval-Shaped Medal in.999 Gold
Yes, you read that right – in addition to the copper and .999 silver oval-shaped medals for the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Chicago Coin Club, the 100th Anniversary Medal of the Chicago Coin Club will also be issued in .999 gold weighing 13 troy ounces.
The cost will be approximately $19,000 per medal, with shipping TBD.
The obverse features Chicago’s famed Buckingham Fountain in a horizontal view and the reverse depicts a vertical view of Chicago’s iconic Water Tower.
The club has set a June 15, 2019 ordering deadline. Orders received by that date shall be accepted. A $1,000 deposit, cash or check, will be required. Deposit and full payment to Chicago Coin Company, who will procure the gold.
Make all inquiries to:
Chicago Coin Company
6455 W. Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Business: (773) 586-4296
Cell: (773) 852-1209
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CCC to Strike 8 oz Silver Anniversary Medal
In addition to the copper oval-shaped medal for the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Chicago Coin Club, a .999 silver version is also being offered.
The weight will be approximately eight ounces troy and is being offered at $275 per medal. Shipping, if necessary, will be an additional $12.
The obverse features Chicago’s famed Buckingham Fountain in a horizontal view and the reverse depicts a vertical view of Chicago’s iconic Water Tower.
The club has set a June 15, 2019 ordering deadline. Orders received by that date shall be accepted.
If you pay by check, make it payable to: Chicago Coin Club, PO Box 2301, Chicago, IL 60690
You can also pay the new and modern way – use your smartphone! Zelle – go to their web site www.zellepay.com to see if your bank is part of the network. Your bank’s application must be on your smartphone and “location” enabled. The Club is registered: Treasurer.ChicagoCoinClub [at] GMail [dot] com with Zelle to receive payments. Complete the “What is this for” field, e.g. Anniversary Banquet, Red Book, Century Club, ($XX.XX) and submit payment. You will be notified instantly via email that your payment was sent. The Club will receive the payment within minutes. However, the first transaction made on the Zelle Network can take two to three days. It is that easy – BING! BANG! BOOM! ZIP!
If you need help with your smartphone settings, please call your bank.
Chairperson, 100th Anniversary Committee
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Chicago Coin Club Members in the News
Club members are busy and have recently appeared in the news:
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appointed member Tom Uram as Chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Coin World, February 2019, page 10
“Ripstra first in new Hall of Fame,” by member Robert D. Leonard, Jr. announcing the first inductee into the Chicago Coin Club Hall of Fame. Numismatic News, January 22, 2019, page 12
Members Brett Irick and David Lisot received Numismatic Ambassador Awards at the Florida United Numismatists Convention, Orlando, Florida. Numismatic News, February 5, 2019, page 70
Member and videographer David Lisot received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Silver Dollar Roundtable at the Florida United Numismatist Convention. Numismatic News, February 5, 2019, page 91
“Lesher Dollars: The 1st One-Dollar Silver Rounds, But They Were Octagonal,” by member Robert D. Leonard, Jr., The Centinel, Official Publication/Central States Numismatic Society, Winter 2018-2019, pages 18-19
“Chopmarked Coins and Paper Money,” by member Bill Burd, The Centinel, Official Publication/Central States Numismatic Society, Winter 2018-2019, page 50
“Members Report Lucky Finds,” report of member Jim Davis receiving $5.45 in Proof silver across the counter where he works. The Centinel, Official Publication/Central States Numismatic Society, Winter 2018-2019, page 55
“Bears Medals: A Walk Down Memory Lane,” article by member Julie Bell on Chicago Bears Football numismatic medals. The Centinel, Official Publication/Central States Numismatic Society, Winter 2018-2019, page 56
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Chicago Coin Club 100th Year Offers Club Members Much to Enjoy
The Chicago Coin Club reaches several major milestones in 2019, which gives you, our members, the opportunity to participate, volunteer, celebrate, add to your collection, read, reflect and in general have a great time.
Whether you’re an active collector or haven’t added to your collection recently, we hope you’ll pause for a moment to find out everything we have going on this year and participate in some or all of the fun.
Club 100 Year Anniversary: 2019 is the official 100th anniversary of the Chicago Coin Club. One hundred years ago February 14, 1919 marked the chartered beginning of the CHICAGO COIN CLUB as ANA Branch #1 – the first chartered club in the American Numismatic Association. In celebration of this milestone, we have a long list of activities we hope you can enjoy.
Club Patron Century Club: Join the group of numismatists that have become patrons for the 100th Anniversary. The first 100 persons to contribute $100 or more will receive a “CENTURY CLUB” pin that was designed especially for this momentous occasion. Patrons at ALL levels will be recognized in the 100th anniversary official program. Become a patron by sending your contribution to CCC “Century Club”, PO Box 2301 Chicago, IL, 60690. Hurry, we are halfway sold out of this opportunity!
The Club’s 1,200th Meeting: On January 9, 2019, the club celebrated our 1,200th club meeting with 42 members and four guests in attendance. Everyone received a special elongated Walking Liberty half dollar with the date and 1,200th information on the reverse and a special brass plate commemorating the 1,200th meeting. The Chicago Coin Company generously sponsored a reception with food.
Club Hosts ANA 2019 World’s Fair of Money: 2019 sees the return of the ANA World’s Fair of Money® convention to Rosemont, Illinois with the Chicago Coin Club as Host Club. This year’s convention is August 13 – 17, 2019. Not only is this a great time to attend the local show but also to take an active part as a volunteer. We are looking for volunteers as CCC ambassadors to help with each day’s crowd, registration lines, questions and more. Contact Carl Wolf or Scott McGowan for the volunteer form to sign up. You can volunteer for one day, two days or the whole convention. We are also planning a Boy Scout merit badge session as part of the Youth Committee activities. We will have our Club table on the bourse floor with CCC 100th Anniversary and other items for sale. If you have or know of a youth age 13 – 21 years old that wants to become a page on the show floor to assist the bourse dealers, you can complete a Page application to submit directly to the ANA (page applications must go directly to the ANA).
Club 100th Anniversary Medal: In keeping with the tradition of past club events and milestones, the Club will issue a 100th Anniversary Medal. The medals obverse and reverse designs are in the final design and review stages and details will soon be released on the various metal content versions, quantities and price. Stay tuned, these will sell out fast.
Club 100th Anniversary Banquet and Medal: In conjunction with hosting the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August, our club will host a celebratory banquet at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse in Rosemont, Illinois on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Seating is limited to 115 individuals so reserve early. Club member deadline is June 1, 2019 before we open this to the numismatic community at large. The dinner cost is $100.00. It will be a family-style meal and feature guest speaker Clifford Mishler, whose history, knowledge and stories are bound to be great. Attendees will also receive a special 100th Anniversary Banquet Medal, different than the 100th medal, plus a special edition Red Book® (see below) and more. Reserve at CCC BANQUET RESERVATION, PO BOX 2301, CHICAGO, IL, 60690. All reservations must be accompanied by payment.
Club Special Edition Red Book: The club will publish a special edition Red Book (A Guide Book of United States Coins). This special edition will have custom CCC front and back covers and a two-page CCC history section detailing the founding of the club. This will be a limited edition and will also sell out fast. The book price is $17.50 (add $3 for shipping but we prefer you pick up at a club event). Note: Individuals attending the August banquet will receive one copy of the CCC special edition Red Book as part of their ticket. Paid orders can be sent to CCC REDBOOK, PO BOX 2301, CHICAGO, IL, 60690. All orders must be accompanied by payment.
Club 100th Anniversary Elongated: The 100th Anniversary committee is looking into creating a special elongated coin for the 100th anniversary year as a token of the occasion and for those who enjoy numismatic elongated coins. Stay tuned for further details.
Club Auction: The November meeting always hosts the annual CCC auction with many treasures coming up for auction whether they be coins, tokens, medals, books, scrips, encased postage or any other treasures. This year’s auction is scheduled for November 13, 2019 at the Chicago Bar Association offices where the club meets. Will a 1,200th Meeting elongated appear in this year’s auction lot? Will a 100th anniversary banquet medal? Will a CCC special edition Red Book or two get auctioned off? Only time will tell. But if they do, you will surely want to be there to bid for these limited pieces of Chicago Coin Club 100th anniversary mementos.
Club Holiday Banquet: As celebrated in the past, the Chicago Coin Club traditionally reserves the December meeting for the annual holiday banquet. As 2019 comes to a close we expect this banquet to pay tribute to a year of milestones, memories and toast to another 100 years of numismatic fellowship. The banquet takes place on the normal meeting night which is the second Wednesday of the month or December 11, 2019. This year’s location is still being planned, but you can always make sure the date is on your calendar. So no matter how much you do or don’t get to participate in during this 100th year, the holiday banquet event is the perfect wrap up to the club’s first 100 years.
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In Memoriam: Walter Ray Lockwood, 1939-2018
Walter Ray Lockwood (member 1256) passed away early morning Tuesday, April 3. He was 79 years of age. Ray was a long time member of the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS), served many offices and for many years as a Governor, Education Chair and assisted his wife Fran with the convention exhibits. He was a collector of many numismatic subjects, including polymer banknotes. At the Chicago Coin Club’s November 21, 2015 meeting held in conjunction with the PCDA National Currency and Coin Convention, Ray gave a well-received presentation on this subject. The next day Ray chaired the CSNS Numismatic Educational Symposium titled “Tales of Gold, Greed, Gangsters and Wartime on the Prairie.” He was a constant presence at CSNS conventions for many years and will be dearly missed.
Condolences can be sent to his wife Fran Lockwood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funeral arrangements will be made Monday and an online obituary will be posted later Monday or Tuesday. Google search Raymond Lockwood, Marion, Indiana.
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