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CONA November Newsletter

November Meeting

When: 7 p.m., Nov. 21
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: Charge coins
Speaker: Marie Gibbs

November Presentation

Before credit cards, stores issued their own charge coins. The individually numbered pieces were gener ally issued between the world wars.

Marie Gibbs is going to shed some light on this little known area of collecting.

October Presentation Summary

Steve Petty gave a tremendous presentation on the rare, inexpensive and incredibly detailed Wiener ca- thedral medals.

These 19th century 50 mm medals are famous the world over for the engraver’s skill in depicting the great depth of the interior of European cathedrals, with their row upon row of arches, in realistic detail.

Steve showed a series of blowups of the medals. Each photo showed yet more detail, seemingly without end.

Steve said only a couple hundred of each of the 41 medals in the series were stuck, and prices tend to run in the $200 to $300 range.

Dues are Due

This is a reminder to everyone that dues are due: $15 for a single and $21 for a family. Since the club picks up $18 of the Christmas banquet cost, you actually save money by paying dues.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA October Newsletter

October Meeting

When: 7 p.m., October 17, 2012

Where: Oakstone Academy 900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Grading

Speaker: Steve Petty

Topic: Wiener’s Cathedral Medals

Steve Petty’s presentation on the Weiner series of Cathedral Medals promises to be something really special.

These 19th century 50 mm medals are famous the world over for the engraver’s skill in depicting the great depth of the interior of European cathedrals, with their row upon row of arches, in realistic detail.

His collection was on display at the Labor Day Show.

September Presentation

Steve Roach, editor of Coin World and former ANACS grader, conducted a grading seminar at our September meeting. Tony Cass provided the coins.

Graders rarely use loupes when looking at common coins and spend just a few seconds – sometimes just 20 seconds – to determine a coin’s grade.

The prime consideration is always eye appeal, he said.

The obverse is more important than the reverse. A poor reverse can cause a coin to be downgraded, but

He said 65s are the “gold standard of investment quality coins.” 67s and 68s have fewer marks and a “little bit of extra pop.” The difference between a 69 and a 70 on modern proofs is a break in the frost.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA September Newsletter

September Meeting

When: 7 p.m., September 19, 2012

Where: Oakstone Academy 900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Grading

Speaker: Steve Roach

Steve Roach, editor of Coin World, will conduct a grading seminar at our September meeting. Tony Cass is providing the coins.

Steve expects to speak about grading for 20 minutes and then pass out about 30 coins for grading, with each person (or group of people) having about a min- ute to look at each coin before passing it on.

Depending on how many attend, we may have to dou- ble up or otherwise make some accommodation. Steve expects the presentation to last about 90 minutes.

Steve is an entertaining speaker who knows his stuff. He was an ANACS grader and has worked for Chris- tie’s, Heritage and PCGS. He became editor of Coin World in the spring.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA August Newsletter

August Meeting

When: 7 p.m., Aug. 15
Where: Oakstone Academy 900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: Show preparation

August Events


When: 1-5 p.m., Sunday, August 12, 2012
Where: Thompson Park, Upper Arlington
North Shelterhouse Auction: To benefit club


CONA Auction: We will have an auction Labor Day Coin Show

Hilltop auction

When: Aug. 28
Where: Pontones Music Store, 3911 Broadway, Grove City.
Time: Viewing 5:30 p.m, Auction begins 6:15

Lancaster Auction

DAF Auction
When: 5 p.m., Aug. 27
Location: Masonic Temple, 224 S. High St.,Lancaster, Ohio

Columbus Coin Show

When: Aug. 19
Where: Makoy Center, 5462 Center, Hilliard

Ohio State Coin Show

Where: Aug. 31- Sept
When: Crowne Plaza – Dublin 600 Metro Pl. N.

Free for members
Green Hats are needed for help with
setup, teardown and help during the show.

July presentation

Tony Cass talked about exhibiting. His exhibit included rules:


The numismatic exhibit program will be under the control and direction of the Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA), which reserves the right to reject any exhibit at any time. Exhibits will be accepted only upon receipt of the proper application form.

(1) WHO MAY EXHIBIT: Any collector of numismatic material, who is a member in good standing of CONA, is eligible. Non-members may be invited by the president to exhibit non- competitively.

(2) For an exhibitor to be eligible for the use of space and display cases, an exhibit application must be filled out and mailed, or given to a member of the Show’s exhibit committee, at least (10) days prior to the opening of the convention.

(3) A counterfeit, copy, restrike, forged, or reproduction of any numismatic item that is not clearly indicated by the word “counterfeit”, “copy”, “restrike”, “forged”, or “reproduction” incused in the metal or printed on the paper there of shall not be included, with the exception of items generally accepted by numismatists and not in anyway represented as genuine. No such numismatic item displayed for educational purposes shall violate United States law or any government regulations. Struck or cast copies of numismatic items must be clearly labeled as such. Laser printed (photocopy) reproductions of numismatic items are permitted as allowed by law and may not be greater than 200% the size of the original, and at least one original example of such numismatic item must be displayed for exhibition purpose, either below or above the item as well. Any violation of this paragraph, even if unintentional, will result in total disqualification of the exhibit.

(4) No single exhibit may be entered in more that one classification. An exhibitor may not enter more than one exhibit in the same classification. The exhibitor may enter separate exhibits
in different classifications, provided the exhibitor files a separate application for each exhibit, and indicates the class in which it is to be entered. No outside signs and/or lights may be used. The exhibit chairman may transfer an exhibit from one class to another if the exhibit cannot meet the 65% test of numismatic material belonging to the classification into which the exhibit was entered. The exhibit chairman will confer with the exhibitor about the transfer of the exhibit to its proper classification. In the event that the exhibitor does not agree with the exhibit chairman on the proper placement of the exhibit, the chief judge will make the final decision.

(5) ASSIGNMENT OF CASES: Cases will be assigned in the order of receipt of entry blanks. The number of cases allotted to each exhibitor shall be left to the discretion of the exhibit chairman. No exhibitor may be permitted to display more that seven (7) cases, or occupy more than twenty one (21) linear feet per exhibit.

(6) Exhibit cases will be loaned for use upon receipt of the application stating case requirements. If an exhibitor enters more than one exhibit, and requires the loan of more that seven (7) cases, the loan will be based on the availability of such cases, after the requirement of all qualified exhibitors
has been met. Non-competitive exhibits shall be subject to such space limitations, as the exhibit chairman deems appropriate.

(7) The name or identity of any competitive exhibitor shall not appear on the exhibit, except as an author in a bibliographical reference. Reference will be sufficiently general so that the exhibitor cannot be linked in any way to the exhibit. All material must be the personal property of the exhibitor.

The exhibit chairman shall keep a full and complete record of all exhibits. The record will show the name of each exhibitor, and the number of the exhibit. Names of competitive exhibitors shall not be disclosed to anyone until the judges have completed the judging of the exhibits, and made their reports to the exhibit chairman.

(8) The exhibitor in the presence of a member of the exhibit committee personnel shall lock each exhibit case. The exhibit chairman will assign a numbered identification card showing the number of the exhibit within the group, and the group classification under which the exhibit has been entered. The same number will be placed on the upper left-hand corner, or alternative position where it is plainly visible.

(9) Special security will be provided for the exhibit area during the show. Normal precautions will be exercised at all times. No liability shall be incurred by the Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA), its officers, members, and/or committees, either in their respective official, individual, or personal capacities by reason of any loss or damages whatsoever sustained, either directly or indirectly in connection with the exhibits and/or show.

(10) Awards for any exhibit will be made by the Central Ohio Numismatic Association (CONA) in accordance with the procedures approved by the executive board.

(11) The Following exhibit classifications shall be used:

G. YN (Under Age 19)

August meeting

This is our usual meeting to nail down last-minute things for the show. The Central States board will meet at our show. Time and date TBA. If you have any suggestions or concerns please bring them to the show.

By: Gerry Tebben


CONA July Newsletter

July Meeting

When: 7 p.m., July 18, 2012

Where: Oakstone Academy 900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Exhibiting

Speaker: Tony Cass

Tony Cass is going to speak on exhibiting. Even when I don’t have any money to spend on the bourse floor, I come away a lot richer in knowledge by looking at the exhibits.

June presentation

Daniel Boone, despite the lyrics to the 1960s TV show theme song, wasn’t a big man. The presentation on the early American patriot, explained that Boone was only 5 feet, 6 inches tall. And, he didn’t have an Indian pal named Mingo, either. The 1934-38 Boone half dollar perpetuates a bit of fiction, too. It shows Boone wearing a coon-skin cap, when he never did.

Chinese fakes in 1933

There’s nothing new under the sun. This article appeared in the Lawrence Journal-World on. Mar 14, 1933.

1933 Article on Chinese Fakes


The picnic will be at the Thompson Park, North Shelter (Same place as last year) from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.

Ed Hilbert dies at 81

Ed Hilbert, one of our most engaging and engaged members, has died.

Ed, a CONA board member and the club’s historian, will be missed. He delighted in documenting the club’s history and excelled as chairman of the club’s awards committee for several years.

Here is his obituary from The Dispatch.

HILBERT — Edward Conrad Hilbert, 81, of Columbus, Ohio, passed into the embrace of God and the arms of his beloved wife, Pat on June 30, 2012. Ed was born in Camden, New Jersey where he spent his childhood until the age of 17 when he joined the U.S. Army Air Force.

For 21 years, Ed served his country proudly. Upon retirement at age 39, Ed enrolled in The Ohio State University where he received his BA in education and recreation. While employed at Battelle Memorial Institute as the supervisor of the physical fitness facility, Ed earned his Masters Degree from Central Michigan University. Ed volunteered many hours to the Buckeye Trail Association as a regional trail coordinator, in charge of BTA merchandise and service awards.

Ed worked at OSU as a Red Coat at Ohio Stadium and other venues for 30 years. He was also a very active member of the Central Ohio Numismatic Association and member of the local VFW.

Ed is preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia (Preston), daughter Rosalyn, parents Edward and Margaret (Applegate) Hilbert, sister Betty and brother Charles. Ed is survived by his children, Paula (Terry) Hilbert-Carmiencke-Sabo, Wayne (Angela) Hilbert, Ed (Susan) Hilbert; granddaughters, Jessica (Adam) Featherhoff, Cristina Hilbert, Olivia Hilbert, Christie Bellish, Sarah Bellish; great-grandson, Zane Featherhoff; brother, Bobbie (Anne) Trice; sisters, Doris (Mike) Podosek, Loretta Ogborn; numerous family; friends in England, including the Cotton and Crompton families; life-long friend in Germany, Herb Rickart; traveling buddies, Raul, Jim, Mike and Bill.

A Visitation will be held on THURSDAY, July 5, 2012, from 2-4 p.m., and from 6-8 p.m. at the PFEIFER FUNERAL HOME, 7915 E Main St., Reynoldsburg. A funeral service will be held on Friday, 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial with military honors at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Online condolences available at

Ed Hilbert

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA June Newsletter

June Meeting

When: 7 p.m., June 20 , 2012

Where: Oakstone Academy 900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Daniel Boone

June presentation

Daniel Boone, who appears on both sides of the 1934- 38 Daniel Boone Bicentennial half dollar, will be the topic.

May presentation

Brad Karoleff, Coin World columnist, PNG member and John Reich Collectors Society president, gave an entertaining presentation on coins with stories to tell.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA May Newsletter

May meeting

When: 7 p.m.,  May 16 , 2012

Where: Oakstone Academy 900 Club Dr., Westerville, OH 43081

Topic: History of money

 May presentation:  Brad Karoleff

Brad Karoleff, Coin World columnist, PNG member and John Reich Collectors Society president, will be our May speaker.

He writes, “I will be talking about the history of money as illustrated by coins I take to schools. I like to refer to it as coins with stories. It will be an interactive presentation so get everyone ready to ask and answer questions!”

Summary of  April presentation:

Featured a CONA member’s overview  of token collecting, leaning heavily toward Ohio and  Columbus pieces.

CONA was also proud to host Central States Numismatics Society token seminar held on May 5, 2012 and featured:

CSNS / CONA Seminar
Columbus sutler tokens,
elongated pennies and
Fake French medals

“Sutler tokens are the only type of token tied directly to the solder in the Civil War,” token expert Dennis Haskett told collectors at the Central States Numismatic Society’s spring seminar in Westerville.

The seminar, hosted by the Central Ohio Numismatic Association, featured presentations by Haskett; Norman Bowers, a Civil War token expert; Cindy Wibker, past president of the Civil War Token Society; and Robert F. Fritsch, a token and medal authority.

Haskett said sutlers, merchants who traveled with the troops to provide food and supplies the Quartermaster Corps couldn’t, were generally despised for selling inferior goods at high prices. Sutler’s wool socks, he said, often lasted just a week.
Most of their business was handled on a credit basis, with a settlement made monthly with the regiment’s paymaster.  Some sutlers, though,  issued cardboard scrip and bronze tokens in change.

“As a rule they are very, very rare, “ he said. “Many of these were buried with Civil War soldiers.”  He said the most common pieces, a term used loosely when discussing sutler tokens, go for $350 to $400 in very fine condition.  Rare pieces, he said, cost more than $1,000.

Mintages are unknown, he said. “No records were ever kept.”


Camp Chase Isolate token

Camp Chase sutler token

Among several tokens, Haskett displayed, was a scarce 10 cent-token issued by William Jamison, sutler at Camp Chase, a large Union camp and prisoner of war stockade on the west side of Columbus for captured Confederate officers.  Enlisted men and officers were imprisoned separately to cut down on escapes, he said.

That token has the legend, “WM. JAMISON/ CAMP/ CHASE/ 10/Cents” on the obverse and the circular manufacturer’s stamp “JOHN STANTON / DIE SINKER/CINCINNATI” on the reverse.

Stanton, he said, produced many sutler tokens. “He used really thin material and made them very cheaply,” Haskett said.
Sutlers, he said, tended to be low-lifes known for “quick profits and high sales.” He said, “They could pretty much charge whatever they wanted.”

He said only northern sutlers issued tokens.  While Virginia sutler tokens exist, they were issued by northern Union units.
Norman Bowers

Civil War tokens “provided relief, albeit for a very short time, to a nation at war, “ Illinois coin dealer Norman Bowers said.
Patriotic tokens   and storecards were readily accepted in commerce after coinage disappeared from circulation early in the war. The tokens, he said, “saved the day for Northern businessmen.”

Bowers said Civil War tokens generally did not circulate in the South. Though, he noted, there are cases of Civil War tokens being captured and taken to the South.

Bowers said, Marvin and George Fuld, who wrote two influential books on Civil War tokens in the 1960s, estimated that 25 million tokens were produced and that 1 million are extant.

The tokens appear to have first appeared in Chicago, Bowers said.  An estimated 50 to 55 diesinkers produced the tokens in such places as New York City, Cincinnati, Detroit and Chicago.  Workmanship ranged from good to “carless and crude.”
Bowers estimated 1,500 merchants across the North issued some 8,500 storecards.  An additional 1,800 types of patriotic  token are known.

The Fulds said 95 percent of the tokens are brass or copper, with the rest being off-metal pieces.  Many of these, Bowers said, were “special orders by wealthy people.”

Robert Fritsch

Fritsch, a frequent speaker on tokens and medals, held up a massive French medal at the Central States spring seminar, and told the assembled collectors the piece is not what it appears to be.

He bought the medal on eBay. It arrived in an envelope covered in Chinese writing. “Even in medals,“ he said, “the Chinese are getting into it.  It’s a good message to put out.”

Nonetheless, he said, medal collecting is an inexpensive field that he considers “preferable to collecting coins.”

While the dates on coins change, every coin of a given type looks pretty much like every other coin of that type.  “When it comes down to it, “ he said, “once you’ve seen one coin, you’ve seen them all.”

During his presentation Fritsch passed around several medals – generally large and in high relief – that he had bought at online auctions for just a few dollars each.  He said he gets his best deals in auctions that are ending on Sunday nights.

a railroad token from the CSNS/CONA Seminar May 2012

A train emerges from a tunnel on this 1982 medal.

One novel piece shows a train on each side emerging from a hole representing Switzerland’s Gotthard Rail Tunnel.  The large bronze medal was issued in 1982 to mark the centennial of the 9-mile tunnel.

While much of Fritsch’s presentation centered on inexpensive medals, he displayed a couple gold pieces that were made between 1933 and 1975, when gold ownership was restricted.  Gold medals were outlawed, but not gold jewelry.  The workaround, he said, was to add a loop at the top of the medal to make it jewelry.

Cindy Wibker

Wibker, convention coordinator for the gigantic Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show, gave Central Ohio collectors this advice:  “It you like it, collect it.”

During her presentation, Wibker, a past president of the Token and Medal Society, gave an overview of the dozens of kinds of tokens and medals available to collectors. And many, she said, are cheap. “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure,” she said.

Merchant tokens are an especially fertile area, she said.  Catalogs exist for more than half the states, and they serve as a good checklist.  “Don’t feel like you need to keep your book in mint-state condition,” she said.
Travelers and coin collectors can easily find elongated coins.  Many clubs and coin shows sell elongated coins.  Travel destinations frequently have roll-your-own machines.  An elongated from a machine costs 51 cents – 50 cents for the machine and 1 cent for the coin that’s rolled.

Coin roller Ray Dillard has been a fixture at coin shows for years.  “What an ambassador he has been,” Wibker said.  She also recounted an elongated regret. “One year I rolled a bunch of Civil War tokens. I wish I hadn’t.”

Love tokens are a little more expensive than elongated.  The tokens, typically engraved on dimes on which one side has been buffed away, run $10 to $20 for ones with initials and $30 and up for ones that picture things.

Casino chips can be challenging to collect.  Chips from the 1920s through the ‘40s when   gambling was outlawed in most states, typically masquerade as club or restaurant tokens.

“If you want to challenge yourself,” she said, “collect only those that you win.”

Chuck E. Cheese quarter tokens can also be challenging.  While the tokens are the same throughout the franchise now, from 1979 to 1982, each city issued its own. About 80 are available, she said. “That’s a very inexpensive collection to build.”

Coal mine, plantation and lumber tokens recall the day of the company stores when companies used credit to trap their employees in servitude.  “They did owe their soul to the company store,” she said.

Saloon tokens, she said, often come with the denomination as 12 ½ cents or 1 drink. “One of the things that kind of tickled me is how worn the saloon tokens are compared to other tokens.”

By: Gerry Tebben
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