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CONA May 2016 Newsletter

May Meeting

When: 7 p.m., May 18,2016
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Colonial coinage

May Presentation

Numismatics is defined as “the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects.” Most numismatists are collectors or hobbyists, but there are others who study the items we collect for
clues as to their origin and meaning. For most modern United States Mint products very little study is needed or what needs to be known can be readily ascertained in the Red Book or similar reference materials; however, the same cannot be said for most American colonial coins. These coins are often wrapped in mystery starting with basic questions like who made them, where were they struck, and why. Our speaker for the May meeting, Christopher R. McDowell, applies history, genealogy, archaeology, anthropology and other methods to the study of colonial coinage in order to answer these questions. Christopher is the author of Abel Buell and the History of the Connecticut and Fugio Coinages as well as many other articles on colonial coin topics. He will speak to us about the study of colonial coinage. – Chris

April Presentation

Gerry, in between coughing fits, discussed several TV shows that featured coins as central to the plot, including Andy Griffith’s backwards buffalo and Hawaii Five-O’s famous 1913 nickel.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA March 2016 Newsletter

March Meeting

When: 7 p.m., March 16,2016
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Heraldic Art medals

February Presentation

My presentation will be on Heraldic Art medals made for 20 years by Robert T McNamara. The presentation will be on his life history and why he produced these metals based on interviews of his wife and son. He was from East Cleveland and did these medals from his home. – Steve

November Presentation

The Comitia Americana medals, authorized by Congress and produced in France and the United States, tell the story of decisive battles during the Revolutionary War and speak to the young nation’s aspirations. Bruce walked us through the series in his February presentation and discussed the market in the historic pieces.

The first one, the Washington Before Boston medal, was awarded to George Washington for staring down the British at Boston in the spring of 1776, Bruce said.

He said, “In February 1776, at Washington’s request, Col Henry Knox transported 55 artillery pieces from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston, over 200 miles in the snow. On the morning of March 5, the British awake to find these guns bearing down on them from Dorchester Heights. Their position is ‘difficult.’ They sail away on March 17.”

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA February 2016 Newsletter

February Meeting

When: 7 p.m., February 17,2016
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Comitia Americana medals

February Presentation

Comitia Americana medals honor the military leaders of the revolution and commemorate critical engagements in that struggle. Each of them tells a fascinating tale, but collectively, the story of their authorization by Congress and their production in France and the United States is likewise compelling. Despite the high price tags on original examples, it is possible to collect these pieces on a more modest budget. – Bruce

January Presentation

U.S. Mint and assay office silver ingots that once sold for bullion are hot collector’s items, Ken Conaway said, with 5 oz ones sometimes top- ping $4,000.

Ingots date from the 1890s to the mid 1980s. For a small fee, the government would take scrap metal and convert it to .999-fine silver ingots.

Until the 1940s, citizens could take grandma’s old silverware to the mint and take home .999 ingots. For the next 40 years, the mints and assay offices still served industrial users. Most of the ingots produced, Conaway said, were eventual used as raw material in the jewelry trade.

Many surviving ingots were melted in the late 1970s and early 1980s when silver topped $50 an ounce. Survivors, he said, now have numismatic value. That value keeps rising as he writes about them.

Conaway writes a blog about the ingots – silveringot.blogspot.com – that advances collector knowledge about the little-known area of numismatics.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA January 2016 Newsletter

January Meeting

When: 7 p.m., January 20,2016
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: U.S. Government Silver Ingots

January Presentation

My name is Ken and I collect U.S. Government Mint and Assay Office silver ingots. I’ve been collecting for almost seven years, I’ve been studying and writing about them for the past four years and since 2013 have been writing on my blog at http://silver-ingot.blogspot.com

Last year, I spoke at a Cincinnati Numismatic Association and the Dayton Coin Club. I love to share my collection and research information and find that people with numismatic interest really enjoy it too. My work has been published in Coin World and Panorama, the magazine of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. – Ken

November Presentation

John delved into Columbus Civil War tokens with the thoroughness and attention to detail that he usually reserves for VAMs – his bread and butter.

Two private Cincinnati mints struck the tokens for nine Columbus merchants. “The greatest source of variation among the Columbus tokens is the array of reverse dies used. 29 different dies are currently identified in marriages for the city.

With the 11 merchant dies and the 4 compositions along with one edge variant, 63 varieties are listed in the Fuld catalog,” Roberts said.

Central States Numismatic Society has given a $5,000 grant to John and Gerald to produce a book on the city’s Civil
War money. They hope to have the book printed later this year.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA November 2015 Newsletter

November Meeting

When: 7 p.m., November 18,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: Columbus Civil War Tokens
Speaker:John Roberts

November Presentation

With the outbreak of the Civil War, small change began to disappear from circulation. This made daily trade difficult. Several expedient solutions were used to fill the void. One was the brief issuance of privately minted merchant’s tokens. Stores in a number of cities and towns commissioned small cent sized tokens. Columbus had nine merchants that released pieces of this nature during the Civil War. There were a handful of manufacturers that produced these pieces and in addition to the store card die that identified the merchant, an array of stock reverse dies were also used. 29 distinct reverse dies were used to produce the Columbus tokens, and some of their differences are subtle while others are obvious. As the correct identification of any Columbus token depends on understanding which exact reverse die is present, a study will aid the interested collector. – John Roberts

October Presentation

Udo gave a tremendous presentation on challenge coins. Challenge coins, by some accounts, date back to World War I.

Now they’re sold as souvenirs or given as personal mementos. Bill Clinton was the first president to have a challenge coin. Dick Chaney was the first vice president to have one. White House military aides, the guys who carry the nuclear code football, give out challenge coins shaped like a football, Udo said.

Blast from the past

An April 4, 1863, article from The Ohio Statesman takes an unkind look at a Camp Chase sutler. The creep, the newspaper article says, lined his pockets with the hard-earned money of soldiers through the blessings of the “fat droppings of government patronage.”

November Newsletter CONA

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA October 2015 Newsletter

October Meeting

When: 7 p.m., October 21,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Challenge coins

October Presentation

Challenge coins were generally unheard of before the 1990s, but some accounts date them as far back as World War I when one supposedly saved the life of an escaping American prisoner of war.

Udo will discuss the largely military medals during the October meeting.

September Presentation

David Fanning of Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers listed his top 10 numismatic publications of the 20th century.
1. Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins
2. Penny Whimsy: A Revision of Early American Cents 1793-1814 by William Sheldon.
3. The U.S. Mint and Coinage: An Illustrated History from 1776 to the Present by Don Taxay
4. New Netherlands 60th Public Auction auction cat- alog (12/1968), cataloged by Breen and John J. Ford
5. The Colonial Newsletter published by the ANS.
6. The Early Paper Money of America by Eric New- man
7. The Numismatist, the ANA magazine.
8. Medals of the United States Mint: The First Cen- tury, 1792-1892 by R.W. Julian
9. Rare Coin Review, the Bowers and Merena price list/magazine
10. A Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book) by R.S. Yeoman. David said, “We all know we need it.” He noted it’s the only coin book to have sold more than 1 million copies (about 1960).

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA September 2015 Newsletter

September Meeting

When: 7 p.m., September 17,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Numismatic books

September Presentation

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are the largest firm in the world specializing in rare and out-of- print numismatic literature. Drawing upon decades of experience, we buy and sell books, catalogues and pe- riodicals in all languages and from all time periods. We regularly conduct mail-bid and public auction sales and
also sell numismatic books directly from our website.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA August 2015 Newsletter

August Meeting

When: 7 p.m., August 19,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Ohio State Coin Show
Speaker:Club Leadersthip

August Presentation

The August meeting will be devoted to show setup. We will still have the regular features, auction, raffle, etc, but no presentation.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA July 2015 Newsletter

July Meeting

When: 7 p.m., July 15,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: America’s Gold Rushes
Speaker:Gerry Tebben

July Presentation

A 12-year-old boy who skipped church to go fishing kicked off America’s first gold rush. Gerry Tebben will look at U.S. gold rushes and the coins they spawned.

June Presentation

Richard Keck, the former chief examiner for con- sumer finance for the State of Ohio, explained how the Ohio Precious Metals Dealer Act relates to the business of numismatics.

Ohio Sales Tax

Ohio is a half step closer to gaining a sales tax exemption for collectible coins and bullion. The Ohio House voted 81 to 11 to approve the exemption June 16 and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

“Ohio’s precious metal dealers are losing consider- able business because of the sales tax and the state is losing income tax dollars and other sources of revenue,” Rep. Ron Maag, a Lebanon Republican and sponsor of HB26, told The Columbus Dispatch.

He told The Dispatch that the American Numismatic Association and Central States Numismatic Society no longer hold their annual conventions in Ohio due to the sales tax implementation on metal bullion and investment coins in 2005. The conventions attracted thousands of people and generated millions in tourism revenues for the local economy.

According to a fiscal report on the bill, Ohio sales of precious metals were $101 million to $135 million in 2012.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA June 2015 Newsletter

September Meeting

When: 7 p.m., June 17,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Precious Metals Dealers Act
Speaker:Richard Keck

June Presentation

Richard Keck, the former chief examiner for consumer finance for the State of Ohio, will explain
how the Ohio Precious Metals Dealer Act relates to the business of numismatics. Rich will describe the circumstances under which coin dealers may need to be licensed under state law and will discuss the implications of the recent Ohio Supreme Court decision involving the act.

He also will include information about recent efforts in some municipalities to regulate bulk sales of copper and aluminum in attempts to curb thefts of those materials from abandoned homes and construction sites since many of those efforts are billed as regulating “precious metals dealers.” Rich has promised to stay and answer questions about state and local licensing of pawnbrokers and precious metals dealers since many of those businesses do, to some degree, engage in coin collecting and dealing.

May Presentation

Beth Deisher, former Coin World editor, said she wrote Cash In Your Coins — Selling the Rare Coins, now in its second edition, after fielding numerous calls from the widows of collectors, who didn’t know what they had or where to begin.

“Rarely does someone in the family share that interest,” she said.

Collectors should maintain an inventory, ideally saying where the piece was bought, its cost and current value.

Collectors should also include their coins in their will, leave instructions for the disposal of the coins and factor taxes (for big collections) into the equation.

She said she added 12 pages on taxes to the second edition of her book dealing with taxes.

By: Gerry Tebben

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