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CONA March 2015 Newsletter

September Meeting

When: 7 p.m., March 18, 2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Clad Coins
Speaker: Gerry Tebben

March Presentation

The clad coin turns 50 this year. The sandwich composition is largely the work of Columbus’ Battelle Memorial Institute. – Gerry

February Presentation

Noted numismatic author Fred Schwan braved the bitter cold and snow to drive to Columbus to give a presentation on a fascinating aspect of coin collecting – numismatic trench art.

Trench art items, he said, are “souvenirs of conflict made from remnants of conflict. Think shell cases made into ashtrays.”

Numismatic trench art adds a coin, medal or piece of paper money twist.

During World War I, he said, companies sold stencils that could be wrapped around artillery shells and used as a guide by soldiers to produce their own trench art.

During World War II, he said, Seabees (Naval Mobile Construction Battalions) were particularly adept at producing wartime souvenirs.

Schwan explained they had the time (at sea between construction projects), skills and tools to turn war’s detritus into prized objects.

During his presentation, Schwan showed a variety of pieces of trench art including airplane models with coin propellers, ashtrays with coin cigarette holders and short snorters that logged a soldier’s activities.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA April 2015 Newsletter

September Meeting

When: 7 p.m., April 15,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Bust Coins
Speaker: Brad Karoleff

April Presentation

Brad Karoleff, editor of the John Reich Journal, Coin World columnist and ANA 2013 coin dealer of
the year, will talk about collecting Bust coins by die marriage. He said he’ll leave plenty of time for Q@A.

In a recent “Designs of the Times” column, Brad talked about how Reich signed his work by notching the 13th star.

Neat stuff from a great speaker.

May Presentation

Beth Deisher, former Coin World editor and author of Cash In Your Coins: Selling the Rare Coins You’ve Inherited, will discuss a topic that just about all of us are concerned about – how will our heirs know what to do with our coins.

Copies of Beth’s book, now in its second edition, will be available for sale.

March Presentation

Gerry Tebben talked about the 50th anniversary of clad coinage. Clad coinage was born of the coin shortage of the early 1960s. Battelle Memorial Institute did the research that led to the sandwich composition.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA September 2014 Newsletter

September Meeting

When: 7 p.m., September 17,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: 1878-CC Morgans
Speaker: John

September Presentation

I’m presenting an overview of 1878-CC Morgan Dollar varieties. Some of the more dramatic and rare marriages and stages will be illustrated to highlight what’s available. The date offers some varieties that are relatable to the novice, while others may offer intrigue to the advanced collector. There will also be discussion about focusing research and collecting on a narrow field like this and how it can be applied to other series.- John

Motts Medal Arrives

A tribute to 9/11 is rising in Groveport, Ohio, with the help of local coin collectors.

After the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Warren E. Motts, founder of Motts Military Museum, secured several artifacts from the tragedy for the museum, including the wreckage of NYC Fire Department Ladder 18, a 17-foot section of the antenna that stood atop the North Tower and two demolished police cars.

The artifacts are in temporary storage in an outbuilding at the museum in the Columbus suburb of Groveport while funds are being raised to prepare a proper permanent exhibit.

The Central Ohio Numismatic Association became involved in the 9/11 project after Motts spoke at the group’s 2013 Christmas banquet. In January, the club appointed a committee to look into creating a medal or challenge coin to help fund the project. Larry, a member of both the museum and the coin club, served as liaison, helping design the medal and selecting a mint.

After several months of discussion, CONA President Stephen E. Petty, called for a vote on the project in June. The club decided to commission SilverTowne of Winchester, IN, to prepare an obverse die showing the fire truck being pulled from the wreckage and a reverse die featuring the museum’s logo at a total cost of $800.

Petty said, “CONA is proud to support this effort to memorialize the 9/11 tragedy by contributing to efforts to house a fire engine destroyed at Ground Zero in NYC. Special thanks to club members Larry, Chris and Gerry for their perseverance in helping make this metal a reality.”

CONA member Vince Cavo, owner of Review Quality Notes, purchased the first 100 of the medals from Silvertowne. The medals arrived just before the club’s annual Labor Day weekend coin show. Cavo sold about 60 of the enameled antique-bronze medals to CONA members at cost and donated the remainder to the museum. Cavo’s company, Review Quality Notes, reviews certified notes and stickers them, much like CAC does for coins.

The antique-finish bronze medals have enameled red, white and blue highlights and are packaged in a display box. Barlow designed an insert card promoting the club. It reads, in part, “CONA is proud to partner with Motts Military Museum and bring the Motts Museum Medallion Coin into ‘circulation’ for all to enjoy. Proceeds of this wonderful medallion benefit the museum’s efforts to house all 9/11 artifacts not currently displayed, including the truck on the obverse of the medallion.”

CONA also hopes the medal will attract new collectors to the hobby. The insert invites purchasers to visit the CONA website – conacoinclub.com – to learn more about collecting and the coin club.

Medals can be purchased for a $20 donation to the museum, 5075 S Hamilton Rd, Groveport, OH 43125, or online at mottsmilitarymuseum.org.

The Ladder 18 Story
Seven minutes after a plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:47 a.m. Sept. 11, 2011, NYC Ladder 18 was dispatched. Just before the ladder reached the site, the South Tower was hit. The crew parked the truck under a West Street pedestrian bridge and hurried to the North Tower to help people escape. Crew members had climbed as far at the seventh floor when upper floors started to collapse, and they were ordered to evacuate.

The crew had barely left the lobby when the North Tower started to fall. A cloud of dust and debris enveloped them as they ran. Miraculously, all survived.

This information comes from a report on the day by Ladder 18 Firefighter Hugh J. Mettham at www.ladder18fdny.com.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA August 2014 Newsletter

August Meeting

When: 7 p.m., August 20,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: 2014 Ohio State Coin Show preparation
Speaker: Bourse Chairs

August Presentation

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

Ohio State Coin Show Auction

Dave Flood’s DAF Auctions is conducting the show auction at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Details are attached. There will be in-person and online bidding. A link for online bidding can be found at dafauction.com.

Ohio State Coins Show Liberty Seated Collectors Club regional meeting

There will be a one-hour regional meeting for the Lib- erty Seated Collectors Club (LSCC) at 9 a.m., Friday Aug. 29 in Room 183. All are welcome. LSCC website.

July Presentation

Steve gave a fact-filled presentation on his latest fascination – the short-lived Trade Dollar.
The coin, an extra-heavy silver dollar meant for use in international trade, was conceived as a way to find a market for surplus silver after the Comstock Lode strike.

Business strikes were minted for just five years before Congress pulled the plug on the odd coinage. Today they’re highly sought after by collectors.

Coin Collector Q&A with Dan C.

Dan C. was last month’s interviewee. Dan said he started collecting about 1960 or ‘61 after his grandmother gave him an 1855 Seated Liberty half dime. He said he started collecting love tokens when he was a dealer and has amassed about 900 of them.

Motts challenge coin/medal

Silvertowne has produced a splash of the die, and completed Motts Military Museum medals may be available at the August meeting. Chris is working on the CONA insert. Club member Vince has ordered 100 of the medals in boxes and is selling them to club members at cost – $5.75. He is going to donate unsold medals to the museum.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA June 2014 Newsletter

May Meeting

When: 7 p.m., June 18,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: House of Seleukos, Part II
Speaker: John

June Presentation

The Seleucid Kingdom dates from 311 BC to 63 BC. At one time it’s territories extended from the Indus River in the east to the Hellespont in the west. In the period of its existence, it had 36 monarchs, 34 of which were descendants or were a spouse of a descen- dant of the House of Seleukos I Nikator, the kingdom’s founder. Of these 36 monarchs, only one would die a natural death while a reigning monarch.

In this period, the mints within this kingdom produced a large variety of fascinating coins, many with marvelous portraits of these interesting monarchs.

Collecting coins, for me, is a tangible connection with the past. Since 1978, when I obtained my first Seleucid coin, I have managed to create a collection that has at least one coin from all but two of the monarchs that actually had coins minted in their names. With this presentation, The House of Seleukos, Part
II, I will attempt to pick up roughly where I left off in last year’s presentation, and hopefully show why I find collecting coins of this Hellenistic kingdom to be such a richly rewarding experience that goes well beyond the coins’ intrinsic values. – John

May Presentation

Bland, can’t-get-no-respect Eisenhower dollars can be a cherry-picker’s paradise. Gary Heberline told CONA members in May he learned that lesson the hard way.

A few years ago he placed an Unc. set of the coins in a club auction, with a starting bid of $13. “The lot closed around $35 (John was the winner) and I was speechless. I put two and two together and thought, ‘John and … Uh-oh… what did I miss.’”

The value, John told him, was in the 1971-D coin. It was a rare reverse die variety – RDV-006- one that shows a very flat earth with four raised islands.

In his presentation, Gary walked us through several scarce varieties, including clashed dies that show an eagle’s talon in Ike’s forehead, a wing sprouting from his lower lip and an upside down U beside WE in In God We Trust.

Who knew Ikes could be so interesting?

Coin Collector Q&A

President Steve Petty is launching a coin collector Q&A as a feature of our meetings. Gerry Tebben was the guinea pig in May. It’s a great way for collectors to share their interests without having to produce a whole presentation.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA May 2014 Newsletter

May Meeting

When: 7 p.m., May 21,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Eisenhower dollar
Speaker: Gary

May Presentation

Gary will give the May presentation on Eisenhower dollars, with emphasis on reverse design varieties and clashed dies. This is a very short-lived series, 1971 – 1978, and does not seem to be widely collected which gives opportunity to the knowledgeable collector! This presentation will arm you with enough knowledge to be dangerous on the bourse floor!

21 CONA Members Participate in Club’s Second Grading Seminar

Dipping, corrosion and counterfeits were three of the topics covered during a Central Ohio Numismatic Association grading seminar in suburban Columbus, Ohio, May 3.

Coin World Editor Steve Roach, CONA President Steve Petty and Vice President Tony Cass selected 23 slabbed coins, ranging from a 1787 Massachusetts cent to a 2004 silver Eagle, for the seminar.

The grades on the slabs were covered, and the seminar’s 21 participants were challenged to grade the coins. Collectors were given two minutes to assess each coin, much longer than the 20 seconds that professional graders typically spend on a coin, Roach said.

During the discussion that followed, Roach and Cass, both former ANACS graders, talked about the coins’ assigned grades and peculiarities.

An MS63 red 1855 half cent in an old holder might not receive the same grade today, Roach said. He figured a spot of corrosion near the date wasn’t there when the coin was graded years ago. A carbon spot likely developed into a patch of corrosion. In-holder corrosion is not uncommon in old holders, he said.

A 1938-D Walking Liberty half dollar that was graded EF40 had been lightly dipped years ago, Cass said, but the cleaning was not noted on the holder. Roach said, “There is no clear-cut rule about what an appropriate dip is.” Lightly dipped coins frequently pass grading service muster, but coins that have been repeatedly cleaned do not.

The lot had one counterfeit coin, though it was in a valid, if somewhat old, slab. When the VG6 1896-O micro
O Morgan dollar was submitted to the grading service years ago, the coin was considered genuine. Only in recent years, has it been determined that 1896 micro-o coins are likely contemporary counterfeits.

Nonetheless, Roach said, “They’re wildly collectable. They are almost all circulated. If you find one in a junk box they’re still worth $100.”

The seminar, CONA’s second grading seminar, was partially underwritten by a $200 Central States Numismatic Society speakers grant. Central States reimburses member clubs up to $200 a year for speaker expenses.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA April 2014 Newsletter

April Meeting

When: 7 p.m., February 19,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Currency
Speaker: Vince

April Presentation

Vince will be presenting software that helps a collector value currency and check the history of currency in auctions – Large size, small size, fractional, and colonials. Vince will also describe how Large and Small size currency is numbered for numismatic purposes. Vince will discuss currency grading services and a new company called Review Quality Notes. Display some quality examples of large and small size notes. If time permits, a review of coin software. — Vince

Grading Seminar

This year’s grading seminar will be held May 3, 2014 at Oakstone Academy. Detals to come…

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA February 2014 Newsletter

February Meeting

When: 7 p.m., February 19,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Admiral Vernon Medals
Speaker: Bruce

February Presentation

Admiral Edward Vernon (1684 – 1757) bragged that with six ships he could take the Fortress of Porto Bello (now in Panama) from the Spanish. In 1739 he did just that, and his victory set off a wave of British patriotic fervor that saw the issuance of hundreds of varieties of commemorative medals.

His next campaign, an assault on Cartagena, Columbia, was the largest amphibious assault until the allied invasion of Normandy. British medalists were so certain of his victory in the battle of Cartahena Des Indes (Vernon himself communicated to George II that he had been won) that celebratory medals were prepared and distributed. The victory never took place.

Vernon’s 20+ thousand troops and almost 200 ships were defeated by a much smaller Spanish force. The full story also includes a severed ear, rum, and George Washington. — Bruce

January Presentation

Gerry Tebben talked (somewhat inaudibly with a gap from a broken tooth) about his favorite coins – a dozen coins, mostly worth just a few dollars each, that come with a story.

Canadian Collector Meeting

Bill has been collecting Newfoundland coins for over 30 years and attended his first Canadian show in 1990. He has been a member of CONA for almost 20 years, is a life member of the Ontario Numismatic Association and is a member of and on the board of directors of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. He has called for a meeting at the Northwest Library at 2280 Hard Rd. on March 23 from 2 – 5 p.m. for anyone interested in Canadian numismatics, which includes Newfoundland, the Maritimes, Hudson’s Bay Company, etc.

Hard Road runs east / west between Sawmill Rd. and Rt. 315, which are exits off I-270 on the north side of Columbus. Take either of these exits and drive north (less than a mile) from I-270 to Hard Rd. and go east about a mile from Sawmill Road or west about three miles from 315 to the library, which is on the north side of the road.

At this first meeting, we will discuss why we collect what we collect, our numismatic goals and what we’ve learned over the years, etc., and hopefully determine the format for future meetings and select a speaker.

Be sure and bring something for show and tell. — Bill

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA January 2014 Newsletter

January Meeting

When: 7 p.m., January 15,2014
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: Coins with Stories
Speaker: Gerry Tebben

Christmas Party

What a great party! Great food. Great company. Great speaker.
Nancy outdid herself in planning the banquet – seafood, chicken, beef and cake and cake and cake.

Warren Motts was an animated and captivating speaker. Charles lined up a winner when he asked Mr. Motts to speak.
After the presentation, the club voted to donate to Mr. Motts’ museum.

In memory of Mark Petty, CONA donated to Oakstone Academy, our meeting place and a charter school that does outstanding work with children with autism spectrum disorders.

November Presentation

The “1946ers” are halfway home. Geoff said there are about 400 1946-dated U.S. and foreign coins. Barring gold, he estimates about 285 are collectable. “I’m at 195,” he said.

The other “46ers” — all collecting coins from their birth year — said they were at about the same place, though some are adding tokens, encased coins and dated paper money to thier collections.

Geoff said he’s also collecting coins from other centuries – 1846, 1746 and even 46. He said an ancient Roman coin issued by Claudius “might be a 0046.”

The “46ers” said they’re running into resistence and both ends of the economic spectrum. Some coins, such as the 1946 Newfoundland 5-cent silver, are just too expensive. Others, such as French minor coins, are just too inexpensive. “I’m running into problems with cheap coins — too cheap to be in stock or listed online.”
The only way to find cheap coins, Geoff said, is combing junk boxes.

By: Gerry Tebben

CONA November 2013 Newsletter

November Meeting

When: 7 p.m., November 20,2013
Where: Oakstone Academy
900 Club Dr., Westerville, Ohio 43081

Topic: 1946 Coinage
Speaker: “The 1946ers”

November Presentation

“The 1946ers” are a really fun group of CONA club members who have been collecting world coins from their birth year and would like to share how they are doing. Also some have expanded their collection of other items which are from 1946. Each of them will be talking for a few minutes on their collection and you will be able to look at the items.

Annual Dues are Due

2014 Renewal Dues Notice will be handed out at the November CONA club meeting. You can pay at the November or January meetings or mail to CONA, PO Box 1561, Dublin, OH 43017. Single membership – $15.00, family – $21.00, youths are FREE. We will not be collecting at the Christmas party.

October Presentation

Tony Cass pulled out all the stops for his presentation on counterfeit gold. Calling counterfeit gold “our worst nightmare,” Tony showed numerous examples of bad gold and talked about the diagnostics. A 16-page, full-color handout clearly detailed what to look for, including mushy letters, depressions, tool marks, spikes radiating from the dentils, color and sunken areas in the middle of numbers and letters. Some counterfeits made in the 1960s are particularly hard to unmask because the crooks got the luster right.

By: Gerry Tebben

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