CONA February 2013 Newsletter

February Meeting

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

Topic: 1870-CC Seated Dollar
Speaker: Steve Petty

February Presentation

Stephen will present an overview of the article on the 1870-CC Seated Dollar just published in the Gobrecht Journal. This paper focused on research to determine the varieties for this specific date to determine if an odd dollar he purchased was a new or existing variety. His work developed a new attribution method for this seated dollar and established statistics on the rarity of various marriages. Steve will discuss how this SD was acquired, how the research was conducted and findings from the research. PS: This odd dollar – was found to be a new and rare marriage.

January Presentation Recap

“It took me 15 years to find this thing,” Charles Caldwell said as he displayed a medal awarded to his great grandfather’s brother by the state of Ohio for service during the Civil War. The medal, engraved with the name of William F. Wiley, still had its original ribbon and came with a rare 1866 form awarding it to him.
Charles became interested in the Civil War as a child after he was given the fork and spoon from his ancestor’s military mess kit. Today he specializes in his great grand uncle’s unit, Co. I of the Ohio 25th.
The bronze Tiffany medal was awarded to Ohio soldiers who re-enlisted after their intial term was up. Wiley’s re-enlistment paper attests, among other things, that he was “entirely sober when he re-enlisted.”
Wiley was wounded twice; shot in the leg at Gettysburg and the arm at Honey Hill, S.C. He died in 1890.

Grading Seminar

Steve Petty reported the club is working on a grading seminar for the spring. While detals are still being worked out, current thought is Coin World Editor Steve Roach will conduct two two-hour seminars for 15 people each on Saturday, April 6 at Oakstone. Registration will be required. Steve Petty will have details for discussion at our February meeting. “One of the most important things you can do,” he said, “is learn how to grade.”

By: Gerry Tebben

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