CONA October 2018 Newsletter

October Meeting

When: 7 p.m., October 17,2018
Oakstone Academy: 939 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: Fractional Currency Shield
Speaker: Mike

October Presentation

Mike is going to bring his massive 20×25-inch fractional currency shield to the October meeting and talk about the shield’s purpose and history. In the 1860s the U.S. Treasury produced framed shields of the new fractional currency issues to familiarize bank tellers with the bills. The 39 notes on the shield were printed on one side only.

September Presentation

Coin World Senior Editor Jeff Starck discussed his career, the need to connect with YNs and collecting affordable coins.

Starck said he became interested in coin collecting in 1995 when a double die cent captured collectors imagination. That interest led to an internship with Coin World and eventually a full-time position.

Responsible for foreign coin coverage, Starck said he has covered coin shows in Berlin a doze times as well as Tokyo and, last winter, Beijing.

“It’s wonderful that wherever you go in the hobby there are so many similarities,” he said.

He noted, though, that modern issues and commemorative medals take center stage in China. Coin World’s booth at the Beijing International Coin Exposition was mobbed when the newspaper distributed 500 silver-plated medals showing a buffalo on one side and a panda on the other.

He said he’s see the medals offered on auction sites for as much as $50.

One area of affordable interest are the coins struck by U.S. Mint’s for other nations, he said.

He referred collectors to the online Collector’s Checklist for Foreign Type Coins Made by United Stated Government Mints.

By: Gerry Tebben

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