Blog

CONA June 2021 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., June 16, 2021
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  Expanded Show and Tell
Speaker:  See below

June Meeting

For June, we’ll have an expanded Show and Tell again, with each speaker giving a 5-10 minute presentation on his coin or some other aspect of collecting. Our speakers, tentatively, this month are: Geoff G., Diane H., Gary H., Bill K., Dave P., Brad R., John R., Bruce S. and Gerald T. Topics range from ancient coins to Redfield dollars with a few stops in between.

May Meeting

Four members gave brief presentations at the first of two expanded show-and-tell sessions. Spence S. showed his 1913 Prussia 2 mark, Steve R. talked about how he set up a way to document his coins, John R. presented a “new” Ptolemaic bronze coin from Arados which had a flying dove on it, & Bruce S. shared his Mudlarkers medal (Billie & Charlie from mid-19th c.)

Upcoming Speakers

July – Steve P., Western Reserve Numismatic Club history
Aug – Show meeting
Sept. through Nov – Speakers needed

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA May 2021 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., May 19, 2021
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  Highs and lows of precious metals
Speaker:  Phil C.

May Meeting

For May and June, presentations will be an expanded Show and Tell, with each speaker giving a 5-10 minute presentation on his coin or some other aspect of collecting.
Spence S., 1913 Prussia 2 mark
Steve R., Documenting your collection
John R., Ptolemaic bronze
Bill K., Jefferson nickels
Bruce S., Mudlarkers Billie & Charlie

April Presentation

With the side of slavery invoking the favor of God during the Civil War, the Rev. Mark Watkinson thought the Union should do something about it and set in motion the adoption of the national motto In God We Trust and its placement on our coins and later paper money.

 Bill Bierly, author of In God We Trust: Origins of the National Motto, told the story of how the national motto came to be during his Covid-delayed April presentation. 

The Confederate constitution, he said, this preamble: We, the people of the Confederate States, each State acting in its sovereign and independent character, in order to form a permanent federal government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Confederate States of America.

Upcoming Speakers

March: Chris P.
April: Bill B. on In God We Trust
May: Show and tell. I’m looking for 5-10 people who will speak for five minutes or so on something special from their collection.
June Show and Tell continues. I’m looking for 5-10 people who will speak for 5-10 minutes or so on something special from their collection.
Geoff G.,
Gerry T., NCAPR counterstamp
If you had volunteered to be a part of this and you’re name is not listed above, please let me know. Some things have gone missing in the last year. If you want to be added to the list, please let me know that, too. There’s plenty of room for more speakers. There will be no speakers medal for this.

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA April 2021 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., April 21, 2021
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  In God We Trust
Speaker:  Bill Bierly

April Meeting

It took 13 months, but we’ve come full circle. Last March, the pandemic was just beginning and people were either afraid or prohibited from traveling and gathering. Now with a significant portion of the U.S. adult population fully vaccinated, life is beginning to return to normal.— Gerry

In God We Trust

Longtime CONA member Bill Bierly, author of In God We Trust: Origins of the National Motto, will talk about how that phrase came to be.

Our national motto debuted on United States coinage during the chaos and heartache of the American Civil War. It has appeared on our money ever since. Numismatic researcher Bill Bierly has dug deep into the origins and history of In God We Trust. Now he tells its full story, introducing Reverend Mark Watkinson, the preacher who rallied the Treasury Department to recognize Almighty God in some form on our coins . . . Mint Director James Pollock, former governor of Pennsylvania, a commanding figure who worked toward the same vision . . . and Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, nephew of an Episcopal bishop, who marshalled our nation’s vast resources and financed the war with bold innovations.

President Abraham Lincoln figures in the tale, as does a cast of military generals, wealthy industrialists, poets and artists, powerful bankers, and everyday Americans, North and South.

Bill shows how the upheaval of the Civil War  but the very foundations of modern American banking and finance.

Bill will be happy to sign copies of his book at the meeting.

He plans to bring a few to sell. The book is also available for $29.50 (free shipping) from Amazon or $29.95 ($5.95 shipping) from Whitman.

March Presentation

Chris P. traced the genealogical history of the Queen’s Beasts, the ten heraldic statues that were in front of Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, and which inspired the Royal Mint to issue a series of coins beginning in 2016.

Upcoming Speakers

May: Show and tell. I’m looking for 5-10 people who will speak for five minutes or so on something special from their collection.
Spence Sunderland, 1913 Prussia 2 mark
Steve R., Documenting your collection
John R., Ptolemaic bronze
Bill K., Jefferson nickels
Gerry Tebben, NCAPR counterstamp

If you had volunteered to be a part of this and your name is not listed above, please let me know. Some things have gone missing in the last year. If you want to be added to the list, please let me know that, too. There’s plenty of room for more speakers. There will be no speakers medal for this. June, etc. … Speakers needed

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA March 2021 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., March 17, 2021
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:   The Queen’s Beasts 
Speaker:   Chris P.

Upcoming Speakers

March: Chris P.
April: Bill B. on In God We Trust
May: Show and tell. I’m looking for 5-10 people who will speak for five minutes or so on something special from their collection.

Meeting Details

We’re back in Room 209 at the east end of the building.

In God We Trust

 March speaker Bill Bierly, auhor of the new book In God We Trust: Origins of the National Motto, will be happy to sign copies of his book at the meeting.

He will not be bringing any to sell. However the book is available for $29.50 (free shipping) from Amazon or $29.95 ($5.95 shipping) from Whitman. 

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA February 2021 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., February 17, 2021
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  Highs and lows of precious metals
Speaker:  Phil C.

February Presentation

Phil C. will deliver a presentation: How to analyze when precious metals are high or low.

Back to Normal

With the increasing availability of the vaccine, I hope we can get back to normal soon. I’m getting my second shot Feb 20. In April, we’re going to pick up where we left off. Bill B. will give a presentation on In God We Trust. Bill was scheduled to talk last April, but then all hell broke loose. If you’re interested in giving a presentation, please let me know. — Gerry

Upcoming Speakers

March: Chris P.
April: Bill B. on In God We Trust
May: Show and tell. I’m looking for 5-10 people who will speak for five minutes or so on something special from their collection.

Meeting Details

We’re back in Room 209 at the east end of the building.

In Old-Time Columbus

The Wiatt Brothers, one of nine issuers of Civil War tokens in Columbus, came from a checkered family. Brothers William and Harrison L. Jr. operated a bakery, ice cream parlor, beer garden at 130 E. Town St. during the 1860s.

Patriarch Harrison L. Senior, who styled himself a major for no good reason, operated faro house in Columbus and Cincinnati. H.L. Jr. sometimes joined him in the family gaming enterprise.

Every now and then the good-government crowd would get on the city to do something about the gambling parlors, which operated openly with a wink by the coppers.

The Ohio State Journal report from June 19, 1879, details one raid gone wrong ( or right, depending.)

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA January 2021 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., January 20, 2021
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  When Man Created Coins
Speaker:  Michael Shutterly video

January Presentation

Michael Shutterly, four-time Jeopardy champ, discussed the origin of coinage in a Money Talks presentation at last year’s National Money Show in Atlanta, one of the last major coin shows held before the pandemic hit.

Most of us are aware that the first coins were struck about 2,700 years ago in Asia Minor. Shutterly gives a detailed look at these first bean-shaped attempts at coinage. One tiny electrum coin (above), he said, was worth two months of food for a family.

Meeting Details

The virus rages across the nation and Ohio, but the vaccine is becoming available, with shots planned for over 80s next week and people in their 70s in February. In the meantime, we’re trying to keep things as safe as possible. The building has a constant supply of fresh air, with outside vents.
Location: Oakstone gym, a newer pre-engineereed metal building west of the main building’s entrance.
Directions: Drive down the entrance road until you get to the front of the main building, and turn right.
Seating: This is a gym with bleacher seating, so bring you own cushion or lawn chair.
Snacks: BYO. No drinks or snacks provided
Masks: Required in Ohio

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!


CONA November 2020 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., November 18, 2020
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  The Challenger
Speaker:  Diane H.

November Presentation

I have always been interested in the space program: men in space; man on the moon; the space shuttle – a reusable spacecraft that returns to Earth and lands like an aircraft! Amazing! Yes , there were other shuttles, and I liked them also, but the Challenger will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope that I can share some of those reasons with you. – Diane

Meeting Details

We’re going to try to make it as safe as possible, but be mindful, the disease is still out there. Today (Nov. 12 ) Ohio topped 7,000 new cases for the first time – 7,101 cases. More than 700 of today’s new cases were in Franklin County. So far, the virus has killed 5,658 Ohioans, including 646 in Franklin County.

The building has a constant supply of fresh air, with outside vents.
Location: Oakstone gym, a newer pre-engineereed metal building west of the main building’s entrance.
Directions: Drive down the entrance road until you get to the front of the main building, and turn right.
Seating: This is a gym with bleacher seating, so bring you own cushion or lawn chair.
Snacks: BYO. No drinks or snacks provided
Masks: Required in Ohio

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA October 2020 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., October 21, 2020
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  Cause I liked it!
Speaker:  John Roberts

October Presentation

We all have things in our collection. They don’t necessarily fit our field or theme. Instead they caught our eye and we had to pick it up. I’ll share a dozen examples from my collection. – John

Meeting Details

We’re going to try to make it as safe as possible, but be mindful, the disease is still out there. Today (Oct. 15) Ohio set a record for new cases – 2,178. So far, the virus has killed 5,038 Ohioans. 

The building has a constant supply of fresh air, with outside vents.
Location: Oakstone gym, a newer pre-engineereed metal building west of the main building’s entrance.
Directions: Drive down the entrance road until you get to the front of the main building, and turn right.
Seating: This is a gym with bleacher seating, so bring you own cushion or lawn chair.
Snacks: BYO. No drinks or snacks provided
Masks: Required in Ohio

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

CONA September 2020 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., September 16, 2020
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic:  COVID-19 and 281 BC
Speaker:  Steve Petty and John R.

September Presentation

Two CONA members stepped up to answer a last-minute call for speakers this month. 

A Tale of Three Kings 
Some time in the Year 281 BC, a great battle was fought between two former comrades, Lysimachos, king of Thrace and Macedonia and Seleukos Nikator King over the bulk of Alexander the Great’s Asian conquests. 

History does not tell us where, exactly, in modern Turkey this battle occurred nor even what time of the year, but it pitted two massive armies, both using phalanxes trained under Alexander the Great, and both making use of elephants. In the end, they would face each other in hand to hand combat. One was 80 years old, the other 78. 

Before the year was over, both would be slain. The first at the hand of his former friend, the other assassinated by the oldest son of another of Alexander’s companions, Ptolemy Soter, the Pharaoh of Egypt: Ptolemy Keraunos: in an act of open treachery. 

My presentation will touch upon three coins near the time of this battle; the first immediately before the battle, the second and third shortly thereafter. Each coin has a connection with one of these three men: all of whom had died by the sword. – John R.

Health and Safety
 With many of the concerns regarding COVID-19, I thought it might be helpful as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with many years of testifying on exposure and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to provide some information on concepts that may help you protect yourself. — Steve Petty

Steve’s expertise was put to use in the preparation of our meeting room at Oakstone and the hotel ballroom where we held the show. 

Curiously, a key can be found in Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s memoir, Steve says. 


“The tent or the shelter of a tree is a better hospital than a house, whose wall absorb fetid and poisonous emanations, and then give them back to the atmosphere. To men accustomed to open air, who live on the plainest food, wounds seem to give less pain, and are attended with less danger to life than to ordinary soldiers in barracks.” 

Thus, stay outdoors, or maximize fresh air indoors, to provide the best opportunity to stay healthy. 

This is what we did at the show – insisted all ventilation systems were at maximum fresh air capacity! 

Meeting Details

We’re going to try to make it as safe as possible, but be mindful, the disease is still out there. Today (Sept. 9) there were 286 new cases in Franklin County, 7 hospitalizations and 2 deaths. 

The building has a constant supply of fresh air, with outside vents. 

Location: Oakstone gym, a newer pre-engineereed metal building west of the main building’s entrance. 
Directions: Drive down the entrance road until you get to the front of the main building, and turn right. 
Seating: This is a gym with bleacher seating, so bring you own cushion or lawn chair. 
Snacks: BYO. No drinks or snacks provided 
Masks: Required in Ohio 

What a Show!

 Here’s Patty C. (bourse chair) initial report:
 This Ohio State Coin Show was different from so many others, but the same in so many respects. Almost everyone followed the COVID-19 protocols. When attendees called to ask about whether the show was still going to be held, and if safety measures were being followed, I was able to put their fears at ease. 

 Stephen worked with the hotel maintenance man, Gaga, to open the ventilation system on the roof so that fresh air was circulating at all times. You could feel the difference in all the bourse areas. Another great health benefit. Thank you!

I am writing this on Sunday after the show and I have not had time to figure out any numbers yet. That report will come in October when I have had time to verify everything. I have heard from many of the dealers, however, so I will share some of their comments: 

“Thanks for a great show, you put on one of the best productions around. Thank all your volunteers for me.” And another, “I just want to say you guys put on a wonderful show – terrific job. You have one of the best clubs I’ve ever seen, especially helpful to dealers making us welcome. Keep up the good work. See you next year. I appreciate you all very much. Thanks again.” 

This came as a text to me: “Hi Patty. I just wanted to thank you for all your efforts and hard work. I had the best show I’ve had in years. I am really glad that you decided to have the show with all the issues going on. Thanks again and keep up the good work.” 

Quote from Lexa: “The dealers said the Green Hats were so respectful and attentive and again one of the greatest shows because of that.” 

Our sales representative, Samantha, from Embassy Suites was wonderful to work with and every staff member, from the manager on down, was incredibly helpful. There were a few glitches but we were all learning from this “Covid-19 experiment”. We have paid the down payment for the 2021 show at Embassy Suites Dublin. 

Wonderful job once again CONA Members! You are the heart and soul of the show. – Patty C. (Bourse Chair)

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!



CONA August 2020 Newsletter

When: 7 p.m., August 19, 2020
Oakstone Academy: 900 State St. Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: Ohio State Coin Show Planning
Speaker: No Speaker

August Presentation

Our August meeting will be largely devoted to the show. However, we will have the quiz, auction and raffle – just no speaker. 

Help is needed from Thursday setup to Saturday teardown. Green Hats are what make our show special. Signup sheets will be available at the meeting and at the picnic. 

 The Ohio State Coin show will be smaller than usual, just 65 tables; and shorter. No Sunday hours this year. 

Meeting Details

We’re going to try to make it as safe as possible, but be mindful, the disease is still out there. Today (Aug. 10) there were 166 new cases in Franklin County, 8 hospitalizations and 1 death. 

The building has a constant supply of fresh air, with outside vents. 

Location: Oakstone gym, a newer pre-engineereed metal building west of the main building’s entrance. 
Directions: Drive down the entrance road until you get to the front of the main building, and turn right. 
Seating: This is a gym with bleacher seating, so bring you own cushion or lawn chair. 
Snacks: BYO. No drinks or snacks provided 
Masks: Required in Ohio 

In Memoriam 
Chet Britt 
1947 – 2020 

James Chester Britt, Jr, age 73, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020. Chet was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, son of the late James C Britt and Nan Beardmore Britt. He is also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Otto G. Acker and mother-in-law, Mildred Miller Acker. Chet was a resident of Grandview Heights for 44 years before moving to Powell in 2018. 

He practiced Law for 33 years at Britt, Campbell, Nagel, and Sproat. Chet served on Grandview Heights City Council, Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Education Foundation Board, Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation Board, and led the Grandview Charter Review Committee. 

In addition, he was also a Grandview Bobcat Booster and member of the Central Ohio Numismatic Association, CONA Coin Club. 

Following retirement, Chet collected coins and worked on family genealogy and truly loved traveling. He drove to 48 states in his motor home, took countless family vacations and cruises, and enjoyed spending time at his Folly Beach House. 

His favorite family time was his weekends at the Wilds with his grandchildren. Chet’s illnesses or handicaps later in life never slowed him down nor discouraged him from new adventures big and small. You could see him scooting about the neighborhood or listening to books or music on his porch. 

Most of all, Chet loved his family. He found the greatest joy just being surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He taught us, he inspired us, and he took care of us. 

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 49 years, Shirley Acker Britt; children, James O. (Katy) Britt and Lydia (David) Britt DeCarlo; grandchildren, Madeline, James Otto, Evan, and Clara; brother, Jeff (Lynn) Britt; brother-in-law, Gary Acker; nieces and nephews; and other extended family members and dear friends. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Chet’s memory to Flying Horse Farms (FHF is a medical specialty camp that provides healing, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families). Donations can be made online at www.flyinghorsefarms.org/donate. Or mail donations to: Flying Horse Farms, 5260 State Route 95, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338. 

By: Gerry Tebben

Interested in past CONA Newsletters? Please visit the Newman Portal for a vast collection that dates back to 2011!

Copyright 2018 Central Ohio Numismatic Association
Designed and Developed by Beth Rich