July, 2000
Year 7, Issue 7

1st Place Outstanding Local Publication
American Numismatic Association 1995, 1996, and 1997
Second Place in the same contest in 1999

Meeting 7:30pm, Wednesday, July 5
Talk and trading 7:00-7:30pm
VFW, 1601 Weld Road, Elgin, IL
Not a member? Come and join us anyway!

July Meeting

Jim Davis will be giving a presentation on the coins of Britain starting at 1960.

July Prizes

June Minutes

ECC Meeting 511 - June 7, 2000

Vice President Jim Davis called the meeting to order at 7:41.

Secretary's Report

As printed in June's newsletter and was accepted.

Treasurer's Report

Balance: $319.87

The Treasurer's report was accepted.

Old Business

There was none.

New Business

Veteran Coin & Stamp in Phoenix, Arizona (a not for profit organization) is looking for donations of cancelled stamps.

Roger has submitted copies of the original Western Union telegrams sent regarding the Elgin coinage bill being passed by the Senate to the club. Copies of the telegrams are included at the end of this newsletter.

Mark Allen applied for membership.

Show and Tell

No show and tell was presented due to the White Elephant sale.


After the auction, we had our customary raffle and membership drawings. The winners were

The meeting closed around 9:00 P.M.

Submitted by Frank S., Temporary Secretary

Board Meeting

Don Cerny, Jim Davis, Doug Nelson, and Mike Metras got together Wednesday evening June 21 for our board meeting at Don's house.

The July raffle and membership prizes were decided and listed on the front.

Jim Davis will give the program for July. It will be on British Coinage from 1960 to present, covering the changes from pound/shilling/pence system to the decimal system.

There being no other business, we settled into serious coin talk and searched through a cache of 150 foreign coins Mike had won the Saturday before at Sonny Henry's auction.

The Golden Dollar Coin Article

The life of Sacagawea

Our parents and grandparents learned all about her. Our children know about her, too, as today her story is taught in classrooms across our nation.

Sacagawea was the Shoshone Indian who assisted the historic Lewis & Clark expedition. Between 1804-1806, while still a teenager, she guided the adventurers from the Northern Great Plans to the Pacific Ocean and back. Her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and their son who was born during the trip, Jean Baptiste, also accompanied the group.

Without Sacagawea's navigational, diplomatic, and translating skills, the famous Lewis & Clark expedition would have perished. She helped Lewis & Clark obtain the horses they needed to continue their journey.

Now, almost 200 years later, the resourceful Native American steps back into the limelight. Sacagawea replaces suffragette Susan B. Anthony as the image on the dollar coin. Soon everyone who handles the Golden Dollar will remember the brave 15-year-old who, carrying her child on her back, guided an unprecedented mission.

What did Sacagawea look like?

More statues, streams, lakes, landmarks, parks, songs, ballads and poems honor this young woman than any other woman in American history. Yet no portraits created during her lifetime exist. Even Lewis & Clark's journals don't include sketches or other clues as to what she really looked like. This appealed to the Dollar Coin Design Advisory Committee torn between recommending a real person or an allegorical image for the new coin. Because no factual representations of Sacagawea exist her image has been left largely to imagination.

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