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May, 2002
Year 9, Issue 5

Award Winning Newsletter

Meeting 7:30pm, Wednesday, May, 1
Talk and trading 7:00-7:30pm
VFW, 1601 Weld Road, Elgin, IL

Not a member? Come and join us anyway!

Give your spouse a break and bring your children to the club.

May Program

Grading Seminar, if you want to bring in a coin or two to have your fellow collectors help you grade them.

Also Mike M. and I. will give a short talk on how they got in to coin collecting.

There will be a sign-up sheet I will have at each meeting for anyone wanting to give a short talk on how they got started in coin collecting.


April Minutes

ECC Meeting 531 - April 3, 2002
Opened:   7:34     Beginning balance:   $418.60
Closed:   9:18     Income:   $108.00
Members:   19     Expenses:   $201.00
YNs:   0     Current balance:   $319.60
Guests:   6         

President Mike Metras called the meeting to order at 7:30.

We welcomed guest Jason R. who is getting back into coin collecting after being away from it for a while. We also welcomed Roger's friend Bob S.

Member History

Marty K. Unlike most of the club members, Marty was brought up during the depression and money was very tight back then.

Marty actually got started collecting coins in 1961, when he went to a Cub Scout meeting. The gentleman seated next to him show him a proof set he had just gotten from the government. He asked for the information and the collecting started with proof and mint sets from the government.

When his children started getting interested in collecting coins, he started a Friday night get together to start filling their green Whitman books. The children filled the penny, nickel, dime and quarter books while Marty filled the silver dollar book.

He would cash his pay check at the savings & loan and take any silver dollars they had in change.

In 1969 a friend of his ask him to accompany him to a gun show. It was there that he met Tony. Tony sold guns and supplies, but also had some coins for sale. And when Marty showed some interest in the coins he had for sale he told him about the Elgin Coin Club that met the first Tuesday at that time. Marty went to the next meeting and has been a member ever since.

Mike M.

He started collecting about 1955 or 1956. When he received a 1900 Barber quarter, while collecting payments for his paper route. He still today has that quarter in his set.

He also received a 1905 and a 1907 V nickels. Thus started his adventure in coin collecting. All through High School he continued collecting and event formed his only mini coin club. During this period he began his venture into collecting foreign coins when he got a weird looking copper coin with a date of 1330 on it. He later found out that it was an Arabic coin with an Arabic date on it. 1330 in Arabic converts to 1912.

During his college years he got interested in Roman coins and also collected the US proof sets from 1956 to present.

During the late 80's he got back to serious collecting again. It was either 1986, 1987 or 1988 he started getting into collecting foreign minors. He likes coins that did the job that coins are suppose to do.

In 1993 he joined the Elgin Coin Club. In 1994 he took over as secretary and began the newsletter for six years until I volunteered to take over.

And if anyone interested, he has taken the 85 articles he has published in the newsletter and has created a CD-ROM you can purchase from him. It runs on you PC browser.

Secretary's Report

As printed in April's newsletter and accepted.

Treasurer's Report

Balance: $319.60.

Old Business

Super raffle tickets for the July meeting drawing are available. Prizes include an 1857 2 1/2 dollar gold piece, an 1884 CC Morgan dollar and a 2002 proof silver eagle.

New Business



We had our customary raffle and membership drawings. The winners were:

The meeting closed around 9:18 P.M.

Submitted by Frank Schlapinski, Secretary.

Board Meeting

Mike, Don, Doug, Jim and I, got together at Don's Wednesday night at 7pm Apr. 17th. Among other things we discussed the following.

This month's grading topic. Please only bring no more than two coins you want to have graded.

We decided on monthly raffle and member prizes.

We bought coins for the monthly raffle and membership drawing.

Again, it's not too early to apply for a table at our annual show on October 27th.

Submitted by Frank Schlapinski, Secretary.

Future Meeting Programs

Show and Tell

Mike M. Brought in a $2 Augusta Banking note, a 50 cent Alabama, a 50 cent State of South Carolina and a 75 cent Virginia obsolete notes. He also brought a $1 certificate of deposit form Augusta Georgia.

Bob F. Brought in a medal, to be given out at the 1000th meeting of the Chicago Coin Club.

Roger B. Brought in a binder he purchased to house Lincoln cents through Liberty quarters.

Jim C. Brought in a 1972 Great Britain Proof Set and explained the history of each coin.

Don D. Brought in a brass token from Cleveland, Ohio. PMI on obverse and TUIT on reverse. A Cottbus, pfennig, undated issued in 1622. Crayfish with S C for Stadt Cottbus at bottom. Eklund 408, Krause 2, uniface. Lucerne, 1774, 1 Rapen. A certificate Compania San Vicente de Bolivia issued in Huachaca on May 16, 1887. No. 28 in the amount of 1000 Bolivianos. Most Bolivian certificates were issued at La Paz or Sucre; this was issued at a small copper mining town. And a certificate from Companhia das carvao de Pedra Arroio dos ratos issued in Rio de Janeiro on April 26, 1884. Cancelled with a large X across the face. No. 4357 in the amount of 200,000 reis. These two certificates are number six and seven out of a possible thirteen for his collection.

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