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September, 2005
Year 12, Issue 6

Award Winning Newsletter

Meeting 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 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.

June Program

This month's program will be a video about the shipwreck and salvage of the USS Republic.


May Program

ECC Meeting 567
Opened:   7:30     Closed:   8:35
Members:   23     YNs:   1
Guests:   0         
Beginning balance:   $165.98     Income:   $151.25
Expenses:   $97.00     Current balance:   $220.23

Doug called the meeting to order at 7:30. The Secretaries and Treasurers reports were accepted as published. Old and new business was discussed and show and tells were given. The program was the white elephant auction. Thanks to all who donated items and the bidders. After the program, we took a break to sell raffle tickets and the drawings were held. The meeting adjourned about 9:00 PM.

Secretary's Report

Accepted as printed in April's newsletter.

Treasurer's Report

Balance:   $165.98.
The report was accepted as published.

Old Business

Fantasy coin contest

  1. Jim D. 29,500
  2. Marty 25,500
  3. Debra 25,000
  4. Bob L. 25,000

Anyone wishing to join the game see Jim D. at the meeting.

New Business

Fliers for this years coin show are being prepared and will be available soon.


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

The meeting closed around 8:35 P.M.

Submitted by Jim D.

Board Meeting

On May 11, Don, Doug, Jim and Steve met to discuss club business.

Submitted by Jim D. secretary.

Show and Tell


Regarding the changes in this years mint sets. I was surprised recently when I read about the mints decision to produce coins in this years mint sets with a satin finish. For the last several years, the mint has taken more care in producing coins for the mint sets as opposed to the care taken for regular issue coins. The coins made for mint sets were struck on better planchets and at a slower speed with more pressure. Even with all this care, some poor quality coins still got through. Now with this new finish this causes a dilemma as to what now constitutes a full set of cents, quarters, halves or any of the current regular issue coins. Will a complete set require both types or would just one suffice? In addition, how will this affect those who keep their coins in dansco type albums? I myself use Eagle brand holders and pages, which are very flexible. So if I choose to I can add the additional coins which I will probably do to ensure completeness of my sets.

In the end the way I see it the new mint sets are no longer true mint sets but a special mint set similar to those issued in the mid 1960's or Canadian P/L sets.

The new 2005 Lincoln cent. So far, I have only seen the Philadelphia version of the 2005 cent. Upon examining, the date I noticed the five does not match the other three numbers in the date. This is not the first time this has happened, as there are many examples of mismatched numbers in the dates of coins. Given the modern technology the mint now has there should be no excuse for not producing a uniform date.

National Treasure. Starring Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean and directed by John Turtletaub. Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage) is the latest in a line of descendants of Benjamin Franklin searching for a treasure hidden by the founding fathers. As a child, he learned of his heritage from his grandfather and as an adult using clues found on a one and hundred dollar bill embarks on an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones. The action in this movie is fast paced and the numismatic references were interesting. Some of the scenes though stretched reality a bit especially the scenes in the National Archives. So if you are looking for a film that is enjoyable and doesn't require too much thought this is a good choice. My rating for this film is MS63.

Coin of the Month

The 2005 Minnesota Quarter

This month's coin of the month is the Minnesota state quarter. While I find this coin to be very attractive I noticed each design element has been used many times on other state quarters.

This coin features an illustration of the state, this element also appears on the Pennsylvania, Georgia, Massachusetts, South Carolina, New York, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Texas quarters. There is a motto or phrase, which appears on every quarter except Maine and Arkansas.

Trees are an element of both this coin and those of Connecticut, South Carolina, Vermont, Maine, Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa and California. Water is also shown on the coins of New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maine, Missouri, Michigan and Florida.

Boats and Ships also appear on coins of New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island, Maine, Missouri and Florida.

People are also a key element of the coins of Delaware, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Vermont, Ohio, Illinois, Alabama, Missouri, Iowa and California.

Finally, birds are also a design feature of South Carolina, Louisiana, Maine, Arkansas and California.

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