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May, 2006
Year 13, Issue 5

Award Winning Newsletter

Meeting 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 3
Talk and trading 7:00-7:30pm
VFW, 1601 Weld Road, Elgin, IL

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March Program

This month's program will be a presentation by Mike Metras on his travels in Spain.


April Minutes

ECC Meeting 578
Opened:   7:30     Closed:   9:00
Members:   23     YNs:   0
Guests:   0         
Beginning balance:   $130.83     Income:   $54.00
Expenses:   $30.00     Current balance:   $154.83
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. We then held the monthly program, which was a white elephant auction. After the auction, raffle tickets were sold and prizes selected. The meeting adjourned about 9:00.

Secretary's Report

Accepted as printed in the April newsletter.

Treasurer's Report

Balance:   $304.23.
The report was accepted as published.

Old Business

Fantasy coin contest:

  1. Rick W. 36,160
  2. Steve H. 25,750
  3. Jim D. 25,200
  4. Marty K. 25,105
  5. Jim C. 25,000

New Business

The club sends its condolences to the family of Lorraine Westlake who passed away recently.


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

The meeting closed around 9:00 P.M.

Submitted by Jim D.

Board Meeting

On April 19 Doug, Don and Jim D. met to discuss club business and select prizes for the may raffle.

Show and Tell

Jim D. showed the 1992 Olympic dollar as featured in the coin of the month column. He also brought a 1976 token from the Elgin coin club for 50 cents in trade and a coin from British West Africa from the reign of Edward the 8th.

Frank S. brought in an Australia 5-dollar coin from the Sydney Olympics, a Mongolia 500 terper with a holographic eagle and a coin from the Bailiwick of Jersey showing a lighthouse.

Don C. showed a Canadian 50 cent from 1953, an Italian 500 lira and a 2003 1 cent in an intercept shield holder that is starting to tone.


Marginal Double dies. Recently there have been reports of 2006 Philadelphia cents showing very minor doubling on the obverse. This doubling is similar to the 2004-P Peace medal 5-cent coin. The amount of doubling is so minor it takes a strong magnifying glass and a pristine coin to see anything. I remember someone telling me years ago if you need more than an 8x lens to see an error it probably is not worth very much. I believe for a coin to be called a true double die you should be able to see it with your naked eye or at most a 5x lens. If you want to see a true double die check out any of the following coins, 1916-P 5 cent, 1955-P 1 cent, 1972-P 1 cent and the 1995-P 1 cent. There are of course many others too numerous to mention.

Oh, give me a coin where the buffalo roam. From 1913 to 1938, the American Bison appeared on only one coin, the 5-cent piece. Since 1991, the bison has appeared on several U. S. coins. The coins are the 1991 Mt. Rushmore half dollar, The 1999 Yellowstone national park silver dollar, The 2001 Buffalo silver dollar, The 2005 five cent, The 2005 Kansas quarter and the 2006 North Dakota quarter. The North Dakota quarter goes as far as to show two bison grazing. The mint should be careful in selecting coins for the buffalo to appear on or the design will become cliché.

Silver prices. In the last few months, the price of silver has risen dramatically. On April 18th when I checked the price of silver, it was over $14.50 per ounce. Within a few days, the price had fallen to about $12.00 and as of this writing (4-25) the price is $12.84.This is causing me to look at my pocket change closer to find silver coins. Since last may I have pulled 4 or 5 ounces of silver from circulation. The most common silver coin found was the war nickel. Each one of these coins contains .056 oz. of silver and at the current spot price is worth about 70 cents.

Coin of the Month

1992 Olympic Silver Dollar

By Don Cerny

The battle of Vimy Ridge is one of the greatest battles in Canadian history. For the first time, all four Canadian divisions fought together on the same battlefield.

The goal of the battle of Vimy Ridge was to achieve the breakthrough in the German lines. Behind the ridge laid many German factories, which were vital for the construction of munitions and other war materials. In this battle, it was the Canadians task to take a portion of the ridge, and two important hills where the Germans had built strong defenses. The Allied strategy was well thought out and preparations made. Lessons learned earlier in the war were used to develop an effective battle plan. The Canadian troops trained on sites behind the front, on terrain similar to that on which they would be fighting.

On April 2, 1917, artillery bombardment was stepped up to wear down enemy soldiers. Before the battle began, more than one million shells were fired at the Germans. In the morning of April 9th, 20,000 soldiers attacked in the first wave of the battle of Vimy Ridge. The Canadian Army was extremely successful and took the ridge by afternoon. In the next few days, they reached all their objectives. In the four days, the Canadians lost 3,600 dead and over 5,000 wounded.

The Vimy Memorial commemorates the battle, which is on the top of Hill 145 near Vimy and Givency in the French Pos-de-Calais. It is Canada's most important memorial to their Canadian soldiers of WWI. In recognition of the great sacrifices made by the Canadians here, after the war the government of France formally granted Canada a portion of Vimy Ridge in perpetuity. Since the memorial stands on Canadian ground, it is tended to by the Veterans Affairs Canada.

Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in WWI is the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. At the base of the memorial, these words appear:

To the valor of their countrymen in the Great War And in memory of their sixty thousand dead this monument is raised by the people of Canada. The land for the battlefield park is 250 acres, was the free gift in perpetuity of France to the Canadians 11,000 tons of concrete and masonry were used for the base of the memorial. 5,500 tons of stone from Yugoslavia were used for pylons and sculptured figures. Construction of the memorial began in 1925 and was unveiled on July 26, 1936 by King Edward the VIII.

After almost 70 years, a restoration project was started in 2001, and should be completed in 2006. I did not find information on it, but I'm sure proceeds from the sale of (the coin of the month) Vimy commemorative five cents went towards the project.

Hear the call and follow your heart

A slide show on an 540-mile walk across Spain

The Way of Saint James, the Camino de Santiago, is a walk across northern Spain to the grave of the apostle Saint James the Greater in Santiago de Compostela. The walk begins in the Pyrenees and ends on the Atlantic. Hundreds of thousands have walked this path for over 1200 years.

During this presentation we will show you many of the places we visited as I walked 40 days and Petra walked more than 100 days (1300 miles) starting in Germany. You will even hear my footsteps.

We, Petra Wolf and Mike Metras (your former president), followed the call of our hearts and walked this way where we met in 2003. Since then we have married and walked parts of it twice again. Later we walked the Via de la Plata Camino from Seville to Santiago. We have also presented this show in Germany, California, Illinois, and Indiana.

ECC Meeting, May 3, 2006, ca. 8:00 pm

Visit Mike's Camino de Santiago page for many details on this walk and Mike's experiences three years ago and what Petra and he are up to these days.

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