On January 9, 2019, the Chicago Coin Club celebrated a momentous occasion with the club’s 1200th meeting. This milestone was the first celebratory event to be hosted by the Chicago Coin Club as it marks its 100th anniversary. In 1919 a collective group of numismatists from both the Chicago Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association (A.N.A.) branch #1 founded the club, creating a formal constitution and holding the first official meeting of the Chicago Coin Club on February 14 that year.
Since 1919 the Chicago Coin Club has informed, nurtured, educated, and supported coin collectors of the greater Chicago and suburban areas. While its core membership is in the Chicago area, it also reaches out to individuals throughout the United States and those who live abroad.
Chicago Coin Club meetings traditionally combine three segments: A club-business portion, an official numismatic presentation, and a club-member show-and-tell highlighting new, old, fun, rare, interesting, strange or other pieces from their collections.
The 1200th meeting combined a celebratory reception and social hour with food, compliments of Chicago Coin Company. The standard club business reports a Mega Show-and-Tell by club members who were asked to bring something of additional importance from their collections to share with the meeting attendees. The club’s Latin motto is Docendo Discimus (“We learn by teaching”), and club members did not disappoint with the Mega Show-and-Tell. Twenty-five presentations were given, covering items from ancient to U.S. coins, numismatic and other
The reception time included a 100-year retrospective video presentation that played continuously, highlighting events, club medals, past presidents, publications, conventions, and other club history. All attending club members were asked to sign a copy of the January 2019 charter, the club’s monthly newsletter, and a $100 bill in “Short Snorter” fashion.
Attending members also received a special elongated 1919 Walking Liberty half dollar with the 1919 date visible on the obverse and “1200th Meeting” and the date imprinted on the reverse. Attendees also received a special 2.25″ by 3.5″ brass plaque with a photochemically etched image featuring the Chicago Water Tower and the Club Anniversary information.
Forty-two club members and four guests attended, including seven past club presidents. In typical CCC fashion, a reading was done for a new membership application. CCC membership applications must be made in person by attending a regular club meeting and submitting the application and dues in person. A club toast was given to “a century of sharing numismatic knowledge, to the members before us, to the members present, and to the members who will follow.” Highlights of the business portion of the meeting touched on additional celebrations in 2019 for the club’s 100th anniversary, including being the host club to the ANA 2019 World’s Fair of Money, a 100th-anniversary club medal, a Century Club pin for 100th-year patrons, a limited-edition Chicago Coin Club Red Book, a 100th-anniversary banquet, and a banquet medal to be held in August during the ANA WFOM. Additionally, there will also be a new Chicago Coin Club Hall of Fame to honor club members who have made outstanding contributions to the club. To learn more about the Chicago Coin Club, please click here.
Press release courtesy of the Chicago Coin Club.