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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 30, July 23, 2006, Article 12

CHICAGO COIN CLUB CHATTER AND CLUB GIVEAWAYS

As part of our discussion of books containing gold samples, last
Week Denis Loring noted: "The 93rd issue of the newsletter of the
Chicago Coin Club is entitled "Gold Dust Currency," and a small
sample of gold dust is attached!"

Bob Leonard writes: "While the Chicago Coin Club appreciates the
publicity, for the sake of accurate bibliographic reference I must
make the following correction.  The monthly magazine (or newsletter,
I suppose, though it has a cover and is saddle-stitched), is called
the Chicago Coin Club Chatter.  The current issue, July 2006, is
Volume 52, No. 7.

What Denis Loring is referring to is an entirely separate publication,
which we refer to as a "giveaway" (it has no title), since we give it
away to every one who attends our meeting at the annual Chicago
International Coin Fair (CICF).  In 1987, we gave out elongated cents.

The next year, it was five elongated U.S. and world coins mounted in a
plastic strip and stapled to a card punched to fit in a three-ring
binder.  In 1989, we switched to an example of Odd & Curious Money
(starting with leather money, in the form of an embossed token) mounted
to a similar punched card, now four pages, with an original article
giving the history of leather money.

This started a tradition that has continued to 2006 ("Mexican Chocolate
Money").  On the occasion of the club's one-thousandth meeting, April 6,
2002, the article covered "Gold Dust Currency" and was accompanied by a
small sample of real gold dust (obtained for the club by NBS member Bill
Burd) in a dime-size Cointain inside a mini-flip.  (We did not consider
mounting these under mica, but I was annoyed to discover that Cointains
are not made for smaller coins like three-cent pieces or gold dollars,
as the small sample really rattles around in the holder.)  Carl Wolf,
our facilitator from the start, outdid himself in obtaining gold-colored
card with sparkling mica (yes, it does have SOME mica) so that the card
itself looks like it is covered with gold dust.  We made 150 of these
and sold the remainders for $5.00 each, but they are all gone now.
[I think Denis must have giveaway no. 93--they are all serially-numbered
--which led him to think that that was a sequence number.]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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