The Chicago Coin Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and is marking the occasion with a medal. Eugene Freeman forwarded this Press Release and a photo of the statue that will be on the medal. -Editor 2009 is not only the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; it is also the 90th anniversary of the venerable Chicago Coin Club! To celebrate these twin milestones, the Club (ANA life membership 7) founded in 1919, is hosting an evening banquet April 25, 2009 at Giannotti Italian Steakhouse. The dinner event will be held in connection with the 34th annual Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF). Noted ancient coin dealer and author David Hendin will be the evening’s featured speaker.
The Club is issuing a special high relief rectangular medal to honor these two anniversary milestones. The medal depicts Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ bronze statue of the "Standing Lincoln" which is prominently displayed in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The statue is located on Chicago’s north side just east of the Chicago History Museum close to North Avenue beach and the shores of Lake Michigan.
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) was the renowned sculptor and engraver known world wide for his design of the Standing Liberty $20 gold piece (considered by some to be America’s most beautiful coin) at the request of then President Theodore Roosevelt. The custom produced high relief club medal will measure approximately 2.375” wide, 4” tall and .204” thick. Each medal will be individually serial numbered and come in a gift box. The medal will be available in bronze, silver or gold.
Pre-order price for the bronze medal is $25 plus postage and insurance. Those attending the CICF can save shipping charges by making arrangements in advance to pick up their medal(s) at the CICF show or the dinner banquet. Silver and Gold medals will be available by pre-paid advance order only with the exact prices to be determined shortly. The delay has been due to the current price volatility of the precious metals markets. A limited number of process sets will also be available.
For additional information regarding the Club’s 90th anniversary banquet or the high relief Abraham Lincoln medal, contact: www.ChicagoCoinClub.org/
For a 1986 history of the Chicago Coin Club, see: History of the Chicago Coin Club (www.chicagocoinclub.org/lib/club/ccc/PiN/ccc.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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