Chicago Coin Club
The Chicago Coin Club has announced the sixth inductee into its Hall of Fame. -Editor
Inducts Lee F. Hewitt Into its Hall of Fame
The Chicago Coin Club announces that the sixth person to be inducted into its Hall of Fame is former author, editor, and publisher Lee F. Hewitt.
His Hall of Fame citation has been published on the club's Hall of Fame web page, www.chicagocoinclub.org/projects/hof .
Twelve Hall of Fame inductees have been selected. Each of the remaining six will be announced at the rate of one per month, July through December,
during the Chicago Coin Club's centennial year, 2019.
The Chicago Coin Club was organized in 1912 as American Numismatic Association Branch No. 1, and reorganized under its present name in 1919. All
are invited to join. To become a member you must attend a meeting and submit an application along with a membership fee of $20 ($10 for Junior
membership). A first reading of your application will be held at this meeting, and a second reading at the next monthly meeting, following
publication of your name in the club newsletter. (You are not required to be present for the second reading.) Upon membership approval, you will
become a member.
The Chicago Coin Club holds monthly meetings in downtown Chicago, plus at major numismatic conventions such as Central States, with a speaker
featured at every meeting except the annual auction, held at the November meeting.
Here is the text of the Lee F. Hewitt entry. -Editor
On February 3, 1932, Lee Francis Hewitt joined the Chicago Coin Club as member No. 215. A frequent exhibitor, he provided many services to
the Club over the years, receiving the Club's Medal of Merit in 1957; he was elected President in 1971.
Mr. Hewitt (January 1, 1911 - April 15, 1987) traveled with a circus band before joining his brother Clifford in the printing business in the
early 1930s. Over his long career he wrote Mint Record of United States Coins (with fellow Chicago Coin Club member C. E. Green), Price
Catalog of Hard Times Tokens, United States Numismatic Dictionary (with Ted Weissbuch), Hewitt-Donlon Catalog of United States Small
Size Paper Money (with William Donlon), and Nevada Gaming Tokens. In addition to his own works, he reprinted Crosby's Coinage of
1793 and Newlin's Early Half Dimes, eventually publishing a number of original booklets in his Hewitt Numismatic Information
In January 1935, Mr. Hewitt founded Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, originally intended to reprint classic numismatic studies (thus the
name). It quickly expanded, added news and original articles, and eventually bulged with advertising. Sold to Amos Press in 1968, it was discontinued
by them in 1976. Mr. Hewitt was very instrumental in the revival of proof set issues in 1936. He spearheaded the formation of the Central States
Numismatic Society, and received their Medal of Merit in 1959.
Mr. Hewitt was appointed temporary editor of The Numismatist from Sept. 1, 1942 through the end of the year, following the unexpected
resignation of Frank Duffield. And in 1943, he was drafted, serving in the Military Police until 1946. Despite these obstacles, neither The
Numismatist nor the Scrapbook missed an issue during this time. He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1950 and the Farran Zerbe Award in
1962. In 1978 he was elected to the ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame.
From time to time pricing mistakes would appear in the Numismatic Scrapbook, due to copy, typographical, or proofreading errors, and
readers would flood the advertiser with orders for "bargains," much to Mr. Hewitt's annoyance. After repeatedly warning of the possibility of
such mistakes, he wrote an Editor's Note in the January 20, 1958, issue, "No, Virginia, There Isn't a Santa Claus," adding, in the June 20,
1959 issue, "Don't Believe in Santa Claus; At Least Not in the Coin Business," and occasional later issues under "No Santa Claus" or similar
headings. After he sold the magazine, this note became standardized as "There is no Santa Claus in numismatics" - now credited to him.
Tall and dignified, with a deep voice, Mr. Hewitt commanded respect from all. In his obituary in the May 1987 Chatter, Carl F. Wolf,
Chicago Coin Club Archivist, wrote: "he was honest and 'called the shots as he saw them.'… [he] had great powers of concentration and had an
outstanding ability to absorb and retain information, which could best be described as an archival memory."
(Image courtesy of ANA.)
To read the complete article, see:
Hall of Fame - Chicago Coin Club - Member 6 Lee Francis Hewitt
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
CHICAGO HALL OF FAME INDUCTS M. VERNON SHELDON
Wayne Homren, Editor
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