Chicago Coin Club
The Chicago Coin Club has announced the eleventh inductee into its Hall of Fame. -Editor
Inducts Harry Flower Into its Hall of Fame
The Chicago Coin Club announces that the eleventh person to be inducted into its Hall of Fame is Albert Einstein specialist Harry Flower. 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. The final one will be announced in 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 Harry Flower entry. -Editor
Early in the 1950s Glenn B. Smedley (Hall of Fame No. 8) got Harry Flower started as a collector. He applied for ANA membership in November 1954, listing his specialty
as U.S. paper money. Mr. Flower soon became active in his local Oak Park Coin Club, and on Sept. 10, 1958 joined the Chicago Coin Club as member No. 695. In 1961 he was elected a
Governor and received the Best in Show Exhibit Award at the Chicago Coin Club Fall Festival; the following year he was appointed Exhibits Chairman for this short-lived annual
show. He presented many programs to the club on a wide variety of subjects over the years. A frequent exhibitor at meetings, he received a First Place Cabeen Exhibit Award in 1990
and collected many Second Places and Honorable Mentions.
Mr. Flower (October 16, 1912 - May 24, 2000) was born in Poland and immigrated with his family to Lexington, Mississippi in 1914; they moved to Chicago when he was a teenager.
He enrolled at the University of Illinois at Champaign in 1930, but his education was interrupted by the Depression and he did not complete his degree in pharmacy (at the Chicago
campus, as required then) until 1937. After two years’ post-graduate experience, he became a Registered Pharmacist, though he continued to live with his parents until his marriage
in 1944. About 1947-48 he opened his own business, Flower Drugs, an old-time pharmacy with custom pills and cough syrup, operating it for about a quarter century.
His numismatic interests covered the entire field of numismatics: primitive money, ancient coins, paper money, world coins, tokens, and medals, including altered coins and
paper money, cut and counterstamped coins, and gold coins, but he eventually specialized in Judaica in Numismatics, particularly tributes to Albert Einstein. Mr. Flower joined the
American Israel Numismatic Association soon after it was formed in 1967, serving as Regional Vice President 1973-80 and Regional Director 1980-88. In 1984 AINA published his
definitive 32-p. catalog, Tokens & Medals issued by Israel Numismatic Societies. He was also active in the Israel Numismatic Society of Illinois, serving as President 1969-72,
and was elected President of two other Chicago-area coin clubs at various times. He is best known, however, as the author of "Numismatic Tributes to Albert Einstein,"
The Numismatist January and February, 1987 (Third Place Heath Literary Award, reprinted November 1987, 44 p.), and for forming the finest collection of Albert Einstein medals,
tokens, coins, and paper money.
Mr. Flower won First Place awards in his category for exhibits at three AINA conventions in the 1970s and a Second Place exhibit award at the 1984 ANA Convention. In 1992 he
was voted a Numismatic Ambassador. Affectionately known to some as "Mr. Einstein" because of his laser focus on Einstein tributes, he is fondly remembered by Chicago
Coin Club members for his generosity and willingness to advance numismatic knowledge: "He was always willing to help a fellow collector."
To read the complete article, see:
Hall of Fame – Chicago Coin Club – Member 11 Harry Flower
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
CHICAGO HALL OF FAME INDUCTS ARLIE SLABAUGH (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n38a15.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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