WCCC

Westchester County Coin Club

 

The Westchester County Coin Club was Founded on April 15, 1934 and made famous in 1938 for its sponsorship of the New Rochelle Half Dollar!

 

  Please feel free to learn more about the WCCC by attending one of our monthly meetings held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room of the Eastchester Public Library 11 Oakridge Place in Eastchester, NY

DIRECTIONS

Bronx River Parkway - Take Leewood Exit. Go straight. At top of hill make a left. At next traffic light (White Plains Road - rt 22) turn right. Library is on the left directly across from the Odyssey Diner.

Hutchinson River Parkway North - North Avenue exit #17. Make left at light on to North Avenue. Make left at first traffic light onto Mill Road. Turn right on Oakridge Place. Library is on the left hand side. Turn left, then right into the parking lot.

Hutchinson River Parkway South - Take Mill Road exit #18W. Follow Mill Road. Follow above directions.

Route 22 White Plains Road - We are located between Concordia College and Lord & Taylor's shopping center. Travel North past Concordia. The library is one block north of Mill Road.

Traveling South on Rt. 22 - Pass Lord & Taylor's. The library is approx. 1/2 mile south of the store.

 

FORMAT OF THE MEETINGS!

A "Trading Table" is set up between 6:30pm - 7:00pm - Don't miss some great bargains!

WCCC meeting "officially" starts 7:00 pm!  We "officially" end at 9:00 pm!

Each meeting starts off with a fantastic Guest Speaker (about 15 - 30 Minutes with Q & A)!

Reports & News!

We break for Decaf Coffee with light snacks!  (Suggested Donation $2 - PLEASE)

A selection of the "Topics of the Evening" follow!

FUN FOLLOWS:   Raffles,  Several One Lot Auctions... and many additional interesting surprises at each and every meeting,...

If you are a long time collector or just starting out....

Dont be shy, Stop bye, Newbies To Coin Collecting Welcome!

 

 

 

2018     Please Note We are Updating this year so please keep checking back daily!

March (rescheduled to 28th)

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1008th Consecutive Meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members. 

 
Topics of the Evening: Coins from the Carson City Mint, U.S. Gold Coins, Foreign Paper Currency, Any PCGS or NGC coins that you feel are incorrectly graded & Any Recent Acquisitions. 
 
Member Andy Avellino will be speaking about “Denominations that could have been minted”.

Nominees for the John P. Jensen Numismatic Award are members Michael Frank, Edward Durfee, & Tom Foley. Voting for this award will take place at our March meeting and the winner will be announced at our Annual Banquet in April. If you will be unable to attend our March meeting you can send your vote to our secretary at  newsletterwccc@gmail.com 

During our February meeting, Joe Amarosa was voted in as a new member of the WCCC. Welcome to our club Joe!
 
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Member Greg Reynolds writes a weekly column regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community. You can read Greg’s award winning writing at: https://coinweek.com/category/expert-columns/greg-reynolds-classic-rarities/  

 

February

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1007th Consecutive Meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

Topics of the Evening: Liberty Seated Coins, Proof & Mint Sets, Animals on Coins or Currency, Your Favorite Person on Coins or Currency, & Any Recent Acquisitions.

Our Gold Coin Raffle was held last month during our January meeting. The winner selected from our first drawing was Ann Martano from the Flushing Coin Club! The winner selected from our second drawing was WCCC member Tom Foley! Congratulations to both Ann & Tom!

2018 Dues are Due! Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them.

Please think of 3 WCCC members who you would like to nominate for the 2018 John P. Jensen Numismatic Award. Voting will take place at our March meeting and the winner will be announced at the April Banquet.

 

January

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1006th Consecutive Meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members. 
 
Topics:                                           
 1) Coins, Medals, Etc. of MLK                                           
 2) Morgan VAMs                                            
 3) Paper Money Errors                                           
 4) Ancient Coins                                           
 5) Recent Acquisitions 
 
During our December meeting, Max Hockley was voted in as a new member of the WCCC. Welcome to our club Max! 
 
2018 Dues are Due. Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them. 
 

2017     Please Note We are Updating this year so please keep checking back daily!

 

December

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1005th Consecutive Meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

Come Hungry, It’s our Holiday Party – Menu Choices discussed during our last meeting were Pizza and Hero-Sandwiches (Italian with fried eggplant, peppers, and cold cuts + chicken cutlet with mozzarella). Members are requested to bring a favorite dessert to share as per our Holiday Tradition.

Secret Santa Grab Bag - Members who wish to participate in this tradition should bring gifts averaging $5 - $10, to exchange with others.

                                          Topics:
                                           1) Your Most Worn Coin
                                           2) Silver or Gold Commemoratives                                    
                                           3) Any Religious Coin or Medal 
                                           4) What do you feel the hobby will be in 2018?
                                           5) Recent Acquisitions

2018 Dues are Due. Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them.

November

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1004th Consecutive Meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members. 

Topics:                                            
1) Colonial Coinage                                             
2) Coins or Currency with Roman Numerals                                             
3) Your Best or Most Interesting Find from Circulation                                             
4) What you like about being a coin club member.                                            
5) Any Recent Acquisitions    
 
The speaker of the evening for our November meeting will be Numismatic Author Greg Reynolds. Greg will discuss Massachusetts Silver Coinage from the 17th Century. You can read Greg’s weekly column; Coin Rarities & Related Topics at coinweek.com (https://coinweek.com/category/expert-columns/greg-reynolds-classic-rarities/

Our Gold Coin Raffle will be in December during our Holiday Party. This year the raffle will have two drawings; giving participants an extra chance to win. Each drawing will be for a $10 gold coin graded by PCGS as MS62, one 1893 $10 Liberty & one 1910-D $10 Indian. A total of 100 tickets will be offered. Each ticket will be $20 and the Raffle is open to all. 35 tickets were sold at our October meeting. 

October

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1003rd consecutive meeting. 

For our October meeting the WCCC will be holding a 161 lot Auction. Members who have placed coins in the auction should arrive no later then 6:30 pm. This will allow enough time for the coins to be viewed before the auction. We plan to start the auction at 7:00 pm. Please place a sticker or mark your auction lots with the corresponding lot number from the attached auction list.

The $1 auction lot fee (per coin/lot) will be due on the night of the auction. In addition, payment for items purchased during the auction will be due on the night of the auction. Be prepared (checks will not be accepted). 

Our Gold Coin Raffle will be in December. This year the raffle will have two drawings; giving participants an extra chance to win. Each drawing will be for a $10 gold coin (1 $10 Liberty & 1 $10 Indian). A total of 100 tickets will be offered. Each ticket will be $20 and the Raffle is open to all.

At our September meeting, Barry Newman was voted in as a new member of the WCCC! Welcome Barry!

In November the WCCC will meet on the 8th, the 2nd Wednesday of the month due to a conflict with the Library’s schedule. 

September 

Notice: The September 2017 Meeting of the WCCC will be held on the 1st Wednesday of month. 9/6/17
 
The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1002nd consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members. 
 
Topics:                                 
1) Barber Coins                               
2) Error Coins                               
3) Large Denomination Paper Money                               
4) Who or What influenced you in Coin Collecting                                
5) Any Recent Acquisitions 

Our next auction will be held during our October meeting.  Please bring your auction item lists to the September meeting. Remember to include your opening bid price. If you will be unable to attend the September meeting please email your auction list to the WCCC Secretary at: newsletterwccc@gmail.com 
 
A Few Reminders: 
-The $1 auction lot fee (per coin/lot) will be due on the night of the auction. 
-Payment for items purchased during the auction will be due on the night of the auction. 
-Be prepared, Checks Will Not Be Accepted.  

Our Gold Coin Raffle will be in December. This year the raffle will have two drawings; giving participants an extra chance to win. Each drawing will be for a $10 gold coin (1 $10 Liberty & 1 $10 Indian). A total of 100 tickets will be offered. Each ticket will be $20 and the Raffle is open to all.  

In November the WCCC will meet on November 8th, the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming Shows: Garden State Coin Show @ Parsippany PAL Building: Sep. 3rd, Oct. 1st                                 
                           World Money Shows @ Clifton Recreation Center: Sep. 17th, Oct. 5th                                 
                           WESPNEX @ Westchester County Center: November 25th & 26th                                
                           Danbury Coin Club Show @ Danbury Crowne Plaza: Oct. 22nd                             
                           WESPNEX @ Westchester Marriott: Sep. 22-23

August

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1001st consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

                                           Topics:  
                                          1) Mercury Dimes
                                          2) Proof Coins 
                                          3) Your Favorite Coin
                                          4) Fractional & Military Script 
                                          5) Any Recent Acquisitions

Let us know if you attended the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver. Get ready for next year; in August of 2018 the ANA Worlds Fair of Money will be back in Philadelphia.

In recognition of our 1000th meeting in July, the WCCC has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Numismatic Association. This will be available to view at our August meeting. 

We will plan to have our next auction in October. Please have your auction lot lists ready by September.

We will also plan to have our next Gold Coin Raffle in December with tickets available for purchase starting in September. This year the raffle will have two drawings; giving participants an extra chance to win. Each drawing will be for a $10 gold coin.   

July

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 1000th consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

The WCCC is Celebrating it’s 1000th Meeting! Cake Will be Served to Commemorate this Milestone!

Topics:                                            
1) Mercury Dimes                                           
2) Proof Coins                                           
3) Your Favorite Coin                                            
4) Fractional & Military Script                                           
5) Any Recent Acquisitions 

Our Speaker of the Evening will be member and past treasurer Pete Acampora. He will discuss Proof Coins 1936-1939.  

Thank you to Tom Foley for Donating several auction lots at our June meeting for the benefit of the club!!  

The WCCC mourns the loss of member and longtime Philadelphia coin dealer Catherine Bullowa. Catherine was originally from Larchmont, NY. She was one of the first members of the PNG (Professional Numismatists Guild) and continued to set up at coins shows until her passing. She was 97.

We will plan to have our next auction in October. We will also plan to have our next Gold Coin Raffle in December with tickets available for purchase starting in September. 

Upcoming Shows: Garden State Coin Show @ Parsippany PAL Building: Aug. 6th  
                           World Money Shows @ Clifton Recreation Center: Sep. 17th  
                           ANA Worlds Fair of Money @ Colorado Convention Center: Aug 1st – 5th  



THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY (NY) COIN CLUB HOLDS ITS 1,000TH CONSECUTIVE MEETING by Pete Acampora  

On July 19, 2017 the Westchester County Coin Club (WCCC) held its 1,000th consecutive meeting.  The club was formed on April 15, 1934 in New Rochelle, NY.  The club has changed meeting locations a number of times over the years but has always stayed in lower Westchester County which adjoins Bronx County in NYC.  Currently the club meets at the Eastchester Public Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.  From its inception and for decades following, the club met on the third Tuesday of each month at the New Rochelle YMCA.  The club holds lifetime membership in the ANA as well as many of our members.
 
One of the most important and famous club undertakings occurred very early in its existence.  In late 1935 and early 1936, the club conceived, planned and sponsored a federal bill, signed into law on May 5th, 1936 which authorized the minting of up to 25,000 coins of a single date and mintmark.  This was the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar.  Check out the history, background and facts about this coin, which commemorated the 250th anniversary of the settlement of New Rochelle, NY at:   

http://news.coinupdate.com/ new-rochelle-commemorative- half-dollar/ 

The founder, and first president of the club, was Julius Guttag.  The president of the club in 1938 was William S. Dewey who was the recipient, as the representative of the club, of the 8th New Rochelle Half Dollar ever struck which was a "Proof Presentation Specimen".  Mr. Dewey was also the librarian and curator of the American Numismatic Association. 

What makes our 1,000th consecutive meeting even more significant is that our club meetings have convened through the Great Depression, all of World War II and all subsequent wars; held through severe hurricane and snow conditions with the club still maintaining a membership of between 50 - 100 men, women and young numismatists.  The club is healthy, vibrant and thriving; the meetings are lively, informative and socially rewarding.  Not only coins, but currency and other collectibles are displayed and discussed.  The club holds an auction a couple of times a year, a fund raiser to help defray costs of club activities, an annual dinner, and encourages guest speakers to present informative presentations on coins and currency.  

Three of the very active current members are also professional coin dealers whose knowledge and expertise lend themselves to our meetings and contribute to the life of the club.  Past notable members were the late Catherine Bullowa and Larry Gentile, Sr. (nationally recognized for his work with young numismatists).  The club has also had one of its members chosen as Young Numismatist of the Year.   

Our club is proud of this significant milestone and encourages membership from collectors on Long Island, New Jersey, New York City, Putnam and Rockland counties (as well as Westchester county) to attend our meetings and join the club.
 

June


The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 998th consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

Topics:
1) Peace Dollars
2) Odd Denominations 
3) Interesting Serial #’s or Paper Money
4) Old Coin Albums and Coin Holders 
5) Any Recent Acquisitions 

At our May meeting Joe Paolill was voted into the club as a new member! Welcome Joe!

In August we will be celebrating our 1000th Consecutive Meeting! Please think of fun things to do to commemorate this possible record for a coin club!

May

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 997th consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

The winner of the 2017 John P. Jensen Award is Andrew Avellino! Congratulations Andy! As per our clubs tradition Andy will be the speaker of the evening for our May meeting. He will talk about the Insights of Motifs, Legends, and Mottos on Coins, and how to be Selective on Choosing Grades on Coins.

Topics:
 1) Interesting & Rare Modern Coins.
 2) Morgan Dollar VAMS
 3) Your Favorite Paper Money
 4) Any Literature on Numismatics
 5) Any Recent Acquisitions

 

April

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Ciao Restaurant, 5-7 John Albanese Place, Eastchester, NY 10709. This will be the 996th consecutive meeting. This year the monthly meeting and the banquet have been combined. There will be no meeting at the Eastchester Library for this month only. Please join us at Ciao Restaurant. 

Annual Banquet 2017:  
Location: Ciao Restaurant 5-7 John Albanese Place Eastchester, NY 10709
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM 
Menu: Pizza, Pasta-Penne Vodka, Fusili Primavera, Salad, Chicken Scarpiello, Salmon or Veal Salvagio, Beer & Wine, Cake, Coffee, Soda                       
Cost: $30 per person, guests are welcome!
 
The Speaker of the Evening for Our April Banquet will be Numismatic Author Greg Reynolds. Greg will discuss the Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Greg has written hundreds of articles for CoinWeek, CoinLink, and Numismatic News. You can read Greg’s weekly column; Coin Rarities & Related Topics at coinweek.com
(http://www.coinweek.com/author/greg-reynolds/ ).                                                                             
 
Numismatic Exhibits of your choice will be welcome. Feel free to display your favorite coins and collectibles at the banquet.  
 
If you wish to attend the April Banquet/Meeting but have not yet signed up, please contact our President Joe Trezza at 347-613-5621 or our Secretary Scott Weinberg at (newsletterWCCC@gmail.com). Payment will be accepted on the night of the Banquet or at the May meeting.  
 
The Winner of the 2017 John P. Jensen Numismatic Award will be announced at the Banquet. Nominees are members Andy Avellino, Bob Masterson, and Edward Durfee.  

2017 Dues are Past Due. Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them. Please send your payment to the WCCC Address: PO BOX 416, Purchase NY, 10577 
 
 

March

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 995th consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

Come Hungry! This month we will have a Pizza Party!

Topics of the Evening: Mercury Dimes, Large Paper Money, Civil War Tokens, Canadian Coins, and any Recent Interesting Acquisitions

2017 Dues are Now Due. Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them.

 

February

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 994th consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

Topics of the Evening: 
1) Walking Liberty Half Dollars
2) Love Tokens
3) Post Cards
4) National Bank Notes 
5) Any Recent Interesting Acquisitions

Our Speaker of the Evening will be our President Joe Trezza. He will discuss Walking Liberty Half Dollars.

2017 Dues are Now Due. Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them.

The WCCC Annual Banquet will be held on Wednesday April 19th 2017 at Ciao Restaurant (5-7 John Albanese Place Eastchester, NY 10709). Our Guest Speaker for this event will be Greg Reynolds. Greg has written hundreds of articles for CoinWeek, CoinLink, and Numismatic News. You can read Greg’s award winning writing at: (http://www.coinweek.com/author/greg-reynolds/ )

Nominees for the 2017 John P. Jensen Numismatic Award are members Andy Avellino, Bob Masterson, and Edward Durfee. The winner will be announced at our Annual Banquet.

The Gold Coin Raffle was postponed during our January meeting since all the tickets had not been sold. The raffle has been rescheduled for the February 2017 meeting. Please bring your tickets to the next meeting.

 

January

The next meeting of the Westchester County Coin Club will be held on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastchester Public Library, 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, NY 10709 in the FIRST FLOOR MEETING ROOM located on the left inside the main entrance. This will be the 993rd consecutive meeting. Trading Table & Set up time will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring family & friends to our monthly meetings & to seek new members.

Topics:
1) Indian Head Cents
2) Fractional Currency 
3) Your Lowest Mintage Coin or Paper Money 
4) Any Numismatic Items Related to MLK 
5) Recent Interesting Acquisitions

Yearly elections were held during our holiday party in December. Joseph Trezza was elected President of the WCCC! We thank Bob Masterson for all of his contributions and years of service as President. Bob will continue to contribute as Vice President. 

2017 Dues are Now Due. Yearly Dues are $25. Members paying dues by mail should include a SASE if they wish to have a membership card mailed to them.

The Gold Coin Raffle was postponed during our December meeting since all the tickets had not been sold. The raffle has been rescheduled for the January 2017 meeting. Please bring your tickets to the meeting.

 

 

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January Meeting - Wed 1/15/2014 By tradition - The President of WCCC -  will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year - Radio Bob - Speaks on the subjet of Antique Radios

 

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/19/14 Guest Speaker Greg Reynolds spoke about Strawberry Leaf Large Cents

Topics of the Evening
1. Valentine’s Day - coins or medals that celebrate love.
2. Mint’s Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber passed away Feb 18, 1817.  Barber Coins.
3. In honor of Presidents’ Day - Lincoln Cents

March Meeting - Wed 3/19/14

Topics of the Evening:
1. Mercury Dimes
2. Roman Coins
3. St. Patrick’s Day
4. Baseball Cards
5. Autographs etc.
6. Washington Quarters

April Meeting - Wed - 4/17/13  - Topics of the Evening included:
1. Indian and Flying Eagle Cents
2. Anything to do with Easter or Passover
3. Shield Nickels
4. Auctions: Help plan for our auction

May - Thursday - 2014 - 78th  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker   Cocktails Begin at 7pm.  Please Join Us...

May Meeting - Wed 5/21/14   Topics of the evening are

1. Morgan & Peace Dollars
2. Military Collectibles
3. Memorial Day
4. Two & Three Cent Pieces
5. Recent Interesting Acquisitions:

 

June Meeting - Wed 6/18/14  -   The winner of Ernie Bain award to speak!   Our speaker will be, Timothy Jones, the winner of the John P. Jensen Numismatic Award will be our speaker of the evening this month. He will speak on American Negro Commemorative Society Medals (ANCS).

Topics of the Evening:

    1. Walking Liberty Halves
    2. Large Cents
    3. Anything to do with school or graduation
    4. Anything to do with Radio and TV, including transistor radios
    5. Recent Interesting Acquisitions

 

July Meeting - Wed 7/16/14 -

August  Meeting - Wed 8/20/14 -

September Meeting - Wed 9/17/14 -

October Meeting - Wed 10/15/14

November Meeting - Wed 11/19/14

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/1714 Holiday Party

 

New Rochelle Half Dollar

The 1938 New Rochelle half dollar presents one of those curious aspects so peculiar to United States commemoratives in that it bears no less than three dates, yet none of them is the actual date of coinage!  To maximize its marketing potential, the sponsors of this issue had it minted in 1937, extending the logical sales period for the better part of a year.  This ploy worked, and most of the coins struck were sold to eager collectors, with only a few thousand remaining at the end of the program.

This half dollar commemorates the 250th anniversary of the settlement of New Rochelle, New York.  A prosperous suburb of New York City, it is only “Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway,” this being the name of a popular 1906 song by showman George M. Cohan.  In a somewhat more contemporary reference, New Rochelle is known also as the 1960s home of television characters Rob and Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show.  Proceeds from the sales of New Rochelle half dollars financed a 250th anniversary festival held June 10-19, 1938.

 The gentleman and calf portrayed on the obverse of this coin relate the form of payment made for this land when first settled by French Huguenots in 1688.  John Pell, Lord of Pelham Manor, sold 6,000 acres to Jacob Leisler, who was acting as agent for the colonists.  Among the terms of sale was the provision that Leisler and his heirs would furnish to “John Pell his heirs and assigns Lords of the said Mannor of Pelham . . . as an Acknowledgment to the said Mannor one fatt calfe on every fouer and twentyth day of June Yearly and Every Year forever [if demanded].”

The name New Rochelle is derived from La Rochelle in France, evidently the homeland of the Huguenot settlers.  Incorporation as a village in 1858 was followed by incorporation of the City of New Rochelle in 1899.

Despite the purely local interest of the 1938 anniversary, this coin was approved through the influence of its sponsors, the Westchester County Coin Club of New Rochelle.  Being an affluent suburb of New York City, it’s also quite possible that many of the town’s residents were well placed to exert pressure on their Senators and Representatives.  Introduced January 6, 1936, the original draft legislation placed the sale of New Rochelle coins in the hands of the coin club, a prospect viewed with disfavor by Congress.  With this provision stricken from the bill, it passed on May 5, 1936.

Calling for not more than 25,000 half dollars, these to be coined at a single mint, the New Rochelle bill reflected some of the wisdom gained from commemorative coin programs that had gone on for years, with coins being struck at all three mints and with several dates.  The New Rochelle coins were specifically to be dated 1938, irrespective of when they were coined.  This guaranteed that there would be only a single coin that collectors need acquire to keep their sets complete.

Originally selected to furnish designs for this type was sculptor Lorrilard Wise.  His obverse model featured the interesting scene of a crouching Native American viewing from shore the approach of a European ship, with a sunburst on the horizon.  The seal of the City of New Rochelle was the principal feature of his reverse, the balance of the design consisting entirely of commemorative and statutory inscriptions.  Though a bit crudely rendered, these models would have made for a satisfactory coin.

The Federal Commission of Fine Arts delayed approving the design, offering a number of suggestions in the interim.  Commission Chairman Charles Moore finally related its approval on August 26, 1936, in a letter to Acting Mint Director Mary O’Reilly: “The Commission of Fine Arts approve the models with the understanding that the criticisms made by Mr. [Lee] Lawrie will be embodied in the finally completed models.”  A formal approval was made on September 16th.

Just a few weeks later, the Commission had second thoughts and rejected the obverse design.  In a letter dated October 28, 1936, Chairman Moore advised New Rochelle Commemorative Coin Committee Chairman Pitt Skipton that “The Commission feel that this work should be placed in the hands of an artist who has had experience in producing designs for medals and coins.”  Skipton found such an artist in the person of one Gertrude K. Lathrop, sculptor of the Albany Charter half dollar minted that same year.  Her work on this coin so impressed him that Skipton persuaded Ms. Lathrop to undertake the New Rochelle half dollar.

The shoreline scene was dropped in favor of the fatted calf of historical fame.  This is shown on the obverse being drawn by a man in elegant dress who is presumed to be John Pell. Arranged in arcs around the periphery and separated by asterisks are the legends NEW•ROCHELLE•NEW•YORK and SETTLED• 1688•INCORPORATED•1899.  The artist’s initials GKL appear to the right of the calf’s forelegs.  The reverse of this coin type is dominated by a fleur de lis, an element found within the city’s coat of arms and borrowed from the arms of La Rochelle, France.  Arranged in arcs around the periphery are the statutory inscriptions UNITED•STATES•OF•AMERICA, E•PLURIBUS•UNUM, LIBERTY and IN• GOD• WE•TRUST.  The date 1938 and value HALF•DOLLAR appear at the bottom in two lines.  This design was approved by the Commission of Fine Arts shortly after its submission and later by the Treasury Department on February 25, 1937.

The total authorized mintage of 25,015 halves (which includes 15 coins reserved for assay) was produced at the Philadelphia Mint in April of 1937.  Though the coins were sponsored by the Westchester County Coin Club, their distribution was assigned to the First National Bank of New Rochelle.  A number of coins of were sold locally at $2 apiece but, in keeping with most commemorative programs, the majority went to coin collectors placing mail orders.  Allowing for postage, a single coin by mail cost $2.18, or two for $4.21 and five for $10.27.  These orders were filled by the New Rochelle Commemorative Coin Committee.  Sales were directed by none other than  Julius Guttag, a resident of New Rochelle but also a partner in Guttag Brothers of New York City, a numismatic and securities dealership.

Though the feverish speculative market for commemoratives collapsed in the waning months of 1937, the New Rochelle issue sold quite well.  When sales slowed to a trickle, members of the Westchester County Coin Club bought up hundreds of the coins at face value.  The remaining pieces, some 9,749 halves in all, were returned to the Philadelphia Mint shortly after the festivities in June of 1938.  These were melted, leaving a net mintage of 15,251 coins.

Being coin collectors themselves and sensitive to the issue of quality, the sponsors selectively removed any coins bearing serious flaws from those distributed.  The result was a noticeably higher level of quality for this coin type than for most commemorative issues.  Circulated coins are rare, and most mint state pieces grade MS-63 or higher.  In fact, examples grading as high as MS-66 are not particularly scarce.  The luster on coins of this type ranges all the way from frosty to brilliantly prooflike.  Check for wear on the calf’s hip and the highpoints of the fleur de lis.

Included within this coin’s mintage were 50 presentation pieces struck on polished blanks; these are quite prooflike in quality.  Some 10-14 matte proofs are also rumored to have been produced, but very few have ever surfaced.  The presentation coins were distributed in small, dark red boxes with a velvet liner to hold the half dollar.  These were accompanied by a silver medal produced by Tiffany & Company from Lorrilard Wise’s original reverse design depicting the New Rochelle seal.  Regular editions of this half dollar were distributed in holders that could accommodate from one to ten coins.  It featured the city seal and the names of key committee members.  Also found within this multi-page holder are a brief history of the city and information about the coin and its designer.  All of these items are considered quite collectable and carry a value of their own.

 SPECIFICATIONS:

 Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Weight: 12.5 grams

Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper

Edge: Reeded

Net Weight: .36169 ounce pure silver

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January Meeting - Wed 1/16/2013 By tradition - The President of WCCC -  will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year - Jonathan Lerner - Speaks on the subjet of

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/20/13 Guest Speaker -

March Meeting - Wed 3/20/13

April Meeting - Wed - 4/17/13  - Topics of the evening to bring are:  1. Founding of the United Nations (4/25/1945) Coins & Paper Currency of the UN  2. Initiation of Pope Francis I - Coins, Paper Money & Medals of Argentina  3. Emergency Coins made from Zinc  4. Coins with four-legged creatures

May 2nd - Thursday - 2013 - 77th  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker   Cocktails Begin at 7pm.  Please Join Us...

May Meeting - Wed 5/15/13   Topics of the evening are: Police Officers, Memorial Day - May 15, Coins of Russia , VE Day - May 8, 1945, Emergency coins made of Iron, Memorial Day - May 27 (all wars), Member birthdays in May, and Coins with two-legged creatures.

June Meeting - Wed 6/19/13  -   The winner of Ernie Bain award to speak!   Our speaker will be, Joseph Trezza who won the Ernest H. Bain Numismatic Award at our 79th Annual Banquet on May 2, 2013.  Joe will give a talk on “Standing Liberty Quarters 1916 - 1930.”

July Meeting - Wed 7/17/13 - Membership to discuss changing our meeting location.

August  Meeting - Wed 8/21/13 - Welcome to our new meeting location and returning from the ANA Worlds Fair of Money held in Chicago -- Hear stories of the coin conventions from the members who where there, and get free goodies that we brought back from the show.

September Meeting - Wed 9/18/13 - Guest Speaker -TBA

October Meeting - Wed 10/16/13 Movie Night -  (We even have the popcorn)

November Meeting - Wed 11/20/13 Guest Speaker - TBA

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/18/13 Holiday Party

 

2012

January Meeting - Wed 1/18/2012 By tradition - The President of WCCC -  will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year - Jonathan Lerner - Speaks on the subjet of

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/15/12 Guest Speaker - David Alexander.

March Meeting - Wed 3/21/12 Farewell Party St. Pius School Scarsdale, leaving after 10+ years of meetings here.

April Meeting - Wed - 4/18/12  - Welcome to our New Meeting Location.

May 3rd - Thursday - 2012 - 77th  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker Mr. David Alexander, author, numismatic researcher   Cocktails Begin at 7pm.  Please Join Us...

May Meeting - Wed 5/16/12  "Secret" Guest Speaker, talking about counterfeit coins with examples and more!

June Meeting - Wed 6/20/12  -  Lou, winner of Ernie Bain award to speak!

July Meeting - Wed 7/18/12 - Assorted topics

August  Meeting - Wed 8/15/12 - Return from the ANA Worlds Fair of Money -- Here stories of the coin conventions from the members who where there, and get free goodies that we brought back from the show.

September Meeting - Wed 9/19/12 - Guest Speaker - Mr. John D'Alois SOA executive director will talk about the history behind the New York State Naval Militia Armory located in New Rochelle NY and what the future plans will be for this historic faciltiy.

October Meeting - Wed 10/17/12 Movie Night -  (We even have the popcorn)

November Meeting - Wed 11/2112

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/19/12 Holiday Party

2011

January Meeting - Wed 1/19/2011 By tradition - The President of WCCC -  will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year - Jonathan Lerner - Speaks on the RCM - Royal Candian Mint 

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/16/11 Guest Speaker - Grading Night, we will have a special mix of PCGS coins that you can try to grade like the experts.

March Meeting - Wed 3/16/11 Guest Speaker - Bob Drapper, special talk about a certain ship that sunk!

April Meeting - Wed - 4/20/11  -  Lawrence Brown, speaks about Modern Coin Myths!

May 5th- Thursday - 2011 - 76th  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker Mr. Bob Buchanan, author of "My Old Toy Box"  Cocktails Begin at 7pm.  Please Join Us...

May Meeting - Wed 5/18/11  Winner of the 2009 Ernie Bain award, will be our guest speaker ???

June Meeting - Wed 6/15/11  -  

July Meeting - Wed 7/20/11 -

August  Meeting - Wed 8/17/11 - Movie Night -  (we even have the popcorn)

September Meeting - Wed 9/21/11 -

October Meeting - Wed 10/19/11 Guest Speaker -

November Meeting - Wed 11/16/11

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/21/11 Holiday Party

2010

January Meeting - Wed 1/20/2010 By tradition - The President of WCCC -  will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year - Jonathan Lerner - Speaks on a special So Called Dollar

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/17/10 Guest Speaker - Susan Hack-Lane - President of the Taconic PostCard Club offers insight into history thru Postcards!

March Meeting - Wed 3/17/10 Topics include St. Pattys Day, Anything Green, and Mardi Gras Tokens!

April Meeting - Wed - 4/21/10  -  Topics Including... Coins with Kids, Brazil and Red Books are Available $10

May  6th- Thursday - 2010 - 76th  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker,  Cocktails Begin at 7pm.  Please Join Us...

May Meeting - Wed 5/19/10  -  Coin Trivia Night!  Prizes and More

June Meeting - Wed 6/16/10  -   Winner of the 2009 Ernie Bain award, Pete Acampora will be our guest speaker - and talk about Die Varieties and Mint Errors

July Meeting - Wed 7/21/10 -

August  Meeting - Wed 8/18/10 - Movie Night -  (we even have the popcorn)

September Meeting - Wed 9/15/10 - Gordon Frost a update on the 1933 Saint Gold Coin

October Meeting - Wed 10/20/10 Guest Speaker - William Reynolds - Presidential Historian, will present 'Stop the Presses:  The President is in Love,' about the three incumbent presidents who married while in office (one a bachelor, two widowers)

November Meeting - Wed 11/17/10

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/15/10 Holiday Party

2009

January Meeting - Wed 1/21/2009 By tradition - The President of WCCC -  will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year -

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/18/09 Guest Speaker - 

March Meeting - Wed 3/18/09 Guest Speaker - William Robins, Topic Coins of the French Revolution

April Meeting - Wed - 4/15/09  -  Lora Robins, Topic Daniel Carr & the Moonlight Mint

May  - Thursday - 2009 - 75th  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker,  Cocktails Begin at 7pm.  Special Release of the WCCC 75th Anniversary Medal

May Meeting - Wed 5/20/09  Winner of the 2009 Ernie Bain award, will be our guest speaker

June Meeting - Wed 6/17/09  -   Maurice Rosen special guest speaking on "How to survive the recession!"

July Meeting - Wed 7/15/2009

August  Meeting - Wed 8/19/09 - Movie Night -  (we even have the popcorn)

September Meeting - Wed 9/16/09 -

October Meeting - Wed 10/21/09 Guest Speaker - TBA

November Meeting - Wed 11/18/09

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/16/09 Holiday Party

2008

January Meeting - Wed 1/16/2008 By tradition - The President of WCCC - Jonathan Lerner, will be the guest first guest speaker of the new year - Topic 1943 Copper Penny , 1944 Steel Cent, and the strange tale of a Mr. Charles Samuel Reis Jr. 

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/20/08 Guest Speaker - Otto Vondrak  Railroad enthusiast and contributor to the book "Forgotten Railroads through Westchester County" - Topic The New York, Westchester & Boston Railroad Company

March Meeting - Wed 3/19/08 Guest Speaker - President of Garden State Numismatic Association - Mr. Spencer Peck , Topic - Saga of the New Jersey Quarter 

April Meeting - Wed - 4/16/08 Movie Night -  (we even have the popcorn)

May  - Thursday - 5/1/2008  Annual Banquet... . Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring a special guest speaker, Rich Schemmer - Error Coin Expert!  Cocktails Begin at 7pm.

May Meeting - Wed 5/12/08  Winner of the 2008 Ernie Bain award, Most likely will be our guest speaker

June Meeting - Wed 6/18/08  -  Jack Mattus talks about civil war tokens, show and tell topics include Jersey Coins (the country - not the state LOL) and more!

July Meeting - Wed 7/16/08 - Club Treasurer Pete gives a presentation "Found in Rolls" join us and learn what goodies might just be found searching!

August  Meeting - Wed 8/20/08 - Mixed Bag of assorted summer topics

September Meeting - Wed 9/17/08 - Jim Grimm, stops bye to speak

October Meeting - Wed 10/15/08 Guest Speaker - Gordon Frost, update on current lawsuit surounding 1933 Double Eagle

November Meeting - Wed 11/16/08 Guest Speaker JJ Van Grover,  VP of the American Israel Numismatic Association - Topic Israel's Coinage, past and present.  

December Meeting - Wed  - 12/17/08  Holiday Party

2007 Meetings

January Meeting 1/17/07 - President Jonathan Lerner -  Learn about the secret "coin" minted at the Philadelphia Mint that was used to purchase oil.  Including some Saudi Arabia brief history  ranging from  King Abd al-Azis Al Saud to Socal's Lloyd Hamilton!

February Meeting 2/21/07 - Larry Schuffman - Creator of www.CurrencySuperstore.com - Enlighting us all about LIBERTY BONDS those special type of war bond that were sold in the United States! 

March Meeting 3/21/2007 - William Robbins - Presenting "The Lovelock Collection", a hoard of gold coins discovered in Lovelock, NV in 1975. The coins date from 1874-1910 and give a priceless glimpse into what was circulating in Nevada in the early 1900's.

April Meeting 4/18/07 - Back by popular demand, one of the best coin club speakers in New York, Jim Grimm.  Jim is currently writing a new book on Long Island Tokens and will be speaking about this written work and will also talk about Military Currency and NCO Tokens (which is the non-commissioned officer's club tokens)

May Banquet 5/3/07 - Held at "The Riverview", always a popular night and featuring our special guest speaker, Dr. Michael Fey, Governor ANA, Michael is probably best known for his Silver Dollar variety books and related articles!  The Riverview is set upon a cliff overlooking the Hudson River, with breathaking views of the Palisades.

May Meeting 5/16/07 - Bob Materson aka "Radio Bob" tells us all we wanted to know but were afraid to ask on vintage collectible radios!  These are antique radio that were made during the 1930's through the 1950's and contain vacuum tubes!

June Meeting 6/20/07 - Platinum Auction Night - 50-100 Great Lots offered No Reserve!  If you would like to receive a catalog or place a lot in auction,  just contact us! 

July Meeting 7/18/07 Joe, Winner of the 2006 Ernie Bain award presents a talk on Wood Hibernia coinage.

August Meeting 8/15/07 - Movie Night -  (we even have the popcorn)

September Meeting 9/19/07 Visit From The ANA Money Musuem Traveling Exhibit - Topic TBA

October Meeting 10/17/07 - Trivia Question Contest

November Meeting 11/21/07

December Meeting 12/19/07 - Holiday Party

2006 Meetings

January Meeting 1/18/2006  William Robbins - History and significance of Clark, Gruber & Co. during the Colorado gold rush.

February Meeting 2/15/06  Jim Thompson - Jim will bring 100 pieces from his George Washington collection and discuss how the collecting of “Washingtonia” includes colonials, U.S. medals, store cards, So-called dollars, World Fair medals and a lot of U.S history.

March Meeting 3/15/06 President Jonathan Lerner - Presents "Aloha - The Truth about the Sovereign Kingdom of Hawaii"

April Meeting 4/19/06 Gordon Frost - Gordon presents all the ins and outs of the famous 1933 Saint-Gaudens U.S. $20 gold piece including information on the July 30 auction in New York when the 1 coin was sold for a record $7.6 million

May Banquet 5/4/06 - Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring our guest speaker, Laura Sperber from Legend Numismatics.  One of Americas premier rare coin dealers!

May Meeting 5/17/06 -  Donald Blau, Winner of the 2005 Ernie Bain award, is the guest speaker and tells about certification, restoration, and conservation of coins. The evening topics include Cinco de Mayo - coins of Mexico and coins with horses to honor the KY derby!

June Meeting 6/21/06  - Blake Bell, Black is the Town Historian of Pelham, NY. and author of "Thomas Pell and the Legend of the Pell Treaty Oak", a book published in 2004 by iUniverse.  His presentation will be the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar and the Fatt Calfe Ceremony.

July Meeting 7/19/06 - Visit From The ANA Money Musuem Exhibit ... Coins of the Olympic Games  This exhibit surveys the history of the Olympic Games from their ancient origins to the modern day through coins and medals.

August Meeting 8/16/06 - Katie Hite, Director Westchester County Historical Society Presentation entitled "From Wigwams to Corporate Headquarters - 400 years of Westchester County"

September Meeting 9/20/06

SPECIAL EVENT SUN 10/15/06 WCCC 3rd Annual Coin Show - 9am-3pm Armonk Wellesley Inn ... For Table Information Please Contact Jon 914-722-3606  For Directions or Hotel Reservation Please call Wellesley Inn direct at 914-273-9090. 

October Meeting 10/18/06

November Meeting 11/15/06

December Meeting 12/20/06 - Holiday Party

  2005 Meetings

January Meeting - Wed 1/19 President WCCC Will Be The Guest Speaker Topic Of His Choice!

Feb Meeting - Wed 2/16 

March Meeting - Movie Night -  (we even have the popcorn)

March 12 Thursday - Banquet... Held at the Riverview, always a popular night and featuring our guest speaker, Anthony J. Swiatek, owner of Swiatek-Minerva Coins and Past President of the American Numismatic Association (1997-1999) 

April Meeting - Wed 4/20

May Meeting - Wed 5/18

June Meeting - Wed 6/15 Guest Speaker - Gordon Frost - Topic Counterfeits

July Meeting - Wed 7/20

August  Meeting - Wed 8/17 Guest Speaker - Richard Krasilovsky President Empire Safe Company - Topic Everything you want to know about home safes!

September Meeting - Wed 9/21 - Jim Grimm -Guest Speaker - Topic Telephone Tokens and Currency of the Philippines

October Meeting - Wed 10/19 - Annual Coin Show - Dealers Please Contact Jon Lerner For Table Information!

November Meeting - Wed 11/16 - Guest Speaker - Mr. Sam Foose - Consignment Director - Heritage Galleries - Special Apperance From Texas - Topic - "What Are All Those People Doing Up There?"; The Dynamics of a Heritage Live Auction.

December Meeting - Wed 12/21 - Holiday Party

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