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CONECA (pronounced: CŌ´NECA) is a national numismatic organization devoted to the education of error and variety coin collectors. CONECA focuses on many error and variety specialties, including doubled dies, Repunched mintmarks, multiple errors, clips, double strikes, off-metals and off-centers—just to name a few. In addition to its website, CONECA publishes an educational journal, The Errorscope, which is printed and mailed to members bimonthly. CONECA offers a lending library, examination, listing and attribution services; it holds annual meetings at major conventions (referred to as Errorama) around the country.
CONECA was formed through a merger of CONE and NECA in early 1983. To learn more about the fascinating HISTORY OF THE ERROR HOBBY and THE HISTORY OF CONECA, we encourage you to visit those pages on our site! We thank everybody who has helped make CONECA the great success that it is today!
CONECA reorganizes how it administers its Master Numbering List of error and variety coins and now offers Attribution and Examination services through the CONECA Forum.
As of November 23, 2020 the non profit Error and Variety organization CONECA, reorganized how it administers its Master Numbering List of error and variety coins and is creating a new management system for cataloging and submitting coins for consideration.
CONECA is NOT changing current numbers in the Master List already assigned. All current CONECA numbers remain the same. Only new attributions and new numbers will be added as new varieties and errors are discovered.
We are only changing the way CONECA Attribution and Examination services are provided.
New CONECA numbers will be issued through a CONECA Master List site currently being developed. The CONECA Master List and CONECA numbers will no longer be managed, attributed or issued through varietyvista.com. CONECA members and non-members can submit coins for Attributions and Examinations through our CONECA Forum home page in new sections created specifically to look at new submissions.
The Attribution fee is being rolled back to $4 per coin for CONECA Members and $6 per coin for non Members plus shipping costs. We encourage you to join CONECA and the exciting world of varieties and errors before your first submission and save while supporting us. The reduced Members fee quickly pays for your CONECA membership.
Attributors and Examiners that have been listed in prior issues of Errorscope or the CONECA website should not be sent coins or contacted directly. When a submitted coin has been looked at and confirmed through the appropriate Forum thread a CONECA Examiner or Attributor will be assigned and mailing instructions provided.
We look forward to helping you identify your varieties and errors as we take this exciting new step.
The January/February 2022 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
Log in today and take a look!
Articles in this issue include:
James Motley, CONECA President
Well, CONECA had a table set up at the local Polish American Coin Club show in Troy Michigan. I manned the table and had more people in the first 15 minutes of the show then we did in 4 days at the ANA convention. I attribute it to better table placement.
CONECA State Representatives Program Update
By James Motley
We are off and running! 26 States have one CONECA State Representative and several have more. We also have three Representatives in Canada from the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. If you would like to become a State Representative please email me.
By Maria Rickert-Kittell
Welcome to our 47 new CONECA members. Total Membership – 970
Recipient of the Romeo A. Maynard Scholarship for Young Numismatists
Elizabeth Difabio, Caleb Meier, Adhu Pa
All were recommended through the ANA.
Young Numismatists Program
By Logan Wostyn
Hello all! Love the participation im getting from all Conecas YN’s. Mailed out over a dozen prizes for the last issue. Also thank you for the nice notes you guys and gals leave me in your emails. Lets me know your enjoying these and learning something from me. Now let’s get on to this issues YN Challenge! This time we are going to do a minting quiz.
Fall 2021 PAN Show Update
By James Zimmerman
For the third consecutive show, CONECA was present at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatist (PAN) Coin Show held in Monroeville, PA (Pittsburgh Suburb). PAN was gracious to give us free space again for the threeday event that started Thursday October 28, 2021.
CONECA Offers Overstrike Medals
By James Motley
The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA) is offering a limited number of Mexican Coyolxauhqui Commemorative 50 Peso coins Overstruck with CONECA’s Logo die mated with a St. Gaudens Double Eagle Liberty design on the flip side. St. Gaudens’ Miss Liberty holding a torch and olive branch design is considered one of the most beautiful struck by the US Mint.
Michael S. Fey Acquires Leroy Van Allen’s Numismatic Assets
Ironia, NJ.—November 29, 2021. Michael S. Fey, Ph.D., of Rare Coin Investments (RCI) acquired the Numismatic Assets of Leroy Van Allen…
Reduction Lathe Doubled Dies
By Ken Potter
Dies are sometimes created directly from master tooling with a Reduction Lathe.
1930-S Standing Liberty Quarter “Disappearing Date” Variety Revisited
By Robert H. Knauss and Gary Hamm
I have always been fascinated with what I refer to as the 1930-S “disappearing date” variety. It is listed in my book Standing Liberty Quarter Varieties & Errors (2d. ed.) as K-0020. It is one of my favorite varieties because it involves an interesting die break progression that can be found in several different die stages.
Early Retained Cud
Image from the Hamm Collection
Willamette Coin Club
By Jimmy Krozel
After being in isolation for over 1 year, the Willamette Coin Club hosted its Annual Coin Show in Portland, OR on Nov. 13-14, 2021. The Oregon CONECA State Representative, Jimmy Krozel, manned the booth and answered questions about error coins from the crowd and gave away ErrorScope magazines and coin blanks to kids.
Casino Chip and Token Errors
By Allan Anderson
Ever since I joined CONECA and became the editor of this magazine, my knowledge of error coins was very limited, actually it was closer to no knowledge. Over the years I have learned a lot from article submissions and from discussions with members and I’m really enjoying this hobby.
My collections interest have been casino chips silver strikes and tokens from all Hard Rock properties.
An 1855 O Seated Half Dime
By Patrick Jenkins
It was the Sunday morning after I had received an email from Tim Pope, Ron’s Pope son, with the news of Ron’s passing. I must admit my heart wasn’t excited as usual to go pick the Joppa Maryland flea market. Ron and I had many discussions on cherry picking, a subject matter that seemed to enter all emails or private messages while on line chatting with one another.
Missing Clad Layers
By Ken Potter
This 2002-D Mississippi State quarter was struck on a clad planchet that was missing an outer clad layer before it was struck. This type of error will expose the copper core on either the obverse or reverse and will be underweight. This one exhibits a great deal of weakness in detail due to insufficient metal for the dies to strike up. Notice the weakness of the characters about the rim. State quarters with the missing clad layer on the reverse are worth more than those with it missing on the obverse. Coin from the Ken Potter Collection.
Cuve’s Round Up 19
By Jason Cuvelier
Below is a 1979 10C Mexican with a nice class 1 DDR. Next is another Mexican coin, a Madero 1988 500p, also a class 1 DDR. Next is a 1977 Washington struck over a previously struck Jefferson from the E Raser Collection.
Mexico1979 10c DDR
1977 Washington Quarter struck over a struck Jefferson Nickel
Below is a Lincoln Cent 1973D with a nice clash, followed by a minor RPM submitted by Marvin Young that we have added as an 1950S RPM-1001.
Lincoln Cent ACD-1c-1973D-01
Lincoln Cent 1950S 1c RPM-1001
Next is a project I have been working on focusing on documenting a, sort of, greatest hits of Lincoln Cent DDOs impacting the date thinking this fully streched out might make a nice poster. Lastly, while not the largest known misaligned die (MAD), this particular example on a R10 is the most extreme I have (or have seen in person).
India R.10 2020 MAD
Read all of these Errorscope articles and more by logging onto your online CONECA account or become a member today to enjoy the latest issues.
CONECA members who need a login username and password to access the Errorscope Online Members Only area, should email the Membership Coordinator, Maria Rickert – Kittell. A valid email address on file with CONECA is required for access to current and back issues of the Errorscope online.
Donations to CONECA
CONECA is a 501 (c) (3) tax – exempt charity and public supported organization as defined in
sections 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to CONECA are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Federal ID #46-0343568.
Mail Donations To: CONECA Treasurer – 472 Cherry Lane Rd., Friedens, PA 15541
2021 CONECA Awards
Congratulations to all those listed below.
CONECA Hall of Fame
This year Jason Cuvelier has been inducted into the CONECA Hall of Fame
Dr. Lyndon King Award
This award is given to the CONECA member who has went above and beyond to help the organization. This years recipient is Mr. Peter Lukic.
2020 Kenny Knapp Award
This year Daniel Malone won the Annual Member Recruiting Award
2021 Literary Awards
All persons publishing qualifying material in ErrorScope or on the club web site receive recognition in the form of a specially produced item. Works that qualify for a Literary Recognition include, but are not limited to: numismatic error-variety-related articles, reports, indexes, crossword puzzles, and cartoons. Works may be about coins, (including tokens, medals and currency), memorabilia, events, minting processes, CONECA business, or people related to the error-variety hobby.
Dr. Ron Brown
Michael Fey PhD
John Miller Jr.