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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!
The May/June 2021 color issue of Errorscope
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Chicago World’s Fair of Money® Gets the Green Light
Safety protocols may limit size of the show
Coin collectors can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, announced on May 4 that it will resume hosting trade shows and events beginning in July, which is great news for those hoping to attend the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 10-14.
To adhere to safety protocols, the ANA currently is limiting the number of dealer tables to 300 to allow for appropriate distancing between booths. Once the bourse has sold out, dealers will be placed on a wait list. In the event that COVID conditions improve and protocols are relaxed, the ANA may increase the number of dealer tables to 500.
Produced by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, the annual World’s Fair of Money is considered the biggest week of the year for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals. The event traditionally features expansive educational forums led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise; exhibits of rare treasures from private collectors and the ANA’s Money Museum; hundreds of dealers buying and selling numismatic items in all price ranges; and major auctions by Heritage Auctions (HA.com) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries (StacksBowers.com). A first-ever “Dealer Day” will be held immediately prior to the show on Aug. 9. For complete information go to the World’s Fair of Money.
A list of members who are eligible for the CONECA 2021 Hall of Fame Award are listed below in alphabetical order. The list may not be complete, so if you know another member that you qualifies and who is not listed, please let us know by sending his or her name to Jim Motley by May 15, 2021.
Any CONECA member in good standing may nominate a member for induction into the Hall of Fame. Select a person who has been a CONECA member for 10 or more years and who qualifies in either the “Life Service Achievement” or “Educator/Researcher” classification. (see below)
The “Life Service Achievement” – Reflects the culmination of a career of dedicated service to CONECA in the field of numismatic errors and varieties and not merely recognition of the candidate’s current level of achievement. The candidate must possess at least three (3) of the following criteria to qualify under this classification:
1. Has been awarded the Dr. Lyndon King Award for outstanding member of the year.
2. Has received three (3) different types of CONECA Literary Awards or has had articles published in Errorscope for five (5) different years.
3. Has received either type of Cherrypickers’ Award.
4. Has received a Kenny Knapp Membership Recruitment Award.
5. Has served two terms as a CONECA officer or member of the Board of Directors.
6. Has served as an official CONECA appointee (Librarian, Auctioneer, Examiner, Attributer, etc.) for at least two (2) years.
The “Educator/Researcher” – Reflects achieving prominence or acquiring a personal identification within the field of numismatic errors and varieties. The contributions to the error/variety hobby must be of an enduring nature and not merely recognition of the candidate’s current level of achievement. The candidate must possess at least three (3) of the following criteria to qualify under this classification:
1. Has taught a full term Error/Variety course for the ANA Summer Seminar.
. Has presented a Numismatic Theatre Seminar for the ANA on errors or varieties.
3. Has written and published an original research book or web site on errors or varieties.
4. Has served as a CONECA examiner or attributer for at least five (5) years.
5. Has an extensive portfolio of published articles on errors or varieties in the Numismatic Press, but primarily in Errorscope.
6. Has won first place in the ANA Exhibit Class 17 for errors and varieties.
CONECA will review all nominations and pare the list down to no more than three qualified nominees. The CONECA Officers and Board of Directors will vote, and one candidate will be chosen for induction into the CONECA Hall of Fame.
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.
Articles in the May/June 2021 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:
James Motley, CONECA President
Well, 2020 was what I like to call a dumpster fire. Looking back over the last 12-15 months it sure has been a whirlwind of emotions for everyone! It seems that we are finally at a turning point to all of this which leads me into Coin Shows.
CONECA State Representatives Program Update
By James Motley
We are off and running! 24 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, James Motley at Coneca@Alpinecomputers.net and request consideration. We have set up a web page on which you can see updates HERE.
Where in the World Are CONECA Members
By Maria Rickert-Kittell – CONECA Membership Coordinator
CONECA has 870 members as of April 5, 2021. The last time a Where in the World Are CONECA Members? page was included in an ErrorScope was the July/August 2020 issue. At that time CONECA had 774 members.
Our fellow error enthusiasts are mainly located in the United States with 852 members, and two members from the territory of Puerto Rico. Each of the fifty states has at least two members. Canada comes next with eleven members. Six additional countries also have a CONECA member.
World/Foreign Mint Error Coins
by Denny Polly
One of my favorite mint error coin types is “World / Foreign Mint Error Coins”. These are coins that were struck for countries other than the United States. They have the same range of mint errors as do United States coins, from “Struck Thru Mint Errors” to “Wrong Planchet Mint Errors”.
This is a bronze Honorius made from 393-423 A.D. The obverse depicts his diademed bust facing right. The reverse depicts Victory advancing left dragging captive. It’s from the Constantinople Mint and is cataloged as Sear 4158v. It is struck approximately 25% Off-Center.
1994 Struck Through SAE
By John Cava
I picked up something different the other day that I would like to share here. I saw this at my coin dealer and had to have it, a 1994 SAE or Silver American Eagle. What makes this uncirculated coin special is it exhibits a great “Strike Through” error across the date.
Treasures Among Treasure
New 1922 D RPM Lincoln Cent?
By Dr. Ron Brown
In the past, I sent this coin into RPM experts to verify if this 1922 D Lincoln had an RPM yet listed or discovered. The answers I received were confusing.
Closeup of the Mint Mark
The Simplest of Errors to Overlook
by Mark Benvenuto
It takes a bit of practice to train ourselves to look for errors constantly, especially when we have other collecting interests, but it can be done. To be specific, when going through pages or boxes of coins, it takes a lot of practice to find a coin that has an improper die rotation. Clipped planchets, die cracks, off-center strikes, and a few other categories of errors are quite straightforward to spot. But when it comes to misaligned dies, we need to remember, coins in some dealer inventories have been jostled over the course of time, sometimes for years, which means they are not all standing at attention, dress right dress, as it were, in some 2×2 holder. A person has to flip a page or an individual cardboard two-by-two back and forth a few times when we think there’s a rotated die that we might be able to land.
Discovery Coin or No Big Deal
by John Gibson
In 2020, during the pandemic, like many others, I had some free time on my hands. While searching coins in a BU roll of 2017 P Lincoln cents I noticed there were two different positions for the Shield and ONE CENT Scroll on the reverse.
Young Numismatists Program
By Logan Wostyn
Hello Yn’s. This Yn ErrorScope challenge is harder than any before but with it comes exceptional prizes. Finish the crossword first. Then on the next page use a highlighter to do the word search using your answers. All the answers can be found on the Coneca website (conecaonline.org). The first 3 to send me this completed correctly will win the prizes below. Only 3 can win the prizes listed below. However, if you send me the correct answers after 3 have already won I will still send you out some prizes so don’t lose hope and work hard. Remember these are ERROR TERMS.
Coins That Are Considered Wrong Die Varieties, Transitional Die Varieties, or Mid Year Die Changes
Part Four: The Quarter
by John H. Miller Jr.
In part three of this article we looked at Dimes made from Wrong design dies and Transitional design dies. In part four the coins we will be taking a look at will be quarters: A set of nine that are fun to collect, a single coin that can be hard to find, and a set of four that I have never seen completed in one place.
1964 Denver Reverse of 1965 AKA Type C Reverse
Cuve’s Round Up 15
By Jason Cuvelier
Recently I had the chance to photograph some of the coins that Edward Raser had collected. I will be showcasing some of those coins in this and subsequent articles. I will begin with a nice example of 1873 IHC DDO-001. Asking Rick Snow, he clarified that it crossed with Snow-1b Obv: 2, Rev B. The official CONECA Roman designation was 1-O-V. Using an overlay with pivot around K5 helped explain the increased spread at the two Ss and E in STATES, meanwhile the diminished spread on UN in UNITED. The spread on LIBERTY, and the face, is magnificent.
Indian Head Cent 1873 DDO-001(1-O-V)
Off metal errors are included in Mr. Raser collection and I was able to examine a selection of them. Next is a 1958 Lincoln cent struck over a previously struck (ND, presumably 1958) Cuban 1 centavo coin.
1958 Lincoln cent struck over a struck 1958 Cuban 1 centavo
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
CONECA’s Errorscope has received third place in the ANA’s Outstanding Club Publications competition, “Specialty” category.
Congratulations to Allan Anderson, our Editor, for his outstanding work on Errorscope and for getting this ANA award.
The Outstanding Club Publications Awards will be presented online at the ANA’s virtual awards’ ceremony on September 1, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. MT.
2020 CONECA Awards
By JC Stevens
Due to Covid-19 concerns, many shows were cancelled in 2020, including the ANA’s Worlds Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, where the annual CONECA Errorama Banquet Dinner was to be held. Errorama was cancelled and awards mailed to the address provided.
Congratulations to all those listed below.
James Motley was named to CONECA Hall of Fame
2020 Kenny Knapp Award
James Zimmerman is the Annual Recruiter with 13.
This award is given annually to the individual/entity sponsoring the most new members in an awards year.
2020 Literary Awards
The Literary Recognitions is for all persons publishing qualifying material in Errorscope or on the club web site. This year the follow winners were awarded a paperweight.
Bill Fivaz, NLG
Dr. Ron Brown
Edward Van Orden
J. Malcolm Johnson II
John H. Miller Jr.