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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 July/August 2021 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
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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.
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 July/August 2021 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:
James Motley, CONECA President
What a time to be involved in this great hobby of ours. People are really getting into the Errors and Varieties. I am seeing increased interest in
RPM’s and even the BIE Lincoln cents!
Well it looks like the ANA Chicago convention in August is a go. CONECA will be there manning the table and looking at coins that are being brought in….
CONECA State Representatives Program Update
By James Motley
We are off and running! 24 States have one CONECA State Representative and several have more. HERE.
Where in the World Are CONECA Members
By Maria Rickert-Kittell – CONECA Membership Coordinator
Welcome to our 57 new CONECA members. Total Membership – 900
Recipient of the Romeo A. Maynard Scholarship for Young Numismatists Matthew Kruse – Referral through the American Numismatic Association
Young Numismatists Program
By Logan Wostyn
Hello again my wonderful YN’s. The turnout for last issues YN challenge was amazing. Those of you who didn’t participate missed some truly amazing prizes. Soon I hope to have some books to send out as prizes as well. I still have silver errors and off center, ddr, and other errors I keep on hand. I also have loops and scales so you never know what you will receive.
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 “Split Before Struck Mint Errors” to “Wrong Planchet Mint Errors” to “Multiple Struck Mint Errors” and more.
1938 New Guinea Shilling with a 5% Curved Clip at K-7-1/2 on the Obverse. That’s not a big clip but it’s on an older coin that already has a hole in the middle (by Design, not in Error).
Too Rare For Its Own Good
1970-D Type H Reverse Washington Quarter
by Joseph DeBenedetti
Can one still find treasure in pocket change – you bet! In the early months of the pandemic, this 1970-D Type H Reverse RDV 008 Washington quarter was pulled from a bank box in Las Vegas. If you haven’t heard of the Type H Reverse before, that’s okay, because it’s not a common variety.
Spring 2021 PAN Show Update
By James Zimmerman
CONECA once again was present at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatist (PAN) Coin Show held in Monroeville, PA (Pittsburgh Suburb). It is nice that shows are once again being held as the result of COVID restrictions being lifted. PAN was gracious to give
us free space again for the three-day event that started Thursday May 6, 2021.
Is It An Error On A Variety Or A Variety On An Error
By John H. Miller Jr.
2000 P WAM cent Broad Struck. Again look at the centered M in AME and the shape of the FG.
I have a few coins that I don’t know how to classify them. Me being a variety collector first I enjoy the 2000 WAM cents and the 1970 reverse of 1968 dimes. I also like errors like clips, broad strikes, and off centers. So are these varieties that have an error or are they an error coin that just happens to be a variety too.
A Rare But Less Known Coin
Stella Tribute Error $4 Coin Proof
By Adhitri Sethuraghavan
In this article we are going to talk about a rare but less known coin, the Stella coin which was made in 19th century. We will also talk about the Stella Tribute Error $4 Coin Proof.
Errors Are Where You Find Them
By Ken Potter
In the September/October 2011 issue of ErrorScope, Jeff Ylitalo gave readers a look at a Neenah Foundry Co inlet grate that was as he put it “Double Struck”. It got me to thinking that I should write an article on errors I’ve found on items other than coins too. I’ve been collecting such errors going back to 1973 when I started at Chrysler’s Dodge Main.
Jim Motley came up with the next one, a Double Struck nine-sixteenths (9/16ths) Craftsman wrench! This is from a pivoted double entry with the pivot at the open end of the wrench with doubling progressively wider in spread the further away it gets from the pivot.
Coins That Are Considered Wrong Die Varieties, Transitional Die Varieties, or Mid Year Die Changes
Part Five: The Halves
by John H. Miller Jr.
In 1956 the proof half dollar dies were modified to enhance the design of the coins. The main pick up point is the design and number of the eagle’s wing feathers
In the last issue we looked at Quarters made from Wrong design dies and Transitional design dies. In this part five of our article we will be taking a look Halves.
Cuve’s Round Up 16
By Jason Cuvelier
For the next few articles I will be continuing with other parts of the Mr. Raser collection. To start, I have illustrated his circulated 1969S DDO-001. The second example I have had the chance to examine. Following that is 1975 Lincoln struck over a previously struck clad Roosevelt dime.
197(x) Roosevelt Dime over-struck by 1975 Lincoln Cent
Next I have some coins submitted by Robert Umbarger, these include a 1965 Lincoln I am adding to the CML as 1965 1c DDO-004 D MDS.
Below, is a Lincoln Cent sent in by Ray Parkhurst, I added it as 1942 DDO-011 (11-O-I-CW).
My final submitted submission that I am illustrating is Lincoln Cent 2015 1c DDR-002 (2-R-IX-T2 )submitted by Shannon McCord.
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.