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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 2020 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
Log in today and take a look!
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.
Articles in the September/October 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:
Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee
By Logan Wostyn
It is my honor to be able to write this article. James Motley (Jim to most) has been involved with CONECA for the last 10 years.
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.
Treasures Among Treasure
New Discovery 2017 D Class VIII Double Die Lincoln Or Not?
by Dr. Ron Brown
Doubled Ear seen without magnification
There seems to be a surge recently of type VIII double die coins (off set hub doubling) since the introduction of the single squeeze method of die creation. Recently I discovered a new class VIII off set hub doubled 2017 D Lincoln cent that was verified by Dr. Wiles.
2020 CONECA Election Platforms
In this issue you will find the 2020 election platforms for CONECA Board candidates along with a tip in sheet to mark and vote with. It can be mailed to our current President, James Motely, at the address listed in your issue. We encourage you to vote and make your opinions heard.
Cause of Thin, Tapered Peripheral
By Will Brooks
1996D cent from uncirculated Mint set with tapered lettering toward the periphery. The bottom is a normal cent for comparison.
I was recently approached by a collector who had discovered something unusual as he was searching through 1996 uncirculated mint sets. He found numerous sets whose Denver-minted Lincoln cents had thin, tapered letters on the periphery.
By JC Stevens
Every year at the annual Errorama CONECA recognizes members for their service and contributions. For more information on current and past Awards recipients see our Awards pages from the main menu.
Are They Errors If All the Coins Have the Same Problem?
By Mark Benvenuto
Left, the “Ub” side and right, the “Trident” side
Few paper money mistakes are more captivating than the offset. It is easy to understand why this error type is so popular; their impressive appearance and affordability make them a perfect entry point for currency collectors.
An “Altered” Viewpoint on Collecting Some Fake U.S. Mint Errors
by Joe Cronin
Left, 1944 “No P” Henning Obverse and right, 1944 “No P” Henning Reverse with “Lopped R”
In numismatics, perhaps the only thing more frightening, embarrassing, and heart-breaking than discovering a prized coin you own has been designated as “damaged” is when you learn it is actually a “fake/ counterfeit” or an “altered” coin.
Young Numismatists Program
by Logan Wostyn
Hello everyone!!! Hope you are all doing ok with all this craziness thats going on. Being stuck at home and not being able to do a lot i was wondering if any of you have gone through your collections lately? I want you to pick out one coin and send me a picture of it and tell me how you found it and what type its is.
1961 Franklin Double Die Half Dollar
By Steven Couzzo
I have been collecting US silver coins for some time now, mostly 1930 to 1970. My collection is comprised of Washington quarter sets, Franklin half Dollar, Roosevelt dimes and I have most of the mint and proof sets from 1955 to 1964 also. I was working on putting together graded proof sets starting with 1961, 1962, and 1963 so I purchased this 1961 Franklin Half Dollar proof, graded PF68, on EBay to complete that years set. I am a blind gentleman who has very little sight left so when I received the coin,I used adaptive technology to enlarge the coins so I may see their details better.
Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 11
By Jason Cuvelier
Chile 2001 5 peso DDO1943 Lincoln Cent ADC-1c-1943-01 & DDO-015
1984P Kennedy ADC-50c-1984P-01
Morgan Dollar ADC-100c-1884O-01 (VAM-5a)
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
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.