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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 July/August 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:
CONECA State Representatives Program Update
by James Motley
We are off and running! 22 States have one CONECA State Representative and several have more. We also have two Representatives in Canada from the provinces of Alberta, and Ontario. If you would like to become a State Representative please email me, James Motley at Coneca@Alpinecomputers.net and request consideration.
Where in the World Are CONECA Members?
By Maria Rickert-Kittell CONECA Membership Coordinator
CONECA has 774 members as of May 25, 2020. Our fellow error enthusiasts are mainly located in the United States with 756 members, and one member from the territory of Puerto Rico. Each of the fifty states has at least one member. Canada comes next with eleven members. Six additional countries also have a CONECA member.
Some Monster Standing Liberty Quarter Errors
By Robert H. Knauss
I have been collecting Standing Liberty Quarter errors for twenty years and have written pretty extensively on that subject. During that time, I have run across some amazing major errors and wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.
Treasures Among Treasure
Ostensibly a Misplaced Mint Mark on the Reverse of a 1962 Proof Franklin Half
by Dr. Ron Brown
Note the D’s location SE of the letter W in STOW
There are some interesting varieties in the Franklin series but none more so than the unusual anomalous “D” on the reverse of the 1962 Proof Franklin Half Dollar, FS-901. Where this supposed “D” comes from is anyone guess.
Another Look at a Key Feature of the 1883 O VAM 33
By John Roberts
A bank of lathes in the Philadelphia Mint as pictured in the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint in 1902. These could be used both for shaping the edges of medals and turning off displaced metal from dies between hubbing blows. Either operation would produce numerous small shards of metal in this room.
In my typical work day I examine a significant number of Morgan Dollar varieties. Most of these pieces have become well-traveled ground for me, but there are some that capture my attention and warrant a closer look. These may become subjects of my monthly column About VAMs that is published in Coin World. On rare occasion, I’ll encounter something that inspires a far more detailed investigation.
VAM 2A Earring Crown Peace Dollar
By John Cava
1922-P VAM 2A. Often referred to as the Earring variety.
It’s often said that patience is a virtue and I am normally a virtuous man. But the other day I gave up waiting and pulled the trigger on one of the “Crown Jewels” of the Top 50 Peace Dollar VAMs. As you may recall, the Top 50 Peace Dollar VAMs are just a small sub-group of the 100’s of identified Peace Dollar VAMs. These 50 are singled out because they are visible to the naked eye, well at least younger eyes.
Young Numismatists Program
by Logan Wostyn
Hello Everyone! OK Yn’s, this next one is an easy one. Who is your Mentor and Why? Doesn’t have to be a long article. Just give us background on who and what got you started collecting.
Stay safe everyone.
Paper Money Errors: The Offset Printing
By Benjamin C. Simpson, YN
This series 1977 $10 note exhibits a partial offset
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.
Modern Lincoln Cents Plagued by Striations
Commonplace but Puzzling Planchet Error Explained
by Will Brooks
edited by Mike Diamond
Extreme example of a striated planchet found among many minor examples by Steve Wilhite of Arizona in a solid date 2018D Loomis original bank-wrapped roll.
Ever since the Mint began striking Lincoln cents on copper-plated zinc planchets, the occasional cent with thin parallel striations would turn up. Recently, the frequency and severity of this phenomenon has gone up dramatically.
A Bit of CONECA History
By Michael S. Fey, Ph.D.
Attributor of Silver Dollars for CONECA
I bought a collection and found this piece of CONECA history in the lot. It will be of interest to readers who have a long history with our association.
Distinguishing a Folded Over Rim Fin from a Rim Cud on United States Coins
by Pete Apple
In order to determine whether a feature is a rim cud or a folded over rim fin, I try to envision the die which produced the feature. In many instances, we will find a feature which covers anywhere from 45º to 100º on the rim around the circumference of the coin.
In the photo above, the length of the cud exceeds ≈ ½ the radius of the coin and is no longer a rim cud because the break has encroached into the area of the field.
Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 10
By Jason Cuvelier
Chile 2001 5 peso DDO
You have to wonder about what exactly happens in some Mints around the world were you can have some of these weird mishaps causing crazy die errors, at the same time, from an error and variety numismatic standpoint, it is rather cool to be able to study these mistakes.
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
2019 CONECA Awards
By JC Stevens
The annual CONECA Errorama Banquet Dinner was held at the Carlucci Restaurant in Rosemont, IL. At the banquet award winners for 2019 were announced and handed to those who attended. For the award winners who were unable to attend the banquet the award will be mailed to the address you provided.
Congratulations to all those listed below.
Xan Chamberlain was named to CONECA Hall of Fame
Xan Chamberlain was named to CONECA Hall of Fame for a “Life Service Achievement Hall of Fame award” which reflects the culmination of a career of dedicated service to CONECA in the field of numismatic errors and varieties
2019 Dr. Lyndon King Outstanding Member
Robert Mills was named the 2019 Dr. Lyndon Outstand Member. This award was begun in 1986 to honor Dr. Lyndon King for his generous monetary contributions to CONECA.
2019 Kenny Knapp Award
Two classes of Kenny Knapp Awards will be given to qualifying individuals or other entities (such as commercial web sites, educational websites, publishers, coauthors of self-published books, etc.).
Bob Mellor is the Annual Recruiter
This award is given annually to the individual/entity sponsoring the most new members in an awards year.
Al Raddi (58) & James Motley (52) Reached 50 Member Recruiter Award
This award is for individuals/entities when they reach 25, 50 and 100 recruitments.
2019 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.
Leroy Van Allen
Dr. Ron Brown
Hayden T. Howard
John H. Miller Jr.
Benjamin C. Simpson