Welcome to the CONECA Web Site! 
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 March/April 2020 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
Log in today and take a look!

Articles in the March/April 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:

Nominations Sought
For the 2020 Hall of Fame
By JC Stevens

Each year, one CONECA member may be inducted into the CONECA Hall of Fame. Any CONECA member in good standing may nominate a member for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Last year Xan Chamberlain was the 2019 inductee into the CONECA Hall of Fame. He joins twenty three CONECA members who have been voted into the Hall of Fame over the last 32 years for their accomplishments, dedicated service, and achievements directly connected to the field of numismatic errors and varieties.

See a list of Hall of Fame Inductees HERE

A list of members who are eligible for the CONECA 2020 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 JC Stevens at JCStevens43@gmail.com

Any CONECA member in good standing may nominate a member for induction into the Hall of Fame. Here’s how to do it!

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)
Send his/her name to JC Stevens at JCStevens43@gmail.com, by May 1, 2020.

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.

The Recognitions Chair 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.

Everything Is Not What It Seems To Be
By Bill Fivaz, NLG
The Scene: Metropolitan Coin Club Meeting,
Atlanta, GA
The Time: Saturday, March 2, 2019
The Subject: Incredible Multi-struck Lincoln Cent

Sitting at my mini-bourse table at a recent coin club meeting, a young man approached and said he had been referred to me by another club member. He said he had a coin that he thought “was something special”. Danny explained that he had purchased the coin (in a plastic key ring) at the souvenir shop at the U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C. He noticed that it just “didn’t look right” and asked me what I thought. …

Clipped/Incomplete Planchet Mint Error
Washington Quarters
By Denny Polly1(9)XX-D Silver Washington 10% Ragged Clip @ K-6 Obverse

One of my favorite mint error coin types is “Struck on Clipped Planchet Mint Error Coins”. These are also more recently being called “Struck on Incomplete Planchet Mint Errors” and that is the more accurate technical description.

1882 O/S Morgan Dollar VAM 5
by John Cava

The Morgan Dollar minted from 1878 to 1921 is arguably the most popular series collected after the Lincoln Cent. Although putting together a complete set, regardless of grade, can be an expensive venture, there are many ways to collect within the Morgan series. One-a-year is popular, collecting a specific mintmark is popular, and collecting one of each mintmark is also popular. I am going to introduce you to yet another way of collecting Morgans that can be loads of fun while warming your error and variety loving hearts. This is the Morgan Dollar VAM Top 100 collection.

A Happy Holiday Find
By Chris Corwin


Most of us who collect coins have had the experience of a family member asking us to look at their collection and provide an opinion on value. Often, they are disappointed to hear their years of collecting didn’t aren’t going to make them wealthy. This isn’t a particularly pleasant experience for all involved. But a recent experience I had confirms we should all have faith. …

Education + Interest = YNs Receiving
CONECA Memberships
By Bob Mellor

Left to right – Feltner, Carroll, Mellor, Colley with Brendan Carroll holding his copy of ErrorScope.

What better way to spend an October weekend than to engage in the hobby you enjoy, and learn alongside others who share your passion. That’s exactly what 22 adult and 3 Young Numismatist (YN) students did in Port St. Lucie Florida for two full days of instruction on the “Fundamentals of Coin Grading”, sponsored by the Treasure Coast Coin Club of Fort Pierce, Florida.

Treasures Among Treasure
New RPM 1934 D Washington Quarter Combination with DDO
by Dr. Ron Brown

1934 D 25c RPM-001

I recently was given a 1934 D Washington Quarter to attribute for a friend. It was clear that it was ODV-002 with DDO-002 in a LDS but not with RPM-001 or RPM-002 but another yet listed by CONECA.

Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 8
By Jason Cuvelier


Like usual, I will be focusing on a mix of clashes, doubled dies and other die maladies. To start, below is a strong clashed dies with slightly greater than 5% misalignment (there is also some slight rotation and possibly some tilt). Naked eye obvious, this is one of the strongest Lincoln clashes I have encountered. I am including an overlay and detail shots. The struck coin has no misalignment or rotation and shows no abrasion, the steps from the clash to struck coin would seem unusual, could a struck example exist that is shows a similar misalignment and clash?

Read these articles by logging into your online CONECA account or become a member today to enjoy the latest issues.

Anybody wanting to join CONECA should contact Maria Rickert – Kittell at P.O. Box 233, Armada, MI 48005 or email maria@conecaonline.org

A copy of the application form may be download at http://conecaonline.org/content/join.html. Annual dues are as follows: Adult Member $25.00 per year, Young Numismatist (online Errorscope only) $7.50 per year or (online Errorscope plus mailed hard copy) $17.50.

CONECA members wishing to receive a login username and password to access the Errorscope Online Members Only area, please email the Membership Coordinator, Maria Rickert – Kittell at the address listed above. A valid email address on file with CONECA is required for access to current and back issues of the Errorscope online.

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
Mark Benvenuto
Dr. Ron Brown
Joseph Cronin
Jason Cuvelier
Isaiah Hageman
Hunter Hicks
Hayden T. Howard
Jimmy Krozel
Julian Krozel
Mark Lighterman
Bob Mellor
John H. Miller Jr.
James Motley
Denny Polly
Ken Potter
Al Raddi
Maria Rickert-Kittell
Benjamin C. Simpson
O.T. Thompson
Mike Wallace
Logan Wostyn
Jeff Ylitalo
James Zimmerman

 

 

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