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!

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.

The November/December 2021 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
Log in today and take a look!

Articles in this issue include:

President’s Message
James Motley, CONECA President

Well, CONECA had a table set up at the local Polish American Coin Club show in Troy Michigan. I manned the table and had more people in the first 15 minutes of the show then we did in 4 days at the ANA convention. I attribute it to better table placement.

CONECA State Representatives Program Update
By James Motley

We are off and running! 26 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.

Membership News
By Maria Rickert-Kittell

Welcome to our 59 new CONECA members. Total Membership – 956
Recipient of the Romeo A. Maynard Scholarship for Young Numismatists were: Jonathan Cobble, Sean Minihane, and Alexander Wittnebel were all recommended by James Zimmerman.  Caleb Black, Joshua Black, Elliot Eng, and Jackson R. Hancock were all recommended through the ANA.

Young Numismatists Program
By Logan Wostyn

Hello again everyone!!!! I love the enthusiasm I am seeing lately. I am so proud of all the YN’s. If you haven’t recieved your package from the last issue it is on its way. I hope you all have enjoyed all your prizes. This time we are having a short quiz. As always do your best and if you need any help send me an email.

1923 Peace Dollar VAM-1AA
by John Cava

At the risk of boring people with my articles on Peace Dollar VAMs in general and extra hair specifically, I am writing today on another one. The 1923 VAM 1AA is commonly referred to as an Extra Hair Elite 30 Peace Dollar VAM. I can’t help myself. This is an amazing example of one and I would like to share it with you.

My Recent Variety Finds
By Elliot Mitchell

In this article I am going to share with you some of my cooler recent variety finds. I have two doubled dies, one DDO and the other is a DDR, and one other kind of variety that I am going to show you. I am also going to explain how I found each of them, so let’s begin!

The first variety that I am going to share is a very nice DDR-026 2015-P Homestead Nebraska ATB quarter.


Homestead Nebraska ATB quarter doublimg

Don’t Give Up. The Errors Are Still Out There
By Jason Kim

I was at my local coin shop going through a junk bin of silver dimes. I had a list of dates I needed for my album and began to search. The mint marks on silver dimes appear on the back so I was flipping each coin checking for mintmarks. As I was flipping a Mercury dime, I noticed a peculiar ‘S” mint mark. It looked different but I knew immediately what it was.

Finding Doubled Dies In Unlikely Places
By Joseph DeBenedetti

You never know what you’re going to find searching through coins, especially when you’re thorough, versed on varieties and determined to discover something. Uncirculated mint rolls, BU rolls from dealers and sealed, decades-old bank rolls are popular choices for coin roll hunting. However, there are less likely sources that can yield sought-after varieties including doubled dies.

In the hunt for 2020 West Point quarters, this 1976-D Washington quarter DDO FS-101 was pulled from circulation and graded AU 55 by NGC.


1976-D Washington quarter DDO FS-101

1896 U.S. “Remember The Maine” Token Clipped Planchet Error Medal
By Patrick Jenkins

These tokens, found with holes in them, were worn as patriotic symbols in support of the U.S. military action against Spain and a warning to those who may test American interest. This specimen, found with a curved clipped planchet at a neat little Baltimore show, was added to my coin Zen box.

Errors Are Where You Find Them Part 2
By Ken Potter

I purchased my first error coin sometime in the 1960s. It was a nice split die strike on a Colombian coin and it was cheap; probably no more than twenty-five cents. I bought it because I thought it was cool. That was the end of errors for me until 1973. That year I read a Coin World article about the Canadian 1973 Mountie twenty-five pieces with the Large and Small Head obverses. I found two in my brother’s proof-like sets. But I still did not consider myself an error collector. However, that year I started working on the line at Chrysler’s Dodge Main assembly plant in Hamtramck, Michigan, a small city surrounded on all sides by the City Of Detroit.

Cuve’s Round Up 18
By Jason Cuvelier

Last issue, after having spent several months looking at IKE reverse designs, I noted my probable intention to de-list RDV-007. Reevaluations of previous listings have happened before and will again. 1956D&S 1c OMM-001 and 1980 1c OMM-001 were both de-listed upon further research. I am taking a good look at the IKE obverses and will report here what I find in the future. I am always open to objective arguments if someone cares to demonstrate why I am wrong about a proposition. I would prefer an email to someone taking to social media and using statements like “hack” or counter arguments such as “bona-fide variety.” Please email me at: JCuvelier@conecaonline.org. Anyway, on to this issue. Below is a very strong clashed die sent in by Gelnd Jackson. I have listed it as ADC-10c-2015P-01.


Roosevelt Dime 2015P 10c ADC-10c-2015-01

Next is something from the Ed Raser collection, a double struck 1971d Jefferson nickel on a dime blank (2.237gr). Both strikes show well and provide and interesting array of details shown and details hidden.


Jefferson Nickel 1971D double struck on a dime blank

The Jefferson is followed by a new acquisition of mine, an 1887 IHC DDO-001 (Snow 1) showing a nice class V spread in LIBERTY and OF AMERICA and slightly on ES in STATES. There are some condition issues, but the variety still shows well.


Indian Head Cent 1887 1c DDO-001

Next is a 1965 class II Kennedy doubled die obverse we are listing as DDO-008 showing in IN GOD WE TRUST and the date. The key die marker is a die gouge on the end of E in WE


Kennedy Half Dollar 1965 50c DDO-008

In addition in this issue, we have an exciting class VIII (tilted) doubled die reverse found on a 1954S Jefferson nickel and 2 foreign entries. A quirky multi re-punched date Columbian 5 Centavos copper with a light class IV doubled die obverse and last but not least is what seems to be a no date India R.1 minted between 2011-2019.

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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

2021 CONECA Awards

Congratulations to all those listed below.

CONECA Hall of Fame
This year Jason Cuvelier has been inducted into the CONECA Hall of Fame

Dr. Lyndon King Award
This award is given to the CONECA member who has went above and beyond to help the organization. This years recipient is Mr. Peter Lukic.

2020 Kenny Knapp Award
This year Daniel Malone won the Annual Member Recruiting Award

2021 Literary Awards
All persons publishing qualifying material in ErrorScope or on the club web site receive recognition in the form of a specially produced item. Works that qualify for a Literary Recognition include, but are not limited to: numismatic error-variety-related articles, reports, indexes, crossword puzzles, and cartoons. Works may be about coins, (including tokens, medals and currency), memorabilia, events, minting processes, CONECA business, or people related to the error-variety hobby.

Pete Apple
Mark Benvenuto
Will Brooks
Dr. Ron Brown
John Cava
Steven Couzzo
Joe Cronin
Jason Cuvelier
Michael Fey PhD
John Gibson
Patrick Jenkins
Malcolm Johnson
Robert Knauss
John Miller Jr.
Elliot Mitchell
James Motley
Pat Mullen
Denny Polly
Maria Rickert-Kittell
John Roberts
Benjamin Simpson
JC Stevens
Preston Thomas
Logan Wostyn
James Zimmerman

 

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