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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 November/December 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 November/December 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:

CONECA State Representatives Duties
By James Motley

The primary responsibility of the State Representative is to promote CONECA in any the following ways:
a) By answering members’ questions, and making the proper referrals where indicated.
b) By organizing CONECA functions at the local level (within the means of each individual Representative).
c) By promoting CONECA in such a manner as to encourage interested persons to join our ranks.

1922 Silver Moustache
By John CavaThe 1922 VAM 12A is also one of the Top 50 Peace Dollar VAMs.

Greetings fellow error collectors. As I started composing this tract, I was reminded of oldtime carnival sideshows. The sideshows would feature Strong Men, Lobster Boys, Siamese Twins, and Bearded Ladies, etc. You don’t see those kind of traveling sideshows anymore, medical science has had an influence as well as a more enlightened public. But in the world of VAMs some sideshow elements remain very collectible. One of my latest acquisitions is the 1922 Peace Dollar VAM 12A called the “Moustache” die break.

The Two Different Reed Counts of Silver Dimes
By John H. Miller Jr.

Fine reed count L to Y of 27 Coarse reed count L to Y of 24

How many dies are used to create a modern coin? Most standard coins are made from three; an obverse and reverse, as well as a retaining collar. The collar is essential as it gives each coin a uniform diameter and may impart designs such as letters or reeding on some denominations. Some specialists have noted that differences in the number of reeds on some coins are scarcer than others, and recent research suggests it may be worthwhile to give your silver Roosevelt and Mercury dimes a closer look.

 

Combination Mint Error Coins Struck on Split Before Struck Planchets with Other Errors
by Denny Polly

1971-D Lincoln Obverse- Struck 5-10% Off-Center @ K-10 On Split Before Struck Planchet, 15-20% Indent @ K-10 – Obverse on left; Reverse on right

As presented in a previous article of mine, one of my favorite mint error coin types is coins that have been struck on planchets that were split in two before they were fed into the die presses and then struck, ejected, run through the counters and into the coin bags, and escaped from the mint in those bags.

The 1861-O Half Dollar: a Civil War Treasure
By Malcolm Johnson

The most obvious Confederate States marker on my coin is WB-104 or the Speared Olive. It is a die chip that appears to pierce the upper olive in the olive branch held in the Eagle’s talon. If you know where to look, WB-104 is easily spotted with the naked eye.

Doubled Die 1990-S Proof American Eagle
By Pat Mullen

While a few of the most famous varieties include coins like the 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent, the 1918/7-D and 1937-D 3-Leg Buffalo Nickels and the 1918/7-S Standing Liberty Quarter, there are “modern” varieties to be found… such as this doubled die 1990-S Proof American Eagle.

 

Clipped/Incomplete Planchet Mint Error Mercury & Roosevelt Dimes
by Denny Polly

1941-S Mercury 15% Straight Clip @ K-9 with Die Crack on Bust
Obverse on left; Reverse on right

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.

Wrong DesignVarieties and Traditional Design Varieties
Part One: The Cent
by John H. Miller Jr.

1859 Obverse 1860 Reverse

In this six part article we will be looking at a group of coins called Wrong Design Variety coins. With a little searching these coins can be found today in circulation
or inside of a dealer’s inventory for the same price as a standard coin but can carry a premium if sold to a variety collector. We will go denomination by denomination and make note of the diagnostics as to aid you in your searches for these coins.

 

Young Numismatists Program
By Logan Wostyn

Hello Everyone. I see things are starting to get back to normal in some states. I know there are more coin shows happening finally. I’m sure you are all excited. So for this issue I’m going to ask you to tell me the one error coin you wish you had
and why?

Have some fun with with this one. It could be any error coin you think of. Doesn’t matter if its one of a kind. Just give me a reason on why that coin is one you would like to own. (Please don’t just say because its worth a ton. lol)
Logan

Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 12
By Jason Cuvelier

1950 COLMBIA Doubled Die Obverse

Iam not sure I have a crazy clash this time around to illustrate, but I do have a pretty cool Columbia doubled die from 1950 on a 10 centavos. This thing is sporting a nice class IV northwest offset, slightly tilted spread that shows nicely DE COLOMBIA, the head and the 19 in the date.

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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.

Al Raddi
Bill Fivaz, NLG
Bob Mellor
Chris Corwin
Denny Polly
Dr. Ron Brown
Edward Van Orden
J. Malcolm Johnson II
James Motley
Jason Cuvelier
JC Stevens
Jeff Ylitalo
Jim Zimmerman
Jimmy Krozel
John Cava
John H. Miller Jr.
Jude Arnold
Lee DeBevoise
Logan Wostyn
Maria Rickert-Kittle
Mark Benvenuto
Mark Lighterman
Pete Apple
Robert Archern

 

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