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 November/December 2018 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
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CONECA Hall Of Famer – Lee Gong Passes
1950 – 2018

We sadly announce that CONECA Hall Of Fame Inductee, Lee H. Gong has passed away. Lee was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016 for which I had the honor of nominating him. He was a charter member and long-time CONECA supporter who quietly worked behind the scenes promoting CONECA at many coin shows and he was CONECA’s ErrorScope back-issues manager since 2002.

From the CONECA Hall of Fame induction:
“Lee got interested in error coins when a neighbor whose husband worked at a bank offered to trade him a silver 50 cent piece blank for some Buffalo nickels he had. He joined both the Collectors of Numismatic Errors (CONE) and the Numismatic Error Collectors of America (NECA) in 1969 and transitioned to the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA) when the two clubs merged in 1983. He’s been an avid collector and tireless promoter of CONECA and the error and variety hobby ever since.

Lee served as the CONECA Youth Director for six years. He won the CONECA Outstanding Member Award in 1999. He won the CONECA Kenny Knapp Grand Slam Award in 2011 for recruiting more than 100 new CONECA members. And, he’s been the Errorscope Back Issues Manager since 2002.

But, Lee is most proud of his service to the club and the error and variety hobby as what he calls a “behind the scenes guy” – promoting the club and the hobby at local, regional, and national shows, and mentoring young numismatists in the 14 coin clubs to which he belongs – including the Redwood Empire Coin Club in his home town of Santa Rosa, California.”

The following was published online in the Press Democrat (Sept 27th – 29th issue):
“Lee H. Gong passed unexpectedly on September 21, 2018. He moved to Stockton and later to Santa Rosa in 1963 and immediately became involved in the family business of G&G Supermarkets. He attended and graduated with Piner High School’s first graduating class. He played on the baseball team and later in life he became the head baseball coach for Santa Rosa Christian School, he assisted with Piner’s fund raisers for the football field lights. He served in the Navy from 1969-1973, stationed at the Naval Photographic Center Washington D.C. and Harbor Clearance Unit Two, Norfolk, Va.

Afterwards he re-joined the family business in 1973. He oversaw the Meat, Deli and Bakery departments. He forged many lasting relationships through the years by the many marketing ideas and events he implemented which gained local and national recognition. He was a board member on the Deli Council.

His hobbies and interest included baseball, bowling, fishing, golfing, international hunting trips, trap shooting, collecting coins, antiques, and model trains. He became the long serving Vice President of the Redwood Empire Coin Club and Youth Director. He was passionate in creating youth interest in the coin collecting. He prided himself on visiting every MLB park, enjoyed many road trips, lunches and dinners with friends, business associates and family. During his retirement, his pride and joy was his family and grandsons. Lee was a true friend who offered his help to all who needed it. He was a wonderful mentor and gave great advice from the years of wisdom and experience . Lee will truly be missed by all.

Lee was pre-deceased by his father Gee Kai Gong and mother Fong Gong (two of the three founders of G&G Supermarket), sisters Carrie Gong Lowe and Betty Gong, brother-in-law Eddie Doe. He is survived by his beloved wife, son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons. By his brothers: Dick Gong and his wife Vivian, Don Gong and wife Darlene. His sisters: Sau Kwan Doe and Dorothy G. Parker (Richard). By his brother-in-law Robert Lowe. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews: Jason (Cindy) Gong, Melissa (Brad) Quon, Brian and Matthew Gong, Howard (Jean) Doe, Jackie (Michael) Tong, Damon Doe, Carol (John Drake), Connie (Mike Petersen), Jodie (Albert) Lau, Teejay (Jamie) Lowe and Kimberley (Jason) Cosner. He also had many great-nieces and great-nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Redwood Empire Coin Club, Youth Program, P.O. Box 9013, Santa Rosa, Ca. 95405; Piner High Foundation, 1700 Fulton Road Santa Rosa, Ca, 95403; American Heart Association, www2.heart.org . Cards can be sent to Lee Gong’s Family, 1007 West College Ave. #216, Santa Rosa, Ca. 95401. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave, Santa Rosa 707-525-3730. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday October 6, 2018 starting at 12 p.m. at Friedman Events Center, 4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa.”

J.T. STANTON Passes
(1952-2018)

A note from his longtime co-author Bill Fivaz yesterday announced the passing of J.T. Stanton of Georgia. Here’s an excerpt with Bill’s permission. -Editor

With deepest regrets I must inform you that my dear friend J.T. Stanton passed away this morning after about 10 days in the hospital. J.T. had taken a couple falls recently, had some severe health issues (heart, kidney, breathing, etc.)

A viewing will be on Monday, October 22 at 11 AM at the Radiant Life Christian Fellowship Church, 5619 Skidaway Rd., Savannah, GA 31406 and the funeral at noon. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka,KS 66675-8517.

Additional info: J.T. was born on March 5, 1952 in Macon, GA and was a professional printer early in his career. He loved golf, baseball, photography, wildlife and numismatics and had a deep appreciation for the military, thanking them for their service whenever he saw servicemen or servicewomen. He was married to his wife Susan for 38 years and had two sons, Jeffery and Jamie as well as two grandsons and a sister, Barbara.

He was also the co-author with Bill Fivaz of the best selling Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties book, now in its sixth printing and truly enjoyed sharing his vast knowledge with other collectors. He taught courses at the ANA Summer Seminar for many years and was well respected by his peers throughout the hobby, winning many awards throughout his life.

J.T. loved research and photographing coins. His expertise provided countless high quality photos of new varieties to the numismatic public who would otherwise not been aware of the new discoveries. J.T. was truly one of the “good guys” and shall be greatly missed, but his legacy shall live on long after his passing.

J.T. was elected to the CONECA Hall of Fame in 2003. The photo above and text below is taken from the web site of the Combined Organization of Numismatic Error Collectors of America. -Editor

J.T. Stanton has proven with over a decade of service to both CONECA and the Error-Variety hobby at large that he deserves to be the next inductee into the CONECA Hall of Fame. J.T.’s loyalty to the club has never been in doubt. He has donated not only time and coins, but also money and professional services, and has done it all with an attitude of humility characteristic of the Southern gentlemen he is. I am proud to call J.T. a friend, a confidant, and in many ways a mentor. He demonstrates with bold colors the essence of what the CONECA Hall of Fame stands for: a lifetime of service to CONECA and the EV Hobby above and beyond the call of duty.

His CONECA honors include: 1. Charter member of CONECA (1983 – present), 2. Two years service on the Board of Directors (1985-1987), 3. Four years service as President of CONECA (1987-1990), 4. Doubled die attributer (1989-1991), 5 The Lonesome John Devine Photography Award (1992), and 6. The Lyndon King Award (1992).

His American Numismatic Association (ANA) and hobby-wide honors include: 1. instructor for the ANA Summer Seminar class on “The Modern Minting Process/Errors and Varieties” (1990-1999), 2. ANA Outstanding Adult Advisor (1992), 3. Numismatic Ambassador Award (1993), 4. ANA Presidential Award (1995), 5 two years service on the ANA Board of Governors (1995-1997), 6. The ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (1997), 7. ANA Presidential Award (1998), and 8. ANA Medal of Merit (2000).

For more information on CONECA, see: 
https://www.conecaonline.org/

Bibliophiles may also know J.T. as the founder and longtime operator of Stanton Books & Supplies. -Editor

Dave Lange writes:
Most people know J.T. Stanton solely as a name on the cover of The Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare U. S. Die Varieties, but to me he was a good friend and collaborator. When he and co-author Bill Fivaz were still the editors/publishers of the CPG we would share discoveries and varieties that made each subsequent edition a little more accurate and comprehensive. The level of cooperation was so great that Bill and J. T. even dedicated one of those editions to me, an honor I still treasure.

We also had some great times as instructors and after-hours buddies at the ANA’s annual Summer Seminar and conventions. Though not that long ago, it was a different time in the hobby culturally, and now that everything is so thoroughly copyrighted, trade marked and branded the easy sharing of facts and photos has largely passed. Yet, the memories remain, and I will miss my old friend very much.

 

 

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