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 2020 color issue of Errorscope
has been added to the members only section of the site.
Log in today and take a look!


It is with great disappointment that the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) board of directors is announcing FUN 2021 is cancelled.

Slated for January 7-10, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the convention would have been the 66th annual event held by the Florida organization devoted to serving collectors of coins, paper money, medals, and tokens.

The FUN board has worked hard to make this show a reality, desperately wanting to provide a venue for our dealers to get back to what they love and have our numismatic community be able to convene again. However, it has become clear that the “cons” far outweigh the “pros” at this point in time. The COVID virus is spiraling out of control and the predictions are that will continue to get worse through the dates of the FUN show.
First and foremost is the concern for the health and well-being of our dealers, our service providers, and our public attendees. There are currently many concerns and many unknowns. The FUN board built in precautions with mandatory masks, purchasing hand sanitizer, and performing daily temperature checks of everyone who enters the bourse area but was still apprehensive about being able to keep everyone safe with some level of social distancing and other safety measures.

“It was a very difficult decision, but we must cancel the FUN 2021 convention,” says FUN President Bob Hurst. “The board of directors agreed to continue as long as the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests stayed at 10% or less in Orange County, Florida. Currently, it is at 14%, and we cannot wait to see if it will go down. Making the decision to cancel this 66th annual show was not made in haste. I hope to see all of you at Summer FUN 2021.”

“I know this was an incredibly difficult decision of the entire FUN Board, but it was the correct one,” remarks Heritage Auctions CEO Steve Ivy. “In the final analysis the well being of FUN and its members is the ultimate consideration.

The January FUN convention is and will continue to be the premier coin show of the year. Heritage Auctions and its entire staff look forward to the upcoming summer show and auction with even more anticipation than normal. And the January 2022 show will be like no other.” Our clubs are unable to get their members to commit to attend the show and are cancelling their FUN-sponsored club buses.

We believe this is a good indicator that the public is not yet comfortable attending a convention. If you booked a hotel reservation through FUN’s official housing bureau your reservation will automatically be cancelled.
Refund checks will be mailed to all who paid a bourse fee. FUN deeply regrets disappointing many people, but we look forward to better days ahead and a hugely successful show in July 2021. We encourage all of you to consider attending Summer FUN in 2021.

The FUN board will meet in the early spring to consider special plans for that show to help make up for the loss of our January show. We will have plenty of promotional items in storage to give away and we can all celebrate better days together. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented situations.

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.

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 January/February 2021 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:

Master Numbering List
By James Motley
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.

Membership News
By Maria Rickert-Kittell
A warm welcome is extended to all of our new CONECA members! CONECA now has over 800 members worldwide

Congratulations to Andrew Dao, recipient of the Romeo A. Maynard Scholarship for Young Numismatists recommended through the American Numismatic Association


1924 Peace Dollar VAM5A
By John Cava

Wing break

The newest Top 50 Peace Dollar in my collection is the 1924 VAM 5A called a Wing Break. In my opinion, this is a very spectacular VAM. It is very apparent to the naked eye what is going on. Simply put, it has a large circular die break in the middle of the eagle’s wing on the reverse.

Have You Ever Purchased A Detailed Coin on Purpose?
By Patrick Jenkins

I ask this question as in the over 50 years I’ve collected I always tried my best to avoid problem coins. Yeah like you, if you’re being honest like the rest of us, you made a mistake buying or selling a coin.

Fall 2020 PAN Show Update
By James Zimmerman

Being that I live only an hour from where the Fall 2020 PAN (Pennsylvania Association of Numismatist) Coin Show was being held in Monroeville, PA (Pittsburgh Suburb), I contacted the show chairman about donating table space to our club to promote the error hobby as well as our club. PAN was gracious to give us free space for the three-day event that started Thursday October 29, 2020.

Treasures Among Treasure New Error Coins Discovered with No Value Other Than an Important Message
By Dr. Ron Brown

September 9th 2020 brought a very harsh and bitter lesson about coins and their storage. I have always written about coins I own and this time it is no different – howbeit a sad epitaph about precious variety and error coins.

About 8 PM on the 9th of September my home and all our belongings along with two autos were destroyed by wildfire in the now infamous Bear Fire of Berry Creek and Oroville CA.

Coin Show Exhibits
by John H. Miller Jr.

Have you ever put together an exhibit to show at a coin show? Do you wonder what you get if you do?

Multiple Struck Mint Error Coins
by Denny Polly

1941 Jefferson Double Struck, 2nd Strike 70% Off-Center @ K-10 and Struck Thru Scrap on Obverse, DSR, UNC

One of my favorite mint error coin types is coins that have been struck more than once. They can be Double Struck, Triple Struck, or more. There are many variations of Multiple Struck Mint Error Coins.

Coins That Are Considered Mid Year Die Change Part Two: The Nickel
by John H. Miller Jr.

In this issue the coins we will be taking a look at will include:
• 1939 Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Reverse of 1938 Nickels
• 1982 Philadelphia and Denver Reverse of 1977 Nickels

Young Numismatists Program
By Logan Wostyn
Hello Everyone

I have 2 packages headed out for the mail for the 2 kids that responded last month. They will be receiving a few error coins. Remember I have error coins, loupes and scales to send out as prizes and I always send more that 1 item. Come join the fun and send me an email.

This issue I’m thinking a of a short quiz. Name the State Quarters that have known errors and what the errors are. As usual those that respond correctly will receive a package from me with error coins.

Hope everyone stays safe.
Your YN Director
Logan Wostyn.

Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 13
By Jason Cuvelier

It took me an unusually long time to locate a counter clash on this clashed no date medallion depicting the White House and the Seal of The President.


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

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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