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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!
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Articles in the May/June 2020 Issue of CONECA’s ErrorScope include:
Young Numismatists Program
by Logan Wostyn
Hello Everyone!!!Hope you all are doing well and avoiding the ick that’s going around. Since we are all stuck at home I thought I would pull from the last Errorscope for our quiz. All your answers can be found in the last issue. The first 3 YN’s to send me all 10 correct answers will receive a prize. Also below you will find an article about a coin show that one of our YNs went to. Have fun, enjoy and be safe.
1) Denny Polly wrote what article?
2) How many Varieties were found in the 2009 Lincoln cent with the 4 different backs?
3) How does a Curved Clip happen?
4) How does a Ragged Clip happen?
5) What is VAM?
6) In what year did the mint start using the single squeeze method?
7) What article did Jude Arnald write?
8) Which 2009 reverse has doubling in the form of an extra long forefinger?
9) What is the mintage of the 1968D Lincoln cent?
10) What coin is pictured with a strongly separated repunched mintmark?
My Last Coin Show
by Christopher B
The last weekend in August, just a few weeks after my birthday, I found myself browsing an assortment of tables and dealers on the most exciting day of the year. I was at the Ohio State Coin Show, the largest show around the area, and the biggest I have been to yet. Being two-and-a-half hours from my house, it took quite the persuading to get my parents to drive me there. With visions of all of the coins and people I would see, those two hours felt like days….
Two Errors for the Price of One? A Russian 2 Kopek
By Mark Benvenuto
I confess that as time has gone on, I have looked more intently for coins that I might classify as errors when I look through any dealer’s stock. Some pieces that I might have passed by I take a renewed interest in if there is something not quite right….
Dual Country – Double Denomination Panama 1c Double Struck on U.S. Lincoln Cent
By CW4 Jeff Ylitalo, USA (ret)
This major mint error is a lustrous 1982 Panama 1 Centesimo Double Struck on a previously struck United States cu 1982 Lincoln Cent. The coin rotated 90 degrees CCW after the first strike with a beautiful second strike that is 30% off-center.
Treasures Among Treasure
“It is not the word that commands the story; it’s the ear”
by Dr. Ron Brown
1984 DDO-001 (FS-101) Doubling is ear outline below the primary ear detail.
I think some Lincoln cent collectors are going to be surprised by the number and dates of Lincoln Double Dies that show doubling of the ear. As best I could, I have included here a current list that I compiled and it is not intended to be comprehensive.
Discrepancy Found in Long-Used Standard for Mint Mark Style Listings San Francisco Mint Mark Punch Used in the 40’s and 50’s Reemerged Decades Later.
by Will Brooks
Figure 1. A 1942 S Mint mark (left) and a 1974 S Mint mark (right).
The long-used industry standard for identifying the different Mint Mark styles used over the years was established by Dr. James Wiles and can be seen at his varietyvista website, www.varietyvista.com. In the November, 2018 issue of Coin World Monthly, I explained the features of the San Francisco Mint mark style listed by Dr. Wiles as MMS-009 (Mint Mark Style-009). According to Wiles’ listings, this punch came into service in 1974 and was used until 1979. This was a bad-looking punch which had a series of defects. Assuming that this punch was brought into service in 1974, I concluded in that article that this punch must have been made with those defects and that they were not the result of the punch’s deterioration from over-use. I have since discovered that this conclusion was incorrect.
Examples of Off Metal Errors on U.S. and Philippine Coinage
By Benjamin C. Simpson, YN, and John L. Simpson
1961 Jefferson Nickel
Off metal or wrong planchet errors occur when a planchet for one coin is struck by a press intended for a different denomination. They are among the most interesting and prized errors and can occur in numerous ways. Between 1855 and 1984, the United States Mint produced coins for 43 different countries ranging from Australia to Venezuela (interestingly, official sanction did not come until The Mint Act of 1874). Sometimes these foreign planchets were struck by American dies. This article will focus on wrong planchet errors created during the U.S. production of Philippine coinage.
National Money Show, Atlanta 2020
From Left to Right. CONECA Members, Dr. Ron Brown, Mike Ellis – ANA Governor
The national Money show had many highlights from the exciting interaction of new collectors interested in CONECA and the interaction with the many who already are members. It was and is an honor to represent!
Can Intent Define an Error Coin
by Al Raddi
Figure 1. Obverse of the Portugal 1999 100-escudo coin with the name of the issuing country spelled incorrectly in the legend PORTUGUSA
A simple definition of an error coin is: a coin that was manufactured incorrectly. However, what if a coin was manufactured correctly but designed incorrectly – is it an error coin?
CONECA Elections 2020
By Ken Potter
Are you interested in serving on CONECA’s Board? If so, submit your Election platform by July 15, 2020 to email@example.com. All platforms will be published in the September/October 2020 issue of Errorscope Election Ballots will be printed and inserted into the September/October 2020 issue of Errorscope.
Cuve’s Error-Variety-Clash Round Up 9
By Jason Cuvelier
Never assume, my mentor in graduate school would tell me. I try not to. On my scope appeared to be a die clash we had listed with a counter clash listed as CCL(T1)-50c-1983P-01. It was matching the photos, but there seemed to be additional clashing.
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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
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
Dr. Ron Brown
Hayden T. Howard
John H. Miller Jr.
Benjamin C. Simpson