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29 Mar 2021

CONECA's Big and Bold Idea

National Coin Week | Al Raddi

In 1983, the Collectors of Numismatic Errors (CONE) club and the Numismatic Error Collectors of America (NECA) clubs merged. Unable to easily agree on a name for the combined error coin club, the merged Board of Directors designated it simply the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA).

In 2013, CONECA celebrated its 30th anniversary by issuing a medal. The medal had the club's circular logo - an outstretched eagle with a ribbon in its beak that boasted the club's motto "Knowledge Through Education" overstruck off-center on the obverse of a 2013 Silver Eagle American dollar coin and a globular stylized 30th Anniversary motif conveying the fact that CONECA was formed in 1983 and is still going strong in 2013 overstruck off-center on the reverse. Each Silver Eagle was hand fed into a press so that a full date and portions of the lower design could be seen on the obverse of the Silver Eagle, and portions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA could be seen on the reverse.

These big and bold medals were offered for $65 each and the release of 130 sold out quickly. The 30th anniversary medal sale and subsequent similar sales have enabled CONECA - now with an international membership of nearly 900 members - to avoid raising its annual dues since 2003.

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Photo: Due to the sharp contrast between the satiny finish of the Silver Eagles and the proof finish from the CONECA dies, a special photographic technique had to be used to light up both the Silver Eagle and the CONECA overstrike.

Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

Maybe as I put some years of collecting and learning behind me I will pursue some error coins.

Al Raddi

Level 4

Picking up a few inexpensive error coins, e.g. off-center struck cents and cents struck on incomplete planchets (clips) would be a good way to learn about the modern minting process.

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Wow, I would love to own this piece. thats CERTAINLY big and bold! Thanks!

Mokie

Level 6

Great organization, they really encourage the YNs to get involved with error coins.

Long Beard

Level 5

Although I have not become a member, I do browse the site on that rare occasion there's a coin I need info on. Generally, I don't seek out errors so perhaps that's the reason why. What I did see, by shear coincidence, was a copper planchet sheet you once owned posted on the CCF web-site. Very interesting.

Al Raddi

Level 4

ANA member Ken Potter did a very nice detailed write-up on that partially punched piece of strip that I still own.

Mike

Level 7

Good blog. We need someone to tell us were these things are.!!

Al Raddi

Level 4

Thanks, Mike. You can find the latest medal offerings on the CONECA web site https://conecaonline.org/

Golfer

Level 5

Great club. Wish I had joined and collected errors.

"SUN"

Level 5

Very interesting

Mr. B Coins

Level 4

Interesting issue and blog. I'm not a member, but I'm jealous now. All the best, Mr. B

Al Raddi

Level 4

No need to be jealous. It's easy to join CONECA (an ANA member club) by going to he club web site. And, you can use my name in the "Referred by" section.

Kepi

Level 6

Thanks for a great blog! I am also a member of CONECA ; ) I think anyone who collects error coins, membership is a must. ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog. I am a member. All the YN's are offered a free membership. I am honored that they published a few of my articles on, you guessed it, Peace Dollar VAMs. I need to find that medal. Thanks Well done.

Al Raddi

Level 4

The 30th anniversary medal has been sold out for a long time, but you sometimes see one offered on eBay. And, keep writing those fine articles for Errorscope.

CoinHunter

Level 5

Awesome and interesting blog! I am a member of CONECA, defiantly worth it! Thanks.

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