Upcoming meetings and/or Club Tables
- Baltimore, MD – Whitman Baltimore Expo, July 17. Meeting Friday 3:00 p.m., Room 301. No Club Table at Summer Baltimore. Note that the City of Baltimore and the
Convention Center are providing enhanced security for this event, and the Convention Center/Inner Harbor area has not been the scene of the recent unrest in the city.
- Rosemont (Chicago), IL – ANA World's Fair of Money, Donald Stephens Convention Center, August 10-15. Club table, Educational programs.
BCCS Annual Meeting: Wednesday August 12, 9:00 a.m. in Room 22.
Journal Debuts with New Format
Annual Meeting Summary from the 2014 ANA
2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of the BCCS. ANA President Walter Ostromecki presented the club with a certificate marking the occasion.
We reviewed some highlights from the past 25 years, and also noted the Gene Gardner sale, which includes some of the finest and most eye-appealing Barbers
BCCS 25th Anniversary Certificate from the ANA
We announced the upcoming retirement of Secretary-Treasurer and Journal Editor Eileen Ribar. We formed a Transition Committee to put a more formal description of
officer responsibilities, creating a slate of recommendations for moving forward and potential officer candidates. Eileen will stay in her roles until
replacements are found. An fund-raising auction was held, including a 1914-S Barber Half that was counterstamped "BCCS 2014" and the color hardcover book on
the Gene Gardner Collection of Barber Quarters.
The presentation materials from the 2014 Annual BCCS meeting are available here:
BCCS Annual Meeting 2014 (963 KB, PDF File).
BCCS President Phil Carrigan honored by ANA
At the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL, ANA President Walter Ostromecki presented the ANA President’s Award to BCCS President Phil Carrigan, for his long-term leadership in
both the coin hobby, and the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society specifically. The plaque honors Phil, who has been President for most of the history of
the BCCS. Congratulations Phil – well deserved, as it represents a commitment and contribution over many years!
Annual Meeting Summary from the ANA 2013
This year was the first year when we changed our meeting day from the traditional Saturday morning.
It would seem our selection
of Wednesday at 9:00 was an exceptional choice, as we had 23 attendees, which is the largest meeting in recent memory at the ANA.
Many attendees had to leave before the group photo was taken (or declined to be in the photo), but it was a great gathering!
About half of the BCCS Annual Meeting attendees
Topics included the nearly 30% growth in membership over the last two years, thanks largely to the volunteers of the BCCS Regional
Program. Other key topics were the upcoming 2014 Barber Halves Varieties Survey, the presentation of The Coins of Charles
Barber at the ANA Summer Seminar Series by two of our members, Glenn Holsonbake and Mike Hayes. We wrapped up the meeting discussing ways to mark the BCCS
25th Anniversary next year, including the possible issuance of a commemorative medal.
The presentation materials from the 2013 Annual BCCS meeting are available here:
BCCS Annual Meeting 2013 (1.8 MB, PDF File).
Barber Quarters Varieties Survey results
Thank you to all who participated in the Barber Quarters Varieties Survey. The results were announced at our BCCS Meeting
at the FUN show in Orlando. The results were also published in the BCCS Journal, and are now presented here for your reference.
The survey results may be found at this link: 2013 Barber Quarters Varieties Survey
Contemporary Counterfeits of Barber Coinage page debuts
We have just added a page to the website for contemporary, circulating, counterfeits of Barber coinage. These interesting
items were not meant for fooling coin collectors, but rather deceiving merchants, by passing them off as spending money. Lead or similar other
cast counterfeits are plentiful, but occasionally seen are some die-struck counterfeits in base metal rather than silver.
Click here to view the Contemporary Counterfeits page
If you have some
interesting counterfeits, you can send digital photos, and if possible, describe the counterfeit: composition (if known), weight, and estimated
grade. You can send to the website at BCCS@barbercoins.org.
"How much is my coin worth?"
Tips on how to grade the various Barber Coins, along with approximate pricing guides are available.
See the grading pages under each series.