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Organizations offer error, variety education

Readers of my articles may notice that at the end of each article I recommend memberships in the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America and the National Collectors Association of Die Doubling.

CONECA (pronounced: CO´NECA) is a national numismatic organization devoted to the education of error and variety coin collectors. Its focus is 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.

CONECA publishes an educational journal, Errorscope, that is printed and mailed to members bi-monthly, and it offers a very dynamic Web site. In recent years the site has offered news stories on member finds, auction results, educational stories, original research, etc., some of which is found nowhere else. The same is true of the Errorscope.

In the last year, CONECA has expanded its Web site to include an area dedicated to 20th and 21st century die varieties (administered by Dr. James Wiles) and an Error-Variety Coin Forum where folks can ask questions, give answers, share opinions or theories and upload images. CONECA is now creating a members only area for the Web site that should be functional soon and will not detract from existing features that are now offered to members and non-members alike.

CONECA offers a lending library, examination, listing and attribution services. It holds annual meetings (referred to as Errorama) at major conventions around the country.

Annual dues to CONECA are $25 a year for adults and $7.50 a year for young numismatists under the age of 18. Add an additional $12.50 for first-class mailing if preferred. Dues for membership outside of the U.S. are $37.50. Dues may be mailed in to the Membership Chairperson, B.J. Neff at 321 Kingslake Dr., Debary, FL 32713.

Dues can also be paid using a credit card through PayPal by going to the club’s “Join or Renew” page, accessible from www.conecaonline.org. A printable membership application, while not necessary, may also be accessed from the site. Membership question may be directed to Neff by e-mail at CONECAmembers@aol.com. All checks or money orders should be made payable to CONECA.

The National Collectors Association of Die Doubling’s focus is primarily restricted to doubled dies, repunching and overdates. It also publishes a journal, The Hub, six times a year. The club also offers coin attribution services.

Annual membership is $30 a year for adults and $12 a year for YNs under 18. Add $15 if first-class mailing is desired. Canadian residents add $20 per year for mailing; other countries, contact John Bordner for the exact rate.

Send all membership applications with a check or money order made out to John Bordner-NECAD to him at P.O. Box 15, Lykens, PA 17048-0015.

A printable membership application can be found on the NECAD Web site at www.geocities.com/NCADD. Bornder may be contacted by e-mail at jwb209@epix.net.

Hint: if not using an official membership application for either club, please provide as much information about yourself as possible, such as e-mail address (if e-mailed club notices are desired), your age (if a YN), areas of interest and whether or not you’d be interested in volunteering for any club functions.

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