Meetings and Conventions
(December 28, 1967) EAC held a dinner at the New York Hilton at Sixth Avenue and 53rd Street in New York City. Dr. Sheldon spoke to 18 members attending; wives were not invited. The meeting convened at 8:00 pm and adjourned at 11:00.
(November 30, 1968, Saturday) The meeting was at the Hotel Americana on Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street in New York City. President Silberman made the arrangements. About 45 people attended. They received a large cent counterstamped "EAC 69." Willard Blaisdell, Walter Breen, Jules Reiver and Dr. William Sheldon spoke briefly.
(August 15, 1969, Friday) Herb Silberman hosted a meeting in his room during the ANA convention in Philadelphia. At least 26 members and visitors representing 13 states attended. Silberman described it as, "the most exciting, mind-blowing happening that the large cent world has ever seen."
(December 7, 1969) An all-day bourse and regional meeting occurred at the New York Hotel at Eighth Avenue and 34th Street. At 7:00 pm a business meeting was called with 17 in attendance.
(January 9, 1971, Saturday) The annual meeting was held in the Loire Suite of the Americana Hotel in New York City. It was attended by 31 members and 7 guests from 11 states.
(August 13, 1971, Friday) The ANA convention was in Washington, D.C. EAC met in Herb Silberman's room with about 23 in attendance. Lillian Willins sold her 1801 VF25 S-217 cent to a buyer selected by lottery.
(December 30, 1971, Thursday) The meeting was held at the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge near JFK in NYC. There were 34 members and guests from 7 states attending. President Herb Silberman reported on the recent incorporation of EAC and the official name change to Early American Coppers, Inc. Silberman announced the first EAC "Man of the Year" award to Warren A. Lapp.
(August 15, 1972, Tuesday) About 50 attended an EAC meeting held during the ANA convention in New Orleans. Jules Reiver showed slides of 1794 cents and Jackson Storm exhibited cents of 1796.
(December 29, 1972, Friday) EAC met again at the Loire Suite of the Americana Hotel in New York City. President Silberman presented the 1972 "Man of the Year" award to John D. Wright. Silberman lamented that the meeting disintegrated into a selling brawl and promised that would never happen again.
(August 24, 1973, Friday) EAC met at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in conjunction with the ANA convention. There were 56 members and guests registered.
(March 2-3, 1974) EAC returned to the Americana Hotel in NYC for the first two-day meeting. Over 77 attended with 6 bourse dealers. Jackson Storm was general chairman.
(August 24, 1974, Wednesday) EAC met during the ANA convention in Miami with more than 40 present.
(February 15-16, 1975) The EAC convention was held again in NYC at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel. Jackson Storm returned as convention chairman. The registration fee of $13 included the price of a luncheon. Attendance was about 200 from 17 states. There were 14 bourse dealers. On February 15, 1975, Pine Tree Auction Company, Inc. conducted an auction in association with the convention. Primary cataloger was Walter Breen. The sale included 320 of the 340 known varieties of Connecticut coppers. Most were plated. The catalog has become one of the standard references for collectors of the Connecticut series.
(August 20, 1975, Wednesday) EAC met in the Dallas room of the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel during the week of the ANA convention. About 100 attended.
(November 28, 1975, Friday) The first Half Cent Happening was hosted by Jon Lusk and Jim McGuigan. It was held in conjunction with the Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) show and was not announced and promoted nationally. About seven enthusiasts attended.
(March 5-6, 1976) The annual EAC convention was at the New York Sheraton Hotel at Seventh Avenue and 56th Street. There was no admission charge and no luncheon. Registration showed 207 members and guests attending from 15 states. Again in 1976, Pine Tree conducted an auction in association with the EAC convention.
(August 25, 1976, Wednesday) EAC met during ANA in the Hotel Americana in NYC. About 65 members attended from 21 states.
(November 26, 1976, Friday) The second annual Half Cent Happening occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the home of Jon and Sally Lusk. The primary activity was a half cent whist match among seven competitors.
(March 4-6, 1977) The annual convention was at the Sheraton-Chicago Hotel. William R. T. Smith was chairman. About 51 members and guests attended from 19 states. There were 12 bourse tables. EAC conducted an independent sale for the first time. It realized $15, 969 for 395 lots.
(August 24, 1977, Wednesday) EAC met at the Atlanta Marriott Hotel in conjunction with the ANA convention. Around 65 members and guests from 22 states attended. The ANA auction conducted by Kagin's included a large selection of Large Cents. Cataloging of the cents was done by Denis Loring.
(November 25, 1977) The third annual Half Cent Happening was held during the MSNA convention at the home of Jon Lusk. The event attracted 13 members and guests. By 4:00 am, participants were ready for a break. They were treated to a chocolate cake decorated to look like a 1796 no pole half cent.
(February 10-11, 1978) EAC had its annual meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Del Bland, Dane Nielsen and Jeff Oliphant were convention chairmen. The EAC Sale with 198 lots realized $7,269.
(August 25, 1978, Friday) EAC met at ANA in Houston. There were 41 members and guests registered from 15 states.
(November 24-25, 1978) The fourth annual Half Cent Happening was hosted by Jon Lusk and Jim McGuigan.
(January 12-13, 1979) The convention was at Frank Wolfe's Beachside Motel in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Tom Morley was convention chairman. The EAC Sale realized $33,400. About a year after the convention, a tornado heavily damaged the motel and it was torn down.
(July 29, 1979, Saturday) EAC met during the ANA convention in St. Louis with 62 attending.
(November 23, 1979, Friday) The fifth annual Half Cent Happening was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
(March 28-30, 1980) The convention was at the Ramada Inn in Rosslyn, VA, in the Washington, D.C. area. Joseph Kane was convention chairman. The bourse featured 12 dealers. About 70 members and 130 non-members registered. The EAC Sale had 318 lots with a gross of $31,765. Steve Levy led interested members via subway to the Smithsonian for a tour of the numismatic exhibits. These included two examples of the Jefferson Head cent of 1795.
(August 19, 1980) EAC met during ANA at the convention center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rod Burress hosted the EAC meeting. The meeting was delayed until after the copper section of the ANA auction. About 90 members and non-members attended. Jack Beymer displayed a new variety of 1795 cent he discovered. It shows the obverse of S-76 and S-77 with a new reverse. He asked the members to be careful handling it. As he said, "It's the only one I have."
(November 28, 1980, Friday) The sixth annual Half Cent Happening was held in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the home of Jon Lusk. Those attending included a dozen half cent collectors plus one well-known large cent collector and the EAC librarian.
(May 1-3, 1981) The convention was at the Northpark Inn, Dallas, Texas, at the same time as the Texas Numismatic Association convention. Stu Hodge and Ed Jasper were convention chairmen. About 80 members from 24 states attended. There were 143 registered guests for a total of 223 in attendance. The 417 lots in the EAC Sale realized more than $36,000.
(July 3, 1981) An EAC meeting was held in conjunction with the ANA convention in New Orleans. ANA rescheduled the meeting for 8:00 am. In spite of the early hour, 35 members and guests attended.
(March 12-14, 1982) The convention was at the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area. Rod Burress and Phil Horner were convention chairmen. A sign outside the bourse directed people to the meeting of the Early American Coopers Club. There were 136 members from 28 states registered as well as 167 guests for a total of 303. The bourse featured 29 bourse dealers. The EAC Sale included 451 lots that grossed $49, 434. At the educational forum, John Wright described a new variety of 1835 cent having the obverse of N-7/17 and reverse of N-14.
(June 26, 1982, Saturday) A Half Cent Happening occurred in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in association with the Garden State Numismatic Association show. Roger Cohen was principal speaker.
(August 18, 1982) EAC met during the ANA convention at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. At the EAC meeting, Col. Bill Murray introduced himself as one who "Collects large cents by price." George Frederick Kolbe quipped that he "sells drugs to book addicts." John Adams spoke to the Numismatic Bibliomania Society on his recent book about early auction sales. He also spoke at the EAC meeting about the sale of his collection of cents of 1794. About 100 EAC members and guests attended. Denis Loring won the ANA Howland Wood "Best of Show" award for his exhibit of large cents of 1794.
(September 25, 1982) A Half Cent Happening took place at Jim McGuigan's home in Pittsburgh. Jim and Roger Cohen faced off in a whist match observed by ten judges.
(May 6-8, 1983) The convention was at the La Guardia Sheraton Inn in East Elmhurst, Queens, N.Y. Frank Stillinger and Chuck Heck were convention chairmen. About 32 dealers offered coins at the bourse. There were 144 members and 57 guests from 25 states registered. The hotel rescheduled the convention for one week later than originally announced and had a severe shortage of food service personnel. Jules Reiver videotaped members arriving for the educational forum. Dr. Lapp and Bill Parks were honored for their work with P-W. The EAC Sale had 536 lots and realized $76,237.
(August 17, 1983, Wednesday) About 80 attended the EAC meeting at ANA in San Diego.
(March 30-April 1, 1984) The convention was at the Dunfey Hotel in San Meteo in the San Francisco, California, area. Bill Weber was convention chairman. This was the first convention to include an official reception on Thursday evening. There were planned tours and activities away from the convention for spouses. The EAC Sale grossed $54,226 for 511 lots.
(July 29, 1984) EAC met at ANA at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. It was announced that a new team of Breen, Bland, and Loring would collaborate on the early cent book revision.
(April 11-14, 1985) The convention was at the Ramada Inn O'Hare in Rosemont near Chicago, Illinois. The convention facility was being remodeled as we met. Don Valenziano was convention chairman. There were 259 members and guests registered. The EAC Sale set a record with total sales of $105,856 for 703 lots.
(August 20, 1985, Tuesday) EAC met during the ANA convention in Baltimore. Reuben Harmon, coiner of Vermont coppers, was the featured speaker. His resurrection was arranged by Roy Bonjour. A total of 82 visitors from 25 states registered for the meeting.
(May 8-11, 1986) The EAC Convention returned to Washington, D.C. and the same hotel used for the 1980 convention. Now the building was called the West Park Inn. Joe Kane and Mike Packard were convention chairmen. This was the inaugural year for the "Half Cent Happening" to be held with the national meeting. Attendance was 220 registered members and guests. The EAC Sale realized more than $54,000.
(August 8, 1986, Friday) EAC met during the ANA convention in Milwaukee. There were 63 people registered. The Grellman-Reiver book won the NLG Award as best book on U.S. coins. The "worst rain in Milwaukee's history" struck and the hotel couldn't provide hot water.
(March 19-22, 1987) The convention was at the Dallas Marriott Park Central Hotel. Ed Jasper and Stu Hodge were convention chairman. The EAC Award was presented to Bob Grellman and Jules Reiver for their Attribution Guide for United States Large Cents 1840-1857. The EAC Sale realized $103,133. Registration showed attendance was 233.
(August 28, 1987) EAC met during the ANA Convention in Atlanta. Attendance was 79. Eric Newman spoke on the 1785 counterfeit British halfpence.
(April 14-17, 1988) The annual convention was at the Stouffers Concourse Hotel at the Los Angeles International Airport. Convention chairmen were Phil Ralls, Jeff Oliphant and Dan Demeo. A fire alarm Saturday afternoon caused brief panic. Del Bland received the EAC Award. The EAC Sale realized $65,337. Registration indicated attendance at 149.
(July 22, 1988) EAC met during the ANA Convention in Cincinnati. Attendance was estimated at 100. Jack Robinson spoke about his collection and its upcoming sale.
(April 13-16, 1989) EAC returned to the Drawbridge Inn in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Rod Burress and Paul Padget were convention chairman. Registration showed 377 in attendance. The EAC Award went to Jack H. Robinson for CQR. Dan Holmes exhibited a complete set of varieties of middle date cents 1816-1839. The EAC Sale realized a record $764,710, supported by a consignment of choice cents from Ted Naftzger.
(August 11, 1989, Friday) The EAC met at the ANA convention in Pittsburgh. Attendance was 71. An exhibit of large cents from the Clapp collection was presented at The Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
(May 10-13, 1990) The convention was at the Orlando Twin Towers Hotel and Convention Center in Florida. Bob and Cindy Grellman chaired the convention. The EAC Award was given to Roger S. Cohen who was unable to attend because of illness. He died about two weeks after the convention. The EAC Sale realized $579,374 for 465 lots.
(August 24, 1990) EAC met at the ANA convention is Seattle, Washington. Attendance was 61.
(April 25-28, 1991) The annual convention was at the 57 Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. Peter Boisvert and Ronnie Adam were convention chairmen. No EAC Award or Editor's Award were given that year. For the first time, an audiotape was made of the Educational Forum. The EAC Sale realized $148,410 but received criticism for lack of balance, no call for consignments and inadequate lot viewing.
Pete Boisvert read this account of the 1991 convention in 2009 and offers the following version:
(April 25-28, 1991) The annual convention was at the 57 Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. Peter Boisvert and Ronnie Adam were convention chairmen. No EAC Award or Editor's Award were given that year. For the first time, an audiotape was made of the Educational Forum.
The Convention was beset with unforeseen problems, such as a huge consignment of coins recalled at the last minute-which jeopardized the annual sale and left it in limbo. By immediately procuring consignments from other sources, the efforts of the convention staff and advisors averted what would have been a monumental disaster.
Volunteers were scarce for convention duties due beautiful Spring weather. Also: Worthy Coin Shop, located a few blocks from the convention hotel, honored EAC by offering several Bid Boards of fresh early American coin material. These boards captured the imagination-and presence-of many EACers. Worthy Coin, for those who don't know, was the source of many great Copper rarities: 1795 C-6b and 1797 C-3c Half Cents, 1795 NC-3 and 1798 NC-2 Large Cents, a Silver-Centered Cent, and way too many Colonials to list (OK here's one: CT 1787 M33.10-W.6)
However-the Pizzas were really good when served during the Sale break!
(August 16, 1991) EAC met at the 100th anniversary ANA convention in Rosemont, Illinois. Attendance was 111. Eric Newman spoke to the group and requested return of 129 large cents substituted at the American Numismatic Society in New York. Donn Pearlman showed a sign marked PCGS and said it stood for "People Collecting Good Stuff." According to Loring, "This was the best ANA of them all."
(April 2-5, 1992) The EAC Convention was at the Clarion Hotel in St. Louis. Convention chairman was R. Tettenhorst. Observers called it the best EAC convention ever. On Friday, April 3, a reception was held at Eric Newman's Money Museum. Bill Noyes received the EAC Award for his book on early cents. Fewer that 150 lots were consigned to the EAC Sale. The cataloguer consigned the remaining 308 sale lots. The sale realized $90,577 for 283 lots actually sold.
(August 14, 1992, Friday) EAC met at the ANA convention in Orlando, Florida. Attendance was 79. The Numismatic Literary Guild honored John Wright for The CENT Book as the best U.S. coin book of 1992. Loring reported the "informal survey of half a dozen major dealers reports that this is the worst ANA in at least twenty years."
(April 22-25, 1993) The 1993 convention had been planned for Philadelphia to coincide with the 200th Anniversary of the striking of the first coins. Suitable arrangements could not be made and the convention was rescheduled for the DFW Hilton Executive Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas. Stu Hodge put together the convention on short notice. The EAC Award went to Bill Noyes for his book on large cents 1816-1839. The EAC Sale realized $31,177 for 157 lots.
(July 30, 1993) EAC met at ANA in Baltimore, Maryland. Attendance was 113. Eric Newman and an attorney for Ted Naftzger stated their positions on the 129 cents substituted at the ANS. In exhibit competition in the class of U.S. Coins, all three places went to exhibits of copper coins.
(April 21-24, 1994) The annual convention was at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Al Boka and Jeff Gresser were convention chairmen. The EAC Sale, under new management, had 598 lots from 71 consignors and realized $392,886. The 1994 EAC Literary Award went to Dr. Phillip Mossman for Money of the American Colonies. An Award of Significant Merit was given to John Adams. A Large Cent Happening, patterned after the Half Cent Happening, was organized for the first time.
(July 30, 1994) EAC met at the ANA convention in Detroit with 69 in attendance.
(April 20-23, 1995) The EAC convention was at the Drawbridge Convention Center in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Rod Burress was the convention chairman. A new feature was the Colonial Happening patterned after Half Cent Happenings and Large Cent Happenings at previous conventions. A series of educational seminars was presented on Saturday. The EAC Sale had 62 consignors and realized $207,896. The Literary Award Committee presented its Award of Significant Merit to John Wright for his accumulated body of work. The Editor's Award was presented to John Griffee.
(August 8, 1995, Friday) EAC met at the ANA convention in Anaheim, California. Attendance was 68.
(May 2-5, 1996) The convention was at the Doubletree Inn in Philadelphia. Convention chairman were Don Valenziano and Ed Masuoka.. The EAC Literary Award went to Superior Stamp and Coin for the RSB2 catalog. There was no 1996 Editor's Award. The EAC Sale realized $182,638 for 385 lots.
(August 16, 1996, Friday) EAC met during the ANA convention in Denver. Bill Weber showed slides of choice half cents photographed by Jack Collins who was in failing health.
(April 17-20, 1997) The convention was at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Boka, Jeff Gresser were and Wes Rasmussen were convention chairmen. There was no EAC Literary Award. The Editor's Award was presented to Ron Manley. The EAC Sale realized $232,861 for 444 lots.
(August 1, 1997, Friday) EAC met at the ANA convention in New York City. About 50 people attended. Dr. Ernest Montgomery spoke about his collection and its sale by Heritage.
(February 21, 1997) Western Region EAC Meeting held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin Expo. Discussing of up-coming EAC Convention in Las Vegas was brought to the floor. Leonard Wingo gave a presentation regarding spiked chin half cents. 19 members and guest were in attendance.
(April 18-20, 1997) EAC Convention was held in Las Vegas. A total of 59 consignors provided 444 lots for sale with the final hammer price of $231.721. Approximately 104 members and guest attended the conference, which was a great success. There was no EAC Literary Award. Ron Manley received the EAC Editor's Award. The board of Governors officially recognized the EAC Internet site known as Region 8 that currently has 89 members. Two very impressive displays were on hand for viewing. James Goudge displayed his collection of Connecticut copper errors and a grouping of fifteen 1793 Chain Cents the worst grading VF30 were a sight to behold. DL, WH, AW & JM also exhibited their collections of 1793 Chain Cent die varieties.
(April 2-5, 1998) EAC Convention was held in Boston, Ma. There were 43 dealer tables, with about 70 different dealers attending. Nearly 200 people enjoyed the Hospitality Get-Together on Thursday night. The convention boasted about 400 walk-ins even though there was some local confusion over an entrance fee. The EAC auction realized $121,972.00 for the 485 lots offered. Several displays were on hand ranging from Mass. Silver Type and Variety coinage to large cents. The EAC Editor's Award was presented to Bryan Red Henry for his contributions to Penny-Wise. The EAC Literary Award was presented to Tony Carotto for his new book on copper coins of Vermont.
(April 15 18, 1999) EAC Convention was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The programs were well attended, bourse activity was brisk, and the sale of 720 lots realized $316,091.00. Club membership stands at about 1450. The 1999 EAC Editor's Award was presented to Graig Sholley for his outstanding original research contributions to P-W. A plaque was presented to Wes Rasmussen, in recognition for his distinguished service as EAC President, 1996-1999. The EAC Literary Award was presented to Ron Manely for his half cent die book. Mark Switzer was appointed Chairman of Region 8.
(April 6 9, 2000) EAC Convention was held in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The annual sale of 774 lots captured a total of $191953.00. A special EAC medallion was struck to commemorate the EAC convention in Cape Canaveral and the calendar change to the year 2000. Jon Warshawsky, Craig Sholley, and Bill Noyes gave educational forums. Tom Reynolds received the EAC President's Award for Distinguished Service for his tremendous efforts over the past few years in cataloging the EAC Sale, and for his exemplary support of EAC and its members.
(March 30- April 1, 2001) EAC Convention was held in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The annual sale was an un-qualified success. When the final hammer fell on the last lot, #538 the auction realized $383,000.000. The EAC Editor's Award was presented to Bill Eckberg for his significant contributions to P-W. Mark Borckardt received the EAC Literary Award for the Breen Large Cent Encyclopedia. The Board renamed the EAC President's Award as the Herb Silberman Award, in honor of the EAC's late founder. EAC membership now stands at 1,290. A special thanks went out to Steve Ellsworth for the site selection of the convention, the Wednesday battlefield tour, and for arranging the Special Lecture by Bob Campbell, President of A. N. A.
Boston, Ma April 2-5, 1998
Drawbridge Inn, suburban Cincinnati, OH April 15-18, 1999
Cape Canaveral, FL April 6-9, 2000
Nothern Virginia March 28-April 1, 2001
Las Vegas April 17-21, 2002
Drawbridge Inn, suburban Cincinnati, OH April 23-27, 2003