The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America (CONECA) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918/7-D Buffalo nickel “overdate” on a one-ounce silver bar offered in three versions.
In deciding which one of two coins – the 1918/7-D Buffalo nickel or the 1918/7-S “Standing Liberty” quarter – to honour last year, CONECA members ultimately decided to have both minted.
“However, we felt that offering two bars at one time could break the bank for some potential buyers,” reads a recent statement issued by the U.S.-based error-collecting group.
“So we have been sitting here with the 1918/7-D Buffalos for about a year and decided to offer them for sale now so that those who want them in time for holiday gift-giving have plenty of time to order.”
The bars feature the obverse of the 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel to the left and a view of the Buffalo motif found on the reverse of the coin to the right. This bar also marks CONECA’s 35th anniversary, which is noted on the lower-right side of the bar. All bars are serial numbered – with lowest numbers distributed first – and marked “One Ounce .999 Fine Silver” on the reverse.
The bars are available in three options, including:
- a regular one-ounce silver bar with a mintage of 125 pieces;
- an enamelled one-ounce silver bar with a black background enhanced with 24-karat gold on the coin designs and a mintage of 35 pieces; and
- a “cancelled die” one-ounce silver bar with a mintage of 35 pieces.
The enamelled option was struck with a different reverse die “to make it even more special,” according to the CONECA statement.
Those who bought the 1955/55 “doubled die” silver bars or the 1918/7-S “Standing Liberty” quarter bar in 2015 or 2018 may be able to obtain the same serial numbers for this offer.
CONECA MEDALS PROGRAM
The CONECA “Medals Program,” which now includes bars, was the brainchild of its 2003 board of directors not only to celebrate its anniversaries and other events but as a way of raising funds for the club with the specific purpose of preventing a rise in membership dues.
In 2003, CONECA’s annual dues were $20; however, officials demonstrated dues needed to be raised to $30 if the club was going to continue to exist. A compromise was hammered out with annual dues raised to only $25 with several board members committing themselves to projects to help defer the necessary funds to keep the club running without raising dues again the next year.
To date, CONECA has yet to raise dues again in large part due to the profits made from medals and bars sold in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015.
They will be available to members and non-members alike, but members will get first grabs at the enamelled and cancelled die bars, which sold out in 11 days for the 1955/55 silver bar program three years ago (and after only weeks for the Standing Liberty last year).
The silver bars are $65 to members or non-members; the silver black-enamelled bars are $75 for members and $100 for non-members; and the “cancelled die” bar is $75 for members and $100 for non-members). Prices are in U.S. dollars.
Foreign buyers should check Program Co-ordinator James Motley at jmotley@alpinecomputers for postage costs.
Non-members may join CONECA for $25 a year and buy bars at member prices.
There will be a limit of one bar a person on the enamelled and “cancelled die” bars until after Dec. 1 in order to give all members a chance to acquire one.
Advise Motley if you want more than bar one and he will contact you after Dec. 1 if any remain.
There are no quantity restrictions on the purchase of regular silver bars, although all 125 of the 1955/55 “doubled die” cent bars minted in 2015 sold out within 31 days of the offering.
Cheques for the bars or membership dues should be made out to “CONECA” and sent to:
CONECA Medals Offer
c/o James Motley
P.O. Box 1471
Highland, MI. 38357-1471
For more information, visit conecaonline.org.