The 2015 banquet was held at Golden Corral and attended by 53 members who enjoyed a free meal, 5 door prizes,
and great company in the banquet room. The club went without a speaker this year, speeding things up.
The 2014 banquet was held at MCL and attended by 33 members who received a silver half dollar. Neil
Harris gave a nice presentation about his time at the ANA publishing the monthly magazine, the medals he designed, and the
start of the ANACS grading service, and his trips to many mints around the US and the world. He gave a riveting
first hand story about the rare 1804 DuPont silver dollar that was stolen and recovered years later. He also
talked about a biography he is writing about the famous sculptor, John Sinnock, who was commissioned by Congress
to redesign the purple heart medal in 1931 that is still used today.
The 2013 banquet was held at the Teppanyaki Grill and was attended by about 30 members who enjoyed a fine dinner
provided by the club.
The 2012 Banquet was held at MCL. Andi Hines gave a talk and slideshow presentation on hyperinflation and how it
affects the currency with many historical examples. The 29 attendees each received a silver state quarter.
The 2011 Banquet at MCL included a presentation by Dennis Haskett on Civil War Tokens. He talked about Patriotic
tokens, Store Card tokens issued by 1450 merchants in 400 towns across 27 states, and the 25M government issued settler tokens
that could make up to 1/3 of a soldiers pay to be used in a settler shop. There are about 2M tokens left for about 4000 collectors.
Most tokens are metallic with an Indian on the reverse . The concept likely came from state fairs, who gave out
medals to winners. Tokens cost $7-9 per 1000 and were often given as 1 cent change in stores because pennies were being hoarded
around 1859. It all started in Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. Merchants like drug stores, harness shops, lawyers,
and undertakers would give them out for advertising in cities, mainly along the railroad and stage coach routes.
Their use as money stopped in 1864 when Congress passed a law restricting their use to "in store only" .
There are 195 Indiana tokens, mostly in cities north of Indy, including Mishawaka's Indiana Primitive
Tokens for 12 merchants, which are the only tokens MANUFACTURED in Indiana by Henry Higgins.
The closest city to Lafayette with tokens is Logansport, including tokens issued by a Gridley. He
was the son of US Navy Captain Charles Gridley who is named in the famous military quote - "You may fire when
you are ready Gridley"; which turned the US into a naval superpower in the Battle of Manila Bay when the US defeated the
Spanish in 1898.
Each of the 32 club attendees received a Silver State Proof Quarter for attending the banquet & excellent