Central States Numismatic Society

Serving the Numismatic Community since 1939


Karen Jach
President's Message
Fall - 2016

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Is it really fall? The fall CSNS Board meeting will be held Oct. 1 in Milwaukee. On Oct. 2, the Milwaukee Numismatic Society will hold its 80th Annual Coin Show at Serb Hall. Several CSNS Board members who are certified ANA judges will be judging exhibits at this show.

The fall CSNS educational seminar will be held Oct. 7 in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Sioux City Convention Center. Education Director Ray Lockwood will give a report in the next issue of this publication.

On a somber note, we are all saddened by the passing of Chet Krause on June 25 at the age of 92. It's hard to overestimate the contributions he made to numismatics.

Chet was drafted into the Army in 1943. He served with the 565th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, part of Patton's 3rd Army, in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany through the end of World War II. After the war, Chet returned home to his farm, became a building contractor and soon dove into the numismatic publishing business.

In 1952 Chet published the first issue of Numismatic News. The paper was meant to serve the needs of coin collectors nationwide. His once part-time publishing career blossomed into a full-time endeavor, eventually becoming a giant player in the numismatic publication field along with serving other specialized hobby publications and interests.

Chet Krause, founder of Numismatic News and Krause Publications, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Central States Numismatic Society. He received a handmade, hardwood box crafted by CSNS Gov. Dave Heinrich from four hardwoods native to Wisconsin. The inscription on the lid was "Presented to Chet Krause in recognition of your contributions to numismatics and many years of dedication to CSNS - April 2013."

Chet will be missed and the impact of his achievements will be felt for a long time.

Karen Jach

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