April2011-1st Spouses in
BronzeAncient Coins in US
History,In God We Trust
March2011-RCC Goes Digital
Feb2011- Cupid & Psyche
Jan2011-2 Roman Quinarii
Back Issues
May 2011: Copper Bullion?
June2011-Notgeld
July2011-Coins of Cyprus
August 2011-Coins of
Alexander the Great
Sept2011-Late Roman Bronzes
Oct2011-US Park Quarters
Nov2011-Arabic,Ottoman Coins
Dec2011:Snakes & Ancient Coins
Jan2012-Al Shay In memoriam
Feb2012-Republican Coins
March2012-Olympic coins
April2012-Tour of Medallic Arts
May 2012 ANA 2012:
Cowries to
Credit Card,
from Bullion to Fiat Money
June2012-WWII coins
July2012-CarsonCoinPress
Aug2012-CanadianCoins
Sept2012-California Gold
Oct2012-US Mint medals
Nov2012-US Inaugural Medals
Dec2012-Electrum Coins
Jan2013-Counterfeit Gold
Feb2013-Silk Road Coins
March2013-Great Patriotic
of Wars Russia in Coins
April2013-NCW2013buffalos
May2013-Elymais Coins
June2013-Philoktetes
July2013-Origin of Dollar
Aug2013 Constantine
Adventus Aug
Sept2013-NV & CO Coin Trip
Oct2013-Cleopatra coins
Nov2013-Monstrous coins
Dec2013-Crusader coins
Jan 2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln Penny
March2014-Leto coin
April2014-So-called Dollars
SF set of all five 2013-2017S quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American  D P $1.25
May 2014-Kennedy Halves
June 2014-WWII Coins
July2014-Ancient Cast coinage
Aug2014-E. European coins
Sept2014-Roman enemies coins
Oct 2014-Old Coin Press#1
Nov2014-LaVere Redfield
Dec2014-Vietnamese Coins
Jan2015:The Four Wisemen
Feb 2015 Pompei Magnus
March2015 Richard II
& English coins
April2015-Reagan Dollar
May2015-Shapur I & Sparadokos
June2015-CCAC
July2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug 2015-Persis,Elymais,Parthia
Sept2015-US 20 cent
Oct2015-German Coins
Nov2015-HolyRomanEmperors
Dec2015-3 Wiseman
Jan2016-N.Black Sea coins
Feb2016-Rape of Persephone
March2016-Coins at NY museums
April2016-Liberty on coins
May2016-Cyprus Coins
June 2016-Olympia bronze
July 2016-Medals
August2016-Anaheim World
Fairof Money review
Sept2016-Treasures found
at World Fair of Money
Oct2016-Presidential dollars
Nov2016-Barter to Coins
Jan2017-So-Called dollars
Dec2016-Egyptian temple
& Scipio Africanus
Feb2017-Russian coins1
March2017-Russian coins2
April2017-Augustus,Son of god
May2017-Pyrrhus Coins
July2017-Ancient Jewish Coins
Augt2017-Portuguese Colonies
Sept 2017-Coins on the Web
Oct2017-Unity coins
Nov2017-Papal Coins
Dec2017-2018 coins
Jan2018-Georgia coins
Feb2018-Armenia coins
March2018-Paper Money
April2018-Morgan1884O VAMs
May2018-Trebizond coins
July2018-tax tokens
June2018-3 Romes
July2018-tax tokens
AugSept2018-AncientCounterfeits
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 22nd of October (4th Tuesdays)                               
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks

October 22 Happy Birthday NV! Rusty King

October 25,26  Nevada Day at the Museum  Free Admission

November 26 A Panel on Gold and Bullion

November 26 A Panel on Gold and Bullion

November 29 Nevada Day at the Museum

December 24 NO MEETING

December 27 Nevada Day at the Museum  weather permitting

The Last Meeting
26 members got to take a trip to the Caribbean in Laurel Hoggan’s power point show of her first coin collection. I am happy to do power points of your interest or
collection too for a presentation to the club, which can also be done by me or you.
The last 2019 quarter (Idaho) comes out Nov. 4th, and the next dollar Oct 24,
the Pennsylvania polio vaccine.
There will be a new dollar coin each month. The silver club medals are selling well, and we are thinking about making 50 more. We
can sell them more easily with a credit card now. To raise the money to have more made,
we will be getting rid half of the park .25 for a .25 next meeting and
most of the presidential dollars for $1 with all of them going in February, except for a few sets
. There will also be a free raffle for a basket of my wife’s home
made jellies as the early bird prize in November
. The last six quarters come out next year and presumably the famous woman series will begin in 2021 or 2022. New
quarters are easier to get in circulation, so we will be getting fewer of them for club members and to take to the museum. Bring up to 5 coins for the bid board now.
We  have board meetings before the meeting and ask for quiet so we can conduct business. Please leave upper right seats open for board members. Contact
me with any ideas or problems: 815-8625 datbbelliotts@prodigy.net  CONTACT A CONGRESSMAN a day for our Morgan 2021 CC


Early Bird Prize: partially filled bag of PA .25 won by Larry Demangate


Raffle prizes winners were:


Milton Angel: banknote auction catalogs, penny album, US coin books, $1 and .25 bags
Mary Long: 1975 proof set, 1990 proof set, set NA $1 set
Rick De Avilla: partially filled .01 book, Indian head .01 & arrowhead,
Mercury .10
Jerry Breedlove: 1914 .25, 1 gram silver
Bill Naylor: 1977 mint set
Ed Scott: 2003 mint set
Laurel Hoggan: 5 year set holders
Joe Wozniak:
mystery box by Laurel Puerto Rico .25 roll
Dave Loder: steel .01 set
George Lee: world coin medal, arcade tokens
Shannon Holmes: S .25 set
Leo Rossow: Morgan copper round


                       
Auctions
Paul Williams donated an Arnold Palmer autographed picture and silver round
won by Rick DeAvila for $25.

                      
Quarter Pot
Dan Waterman (not present) won the quarter pot.

THANKS everyone for donating to the RAFFLE!



Upcoming Coin Shows

October 19, Delta Coin Club Show, Eagle’s Hall, 1492 Bourbon St., Stockton, Admit: FREE, Tables: 40+
Ruben Smith 209 982-5961 rubensmith@hotmail.com

October 26-27, Fresno Coin Club Coin Show, Las Palmas Masonic Center, 2992 E. Clinton Ave., Admit: $2, Tables: 45.
Richard Hunter  559 738-8128 www.fresnocoinclub.com

November 1-2, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit: $3, Tables: 66
Peter McIntosh 916 317-9055 peter@mcintoshcoins.com www.sacramentocoinshow.com

November 8-9, Sunnyvale Coin Show, Domain Hotel, 1085 East El Camino Real, Admit:$4, Tables: 34,  
Bill Green 925 351-7605 www.norcalcoinshows.com info@norcalcoinshows.com

November 22-24, Las Vegas Numismatic Society Show, Palace Station Hotel, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Admit:?, Tables: ?
CK Shows 888 330-5188 www.ckshows.com info@ckshows.com

RCC Officers

David Elliott….......... President…........…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Mary Long..................Treasurer.............853-0696
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Laurel Hoggan…..........Librarian..........…223-5096
Joe Wozniak.............…Director…......818 321-6678
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Shannon Holmes...........Director..............827–4359
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep..............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625

datbbelliotts@prodigy.net  www.renocoinclub.org

Not the Other Coin: Counterfeits

Frustrated with being unable to complete some of the coin series in my ancient and Russian collections,  I decided to turn to copies. Of course, I knew just where to
go–China, and China’s ebay is Alibaba or Ali Express. There, a replica of almost any coin can be had for $2 or less, dutifully marked “copy” on-line, but arriving
without any such stamp. It is legal in China to reproduce coins. Russian counterfeiters sell on Alibaba as well, so I got a Peter the Great beard token, a tax on beards
when he wanted the populace to look more European. The history of counterfeiting is as old as coinage, and was both an individual and government effort. The first
coinage of electrum (natural occurring alloy of gold and silver) soon had its gold content debased by adding silver to make the famous “white gold” coinage by
governments. Lead was plated with gold or silver and copper plated with silver and sometimes gold. I have a rare coin of Cassius that is a Roman contemporary
fourre (silver plated), likely by the poor Cassius himself. The Roman government itself often make bronze denarii when short of silver to pay the troops called limes
denarii or border denarii that could be redeemed later by merchants or soldiers.











Today, rare and popular coins are counterfeited by China, Russia and other nations most often in metals other than gold or silver. The weight will be off, so an
investment in $10 electronic scale is a necessity. A fake 50 peso “gold” coin I was asked to identify among some Roman coins weighed half of what it should.
Attempts to prevent counterfeiting have lead Britain to a 12-sided coin with a hologram and Germany to a blue plastic ring with trace elements that seem to be able to
stop counterfeiting so far.













Paper money is even easier to counterfeit since it was invented by the Chinese in the 1300s as our Continental Congress struggled with. Marking pens are frustrated
with cornstarch; modern color copiers can reproduce sophisticated engraving. New bills are counterfeited as soon as they are released. China is again the main
culprit, but Peru has much of the counterfeiting market now, and it may be of some consolation that Chinese counterfeiters have counterfeited their own currency.
Still don’t discount good old American know how:  Eric Aspden of San Jose, CA profited $100.000 a year or more from a flood of do-it-yourself printed bills using a
laptop and a store-bought printer. Aspden is now charged with making and selling bogus $20 bills that look so real they may have been in an out of your wallet
without you even realizing they were fake. He mailed packages of cash to 30 different states. According to a recent report by Chinese state media, 96.7% of all
counterfeit bills circulating in China come from templates hand-drawn by Peng Daxiang, an elderly painter who was arrested in 2013. 73-year-old Daxiang single-
handedly managed to produce dozens of printing plates worth millions of yuan without the use of computers or modern technology. Instead, he relied on simple tools
like magnifying glasses and film cameras. He sold these templates to gangs of counterfeiters for $8000 to $20,000 per plate. Drug cartels have invested in Peru,
which is responsible for producing and distributing an estimated 60% of the world’s counterfeit US notes, the Secret Service announced after seizing $30 million in
fake U.S. bills and 50,000 euros along with six counterfeit plants, eight counterfeit manufacturing presses, and over 1,600 printing plates and negatives of varying
denominations in Lima. The counterfeiter most relies on people just not looking at their money. Some 30,000 of these $1 passed in the North-East with blurry seal
misspelled Washington, no cotton paper with blue and red threads, blurred lines, etc. See a Chinese counterfeit coin operation at  https://www.thesprucecrafts.
com/chinese-coin-counterfeiting-ring-4071202























Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Numismatic Potpourri

The US government is ordering only $146.4 billion in bills next year representing about a 27% reduction over the last 4 years and mostly replacing worn
bills going out of circulation and August coin production dropped to 767.3 million coins, a decline of 36.2%. I am very fond of paintings and sculptures made out of
coins, so I was very pleased when
I spotted a bear sculpture in Tahoe City made of pennies, which made the fur very realistic. The mama bear has two cubs in
the crook of her leg and this is a close up of one of the cubs.



















The finer of the two known
1975 proof dimes without the San Francisco S mint mark, the most valuable modern US coin, was jointly purchased on
September 6, 2019 for $456,000 then sold five days later for $516,000 to an avid Roosevelt dime collector who wants to remain anonymous. William Silber published
his deeply researched and beautifully written
The Story of Silver: How the White Metal Shaped America and the Modern World for $20.49 on Amazon. The
Royal African Company's objective to mine gold was a success. As the supply of the precious metal began to flow into England in the 1660s, the mint increased
milled, rather than hammered gold coinage.
The "guinea," along with its multiples, was born, the name deriving from one of the areas in which the precious metal
was sourced—Guinea being the regional name for the southern coast of West Africa. A portion of the company's logo, an elephant, was placed below the truncation
of the monarch's neck. In order to further reinforce the role that the crown held in the company's affairs, later issues featured a castle atop the elephant. These
charming notations can be seen on issues from Charles II, James II, and William and Mary, all of which are enthusiastically collected today and are rather rare due to
many having been melted down for recoinage in the 18th century.










.










The British Museum released details of the Chew Valley hoard: 1,236 coins date to the brief reign of King Harold II (which started and ended in 1066) and 1,310 to
the first years of William I’s reign. Three of the coins represent types known to numismatists as “mules,” or illegitimate blends of different coin faces minted by
moneyers in hopes of avoiding taxes on new coin dies. Two of the mules depict William on one side of the coin and Harold on the other. (The third mule splits its
sides between William and Edward the Confessor, Harold II’s predecessor.) According to the British Museum, these are the first known examples of William/Harold
mules. The coin hoard adds greatly to the known examples of each type, and offers a new opportunity to study the evolution of English coinage in a period of
massive social and political upheaval. Already, thanks to information on the coins, the researchers have learned of mints not previously known to exist. "Michael V," a
manager of a BBQ food truck company from Lewisville, Texas, told PCGS he obtained a box of quarters from a Wells Fargo Bank branch in nearby Grapevine on
August 20, 2019.
He was thrilled when he opened it and saw fresh rolls of the new San Antonio quarters which were not scheduled to be released by the
Federal Reserve until six days later.
He submitted the two 2019-W San Antonio quarters to PCGS. PCGS has since given the W coins a special pedigree,
Accidental Early Release and graded both MS65.
The 2019 US Mint silver proof set goes on sale Thursday, October 17. Offered every year since 2013, this year’
s set has a new distinction:
all eight coins are now made of 99.9 percent fine silver, including the American Eagle silver dollar, which is usually 90 percent
silver.
An 1871 to 1875 S seated liberty half minted on a quarter planchette sold for $50,000 last month. Cool coin now that I got a better image..













Free eagle to the person who submits the theme for National Coin Week. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to
vote. The theme is women’s contribution in general. Send idea to Andy Dickes adickes@money.org  
The S proof set of the innovation dollars went on sale
October 11
for $20.95. The Federal Reserve is storing over a billion $1 coins and is now just minting 11 million of clad dollar coins distributed among the 4
innovation dollars and the yearly Native American dollar made just for collectors since 2011. At the 2019 World's Fair of Money the American Numismatic
Association asked some of the coin industry's most influential leaders about what they believe is in store for the future of the hobby.
Hear these titans of
numismatics share what they believe the future holds
. Future of Numismatics Symposium: What the Future May Hold on the Coin Television YouTube Channel
at: https://youtu.be/XICTxLS1P6k   
Salvage work on the 1840 shipwreck SS North Carolina off the South Carolina coast has renewed with the salvage of high
grade early 1830s gold coins with the hope that many Georgia coins will be found this time after a 20 year hiatus.
Robert Rodriguez has sent me an interview he
gave:
The Fed is Clueless. It is very detailed and technical and argues that the Feds goal of 2% inflation and 2% growth means that money’s purchasing power is
reduced by 50% every 36 years. This creates the worst capital spending and capital production since the Depression, all to encourage a monstrous national debt. He
takes a wait and see position on gold as it is unclear if we are entering a financial crisis of recession or hyper inflation or both.
Let Robert or me know if you would
like a copy emailed
. https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/568344 is the link to the video interview on the Morris silver centered cent. On Saturday December 7,
we have been invited to the Vallejo Numismatic Society Christmas Party with catered buffet $22 person, 2 or more $20. Doors open 5PM, drawing for $2,000
in prizes, 50/50 drawing door prizes include 70+ eagles, goodie bags and table favors. Reservations mandatory on-line at www.splanocoinclub.com questions at
dlhcoins@gmail.com  
Canada’s cool feather shaped coin already sold out.
Oct2018-Italian Museums
SF set of all five 2013-2018S quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Innovators,Native American  D P $1.25
Club medal silver $65, copper or brass $15
205 Nugget Ave. Sparks, NV
by Holiday Inn, across Hwy 80 from
Western Village
https://renocoinclub.libib.com
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by him at
3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana). Call 851-1859
Nov2018-RCCmedal2019
Dec2018-Ukraine&Crimea pt.1
2010 Reno
Cartwheels
Texas .25 .25 here, NA & Innovation dollar here.
Jan2019-Ukraine&Crimea,pt.2
Feb2019-150th Coin Press#1
March2018-Bullion Coins
April2018-NCW ApolloXI
May2019Pacific Exposition medals
June2019-W mint
July2019-Littleton coins
Aug2019 CC1870 replica half
April2011-1st Spouses in
BronzeAncient Coins in US
History,In God We Trust
March2011-RCC Goes Digital
Feb2011- Cupid & Psyche
Jan2011-2 Roman Quinarii
Back Issues
May 2011: Copper Bullion?
June2011-Notgeld
July2011-Coins of Cyprus
August 2011-Coins of
Alexander the Great
Sept2011-Late Roman Bronzes
Oct2011-US Park Quarters
Nov2011-Arabic,Ottoman Coins
Dec2011:Snakes & Ancient Coins
Jan2012-Al Shay In memoriam
Feb2012-Republican Coins
March2012-Olympic coins
April2012-Tour of Medallic Arts
May 2012 ANA 2012:
Cowries to
Credit Card,
from Bullion to Fiat Money
June2012-WWII coins
July2012-CarsonCoinPress
Aug2012-CanadianCoins
Sept2012-California Gold
Oct2012-US Mint medals
Nov2012-US Inaugural Medals
Dec2012-Electrum Coins
Jan2013-Counterfeit Gold
Feb2013-Silk Road Coins
March2013-Great Patriotic
of Wars Russia in Coins
April2013-NCW2013buffalos
May2013-Elymais Coins
June2013-Philoktetes
July2013-Origin of Dollar
Aug2013 Constantine
Adventus Aug
Sept2013-NV & CO Coin Trip
Oct2013-Cleopatra coins
Nov2013-Monstrous coins
Dec2013-Crusader coins
Jan 2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln Penny
March2014-Leto coin
April2014-So-called Dollars
SF set of all five 2013-2017S quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American  D P $1.25
May 2014-Kennedy Halves
June 2014-WWII Coins
July2014-Ancient Cast coinage
Aug2014-E. European coins
Sept2014-Roman enemies coins
Oct 2014-Old Coin Press#1
Nov2014-LaVere Redfield
Dec2014-Vietnamese Coins
Jan2015:The Four Wisemen
Feb 2015 Pompei Magnus
March2015 Richard II
& English coins
April2015-Reagan Dollar
May2015-Shapur I & Sparadokos
June2015-CCAC
July2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug 2015-Persis,Elymais,Parthia
Sept2015-US 20 cent
Oct2015-German Coins
Nov2015-HolyRomanEmperors
Dec2015-3 Wiseman
Jan2016-N.Black Sea coins
Feb2016-Rape of Persephone
March2016-Coins at NY museums
April2016-Liberty on coins
May2016-Cyprus Coins
June 2016-Olympia bronze
July 2016-Medals
August2016-Anaheim World
Fairof Money review
Sept2016-Treasures found
at World Fair of Money
Oct2016-Presidential dollars
Nov2016-Barter to Coins
Jan2017-So-Called dollars
Dec2016-Egyptian temple
& Scipio Africanus
Feb2017-Russian coins1
March2017-Russian coins2
April2017-Augustus,Son of god
May2017-Pyrrhus Coins
July2017-Ancient Jewish Coins
Augt2017-Portuguese Colonies
Sept 2017-Coins on the Web
Oct2017-Unity coins
Nov2017-Papal Coins
Dec2017-2018 coins
Jan2018-Georgia coins
Feb2018-Armenia coins
March2018-Paper Money
April2018-Morgan1884O VAMs
May2018-Trebizond coins
July2018-tax tokens
June2018-3 Romes
July2018-tax tokens
AugSept2018-AncientCounterfeits
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 24th of February (4th Tuesdays)                               
Denny’s, 205 Nugget Ave. (at East McCarran), Sparks

March 24 Can you beat Sam Dibitonto’s Morgan?
Sam will bring his MS Morgans. Bring your best and see if you can beat his

March 28
New Coins at the Museum (now last Saturdays)

April 24, 25 National Coin Week at the Museum

April 28 NCW: Remarkable Women: Catalysts
of Change featuring Eva Adams

May 26 Stan Paher Ghost towns of Nevada

May 30 New Coins at the Museum (now last Saturdays)

July 17, 18 Reno Coin Show, Reno
Ramada Hotel & Casino, 1000 E. 6th St.

The Last Meeting
34 members saw Robert Rodriguez’s amazing Comitia Americana medals. Rob Rodriguez and Tony Lopez are torturing silver dismes in the Chicago
cyclotron.
Apparently, the 1792 disme obverse was created from a hub (device punch) that was later used in 1793 to create the two half cent obverses among other
discoveries. With Bob Nylen’s retirement from the museum, changes are afoot. The first change is
the NV museum’s coin press will be running the last
Saturday of the month instead of last Friday of the month, so we will be going down on Saturdays now
. We are trying to set a potluck on a Saturday in June at
same place as last year.
Next quarter out April 6, 2 days after basketball coin.  Also raffling off sets of club medals at $1 ticket, 6 for $5. Will give set for each
$125 raised.
Got 1884 CC boxed dollar at $10 ticket, limit 40 tickets also in April. Bring up to 5 coins for the bid board now. We  have board meetings before
the meeting and ask for quiet so we can conduct business.
Please leave upper right seats open for board members. Contact me for any reason: datbbelliotts@prodigy.
net   815-8625.

Early Bird Prize: 2020 NA $1 won by Jeff Allen

Raffle prizes winners were:

David Elliott: Washington medal, steel .01 set, unc.1961PD .01
Bill Naylor: 1988 mint setr
Jerry Breedlove: 1 gm silver
Joseph Drapula:1973,1974 unc. .25
David Loader: unc.1961D .25
Shannon Holmes:bronze RCC medal
Bob Hoffman: coins in holder
Laurel Hoggan: coin case
Jeff Allen Mercury .10
Milton Angel: chocolate coins
Faye Allen: unc.1973 PD .10
Bart Daniel:
mystery box Donald Trump and Obama medals, fancy birthday year holder
Ken Hopple: PDS bats .25, 2002 PD mint sets
Rick De Avilla: penny album, 1961D dime
Mary Long: 1976 proof set. 1977 proof set, Sitting Bull $1
Danny Clifton: mint bag

                        
Auctions
Fancy presidential $1 set won by Bob Hoffman for $60.
Copper and silver 150th CC mint medals donated by David Elliott won by
Milton Angel for $90.

                       
Quarter Pot
Doug Harper WON the quarter pot $28.50!.

THANKS everyone for donating to the RAFFLE!

Upcoming Coin Shows

March 20-21, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St. Admit: $3, Tables: 66 Peter McIntosh 916 317-9055 peter@mcintoshcoins.com  
www.sacramentocoinshow.com

March 27-29, Western States Token Show, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa Merle Avila 707585 3711 707 824-4811 pm
merle@avilaarchitects.com  

June 4-6 Long Beach Coin, Currency, and Stamp Show, Long Beach Convention Centre, 100 S, Pine St. Admit: $8 Tables: huge Taryn Warecker 805 680-0294
TWarrecker@collectors.com www.longbeachexpo.com

J
uly 17, 18 Reno Coin Show, Reno Ramada Hotel & Casino, 1000 E. 6th St. Admit Tables: 38 Bill Green 925-351-7605 info@norcalcoinshows.com
www.norcalcoinshows.com

RCC Officers

David Elliott….......... President…........…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Mary Long..................Treasurer.............853-0696
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Laurel Hoggan…..........Librarian..........…223-5096
Joe Wozniak.............…Director…......818 321-6678
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Shannon Holmes...........Director..............827–4359
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep..............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625

datbbelliotts@prodigy.net  www.renocoinclub.org

Treasurer’s report: Minimal activity. Income included $227 for medal sales, $160 for 2020 renewal dues, $117 raffle, and $150 in auctions. Expenses were for the
newsletter, our website, bank fees, $90 for coin purchases.

Not the Other Coin:  Morgan Dollars














Morgan silver dollars are the King of America's Coins with a rich history centered on our own CC mint and the Comstock. Morgan dollars are named after designer
George T. Morgan, whose beautiful Liberty head design was modeled after schoolteacher Anna Williams and the French 5 Franc coin. Morgans were




















struck at five US Mints from 1878-1904, and again in 1921. Composed of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper, Morgans circulated mainly in the West, the
cowboys of the Old West dubbed the coins "cartwheels" because of their hefty size and weight. Liberty is featured on the coin’s obverse, with a somewhat gaunt
eagle depicted on the back, giving the Morgan its other nickname of the
buzzard dollar. It’s reported that over half a billion Morgan coins were struck between 1878
and 1921. Most of the output came from the original mint facility in Philadelphia, while Carson City, New Orleans, and San Francisco sites also made them. Later, in
1921, the Denver mint also produced Morgan dollars.




















The Comstock vein of gold was encased in a heavy black soil thrown aside by the ton and used to set the stones and cobbles in the streets. JF Stone sent a sample to
be assayed. The discarded clay turned out to be incredibly rich in silver, yielding $4,700 a ton. For the next two decades, the Comstock Lode produced more than
$300 million in 19th century dollars. Today, the Comstock Lode of Nevada is still known as the Queen of the Silver Strikes. The Comstock Lode and other mines
caused Nevada's population to grow ten-fold by 1880. Prior to the Comstock discovery, silver was used sparingly for coinage, but afterward a flood of silver coins
and dollars were struck. In fact, this abundance of silver and the fabulous Comstock Lode helped give birth to the Morgan silver dollar.
The Morgan silver dollar was first minted in 1878, after a lapse of five years in the production of silver dollars. The Mint Act of February 1873 ended the production
of the Liberty Seated silver dollars in favor of trade and gold dollars. Silver dollars made up less than 1% of circulating silver and were considered too heavy and
bulky by most of the public. Mine owners out West lobbied and pressured Washington until Congress finally authorized the production of a new silver dollar in 1878.
When Morgan dollars were first issued, large quantities of silver were being mined at a time when very few industries needed silver. To make matters worse,
Germany had converted to the gold standard and had dumped 8,000 tons of silver on the open market. Western congressmen pushed through a bill that required the
Treasury to purchase over 140 tons of silver each month to mint silver dollars enriching the mine owners and leading to a financial collapse of 1893. Congress
stopped all silver purchases and silver stock on hand ran out in 1904, which ended Morgan production.
No one expected the Morgan silver dollar to ever again be minted. The dies were ordered destroyed. The government melted down $350 million worth of silver
dollars for Great Britain and shipped to India.  The government the bought an equivalent amount of domestic silver to replace those coins that were melted down. In
1921, after a lapse of 17 years, three US mints struck Morgan dollars: Philadelphia, San Francisco Mints, and Denver, opened in 1906.
Peace dollars were struck from 1921-1935 due to political pressure from silver-mining interests with millions of the coins stored away in government vaults. They
remained there until 1918, when the Pittman Act sent millions of them to the melting pot to help finance the military effort during World War I. In 1965 when the U.
S. Mint stopped producing coins in .900 fine silver and stopped redeeming paper money in silver dollars, the government made an accounting of silver dollars still in
storage. To everyone's surprise, a hoard of uncirculated Carson City Morgan silver dollars was discovered in a forgotten corner of the main Treasury building in
Washington. The government decided to seal them in special holders and sell them to the public as boxed dollars. The final tally was over 2.8 million CC Morgan
silver dollars. The special sale ignited a surge of popularity in the Morgan dollar series and this popularity remains just as strong today, making the Morgan silver
dollar the most collected silver coin in the world. I’m bringing my CC boxed dollar.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott


Numismatic Potpourri













The Chapman proof 1921 Morgan dollar is a clandestine issue.  As an unofficial U.S. Mint issue, the only items that we can be sure of is that these were
produced by George T. Morgan at the behest of prominent Philadelphia coin dealer Henry Chapman In March 2020 Baltimore Auction. Certified proof 67 (PCGS) is
the finest example.
A rare 1804 silver dollar, the most famous prize in coin collecting, will be sold in Baltimore on March 20, at an auction conducted by Stack’
s Bowers Galleries. One of just 15 known to exist, the auction house expects the coin to bring between $1.2 and $1.5 million. Though dated 1804, the Garrett
specimen of this renowned rarity was struck in secret at the Philadelphia Mint sometime between the 1850s and early 1870s.
Ben Weiss has written a well-
researched 265-page book
Medallic History of Slavery, Racial Oppression as Chronicled by Historical and Commemorative Medals and free online.
http://www. historicalartmedals.com/ MEDALLIC%20HISTORY%20OF% 20SLAVERY.pdf              Eva Adams video covers the introduction of the Kennedy half
dollar as well as the 1960s coin shortages and subsequent introduction of clad coinage. The former Mint Director opposed legislation that would have removed
presidents from US coins and replaced them with figures emblematic of Liberty. Adams concludes with a few remarks on the construction of the (fourth) Mint in
Philadelphia, which opened in 1969 during the final year of her administration. Link on Newman Portal: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/578942        
100 Greatest Modern World Coins by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, hardcover, 168 pp.; full color; $29.95. Old Regime France and its Jetons by James
E. McClellan III, $100 hardcover, 268pp, b/w figures. Kolbe and fFnning have
The Half Cent, 1793–1857: The Story of America’s Greatest Little Coin, by
William R. Eckberg for $125. Smithsonian coin collection is gradually coming on-line.
China's central bank in Guangzhou announced it will destroy cash
collected by hospitals, buses, and markets in coronavirus afflicted areas
to curb the outbreak's contagion, financial news outlet Caixin reported Saturday. 505
Gold coins found during renovation work at Jambukeswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu
. The pot was found by workers engaged in renovation work near the
Akhilandeswari shrine in the temple complex. The temple is believed to have been constructed in the early Chola period, almost 1800 years ago.
Mutilated Currency
Division of the Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
These experts play forensic scientist with damaged bank notes; you might call it
“CSI: Currency Victims Unit.” They inspect an owner's unusable money to determine a value, which the Treasury Department will redeem in check form. Every
week, the federal office in SW Washington receives hundreds of padded envelopes, boxes and even safes stuffed with cash ravaged by water, fire, shredding
machines, insects or a canine's teeth. “Your dog ate your money. Your grandma buried $100,000 in her backyard. Your 2-year-old shreds an envelope filled with
$1,000,” says program manager Ty Hensell. “Look it up on YouTube.”
















Besides having an up to 30 percent off their Star Trek coins,
Perth Mint has a Venom, Harry Potter, surfboard, and HMS Endeavour coins:














The thieves of the 221 pound gold maple leaf coin got 4 years in prison in Berlin. Records indicate that the Philadelphia Mint struck 99 proof double eagles in
1913
, though just 58 coins were distributed due to the declining interest in the matte, roman and sandblast finishes used since 1907. Below a proof 66 coming up to
auction.
A woman at the FUN coin show in Florida received a rarity in her change, a mismatched serial note worth hundreds of dollars.















A medal awarded to a boxer who helped save the Princess Royal from an attempted armed kidnap is to be sold. Former heavyweight Ronnie Russell, 72,
punched Ian Ball in the head as he tried to abduct the princess at gunpoint in London in 1974. Mr. Russell was awarded the George Medal for bravery by the Queen,
who told him: "The medal is from the Queen, but I want to thank you as Anne's mother." UK’s Agatha Christie and Mayflower coins are out.















ANA list most valuable US coins: 1794 Flowing Hair dollar: $10 million, 1933 St. Gaudens gold double eagle: $7.6 million, 1787 EB on breast Brasher doubloon:
$7.4 million, 1913 Liberty head nickel: $4.5 million, 1804 bust dollar: $4.1 million. (above)  T
he C4 Colonial Coin Collectors Group over 100,000 posts were
transferred from Yahoo to Newman Portal
. Yahoo shut down all the groups and their archives. It is searchable.
Oct2018-Italian Museums
205 Nugget Ave. Sparks, NV
by Holiday Inn, across Hwy 80 from
Western Village
https://renocoinclub.libib.com
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by him at
3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana). Call 851-1859
Nov2018-RCCmedal2019
Dec2018-Ukraine&Crimea pt.1
2010 Reno
Cartwheels
Bat coin in mail, ordering NA, Georgia $1 here, 2019S .25 sets here..
Jan2019-Ukraine&Crimea,pt.2
Feb2019-150th Coin Press#1
March2018-Bullion Coins
April2018-NCW ApolloXI
May2019Pacific Exposition medals
June2019-W mint
July2019-Littleton coins
Aug2019 CC1870 replica half
Sept2019-Caribbean coins
SF set of all five 2013-2019S quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Innovators,Native American  D P $1.25
Club medal silver $65, copper or brass $15
Oct2019-Counterfeits
Nov2019-NASA medals
Dec2019-ComitiaAmericana
Jan2020-Libertas&ComitiaAmericana
Feb2020-Ryder at CCmint