Tuesday, 5th of April 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
ANA National Coin Week The theme for 88th annual National Coin Week is "Blue, Gray and Greenbacks." commemorates
the American Civil War and the "numismatic changes and innovations during the conflict." I know a lot of you have Civil
War stuff, bring it in. I will present the ANA program (still do not have it).
Civil War Display?
I’m trying to get Doug Larson to share his Civil War display with us. He’s being coy
June My Favorite Coin
Bring an old or new favorite coin to share
At The Last Meeting
29 members attended and AJ presented Coin’s World numismatic trivia. It was down to the wire with novice and expert
questions, but the group with the least number of “experts, won in the end and got their pie, leaving egg of the faces of the
Ken Hopple has made arrangements for ANA’s Susan MacMillen (719) 482-9850 to take reservations for the Tuesday
March 22 super spectacular Carson mint extravaganza starting at 7:30 AM and running all day: Bob Nylen, Curator of
History will discuss the history of the Carson City Mint. Ken Hopple will give a demonstration of the historic Coin Press
No. 1. Guy Rocha, former assistant administrator of the Nevada State Library and Archives, will speak on the history of
Nevada. Gene Hattori, NSM Curator of Anthropology, will speak on the Chinatown gold coins found in Lovelock, Nevada.
Free lunch $99 by credit card or she’ll send invoice. Must be an ANA member, but can even join same day at the mint.
Early Bird Prize was a 1960 MS red penny won by Ken Hopple
Raffle prizes winners were:
Ken Hopple: 1865 V nickel
Bart Daniels: Israel coins, 2004D proof nickel, 1996 MS68 quarter, 2004 P nickel
Jeff Allen 1988S silver dime, 1971S penny
Rudy Prisco: 1922D penny
Garrett Allen 1961 dime
Ralph Marrone 1833 Large cent
Ed Scott: William Harrison medal, hunting medal
Jack Gruhler:1/4 oz silver bar
Brittany Grueler: Lincoln medal
Jerry Breedlove: hunting medal
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
A huge copper penny 1909 VBD was bought by Bart Daniels for $10
1866 shield nickel won by Jerry Breedlove for $20
Jerry also bought the 20th anniversary club medal for $60, $30 to club, $30 to Doug Larson
Paul Williams donated 4 Ron Paul History of Currency books–all sold for $20 and donated to the club.
Someone (not present) won the quarter pot of about $20
Upcoming Coin Shows
ANA National Money Show, Sacramento Convention Center. We should car pool.
A day at the Carson mint 7:30AM to evening. $99 with ANA membership. Call Susan MacMillen (719) 482-9850 to take
National Coin Week’s theme is “Blue, Grey & Greenbacks: Money of the Civil War.” Ken and I will be at the State
Museum in Carson city on Friday 22 and Saturday 23.
Vallejo Numismatic Society 39th Annual Show, 420 Admiral Callaghan Lane; Harry Davis 707 642-0216; e-mail
AJ and Dan Waterman Lawlor Coin Show. We need ticket takers and club table volunteers.
David Elliott…. President…..…815-8625
Rusty King..Vice President...... 673-6745
Andre Azzam ..Secretary…......338-0707
Ken Hopple ....….Director.......677-1544
Paul Williams….ANA Rep........720-5395
The RCC Board meets the third Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Other Coin: Going Internet, part 2
The LaVere Redfield sight is up with pages of newspaper clippings and articles. You can add your story by sending me
the story by mail, e-mail, or best of all blog on the LaVere Redfield sight on Facebook. In addition, the Greek gods and
coins pages are up with all the Olympian gods and also Heracles and 12 labors, Europa, and Eros. All the articles I have are
on the website and indexed by topic. Paul William thinks he has some more older Cartwheels that I hope to get up as well.
Finally, I have figured out how to put the videos on site with the notes, but it will be a slow, time consuming process. In
the meantime, all of them are on Youtube as noted last month’s newsletter. I had to divide the movie on Bactrian Gold into
Bactrian Gold and Alexander and Bactrian to Kushan Coins.
I am getting the newsletter out early, since I just got back from the Star Trek Convention in San Francisco and plan to go
to the ANA Show next weekend. Hopefully, I’ll get some treasures at the show.
In the meantime, I thought I would expand on my appreciation for the 1st Spouse bronze medal series that reproduces the
gold 1/10 oz. coins’ images in large format, almost silver dollar size. In addition to nice bust and heads of the president’s
spouse, there is a nice engraving of the spouses interests and accomplishments on the back, and when the president does
not have a spouse, the current liberty on coins is reproduced as the obverse withe a scene from the presidents life on the
reverse. These coins have been selling for $3.95 or $13 for the set from the mint. They seem to be to be both interesting
Ancient Coins in American History
During a search in 1992 for the US space capsule, Liberty Bell 7, which sank in a sea test with space pilot Gus Grissom,
who almost died. While searching for the space capsule, an unidentified anomaly at a depth of 16,300 feet turned out not
to be the space capsule, but a wooden sailing ship. Exploring the wreckage with a robot arm, salvors discovered a chest
containing more than 1300 pieces-of-eight and a small ornate box containing gold coins that had been wrapped in a
newspaper dated August 6,1809. Among the gold coins was Brutus issued stater, which depicts him standing with two of
his lectors, when he was Roman consul in Thrace in the mid-1st century BC. The reverse shows an eagle holding a
wreath in its clawed foot.
Collecting ancient coins was a popular past time among the Founding Fathers, who looked to Republican Rome as
described by the ancient authors and Gibbons. Many of the founding fathers has some coins, but President John Quincy
Adams had a huge collection, which is still circulating on e-bay and auction houses. I recently got a nice Seleucid coin of
Antiochus VI, which was one of the many small bronzes donated to the Boston Library and sold as “John Adams pocket
change.” They come up quite often for $40 or less and are a nice piece of ancient and American history.
United States Wasn't First to Use 'In God We Trust' Motto
By Alan Herbert, Coins Magazine
The motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” has over the years become seemingly an automatic adjunct of our coinage. It is not
without controversy, oddly in both directions. New collectors are aghast when they find a coin without the motto, while
even a president directed its removal. I’ve assembled a few of the conceptions and misconceptions surrounding it.
The precedent for the use of the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” on our paper money and coins came when the Continental
Congress authorized “DEUS REGNAT EXULTET TERRA,” (“God Reigns, let the World Rejoice”). One of the first
religious mottoes was “IN GOD IS OUR TRUST,” which appeared on the $100 Interest Bearing Note of March 3, 1863.
It’s part of a line from one of the later stanzas of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
The religious motto was not a legal requirement until the 1950s. Even then, laws for new coins could opt out of its use. In
several instances among our commemorative coins the motto would have cluttered an already jammed-up design.
Although the motto has been missing from several commemoratives, it was the gold $10 and $20 coins that attracted the
most attention. President Theodore Roosevelt did not want “IN GOD WE TRUST” on our coinage. He had it dropped in
1907, pointing out there was no law requiring it, and in a letter to a William Boldly he said, “My own feeling in the matter
is due to my very firm conviction that to put such a motto on coins, or to use it in any kindred manner, not only does no
good but does positive harm, and is in effect irreverence which comes dangerously close to sacrilege.” An Act of
Congress restored it to late 1908 production.
The minister who proposed a religious motto prevailed. Rev. Mark Richards Watkinson of Pennsylvania, wrote Treasury
Secretary Salmon P. Chase, in 1861, suggesting “GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.” Chase agreed to the idea, but it was not made
law until July 11, 1955.
There was a lot of public outcry when the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” was omitted from the 1907 gold $10s and gold
$20s, but there was similar problem when the motto was first introduced. It may come as a surprise to learn that Chase
took a lot of heat in 1864 when he had the motto placed on the new two-cent piece. It was inspired by the religious fervor
surrounding the events of the Civil War, but many of the people in the North felt that it had no place on our coinage.
We don’t have a lock on the motto as it, or variations, appear on the coins of several other countries. The Netherlands
Antilles 25 gulden of 1973 carries the words “DIOS KU NOS,” which translates to “IN GOD WE TRUST.” Nicaragua has
used the slogan on most of its larger modern coins. It is written in Spanish, “En Dios Confiamos,” which translates
literally to “In God We Trust.” Numerous other countries use a similar motto.
Our paper money has added to the confusion because the series date on our notes does not indicate the year they were
produced. This leads to frequent questions from collectors unfamiliar with the situation. The motto first appeared on our
paper money on the 1886 $5 Silver Certificates. The backs of the notes carry five Morgan dollars, four reverses and one
obverse, with the 1886 date. Clearly visible on the engraving of the coins is the motto, with TRUST spelled as TRAST on
one of the reverses. The official date for the motto is in the middle of the 1935-G series $1 Silver Certificates, printed in
Rediscover Gold at the ANA Sacramento National Money Show, March 17-19
In 1999, the ANA National Money Show in Sacramento set the standard for ANA spring conventions, attracting nearly
10,000 visitors in three days. The 2011 show should be even better with the ANA's signature Museum Showcase,
featuring exhibits from the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum and rarities from private collections. With more
than 500 of the country's best coin dealers, a wide array of educational programs, family activities, plus special exhibits
from ANA members and the United States Mint, there's something for everyone - regardless of their collecting experience
The Idler/Bebee Type III Specimen 1804 Dollar, dubbed “The King of U.S. Coins.” There are three classes of 1804
dollars, depending on when they were struck. Type I specimens were struck in 1834-5 as diplomatic gifts (8 known). The
type II (unique) and III specimens (6 known) were struck during the 1850s for collectors.
“Money of the Gold Rush,” displayed courtesy of Holabird-Kagin Americana, explores how gold developed in the Old
West from dust to gold exchange notes and includes a recently discovered 100-ounce gold nugget – the largest verifiable
California nugget in existence.
“Presidential Time Capsules” displays the autograph of every United States President from Washington to Carter,
together with vintage coins that circulated during their administrations.
"California National Bank Notes" includes a wide selection of paper money from 1863-1935, including notes issued
from National Banks in Sacramento, Long Beach, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The McDermott/Bebee Specimen 1913 Liberty Head V” Nickel, one of five known. Struck under mysterious
circumstances at the Philadelphia Mint, the nickels became famous nationwide in the 1930s by legendary Fort Worth coin
dealer, B. Max Mehl, who widely advertised to buy them for $50 each.