Reno Cartwheel
April 2012

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, 3rd of April 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV

April Bowers and Merena present PCGS and other topics.
A presentation to the Reno Coin Club about 10 years ago. (We’re still looking for Eva Adams presentation.)
bring a non-preishable food item for Breanna Baldrige’s food drive for Northern Nevada Food bank.

April National Coin Week 15-21
We will be doing our Dollar Exchange at the Nevada State Museum Fri and Sat 20-21.

May ANA’s “Change in Money: Cowries to Credit Cards.”
We will present ANA’s National Coin Week program.  

At The Last Meeting
34 members were in attendance for Fed Holabird’s  presentation of the inventory of the SS Central America and its
cargo of millions of dollars of gold coins from the California gold rush. Several new varieties and mint states were
found as well as some highest graded coins. Private mint coins were especially well represented. He also updated on
the completed lawsuit over the 100 ounce nugget. Evidently the buyer is pleased with all the publicity, but it was an
Australian and not California nugget. Fred is hoping to use laser analysis and expand the ability of identifying where
nuggets come from by their different composition.  David Elliott also discussed his wonderful tour of Medallic Arts
(see below). Let Rusty or David know if you are interested in a future tour. Bring a non-perishable food item to the
next meeting for Breanna Baldridge’s food drive.

Early Bird Prize was 1995 roll of pennies won by Leo Rossow.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Rick DeAvila: 1981 ½ proof. 1977 $1 proof, Indian head penny 1904
Ken Hopple:1968 proof set
Garret Allen: Army medal, 1900 nickel, world coin book
Ron Jahn AHS medal
Breanna Baldridge: a copper medal, mercury dime, 1962 D dime
Ed Scott: Civil war money
Leo Rossow: 1908 quarter
David Kasper Susan B. $1, Nigeria pound, 1955 D nickel.
Bill Gregory: Presidential dollar coins, both of them
Jeff Allen 1943 S steel penny
Jack Grukler: statehood quarter album
mystery box , not noted

An AU 1942 Franklin half donated by Larry Demangate was won for $16 by Rick DeAvila

Quarter Pot
Ed Lifur won the quarter pot, not present.


Fred Holabird wanted to remind everyone that the club’s large library is house by him at 3555 Airway Drive #308
(around back as Holabird Americana). Call ahead 852-8822.

Upcoming Coin Shows

March 31-April 1 2012 Westerns Token Jamboree
Red Lion Inn, 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento Bourse Chair: Michael Werner, 415-928-3794

April 28th, VFW Post 1900 Coin & Stamp Show
Veterans Memorial Bldg. , 293 Seminary Ave., Ukiah Bourse Chair: Karl Caukwell, 707-621-0998, Admission $1,
Kids under 12 free

May 6 Vallejo Numismatic Society Show
Veteran’s Memorial Building, 420 Admiral Callaghan Lane Bourse Chair: Harry Davis, 707-642-0216

May 19-20 Carson City Downtown Coin Club Annual Coin Show, 10-5 Sat, 10-4 Sun
Carson City Nugget, 507 N. Carson, Admission $2.  Bourse Chair: Dan Wilson, 775-883-4653,

RCC Officers
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 673-6745
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Gerald Breedlove........Treasurer..............425-2967
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Dan Waterman…..........Director…......…747-4380
Ed Waselewski.........…Director…......…354-0287
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Bob Wagner..................Director..............3781022
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep.............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625,

The RCC Board meets the third Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

If there is a topic you would like to see please let a board member know. Someone in the club knows all

Not The Other Coin: A Tour of Medallic Arts in Dayton

Nine showed for the trip to Medallic Arts on February 29th with Roger Vugteveen, and it was a wonderful
experience. It is a huge operation making coins from molten medal pressed into sheets, then cut into rounds and
planchettes. All sizes and shapes of medals are made, including the largest rectangular medal of the last supper (with
the Icarus medal) of the Society of Medalist below. It measures 6 by 3 inches, 728 grams:

In addition to art medals, Medallic Arts makes Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and military challenge medals:

Even more impressive they make most of the military decoration, including the purple heart. They were making
bronze stars while we were there with

a tear dropped shaped planchette, held in a special collar, and repeatedly repressed to bring out the multilayered
effected. Repeated annealing in a furnace as the metal hardens when struck. Multiple finishes are possible with
polishing in whirl of beads, blackening in solution, sand blasting, enameling and varnishing.  They also make the
military ribbons.


They make medals for educational institutions, awards by companies and organization (including the ANA, and they
have been doing so since 1907. They have a complete set of dies and pantographs from the many Janvier Die-
engraving Pantograph machines. They are busy transferring these to the latest laser guided engraving tools. They
hope to be eventually able not only to reproduced the old dies, but take elements of various dies and make composite
new ones. So, if your really liked the eagle of one old medal and the horse from another, they could be combined in
a new creation. The highlight of the trip came at the end, when we were able to look at the collection of medals in
Roger’s office. We could have spent the whole day there. wonderful pieces from WWI and WWII, art deco
masterpieces. Roger’s favorite coin was a Congressional medal thanking Arthur Rostron for stopping and picking up
the survivors of the titanic a hundred years ago.


Medallic Arts is a numismatic treasure house in Dayton. Arrange to take a tour, not more than 10 at a time. Rusty
King is planning a trip in March. I am free most Tuesdays and Rusty most Wednesdays, I took a lot of photos,
which I will post on our website as soon as I get permission. Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Chester Arthur Dollar Coin Release
A date has been set for the Chester Arthur dollar coin of April 5 (Just 3 months late), Native American Dollar, April
26, and Grover Cleveland #1 May 25th. The Mint plans to offer the following products for the Chester Arthur
Dollars at the indicated prices:
            25-coin rolls - $32.95
            100-coin bags - $111.95
            250-coin boxes - $275.95
            500-coin boxes - $550.95
Additional products will include a 2012 Presidential $1 Four Coin Set priced at $9.95, the 2012 Presidential Dollar
Uncirculated Set priced at $16.95. The $1 coins will also be included within the 2012-dated annual coin sets
produced and offered by the US Mint. Once available, these products can be ordered from the US Mint online at http:
// A shipping charge of $4.95 applies to all orders, with a charge of $7.95 for orders of the 500-
coin boxes.
With the Presidential Dollars only distributed through numismatic channels, production levels are considerably lower
than previous years of the series. The preliminary production total for the Chester Arthur Dollar consists of 2.8
million coins struck at the Denver Mint and 2.94 million coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint for a combined total of
5.74 million coins. By comparison, the previous release featuring James Garfield had total production of 74.2
million. The US Mint has reserved the right to restart production of the Chester Arthur Dollar within the calendar
year, as dictated by numismatic sales demand during the course of the year. There will be no further US Mint
launch events for the $1 coins.
At present, the Club will buy 250 bag of the coins to distribute at cost to club members, museum patrons, and Ken
Hopple. If you want a whole roll let me know and will consider getting more. If prices hold that looks like $1.25 per

Numismatic Potpourri
Canada, Britain, Aldernay, and Tuvalu are all producing Titanic coins for the 100th anniversary. It has been
proposed in Congress that the government issue coins commemorating WWI and the Football hall of fame. The
Mint has produced it’s first ever birth set for 2012. Pricey at $19.95 you only get penny through half, one quarter
an now dollar, although it looks like a place for a dollar coin. Paul Green in Numismatic News, opines that there are
at least three more 1933 double eagles out there waiting for the government to say it is legal to own them.

In ancient coins, a multi-million dollar collection of Jewish coin made sales records and there has been several
discussions of British coin hoards both Roman and Dark Ages (400-900 AD) that have made great contributions to
British history, naming new kings and Celtic leaders. The British Treasure laws are models, encouraging metal
detectorists, who get market value for any finds, sharing a small percent with landowners. This is the exact opposite
of countries like Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and China who are claiming rights to all coins minted in their country no
matter where they are found and have gotten the US government to expropriate ancient coins from US citizens and
return them to the “country of origin.” Maybe we can get our own dollars and coin back that way.  China is making
pillar dollars good enough to fool experts, and the St. Louis museum worker, who stole coins from the ANA’s Civil
War exhibit, was sentenced to prison.

Please bring non-perishable food for food bank.