Tuesday, 2nd of April 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
April 2 Buffalo and Hobo Nickels: Shannon Holmes will present buffalo nickels for National Coin Weeks honoring the 100th anniversary of
the nickels. Many were carved in “Hobo nickels.” Please bring any buffalo nickels carved or not.
April 26-27 National Coin Week at the NV State Museum: This years theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Buffalo nickel: “Black
Diamond Shines Again.” Ken and I will be there as usual .
May: Auction! Bring an item to auction by our own Rusty King. 10% to the club, the rest is yours.
June: My Favorite Coin! Bring your recent favorite coin. We actually care about it! We are looking for a place for a pizza party too.
July: World War II Medals Doug Larson will bring a collection of WWII medals: US, German, Russian and more! Please bring yours, or
your dad’s or grandfathers.
At The Last Meeting
41 members met to see Russia’s 200th anniversary set of the War of 1812, and their extensive collection of WWII memorial coins. About 60
people attended the Dollar Exchange at the State Museum, getting the new White Mountain Quarter and McKinley dollar. In April, the Native
American dollar (23rd), Teddy Roosevelt dollar (11th), and Perry’s Victory (1st) quarter will be coming out, none in time for the meeting. If
you have something you want to get from the mint and save postage, give me the money and I will put it on our order and save you the
postage. For National Coin Week we will be at the museum, Friday and Saturday, 26th and 27th. The August Coin show will have both
lectures and dealers.
Early Bird Prize won by William Gregory, Westward Ho! Nickel set.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Laurel Hoggan: set of 1812 generals
Jack Gruhler: 1995 proof set, 1927 S nickel
Garret Allen: 1969 proof set, 1981 proof set, 1935S nickel, half dollar coin book
Dan Trabke: mystery box 7 Euro coins, silver cert.
Troy Young:1987 proof set, roll of pennies, 1976 ½
Bill Gregory: set 2010 presidential dollars, 1976 ½ Leo Rossow: Colonial coins
Ron Jahn: 1935 S nickel
Rick DeAvila: coin holders
David Elliott: buffalo nickel
Sendon Gailen: silver certificate
Ed Scott Red book, coin holders
Thomas Charleton: US mint bag
Howard Buchler won the quarter pot but was not present, so it rides at about $17.50.
Rick de Avila won a 1948 ½ for $22 donated by Larry Demangate.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
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
April 6-7 2013 Wests Token Jamboree, Clarion Hotel, 1401 Arden Way, Sacramento, Michael Wehner 415 928-4469, mf_wehner@yahoo.
April 12-14 Las Vegas Coin, Currency, Jewelry and Stamp Expos, Circus Circus, Las Vegas www.bickinternational.com
April 19-21 Coins, Stamp, and Collectibles Show, Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, 10-6, Admission $6,
April 26-27 Sacramento Valley Coin Shows, Elk’s Lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd. Admission $3, under 18 FREE, www.sacvalcc.org
May 5 Vallejo Numismatic Society Show, Veteran’s Memorial Bldg., 420 Admiral Callaghan Lane, Harry Davis 707-980-8254
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 673-6745
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep.............720-5395
The RCC Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
National Park Quarters P or D or S .50
McKinley D or P $1.25, $30 a roll
Five quarter holder $1.50
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: National Coin Week 2013: “Black Diamond Shines Again: 100th Anniversary of the Buffalo Nickel”
All things Buffalo nickel will be celebrated for this year’s National Coin Week April 22-28. The Buffalo nickel was minted on copper nickel
planchette from 1913-1938, but reappeared again on the 2005 Jefferson nickel as well as 2001 silver dollar, and since 2006 on a fifty dollar
There is consensus that “Black Diamond” was the model for the reverse. Black Diamond was a bison at the Central Park Zoo in NY. Sick
and disabled at age 22, Black Diamond was purchased for slaughter in a private sale for $300 by A. Silz, inc., a game and poultry dealer. He
was slaughtered November 17,1915 and "Black Diamond Steaks" were sold for $2 a pound. Fred Santer, a New York taxidermist, mounted
Black Diamond's head and turned his hide into a then-fashionable 13-foot automobile robe.
The Native American depicted on the coin’s obverse is believed to be based on three different American Indians. Two of the American
Indians who modeled for Fraser as he sculpted the coin were named by the designer before his death. They were Chief Iron Tail of the
Lakota Sioux and Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne. The most reliable evidence suggests that the third model was Big Tree, a Kiowa.
Having worked for Saint Gaudens, who redesigned America’s largest gold coins, for four years, the designer for the buffalo nickel, James
Earle Fraser left his master in 1902 and set up his own studio in New York, where he was to maintain a studio for over half a century.
Having grown up in the West with his father, a railroad engineer, Fraser had been part of the clean up crew for Custer’s 7th calvary and
watched the plain Indians and buffalo forced onto reservations. It was for the Panama-Pacific Inter-national Exposition held in San
Francisco in 1915 that Fraser produced his most recognized work, the doleful "End of the Trail." He created many monuments in
Washington and elsewhere as well as designing the Navy Cross and WWI Victory medal.
An entirely different group of sculptures used the buffalo nickel as their medium, carving new designs on the coins. At first in 1913
caricatures were made, but the advent of the Depression in 1929, out-of-work men made and used them in trade for a meal, clothes, or a
place to sleep. They became known as Hobo nickels in the 1960s and the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed in 1992 to popularize
them, modern carvers are also producing new designs.
Designs are not limited to portraits, but may have almost any design without trying to incorporate details of the original design. Google it
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Carson City’s Samaszko Gold Coin Horde Goes on Sale
The tale of a mysterious Nevada recluse Walter Samaszko Jr.‘s gold reached a new chapter Feb. 26 when a portion of the trove raked in
more than $3.5 million at auction. By the time all sales were final, however, one bidder had secured nine of the 11 lots for sale. Carson City’s
Alan Rowe of Northern Nevada Coin spent $617,000 from his own company, and another $2 million on behalf of the Illinois-based Rare
Coin Company of America Inc. It was the uniqueness of the gold that drove his bidding, he said.“Every one of us has a little hoarder nature
in our culture and we all like to have things, but to this degree is quite a story,’’ Rowe told reporters after the auction. He added that some of
the coins will be available in the store or online for locals hoping to snag a piece of history. Others, he said, will be marketed nationally and
likely on television. This auction was only for the bullion coins, items that are not necessarily rare, just expensive because they are made of
gold. In total, about 150 pounds (68 kilograms) of gold was sold at the auction. About $800,000 will pay various fees and estate taxes, and
the rest of the profits go to a substitute teacher in San Rafael, California, who is the first cousin and sole heir to the trove of Walter
There will likely be a second auction for the larger portion of the collection which is comprised of the rare coins, Glover said. Because of
their rarity, that sale is expected to net higher profits. James Mitchell of Reno’s Silver State Coin and a California-based group named
Spectrum Group International Inc. grabbed the two lots not purchased by Rowe or his partners. Mitchell landed the lot of 4,600 Mexican
dos pesos, the largest number of coins in a single lot. When cleanup crews arrived at Samaszko’s home, a month after he was dead, they
made the startling discovery of the 69-year-old man’s vast collection of thousands of gold coins worth millions of dollars stashed in old
ammunition boxes in his garage. There were more than 2,900 Austrian coins, many from 1915; more than 5,000 from Mexico; at least 500
from Britain; 300 U.S. gold pieces, some dating to 1880; and more than 100 U.S. gold pieces as old as the 1890s.
Another enormous hoard of Chinese coins about 3,500 kg (7, 716 pounds) of ancient coins was found in Inner Mongolia, Northern
China. The coins were found in the ancient town of Huoluochaident near Ordos City. Most of the coins are reportedly “Huoquan” coins used
during the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 220). Archaeologists also found over 100 casting molds in the relics of a coin manufacture. These
molds are supposed to date back even to the rule of Emperor Wudi (156 BC-87 BC) of the Western Han Dynasty and the short-lived Xin
Dynasty (45 BC-AD 23), founded by Wang Mang.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted one of the most highly-anticipated events in numismatic history on January 24, 2013 with the sale
of the record-setting Cardinal Collection. Sold were: This 1794 silver dollar sold for a world record $10,016,875
This finest known 1792 silver half disme sold for $1,145,625 :
This 1793 Chain AMERICA large cent sold for $998,750: