Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 24th of April 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)                               
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks

April 20
At the Museum: National Coin Week
10:30 Joe Wozniak Abraham Lincoln-Early Life, Beloved President, and Impact on US Coinage
1:30   David Elliott The Changing Faces and Meaning of Liberty on Ancient and US Coins

April 24 Morgan Dollar Varieties 1884 O Sam Dibitonto

April 27
At the Museum: New Coins

May 22 Error Coins Dan Trimble

May 25
At the Museum: New Coins

June 26 Favorite Coin and Bourse

The Last Meeting
A good crowd heard the tale of the coins of Georgia, the little country that survived the worst of the Muslim armies. We are working on a coin design
commemorating Eva Adams, mint director on one side and moon landing on other
. It’s 50th anniversary of both. Ken Hopple is going to present possible moon
landing designs at next board meeting. Our new coin won’t be minted in Carson as they have gone to .50 size.
The museum coin press is running, Laurel and I
will be going down for National Coin Week on the 20th and Last Friday on 27th.
Please join us.  Apostle Islands .25 out April 9th should be able to get it. Joe
Wozniak will be sharing the Lincoln Memorabilia collected by his father during National Coin Week, and I will update my lecture on Liberty with the new Liberty
coins, especially the black liberty and the platinum liberties.
Robert got his 1792 half disme whacked by cyclotron, awaiting results.  Bring up to 5 coins for the
bid board now.
We will have board meetings before the regular meeting and vigorously tell people to be quiet so we can conduct business. Contact me with
suggestions or topics you would like to see: 815-8625  
 See you at Aces baseball!

Early Bird Prize was Jim Thorpe $1 set won by Laurel Hoggah                               
Raffle prizes winners were:

Jerry Breedlove: Barber .25
Dan Waterman: 1997 proof set
David Loder: English proof set
Joe Wozniak:steel penny set
Rick De Avila: Mercury dime, Indian .01, Roosevelt silver .10,
1979 first day cover, hand free loupe
Milton Angel: coin book, 2000 mint set, elongate pennies
Jerry Breedlove: chocolate coins
Bart Daniels: 1977 proof set, 5 .25 S set
Cole Allen: full date buffalo .05
Rusty King: Jim Thorpe $1 set
Laurel Hoggan: bunch of coin bags
Ken Hopple: coin book


No auctions.

Quarter Pot

Someone not present won the quarter pot.                


Upcoming Coin Shows

April 20-22 Santa Clara Coin, Stamps, etc. Show, Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Admit:$6, Tables: 79, Scott Griffin, 415 601-8661

May 4, 5 Sacramento Coin Show, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 4900 Duckhorn Dr., Admit: $3, Tables: 50, Bob Shanks, 916 204-5168

May 6 Vallejo Coin Show, Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador, Admit: FREE, Tables: 40+, Ed, 707 642-8754  www.

May 18-20 Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show, Westgate Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road, Admit: $3, Tables:?, CK Shows, 888 330-5188  www.ckshowscom

June 14-16 Long Beach Coin Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Admit: $8, Tables: huge, Taryn Warrecker 805 680-0294  www.

RCC Officers

David Elliott….......... President…........…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Gerald Breedlove........Treasurer..............425-2967
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Laurel Hoggan…..........Librarian..........…223-5096
Joe Wozniak.............…Director….......…853-4223
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Shannon Holmes...........Director..............827–4359
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep..............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625

Not the Other Coin: 1884 O Morgan Dollar VAMs
The 1884-O Morgan dollar had a mintage of almost 10 million coins. Many survived in Treasury vaults in uncirculated condition in original bags. This issue is quite
common in mint state through gem. However, weak strikes were a common issue at the New Orleans Mint, so this issue is much harder to find in MS66 than one
might expect.

The die creation and minting process created varieties or oddities in coins. Through careful study, slight differences can be discerned to identify specific dies that
created the coins. Sometimes these differences occur during the creation of the dies, while other times they are caused by the maintenance or use of the dies. The
first opportunity for a die variety is during the production process of the coin die. Mint workers manufacture each coin die from a coin hub that has an exact image
of the coin. The coin hub is used to produce a coin die that is a mirror image of the coin design. Although the United States Mint strives to produce every coin
perfectly, some minor errors or imperfections occur. The second opportunity to produce a die variety is during the maintenance of the coin die. During the
production process, mistakes can result in abnormal wear or slight damage to the coin die such as scratches, rust, or die cracks. Mint workers will try to prolong the
life of the coin die by removing the error or damage through tooling or polishing the die before it is returned to production. Unfortunately, this process will lead to
slight variations in the coin die. Some of them are pronounced and visible to the naked eye. Others are only identifiable under magnification. Extensive research on the
variations in the dies used to strike silver dollars was published 44 years ago by Leroy C. Van Allen and A. George Mallis. Their work centers on Morgan dollars that
were minted by the United States Mint from 1878 through 1904 and the resumed again in 1921 and Peace Dollars issued from 1921 through 1935. The term VAM is
an acronym for "Van Allen - Mallis." The goal of the VAM system is to number and catalog every known die variety by date and mint mark. To this end, every
Morgan dollar in existence is either already a VAM or should be a VAM. This is a continuous process, and new varieties are continually discovered and added to the
list. These varieties are collected with photographs at, which is very nice, but there is a notice the site will soon close down.
The 1884 O has some 55 varieties cataloged and is an ideal coin with a large population in high grade from a mint known to be sloppy in its work habits. Looking at a
Morgan dollar under magnification allows you to learn the details of the minting process and where it can go wrong. New varieties are found all the time. In 1996
Michael S. Fey and Jeff Oxman published the
Top 100 VAM Keys. This pocket reference book pinpointed the most highly sought Morgan dollar die varieties. The
popularity of the book created a boom in interest in Morgan dollar die varieties that is still expanding.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Numismatic Potpourri

The Central Bank of Ireland is expected to make a decision to cease the printing of euro banknotes in Ireland and get Euro notes from some other source in
the Euro zone. The
new Mega Red book ships April 10 with an expanded section on dimes by Q. David Bowers for $50.  The US Mint struck gold coins for
the first time in 1795 with 5,583 Capped Bust $10 eagles
. Five die varieties are known for the date, and in the Long Beach Signature Auction, an example of the
famous BD-3 variety, with nine leaves in the palm frond on the reverse will be available. This variety is the rarest and most famous of all the small Eagle ten dollar
varieties, with a surviving population of 18-22 examples, according to PCGS Coin Facts. The
Lincoln Fitzgerald hoard is in the news again as souvenir sets are
being resold. In 2004 coin dealer Ronald J. Gillio could not believe his eyes: Inside warehouses  were boxes and boxes of  casino spoons, matches, key chains and
coasters, etc. accumulated over decades. Locked in safes were bags and bags of silver dollars, more than 100,000 in all. There were also thousands of casino chips
in denominations from $1 to $100. In the Fitzgerald stash, he found empty bags from the Carson City Mint dating to the 1880s.
This would go well with a Redfield

. A hoard of 297 1883 no cents uncirculated nickels has been found and is being auctioned by Heritage. The V nickel coin without denomination was often
plated and passed off as a $5 gold piece. Several
nice videos on the new SS Central America discoveries including the safe, a new large bar, and how they are
being conserved.   
Canada is continuing their
Star Trek, Native American, animal, and WWI series with some nice coins and have also made coins with a saber tooth and woolly mammoth trapped in ice, a copy
of a brooch of Elizabeth II with maple leaves and a pearl, and 3 eagles.

British Royal Mint in Wales tour has greatly increased when for about $7
a visitor can strike his own 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50-pence coin. Newton 50-pence
coins were released into circulation dated 2017; however, the 2018-dated examples can only be acquired by visiting the BRM in person. People have been paid to
attend the tour to get the coin because some of the 2018 coins have been sold on eBay for more than $84.
Perth Mint is ending their series on WWI with some nice
coins, celebrating the wild dog and have a 2-headed dragon with a unicorn head that is ugly. They do have a nice pink panther coin complete with pink diamond, pink
gold or platinum, and a Daffy Duck coin along with coins for
Ready Player One movie. Surviving members of the WWII OSS (17 people) got awards
congressional gold medals
. Bronze replicas can be purchased for $7 (1.5 inch) or $40 (3 inch). The phrases on the reverse are the code names for special

The US mint makes on average a billion coins a month. Heritage Auctions sold the finest known Brasher doubloon for over $5 million. They have
sales of over a billion dollars a year. The sale of the
Higgley copper sale made Numismatic News this month. Robert usually brings something cool in, so check with
him when he’s in attendance.
64 designs  were submitted for the American Legion medal ranging from the pin and flags of the American Legion to children
citing the pledge of allegiance. They have a lot of nice choices, and the American Legion is on the committee that makes the final decision.
Canada has issued coins

for Captain Cook and Tecumseh as British heroes in the War of 1812
. I like to collect coins of a Greek or Roman ruler and his opponent, so with a George III
you can have all our major opponents
. I also added another Greek monster to my collection from Arados, Phoenicia, a 5th century BC diobol. With a merman or
triton and dolphins on obverse and a galley lined with shields and hippocampus below.

David J. Ryder returns as Director of the Mint with an expertise in anti-counterfeiting. The Bureau of Engraving is issuing three engravings of WWI
for about $17 each if you buy the set. The first one is out, last in August. See them:
April2011-1st Spouses in
BronzeAncient Coins in US
History,In God We Trust
March2011-RCC Goes Digital
2010 Reno
Feb2011- Cupid & Psyche
Jan2011-2 Roman Quinarii
Back Issues
May 2011: Copper Bullion?
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
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
May2013-Elymais Coins
July2013-Origin of Dollar
Aug2013 Constantine
Adventus Aug
Sept2013-NV & CO Coin Trip
Oct2013-Cleopatra coins
Nov2013-Monstrous coins
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
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
205 Nugget Ave. Sparks, NV
by Holiday Inn, across Hwy 80 from
Western Village
May2015-Shapur I & Sparadokos
July2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug 2015-Persis,Elymais,Parthia
Sept2015-US 20 cent
Oct2015-German Coins
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
2017 S .25 sets and Jim Thorpe $1 here & Apostle Island .25 should be here
March2018-Paper Money