Reno Cartwheel
August 2012

Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 7th of August 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV

August History of Coin Press #1 at the Old Carson Mint & Its Modern Medal Production
Ken Hopple will give us the history of the 1876 press still minting at the Nevada State Museum and bring a selection of the medals
produced there. Also a good time to start planning our 30th anniversary medal (which is also Nevada's 150th anniversary, 2014).  

September Ice-cream social & ANA Movie
A Carrow’s sundae or other treat and a ANA movie to be announced.

October  US Mint Medal
Bring your favorite medal from the US mint to share.

November Presidential Inaugural Medals
Doug Larson will bring his medals to share. Please bring yours if you have some.

December Mini-Bourse
Bring your duplicates and extra coins to sell or trade. The new dollars and quarters will be available.

At The Last Meeting
30  members were in attendance for mini-bourse night. I sold several ancient and medieval coins. Saw silver round, NV medals, foreign
silver coins. The first SF quarter was available (2nd next meeting), the D Cleveland (P has come in). New member from the coin
exchange at the museum was also in attendance. August will have Ken talking about the 1876 coin press at the meeting and running it at
the Museum Coin Show, August Friday, Saturday 24-25.



Early Bird Prize was a George Washington copper medal  won by Gerald Breedlove.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Howard Buchler: 1980 proof set
Quint Aninao: Mystery box: old RCC wooden nickels
Thomas Charleton: 2 presidential dollars, 1987 proof set
Breanna Baldridge: 1969S proof quarter, Indian head penny, book on steam locomotives, album for Sacagawea $
Bart Daniels: 2 presidential dollars
David Elliott: An Ike $ paper weight
Edward Waslewski $1 silver certificate
Ken Hopple: Washoe County medal
Jack Gruhler: copper medal

George Franel won a walking libert half for $26 donated by Larry Demangate.
Jeff Allen won a a cleaned and tooled 1884 Morgan for $22.

Quarter Pot
Andre Azzam won the quarter pot, about $6.75, and he was there to collect.


Upcoming Coin Shows

July 28-29 Fremont Coin Club 40th Annual Show, Elk’s Hall, 38991 Farwell Dr. Info: Vince Lacariere, 510 792-1511

August 16-19 Santa Clara Coin Show, Santa Clara Convention Center, $6 general admission. Info:

August 24-25 Carson Mint Coin Show, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Coin Press No. 1, 22 coin dealers, numis-matic education, gold panning,
a children’s treasure chest, and valuable raffle prizes. Admission is free for museum members and children 17 and under; non-member
adult admission is $8. Info: Deborah Stevenson or 775/687-4810, ext. 237.

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 3rd  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

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.

The Other Coin:  Canadian Coinage

I was impressed with some of new Canadian coins celebrating the Titanic, glow in the dark dinosaur, coins with 3D images, crystals,
etc.  not to mention a wide variety of bullions coins. I thought a little history of Canadian Coinage would be in order.
Canadian Coinage begins with a few French coins of 1670, 1721, 1722, and 1738-1760. The 1670 silver 5 and 15 sols was minted for
all French colonies administered by the French West India Company.  

Scarcity of coinage caused Spanish and English coins to compete and several blacksmiths and others to make coinage. The Bank of
Montreal under British administration made small change or sous as did several other banks.

The various provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick minted English coins in bronze, silver and gold. Prince
Edward Island minted a coin and Magdalen Island minted a token in the 19th century.

Finally Canadian Coinage proper began in 1858-1859 when Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec) joined together as the
Province of Canada with the other provinces joining from 1867-1873. The initial coinage was a bronze cent and silver 5, 10, and 20
cent silver coins with Queen Victoria.

All Canadian coins were minted at the Royal Mint in England in London or Birmingham until 1908 when the Ottawa mint in Canada was
established. as a branch of the Royal Mint. Until 1937 Canadian coinage followed British models with a royal portrait on the obverse and
denomination and date of reverse. In 1937 Canadian themes were added the reverse of the maple leaf, beaver, schooner, and caribou.

      World War II caused the nickel nickle to be made out of a brass alloy, then chromium plated steel. The cent went through several
modifications in weight and shape before it was switched to copper-plated zinc in 1997. It was later supplemented by issues in copper-
plated steel. In 1982, the 5-cent piece was changed from nickel to cupronickel, then to nickel-plated steel in 2000, along with the 10-
cent, 25-cent, and 50-cent pieces. New $1 and $2 coins were introduced to save the expense of producing less durable paper money. A
small, golden, bronze-plated nickel dollar depicting a swimming loon was introduced in 1987. In 1996 a $2 coin depicting a polar bear
and composed of a nickel ring surrounding an aluminum bronze center followed.
Since the 1970s Canada has had an extensive collector-coin program, with several different designs in various precious metals offered
in quality strikes each year. Some of these had limited mintages and are quite scarce. Others, however, particularly those of the 1970s,
are so common that they are frequently melted for scrap. Some of the more unusual pieces are the silver aviation series, which boasts a
small portrait inlay of gold. This decade also saw the old cellophane-packaged proof-like sets supplemented with the more market-
oriented cased proof sets.
Circulating commemoratives were struck for the 125th anniversary of the Canadian confederation in 1992. Most coins just bore the
“1867-1992” legend, but a popular series of 25-cent coins bore reverses emblematic of each province and territory. A dollar depicting
children before Parliament was issued as well.

Canada is one of the world’s richest nations in terms of precious metals and for years has produced some of the world’s most popular
bullion coins. Silver 1 ounce, gold 1/20-ounce to 1 ounce, and platinum 1/20-ounce to 1 ounce pieces are struck with an intricate and
difficult-to-counterfeit maple leaf design on the reverse, including a hologram version. In addition there is an astounding variety of
commem-orative coins produced each year.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Numismatic Potpourri
The first San Francisco mint National Park quarter has just reached a million sales and is unlikely to go much higher as the 2nd coin is
out and the third due in 3 weeks. Both Numismatic News and Coin News called the 75th anniversary circulation strike quarters instant
rarities, which is likely to be the case. I will get them all and have found Whitman holders to encase the set of 5 coins. Get them while
their available.

      A spectacular hoard of 50BC silver staters of the Celtic Coriosolitae, weighing one ton and valued at about $15 million dollars was
recently discovered on the Isle of Jersey by a pair of metal detectorists. The date of the hoard suggests that the coins were buried by
Celts leaving to battle Julius Caesar. British treasure laws assure the finders will get full market value for the coins or the coins
themselves. There are some 40,000 or more staters in the hoard.
Chinese counterfeits of rare US coins have become a growing problem. PCGS culled some 5500 coins this year that have been
submitted for grading They are getting better in quality, fooling many experts. Customs and the US Government do little to stop or
prosecute counterfeiters, making the problem even worse. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) identified the issue of
Chinese counterfeits as its No. 1 priority last year and began seeking remedies, focusing on strengthening the Hobby Protection Act. It
is urging all members of the numismatic community to contact their members of Congress to urge them to co-sponsor the bill of the
House Committee on Judiciary (H.R. 5977) to extend provisions of the Hobby Protection Act to make it unlawful to assist or support
anyone who violates the Act.
Acadia    P or D .50
Cleveland   D or P $1.25 or $30 a roll
Puerto Rico, Chaco  S mint .50