Tuesday, 6th of August 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
August 6: Currency AJ Jacobs, our resident expert, presents topics on US & foreign currency.
August 23-24th: Coin Show and Educational Program at Nevada State Museum, 9:30-4:30, $4 admission. Ken and I will be at the
museum with new coins and displays. A series of numismatic lectures will be held at the museum both days. 26 dealers will be across the
street at the Nuggett. $4 admission 17 and under free, Fri, Sat, 9:30-4. Info: Deborah Stevenson: 775 687-4810 ext. 237,
September: Auction! Bring coins to auction, 10% to club. We need to raise money for our new coin medal.
At The Last Meeting
22 members got to view Doug Larson’s extensive collection of World War II, which included all branches of service, German, Russian,
Britain medals and an album of autographs from half of all Medal of Honor winners. In other news, Roger Vugteveen is back at Medallic Arts
in Dayton and will be making a presentation at the museum in August and for us in the Fall. If there is interest we will arrange a tour. The
oldest private mint has an incredible coin cabinet and makes coins and US military medals from melting metal, making blanks to various
finishes. It is a fascinating process to see. Howard Taft dollars just came in, and I put in a double order of Great Basin quarters in rolls and
bags, so get yours while they last. I am pursuing having a Great Basin medal to go with the quarter and also writing and speaking to
members of our Congressional delegation about having the US mint make a 150th NV statehood medal. Please take the time to contact them
bu e-mail, mail, or phone, They will all be home for August recess. Also please consider making donation to help pay for our 30th
anniversary medal in 2014.
Early Bird Prize won by Bart Daniels was a 1976 uncirculated Kennedy half.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Garrett Allen : ½ ou silver Olympic stamp, roll of Canadian pennies, Liberty head copper round, chocolate coins, mint bag
Andre Azzam: 1964 quarter
Laurel Hoggan: roll 2009 pennies in Mystery box , 1980 proof set, grading us coins book
Larry Demangate: lighted magnifier
Ed Waslewski: 1969 proof set
Rick DeAvila: 1976 unc. ½, 1937 buffalo nickel, bad of coin holders
Bart Daniels: 2012S quarters, Hearst castle coin
Gerry Breedlove: 1935,1957 silver certificates
David Elliott: 1 oz copper Morgan
Dan Trabke: full date buffalo nickel
Ken Hopple (not present) won the quarter pot about $7!
Andre Assam won 1964 Kennedy half for $7 donated Doug Cummings
Rick De Avila won a roll of 1948l half for $15 donated by Larry Demangate
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Great Basin roll $17, set PDS $50
National Park Quarters P or D or S .50
T. Roosevelt D or P $1.25, $30 a roll
Native American 2013 D P $1.25, $30 a roll
2012S quarter in case $5
Upcoming Coin Shows
July 27-28; Fremont Coin Club Coin Show, Elk’s Hall, 38991 Farwell Drive. Bourse: Vince Lacariere, 510 792-1511
August 11: Fairfield Coin Club Show, Fairfield Community Center, 1000 East Kentucky. Bourse: Robert Belleau, 707 644-6232
August 23-24th: Coin Show and Educational Program at Nevada State Museum, 9:30-4:30, $4 admission. Ken and I with new coins
Lectures at the museum both days. 26 dealers across the street at the Nuggett. $4 admission 17 and under free, Fri, Sat, 9:30-4. Info:
Deborah Stevenson: 775 687-4810 ext. 237, email@example.com
August 30-Sept :1Coin,Currency , Stamp Show, Circus Circus Las Vegas. Bourse: Israel Bick, 818 997-6496, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If there is a topic you would like to see please let a board member know. Someone in the club knows all
The Other Coin: Adventus Aug Constantine the Great
I recently got one of the 6 remaining bronze coins of Constantine the Great that I do not have from an internet acquaintance.
It is a remarkable coin with a helmeted, cuirassed Constantine as emperor (Augustus) bearing a shield and spear. The reverse shows
Constantine mounted on a horse in consular robes (toga)with spear. The horse is pawing a captive and there is a star behind. The mint mark
PLN which stands for Pecunia Londinium, “Money of London.”
The legend Adventus Aug means “the arrival of the Augustus”or emperor. These coins were only minted to commemorate the official visit of
the emperor to the city where the coin was minted. Gold and bronze (plated with silver) coins were minted with gold going to reward high
officials and the silvered bronzes tossed to the welcoming throngs. There were not any gold coins minted in London during Constantine’s
reign, probably because Britain was Constantine’s “home base” where he was proclaimed emperor after this father’s death by the troops. He
remained Britain’s ruler and no appointed governor or general ruled there.
With all this in mind it is possible to determine when it is likely that Constantine visited England, since his life is unusually well documented
by contemporaries. It is most likely that he visited London in 312-314 probably between April and October 314. This would be after his
victory at the Milvian Bridge where he defeated Maxentius and before his defeat of Licinius to unite the Roman Empire. The captive before
the horse must be Maxentius or a representation of his defeated army. This is further confirmed by the star behind the horse. Before the
Battle of the Milvian Bridge, Constantine had his famous vision of the cross. Only contemporary Roman pagan historians say he saw a star.
In either case his banners bore the Chi-Rho XP he first too letters of Christ in Greek as we can see on his coin commemorating the
The Chi-Rho is a type of cross as can be seen on Roman shields and monuments, but also has the
graphic ambiguity(depending on how small you make the loop of the P or Rho(notice how small it is above) of being a star *, which has the
fortune to be the symbol of Mithra, the Sun god and most popular god of the Roman soldier, especially among the Western troops that made
up the majority of his army. In fact, if you compressed the loop on the X-P as you see on the coin above it looks remarkably like Mithra's
whip as you see in coin of Constantine in Mithra’s (Sol’s) left hand.
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is house by him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird
Americana). Call 852-8822.
Baseball Coin Again
Evidently the design committee for next year’s baseball coin messed up and had to include 10 more coins among the finalists for the reverse.
The obverse will be one of the two below:
The coin will be curved or concave and in $5 gold, $1 silver, and silver plated half. I still think it will be cool.
Dollar Bill vs. Dollar Coin
The battle rages with competing bills (something else you could write Congress about) for ending the dollar bill vs. ending the dollar coin. All
the facts are on the Republican side. Switching to the dollar coin could save taxpayers at least $4.4 billion over the next 30 years. Coins are
made from 100% recyclable scrap metal and lasts for decades. Paper bills last 2-3 years in circulation and approximately 7 million pounds of
waste are created from about 3.2 billion $1 bills that must be removed from circulation each year. There’s the facts, but the Democrats see
the paper dollar as part of their patronage program for Massachusetts that produces the ink and paper for bills. Metals come from mines
most in the West and Republican. It is time for the dollar bill to go and the dollar coin to be put in its place. Here’s the website with all the
Fake CC Boxed Dollars Out There
A fake 1881-CC Morgan dollar housed in an equally fake
General Services Administration holder was identified July
13 at the Florida United Numismatists convention in
Orlando, Fla., by Randy Campbell, senior grader of
Independent Coin Grading. From 1972-1980 GSA sold
almost three million uncirculated Carson City silver dollars
left in Treasury vaults. Each coin was sealed in a special
slab-like plastic case. A thin black and silver cardboard
box held the slab and contained a numbered certificate.
Campbell said he noticed the coin was cleaned and had the
color of a dollar minted at Philadelphia rather than Carson
City. Genuine uncirculated GSA coins are not cleaned.
After a short examination, Campbell discovered that the
1881-CC coin was a modern counterfeit probably made in
China. Moments later, Campbell announced that the entire
“package” was bad The coin was counterfeit, the black
insert surrounding the coin was counterfeit and the plastic
case was not original.
The Chinese fake mint make is very different. See
genuiine figure 2 and fake figure 3. The CCs are very
different. The silver lettering was printed on the case and
thus smooth as you see in the real figure 4 whereas the
printing on the granular service of the paper gives a
mottled appearance as you see in fake figure 5. The
plastic case was also modern and not permanently sealed.
Also the insert paper was smooth not granular as the
genuine coin packaging. Chinese counterfeits can be very
deceptive. Their laws allow them to make any copy of
anything made before 1949.