Tuesday, 5th of August 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
August Modern East European Coinage Paul Williams will discuss the coins he saw on his trip.
Coin Show NV State Museum August 22-23
September: Icecream Social and Fred Holabird Ice cream and Fred! (I hope)
October: Happy Birthday NV. Rusty King will present a topic on NV numismatics.
November: The Curious Life of LaVere Redfield, author Jack Harpster will present his new book (available for sale Dec. meeting).
The Last Meeting
20 people were present for Doug Larson’s presentation of 4th of July exonumia. I have my baseball silver clad halves and silver dollar. I ‘ll bring them and even take them out
of their holders, so you can see the curve. Smyrna coin company had copper rounds on sale so I got Civil War, dinosaurs, military, etc. We will be minting the rest of our
medals at the Coin Show in August. Despite my pleas Nevada150.org did not allow the public to suggest designs for the 3rd medal. You can vote for 1. Their Great Basin is
not as good as mineEarly Bird Prize was cased $2 painted Yellowstone bill won by Joe Wozniak.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Don Stamps: 4 $1 coins in holder, 1926 Mexican peso, James Polk $1. 1941 .05
Bart Daniels: mystery box- 1978 proof .05, pennies, RCC 25th anniv. medal, 2014 .50P, 2 buffalo .05
Rusty King: 2013S .25 set
Leo Rossow:New Zealand $1, foreign currency
Dave Andrews: Hunting club medal, New Zealand .50
Rick DeAvila: 1971D Ike unc, 1976 .50, 2014D .50
Laurel Hoggan: foreign currency, copper round
Ken Hopple: chocolate coins
Howard Buchler: elongated .01, 1940D .05
Thomas Charleton: 1960 MS .01
Morgan dollar holder won for $10 by Rick DeAvila.
Dr. Myles(deceased) won the quarter pot about $7.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Utah Arches .25, Hoover & Native America $1 here!
Upcoming Coin Shows
August 10, Fairfield Coin Club Coin Show, 1000 Kentucky St., Admit $1, Bob Belleau, 707 567-6938, 25 tables, www.solanocoinclub.org firstname.lastname@example.org
August 22-23, Carson City mint Coin Show, 600 N. Carson St., Admit $8, Deborah Stevenson, 775 687-4810 ext 237, 25+ tables, lecture, press running, raffle
September 4-6, Long Beach Coins, Stamps, and Sports Collectibles Expo, Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Admit $8,Taryn Warrecker, 805 680-0294,
September 12-14, Las Vegas Numismatic Society Coin Show, Palace Station Hotel, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Admit $3, CKShows, 888-330-5188 www.ckshows.com
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
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 1st Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
Ross Bachtell passed away June 14.
We will miss him.
The Other Coin: Eastern European Coinage
Eastern European coinage is complex due to modern rather than ancient or medieval history. Except for Bulgaria, the countries of Eastern Europe: Romania, Latvia, Lithuania,
Estonia, Poland, Hun-gary, Albania, Czechoslovakia (Czech and Slovakia), Yugoslavia (now Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Cro-atia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Herzegovina),
and Western Russia (Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus) do not have any ancient coinage. Medieval coinage is largely due to city-state, orders of knights, merchant leagues, and
ecclesiastical institutions, etc. Ukraine where Russia first existed can claim Greek and Byzantine mints on the northern Black Sea Coast, most notably Cherson, but Bulgaria
claims major parts of Thracian, Macedonian coinage, and the Roman mints of Serdica, Sirmium, and Sisica. Medi-eval Bulgaria minted its own coinage in competition with the
Byzantines and minting continued in Sophia under the Ottoman Turks.
It was WWI that created most of modern Eastern European states (Russia liberated Bulgaria in 1876 and Serbia in 1878). The break up of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian
Empire (Holy Roman Empire) created the modern states as we know them only to see them conquered by Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, then free again after 1989 with a
few joining the European Union: Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Czech, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia with only Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia,
and Estonia adopting the euro so far.
So, if one were to collect coins of Latvia, one would look for The various coins of the city of Riga founded by the Teutonic Knights, a religious order, in 1201. There were
soon coins of the city as a free city (self rule independent from the Holy Roman Empire), from the bishop, and from an offshoot the the Teutonic Knights, the Livonian
Knights, all issuing coins under the name of each bishop, master knight, and ruler of Riga:
Above top we have the shiedls of the Teutonic and Livonian knights. In the middle the free city of Riga with its city gates and keys, followed by a bishop with crook and
cross. Below is Sigismund, the Polish ruler of Riga, Sweden, Russia, and others also minted coins at Riga and Latvia had periods of independence as Kingdon or Duchy of
Livonia as well as Duchy of Courland and Semigallia when coins were minted.
There was both German and Russian Occupation currency of Latvia in WWI, but no coins. After WWI Latvia became independent with its own coinage:
Independence was lost then to Nazi Germany, then the Soviet Union and not regained until 1989 with coins and currency issued in 1993.
Latvia joined the European Union in 2004, but issued their first euro coins this year in 2014.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Update on the SS Central Republic
Millions of dollars worth of gold has been recovered from a famous 19th-century shipwreck off South Carolina being fought over in court, the first inventories of the
salvaged cargo show. A federal judge in Virginia overseeing the recovery effort from the SS Central America released the mid-April-to-mid-June tallies. AP based the estimated
value of the gold coins and bars on treasure that was sold for $50 million to $60 million after the shipwreck was found in 1988 by Tommy Thompson of Columbus, Ohio,
now a fugitive and the target of lawsuits from jilted investors who bankrolled his expedition. Last week, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith settled an ownership dispute
and granted salvage rights to Recovery Limited Partnership, which is run by a court-appointed receiver. Tampa-based Odyssey Marine Exploration had been hired to lead the
latest operation, which began in April. The inventories show that 43 gold bars, 1,302 $20 double-eagle gold coins, 37 $10 eagle gold coins, and 9,053 10-cent silver coins have
been brought to the surface. The chief scientist of the recovery told the Dispatch that the quality and variety of the coins, some dating to 1823, were "astonishing." Salvage
crews have discovered a trove of personal items, including eyeglasses and glass-plate photographs of at least 60 passengers. The salvager is working on how to safely retrieve
the photos, known as ambrotypes.
The New York-bound mail steamship sank during a hurricane in 1857, killing 425 people and sending tons of California Gold Rush fortune to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean,
about 160 miles off South Carolina. The lost cargo caused a financial panic.
Two Offerings from the US mint
There are various sets, silver clad and gold coins of the Kennedy half, but the most interesting set is to be offered this fall with 4 silver Kennedy halves one each from the
S, P, D, and W mints. The set is priced at $99.95. A great opportunity to get a W mint coin. Last chance to get a baseball coin may be the silver clad half dollar in a
commemorative trifolder for the National Baseball Hall of Fame geared to kids. On sale Monday July 28th for $24.95. Hold the presses! They just took off the limit for
the silver clad half. The Great Sand Dunes quarter (CO) can be ordered 8-25 and the Roosevelt dollar 8-28, so I’ll have them for the October meeting.
Worst Morgan Set
I’m not sure why this tickles me, except that I collect lower grade bronze ancients and have a website for lower grade Byzantine bronzes to help identify them. The PCGS is
displaying the lowest graded basic set of Morgans at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 5-9.“The appropriately named ‘End of the Trail’
Morgan dollar collection has a Poor weighted grade point average of only 1.130. It is the worst-of-the-worst basic Morgan dollar set in the Low Ball category,” said Don
Willis, PCGS president. The set’s owner is collector Mike Hoyman of Alaska. Hoyman’s number one favorite is an 1878 eight tail feathers variety that is missing more than 99
percent of the obverse (above). It is graded PCGS PO-1.The entire End of the Trail VIII Collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?
New Zealand continues its Disney series with Donald Duck (Mickey mouse was 1st)
Curved coins are making a comeback. Not since the Byzantine trachy has they been so many curved coins. It all began with the issuance in 2009 of two French coins that
honored the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of American moon landing. The next coins with that shape were the ones issued by the Royal Australian
Mint for the Southern Sky star constellations starting with the 2012 Southern Crux coin. The three newest coins in the curved series include French coins for the 2014 FIFA
World Cup soccer tournament held in Brazil. A coin issued by the Congo to mark the 450th anniversary of, Galileo Galilei. The third new convex issue is from the Cook
Islands and is the first issue in a new “Wonderful Mosaics” series depicting the interior of a famous 13th century church in Rome (see mailer).
SF set of all five 2013 quarters in case $4
National Park Quarters PDS .50
Presidential, Native American 2013 D P $1.25
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by
him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana).