Tuesday, 22nd of August 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
August 22 Jewish Coins David Elliott (Robert Rodriguez may present updates on his Resolute Americana collection instead)
August 25 Last Fridays at the Museum: New Coins and Displays David Elliott and Trish Felkner
September 26 Ice-cream Social and movie
October 24 Happy Birthday Nevada!
The Last Meeting
23 members saw Rusty’s collection of US mint 1976 bicentennial medals in bronze and silver. The museum has asked me to come on the last Fridays of the
month whether the press is running or not. Evidently, I am “a great attraction.” The coin press is fixed, but they are waiting for new dies for making half
dollar size coins instead of dollar size to ease the strain on the press. Robert Rodriguez is back from ANA with some new treasures and his 1792 (http://www.
renocoinclub.org/1792coinage.html ) and Continental dollars ( NGCcoin.com/Resolute ) were on display. If he is up to it he will tell us the story next meeting
bumping me to November. Jerry wants to retire as treasurer. Please consider the position now to learn the details from the master. Ellis Island .25 will be out
August 28, and I will have them for the September meeting. Only five silver club medals left at $65, get yours before they’re gone. We have about 20
each of the brass and copper. 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, concerns, or topics you would like to see: 815-8625 firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird Prize was a 2009 .01 set won by Cole Allen. 2016 S .25 sets available, NA, Frederick Douglas Park .25 are here.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Bill Naylor: Coin club bronze, 1988 proof set,2003 unc.set,
photo grading book, 2015 .25 set, 2009 Red book
Bart Daniels: CA,NV,AZ .25 set, NA $1 set
Ed Scot: 1976 proof set, 2009 Lincoln set
Thomas Charleston: mystery box 2009 .01 roll, 1973 bicentennial coin
Ken Hopple: candy coins
David Elliott: NV 1976 bicentennial medal
Danny Clifton: 1985 unc. set
Sam Dibitonto: 1943 .50
Milton Angel: 1925 .25, Heritage auction books
Cole Allen: presidential $1
(I think there was more, but this is all I got)
McKayla Barton (not present) won the quarter pot, about $7.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
August 20, Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit: $2, Tables: 66, Peter McIntosh, 916 643-6222 email@example.com
September 7-9, Long Beach Coin, Stamp, Sports Show, LB Convention Centre, 100 S. Pine Ave., Admit: $8, Tables:100s, Taryn Warrecker, 805 680-0294
September 15-17, Santa Clara Coin, Stamp Show, SC Convention Center, 5001 Great American Parkway, Admit: $6, Tables: 76+, Scott Griffin, 415 601-8611
September 16, N. California Numismatic Seminar: Collecting in Today’s World, Vallejo Naval Museum, 734 Marin St., Admit: FREE, Michael Turrini, 707 246-
6327 EmperorI@juno.com www.solanocoinclub.com
September 22-23, LV Coin Show, Westgate Resort, 3000 Paradise Rd., Admit: ?, CK Shows, 888 330-5188 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Other Coin: Ancient Jewish Coins
Just when I thought I had just a few hard to find coins left to complete my coin collecting, I found a whole new interest. As usual, Joel Anderson’s Interesting Stuff
catalog got me started when he offered a set of 4 Portuguese coins with galleons on them for $7. I set them aside, and a few weeks ago decided to catalog
them and found that there were dozens of these coins portraying the whole history of Portuguese colonization from the mid-1400s until the 1990s. The Portuguese
were the first and last to have colonies throughout the world in Africa, Asia, India, Americas and even Australia.
The dollar size coins began being minted in 1987 in copper nickel, gold, and silver, and later in platinum and palladium. When the coins became demonetized with the
entry of Portugal into the European Union in 2000, the coins sold for bullion value or $1-4 dollars in copper nickel.
In addition to the large coins with a galleons on them with dates of Portuguese discovery and emblems of the land discovered, it is inexpensive to add a Portuguese
colonial coin and independence coin for a dollar or two, since Portugal maintained their colonies after WWII. So coins of Mozambique, can be added to the
commemorative coin above. And, unlike Britain or France there are only a few colonies: Saint Thomas, Azores, Cape Verde, Angola, India, Macau, Timor, Brazil, and
Mozambique. None are rare. The 16th century Indian coins are inexpensive (see below a coin of Joao III 1521-1557 and a gold coin from Goa 1732), and the
Portuguese monarchy’s Brazil coins minted in the 19th century when they fled Napoleon are only $5-6. There are no expensive coins outside of gold or bullion coins
unlike Britain or German colonial coins and Portugal was first, last and world-wide. Easily found on e-bay or your local coin store.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
A complete collection of Dahlonega mint coins, valued at about $715,000, is on exhibit at the University of Georgia, Athens along with gold nuggets, postcards,
historic maps, and even a couple of old movies through December 5. America’s first gold rush in the 1820's North Carolina and Georgia. The mint was established in
1838 and continued through 1861. The Civil War put a temporary halt to most Georgia gold mining, but it resumed afterward. Gold production peaked circa 1900,
then faded in the wake of new discoveries in California, Alaska, and Australia and other places. The Josiah K. Lilly Collection of gold coins, valued at $5.5 million
dollars, will be kept intact and donated to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The gold from the giant gold coin stolen from a
German museum has been recovered as a gold bar. A museum supervisor and an “Arab clan” are under arrest. A Boy Scout Troop in West Virginia found
buried treasure. 31 Scouts unearthed a large wooden box while constructing a foot bridge. They found pearls, colorful beads, jewelry, tarnishing metals, campaign
buttons from the early 1900s, along with old coins and paper money. The enhanced 2017 S circulating coin mint set sold out in 10 minutes on August 1 at
$29.95. I warned you! Here’s one of the quarters, see the whole set on-line. The frosty finish is nice.
Canada continues their Superman series (over a dozen coins now) with a 3 ounce silver and “reverse” gold plating that is pretty sharp. And Perth continues
Ghostbusters, gods (Hel), kangaroos, koalas, a seal and Star Trek (it’s the 30th of the Next Generation, got my tickets for the SF bash). Kagin, Inc. has announced
that this 1783 Nova Constellatio Quint pattern is the first coin struck under the authority of the US government. Kagin Inc. also claims it is the first coin
issued in a decimal series, but as Chekhov of the Enterprise would note, Peter the Great issued decimal coin in 1700 of 100 kopecks to the ruble, which is the first
instance of decimal coinage and still the coinage of Russia. See Cartwheel March 2017. To mark the Loonie’s 30th birthday, the Royal Canadian Mint has
produced a two-coin set. Along with a .9999 fine silver edition of Carmichael’s Loon is a dollar coin showing the original intended Voyageur (canoe) design. Mintage
is 10,000 sets. This set was also struck in .9999 fine gold. The mintage of 350 was an instant sellout despite the $5,499.95 price tag. The US mint has sold almost
90% of its platinum coins. Greg Smith of Minnesota discovered what has been identified by John Wexler as a second die pairing for the 1992-D “Close AM”
Lincoln cent. The variety, which was first identified in 2001, is considered rare with total population of 79 pieces.
The fourth edition of Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins is out. 144pp. $29.95. Great photos and history. Only a single gold coin was
recovered from the 1714 treasure fleet off the Florida coast. Bad weather was to blame. The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher
Collection of Portrait Medals is a 64 page book accompanying the exhibition of highlights from the Scher Collection recently donated and displayed at the Frick
Museum in New York. 130 of the 450 medals are on display from the Renaissance through the 19th century. $11-12 dollars on Amazon. NGC’s Numismatic
Conservation Service can safely remove coins from lucite now. Speaking of lucite, there’s a lucite toilet seat with coins including a Morgan and Peace dollar
offered for $300 on ebay under US coins collections/lots. The Israel Museum has a nice display to 75 gold Roman gold portrait coins with foot size medallion
copies above each aureus displayed. 2019 Apollo XI designs are being narrowed down, and Congress is still trying to pass state innovators $1 coins, 4 a year,
that still doesn’t make sense to me. Agostino Sferrazza, a famous Italian numismatist, insists the image on the shroud of Turin includes two copper-composition
coins issued in Judaea by Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate in 29 BC. Coins were traditionally placed over the eyes of deceased persons to help keep the eyelids
closed and due to the superstition that the deceased individual was looking for someone to take with him or to pay passage to the underworld. A lituus or augur’s
wand appears on coins issued by Pilate. It is the lituus that is suspected of appearing on the coin images on the Shroud of Turin. Australia has produced a nice coin
and stamp train set for the 100th anniversary of the Australian railroad for only $12.50 and can be purchased at http://www.perthmint.com.au/catalogue/trans-
australian-railway-2017-stamp-and-coin-cover.aspx?affiliateID=16 Canada has a 3D leaping cougar and garden gate coins to go along with the beads and statues
they’re putting on coins. And China has a kilo gold coin with the whole Chinese zodiac on it.