Reno Cartwheel
December 2011

Next Meeting:

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

December  Mini-bourse
Bring coins to trade and sell.

January  Large Cents
Dan Waterman presents large cents. Nomination for elections.

January 17 Awards Banquet and Elections
Awards dinner and elections of officers

February   Medals and Their Making
We will watch “The Medal Maker.” Please bring an interesting  medal of your own.

March   SS Central America Inventory
Fred Holabird will tell us the true inventory of the shipwreck. Just released.

May ANA’s “Change in Money: Cowries to Credit Cards.”
We will present ANA’s National Coin Week program.

At The Last Meeting
32 members were in attendance for “Happy Birthday, Nevada” by Rusty King , who brought a variety of 100th and 125th
anniversary medals of Nevada’s statehood., which also included medals from 5 different counties. It was also noted that 2014 will
mark Nevada’s 150th birthday and our 30th anniversary. Sounds like we need to be thinking about another medal. Dan Waterman is
exploring the possibility of holding a Reno Coin Club Coin show next September at Lawlor. He will be poling dealers to see if they
would be interested. Couple hundred visitors attended Nevada Day at the State museum We sold several of our medals and handed
out 40 applications. I believe we got three new members,

Let a club officer know if there is a topic you would like to hear. Someone in the club knows all.   

Early Bird Prize was $2 Canadian polar bear won by Thomas Charleston.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Ed Scott: 2001 Mint set, 1985 mint set
Bart Daniels: NV commemorative
Leo Russow: 2 Kennedy halves, NV dollar, Krause    20th century coins
Thomas Charleston: 1970D half
Karen Sanguinetti: 3 Ken Holabird books, State quarter album
Rusty King: Andrew Jackson dollars
Dan Waterman 1938D nickle
Keith Gregory: 1981 proof set, ancient coin replica
Breanna Baldridge: US Grant dollars
Howard Buchler: Ormsby Horse medal, Wild West coin
Jack Gruhler: wooden nickles
George Drappler: coin albums


Larry Demangate donated a 1917 half a won by Jack Gruhler for $22.50.

Breanna Baldridge won the
quarter pot of about $10.


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.

Upcoming Coin Shows

December 4 Sacramento Coin Show.
Red Lion Inn, 1401 Arden Way, 10-6.Admission $3. Info: Peter McIntosh, (916) 922-8041.E-Mail:,

December 9, 10 San Francisco Ancient Bourse.
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, 10-6.Admission $10. Info: John Jencek, (650) 804-4841. Website:

Dan Waterman is exploring A September 2012 coin show and will be getting the raffle together this December if it is a go.

RCC Officers
David Elliott…. President….…815-8625
Rusty King..Vice President...... 673-6745
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
Paul Williams….Director…....720-5395
Paul Williams….ANA Rep.....720-5395
David Elliott........Editor...........815-8625,

The RCC Board meets the third Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Other Coin: Snakes on Ancient Coins
I recently scored a couple of rare coins from Etenna in Pisidia (Asia Minor or Turkey):

They are a famous curiosity as the myth behind the images on the coin is unknown. Both coins feature a woman being attacked by
a snake with a fallen amphora (wine jug) behind. The two men above hold a double-bladed axe and a scythe, seen more clearly on
the right coin.
  Now snakes were sacred to Dionysus. As part of his initiation rite a snake was placed in a basket called a cista mystica where the
snake was a phallic symbol as it also was in the cult of Isis. The double-bladed axe is the tool to harvest trees and the scythe
harvests grain and grapes. The Agatho Daemon, or Good Spirit was the guardian of the vineyard.

So our two coins have something to do, most likely, with rites of Dionysus. Perhaps the woman is being threatened by the snake
for spilling wine and the men are harvesters of the wine and wood .
The snake was also sacred to Apollo as an aide to prophecy, seen below wrapped around his sacred omphalos stone or seat for
Apollo’s prophecies.


The snake on a staff was also sacred to Aesculapius, hold of health and sacrifices were made to snakes for good health or Salus.
Coins depicting Salus feeding snakes on Roman coins usually indicate a thanks to the gods for healing the nation from some
epidemic. It is one way to know how frequent epidemics were in the Roman Empire.


Snakes are also found on the staff of Hermes (above  right) entwined in a winged caduceus. This becomes the symbol of medicine,
although the doctor’s staff of Aesculapius po right above has only a single snake on the staff. Hermes staff was a symbol of
commerce and communication, not medicine.
Lucian of Samosata tells us of a divine prophetic  snake created by a charlatan that nevertheless appears on some coins as a deity.
Through puppetry and ventriloquism, the snake Glycon spoke from a humanoid face, complete with beard (see following

Ceres or Demeter, goddess of grain, and Triptolemos her son and first sower of grain are both depicted in chariots being drawn by
snakes. Both gods of the Great Mysteries of Eleusis.       


Snakes were consistently symbols of good luck , good health, prophecy, and the mysteries. In the great medical centers one slept
with snakes to aid healing and dream about the cure or cause for one’s poor health. Snakes were offered milk and other sacrifice
when health was restored to an individual or a city. Alexander the Great’s mother slept with snakes, claiming the encouraged the
gods to make her fertile. The snake on the coin of Etenna tell some forgotten story of Dionysus of wine, fertility, and mystery that
we may never fully know.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Last 2 coins of the year Garfield dollar and Chickasaw quarter:


Australia’s Perth Mints 1 Tonne Gold Kangaroo Coin

The new largest coin is a Gold Kangaroo by the Perth Mint. The massive piece weighs in at approximately one ton which equates to
1,000 kilograms or 32,150.746 troy ounces. This coin’s diameter and thickness are also impressive coming in at nearly 80
centimeters and 12 centimeters, respectively. For comparison, the Perth’s immensely popular one ounce gold kangaroo coin has a
diameter of 3.26 centimeters and a thickness of .28 centimeters. Acknowledging the immense size and value of the 99.99% pure
gold piece, it has been given a legal tender face value of AUS $1,000,000. Based on recent gold prices of over $1,725 an ounce, it
has a melt value of over US $55.4 million. The creation of the 1 tonne Gold Kangaroo follows other massive world issues. In 2000,
the Chinese Mint struck a 10-kilogram gold piece only to be outdone a few years later. In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a
100-kilogram gold coin.

Gold Proof Dollars of Civil War Era Sell at a  Premium
Douglas Winter Numismatics recently sold two very rare and very beautiful Proof gold dollars from the Civil War era. These were
an 1862 graded Proof-64 Deep Cameo by PCGS, and an 1864 graded Proof-66 Deep Cameo by PCGS . The rarity of Proof 1862
gold dollars is not widely recognized, probably due to the fact that business strikes are very common and were minted to the tune
of 1.36 million pieces. Proofs are another story with just 35 coins struck for collectors. On the PCGS website, it states that
“between 18 and 25 are known,” but this number seems high given


the typical survival rate for small-size gold proofs of this era. The number known is more likely in the area of 15 to 18, with the
average piece grading PR64 to PR65. PCGS estimates that “17 to 22 examples of 1864 Proof survive.” As with many of their
estimates, it is likely they are a bit on the high side. The total number is more likely around 14 to 18, and this is based on the fact
that there are only 12 auction appearances for Proof 1864 gold dollars dating back to the early 1990's. The record price at auction is
$32,200, set by Heritage 10/11: 4625, which sold for $32,200. This is the exact coin shown above.

Finest Set of $10 Liberty Head Sells For $10 Million.
Legend Numismatics of Fort Worth, Texas, has purchased the complete set of $10 Liberty Head gold pieces assembled by
Professional Coin Grading Service The transaction is valued at $4 million. Hall’s set is listed on the PCGS Set RegistrySM as the
“Ellen D” collection (after his wife’s first name). It is not only the finest set of its kind on the Registry, it is also finer than fabled
sets assembled by noted 20th century collectors Harry W. Bass and Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. The 184-piece Liberty $10 gold
collection contains several finest known examples: 1848 MS64, 1858 MS64, 1875 AU50 (only 10 known), 1876MS60, 1883-O AU,
1899-S MS68, and 1902 MS66.