Tuesday, 3rd of December 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
December: Coin Bourse Bring coins to sell, trade and buy yourself or someone a coin for Christmas. I’ll have all the quarters and dollars of the year.
January 7: Euro Coins Laurel Hoggan presents the Euro coins old and new, their past, and future.
January 21 : Annual Dinner Elections, dinner, a raffle, probably a movie. See you there.
At The Last Meeting
36 members heard Rusty’s account of the private minting of Nevada’s 125th medal and Larry Demangate’s talk about the 100th anniversary medal and the huge ball of Nevada
silver that traveled to all the states before being minted into the silver coins with Hoover Dam and Statue of Mackay. The 150th anniversary minting at the Nevada State museum
was well attended. Evidently, all 1000 of the silver medals at $100+ have been sold and a second striking has been proposed for March as more than a 1000 have been pre-
purchased. Copper for $15 are still available. They will be available December 1 for pickup. The photo book is $25 and calendar is $11 for state employees like me, let me know if
you have an interest. The book has 150 images. Info: nevadamagazine.com/historical-nevada-book We will be producing the die for out 30th/150th anniversary medal soon. You
can help by pre-purchasing the 3 coin set: silver, brass, and copper for $80. Also the last of the 2013 quarters have come in, so I have made up a 100 2013 S sets. I will bring
them to the December meeting. Only $4.
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana). Call 852-8822.
Early Bird Prize was Stories of the Comstock won by AJ Jacobs.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Rick DeAvilla: 2 filled penny albums
Kindra Amunson: silver certificate, Canadian penny roll, WWII Philippine currency, 1981 proof .05
Bill Amunson: 1981 proof PD sets, FDR medal
Garrett Allen: Russ Federation AR.10 & .20, 1 gram AR bar, Barber.10, copper round. Buff .05, stamp bag
Gerald Breedlove: a Barber .25
Brent Speegle: 1969 proof set
Dave Casper:1969 proof set, bicentennial Ike
Jack Gruhler: NV nat’l park .25
Bart Daniels: 2009 dollar set
David Elliott: Ike dollar
Clayton Brownell 2009 penny roll-Mystery box
Dan Trabke:Ike medal
Jeff Allen: bicentennial poof .50
Milton Angel: National Parks .25 album
Quint Aninao: 1968 proof penny
Glen Fruehen (not present) won the quarter pot about $25.
Laurel Hoggan won the Medal Maker DVD donated by Rob Vugteveen for $20
Rick DeAvilla won .50 1909 O for $23 donated by Larry Demangate
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
Dec 8: Sacramento Coin Show, 1401 Arden Way. Admission $3, 45 dealers Info: Peter McIntosh, email@example.com 916 317-9055
Dec 14-15: San Francisco Historical Bourse (Ancients), 1500 Van Ness Ave., Admit $10, 30 tables. Info:John Jencek, JHE@ancient-coins.com 650 804-4841
Dec 20-22: Las Vegas, Coin, Stamp, Currency, Jewelry, & Postcards Show, Circus Circus. Info: www.bickinternational.com
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: Crusader Coins
I recently purchased the long awaited Coins of the Crusader States ($75) by Malloy. The coins are accessible, but many of the crusader principalities are rare. The Crusades
were an attempt to take back the Holy Land and restore the Roman Empire from 1095-1272. Shortly after Justinian the Great’s restoration of Roman Empire in the 6th century and
defeat of the Parthians was halted by the spread of the Black Plague, Islam rose from the desert and conquered much of the Roman Empire from North Africa to Asia Minor. The
Byzantine Army was defeated at Manzikert in 1071 and the Roman Emperor beseeched the Western powers for assistance. The first crusade 1095-1099 succeeded in retaking
Jerusalem and setting up several small Christian kingdoms. Subsequent crusades (1147, 1187) saw the loss of Jerusalem, but the expansion of the Christian kingdoms in the
Middle East, especially Cyprus and Rhodes. The 4th Crusade was the most infamous of all–as the knights of the crusade lead by Venice sacked Constantinople and set up petty
kingdoms all through Greece. The looting of Constantinople’s art, churches, and libraries in 1204 gave rise to the Renaissance as Greek scholars followed their looted libraries and
taught in the West. St. Marks in Venice is entirely constructed from Byzantine loot, for example. Later crusades got a foothold in Egypt and retook Jerusalem briefly, but by the
end of the 13th century the crusader kingdoms were gone, although the Knights Templar ruled Cyprus until 1489 and Venice ruled Cyprus until 1571 when it was lost to the
Ottoman Turks. The Crusades were at successful until first the Mamluks and then the Turks turned the tide conquering the crusader kingdoms. Finally, Constantinople fell in 1453
and the Turks conquered Eastern Europe all the way to walls of Vienna in 1683.
The coins are varied and include strikes of local barons from Tripoli, Antioch, Jerusalem, Tyre, Beirut, and Edessa in the Middle East. There are also coins of the great orders of
knights, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem and the Order of Malta. Unfortunately, the Templars never struck their own coins. Coins were struck in Constantinople for the years
of Crusader rule 1204-1261, as well as various kingdoms: Thessalonica, Cyprus, Malta, Achaea, and Athens. The coinage of the Crusader era had simple denominations: only one
silver coin (a penny or denier) and two gold coins (dinar and quarter dinar). Bronze coins initially imitated Byzantine coins, both in the cup shaped trachy and the flat follis with
images of Christ or the Virgin and cross or ruler on the reverse. The coins were often smaller to conform in weight with coinage in the West. Alas, much of the coins made by the
Crusaders in Constantinople were made from thousands of Greek bronze statues that had been collected by the Byzantine emperors to adorn the city. The silver denier followed
western models most often with a cross on the obverse and a castle gate on the reverse. The name of mint and ruler appeared on the coin. Coins of Cyprus have a lion rampant
and cross. Some time an armored knight appears or Arab coins are imitated. Gold coins were made, but immediately cut as gold was too valuable in the denier size coin. It has
long been a challenge to collect enough of the fractional gold coins to figure out what the original looked like. Crusader coins are still cheap, often $25 in even fine grade and have a
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
After much trial and tribulation the mint has begun making the Baseball Hall of Fame curved coin in gold silver and clad. The nickel copper clad coin required a 50% reduction
of the curve in order to be able to strike a 4-5,000 coins for each die. The increased tonnage and layered nature of the clad coin put great strains on the presses. The authorizing
legislation called for minting a maximum of 50,000 $5 gold coins, 400,000 silver $1 coins and 750,000 clad half dollars. The Mint will take orders the first part of 2014, but does
not expect to deliver the coins until spring, according to Mint Director of Public Affairs Tom Jurkowsky. Final designs for the 2014 presidential dollars have been chosen,
although they’re arguing over a young and older Roosevelt.
Krause publications have announced the coins of the year. For larger in color photos please go to the website, www.renocoinclub.org
SF set of all five 2013 quarters in case $4
National Park Quarters PDS .50
Great Basin roll $17, PD
Presidential, Native American 2013 D P $1.25
1.Cyprus Lion/Jerusalen cross, James II 1460-1476
2. Sicily, William I, trachy,Rex Wwith Arabic around/Madonna and child,
3. Bohemund IV,AR denier head in chain mail/cross 1201-1216
4. Latin Imitation (trachy) Christ enthrones, Emperor stands, 1206-1261
5. Achaea, Isabella, Ar denier, castle gate/cross,1297-1301
My favorite US coin is the New Frontiers
medal in 1.5 or 3 inch bronze, a copy of
the medal given to the astronauts. Available
for $7 and $40 respectively.