Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 26th of December 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)                               
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks

December 26
Minibourse and Nominations Please brings coins to sell and a coin to talk about.

January 26 Dinner, Awards, and Elections

DUES ARE Due $20 by January 1.

The Last Meeting
33 got to solve the mystery of platinum in a Roman coin. The Scythians mined alluvial gold mixed with platinum in southern Russia out of a meteor or volcanic crater
and neighboring rivers. The platinum was considered an impurity in the gold, because it would not melt and could not be used in jewelry. Trish has a new knee and is
struggling with physical therapy, so good call for
no museum in Nov. & Dec. George Rogers Clark  .25 here 13, the last quarter of the year. I made S sets. The
attractive set of 5 WWI medals come out January 17, with the 1st quarter, Painted Rock, an island in Michigan comes out Feb. 5. The set is 3 birds and 2
islands, should be an nice series. The
NA dollar honoring Jim Thorpe comes out Feb. 15. All the new coins are pictured below. All silver club medals sold, and
3 brass, and 17 coppers left
, which should sell easily at the museum. I bought Mercury dimes, Barber quarters and other silver for the raffle. 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 or topics you would like to see: 815-8625

Early Bird Prize was 2017S .25 set won by Rusty King.                                                         2017 S .25 sets & Roger Clark .25 here.

Raffle prizes winners were:

Joe Wozniak: 2017 PCGS .01
Sam Dibitonto: Morgan $1 Coin albums
Rick De Avila: Merc..10, 1980 proof set, 1964 .10
Laurel Hoggan: Russian coins,
mystery box medal
Milton Angel: Walking Lib. .50, Merc..10
Clay Thomas: 2002 proof set set, copper RCC medal, 2 Cleveland $1 set, coin book
Dan Waterman: 2007 D mint set
Jeff Allen: 1978 uncirc.set
Thomas Charleston: mint bag
Mary Long: new 2017 PDS .25
Clayton Brownell: 2009 .01 set, bottle book
Ed Cranch: 20th type set frame
Ken Hopple: 2017S .25 set, 2005PD .05 unc.


Larry Demangate donated 2000 Eagle won the Rick Avila for $30.

     Quarter Pot

Fred Holabird WON the quarter pot, about $4 and donated it back!


Upcoming Coin Shows

December 17 Sacramento Coin Show, Lion’s Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St., Admit: $2, Tables: 66, Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055

January 5,6 Concord Coin Show, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave., Admit: $3, Tables: 39, Bill Green, 925 351-7605  www.

January 26-28 San Jose Coin Club Show, Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, Admit: $4, Tables:70+,Ray Johnson, 408 598-7772

RCC Officers

David Elliott….......... President…........…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
Doug Larson............Past President..........843-0162
Gerald Breedlove........Treasurer..............425-2967
Andre Azzam ..............Secretary….........338-0707
Paul Williams…..........Director….........…720-5395
Joe Wozniak.............…Director….......…853-4223
Ken Hopple ....…..........Director..............677-1544
Shannon Holmes...........Director..............827–4359
Paul Williams…..........ANA Rep..............720-5395
David Elliott...................Editor................815-8625

The Other Coin: The Three Wisemen
The coins for the Three Wisemen have tradition-ally been: Azes II of the Indo-Scythians, Phraates IV of the Parthians, Gondophares of the Indo-Parthians (whom
St. Thomas is said to have converted to Christianity) or Aretas IV of the Nabataeans. There were several other petty kings of the East that either did not issue coins
or were not ruling at the right time

                                    Azes II,35bc-4ad, A.II mounted/Athena stands      Phraates IV, 37-2bc, head/ king as archer  

                                     Gondophares, 10bc-50ad, bust/Nike stands             Aretas IV 9bc-40ad,wife Shuqailat/ cornucopias

Azes II ruled northern India/Afghanistan being one of descendants of the Indo-Scythian tribes that destroyed Bactria. Phraates IV was a Parthian ruler inheritor of the
Persian Empire. Gondophares was a Indo-Parthian ruler having broken away from the Parthian Empire forming a kingdom in northern India. Aretas IV was a
Nabataean king, who ruled much of the Arabian peninsula, Syria, and the Sinai with his capitol at Petra. There were other petty kings ruling under Roman or Parthian
authority. The Kings of Elam or Elymais and Persis minted coins, but their chronology is still not established.
Jesus was born between 7BC and 4BC to take into account all the people (Herod, Augustus, Quirinius, Roman governor of Syria) mentioned at his birth, which was
how time was kept back then e.g. the 7th year of emperor, king, magistrate so and so. Also there are good records of a large comet in 7 BC and 4 BC seen in both
China and the Roman Empire, which could have been the Star of Bethlehem that the wise men were following. Our year 0 or 1 was a pretty
good medieval guess.
Besides wisemen candidates, Biblical related coins can be collected by person, place, or event mentioned in the Bible. Jewish kings minted their own coins starting
around 140BC with the Lilly of Jerusalem on the coin. Jewish related coins begin with the end of the Babylonian captivity in the 6th century BC with Judah as the
name of a province placed on some Persian coins. Of course, coins can be collected from almost all the cities mentioned in the Bible, although not from the same time
since coins were first minted in the late 7th century BC and Biblical events began with Abraham in the 17th or 18th century BC and Moses in the 13th century BC.
Popular collecting themes include a coin from each of the cities Paul ministered in or a coin from each city that minted them in the Holy Land, coins showing the
history of Jerusalem or the Jewish kings, Roman procurators of Judah including Pilate, Jewish coins of revolt in 70AD and 135 AD. Of course, the Roman emperors
minted coins commemorating their victories over the Jews known as Jewish Capta coins, often showing a weeping Jewess under a palm tree. You can also collect
coins mentioned by Jesus like the Widow’s mite, tribute penny, or one of the 30 pieces of silver (shekels of Tyre) paid to Judas. Most of the cities Jesus ministered in
minted coins, often during the time of his ministry. A coin of Pilate is a must, of course, as well as Nero and Caesar Augustus."The Handbook of Biblical
Numismatics” is on-line at Also James B. Lovette's inexpensive, Biblical Related Coins (2000) is good. By the way, a very nice Widow’s mites
can be had for $10 or less. Almost anything of this nature can be found at or on ebay.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

New Coins of Winter 2018

The Sacagawea coin honoring Jim Thorpe February 15, the 2018 quarter, island with tree is first coin Feb. 5, and the WWI commemoratives for Air Corp, Coast
Guard, Army, Marines, and Navy. Along with the 100th anniversary coin.

Numismatic Potpourri

Proof 2018 silver eagles on sale January 4. Liberty Seated Dollars A Register of Die Varieties by Dick Osburn and Brian Cushing released. Spiral bound: $95,
Hard-bound: $129, Loose-leaf: $85, $10 off if buy before January 1, no word on number of pages. E-mail him  
Canada has a cool wolf coin,
Germany won an award for their polymer ring inside a coin that makes counterfeiting very hard. Someone brought one in. Still haven’t see a black Liberty
coin. Anyone?

Australia has a cool set of planet coins in various base metals with fancy pop-up book for $180. Perth mint continues its Star War series with a 1 oz silver bar
for about $85. And it’s the
Year of the Dog next year, so everyone is doing dog coins. You can probably find your breed. Even the bureau of Engraving is doing a
lucky buck with a dog. The
iconic soda brand’s bottle cap lends its shape to a new coin from Fiji. Made of six grams of silver, about one-sixth of a troy ounce and
priced at $29.95 on eBay, the new coin is an officially licensed collectible coin. Face value in Fiji is $1. It is dated 2018 and is colorized.

Canada has a dragon/tiger coin in a ying/yang shape. 1 oz silver for $120. We received from Coin Club member Mike Carolan, now in Ely, sent two
Northern Nevada Railway medals
for raffle prizes. Thanks very much! Armenia's Central Bank has unveiled hybrid banknotes "Noah's Ark" with a face value of
500 drams. It is printed on high-quality Hybrid composite material, covered on both sides with cotton paper and protected by a thin layer of polyester. The banknote
has a multi-colored Noah's Ark watermark, as well as a face value watermark.

gold coin more than 500 years old was discovered by an amateur treasure hunter close to the battlefield where Henry Tudor triumphed over Richard III in
the Wars of the Roses. Michelle Vall, found the half angel during a charity metal-detecting event at Monks Kirby in September. The site is 11 miles south of Bosworth
Field where the last battle of the War of Roses was fought. The coin was minted during the two-year reign of Richard III — the last Yorkist king, who was killed
during the battle in 1485 — and is one of only a handful in existence. The coin measures about 2cm in diameter and weighs less than 3g and is expected to fetch
£15,000 at auction.
Another cool penny floor. This floor in Grand Pa Joe's Candy &Ice cream shop, located at 2124 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA (in the Strip
District). It's all pennies.
The National Bank of Kyrgyzstan is first to issue  new  anti-counterfeiting feature with micro-optics security incorporating three
dimensionality and fluid movement
. The Motion Surface micro-optic security feature cannot be replicated, according to DeFalco of Crane currency.

An archaeological team at the
Cluny Abbey discovered 2,200 silver deniers in a cloth bag. They were in the first half of the 12th century. These were found
alongside a tanned hide bundle with 21 Islamic gold dinar coins dated between 1121 and 1131 from Spain and Morocco, under the reign of Ali ibn Yusuf (1106-
1143). A gold signet ring with a red intaglio depicting the bust of a god and an inscription possibly dating the ring back to the first half of the 12th century was also
found at the site. Other finds include a folded sheet of gold foil weighing 24 g and stored in a case, and a small circular object made of gold.
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May 2012 ANA 2012:
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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 851-
Dec2013-Crusader coins
Jan 2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln Penny
March2014-Leto coin
April2014-So-called Dollars
SF set of all five 2013-2017S quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American  D P $1.25
May 2014-Kennedy Halves
June 2014-WWII Coins
July2014-Ancient Cast coinage
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Sept2014-Roman enemies coins
Oct 2014-Old Coin Press#1
Nov2014-LaVere Redfield
Dec2014-Vietnamese Coins
Jan2015:The Four Wisemen
Feb 2015 Pompei Magnus
March2015 Richard II
& English coins
April2015-Reagan Dollar
205 Nugget Ave. Sparks, NV
by Holiday Inn, across Hwy 80 from
Western Village
May2015-Shapur I & Sparadokos
July2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug 2015-Persis,Elymais,Parthia
Sept2015-US 20 cent
Oct2015-German Coins
Dec2015-3 Wiseman
Jan2016-N.Black Sea coins
Feb2016-Rape of Persephone
March2016-Coins at NY museums
April2016-Liberty on coins
May2016-Cyprus Coins
June 2016-Olympia bronze
July 2016-Medals
August2016-Anaheim World
Fairof Money review
Sept2016-Treasures found
at World Fair of Money
Oct2016-Presidential dollars
Nov2016-Barter to Coins
Jan2017-So-Called dollars
Dec2016-Egyptian temple
& Scipio Africanus
Feb2017-Russian coins1
March2017-Russian coins2
April2017-Augustus,Son of god
May2017-Pyrrhus Coins
July2017-Ancient Jewish Coins
Augt2017-Portuguese Colonies
Sept 2017-Coins on the Web
Oct2017-Unity coins
Dues are Due,
$20 January 1
Dues are Due,
$20 January 1
Nov2017-Papal Coins