Reno Cartwheel
February 2011

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, 1st  of February 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV  

February   Cupid and Love Tokens    
I will bring ancient coins of Cupid and Eros and relate the Eros and Psyche myth. It would be great if
those who have love tokens also bring those into share. We’ll have a love fest for Valentine’s Day.

March   Numismatic Trivia
A J. Jacobs will present Numismatic Trivia

April  ANA National Coin Week
The theme for  88th annual National Coin Week is "Blue, Gray and Greenbacks." commemorates the
American Civil War and the "numismatic changes and innovations during the conflict." I know a lot of you
have Civil War stuff, bring it in.

May Fred Holabird?
Fred has promised to do a topic or two and is free to bump February or April.

At The Last Meeting

29 members were I attendance and an unopposed slate of new board members and officers was
nominated (see below). Thanks everyone for stepping forward. Doug took advantage of the hearing
impaired and snookered me into the presidency. Hopefully, the best raffle chairman we have ever had will
stay on in that capacity. Ralph Marrone, treasurer for more years than I can count has finally stepped
down and let Gerry Breedlove take over. Rusty King is our new VP replacing Karen Sanguinetti, who put
so much effort into the coin show and raffle. Andre Azzam began work as the new secretary right away,
and he has great handwriting. Dan Waterman and Duke Morin continue as directors with Ken Hopple and
Ed Wasielski becoming the new directors. Thanks all!
Early Bird Prize was a 2010 penny roll won by Howard Buchler

Raffle prizes winners were:
David Elliott: 2010 large print Red Book, so my regular one will be in the next raffle!
Dan Trabke: Canadian nickels. Caesar palace $1
Rick DeAvila: wheat pennies, coin book
Howard Buchler: Roman coin
Dan Waterman: 1944 quarter
Ralph Marrone: 1900 V nickel
Jeff Allen: 1936 nickel
Ralph Doucette: Zac Taylor medal
Bart Daniels: roll Australian pennies
Jack Gruhler: 1901 V nickel, 1937 nickel, casino token
Rusty King: 1955 dime
Ken Hopple: $2 print, 1895 penny
Doug Larson: 2010 silver eagle
Garrett Allen: coin holders, 1907 V nickel, wooden nickels, coin book, Prima Donna Casino
Mona Heater: Gold Club Sparks 1971

             No  Auctions
Dan Waterman won the quarter pot of $10.75
I will be bring all 5 P&D National Park Quarters
$2 for the last 2 (4 in all) P&D, all 10 $4.50

Upcoming Coin Shows

January 28-30
San Jose Coin Club Coin Show, Doubletree Hotel, Bayshore Ballroom, 2050 Gateway Pl., 70 tables, Call
Ray Johnson, 408-973-1606,

February 25-26
Lincoln Celebration at the State Museum, Carson City. Lincoln dollars and the other presidents, all the new
Lincoln pennies, and the national park quarters at face or cost will be available along with Doug Larson’s
Civil War display. Bob Nylen’s Lincoln penny lecture, and Ken Hopple at the press minting Lincoln
medals–how can you resist?

March 17-19
ANA National Money Show, Sacramento Convention Center

April 17-23
National Coin Week’s theme is “Blue, Grey & Greenbacks: Money of the Civil War.” I imagine Ken and I
will be at the State Museum in Carson city on Friday 22 and Saturday 23.

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
Duke Morin…….Director…....856-4935
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. We are working to get the website fixed.

The Other Coin: Love in the Ancient World and Coins

In the Roman version, Cupid was the son of Venus (goddess of love) and Mars. In the Greek version he
was named Eros. In Apuleius's Metamorphoses, Cupid's mother Venus or Aphrodite became jealous of the
princess Psyche, who was so beloved by her subjects that they forgot to worship Venus. She ordered
Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with the vilest thing in the world. While Cupid was sneaking into her
room to shoot Psyche with a golden arrow, he accidentally scratches himself with his own arrow and
falls deeply in love with her.
Following that, Cupid visited Psyche every night, so that she could not see him. Fearful of his mother’s
wrath, he told her never to try to see him. Psyche, though, incited by her two older sisters who told her
Cupid was a monster, tried to look at him, but hot candle wax fell on the sleeping Cupid from her candle,
causing him to wake and flee.

When he left, she looked all over the world for him hounded by Cupid’s mother Aphrodite, who had
forbidden him to love Psyche. Aphrodite set Psyche three impossible tasks: 1) sorting of a huge pile of
mixed grains in which she was aided by ants
2) getting fleece from the flesh eating golden sheep. Naiads aided her by telling her to wait until sundown
and pluck the fleece from thorn bushes, and
3) getting Persephone’s make-up box from Hades. Psyche opened the box to enhance her beauty and
Cupid’s love. This caused her to fall into a coma.   

Finally, Jupiter, gave the persevering Psyche the gift of immortality so that she could be with Cupid.
This is the Greek and Roman version of the Song of Songs telling the story of the soul’s relationship to
the gods rather than God. Psyche means soul. In the Greek and Roman myths the gods also loved
mankind, but mankind could not rest content with an invisible god and insisted on seeing god face to face.
Psyche’s trials are interpreted as the need to learn logic and reason–Aristotle sorting of things into
categories, followed by labor or work in the gathering of wool, and finally learning that the beauty,
goodness, and love of God is not something that mortals can possesses except by God’s grace. This is
what Dostoevsky meant by “Beauty will save the world.” In both Russian and Greek goodness and beauty
are the same word. This is also one of the fables the Church Fathers referred to help understand the
summation of the Incarnation in the phrase, “God became man. so that man may become god.”



  Love Tokens

A love token is the name often  given to coins that have been engraved with some sort of personal
message or information. The term ‘love token’ is a bit of a misnomer as many of the engravings have
nothing to do with ‘love’ but instead recorded births or deaths. A popular habit was to take a coin, usually
a dime or half-dime, and engrave on it some special piece of information like a birth date or the
commemoration of a death. Sometimes the engraving is detailed and tells you the name of the person, the
exact date, and sometimes the event. The engraving is usually many decades later than the coin.

From the seventeenth century onwards it became fashionable to wear jewelry that commemorated a
cherished person. Engraved coins represent a cheaper option for those who could not afford a brooch or
mourning rings. In the 19th century love tokens became more elaborate and often involved enameling
and/or completely erasing one face (or sometimes both sides) of the coin so that a message, name, date or
initials could replace it. Occasionally the coin then had a pin soldered to it, so that it could be worn as a
brooch. Engraving coins became widespread – many US coins of the 1800s were engraved in some way.
Please bring in a love token if you have one

$1.00 EACH.
Edward B Hoffman, PO Box 8027, Spring Creek, NV 89815-0001-27,   Phone 775-753-2435 email:

Ed has donated a big bag of steel pennies, a roll of V nickels and many other things to the club over the


"Minting & Mining in Carson City"                               March 20-23

Go on a three-day educational adventure that explores the history of the Gold Rush in California and
Nevada, tours the legendary Comstock Lode mines in Virginia City, and features top numismatic experts
at the old Carson City Mint. “Minting and Mining in Carson City” is part of the American Numismatic
Association’s “Destination Education” series and takes place March 20-23 following the 2011 Sacramento
National Money Show.
Students will leave Sacramento by bus on Sunday, March 20 at 11 a.m., visit the Empire State Historic
Park Museum and spend a night of fun and relaxation at the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino in Reno.
On March 21 students will tour the Comstock Lode, Virginia City, and other historic sites before arriving
at the Courtyard Marriott in Carson City.
March 22 will be at the Nevada State Museum, formerly the Carson City Mint, learning from top
numismatic experts before dinner at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion featuring an appearance by Mark
Twain. ANA Club members may apply for limited seating at $99 for this day’s events!
The seminar concludes March 23 with stops at Coloma and the Boeger Winery in Placerville before
arriving in Sacramento by 2:30 p.m.
The cost of “Minting and Mining in Carson City,” including tuition, transportation, three nights of lodging,
meals and dinner credits, is $995 (single occupancy) and $1,549 (double occupancy). To register for the
learning adventure of a lifetime, call 719-482-9850 or

Fred Holabird is the tour guide to the mines and towns of the Comstock Lode..
Fred Weinberg, president of Weinberg & Co., leads a discussion of major U.S. Mint errors and the
evolution of the coin error hobby.
Bob Nylen, curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, explores the history of the Carson City Mint.
Nylen developed the Kit Carson Trail Walking Tour and created many museum exhibits.
Gene Hattori, curator of anthropology at the Nevada State Museum, discusses excavations in Lovelock,  
that revealed U.S. gold coins in former Chinatown.
Ken Hopple, chief coiner at the Nevada State Museum, gives demonstrations of the historic Coin Press
No. 1.

More than 100,000 Roman Coins in Arroux, France
The hoard of coins was buried in a pit sealed with tiles. It weighs 38 kg and contains more than 100,000
Roman coins from the end of the 3rd century AD. These coins are all small bronze pieces weighing less
than 0.4 g. They are unofficial coins, like many that circulated during the very troubled period of the
second half of the 3rd century and  4th century.
Tons of Ancient Coins Found in China
An ancient kiln storing several tons of copper coins dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) was
excavated in Hua County of northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Dec. 22.  The kiln is 1 meter wide at
the mouth, 2 meters wide at the belly and 3 meters deep. More than 20 kinds of copper coins were found
in the kiln with a total weight of 3 tons.