Tuesday, 5th of February 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
February 5: Atocha Treasures Fred Holabird will present the treasures of the Atocha.
February 22: Dollar Exchange at NV State Museum: Ken Hopple and David Elliott will fire up the press and have the new coins
for sale at cost.
March: Coins of the Great Patriotic Wars of Russia David Elliott will present the new Russian coin set commemorating the
200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and all the commemorative coins produced every 5 year commemorating WWII.
April 26-27 National Coin Week at the NV State Museum: This years theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Buffalo
nickel: “Black Diamond Shines Again.” Ken and I will be there as usual.
At The Last Meeting
17 members met in January 1 to hear Rusty King present the design and production of the 125th anniversary medal for the State
of Nevada in gold, silver and bronze. The reverse bore the state seal and the obverse bore mottos and image of the state
(Should have taken a picture). No new nominations for officers or board, all current members agreed to continue. $15 Dues are
Due January 1, please send them in or give them to a club officer.
Annual Dinner had 16 members in attendance and watched “”History of Gold: Cold Hard Cash.” No new nominations for
officers were made and all were reelected by acclamation. It is unlikely that I will have any new coins for the February meeting
as the White Mt. quarter is “released” 1-28 with 3 day delivery, but 2 weeks to process order. I have about 30 of the 2012 S
quarter sets left. If I am to get more the replacement quarters are no $1 each, so maybe they really are “instant rarities.”I may
make up 40 more, but they will cost $5. There will be 2013 S quarters, including Nevada’s. Early Bird Prize won by Jack
Gruhler, the 2 Grover Cleveland dollars(Bart Daniels Westward nickels set)
Raffle prizes winners were: (dinner winners in ( ))
Clay Thomas 40 state quarters and album, 1981 proof set, 2 $1 Grover Cleveland set (1995 proof set, AU 1976 half, club medal,
2 Garfield dollars, 2000D VA .25)
Bart Daniels: mystery box a half?, 1987 proof set (1980 proof set, 2 Garfield dollars)
David Elliott: 1980 British proof set, mint bag (1976 unc. Eisenhower$1, 1935 buffalo .05)
Thomas Charleton: roll of 1943 pennies, bicentennial AU half
Jerry Breedlove 1966 proof set(1922 Peace dollar, $1 silver certificate)
Dan Trabke: 3 trolley tokens, $1 silver certificate (club medal)
Ken Hopple: 1936 buffalo nickel, 2000 unc MA .25 (19773 proof half, Colonial Virgin Island Coin book)
Ed Wasieleski: buffalo nickel(US mint bag)
Ron Jahn: Comstock coin book (1966 proof set)
Troy Young: 1920 quarter, 1964 dime
Rusty King won 2006 redbook (club medal)
(Glenn Fruehen Hawaii coin belt buckle, mystery box, 2006 Redbook)
(Andre Azzam: $1 silver certificate)
(Bob Wagner: buffalo nickel)
(Shannon Holmes AU 1976 half)
Andre Assam won the quarter pot of $3.50
(Nicholas Rinehart, not present, won quarter pot.)
Bart Daniels won 1976 P .50 roll for $22
(Dan Trabke won Madison half for $12 donated by Rusty King
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
February 15-16 Redwood Empire Coin Club Show, Santa Rosa, EL Finely Hall, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett
Valley Road Admit $1, under 12 free. Merle Avila 707 585-3711, 824-4811pm
February 17 Cupertino Coin Club 41st Show, San Jose, Napedak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway Admit $2, under 17 free.
Bruce Braga 408 839-1883
March 10 Livermore Valley Coin Club Show, Elks Lodge, 940 Larkspur, Steve Kramer 925 422-3794
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
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.
National Park Quarters P or D or S .50
Cleveland, 2nd term D or P $1.25, $30 a roll
Five quarter holder $1.50
$4 San Francisco 5 quarter set in holder (30 left)
The Other Coin: Coins of the Silk Road
The collapse of the Soviet Union not only allowed coins of the Black Sea, Medieval Russia, and the Golden Horde flow freely to
the market, but also the coins of the various kingdoms along the Silk road have become readily available on e-bay and vcoins
websites for the first time.
The production of silk is mentioned as early as the third millennium BC, but it did not become a prominent trade item until the
Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) used it as well as Chinese princess as trade items to reduce raids from the Xiongnu (Hsiung-nu)
and Yuezhi (Tocharians) nomadic horsemen into North-west China. Emperor Wudi (156-87BC) successfully gained horses and
Turning their attention West, the Asiatic Xiongnu pushed the Indo-European Yuezhi into the Greek Bactrian Empire, destroying
the kingdom founded by Alexander the Great. By 130BC the former satraps and local rulers of the Bactrian kingdom
(Afghanistan) allied with their Yuezhi conquerors appear to have the created the Kushan Empire (130BC-350AD) that stretched
from Central Asia to India that became the corridor for the silk trade and propagation of Buddhism. The bronze and gold coins
have become very popular over the last few years with their wide varieties of gods and goddesses and interesting royal portraits.
The Kushans made silk readily available to the Parthians, Egyptians, and the Romans, creating a market that would thrive for
more than a thousand years.
The Silk Road survived the fall of the Parthians, Romans, Han Empires as the Buddhist monks built a chain of monasteries,
which became caravansaries from Persia to China. Oasis way stops became major cities with irrigation works and agriculture.
Bukhara, Samarkand, Kashgar and other became kingdoms in their own right. The arrival of the Muslims in 8th and
9th centuries AD merely saw a change of rulers, but Buddhist monks along with Nestorian (Syrian) Christians continued their
journeys over the Silk road establishing monasteries all along its route as far away as Japan. The caliphs of Baghdad set up their
own silk factories eschewing figural weavings or embroideries for the Tiraz–a geometric rendering of “There is no God but
God” on the edge. The Mongols destroyed the thriving central Asian cities as well as Kievian Russia and China, but kept the
craftsmen, including silk producers to make tents and silk padding under their armor. Mongols promoted trade on the Silk Road
and after their conversion to Islam and the Death of Genghis Khan the Mongol divided into a series of khanates including the
Golden Horde in Russian, Crimea khans. Chaghatai khans, Ilkhans, etc. Despite civil wars and wars within and between the
khanates, traders and the caravan route were protected. It was the improvement in shipping in the mid 14th century bringing
porcelain, tea, and silk from China more cheaply and safely that ended the Silk Road as a major trading route.
Genghis Khan, Samarkand, 13thAD Ilkhans, 13th AD
Golden Horde, 14th AD Crimea Khan, 15th AD
Chaghatai Khans 14th AD
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
The First Major Sale of An American Treasure Ship’s Artifacts- The Atocha, 1987 (Fred Holabird’s abstract of his
In 1983, Holabird founded Holabird Americana, specializing in Mining in the West collectibles which are all things historical
related to mining. Along the way, the subject of artifacts came up. A friend of Fred & Robin’s, Lee Mercer, owner of the
Keystone Theatre in Reno, had been a diver and knew other divers on Mel Fisher’s Atocha discovery, which held some of the
most important American mining relics ever discovered – precious metal ingots. Mercer introduced Fisher to Holabird by
telephone. Within a year, one of Holabird’s employees helped inventory the coins. When Holabird was in New York for a trade
show, an article in Life Magazine hit the news stands with the Atocha on the cover. Holabird changed his plans, flew to Florida,
met with fisher, and the magic started. Holabird proposed a sale using the best marketing firm in the world, Caesar’s Palace. A
successful and colorful
The Northern California Numismatic Association is offering a .999 1 ounce silver medal for $40 and $4.50 shipping until
April 15, 2013. It has the California gold miner on the obverse and a view of San Francisco on the reverse. Orders to: NCNA
medal c/o, Fred G. Van den Haak, PO Box 60484, Palo alto, CA 94306-0484.
Approximately 245,000 King George V $5 and $10 gold coins dated 1912, 1913 or 1914 are currently held. 30,000 coins
became treasures of Canada’s numismatic past. The remaining coins will be melted and refined into pure gold by the Mint, which
will convert them into a tradeable, liquid asset.
The following coins are being made available:
* Premium Hand-Selected 6-Coin Set (140 sets – $12,000 each)
* Premium Hand-Selected 1912, 1913 and 1914 $5 single gold coins (291 coins – $875 each)
* Premium Hand-Selected 1913 and 1914 $10 single gold coins (4,869 coins – $1,750 each)
* Hand-Selected 1912, 1913 and 1914 $5 single gold coins (5,050 coins – $500 each)
* Hand-Selected 1912, 1913 and 1914 $10 single gold coins (18,950 coins – $1,000 each)
American Silver Eagle Bullion coins sold out for 2012 and 2013 sale orders have already hit records of nearly 4 million sold on
the first day of issue. Gold bullion coins are setting a record pace as well. The bronze medal First Spouse set is also ready for
order at $16.95, shipping February 5
$15 Dues are Due
Wu-Zhu coin of Emperor
Wudi (this coin remained in
circulation until the 20th
Left top Sogdiana 7th AD
ight top Bukhara 8th AD
Bottom left Ferghana