Next Meeting:
Tuesday, 4th  of February 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV

February: Lincoln and the Lincoln Penny Robert Nylen, history curator will present Lincoln

February 28: Presidents’ Day at the NV State Museum Ken Hopple will be running the press, David Elliott will have the latest dollars & quarters.

March: Something cool he has been working on that we will really like (?) Fred Holabird will present in “something cool.”

April: So-called Dollars Jeff Shevlin introduces us to so-called dollars.

April 25,26: Nat’l Coin Week at NV Museum Minting our new medal, lectures, all the new coins. Help us “celebrate civic service” and the 50th anniversary of
the Kennedy half, 30th anniversary of the club, and 150th anniversary of the State.  

The Last Meeting
Congratulations to Paul Williams, Shannon Holmes, and Joe Wozniak, who have won seats on the board. And a special thanks to Ken Hopple and Doug Larson
our new life members for their contributions of time, treasure, and knowledge to the club. Thanks to Rusty King for filling in for me, and auctioning enough stuff
to pay for our die. There were 26 members at the regular club meeting where Laurel Hoggan showed us euro coins and notes with the new $5 euro note. No
commemoratives though. I guess no one has them.

Early Bird Prize was 2013 set of S quarters won by Laurel Hoggan.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Rusty King: 2008 set presidential dollars
Joe Drapula: 1971D Ike dollar
Clayton Brownell: Euro chocolate bars, $1 silver certificate, silver nickle
Dan Trabke: 2009 roll of pennies & planchettes in mystery box, silver nickle, buffalo nickle, British Olympic coin
Bart Daniels: 2013 S quarters set, 1976 .50, MS65 1992 .10
David Elliott: 1 gm silver bar
Ken Hopple: Great Basin .25 roll, chocolate coins, holders & tubes
Leo Russo a Barber quarter, Dansco album
Joe Wozniak: roll of Canadian pennies
Ron Jahn: a copper round, 1907 penny
Thomas Charleton: 1981 proof set, 1976 ½
Ed Scott: Morgan dollar book, 1 oz. Copper round
Quint Aninao: mint quarter bag

1986 unc. Rool .25 won for $20 by Jerry Breedlove
Oct. 1944 San Diego paper for $30 by Leo Russow
We also sold off the rolls of Eisenhower dollars

Quarter Pot
Milton Angel (not present) won the quarter pot about $30.


Smoky Mountain quarter January 27; Harding $1 February 6, Native American $1 , March 20.Upcoming Coin Shows

Upcoming Coin Shows

Feb 14-15: Redwood Empire Coin Club Show, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road. Info: Merle Avila 707 824-4811, 707 585-
3711 (days)

Feb 16: Cupertino Coin Show, 770 Montague Expry, San Jose, 45 tables Info: Bruce Braga,408 839-1883,

February 28: Presidents’ Day at the NV State Museum Ken Hopple will be running the press, David Elliott will have the latest dollars & quarters.

February 28-March 2: Coin, Currency, Stamp Show, Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Israel Bick 818-997-6496

RCC Officers
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 673-6745
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 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

Not the Other Coin: The Lincoln Penny
The Lincoln cent has been struck by the United States Mint since 1909, the centennial of Lincoln’s birth. Victor David Brenner, as was the original designer. The
coin has seen several reverse, or tails, designs and now bears one by Lyndall Bass depicting a Union shield. Brenner's initials (VDB), on the reverse at its base,
were deemed too prominent once the coins were issued in 1909 and were removed within days of the release. The initials were restored, this time smaller, on
Lincoln's shoulder, in 1918. Brenner's reverse was replaced in 1959 by a depiction of the Lincoln Memorial designed by Frank Gasparro, for the sesquicentennial
of his birth year. The Lincoln Memorial reverse was itself replaced in 2009 by commemorative designs marking the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. Beginning in
2010, Bass's shield design was coined. Originally struck in 95% copper, the penny coin was changed for one year to steel in 1943 as copper was needed to aid in
the war effort. The mint then reverted to 95% copper until 1982, when inflation made copper too expensive and the composition was changed to zinc with an
outer copper layer

There was intense public interest in the new cents, especially since the Mint had not permitted images of the new coin to be printed in the newspapers. The
Lincoln craze sparked by the centennial had not yet subsided, and there was widespread speculation about the coin's design. The Mint decided to plan for a
simultaneous release of the coin across the United States on August 2, and Treasury Department branches were sent what were thought to be adequate supplies.
The public lined up to buy Lincoln cents outside the Sub-Treasury building, New York City, August 2, 1909.The Philadelphia Mint struck 20 million of the new
coin. Dies for the San Francisco Mint, prepared at Philadelphia, were ready for shipment to San Francisco on June 22. Some early applicants were able to obtain
all the coins they wanted, but soon the pieces were rationed: applicants at the New York Sub-Treasury were allowed 100 pieces per person; those who sought the
coins at the Philadelphia Mint were allowed only two each. Coins passed on the secondary market outside the Philadelphia Mint for a quarter each until prices
settled down to five cents per new penny.
 Brenner objected to the removal of his initials, but his protests were to no avail. The cents without Brenner's initials were in production by August 12, 1909.
During the halt, owners of vending and slot machines complained that the new pennies were too thick to fit in their machines, but vending and slot machine
manufacturers ended up modifying their machines to suit the new cent, rather than the other way around. By the end of 1909, supply of the new cents was finally
up to demand. The 1909-S with Brenner's initials (commonly called the 1909-S VDB) is the rarest Lincoln cent by date and mintmark, with only 484,000 released
for circulation. In 1916, Barber modified the design, causing Lincoln's cheek and coat to appear less wrinkled. This modification was done to extend die life. In
December 1943, the Treasury Department announced that the steel cent would be discontinued after 1943, to be replaced with coins containing 95% copper and
5% zinc (pre-1943 cents contained the same percentage of copper but might also contain tin in place of some of the zinc). Only one 1943-D cent in bronze is
known; it sold in 2010 for $1.7 million. One of the four known 1943-S cents in bronze was sold for $1 million. There are less than 10 1944D steel pennies known
and the last one sold in 2012 for over $58,000..
 President Eisenhower's press secretary, James Hagerty announced a new reverse design for the cent would begin production on January 2, 1959. The new
design by Frank Gasparro had been developed by the Lincoln Sesquicentennial Commission. The new design featured the Lincoln Memorial. The redesign came as
a complete surprise, as word of the proposal had not been leaked. The coin was officially released on February 12, 1959, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.
In 1964, a rise in the price of silver led to silver coins being hoarded by the public. With change short, hoarding extended to the cent, which also became scarce in
circulation. Mint Director Eva Adams felt that part of the reason for the shortage was coin collectors taking pieces from circulation, and Adams ordered that mint
marks no longer appear on coins. Coins continued to be dated 1964 until the end of 1965, and almost all 1965 cents were actually struck in 1966. Although
coinage had been stopped at San Francisco after 1955, the California facility began to issue cents again, though without mint marks. In 1968, mint marks were
restored to the cent. San Francisco began minting a limited number of circulation strikes, which it would cease to do after 1974 and began striking proof coins. In
1981, faced with another rise in the price of copper, the Mint decided to change the composition of the cent to copper-covered zinc. After contract difficulties and
production delays, the first such cents were struck at the West Point Mint (without mint mark) on January 7, 1982. A few pennies were struck by error in brass
dated 1983 and are extremely rare.

The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 required  the cent's reverse be redesigned for 2009 with four different designs for the Abraham Lincoln Bicenten-nial be
issued. The coins were to be emblematic of Lincoln's early life in Kentucky and in Indiana, of his professional life in Illinois, and of his presidency. As a part of the
release ceremony for the last of the 2009 cents on November 12, 2009, the design for the 2010 cent was announced to be the Union shield.

Numismatically yours, David Elliott

Numismatic Potpourri
The 2014 proof sets are out with the designs for the quarters and dollars.  

Designs are being asked for 2017 National Purple Heart Hall of Honor medal. All the coins will be minted at West Point. The hall in New Windsor, New York,
collects stories and video interviews of all purple heart winners. Write you congressman and senator to support the bill HR3867. The Brasher Doubloon just sold
for $4.6 million, a ten fold increase in its 1979 sale price. The 1787 gold coin is one of 7 known, privately struck in New York by Ephraim Brasher, the first U”S
gold coin. The Bank of England will be making polymer notes in 2016, with 5 pound note featuring he queen and Winston Churchill and the 10 pound note with
Jane Austen. The notes will last 2-3 times longer and be even more difficult to counterfeit. The Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar note, once selling for a buck or two
has rocketed to $15 to $30 on e-bay. Hope you bought some.

Other commemorative US coin proposed are: Pro Football Hall of Fame Coins, Korean Immigration Coins, Breast Cancer Awareness
Coins, Coast Guard Coins, Boys Town Centennial Coins, Thirteenth Amendment Coins, National Park Service 100th Anniversary Coins,
Mother’s Day Centennial Coins, World War I American Veterans Centennial Coins, and Panama Canal and Pan-Pacific Exhibition
Centennial Celebration Coins. Congressman Amodei sent me an e-mail saying new laws allow only two commemoratives a year (by
Congress?) and that they can no longer be state specific. Evidently, Congress was spending more than 30% of its time arguing over coins
and there is now severe limitations on coin issues on Congress. They still can not come to any agreement on the dollar coin, bill, or metal
composition of the penny, nickel and dime yet either. Every one but us appears to be making Year of the Horse coins. Tokelau went first,
followed by Canada, Niue, Australia, New Zealand, China, Fiji, Macoa, Laos, Russia, France, etc. The largely bullion coins range from
1/10 ounce to 10 kilos with lots of different designs. Singapore even has the first of kind puzzle coin set of the whole lunar
SF set of all five 2013 quarters in case $4
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American 2013  D P $1.25
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