Tuesday, 23rd of February 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
February 23 Presidential Coins Doug Larson
March 22 Coins of Cyprus David Elliott
April 26 ANA’s “Portraits of Liberty”
The Last Meeting
34 members chowed down as Rusty King led a discussion of the coming economy for coins and bullion. Economy seems to be heading down or nowhere, bullion is cheap now. That’s what I
got out of it. New coins are scheduled to arrive 2-15: NA dollar (code talkers), presidential dollar (Nixon) and first quarter (Shawnee). Thanks for buying up some of the old stuff so I could
buy the new. Fred Holabird is getting several spectacular items from the George Custer Armstrong family for an upcoming auction, including a trophy rifle from Black Kettle chief of
chiefs. Many items can be seen at his place. Call if you are interested 852-8822. I still have Free ANA memberships with a free digital subscription to the Numismatist magazine. They now
have all the back issues on line, blogs, ask the curator site, and more. The ANA is also continuing its coins for A’s, 3 or more A’s earn a coin. We also offer a small scholarship for the
graduating senior off to college who makes a presentation to the club. There is still time to send a young numismatist to the Colorado ANA Summer School on scholarship. Let us know
if you have someone in mind. Thanks for you vote of confidence by reelecting the officers and boards members. I also got several good corrections and suggestions on the mailing list and
newsletter, keep them coming. The coin press is being repaired in Gardnerville, maybe up and running by end of March! Don’t forget to bring something for the Bid Board now every month!
Early Bird Prize was the two dollars won by Gary Meckler. . Nixon, Code Talkers, and Swanne .25 in the mail to arive2-15. 2015 S sets made.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Thomas Charleston: mystery box,.05 1975 PCGS 69 proof
Leo Rossow: 1990,1968 proof set, candy bar
Sam Dibetante(?):2015S .25 set
Duke Morin: the chocolate coins (gave them to Ken)
Shannon Holmes: 1977 proof set, coin books
Ken Hopple: 2014S .25 set, 50 pesos Mexican coin
Rick De Avila: 1971D unc. Ike,
Faye Allen: RCC brass medal
McKalya Barton: dinosaur copper round, mint bag
Christine Barton: loup
Gary Meckler: 2 presidential dollars
Sam Dibetante won 2016 Eagle for $29, donated by Rusty King
(I know I’m getting Sam’s name wrong. I am in Arizona and left his card at home.)
Cynthia Neufeld (not present) won the quarter pot.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
Feb 20-21, SF Area Coin, Stamps, & Collectibles Show, S. SF Conference Center, 255 S. Airport Blvd., Admit: $4,Tables: 35. Scott Griffin, 415 601-8661 firstname.lastname@example.org www.
March 11-13, Western States Token Society Jamboree, Mother Lode Plaza Shopping Center, Jackson, CA, Admit: FREE Merle Avila, 707 585-3711 MERLE@AVILAARCHITECTS.COM
March 18,19, Sunnyvale Coin Show, Domain Hotel, 1085 El Camino Real, Admit: $3,Tables: 34. Bill Green, 925 351-7605 email@example.com www.norcalcoinshows.com
March 25,26, Sacramento Coin Show, Lions Gate Hotel, 3410 Westover St, McClellan Admit:$3,Table: 66 Peter McIntosh, 916 317-9055 firstname.lastname@example.org
David Elliott….......... President….......…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
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 4th Tuesday of the month at Denny’s at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited to attend
The Other Coin: Rape of Persephone
I recently scored a coin from e-bay of a very rare coin depicting the myth of the Rape of Persephone, which is one of the foundational stories of Greek mythology, revealing how and why the
world is as it is. (The others are Prometheus, Psyche, and Pandora).
The coin is Caracalla, emperor 198-217, AE 28mm of Stobi, Macedon. Obv: Imp C M AV Antonius, laureate, cuirassed bust right. Caracalla is a nick-name for Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Antonius, referring to a Gallic cloak he often wore called a caracalla. Rev: Muni C Stobens, Hades in galloping quadriga right, abducting Persephone in right arm, scepter in left hand.
The story goes that Hades could find no spouse in his gloomy underground realm, so sought a bride among the gods on earth. He caught sight of Persephone or Kore (The Maiden) collecting
flowers and kidnapped her in his chariot taking her as a bride. Persephone’s Mother Demeter, goddess of the fertility in all things of the earth, despaired when she could not find her daughter
and beseeched all the gods in heaven and earth to tell her the whereabouts of her daughter. In her grief no flower bloomed, nor was any cattle or child born. Men and gods starved. Finally, the
all-seeing sun god Apollo told her the truth and Demeter demanded of Zeus that her daughter be returned.
Zeus ordered the release of Persephone from his brother Hades, but Hades had tempted her with the seeds of a pomegranate from which she ate three seeds. This bound her to stay with her
husband for three months of the year, which is the reason we have winter.
Originally, these events were placed in Eleusis, Attica where the great mystery cult was held, instructing the devout that they were like seeds that would be planted in the ground and sprout to a
new eternal life with the gods. The image found its way into Scripture: “Verily, verily I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it
produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:24-25)
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
I ordered a Mark Twain silver dollar, so I’ll bring that and I got the Coin of the Year Book, which I’ll bring as well. The US won the 2015 Coin of the Year with the silver dollar baseball
coin. The World Money Fair in Berlin has added a technical forum to their schedule discussing the production of coins. Topics include: 3D printing, color applications, blanks made from
powder metallurgy, bi-metal coins, counterfeit detection, laser security techniques, and this is just the first half. See Ursula Kampmann Coins Weekly for more and details. Ex-Numis® has
digitized all the ancient coin auction catalogs and can match your coin of unknown provenance to catalogs as a way to protect your valuable ancient coins from increasing number of repatriation
laws. Ancient coins are as individual and fingerprints and digital recognition can match your coin to the databank of coin auctions. About $25 plus $5 shipping per coin with deals for
volume. The MOA with Italy was renewed, laying claim to Roman coins even when minted elsewhere. The mint will be doubling production of the 5 ounce silver National Park coins for
2016. Pat Nixon’s gold coin is in production. The final design is below. And the Reagan dollar coin design looks more like a grimace than smile, and he’s squinting:
A hoard of more than 1,300 tokens and medals from the estate of numismatist Virgil M. Brand (below) that were originally destined for the melting pot as part of a divorce settlement has
been acquired by the Chicago Coin Company. The tokens and medals, many unlisted in numismatic references, are considered to be the final vestiges of the numismatic holdings of the Chicago
beer baron, who died in 1926. The tokens and medals have been stored away in the same wooden crates in which they were put more than 80 years ago. Some of the more interesting ones are
below. The GAO has concluded there is little savings in changing the composition of the quarter or penny. The dime and nickel could be made from steel, plated steel, or stainless steel
and save money. On behalf of the British Virgin Islands, Pobjoy Mint has released a new Yellow Titanium coin featuring the Great Lemon Shark, continuing their colored Titanium series and to
celebrate International Shark Week. Previously, the great white shark was made in a blue titanium. The coin is also available in Cupro Nickel and Proof Sterling Silver. Titanium is exceptionally
difficult to strike. Because of the way the colored Titanium reacts when struck, no Titanium coin is exactly the same. The spread and flow of the struck coins are unique to each coin.
The Super Bowl 50 Logo 24KT gold plated commemorative Mint Coin measures an incredible 39mm in diameter. The front of the coin is struck with the Super Bowl 50 commemorative logo.
The reverse on the Mint Coin is struck with the NFL Shield logo. Each coin is individually serialized on the edge. This unique collectible comes with a certificate of authenticity and is a limited
edition of 10,000! Officially licensed by the NFL and proudly made in the U.S.A. by The Highland Mint for $99.99. It’s generally known that the US mint took in worn gold and silver coins for
remelt and FDR demanded all gold coins be turned in. Many of the surviving gold coins were set aside by mint employees for sale to collectors and dealers. They also restruck coins on demand.
It is not so well known that non- precious metals were also melted in large quantities like shield nickels. One of the functions of the mints was to remove worn, damaged and mutilated coins
from circulation. These came to the mints in bags and barrels from banks, sub-Treasuries and later, Federal Reserve Banks. Almost anything that resembled a U.S. coin, but was not
acceptable in circulation found its way to the mints and from there to the melting crucibles. The mint has been recycling coins since its inception, which is why there are so few early US
coins. Canada has two cool bullion sets of WWI planes and animals looking into the water and the large quantity bullion coins feature a bear in gold and a cougar in silver. An
amazing Indian peafowl graces the silver commemorative coin Magnificent Life of the Peacock,” which Coin Invest Trust has created by order of the Cook Islands.
The gold Mark Twain coin will have 5 different finishes: uncirculated, cameo proof, and 3 frosting levels. See them on-line, they won’t show in B&W anyway. The peacock coin is a lot
better in color too.
Tremendous Coin Hoard in China
Tons of bronze coins and gold ingots were found in a tomb on in China. Dated to the Western Han Dynasty (202 B.C. to A.D. 8), the recently discovered coin hoard consists of 10 tons of
bronze coins (nearly 2 million in all), as well as 20 pieces of gold tablets, 285 pieces of gold plates, and two kinds of gold ingots. The owner of the tomb was identified as Liu He (92-59 B.C.),
Lord of Haihun, a second level vassal of the Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty. The bronze coins were strung and stacked. Every one thousand coins were bunched together by twisted
hemp, and the coin bunches were horizontally and vertically laid side by side, layer by layer, forming a cube of above 1.2 m (4.6 feet) in height. The contiguous layers were marked by wooden
wedges tied with ropes. Obviously, this stack form is convenient for accounting the amount of the coins in storage. The strings were composed of one thousand coins providing material
testimony for guan, one of the account units of 1,000 ancient Chinese coins.
Besides the gold tablets and plates, there are two kinds of gold ingots, matijin (round gold ingot in shape of a hoof) and linzhijin (cylindrical gold ingot in shape of the toe of kylin, a mythical
Chinese animal). On the surface of some matijins, there are three Chinese characters, which have not been interpreted clearly by experts yet.
The owner of the tomb was identified as Liu He (92-59 B.C.), Lord of Haihun, a second level vassal of the Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty. Liu He was born as the son of the first
King of Changyi (a first level vassal), named Bo Liu (ca. 100s-88 B.C.). Bo Liu was the fifth son of Emperor Wu (141-87 B.C.). At the age of five, Liu He became King of Changyi after his
father. With the death of Emperor Wu, his brother was enthroned as Emperor Zhao, but he also died childless in 74 B.C. Liu He at age 19 was enthroned as the new emperor in the summer of 74
B.C. He was dethroned in 27 days for his “immodest behaviors.” The 1147 charges included mainly not observing the mourning period for his great uncle Emperor Zhao, namely not abstaining
from meat and sex and engaging in feasts and games and improperly promoting and rewarding his Changyi subordinates with imperial offices. Liu He was sent back to Changyi. He was also
deprived of the title as king. In 63 B.C., he was granted the rank of a mere “Lord.”
A 1847 $500 Treasury Note in Heritage Auctions’ is “the sole signed and issued example” of any post-War of 1812 and pre-Civil War Treasury issue that is not a proof or essay. Sold for