Tuesday, 23rd of January 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
January 23 Dinner, Awards, and Elections
February 27 Something Presidential
DUES ARE Due $20 by January 1.
The Last Meeting
30 members got to see a real silver plugged 1792 penny and the one in a PCGS holder that Robert argues is a fake. Robert’s amazing attention to detail has made
him a colonial coin expert in less than 2 years. Jerry Breedlove is Life Member of the Year. And Mary Long has also stepped forward to learn to be our treasurer
for 2019. Laurel will be running for the board. No other nomination, so elections will be quick and Gerry got his award already too. Ken Hopple, Jeff Shevlin, and
Doug Larson are all working for Northern Nevada Coins by Costco. Trish’s new knee is healing slowly, so unlikely to try museum in January. New grandson Scott
James on December 18. Bonnie’s first baby. 1st quarter, Painted Rock comes out Feb. 5. The NA dollar honoring Jim Thorpe comes out Feb. 15. The design
changed, see on the right below. I like the other one better. All silver club medals sold, 3 brass, 17 coppers left, which should sell easily at the museum. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Coin design meetings will start at board meeting in January. Please
Early Bird Prize was 2017S .25 set won by Rusty King. 2017 S .25 sets & Roger Clark .25 here.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Ed Cranch: 1999P .25 set, Red Book & grading book
Thomas Charleston: 2017 P .01 PCGS
Joe Wozniak: 1983 proof set
Gary Meckler: mystery box NV medal, 2005 proof set
Danny Clifton: Christmas medal
Claude Sendon: 1975 mint set
Ed Scott: 2009 .01 set
Leo Rossow: 2017S .25 set
William Naylor: 2015S .25 set, 1916 Barber .25
David Elliott 5g bar with flag
Dan Trebke: Roosevelt silver .10.
Mary Long: 1941 Merc. .10
Bart Daniels: 2 buffalo .05, mint bag
Laurel Hoggan: bunch of coin albums
Milton Angel: coin catalogs, chocolate coins, Chinese coin frame
Art Bonnel (not present) won the quarter pot.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
January 26-28 San Jose Coin Club Show, Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, Admit: $4, Tables:70+,Ray Johnson, 408 598-7772
February 3-4 SF Coin, Stamp Show, S. SF Conference Center, 255 S. Airport Blvd., Admit: $4, Tables:35, Scott Griffin, 415 601-8661
February 18 Cupertino Coin Club Show, Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose Admit: $2, Tables:45, Bruce Braga, 408 839-1883
February 22-24 Long Beach Coin, Stamp, Sport Show, LB Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Admit: $8, Tables: Huge, Taryn Warrecker, 805 680-0294
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 Other Coin: Coins of Georgia Kingdom
E-bay and the Internet keep on expanding. India coin dealers came on-line almost 2 years ago, Central Asia a year ago, and now a coin dealer from Georgia, the
country, not the state. Ancient Georgian coins were rare and started at $100 are now available for 90% less, so I was finally able to snag some. Georgia was the third
Christian country after its neighbor Armenia and the Roman empire, and followed by Ethiopia. Georgia and Armenia were on the end of the Silk Road trade between
the Roman Empire and China. They were also a buffer state between Rome and the rulers of Persia, changing hands politically and adopting customs from both sides.
Unlike Armenia that briefly took over the Seleucid Empire when it fell in the 1st century BC, and a strong ally of the Byzantine Empire, Georgia remained a poor
agricultural nation simply surrendering to the conqueror and allowing Armenia to manage the Silk road trade while often dividing its small nation among a number of
princes for most of its history. They did remain stubbornly Christian in face of Persian, Parthian, Sassanid, Arab, Turk, and Mongol.
Although some Muslim nations minted coins in Georgia after they conquered it (Abbasid, Mongol, and Safavid), and a Georgian King Gurgen minted coins in the late
6th century AD when the Sassanid Empire was in turmoil of which 9 copies exist, the Georgian coins usually refer to the united Georgian Kingdom of 1122-1293 AD
that managed to bravely survive between Ottoman Turk and Mongol Horde. There are very rare 11th AD silver imitations of Byzantine coins; so rare, that like Russian
coinage at the same time, they are considered to be medals and not coins used in commerce. Also a rare bronze of David IV, who founded the nation, but the now
affordable coppers are those with bilingual Arabic and Georgian script which recognizes the Muslim caliph in Baghdad and proclaims the Georgian king or queen “the
sword of the Messiah.” Georgi II (1072-89) and David IV (1089-1125), who united the nation in 1122 by defeating the Turks, who were also beset with the
Crusaders. He liberated the capital Tibilisi after 400 years of Muslim rule. His sons quarreled and his grand-daughter Tamar (1184-1212) restored the nation leading
armies to defeat the Seljuk Turks and helping the Byzantines set up the kingdom of Trebizond after being defeated by Venice in the 4th Crusade (1204). Her son
Giorgi IV bravely fought the Mongol Horde, but died leaving the kingdom to his sister Rusudan (1223-1245), who was forced to submit to the Mongols just before
her death. The Mongols minted their own coins. Note the coins have Georgian lettering on one side and Arabic proclaiming the queenship and being the “sword of
the Messiah.” Mongol coins are from the Ilkhanid and Golden Horde Mongols that fought for dominance in the Caucus devastating the country. It actually got worse
when Timur known as Tamerlane (1336-1405) invaded the country 8 times, so that the cities were deserted, agriculture stopped, and everyone fled or hid in the
mountains. He did not even mint any coins there.
Georgi VIII and his nephew Konstantin II briefly put the country back together 1466-1505 with pretender Bagrat VI interrupting 1466-1478 in part of the country.
Rare copper coins:
The next king of Georgia to mint coins was awarded the throne of part of George for service to the Persian shah and inherited the rest of it when the other king of
Georgia died childless. Heraclius II (1744-1798) struggled among the imperial powers of Russia, Persia, and the Ottoman Empire, hoping to side with Orthodox
Christian Russia only to be betrayed by Catherine the Great, accepted by Paul I, who was killed, and finally annexed by Alexander I (1801-1825). Heraclius kept to
Persian coins in silver and Russian eagle and Christian fish for local copper coinage with Arabic.
Alexander I minted a Georgian coin before ordering Georgia to use Russian coinage. Says Tiblisi under crown and date and denomination on reverse. Georgia issued
notes like everyone else during the Russian Civil War 1918-1924, but no coins until independence in 1991.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund is seeking a coin for 2021. PCGS secure is better able to fingerprint coins digitally now in case your stolen coin
comes back to them. One of two $1000 1882 gold certificate notes in private hands expect to fest $500,0000 at FUN show, Florida. John Lorenzo published an
update to the 1992 book Forgotten Coins of the North American Colonies that covers contemporary counterfeits of the colonial coins and the foreign coins
that circulated in the US colonies. $65. Whitman published the 4th edition of Carson City Morgan Dollars for $25 by Adam Crum, et al. The Maine penny found in
1957, also referred to as the Goddard coin, is a Norwegian silver penny dating to the reign of Olaf Kyrre (1067-1093 AD), and is getting another look as a
genuine Viking artifact. A New York man has been arrested after he reportedly made over a million dollars selling Chuck E. Cheese tokens as Bitcoins on
the streets. US Mint will be selling the WWI medal with each of the branches of the military, so you cannot buy WWI service medals individually or buy a set
of the 5 branches. $100 for 2 coins or $500 with 5 WWI medals. How dumb is that? Police are hunting a homeless man who made off with hundreds of
thousands of pounds after he happened to lean on an unlocked door at Charles de Gaulle airport. The door of the Loomis cash management company in terminal
2F was not properly secured, allowing the man, in his 50s, to chance upon two bags of cash. Bill in Congress for 400th anniversary of landing at Plymouth
Rock in 2020. ANA has released a video of a guided tour of the Harry W. Bass gold coin collection on US coins and some others. See it on utube, 45 minutes.
https://youtu.be/6F77G07HZ20 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding, might not have a platinum coin, but the silver is nice. Belgium
has closed its only mint in Brussels and sold off its coin manufacturing assets. No more Belgium euros will be made in Belgium. Canada has a series of Justice
League coins, glow in the dark and 3D. 3D quarter in nice packaging for $24 in center top. 3 one oz. Silver for $90 each on bottom, 2 oz. Silver top right $152, 14k
gold $602. Mark Hoffman is in the news again as a master forger of documents and coins, especially Mormon coins and documents, but a lot of other
Americana. Good read in Numismatic Forgery by Charles M. Larson. Frankenstein turns 200.
Nice website on Philippine coinage: https://www.slideshare.net/elladimaiwat/history-of-philippine-coin
Two favorite designs for 2019 moon landing coin: