Next Meeting:
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
Coin design meetings will start at board meeting in January. Please
submit ideas

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


No Auctions.

Quarter Pot

Art Bonnel (not present) won the quarter pot.


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

RCC Officers

David Elliott….......... President…........…815-8625
Rusty King..............Vice President......... 677-7057
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 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

Numismatic Potpourri

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.    
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:   

Two f
avorite designs for 2019 moon landing coin:
April2011-1st Spouses in
BronzeAncient Coins in US
History,In God We Trust
March2011-RCC Goes Digital
2010 Reno
Feb2011- Cupid & Psyche
Jan2011-2 Roman Quinarii
Back Issues
May 2011: Copper Bullion?
July2011-Coins of Cyprus
August 2011-Coins of
Alexander the Great
Sept2011-Late Roman Bronzes
Oct2011-US Park Quarters
Nov2011-Arabic,Ottoman Coins
Dec2011:Snakes & Ancient Coins
Jan2012-Al Shay In memoriam
Feb2012-Republican Coins
March2012-Olympic coins
April2012-Tour of Medallic Arts
May 2012 ANA 2012:
Cowries to
Credit Card,
from Bullion to Fiat Money
June2012-WWII coins
Sept2012-California Gold
Oct2012-US Mint medals
Nov2012-US Inaugural Medals
Dec2012-Electrum Coins
Jan2013-Counterfeit Gold
Feb2013-Silk Road Coins
March2013-Great Patriotic
of Wars Russia in Coins
May2013-Elymais Coins
July2013-Origin of Dollar
Aug2013 Constantine
Adventus Aug
Sept2013-NV & CO Coin Trip
Oct2013-Cleopatra coins
Nov2013-Monstrous coins
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 851-
Dec2013-Crusader coins
Jan 2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln Penny
March2014-Leto coin
April2014-So-called Dollars
SF set of all five 2013-2017S quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American  D P $1.25
May 2014-Kennedy Halves
June 2014-WWII Coins
July2014-Ancient Cast coinage
Aug2014-E. European coins
Sept2014-Roman enemies coins
Oct 2014-Old Coin Press#1
Nov2014-LaVere Redfield
Dec2014-Vietnamese Coins
Jan2015:The Four Wisemen
Feb 2015 Pompei Magnus
March2015 Richard II
& English coins
April2015-Reagan Dollar
205 Nugget Ave. Sparks, NV
by Holiday Inn, across Hwy 80 from
Western Village
May2015-Shapur I & Sparadokos
July2015-Roman Coins in India
Aug 2015-Persis,Elymais,Parthia
Sept2015-US 20 cent
Oct2015-German Coins
Dec2015-3 Wiseman
Jan2016-N.Black Sea coins
Feb2016-Rape of Persephone
March2016-Coins at NY museums
April2016-Liberty on coins
May2016-Cyprus Coins
June 2016-Olympia bronze
July 2016-Medals
August2016-Anaheim World
Fairof Money review
Sept2016-Treasures found
at World Fair of Money
Oct2016-Presidential dollars
Nov2016-Barter to Coins
Jan2017-So-Called dollars
Dec2016-Egyptian temple
& Scipio Africanus
Feb2017-Russian coins1
March2017-Russian coins2
April2017-Augustus,Son of god
May2017-Pyrrhus Coins
July2017-Ancient Jewish Coins
Augt2017-Portuguese Colonies
Sept 2017-Coins on the Web
Oct2017-Unity coins
Dues are Due,
$20 January 1
Dues are Due,
$20 January 1
Nov2017-Papal Coins
Tamar (1184-1212)
Rusudan (1223-1245)
Georgi VIII 1446-1465
Bagrat VI 1465-1478
Ilkhanid and Golden Horde coins minted in Tiblisi or Tiflis
Dec2017-2018 coins