Reno Cartwheel
July 2011

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, 5th of July 7:30 PM
Carrow’s Restaurant
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV  

July Coins of Cyprus
Coins of Cyprus from 7th century BC to present.

August   Proof and DMPL Morgan Dollars Cyprus

September Ice Cream Social
Movie to be announced. Suggestions welcomed.

October Shipwreck Coins
Fred Holabird (tentative)

November Happy Birthday Nevada
Rusty King, Coins and Medal  of Nevada

December Mini-bourse
Bring coins to trade and sell.

January Large Cents
Dan Waterman presents large cents.

At The Last Meeting
25 members and 2 guests for My Favorite Coin night with Civil War restrikes, Russian World War 2 set, Weimar inflation
coins, complete NV 1964 set. In addition Britney Gruhler was awarded the ANA club medal for Best Young Numismatist for
her poem (see below).

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.
 Early Bird Prize was a 1927D Buffalo nickle won by Jerry Breedlove.

Raffle prizes winners were:
Garrett Allen: 1938 Buffalo nickle, 2006 mint set
Dan Trabke: set steel pennies
Jerry Breedlove: 1928 $2
Ken Hopple: 1912 V nickle
Steve Podhurst: History of presidential coins, proof 1990D quarter.
Rusty King: 1979 mint set
Bart Daniels 2005 1st day cover nickle, coin holders
Jack Gruhler: Proof Washington dollar, 1930D penny, JFK coin, Brasher doubloon puzzle
Britney Gruhler 1932 $2 bill, proof 1971S penny, 1911 V nickle
Ed Waslewski: horseshoe penny



1978 MGM Casino coin won by Quint Aninao for $21

Jack Gruhler
WON the quarter pot of about $30.

                   Brittany Gruhler

Gold, silver, copper, clad...
It doesn't matter, they won't make me mad.
Shiny, dull, rusted, scratched...
I could spend all day with my perfect match.

You should try collecting; go ahead.
Some coins look like they're made of lead.
Quarter, nickel, penny, dime...
I love them all--even covered in grime

Upcoming Coin Shows

July 23-24 Fremont Coin Club Coin Show
Elk’s Hall, 38991 Farwell Drive, Fremont. Info:
(510) 792-1511

July 30-31 Vallejo Nor-Cal X Coin Show
420 Admiral Callaghan Lane. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Info: EMPOROR! (707) 246-6327

August 14 Fairfield Coin Club Coin Show
Fairfield Community Center,1000 East Kentucky Admission $1 Info: Robert Belleau (707) 644-6232

August 26-27 Carson Mint Coin Show
Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street Admission $8 adults, children under 17 free. Info: Deborah (775) 687-4810 ext.
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RCC Officers

David Elliott…. President….…815-8625
Rusty King..Vice President...... 673-6745
Gerald Breedlove..Treasurer.....425-2967
Andre Azzam ..Secretary…......338-0707
Dan Waterman….Director……747-4380
Ed Waselewski…Director……354-0287
Ken Hopple ....….Director.......677-1544
Paul Williams….Director…....720-5395
Paul Williams….ANA Rep.....720-5395
David Elliott........Editor...........815-8625,

The RCC Board meets the third Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Other Coin: Coins of Cyprus
Cypriot coins span the whole history of numismatics from the earliest Persian times through Greek, Ptolemaic, Roman,
Byzantine, Ottoman, Venetian, British colonial, independence, and occupation by Turkey in 1974. Cyprus, Kypros         
KUPROS) in Greek gave us the name copper. Cyprus has been a major source of copper from Neolithic times to the present.
It was the major source for ancient Egypt, the Near East, and the Aegean. Bronze age shipwrecks have yielded the famous
oxhide copper plates, weighing from 44 to 64 pounds.

Lydians created and introduced coinage in the late 7th BC century, which was quickly adopted by their trading partners the
Ionian Greeks and Cyprus. The Persians adopted coinage and conquered Lydia, defeating Croesus, the inventor of modern
coinage, in the mid 6th century BC. Persian coinage is the earliest coinage of Cyprus initiated in the 7th century BC.

c.610BC dolphin/incuse punch                                Baalmelek II, 425-400BC /  Melqart advances/lion attacks stag

Greek migrants and traders developed city-states in Cyprus from the Bronze Age and struggled against the Assyrians and
Persians, briefly gaining independ-ence under King Evagoras (411-374BC) and finally gaining independence entirely when
Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire.

Alexander’s general Ptolemy conquered Cyprus for Egypt, and Cyprus became a major source of wealth and copper for the
Ptolemies, until wrested from Egypt the Caesar Augustus when he defeated Anthony and Cleopatra in 30BC.

Coin of Alexander the Great                                                                          Coin of Cleopatra

Coin of Caesar Augustus
–all minted in Cyprus

The Romans continued to worship Aphrodite, they identified with Venus in the old temple at Paphos, which had been dedicated
to Ishtar of the Persians, Astarte of the Phoenicians and the neolithic mother goddess. The cult idol is depicted on Ptolemaic
coins and the temple is found on a roman coins of Caracalla.

     The Eastern Roman Empire ruled Cyprus from 330-1192, continuing copper production and Mediterranean trade.
Vineyards, silk production, and monasteries dotted the island. Richard the Lion Hearted conquered the island after being
disrespected by the Byzantine governor, using it as a base of operation for the Crusades, and selling the island to the Knight
Templars when he became King of England.

Follis of Heraclius, stands with wife and son/
large M=40 nummi, anno X411, note mint

The Crusaders under the Franks maintained control of the Island until 1489, making Cyprus one of the richest trading empires
in the Middle Ages. Competing with Venice, the last queen of Cyprus cedes the island to her trading rivals in 1489, the
Venetians maintain the rampant lion of the Lusignan Franks and the crusader cross on the reverse.

     James I, 1382-1398                                                                     Geraloma Brioli 1559-1567

In 1571, it is said that the besotted Selim II “the drunkard,” briefly left the harem to order the invasion of Cyprus to secure the
source of his favorite wine. Whole cities were massacred, Catholics were given the choice of converting or being tortured to
death. The united fleets of Venice, Spain, and the Papacy destroyed the Ottoman fleet at Lepanto, but Cyprus was lost. The
Orthodox population saw themselves as liberated from serfdom and the Papacy, but the Orthodox survived only to be
slaughtered in 1821when Greece revolted. The richest medieval kingdom became a wasteland as had much of the rest of the
Eastern Roman Empire.

                 Battle of Lepanto;                                                                          akce Ahmed I, AH1012=1603

The expanding British Empire set its sights on the Suez Canal and Egypt, acquiring Cyprus in 1878 almost as an afterthought.
After WWII, Britain reluctantly granted Cyprus independence in 1960.
Queen Victoria (below) and a copy of an ancient coin with Europa on a coin of independent Cyprus.  

In 1974 Turkey invaded Cyprus and has occupied the northern part of the island ever since. They minted coins of Northern
Cyprus, one of which features Selim II, who conquered the island in 1571.        

This did not prevent Cyprus from entering the European Union in 2004 and issuing euros in 2008.
Cyprus euros with goats, galleys, and an ancient mother goddess.

Mapes 1870CC Goes to Auction
Bonhams & Butterfields announces its sale on September 4, 2011 of gold coins from the Estate of Hellen and Charles Mapes of
Reno, NV. The eponymous Collection, once owned by the famed hotel and casino mogul Charles Mapes, includes a rarely
seen, high grade 1870-CC Liberty Double Eagle coin. It is the rarest of all CC gold coinage. Paul Song of Bonhams &
Butterfields estimated the high-grade 1870-CC Liberty Double Eagle coin is conservatively worth $150,000 to $180,000.