Tuesday, 1st of July 7:30 PM
605 N. Wells Avenue (Wells and 6th), Reno, NV
July: Something Patriotic by Doug Larson. We can expect something cool from his collection from colonial times to the present.
August Modern East European Coinage Paul Williams will discuss the coins he saw on his trip.
September: Ice cream Social and ??? We’ll have ice cream, report on the Coin Show at the NV State Museum August 22-23 and I ‘ll try to get Medallic Arts.
The Last Meeting
32 people were present for finger foods and favorite coins: 1st spouse medals, Washoe County silver rounds, inflationary Notgeld coins, and the 3rd NV sesquicentennial
medal hot off the press (see below). My wife’s surgery date was changed to 7-1, so I’ll miss the next meeting. Rusty King will lead the meeting. I will be sitting on the
Arches quarter and Hoover dollar until the August meeting. If you can’t wait, you know where I live. I also got the first of the baseball half dollars ordered in March with 3
days delivery. Hopefully, the other half and silver dollar will be here by August also. We’re having trouble getting copper planchettes for our medal, no date when we’ll have
those done yet. Mark you calendars for the NV Museum Coin Show, minting and numismatic lectures Fri Sat Aug 22-23 .
Early Bird Prize was cased $2 painted Yellowstone bill won by Fay Allen.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Joe Drapula: 2 cased Kennedy halves, buffalo .05
Rick DeAvila: 3 .25 folders, one filled; foreign coins
Howard Buchler: 2009 dollar coin set
Leo Rossow:mystery box-penny planchettes, case proof 2009 .05
Bill Gregory:1976D unc. Half, candy coins
Milton Angel: 1937 buffalo .05, foreign currency, Gold coins of World book,
US copper cents book, .25 mint bag, 3 beginners coin books
David Elliott: Grand Canyon painted$2
Bart Daniels: 2 new and 1 old buffalo .05, 1945 .10, foreign currency
Ken Hopple: old and new buffalo .05
Thomas Charleton: Coin binder
Ed Scott: 1960 small date .01, mint bag
July 4 Reno Aces tickets (2) donated by David Elliott won for $26 by Rick DeAvila.
Doug Larson won the #1 Club silver medal for $125.
Dr. Myles(deceased) won the quarter pot about $7.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Utah Arches quarter , Native America $1 are here! Hoover on the way.
Upcoming Coin Shows
June 27-28, Concord Coin Show, Clarion Hotel, 1050 Burnett Ave, Admit $3,Bill Green,925 351-7605
norcalcoinshow.com 39 tables
July 12-13, CA State Numismatic Assoc. Coin Show, 420 Callaghan Lane., Vallejo, Admit FREE, Fred van den Haak, 650 380-4191, 40+ tables www.solanocoinclub.
July 26-27, Fremont Coin Club Coin Show, Elk’s Lodge, 38991 Farwell Dr., Admit FREE, Vince LaCariere, 510 792-1511, 45 tables
August 10, Fairfield Coin Club Coin Show, 1000 Kentucky St., Admit $1, Bob Belleau, 707 567-6938, 25 tables, www.solanocoinclub.org email@example.com
August 22-23, Carson City mint Coin Show, 600 N. Carson St., Admit $8, Deborah Stevenson, 775 687-4810 ext 237, 25+ tables, lecture, press running, raffle
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 1st Tuesday of the month at Carrow’s at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
The Other Coin: Ancient Cast Coinage
Two centuries after the Greek world had spread coins in silver, gold, and bronze through the Mediterranean and Persian Empire, the Romans remained a primitive and rural
people. They used livestock (pecus) and crude bronze bars and lumps (aes rude) as media of exchange. Latin preserved the memory of this period in its word to designate
money, pecunia (from pecus). A similar system was used by other peoples in Italy, because there were no deposits of silver and gold
there. Only the Greek colonies of southern Italy minted coins of gold and silver following the common practice in their mother cities. All transactions with these rough
bronze pieces involved the use of a scale. Hence, the goddess Moneta always appear with scales. Only at the start
of the third century BC, Rome began to standardize the form of bronze bars by introducing the use of cast ingots. The purpose of this change was probably to achieve a
more uniform set of weights and to facilitate trade. The new bars were marked with various motifs, and this is why they are commonly known today as aes signatum. The
oldest bars had a motive only on one side, but the Romans began soon to decorate both major faces. The motifs served, probably, as a certification of the characteristics of
the piece. By covering also the entire length of the block, they allowed to recognize if it was intact or if a portion had been removed. Change was made by breaking the bars
into pieces and smaller cast bronzes were made from molds using scallop shells, seed grains, axe heads, etc. These were called Aes formatum as they took the form of
various objects. I recently scored a rare scallop shell Aes formatum.
Aes grave (heavy bronze) is a term in numismatics indicating bronze cast round coins used in central Italy during the later 3rd century BC, whose value was generally
indicated by signs: I for the as, S for semis and pellets for unciae. Standard weights for the Roman pound or As as were 272, 327, or 341 grams, depending upon the
issuing authority: Janus with I for As, Jupiter and S for semis (½ As), Minerva for triens, four pellets, 1/3 of an As, Hercules, 3 pellets, quadrans, 1/4 of an As, Mercury 2
pellets, sextans 1/6 of an As, Bellona or Roma, one pellet, unica, 1/12 of an As. In practice there are dozens of designs as coinage was issued by whomever choose to do
so. It wasn’t until the Punic Wars (264BC) with Carthage that Roman conquest of Sicily and defeat of Carthage brought in silver and gold, which in turn was used to pay
soldiers and build fleets that Rome issued silver , gold, and bronze coinage by minting the coins.
Of course, cast coinage was used throughout the Greek world with Olbia using arrowheads and dolphins for small change, the Celts using rings, beads, bells, and wheels,
as well as cast potins, rather small thick nickel size coins. China used cast coins first replacing the cowrie shell with bone then cast bronze, then having various knife and
hoe shapes cast bronze until finally settling on the square holed cash coin cast bronze that continued into the 20th century.
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
Four Designs for NV’s 150th
Three designs are out in silver the NV 150th. The silver 1 oz. cost $100.50 and copper $15. The 3rd design with the Reno Arch will be out in September in copper. The
final and fourth design will be drawn from submissions from the public and produced in the Fall. The details are supposed to come out the week of June 23rd. Watch www.
nevada150.org I’m going to submit my Great Basin design.
Dr. Robert K. Myles In Memoriam
The Kennedy commemoratives will be first available at the ANA World’s Fair of Money Aug. 5 in Rosemont, Ill. The gold half dollar will be dual-dated 1964-2014. It will
be struck in .9999 fine gold. Weighing in at three-quarters of an ounce of gold, the coin will be the same size as the original 1964 Kennedy half dollar. The reverse design,
with the presidential seal, will be shrunk slightly to place the .9999 fine gold inscription. The coin will feature the “W" mint mark for West Point. Also marking the 50th
anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar, the Mint has announced plans to issue a two-coin clad set to be released on July 24 and a four-coin silver set to be released later. The
silver half dollar set will be comprised of a proof from Philadelphia, a reverse proof from West Point, an enhanced uncirculated from San Francisco and an uncirculated
coin from Denver. There is movement in Congress to make US coinage steel-based, but it seems the copper plated steel penny will still cost more than a penny to make.
It currently costs the U.S. Mint 1.8 cents to strike a cent and 9.4 cents for each nickel. Stainless steel and zinc are being considered. The final report with costs of the new
metals will come out in December. Thirty U.S. pattern coins from the historic Bass Collection will cross the auction block in Heritage’s Platinum Night sale, held Aug. 7,
during the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois. U.S. pattern coins are experimental strikes that are typically produced in small quantities to test new designs,
techniques and compositions. New products from the Perth Mint include: Poseidon from Gods of Olympus series, four numismatic-grade koala precious metal issues.
The Perth Mint unveils the one ounce 2014 Transformers 4 Silver Proof Lenticular Coins. Lenticular designs that change appearance as the coin is shifted.
Fred Holabird reminds everyone that the club’s large library is housed by
him at 3555 Airway Drive #308 (around back as Holabird Americana).
SF set of all five 2013 quarters in case $4
National Park Quarters PDS .50
Presidential, Native American 2013 D P $1.25
Dr. Myles died May 24th. A long time member, who
frequently had award winning displays at the ANA
shows, his display of coins and currency from leper colony
was his most prestigious display and was donated to a leper’s
museum in Louisiana. A Stanford educated medical doctor, he
moved to Reno in 1958, working as an internist. He was on
Washoe Medical Center’s board of directors from 1975 and
became medical director in 1990. He was 87. He was a great