Tuesday, 28th of July 24 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
Aces Baseball got rained out! EXCHANGE your tickets for any game at the Aces Box office.
July 28 Bicentennial Coins Rusty King
August 25 Coins and Medals for Gambling Andre Assam
September 22 Ice Cream social and a movie
October 27 Oktoberfest. Bring your German coins and medals! Laurel Hoggan
November 24 Happy Birthday NV! Rusty King
The Last Meeting
28 members attended My Favorite Coin night with a Continental Dollar (see more below), an obsolete bank note signed by Henry Clay, a portrait coin of Pompeii
the Great, pillar dollars and more. We were rained out and it had stopped raining (they were afraid of lightning). Aces baseball tickets can be exchanged for
any home game at the Aces box office open during business hours M-F. Kennedy $1 and NC .25 will be at the July meeting. Hold it! The Kennedy dollars
arrived badly scratched and stained all through the one roll I opened and all rolls both P and D as if they had gotten wet. I had to return them and it will takes weeks
to get replacements, refund, or an exchange. We received a very nice thank you note for the contribution to the Allen Family and the great attendance at the
celebration of life for Garrett. We have a fund for a junior member to attend ANA Summer School and we also award a small Al Blythe scholarship for HS seniors
or juniors that apply and make a presentation to the club. The board meeting will be at Denny’s 6:30PM before the regular meeting.
Early Bird Prize was St. Gauden’s $20 copper round won by Thomas Charleton. Blue Ridge .25, NA $1 are here. Kennedy $1 returned.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Fay Allen: Buffalo .05 roll
Leo Rossow: mystery box PCGS 2005 .05 Proof,
3 old Canadian coins, 2 baseball tickets
Kirk Yeager: 50 pesos Mexico, 10 pesos Peru,
square coin containers
Laurel Hoggan: British 1st decimal set, 3 steel pennies
Thomas Charleton: 2000 proof .25 set
Bart Daniel: 2007 prood presidential $1 set, 2013 .25 set,
T-rex copper round
Rick DeAvila:1988 proof set, 2 French coins, 2 baseball tickets
Claude Sendon: $7 silver Harrah’s token, copper RCC medal
Ed Cranch 1971D unc. Ike, copper round, old and new buffalo .05, .25 mint bag
Joe Wozniak: baseball ticket
Larry Demangate donated a 1989 silver eagle won by Rick DeAvila for $24.
David Elliott won the quarter of $26.75. (It had to happen sometime, I guess.)
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE! (especially Laurel for the Aces tickets)
Upcoming Coin Shows
July 25-26, Fremont Coin Club Show, Elk’s Lodge 38991 Farwell Dr., Admit: FREE, Tables:45, Vince LaCariere,510 792-1511, CoinVince@aol.com www.
July 31-Aug 2, Las Vegas Coins, Currency, Stamp Show, Orleans Hotel, Israel Bick, 818 997-6496, email@example.com
August 22, N. CA Educational Symposium, American Legion Hall, 1504 Minnesota Ave., San Jose, Admit: Free, lunch $10, Displays and speakers, Sally Johnson,
408 598-7772, firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanjosecoinclub.org
August 22-23, Carson City Mint Coin Show, NV State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Admit: $4, Tables:40, Deborah Stevenson,775 687-4810 ext. 237,
dstevenson@nevada culture.org www.nevadaculture.org
August 28-30, Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Show, Santa Clara Fairgrounds, 344Tully Road, San Jose, Admit: $3, Tables:79, Scott Griffin,415 601-
8661, email@example.com www.griffincoin.com
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: Roman Coins in India and Vietnam
I was surprised by my friend Marc Breitsprecher of AncientImports.com with an offering of coins I thought I would never own. He came into possession of a
hoard of coins from Sri Lanka from the 5th century AD that were imitations of Roman coins. Contemporary imitative bronzes of the late Roman period are not
uncommon and are found over most of Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Count-less imitative bronzes of Tetricus, Claudius II, and Constantine and his
sons are found from Britain to Antioch. Small change for daily market purchases made by local artisans were welcomed by the Romans to add to the coinage and
can often be attributed to Goths, Vandals, Celts, or local Asia Minor celators.
This hoard from Sri Lanka was much rarer. These tiny, thin bronzes with an average size of 14mm and average weight of 1 gram imitate the coinages dating from
approximately 364-423 AD or the reigns of Valentinian through Honorius and hail from the island of Sri Lanka off the southernmost tip of India. This collection of
coins was acquired in Sri Lanka early in the twentieth century by a German traveler. These coins compliment any Roman collection as the historical proof of
Roman trade with India and the globalism that existed in the first centuries AD.
In 2nd century AD Egypt, the legendary Greco-Roman scientist Claudius Ptolemy put the extent of the known world onto paper. From his home in Alexandria, he
gathered reports from sailors who had made perilous journeys to India and beyond. Roman traders likely went as far as China and the Malay Peninsula, seeking silk,
spices and gems. Roman sailed the southern trade route via the Red Sea and monsoons which starting around the beginning of Augustus’ reign and his conquest of
Egypt in 30 BC.
The route so helped enhance trade between the ancient Roman Empire and the Indian subcontinent that Roman politicians and historians are on record decrying the
loss of silver and gold to buy silk and spices to pamper Roman wives, and the southern route grew to eclipse and then totally supplant the overland trade route.
Roman and Greek traders frequented the ancient Tamil country, present day Southern India and Sri Lanka. Trade with South Asia by the Greco-Roman world was
extensive since the time of the Ptolemaic dynasty and remained long after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. As recorded by Strabo, Emperor Augustus of
Rome received at Antioch an ambassador from a South Indian king called Pandyan of Dramira. Roman coins are found across India all the way to the Malay
Peninsula in Vietnam and locals copied them readily. Though details were sparse, a voyager named Alexander described a distant port called Kattigara on the Sinus
Magna (Great Gulf) to the east of the Golden Chersonese peninsula – widely considered to be mainland Malaysia. Overseas trade continued until Byzantium’s loss
of the ports of Egypt and the Red Sea under the pressure of the Muslim conquests (639-645AD).
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
The Continental Dollar
Robert Rodriguez brought in the coolest coin for my favorite coin night, a Continental dollar. His amazing collection can be found at
Robert says of his collection: It was fun, extremely challenging and opportunistic in being able to acquire these historically significant pieces of US history. I was
able to combine the best of both the Newman and Par-trick collections. Additionally, a new pewter variety was discovered last December, a 1-A, for the first new
one in over sixty years. Because that now resides in the Resolute Collection, this makes it the finest and most complete in history. Rarely does one ever get an
opportunity to accomplish something like this. Enjoy.
The Continental Dollar was the first pattern struck for the United States of America. Most specimens were minted in pewter, but also known are three in silver and
a dozen or so in brass. It is thought that the distinctive designs were suggested by Benjamin Franklin. The reverse design, featuring linked rings, was a plea for
insurgent unity, something that the philosopher-scientist constantly brought to people's attention. The obverse sundial motif with its Latin motto ("Fugio") is also
characteristic of Franklin. The design is a rebus, and its component parts may be read as "time flies, so mind your business." This and other pewter specimens
were apparently struck for the inspection of members of Congress, who would have to pass enabling legislation before the coinage could proceed. Elisha Gallaudet,
a New York engraver, was the person responsible for translating Franklin's concepts into metal. It is thought that he struck the coins at a makeshift private mint in
Freehold, New Jersey. Earlier issues of Continental currency had included a bill worth a dollar. This practice was suspended in the spring of 1776, apparently
because the Congress intended for a new, one-dollar coin to take its place. Based on the Spanish-American piece of eight, the new Continental dollar was to serve
as the linchpin of the entire monetary arrangement. The plan failed. The patriots were unable to obtain sufficient silver for the coinage; and, by the time the
enabling legislation had been passed, the value of Continental currency had begun its descent, emerging as almost worthless a few years later. Tying a coin to a
depreciating currency would be a mistake.
The Mint has run out of silver eagles again after selling nearly 25 million in June followed by about 2.4 million in the first week of July. Palau, best known for
mermaids and sea creatures is doing a series of architectural treasures with Tiffany glass. Dresden’s Zwinger Palace below. Around $660
Coin of the Year: Celebrating Three Decades of the Best in Coin Design and Craftsmanship by Donald Scarinci featuring the obverse and reverse images of
winning coins from the past thirty years, as well as invaluable collector information and back story, Coin of the Year provides a complete and impressive tribute to
the finest modern commemorative coins in the world. $28 from Krause. The Top Morgan Dollar Varieties, An Advancement of Knowledge, by Kevin Flynn is
now available. The book is 6 by 9, 190 pages. The book presents an advancement of knowledge of many of the top Morgan Dollar die varieties. Not just that the
die varieties exist, but how and why they were created, and what factors contributed to their creation. Price for the softcover is $24.95. To order, send a check or
money order to Kevin Flynn, P.O. Box 396, Lumberton, NJ 08048. Please include $5 for media shipping or $10 for first class shipping. Please email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a copy. American Liberty 2015 High Relief Gold Coin on Sale July 30. Collectors can expect a release date of July 30
for the highly anticipated 2015-W $100 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin. A 50,000 mintage limit has been established. Depending on the price of gold July
29, the coin should retail a little over $1500.
In just 15 minutes, the U.S. Mint reported it had sold out of the Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicles set on June 30, despite the Mint’s 5-sets-per-
household order limit. The set contains a reverse proof Truman Presidential dollar and silver Presidential inaugural medal. The set had a product limit of 17,000. It
contains the first ever reverse proof Presidential dollar, a 2015-P, a Truman Presidential medal and a 1973 8-cent Truman stamp. The high appeal of the set was
conferred by the reverse proof dollar in it, which is the 10th reverse proof U.S. coin ever produced, and first in the Presidential dollar series. Price of the set was
$57.95. The Mint was caught unawares by the quick sellout. On the day afterwards, it issued a statement explaining how it arrived at a 17,000 maximum mintage.
It said that the prior offer for Franklin D. Roosevelt had not even reached sales of 14,000 in six months. The coins designs for the 100th anniversary of the
National Parks Service have been approved without much enthusiasm. The $5 gold will feature Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir. The dollar coin has a
Mexican dancer on the front and a trumpet and banjo neck symbolizing New Orleans jazz. Yeh, I don’t get it either.
The half dollar is busy, but has a dinosaur skeleton, so I like it. That’s the Brooklyn Bridge on the obverse. Design by committee obviously
I guess there’s no limit to Congressional gold medals. The next one is for the Selma March for voting rights. Will everyone in the march, 50,000, get