Tuesday, 26th of July 7 PM (4th Tuesdays now)
Denny’s,205 Nugget Ave.(at East McCarran), Sparks
July 26 Something Patriotic Doug Larson will dig deep through his massive collection of Americana and militaria for something wonderful
August 23 Pine and Other Tree Shillings Robert Rodriguez is assembling a collection of Massachusetts colonial coins.
September 27 Icecream Social and ANA Movie
The Last Meeting
35 members bought and sold coins and tried to stump Doug Larson. I had a ringer of the just out Star Trek stamps and coins, Laura had an interesting eye lighter, Ken brought in the gold
Mercury dime, and Robert Rodriguez had the finest graded 1795 dollar. Last in the series Reagan dollar in mail. We will have an auction of a complete presidential set in a Dansco album
at the next meeting. Ken Hopple won the PCGS finest known proof Jefferson nickel set and will receive an award at the Anaheim ANA. I am going as well, representing the club. Congrat-
ulations Ken! I have asked Robert Rodriguez to bring copies of the 1783 book on US revolution he has been talking about. Various recent Catalog of World Coins are still available online at
http://www.hamiltonbook.com/ The board voted to raise dues in January 2017 to $20, badges will remain at $10. We will have board meetings elsewhere every other month as too many
are wisely coming early to eat dinner at Dennys. We will meet at the Gold and Silver, 4th & Keystone, Reno, Tuesday July 19 at 6PM. Let me know by phone or e-mail if you are coming.
You can also e-mail or call me about any suggestions or concerns, email@example.com 815-8625. No coins show in Carson City in August or word on the press.
Early Bird Prize was John and John Q Adams dollar set won by David Elliott. Harper's Ferry and Code Talkers are here. 2015 S sets made. Reagan in the mail.
Raffle prizes winners were:
Thomas Charleton: mystery box roll of pennies
Dave Cash: 2014S .25 set
Leo Rossow: World Coin Catalog, 2000 proof set, 2014S
Faye Allen: walking liberty .50
Claude Sendon: 1976 proof set, copper RCC medal
Cole Allen: mercury .10, 2 coin albums
Sam Dibitonto: 1975 proof set, 2013S .25 set
Leo Rossow: 2004 proof set
Ken Hopple: bronze RCC medal
Milton Angel: Harper’s Ferry PDS .25
Joe Wozniak: display board
Rick DeAvila: standing liberty .25, mint bags
Bart Daniels: presidential $1 set
Joseph Drapula: 1971D unc. Ike, box coin holders
Duke Morin donated a new Morgan Dansco album won for $15 by Paul Williams.
Doug Larson donated a currency set won by Rick de Avila for $70.
Kayla Barton (not present) won the quarter pot.
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO DONATES TO THE RAFFLE!
Upcoming Coin Shows
July 30-31, Fremont Coin Show, Elk’s Lodge, 38991 Farwell Dr., Admit: FREE, Tables: 45, Vince LaCarierre, 510 792-1511 CoinVince@aol.com www.fremontcoinclub.org
August 7, Fairfield Coin Show, Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky Ave., Admit: $1, Tables: 25, Bob Belleau, 707 367-6938 firstname.lastname@example.org www.solanocoinclub.com
August 9-13, ANA Anaheim World’s Fair of Money, Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Admit: $8, FREE to members and on Saturday Tables: 500, ANA, 719 482-76055
August 19-21, Las Vegas Coin, Stamp Show, New Orleans Hotel, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Admit: $3?, Tables: ?, Israel Bick, 818 997-6496 email@example.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 Other Coin: A Brief History of Medals
It is not clear when coins became medals. Evidently, Alexander the Great gave specials coins to friends and in Josephus’ History of the Jews, High Priest Jonathan of Judea is awarded a special
medal for his aid to Alexander. It is very likely the Porus decadrachm was minted in India to commemorate Alexander’s victory and distributed to leaders of that campaign due to its scarcity. Not
only is the coin of unusual 10 drachm size, showing Alexander attacking Porus in retreat on his elephants, but it is the first coin that Alexander portrays himself as a god, here as Zeus holding a
scepter and thunderbolt.
The Romans produced medals in abundance for New Year celebrations, imperial visits and victories, or as presents. They could be in any metal. I have chosen a Commodus (177-192 AD) AE
Medallion with a bust right and standing on the reverse with Africa reclining left, wearing elephant’s skin head-dress, placing her right hand on the back of a lion and holding grain ears. Victory
stands right, erecting a trophy commemorating Commodus’ victories in Africa. Also a gold medallion of Constantius I (Constantine’s father, 293-306 AD) commemorating his defeat of usurper
Allectus and liberating London in 297AD. The medallion depicts a bearded bust right in cuirass and laurel wreath. On the reverse is the personification of London kneeling before the city gate,
which is approached by a Roman warship. Constantius is portrayed mounted on horseback as a triumphant emperor, holding a spear in one hand and a globe in the other, with the inscription
REDDITOR LVCIS AETERNAE ("Restorer of Eternal Light").
Early Christians continued the pagan practice of drilling holes in coins to wear as amulets and show allegiance to emperor or god on the coin They also made their own medals. When the empire
became Christian, lead seals, pilgrim medals, and small reliquaries were medals. Below a c. 1100AD medal of St. Symeon (c. 598AD) in lead on his column with 2 angels and his disciple Conon
on right and his mother Martha on left Inscription reads:The blessed medallion (testimony) of St. Symeon the Wonder Worker. Praise God with His saints. He loves the righteous.
In the Renaissance, medals had a great revival as an art making presentation pieces for nobility and copies or fantasies of Roman coins. The medals are still highly prized, but often sell for a few
hundred dollars. The most famous sculpture and die maker was Giovanni del Cavino, “the Paduan.” He and his imitators created masterworks known as Paduans. Hundreds of different medals
were made and copied or produced from his dies for centuries. Above are right a copy of a coin of the Divine Augustus with a wreath that has Capricorns (Augustus’ birth sign) and a “medal of
honor” inscription that reads “from the senate for saving lives of citizens.” Otho in the middle sacrifices with 4 soldiers for the security of Roman people, and Claudius on left with an arch
mounted with equestrian statue, honoring his father Nero Claudius Drusus.(Not the Nero)
After the Renaissance medals were used by all classes for everything: marriages, military victories or promotions, advertising, baptisms, or purely as art for their own sake. Medals were
produced on existing coins, like hobo nickels, love token, or store and event advertising. Very early the US designed medals to thank the French for their help in the Revolution or Indians for
engaging in peace talks. I, of course, thinkthe best use of the medallic art is for making Star Trek medals. I just got the latest from the Perth mint:
Numismatically yours, David Elliott
I warned you last month, the 10,000 platinum eagles sold out in 56 minutes. If you’re one of the lucky winners, please bring it in, so we can see it and be envious. Chester Krause died at
the age of 92. Of Catalog of World Coins fame and much more he will be missed. Too late to boot England off he map, the new 50 euro is out with anti-counterfeiting for the most
counterfeited note. Danish print shop also had to close because too many workers were walking off with them. They now have a hologram of Europa, a new water-mark, and emerald green
I guess we have started a trend. Now, Canada has a 1 oz. Silver curved basketball coin for about $123.
Here are some of the favored designs for next 2017 quarters. All 52 submitted designs will be on-line
Australia is celebrating 50 years of decimalization with putting the old pre-decimal coins on the obverse of the current coins. Selling for about $25 for a mint set.
The Royal Dutch Mint is up for sale. Heavily in debt and not allowed to make medals or tokens, the 1579 established institution is on the block after failing to make decent coins for Chile (they
oxidized and stained like our dollar coins). Denmark has outsourced its coin production to Finland to save money. It will also soon be outsourcing its banknotes as well. The finest
collection of Military Payment Certificates will be on view at the Stack’s Bowers auction viewing room at the ANA Anaheim World Fair of Money in August. Robert Rodriguez has
purchased and is researching the US diplomatic medal of 1972. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington had Andre Dupre execute the medal in gold for French diplomats and presumably
future diplomats as was customary at the time. Two gold medals were made and presented to French diplomats, but lost in the French Revolution. Six bronze copies were made at the time and
Charles Barbour made dies and restruck several more in 1876. Robert Rodriguez’s research confirms that he has one of the originals. He can bring that in and give us the details anytime.
Now, Pakistan is following ISIS in trying to reintroduce specie (gold, silver, and copper coins). It would seem to be impossible to denominate the coin with wildly fluctuating bullion prices
as well as avoid hoarding. Rio Olympic medal designs are out. Nike appears over a stadium and laurel leaves embrace the Olympic and Rio designs with the event won engraved on the edge.
Obama medal designs are almost finalized. He gets one for each term.