Next Meeting:
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  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, 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.

Quarter Pot
Kayla Barton (not present) won the quarter pot.


Upcoming Coin Shows

July 30-31, Fremont Coin Show, Elk’s Lodge, 38991 Farwell Dr., Admit: FREE, Tables: 45, Vince LaCarierre, 510 792-1511

August 7, Fairfield Coin Show, Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky Ave., Admit: $1, Tables: 25, Bob Belleau, 707 367-6938

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

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: 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

Numismatic Potpourri

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
reflective paint.

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.

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.

April2011-1st Spouses in Bronze
Ancient Coins in US History,
In God We Trust
March2011-Cartwheel Goes Digital
2010 Reno Cartwheels
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-National Park Quarters
Nov2011-Arabic & Ottoman Coins
Dec2011:Snakes on 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
Gold coins
Feb2013-Silk Road Coins
March2013-Great Patriotic
of Wars Russia in Coins
May2013-Elymais Coins
July2013-Origin of Dollar
Aug 2013 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 851-1859
Dec2013-Crusader coins
Jan 2014-Euros
Feb2014-Lincoln Penny
March2014-Leto coin
April2014-So-called Dollars
SF set of all five 2013, 2014, 2015 quarters in case $5
National Park Quarters  PDS .50        
Presidential, Native American  D P $1.25
May 2014-Kennedy Halves
June 2014-WWII Coins
July 2014-Ancient Cast coinage
August 2014-E. European coins
Sept 2014-Roman enemies on coins
Oct 2014-Old Coin Press#1
Nov2014-LaVere Redfield
Dec2014-Vietnamese Coins
Jan2015:The Four Wisemen
Feb 2015 Pompei Magnus
March3015 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
July 2015-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
Pisanello bronze medal of Cecilia Gonzaga
June 2016-Olympia bronze